It’s pretty normal these days to upgrade your old school mechanical weight scale to something modern – a digital bathroom scale. But before you start researching scales and getting lost in all the fancy new models on the market, you should ask yourself two essential questions first.
- Am I interested in just measuring my weight (and maybe BMI) or do I also want to keep track of other metrics like body fat percentage, bone mass, lean mass and water content?
- Do I mind manually tracking things in a notebook or a fitness app or do I want my scale to automatically sync data with my health and fitness apps?
This will really help you save time and guide your thinking as you research and compare the best digital bathroom scales. There are so many options for digital scales and most articles on the internet will just lump everything together. This can be confusing, and when I was first researching scales to buy for myself, I was going around in circles. This matrix below helps to illustrate what I am trying to say, and where you should start.
|What do you want to measure?|
|I just want to measure weight (and maybe BMI)||I want to measure body fat percentage, body mass and/or other metrics|
|How do you want to use your fitness app(s)?||I don’t use fitness apps and if I do, I am happy to manually update them with data.||1. You need a simple ‘non-smart’ scale that just measures weight (generally $20-$30)||2. You need a ‘non-smart’ scale that measures body composition (also known as body fat analysers or body composition scales).
|I want my digital scale to sync with my fitness apps and automatically update them.||3. You need a smart scale that measures weight (and BMI) but nothing else.
|4. You need a smart scale that measures body composition (also known as body fat analysers or body composition scales).
If you fall into categories 3 or 4, then that means you definitely want a smart scale. Whether you are looking to just weigh yourself or measure additional things like body fat percentage, you are into your fitness app(s) and you want the scale to update those apps without any fuss. We have a separate post that looks at the best smart scales on the market, so if this is what you are looking for you will find what you need there.
Since we have a separate article for smart scales, this post will focus on non-smart digital bathroom scales. Now, they aren’t actually referred to as ‘non-smart’ but I am just making that distinction to clarify what we are covering in this post.
Differences between smart and ‘non-smart’ digital bathroom scales
Advantages of non-smart scales:
- They are cheaper than smart scales
- They are much easier to set up – just stick in the batteries, turn it on and you are ready to go
Advantage of smart scales
- You can sync up the scale with your fitness app(s), allowing you to track and monitor your fitness goals over time
Features to compare
These are the kinds of features you should consider when comparing digital bathroom scales:
What do you want to measure – Are you just interested in measuring your weight/BMI, or do you also want to measure body fat percentage and other advanced metrics. If it’s the latter you are spending a bit more money.
Style/look – Obviously you want a scale that suits your taste and fits your bathroom.
Maximum weight – All scales have a maximum weight they can take, typically around 350-400 pounds. If you are very overweight this may play into your decision.
EatSmart Precision Digital Scale
This scale has an extra large backlit display so that you can easily see your results. It has a sturdy tempered ‘non-slip’ glass top. It was recently upgraded to allow a maximum weight of 400 lbs. They also throw in body tape measure so you can also measure your biceps, thighs etc. to give you a more holistic view of your health and weight. They also have a new ‘step on’ technology so that you don’t have to tap on the scale before weighing yourself. This scale uses 4 high-gauge EatSmart Precision sensors which they claim means an accurate measurement to the nearest .2 lbs.
- Extra large backlit display
- 400 lbs max weight allowed
- Non-slip surface
- ‘Step on’ technology for quickly weighing yourself
Innotech High Accuracy Digital Bathroom Scale
This sleek and modern digital bathroom scale uses Germany technology for accurate readings up to 0.2 lbs. Its 3.6 inch negative LCD display is backlit allowing for easy viewing from any angle in any lighting. It has automated calibration meaning you can weight yourself right away without having to tap on the scale. This is a solid choice for a scale using Germany technology and comes with a 1 year warranty
- Large backlit display
- 400 lbs max weight allowed
- Comes with 1 year warranty
Internet’s Best Bamboo Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale
This scale has a different look than your typical digital scale. The natural bamboo on the scale surface gives your feet a soft and smooth surface to stand on instead of the cold and hard surface of glass or metal scales. But you will need to ensure it is dry to avoid slipping. Otherwise the scale is similar to other models – it has a large backlit display, 4 sensors to ensure accurate readings, and a weight capacity of 400 lbs
- Unique look and feel with bamboo surface
- Large backlit display
- 4 sensor to ensure accurate readings
- 400 lbs max capacity
Balance Silicone Digital Bathroom Scale
This scale is manufactured by St Louis-based Greater Goods, who work with charities and responsible makers to produce great products for good. This scale is about more than just functionality – it’s about style. As the marketing says “It’s the scale so fun you can’t stay mad at it, no matter what number it says.” The scale consists of a durable glass base in a removable silicone cover. It comes with a versatile slate gray top, and you can buy any of the other covers coming in 6 different colors. The vanishing LED display is invisible when off, and shines through the silicone cover when you step on it. It has 4 sensors for accurate readings and has a weight capacity of 400 lbs. It also comes with a digital getting started guide and video to make setup easy.
- Looks great with the ability to change colors if you want
- The manufacturer has a sustainable ethos and some of the profits are for a good cause
- 4 sensors for accurate readings
- Max weight 400 lbs (397 to be exact)
Omron Body Composition Monitor and Scale HBF-510W
This is actually more than a scale and is referred to as a full body composition monitor. It uses its proprietary Body Sensing technology, with hand-to-foot technology which is more accurate than ‘foot-to-foot’ monitors. The technology uses bioelectrical impedance which is commonly used for these types of monitors, but still has its issues when it comes to consistency. The scale measures 5 indicators: body fat percentage, visceral fat, BMI, skeletal muscle, and body weight. It has a four person memory profile for the whole family and the retractable cord makes it suitable for adults up to 6.5 feet tall and up to 330 pounds.
- Measures 5 different indicators including BMI and body fat percentage
- Has a large backlit display
- Has a 4 person profile so can be used by the whole family
Taylor Precision Products Digital Body Fat Analyzer Scale
Using bioelectrical impedance, this scale measures fat, body water and muscle mass composition accurate to 0.1%. It provides readings up to 400-pounds. A 3-inch by 1.5-inch dual line LCD readout provides an easy-to-read display of body weight and fat percentages at a glance. It is also able to store up to four measurements in memory to help track individual weight loss efforts. The scale operates in normal or athlete mode.
- Measures body fat percentage and other metrics
- Max capacity of 400 lbs
- Stores up to 4 measurements so you can track your progress