The 10 Best Weight Scales

Updated January 22, 2018 by Quincy Miller

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We spent 42 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Back in the day, mechanical pressure and an analog dial could give you a ballpark figure for your weight. Times have changed, however, so we've produced a selection of bathroom scales that boast state-of-the-art features, like BMI readings and mobile device syncing. Most importantly, though, they're all durable, so they can take it when you punch them right in their smug, lying faces. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best weight scale on Amazon.

10. Withings Body Composition

The Withings Body Composition provides a full analysis of your water, bone, muscle, and total mass, and automatically sends that data to its accompanying Health Mate app for iOS and Android via WiFi. If that's not enough for you, it also tells you the weather forecast.
  • app provides personalized coaching
  • syncs with other fitness trackers
  • setting it up is a pain
Brand Withings
Model WBS05_03
Weight 6.2 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

9. Ozeri Touch

The Ozeri Touch boasts an impressive 440-pound capacity, plus a tare feature that's helpful for weighing other items. If you have an overweight pet that's on a diet, this is a great tool for tracking its progress — or it can save you from paying excess baggage fees.
  • four touch-sensitive buttons
  • impact-resistant tempered glass
  • body fat readings aren't reliable
Brand Ozeri
Model ZB13-W2
Weight 5.8 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

8. Famili FM271B

While glass-topped models seem to be all the rage, the Famili FM271B features a textured anti-slip ABS plastic surface for providing traction to those less sure-of-foot. It's fantastic for anyone who wants to test themselves right out of the shower without dying.
  • rounded corners prevent stubbed toes
  • low profile makes it easy to get on
  • foot position affects readings
Brand Famili
Model FM271B
Weight 4.4 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

7. EatSmart Precision Plus

The EatSmart Precision Plus has an extra-wide step-on platform that's perfect for larger people, older folks, or anyone else who might have trouble balancing on a small area, so you can continue to monitor your health without ever putting it at unnecessary risk.
  • durable enough to handle abuse
  • long battery life
  • may require frequent recalibration
Brand EatSmart
Model ESBS-05
Weight 6.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. Vive Precision

The Vive Precision turns on as soon as you step on it, so you won't have to tap dance like Fred Astaire just to get a reading (although that's a great way to lose weight). It provides consistent measurements even if your feet aren't in the exact same spot each time.
  • works on different floor types
  • appealing minimalist look
  • tears through batteries
Brand Vive Precision
Model SYNCHKG126771
Weight 3.8 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. iDoo Ultra-Wide

Looking like it's been crafted out of marble, the iDoo Ultra-Wide is classier than your standard plain white or black models — but that doesn't mean you can't still curse at it like a sailor. The 19-inch base is great for stability, but it does take up a lot of space.
  • good for those rehabbing from injury
  • numbers are very large
  • doesn't work well on carpet
Brand iDOO
Model SYNCHKG079215
Weight 6.9 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

4. Etekcity Digital

Made with tempered glass, the Etekcity Digital can handle weights of up to 400 pounds, so no matter where you're starting, it can help you chart every step of your fitness journey. It has a clear display that's easy to read, even first thing in the morning before coffee.
  • comes with body tape measure
  • can be wiped off with glass cleaner
  • anti-slip rubber caps on bottom
Brand Etekcity
Model SYNCHKG093983
Weight 5.1 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

3. Tanita HD351

If you feel like you're never getting anywhere with your weight-loss efforts, the Tanita HD351 has a memory function that will track and store your info over time. It's fantastic for motivating yourself and seeing the results of all your hard work.
  • measures in 3-oz increments
  • wide surface for users with big feet
  • very slim profile
Brand Tanita
Model HD 351
Weight 6.4 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Innotech LCD

Don't need bells, whistles, or every number under the sun? The Innotech LCD tells you how much you weigh when you step on it — simple as that. It has a plain design, so don't expect it to be the centerpiece of your decor, but you won't find better value for the money.
  • calibrates itself automatically
  • large display for older users
  • easy to convert from lbs to kgs
Model ID-767
Weight 4.7 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. PowerDoF Sync

If you just can't bear to be far from your fitness info, the PowerDoF Sync uses Bluetooth to pair with your phone or tablet. It records 23 physical indices, including BMI and waist-to-hip ratio, so you'll never be able to use ignorance to excuse your fitness levels again.
  • fantastic for tracking development
  • supports up to 8 user profiles
  • gives consistent readings
Brand PowerDoF
Model pending
Weight 5.2 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Measure Your Mass With Crystalline Accuracy

It's a dreaded moment for most people getting their annual or biannual physical. The nice nurse asks you to hop up on the scale. She has your chart in her hands and a little dollar store pen with flowers on it. The scale, a beam-extended balance scale like an old Roman steelyard, seems to smile at you knowingly. You hop on and the balance arm clatters against the top of the stopper. Then, the nurse makes a flattering assumption about your weight, only sliding the large counterweight out just so far, and pushing the smaller counterweight inch-by-inch toward the end of the arm.

The arm still clings mockingly to the top of the stopper, and you wince as the nurse reaches for the large counterweight once again, sliding you a solid 50 lbs. to the right. A few minor adjustments to the small counterweight and your shame, the result of immeasurable holiday indulgences and unfulfilled resolutions, has a measurable number.

But how exactly does the scale know what you weigh in the first place? Well, that depends on the type of scale in question, but we have only one type of scale on our list–the most accurate type–to discuss.

Before we figure out how a scale measures your weight, it helps to understand what weight actually is. Technically speaking, these scales measure mass, not weight. Mass is the actual presence of matter as measured in kilograms or pounds, whereas weight is a measure of the gravitational force enacted upon a mass. Since our measurements for weight and mass are conducted on Earth (where weight is relatively consistent), we've rather easily swapped the terms.

However, if you measure your dog's weight on Earth at 60 lbs., the big guy would only weight 10 lbs. on the moon, where the gravitational force is 1/6 that of the Earth. His mass (I'll measure in kilograms here to help illustrate the difference) would be 27.22 kg on Earth and on the moon.

Older scales operated as counterweight balances with proven counterweights, or with springs whose pressure had been calibrated to translate tension into a mass readout. The scales on our list, however, utilize something called the piezoelectric effect to calculate your mass.

Piezoelectricity is a current produced by a crystal under pressure. Normally, a crystal's lattice structure is electrically neutral, its atoms arranged just so to maintain its neutrality. When you apply pressure to it, its atomic structure shifts, causing disturbances in its current that manifest as positive and negative charges at opposite ends of the crystal. The greater the pressure, the greater the charge.

When you step on a modern bathroom scale, your mass pressurizes a crystal inside a piezoelectric transducer, which translates the current output relative to your mass pressure into a readout in kilograms or pounds.

Weighing Your Options

If you've ever owned a piece of home exercise equipment, you know the feelings it induces when you walk by it, especially if you haven't used it in a while. You experience guilt and anxiety over your poor workout habits, as well as regret, perhaps, over the purchase.

Now, a scale isn't anywhere near as financially dangerous of an investment as a stationary bike or a treadmill might be, but it can cause within you similar feelings of resistance and resentment. That's why it's so important that the scale you select attracts you to it one way or another.

Most people keep their scales in the bathroom, and the bathroom often receives the least attention when it comes to home decorating. That means your scale could easily clash with the decor of the space, further souring your opinion of it and making it less likely that you're going to go near it.

I recommend keeping the scale in your bedroom, where you can jump on it first thing every morning. You'll have greater consistency in your weigh-ins, and you can find a model that suits the space you've spent a lot more time thoughtfully decorating.

Style, of course, is just one of the elements up for consideration among these scales. There are features to note as well, like smartphone connectivity and available apps for weight tracking and goal setting, as well as BMI measurements, display visibility, and weight limitations.

A Balanced Historical Narrative

The scale as we know it grew out of necessity among traders some 4,000 years ago. Imagine you were a merchant in those days dealing with oddly shaped goods like nuggets of precious metals throughout the Indus River valley. It wouldn't be quite fair to simply count the goods at hand, and they weren't of sufficiently uniform shape for you to measure their dimensions.

You could, however, compare them by weight to a quantity of the same goods sold for a set value, if only you had a machine for the task. Well, by simply hanging two plates from a beam strung by its center across a vertical post, you've created the world's first balance scale.

Much smaller versions of these larger, industrial scales developed quickly, and the Roman steeelyard came about as the predecessor to our modern balance scales some centuries later.

A pair of French physicists discovered the piezoelectric properties of crystals in the late 1800s, and their application for the purposes of digital mass measurement followed many decades later.

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Last updated on January 22, 2018 by Quincy Miller

Quincy is a writer who was born in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his life-long dream of someday writing a second page to one of his screenplays.

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