10 Best Weight Scales | March 2017

10 Best Weight Scales
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We spent 36 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. If you're afraid to step on a scale, perhaps it would help if you had a better one. Back in the day, mechanical pressure and an analog dial could give you a ballpark figure for your weight measurement. Times have changed, so we've produced a selection with state-of-the-art features, like BMI readings and syncing to your mobile device. Plus, they'll all look great in your bathroom. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best weight scale on Amazon.
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Lightweight and slender but sturdy, the GoWise USA 22027 is designed with a hole for hanging on a wall when it's not in use, perfect for smaller bathrooms without floorspace to spare. It is capable of measuring body fat as well as bone and water mass.
  • touch-sensitive display
  • four stainless steel sensors
  • inaccurate non-weight measurements
Brand GoWISE USA
Model GW22027
Weight 5.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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With its electro-mechanical dial, the Ozeri ZB19 Rev is extremely accurate and sports a charming retro style that works well with almost any bathroom's decor. There is also a digital screen that clearly displays your measurements for easy reading.
  • shows both pounds and kilograms
  • built-in alarm function
  • digital vs analog results may differ
Brand Ozeri
Model ZB19-W
Weight 4.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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One of the most attractive and unique options on the market, the Red Rock Modern boasts an all bamboo surface with an inset digital display. It's a great choice for wood-accented homes or for any residence or spa that enjoys a natural, minimalist look.
  • eco-friendly construction
  • large blue backlit lcd
  • not particularly accurate
Brand Red Rock
Model PS3110
Weight 3.1 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0
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If you prefer not to see your actual poundage but still want to monitor your progress, the Weight Gurus Digital can be set to display only how many pounds you've lost. It comes with a companion app so you can track results on your mobile device of choice.
  • measures six key health metrics
  • easy to read extra large lcd
  • difficult to import readings
Brand Greater Goods
Model 369
Weight 4.6 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
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While glass-topped models seem to be ever-popular, the Famili 271WCU features a textured anti-slip ABS plastic surface to provide traction to those less sure-of-foot. Just step on it and it will display an accurate reading almost instantly on its large LCD.
  • rubber feet for stability
  • automatically self-calibrating
  • some units give inconsistent results
Brand Famili
Model FM271WCU
Weight 4.3 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0
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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. It is a safe option that's also highly accurate.
  • automatically wakes when stepped on
  • lasts for years on two aaa batteries
  • may require frequent recalibration
Brand EatSmart
Model ESBS-05
Weight 6.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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Far from your basic bathroom unit, the EatSmart Precision GetFit is a truly intelligent machine. It measures body fat, and water, muscle, and bone mass, so you can get an overall snapshot of your health and set goals accordingly.
  • auto-off conserves battery life
  • stores data for up to 8 profiles
  • automatic user identification
Brand EatSmart
Model ESBS-06
Weight 5.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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The Ozeri Touch boasts an impressive 440-pound maximum capacity, and a sensitivity that measures in increments of 0.2 of a pound. It has a tare feature that's helpful in measuring infants, pets, or a piece of luggage held in your arms.
  • four touch-sensitive buttons
  • impact-resistant tempered glass
  • readings are accurate and consistent
Brand Ozeri
Model ZB13-W2
Weight 5.8 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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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.
  • provides bmi and body fat readings
  • syncs with other fitness trackers
  • sleek design comes in black or white
Brand Withings
Model WBS05_03
Weight 6.2 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0
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The Vive Precision is one of the most reliable digital models on the market, and it comes loaded with features, like a brightly backlit LCD and step-on activation. Each unit is individually tested for accuracy before being packed for sale.
  • accurate within one fifth of a pound
  • appealing minimalist look
  • includes a 2-year warranty
Brand VIVE
Model pending
Weight 3.8 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

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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