Bathroom Scale Comparison
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Bathroom Scale Buying Guide
What is a Bathroom Scale?
A bathroom scale is a device that people use to measure and monitor their weight. They are usually square or round in shape and have varying degrees of styles, colors, and features. Bathroom scales are very popular and almost every household has at least one scale of some kind. With all the choices available, we’re going to give you some specifics that can help you learn a little bit about these products so you can decide which ones match your needs and wants.
There are two basic types of scales: analog and digital. Both are still popular with consumers although digital has become a lot more desirable due to factors like more accurate readings and the ability to track weight down to .2 of a pound in many cases.
Analog Scale – These are the most inexpensive of the bathroom scales and are based on spring technology. These are the scales of old that have a turn dial to spins until it lands on the user’s weight. They don’t show ounces or half-pounds lost and can fluctuate a bit in terms of accuracy, especially if they are moved around often. One of the problems that can occur with analog scales is that when the user steps off the scale it does not always go back to zero and will need to be reset by hand. This can also need to be done during certain types of weather and if the scale is moved around. This is one of the major reasons people tend to prefer digital scales.
Digital Scale– Digital scales record the user’s weight and display it on a LCD display. Most will show half-pound increments and some even show to the ounce which many users prefer since every ounce lost can be encouragement to keep going. They are much more accurate than analog scales and do not have to be reset manually in most circumstances.
Some models require a foot tap somewhere on the surface to start the scale and then you can step on. Some of the new models are auto on which means all you have to do is step onto the scale and it will display your weight. Either model (the tap or the auto on) usually have an auto-off that will shut them off once they have been on for a few seconds.
Digital bathroom scales require batteries which will need to be changed periodically. Fortunately there is a low battery indicator that will flash when it’s time to change them. Some digital scales offer a memory recall where different users can store their weight in the scale’s memory and refer back to it but not all scales offer this feature.
Physician’s Scale – You’ve seen physician’s scales in doctor’s offices, hospitals, and gyms. They are large and costly but are considered one of the most accurate in terms of weight readings. Most physicians’ scales are actually analog style with a sliding bar that is moved to the right weight based on balances. They are easy to read because the weight is usually eye level. These scales are rarely found in homes due to size and cost.
There are several things that you will need to consider when deciding on the type of bathroom scale you want. The first decision will be whether you want analog or digital but even after that, there are other features that scales can offer. Most of the features that scales have will be available on the digital scale and not the analog. Most analog scales simply measure weight and that it is.
Accuracy – The most important feature for a scale to have is accuracy. What good is a bathroom scale if it gives you a different weight every time you get on it? You won’t be able to track your weight loss very well if you can’t get an accurate reading every time. Where you place the scale plays a part in its accuracy. The readout can be inaccurate if the scale is on a textured floor or the grout causes the scale to be uneven. The same thing can happen with carpeting so find a place for your scale that has a smooth, uncarpeted surface.
Weight Range Capability – How much weight the scale can handle is very important for any users who are starting their weight loss journey at a significantly higher weight. Some of the analog scales only go up to 300 pounds but are inaccurate and unreliable above 250 pounds. Digital scales and the newer spring analog scales on the market now can handle much more weight, so going as high as 650 pounds. The higher weight capacity is great for those who have extreme weight problems and are serious about losing weight because they will have an accurate means of tracking every success down to the ounce that the user loses.
Display and Readability – Having easy to read numbers is always beneficial since you will be standing and reading the numbers on the display that is at your feet. Look for bold, bright displays with large numbers and make sure the display is backlit as well. Analog scales can be a bit hard to read; especially the small marks between the larger numbers but digital scales are typically very easy to read even from a standing position.
Voice Feature – Some digital scales have a voice feature that will read the weight out loud which can be great for those who have vision problems. Some may find it annoying or may even not like the lack of privacy having the weight announced causes. Voice features can cause the scale to be a bit more expensive than other digital models.
Printed Readouts – Some digital scales will actually produce a printed readout which is terrific for those users who want to have an actual physical progression of their weight loss progress. While this is another feature that can increase the price of the scale, and many home users don’t care to have it, for those who love recording things, this is a great feature.
BMI Readings – BMI or Body Mass Index is important to some people, especially those who are more serious about not just losing weight but keeping track of their body fat as well. The BMI feature is more for serious bodybuilders than those just trying to reduce their weight.
Bone Mass Readings – This is a relatively new addition to the components that digital scales can measure. Bone mass is very important to keep track of, especially if they want to keep track of the possibility of osteoporosis or they take medicine that has an impact on the bones.
Memory – A memory feature on your digital scale can be really helpful for family members who are losing weight together and want to keep track of their progress easily. Most scales have the ability to keep track of several users, sometimes as many as 8 different people.
Style and Color Options – Many people who want to purchase a bathroom scale want it to match the décor of their bathroom. There are tons of styles, colors and even shapes of bathroom scales available. Whether it’s stainless steel, bamboo, glass or some other material, you will be able to find one that fits into your décor nicely. With enough research you can even find bright, colorful styles that can match a brightly patterned bathroom.
Safety Considerations – Sometimes bathroom scales are made of materials that can be super slippery when wet which can be a real hazard. Some scales will have ribbed or textured surfaces to increase safety for those who are using them, even if their feet are wet.
Bathroom scales are popular and used by most people in some form whether at home or at the gym. There are so many different types that when you don’t know what you want, choosing one can become a guessing game. The information we have provided for you in this buyer’s guide can give you the things to look for when you’re narrowing down your choices which will make deciding on one much easier.
Now more than ever, people are trying to become more weight and health conscious and owning a good, accurate bathroom scale can help you in your quest to get healthy or stay healthy.
- VIVE – http://vivehealth.com/
- EatSmart – http://www.eatsmartproducts.com/
- GoWISE – http://www.gowiseusa.com/