LAST UPDATED: 24th Jan 2019

The Best Bathroom Scales in 2019

BEST CHOICE

Etekcity High Precision

BEST VALUE

Salter Mechanical

PREMIUM PICK

Eufy BodySense

These days bathroom scales (apparently known in some parts as "body composition monitors") are a crucial bathroom accessory that no one really wants to buy. There are many reasons why we need them but for most of us, and definitely me, the main reason is to try and lose a few pounds or so. But with all the different types and features, how does one even pick the best bathroom scales? What makes bathroom scales, the best bathroom scales? Do not fret, below we have researched and compiled a list of the top bathroom scales.

Our Best Bathroom Scales Picks

First up and top of the list we have the Etekcity High Precision Digital Bathroom Scales. This model comes with auto on off technology, simply step on the scale to activate and once you step off, after 15 seconds it will power off. The display is back-lit and features large numbers making it much easier to see than the traditional mechanical scale. It has a maximum capacity of 28st/180kg/400lb with an accuracy resolution of 100g due to the 4 high precision sensons on this model. Quite handily, included with this product; are batteries (2 x AAA) and a Body Measuring Tape to keep track of progress.

Key Features

  1. Made from tempered glass
  2. Indicator for low battery and overload
  3. Four High-Precision Sensors
  4. Maximum Capacity 180kg (28st/400lb)

Specification

  • Brand: Etekcity
  • Model: B01GDW2KRE
  • Weight: 2.3kg

PROS

  • 2 Year Manufacturer's Warranty for peace of mind
  • An accuracy of 0.2lb (0.1kg)
  • Includes batteries (2 x AAA)
  • Includes a Body Measuring Tape

CONS

  • Corners can be sharp, it is advised to tuck away after use.

Next up and second on the list we have the Salter Ultra Slim Analyser Bathroom Scales, which has been reviewed nearly 4,000 times! As the name suggests (analyser), these scales allow you to measure your weight, Body Fat, Body Water and BMI. It offers the ability to store 4 user's measurements, which is great for tracking progress in a fairly busy household. This model features a good sized display with easy to read numbers. These scales are activated by vibration so simply tap the scales with your foot and wait for the zeros to be displayed. Furthermore this product comes with a whopping 15 Year Warranty!

Key Features

  1. Made from tempered glass
  2. Measures Weight, BMI, Body Fat and Body Water
  3. 4 User Memory to record measurements
  4. 15 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  5. Maximum Capacity of 160kg

Specification

  • Brand: Salter
  • Model: 9141 WH3R
  • Weight: 1.9kg

PROS

  • A massive 15 Year Manufacturer's Warranty!
  • Measures 4 different types of health metrics
  • Allows 4 user's to store their health measurements
  • Made by Salter who have been in the business since 1760!

CONS

  • The stones measurent is in decimals as opposed to the following format: 11 stone, 4 pounds.

Next on the list is the Salter Compact Electronic Bathroom Scales. This model made from tempered glass, includes carpet feet which are designed to provide accurate readings on carpet and other uneven types of flooring that may affect the accuracy. This bathroom scale includes step on technology for instant readings. As with most digital scales, this model has a bright and clear LCD display that is easy to see when weighing yourself. Best of all, being a Salter product comes with a 15 year warranty!

Key Features

  1. Made from tempered glass
  2. Compact and easy to store
  3. 15 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  4. Maximum Capacity of 180kg

Specification

  • Brand: Salter
  • Model: 9208 BK3R
  • Weight: 1.6kg

PROS

  • A massive 15 Year Manufacturer's Warranty!
  • Low cost compared to most scales on the market
  • Comes with carpet feet for uneven flooring
  • Made by Salter who have been in the business since 1760!

CONS

  • Only measures weight unlike the more premium options available

The ACCUWEIGHT High Accuracy Digital Bathroom Scale comes in at number 4 and is a very popular one indeed, having been reviewed nearly 1,700 times! This bathroom scale is a rather interested one, quite different to the usual style that exists in the market. It has a large bright blue back-lit display that means you can see the reading no matter the time of day. It is also made from a durable plastic and has rounded corners which dramatically reduces the risk of injury or cutting your toes/feet. ACCUWEIGHT also provide a 2 year warranty for this product.

Key Features

  1. Surface made from durable plastic
  2. Large and Bright Blue back-lit display
  3. 2 Year Warranty
  4. Maximum Capacity of 180kg

Specification

  • Brand: ACCUWEIGHT
  • Model: B01C4576S2
  • Weight: 2kg

PROS

  • Rounded Edges to reduce injury to toes/feet
  • Rubber feet designed to make it skidproof
  • Large bright blue display allows measurements to be clearly visible in any light condition
  • Comes with batteries (2 x AAA)

CONS

  • Quite different than the normal neutral coloured conventional scales in the market

At number 5 we have the Salter Compact Magnifying Bathroom Scale. This is a simple bathroom scale that does what it says on the tin. Being a mechanical scale it does not require any batteries which is very handy. In addition, there is a magnified lens on top of the dial meaning you can see your weight very clearly. The surface is a white cushion mat which is a nice addition in comparison to the hard surface cold that most of the digital or smart scales have. Being a Salter product, this model comes with a 15 year warranty.

Key Features

  1. No batteries required
  2. Cushioned white mat surface
  3. 15 Year Warranty
  4. Maximum Capacity 133kg

Specification

  • Brand: Salter
  • Model: 484 WHDR
  • Weight: 1.2kg

PROS

  • Rounded Edges to reduce injury to toes/feet
  • Cushion material on the surface for comfort when weighing yourself
  • Light and compact making it easy to store
  • Saves you money as it is low cost and no need for batteries

CONS

  • Once you step off or move your measurements will not remain as it would with digital or smart scales.

The stylish and contemporary Eufy BodySense Smart Scale is a very competitively priced smart scale. This model comes in 2 colours; black or white - both looking very sleek indeed. You can check a whopping 12 different health metrics, including: Weight, Body Fat, BMI(Body Mass Index), Water Percentage, Muscle Percentage, Bone Percentage, BMR(Basal Metabolism), Visceral Fat, Lean Body Mass, Body Fat Mass, Bone Mass and Muscle Mass. This smart scale supports multiple device pairings, completely eliminating the need to constantly connect and disconnect when changing users. The EuryLife App (the free app that is used to track everything) even syncs with Google Fit or Apple Health for total convenience. It also comes complete with a 15 Month warranty for peace of mind. This product really does deserve the premium spot of our picks.

Key Features

  1. Bluetooth 4.0 Capabilities
  2. Pairs with upto 20 accounts
  3. EuryLife syncs with Apple Health and Google Fit
  4. 15 Month Warranty with purchase
  5. Let's you measure 12 different health metrics
  6. Maximum Capacity 180kg

Specification

  • Brand: Eufy
  • Model: B01MFAABKO
  • Weight: 2.2kg

PROS

  • Rounded Edges to reduce injury to toes/feet
  • Allows you to measure a whopping 12 different health metrics
  • Extensive app features allow you to really take your health goals to the next level
  • Pairing of upto 20 different accounts means the whole family can benefit from these scales.

CONS

  • Does not work well on short pile carpet or bath mats
  • Only offers a 15 month warranty (with purchase)

The Active Era Ultra Slim Digital Bathroom Scales come in four great styles - black, glass, steel and white. This model features high precision censors that have an accuracy of 0.1kg. This bathroom scale has an easy-to-read back-lit blue LCD display to easily be able to see your weight no matter the time of day or lighting conditions. In addition, it features a lower power indicator as well as an overload indicator. This product comes with a 1 Year Warranty for peace of mind.

Key Features

  1. 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  2. Comes in four colours
  3. Batteries included (2 x AAA)
  4. Maximum Capacity of 180kg

Specification

  • Brand: Active Era
  • Model: B07DL4S8CS
  • Weight: 1.8kg

PROS

  • Rounded Edges to reduce injury to toes/feet
  • Comes with 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Has Low power indicator to let you know when to change the batteries
  • Has silicone feet to reduce the risk of sliding

CONS

  • Does not work well on short pile carpet or bath mats

The Exzact Digital Bathroom Scale comes with auto on off technology, simply step on the scale to activate and once you step off, after approximately 10 seconds it will power off. The display is back-lit and features large numbers making it much easier to see. It has a maximum capacity of 100kg with an accuracy resolution of 100g due to the 4 high precision sensons on this model. In order to change between the different weight metrics there is a button underneath.

Key Features

  1. Made from tempered glass
  2. Has 4 precision censors for accurate readings
  3. Indicator for low battery and overload
  4. Maximum Capacity of 180kg

Specification

  • Brand: Exzact
  • Model: EX9380
  • Weight: 1.6kg

PROS

  • Provides an accuracy of 0.2lb (0.1kg)
  • Has Low power indicator to let you know when to change the batteries
  • Features an overload indicator for safety

CONS

  • Does not include batteries (requires 2 x AAA)
  • Does not mention a warranty anywhere so we can assume that it does not include one

Bathroom Scales Buyer's Guide and FAQs

Features To Look For In Bathroom Scales

Picking the right set of bathroom scales really does depend on what you and your family will use them for. In my household, for example, we have the Salter Mechanical bathroom scales - they do the job and best of all we do not need to worry about ever replacing the batteries! Furthermore, my partner and I do not need the extra features, we just want to weigh ourselves from time to time for progress. Here are some of the features to look for in some good bathroom scales:

Accuracy - This of course is crucial and really does depend on how good the sensor is and the type of scales you have. For example a mechanical scale will have a "comfort wheel" which allows you to manually set the scales to 0. Most digital scales will automatically start at 0 which is helpful. If pinpoint accuracy is something you need, I'd recommend looking at the "high accuracy" digital scale models.

Features - As you will likely already know, there are several different types of bathroom scales (listed below). And with each type they have different features. For example with mechanical scales they simply allow you to weigh yourself. However, with digital scales you can set the type of metric you'd like to weigh yourself with, set goals - some even let you track your statistics with an app. As mentioned earlier, in order to pick the right scales, it will all depend on what you need them for.

Some kind of Warranty or Guarantee - A fairly obvious one but still, definitely worth a mention. Typically ALL products (though obviously not disposable ones!) not just bathroom scales, offer some kind of warranty. But the length of the warranty may vary. Usually you will get around a warranty of 2 years but before you purchase, be sure to thoroughly check for a warranty and the terms of that warranty in detail.

Design - A set of bathrooms scales for many people are bathroom accessories. Most bathroom scales are neutral colours to match most typical bathroom colours, but that said some of them may not look the best or how you'd want. And if you are stepping on to these scales every day, you might want to invest in something you like. Typically the lower budget mechanical scales will not be as flashy as digital or smart scales for example.

Maximum Capacity - Different scales have different maximum capacities of weight. While some can handle as much as 180 kg (400 pounds), others simply cannot handle that. Be sure to double check the scales just in case if this might be a concern. For example, some mechanical scales have a maximum capacity of 133kg (293 pounds) which might not be suitable for some people (like body builders etc).

Types of Bathroom Scales

There are several different types of bathroom scale that exist in the market. We chose to review a variety of the different types of scales. For those that might be interested, I will go through the various types below!

Mechanical/Analogue Scales - These are the type that many of the younger generation would call olden day scales! They are simple, and are not powered by electricity or batteries but by a spring that reacts to the amount of weight that is applied thus moving the dial. The benefit of this is that you do not have to worry about having to replace the batteries! (Hence why I have one!)

Smart Scales - The more premium and expensive, these scales allow you to track your health statistics via an app. Your mobile connects via Bluetooth to the scales which allows you to constantly keep track of your health. The Eufy BodySense model is an excellent smart scale that allows you to keep track of 12 different health measurements.

Digital Scales - Digital scales make it very easy to determine your body weight. The numbers are usually very large, easy to see and the screen is usually back lit, making it near impossible to make a mistake when reading the scale. Also most digital scales will keep the weight displayed on the screen so that even if you move off the scales you know what your weight is.

Body Analyser Scales/BMI Scales - While most people (like me) are content with simply knowing just their body weight, if you were trying to lose weight or gain muscle, you might want to choose a scale that can measure your BMI and other metrics. This allows the scale to quickly tell if you if you are under or above your ideal weight for your height and makes it easy to work towards your goal of gaining mass or losing weight.

Best Bathroom Scales FAQs

Q: How Often Should I Weigh Myself?

A: This depends on several factors. Things like how active you are, what your fitness goals are etc. If you are trying to lose weight and you are very active, you may want to check every few days or so - even daily. If you are not that active but interested in keeping fit, then maybe weekly or so. I currently am trying to bulk up a bit and since I am going daily and eating quite a lot of food I like to check daily to see if I have gone up a bit! This helps keep me motivated - even if it is by like 1 gram!

Q: How Can I Get The Most Accurate Weight Measurement?

A: Ensuring that you get the most accurate measurements/figures can be quite annoying, especially when trying to reach a specific weight orientated goal. Here are some best practices to follow in order to achieve this:

  • Try to leave a period of at least 3 hours of eating or tough exercises before taking weight measurements.
  • Before weighing yourself, ensure that the scale is placed on a hard flat surface to avoid any discrepancies.
  • Ensure that you are wearing nothing heavy and out of the ordinary (like shoes or trainers etc).
  • Aim to stand on the central area of the scale.
  • Weigh yourself several times and average the results. For example, if you weigh yourself 3 times and you get these results:
    • 1) 70kg
    • 2) 71kg
    • 3) 71kg
    • Next, calculate the average ((70 + 71 + 71) / 3) = Average (70.6kg)

Please note: Your body weight can fluctuate up to 4-6lbs (1.8kg - 2.7kg) throughout the day.

Q: How Do I Change The Batteries in My Scales?

A: As it will vary with most types of manufacturers the best thing is to double check the manual. That said, if you turn the scales upside down you will see where the batteries are stored. You might need a screw driver to get access to the batteries. Below is a helpful video example of someone changing the batteries of their bathroom scales.

Q: How Often Would I Need To Change The Batteries?

A: This would depend on the type of scale you choose to get. For example, the mechanical scales do not require any batteries. Digital scales and smart scales are battery powered. However, smart scales use a lot more power than the digital scales, as they are connecting via Bluetooth or Wifi and doing a whole lot more in the background. Both these types of scale usually will have a low battery indicator pop up on the screen of your bathroom scales when you need to replace the batteries.

Digital scales can last around a year without needing a change of batteries - but this of course depends on how often you use it and the type of digital scale. Smart scales typically require a battery change every 6 months or so.

For both the Digital and Smart Scales, I would recommend that you keep some batteries spare. Many people keep small stockpiles of batteries so that they do not run out.