You might be wondering, why is there even a need to write about the best weight scales on the market today? What is there even to consider when buying a weight scale? The answer is that there is simply so much choice in the market today, and technology has led to some pretty amazing features being incorporated into the modern scale. Be sure you buy the best weight scale within your budget, as you should be using it frequently. In fact, this CNN article explains why you should be using your weight scale daily.
So 15 years ago picking a scale was easy. You would walk into the nearest retail store and buy the lowest price one that looked like it would look good in your bathroom.
Fast forward to 2017 and choosing the best weight scale takes a bit of time and research. And this is where we want to help. Common features in the modern smart scales into auto-off technology, LCD displays, user memory of up to 12 people, WiFi and bluetooth connections to sync and graph you data to your phones or laptops, on screen graphs, on screen weather reports, amazing accuracy, and normally access to a range of other measurements not just your weight. They can often measure body fat, muscle mass, body water percentage, and many other body measurements. Some will even rate your physique on a scale of 1 to 9.
Due to all this new technology, choosing the best bathroom scale can take quite a bit of research. That is why we have spent the last two months putting together reviews of all the best weight scale available on the market today.
The Ozeri ZB20 WeightMaster II is our top pick as the best digital weight scale available in 2016 and 2017. The reasons for this are many, but first off all we love it’s capability to show your net weight change over different time periods. The Ozeri ZB20 will show your change in weight since your most recent weigh-in, and your last three, seven, and thirty weigh-ins. This allows you to track your daily, weekly, and monthly weight loss progresses in such a simple and intuitive manner. This feature is absolutely priceless for motivation as you get to see your progress instantly. Once little piece of advice I do have however is you should always weigh yourself at the same time every day. The average body fluctuates a few pounds throughout the day, so you may be discouraged if you find you put on weight from yesterday’s weigh-in with this feature. It could just be that you are weighing yourself at today’s maximum weight, when you weighed yourself yesterday when you were the lightest.
I also love that you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to use all the features of this model!If you have gained weight, the LCD screen will illuminate red, and if you have lost weight, it will illuminate green. This ensures you focus mainly on your weight trend, and not on the numbers. As long as you keep on seeing green every time you step on the scale, you are heading in the right direction! The results are immediate, meaning you don’t have to worry about it syncing to your home network as you may have to in some cheaper WiFi or Bluetooth alternatives.
The construction of Ozeri also helps cement its place as the best weight scale. It is built very robust and measures up to 440lbs. It is the first weight scale we have reviewed that has been treated with antimicrobial protection to dampen the growth of odor-causing bacteria. It’s an extra bonus that is was designed and engineered in the USA by a trusted brand known to provide high quality scales. Its non-slip scratch-resistant feet are an added little bonus if you are placing your scale on flooring that can be marked easily, such as hardwood or bathroom tiles.
Many digital bathroom scales these days are coming out with auto-recognition technology, and we expect this trend to continue well into 2017. A lot of scales can auto-recognize up to four people, however the Ozeri ZB20 can detect up to eight users, making it great for larger families.
This scale also features step-on technology, and auto-powers off to prolong battery life (batteries are included). All in all, we highly recommend the Ozeri ZB20 scale, and are proud to list it as our best weight scale of 2017.
The color coded onscreen display makes this one of the best scales for weight loss motivation.
Tech geeks might find the lack of WiFi a tease. If you want WiFi, check out the Withings Brand.
The best feature of the Ozeri ZB21 Weightmaster is the valuable data it can display on its screen. If you measure your weight once a day on this scale, it’s accurate 7 day memory will show how your weight changes from your most recent weigh-in, and the last 3 and 7 weigh-ins. This helps ensure you stay on track reaching your goals and are heading in the right direction. I particularly like this feature because sometimes you can weigh more than your most recent reading, but have still lost weight over the past 7 days. When you see situations like this, a scale such as the Ozeri ZB21 can keep you motivated as the long term weight trend is easily seen to be heading in the right direction.
Another great feature is of this scale is the Color Alert Technology that’s built into the LCD display. Color Alert Technology is a simple, but valuable, feature which simply changes the LCD display to green if your weight is trending downwards, and red if it is going up. I particularly like this because it helps you focus on the trend, instead of the actual numbers. It doesn’t matter if you lose 0.5lb or 4lbs within the week, just keep aiming for a green display and you are doing well!
Despite being a smart scale, the Ozeri ZB21 does not come with all the super advanced features of some other scales, such as WiFi or bluetooth syncing. If you can’t be bothered with these advanced features, this scale is a great option to still get a lot of great features, but without the hassle of more expensive wireless and bluetooth alternatives.
The ZB21 is built to a high standard and weights up to 400lbs. Its auto-recognition technology identifies up to five unique users to ensure you are all being tracked individually, and that the entire family can use this scale.
The Etekcity scale is a great high quality scale, and definitely earns its high ranking on our list of the top weight scale available on the market today.
It features ‘step-and-read’ which is a fancy way of saying that you get immediate readings as soon as you step on the scale. Once your result is accurate, the display will lock allowing you to easily and efficiently see and record your weight. Your reading is easy to view on the large 3.5 inch display. The display is also backlit which is a nice bonus, meaning you can use the scale at all times of the day or night without needing an additional light source.
The Etekcity Digital Body Weight Scale is also very accurate. It has four high-precision sensors built into its wide platform ensuring you get an accurate weight reading every time.
All the usual features found in high quality bathroom scales are also in the Etekcity scale. This includes auto power-off, auto-zero, and low battery and overload indicators. Speaking of low battery, this scale runs on just two AAA batteries which are included. This scale can manage an accurate reading up to 440lbs (200kg).
I love the stainless steel platform of the Etekcity Digital Body Weight Scale. It’s sturdy, durable, and looks great in any modern bathroom. If you are a bit wary of breaking a glass surfaced scale, or slipping on it, then perhaps this Etekcity scale is what you have been looking for (note: tempered glass surfaced scales are safe and normally slip resistant so it’s not something you really have to worry about).
The four highly precise sensors in this scale will provide an accurate weight measurement with 0.2lb accuracy. You can change the reading from lb to kg with the push of a button, and the scale has a capacity of up to 400lb or 180kg.
The sleek stainless steel scale features a 3.2 inch black-lit screen for quick results. Thanks to the back light, you can use this scale in any lighting conditions, either in the middle of the day or late at night. The scale also has auto power-off which you expect on most good digital scales these days, and auto-zero and a user-profile memory. It is powered by 2 AAA batteries which are included, and Etekcity gives a nice one year warranty.
The Ollieroo Body Weight Scale is a great choice for anyone who wants a quality scale, with all the essential features you would expect from a modern weight scale. As with many high quality bathroom scales, there is no button to turn on the scale, you just need to step onto it and it will detect your weight through its high precision weight sensors, and turn the LCD screen on. The LCD screen is easily readable at any distance or angle thanks to its generous 3 inch display, and blue back-light. Once the data is stable, it will freeze on the screen for a moment for you to view. After stepping off the Ollieroo Body Weight Scale, it will wait twelve seconds, and then automatically power off in order to prolong its life and save energy.
The design of this bathroom scale is also great. Not only does it have a back lit LCD display for easy viewing, it is also made from super-strong tempered glass with an ABS bottom to prevent slipping. It’s non-slip feet will ensure your bathroom or kitchen floors are not scratched, and its large 12 inch by 12 inch surface means you can be sure to get an accurate reading every time.
You can switch the units between kilograms and pounds, as well as stones. Simply use the small button on the bottom of the scale while it is turned on to set your preferred unit of measurement. Batteries are included.
I love the design of the INSEN Digital Body Weight Scale. Its beautiful white finish means you can proudly display it in your bathroom without having to slide it under any shelf in into a cupboard to get it out of sight, as you may have to with other less well designed scales. No assembly is required, simply take it out of the box, unwrap it, and it is ready to go.
This weight scale features smart step-on technology meaning you can step on the scale to turn it on instantly, and get a weight measurement in seconds. Similarly, the auto-off technology will turn the scale off after you step away from it to ensure its battery life is prolonged.
The design features are large hidden LED display that only shows when it is powered on! It is clear and easy to read in all lighting conditions at all times of the day. You wont have to worry about straining to see the display on this weight scale!
This digital scale measures weights from 5kg to 150kg and increments in 0.1kg (or 0.2lb). You can change the measurement units from pounds, to kilograms, to stones. This scale is powered by four AAA batteries which are included in the box, and comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and two year warranty.
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The Coosh CBS001B bathroom scale is a great accurate scale suitable for any bathroom. The tempered glass surface can measure weight with 0.2lb precision, which is displayed on the large 4.5inch LCD display which is one of the larger displays we have reviewed on a weight scale before (many are 3 inches or below). The scale features auto-tap to start technology and its wide 39cm platform makes it very easy to use. With the auto-tap technology, you simply give it a quick tap with your foot, wait for zeros to appear, then stand on the surface. You can change the measurement between pounds or kilograms using a switch on the scale.
Overall, if you just want a basic scale, the Coosh Precision Digital Bathroom Scale is a good choice for you. If you want some bell and whistles (like a back-lit display, or a scale that remembers its users) then I suggest looking at one of the other weight scales on this list.
Tips when buying accurate weight scales
When buying any scale, whether it be a weight scale, or a body fat scale, it is important to keep in mind that the surface you place the scale on in important in getting an accurate reading from your product. You want to place your scale on a hard, flat surface for the best readings. Be sure to find a scale that has slip resistant feet (most of them do these days). If you place your weight or body fat scale on soft flooring, such as carpet or a rug, you run the risk of getting inaccurate measurements.
You also want to make sure you batteries have plenty of charge. The best weight scales will warn you on the LCD display when battery life is nearing its end, and when they need to be changed. Most scales use AA for AAA batteries and last a reasonably long time. With auto-off technology which is in most weight scales, your scale will automatically turn off approximately fifteen seconds after you step off the scale (the time varies by brand) which helps prolong the battery life and ensure you are getting accurate data.
Which is the best scale for weight loss?
The key thing to keep in mind is that scales are only good if you use them frequently, and keep track of your results. Although all the scales listed on this page are great for weight loss, our recommendation is to buy a smart scale if you are truly serious about losing weight.
A smart scale can track your progress over time, and show your graphs and charts of your weight change. For me personally this is priceless motivation.