How to Buy the Best Bathroom Scale for Weight Loss

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If you’re starting on a weight loss journey, you will need a way to track your progress. This usually comes in the form of a bathroom scale. Most people just think of a scale as a scale. You stand on it, and it tells you how much you currently weigh. But those who use them regularly to track their weight will know how important it is to pick the right one.

Search online for bathroom scales, and you will see so many different options available. It can be overwhelming, so how do you decide? You don’t need to get bogged down in all the technical functions, but you should be able to identify specific features that make it a suitable choice.

Here are a few tips to help you weigh up your options.


Your budget will determine how many different options are available to you. There is a vast spectrum of prices when it comes to bathroom scales. On the upper end, you could spend hundreds of dollars on an elaborate set of scales that also analyses your body fat and muscle. Alternatively, you could spend under 30 dollars on a more basic, no-frills option. For most people, all they want is an encouraging figure on the readout. If you’re new to weight loss, it’s probably best to start with a cheaper model, and you can decide to upgrade at a later date if you need additional features.


If you’re after all the bells and whistles that come with a higher-end set of scales, you have a lot of choices. The most important feature you should check for is weight capacity. If you’re on the heavier side, check the product specifications before you buy, as well as the size of the platform you stand on. Do you want a digital or an analog display? A digital readout can be easier to read and understand, but it might be more expensive. If you’re into data, you can get scales that track your progress and activity over time, allowing you to drill down into weight loss in more detail. Other optional features include body fat and muscle mass measurement, calorie recommendations, and water intake analysis.


Most important for measuring weight loss is accuracy. If the scale doesn’t give you an accurate measurement, you won’t have a clear picture of how much progress you have made. Although some people tend to blame their scales for not showing the results they’d like, there are some low-quality models on the market. It can be hard to know how accurate a scale is before you buy it, but don’t panic. You don’t need to start studying up on all the technical terms like load cell calibration procedure, but you should do some research. Read reviews online to see if people have had issues with it, and make sure that it comes from a respected brand.

A good set of scales is essential for tracking your weight loss progress, but don’t be disheartened if you don’t always get the result you want. Other factors, such as clothing, water intake, and time of day can all play a part. 



  • heather

    This post has a lot of great information in it about purchasing a new scale. I try not to weigh myself too much it is too depressing. I crinch when they weigh me at the doctor’s office for every single thing I come in for.

  • Rosie

    I need a scale that still works after throwing it out the window, to try to knock some sense into it, because it can’t possibly be accurate.

  • Rosie

    Hmm good tips. I had gotten a scale, and it didn’t take too long for it to find its way to the back under the dresser and out of sight. oh yes, out of sight, out of mind. I still remember throwing it out, thinking how I didn’t end up doing what I had planned. It was an old-fashioned one, maybe a nicer one I’d leave out and actually use it!

  • Tamra Phelps

    I wish I had not gone with the kind that announces your weight out loud, lol. I can see how it would be nice for someone who can’t see the readout, but man it can be embarrassing if people are around and you’d prefer they not know your weight.

  • Dana Rodriguez

    Great suggestions. We bought a nice one a couple of years ago that wasn’t that expensive really. Remember those old school ones that were awful back in the day? lol

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