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What's behind our scale Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 11 models in scales to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Based mainly on the accuracy and consistency of the scale's readout. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • Consistency
    Indicates that the scale was able to give a repeatable result for a known weight.

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Recommended scales are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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If you go to the trouble of weighing yourself, you want to hear the naked truth. To find out whether most scales deliver we tested 11 without bells and whistles such as body-fat indicators. If you're looking for information about scales, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ scale reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our scale buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and scale reviews to help you choose the best scale for your needs.

Scale buying guide

Scale buying guide

If you go to the trouble of weighing yourself, you want to hear the naked truth. To find out whether most scales deliver we tested models without bells and whistles, such as body-fat indicators. (In the past, we've found that scales with that feature weren't very accurate at measuring body fat.)

All of the scales in the Ratings are digital, not analog. Many digital scales require a tap of the foot before you step aboard. The Tanita HS-302 is solar, working with sun or artificial light, so it needs no battery. The other digital scales use lithium batteries and turn off automatically to prolong battery life. Most also have a low-battery indicator. All of the scales can handle a maximum weight of at least 300 pounds.

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