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Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 12 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.
  • Accuracy
    Indicates a scale's ability to display a known weight without error.
  • Consistency
    Indicates that the scale was able to give a repeatable result for a known weight.


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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 some without bells and whistles and others that deliver all the high-tech information you could want. 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

Today's bathroom scales do more than just tell you what you weigh. Many now determine the percentage of your weight that comes from fat. Some also calculate your body mass index, or BMI, which measures your weight in relation to your height. And several scales allow you to upload all that information to your smartphone or computer, so you can track changes in those body measurements over time and, if you choose, share it with friends.

All of the bathroom scales in the Ratings are digital, not analog. Many require a tap of the foot before you step aboard. One scale is solar, working with sun or artificial light, so it needs no battery. The other scales use lithium, AA, or AAA batteries and turn off automatically to prolong battery life. Most also have a low-battery indicator. All of the scales can handle at least 330 pounds; some can handle 400.

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