- Bathroom scales can be helpful for those trying to achieve certain health or fitness goals.
- The best should be highly accurate and reliable, come with useful added features, and have good value-for-cost.
- Our top pick, the Amazfit Smart Scale, was one of the most accurate and consistent scales we tested.
Most of us grew up with a scale in the house. And while society has (thankfully) begun to move away from the idea that weight equals health, some people do need to take note of their weight – namely, older adults who need to avoid losing weight unintentionally or those under specific directives from their doctors to monitor it for medical conditions. Other groups, like athletes and bodybuilders, may need or just want to track their weight for professional reasons, as well.
Laura Iu, a New York-based registered dietician nutritionist who specializes in intuitive eating and disordered eating recovery, told Insider that the average person is probably better off not weighing themselves regularly. That’s because the number is not an indicator of health and research shows focusing on your weight can cause more harm than good to your mental state and healthy behaviors.
That being said, if you are in the market for a scale, it’s important to invest in one that’s accurate – which doesn’t always mean the most expensive or the one with the most features. For this guide, I tested several models for accuracy and reliability and took note of accessibility features, weight capacity, and “smart” features like body fat percentage, muscle mass, and hydration levels, to name a few.
At the end of this guide, I’ve also included some insight into the testing methodology I used, what to look for when shopping for a bathroom scale, as well as the other models I considered and answers to common FAQs.
Here are the best bathroom scales:
- Best scale overall: Amazfit Smart Scale
- Best budget scale: Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale
- Best smart scale: FitTrack Dara Smart Scale
- Best scale for older adults and the visually impaired: Taylor Electronic Glass Talking Bathroom Scale
- Best scale higher weight capacity: MyWeigh XL550 Talking Scale
The Amazfit Smart Scale offers accuracy, consistency, and smart features at a fair price.
Pros: Accurate and reliable, attractive design, easy to use, larger surface area, under $50
Cons: Smart features are generally overrated, some kinks in its corresponding app
Our tests found the Amazfit to be one of the most accurate and consistent scales in our consideration. What’s more, no other scale we tried offered both high accuracy and smart features, particularly at this price point. Additionally, its platform is relatively large, making it comfortable to use for those with bigger feet, and its subtle gradient design makes it an attractive bathroom fixture.
Though the accuracy of “smart” scales overall is strongly doubted by experts (see FAQs), users may still be curious to see additional body metrics like heart rate and body fat percentage. Those two stats appear on the display after your weight reading, and you can use the corresponding app — now called Zepp — to see other details and store your data. Otherwise, the app is only necessary if you want to change the units of measurement from kilograms to pounds.
The app itself, which syncs with the scale via Bluetooth, has a few small issues (mostly pertaining to incomplete translation from Japanese to English) but overall is intuitive, user-friendly, and provides detailed explanations of each metric it provides.
The best budget
The Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale is an accurate, no-fuss scale at a low price.
Pros: Accuracy, reliability, price
Cons: 400-pound limit
If you’re looking for a simple, trustworthy bathroom scale just to weigh yourself, the Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale has you covered. At just $20, the Etekcity beat out other budget-friendly options in our trials for accuracy and reliability.
It displays your weight to the second decimal place, the LCD screen is bright and easy to read, and the scale itself feels sturdy and comfortable on which to stand. It’s little wonder this scale is a time-tested hit with Amazon reviewers as well as our reviewers.
The best smart scale
The FitTrack Dara scale pairs with a slick phone app to give you a detailed body profile.
Pros: Highly accurate weight readings, easy to use, user-friendly app
Cons: Smart features are generally overrated, expensive, smaller platform
The FitTrack Dara is a sleek device that feels high-tech and easy to use. It works as a basic bodyweight scale of course, and our trials found it to be accurate and reliable. The scale itself only displays a weight reading, but many more metrics are included in the smartphone app, which syncs with the scale via Bluetooth.
Experts warn to be wary of smart scales in general as it’s not actually possible to accurately measure body fat percentage, hydration, muscle mass, and other traits with this kind of device — it merely provides an estimate based on the other physical data you input like age and height. Regardless, we liked using this scale and its corresponding app, which automatically keeps a record of your weight and other metrics with a clean, user-friendly interface that is easy to use and intuitive to understand.
The best for the visually impaired
The Taylor Talking Bathroom Scale is sturdy, reasonably priced, and reads the weight aloud.
Pros: Audible reading, sturdy, simple to use
Cons: Reliability in question
For those with visual impairments, a display-only scale is inconvenient at best and fully unusable at worst, hence the creation of talking scales to give audible readings. Additionally, typical small bathroom scales can be too unsteady for people with balance or mobility issues.
This Taylor Talking Bathroom Scale is well-rated on Amazon by folks with visual impairments: In addition to its LCD display, an automated voice reads the measurement aloud in five different languages (English, Spanish, Greek, German, and Croatian). It’s also made of glass and stainless steel, so its weight makes it sturdy, ideal for those with balance issues. Additionally, its design is simple and easy to use.
Some users do report reduced accuracy as the product ages, though we were not able to test this one ourselves. Still, at $38, it’s still good value for all of its accessible features.
The best high-weight capacity
The MyWeigh XL-550 is reliable, accurate, and is designed to measure and hold up to 550 pounds.
Pros: Accommodates bodies up to 550 lbs, wide platform
Cons: Expensive, limited availability
Most scales on the market max out around 300 or 400 pounds and tend to have accuracy issues for folks weighing 250lbs or more. But the MyWeigh XL-550 is designed for large bodies, able to accommodate up to 550 lbs in weight. It has a large, sturdy platform — 14.7″ x 12.5″ — to comfortably accommodate people with wide stances. The scale talks (in four languages) to tell users when it’s ready and what their reading is, though this feature is optional and can be turned off.
Note that if you need a larger platform or higher weight capacity, the same brand makes the XL700, which has a 20″ x 12″ platform and theoretically reads higher weights more accurately (up to 700 pounds); however, it’s much harder to get a hold of and costs over $100. For this reason, we recommend the XL-550 for the vast majority of people as it’s well-reviewed across the board by consumers and professionals alike.
My testing methodology
To test the accuracy and reliability of each scale, I weighed myself using each device and recorded each reading, then reset the scales and weighed myself again. I noted which scales produced dramatically different results between the two trials. I then calculated the standard deviation of the data set to identify statistically significant outliers.
I also weighed a standard 10-pound barbell plate on all but one of the scales (the Amazfit would not produce a reading for an inanimate object) as an additional accuracy test.
|Scale||Tester bodyweight – Test 1||Tester bodyweight – Test 2||Standardized 10lb weight|
|Amazfit Smart Scale||112.9||112.8||unable to read|
|FitTrack Dara Smart Scale||113.1||112.7||10.1|
|Renpho Smart Scale||114||112.8||10.2|
|Eufy Smart Scale C1||113.7||112.6||10.1|
|Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale||112.7||112.7||10.3|
|EatSmart Products Digital Bathroom Scale||114||113||10.4|
|Ozeri Precision Bath Scale||114.7||113||10|
While using each scale I also paid attention to the user experience, noting how simple and intuitive each device was to use, as well as any issues a customer might want to know about.
I also tested the accuracy of two smart scales. The experts I spoke with for this piece warned that a scale’s report of your body fat, muscle mass, BMR, and more is unreliable since it’s calculating those numbers on your body weight and height, not measuring your actual fat and muscle masses.
It was unsurprising, then, that the two smart scales left me with wildly different readings. While they tested accurately for actual weight (see chart above), I can’t claim either to be accurate for smart readings.
|Body fat||Muscle mass||Water||Bone mass||Basal Metabolic rate (BMR)||Protein rate||Visceral fat index|
|Dara||20.2%||43.2 lbs||54.8%||5.5lbs||1253 kcal||19.4%||2|
|Amazfit||29.3%||77.6 lbs||50.2%||4.61 lbs||1176 kcal||12.3%||3|
What to look for in a bathroom scale
Accuracy and reliability are the two main factors you want in a bathroom scale, no matter the type. A trustworthy scale will give you correct and consistent readings that accurately reflect changes in your body, and you won’t be misled by too-high or too-low readings. Since there’s no way of knowing from the box whether or not a scale is as accurate as it claims to be, we recommend one of the scales we’ve tested for accuracy.
Smart scales are all the rage, telling users not only their weight but also their body fat percentage and other metrics. Experts warn, however, that these readings are gross estimations and may be much higher or lower than the reality. (Case in point, the Dara and Amazfit gave me two completely different body composition profiles.)
Therefore, it may not be worth it for the average shopper to dole out top dollar for these extra features, but curious-minded folks might enjoy seeing the estimations anyway.
When evaluating products, value-for-cost is always a factor. There are scales available at every price point, starting at under $20 and going up to over $100. You want the price you’re paying to justify the features promised, and be comparable to similarly-priced competing products in terms of accuracy, reliability, and usability.
Lastly, consider what specific traits you might need, personally, in a bathroom scale. Talking scales, which read the measurement aloud, may be helpful for people who are blind or visually impaired. For folks in large bodies, you’ll want a scale with a higher weight capacity and potentially a larger platform to accommodate a wider stance.
What else I considered
What else we recommend
- Renpho Smart Scale ($29.99): The Renpho was slightly less accurate than some of the other scales we tried, but it’s a hit with Amazon reviewers, boasting over 160,000 ratings and a 4.5-star average.
- EatSmart Digital Bathroom Scale ($22.40): The EatSmart had some consistency issues in our trial, but it’s sturdy, attractive, and competitively priced.
- Weight Guru Bluetooth smart scale ($48): We weren’t able to include this scale in our trials, but it’s very highly rated by both Amazon reviewers and our own. Some have reported issues with accommodating large bodies even when well under the weight capacity, but overall users rave about this scale and its Bluetooth integration with smartphones and FitBits.
What we don’t recommend
- Eufy C1 Smart Scale ($29.99): Our trials found this scale to be less consistent than the others, though not dramatically — it fluctuated just over one pound between readings.
- Ozeri Precision Bath Scale ($15.95): The Ozeri is a temptingly low price, but our tests and numerous customer reviews determined that the Ozeri was somewhat inconsistent in its readings.
- MyWeigh XL-550 Talking Scale ($44.39): If you need a scale that can accommodate heavier bodies with wider stances, but doesn’t need the full capacity of the XL700, this MyWeigh model has a capacity of 550 lbs and a larger-than-average platform on which to stand. Not to mention, it’s about half the price.
When is the best time to weigh myself?
Family medicine physician Dr. Abisola Olulade, who is based in San Diego, recommended that you weigh yourself first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything for the most accurate evaluation.
How accurate are scales, in general?
Most people weighing themselves don’t really need down-to-the-ounce precision so much as a general idea of how their bodies are changing. For this reason, Dr. Olulade encourages patients to use one scale consistently — even if it’s not the most accurate device, you’ll be better able to track changes using a single controlled device.
Do “smart scales,” which claim to measure other traits like body fat percentage, hydration, and bone density, really work?
Sort of, but they’re not as precise as you might hope. The only way to get a truly accurate picture of body composition is with an air displacement chamber or MRI, which are expensive and generally only used by specialists and researchers.
Smart scales estimate body composition by sending a weak electrical current up into your body and measuring the resistance with which it’s met. This result is compared to other info your scale already has about you, such as age and gender, to come up with a body composition estimate. In one Consumer Reports trial, even the most accurate smart scales were found to be off by up to 21% in body fat percentage readings.
Despite inaccuracies, some shoppers might want to see those estimations just for fun or out of curiosity. Smart scales are safe to use, so recreational use is fine — just don’t plan to use it as a serious health management tool.
Laura Iu, RD, CDN, CNSC, RYT is a registered dietitian, nutrition therapist, and certified intuitive eating counselor who practices privately in New York City. Iu has worked in hospitals including NYU Langone and Mount Sinai, and is affiliated with The Greater New York Dietetic Association, The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, and The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH).
Abisola Olulade, MD, is a board-certified family medicine physician at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in San Diego. She is also affiliated with Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center in North Carolina.