Bathroom scale buying guide

Bathroom scale buying guide

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Whether you're trying to lose weight or are just conscious of your health, it's useful to have a set of bathroom scales on hand. From traditional mechanical models to digital or body fat scales, your choice of bathroom scale will depend on your own needs. Read on to find the right scale for your bathroom!

Important features

  • Mechanical
  • Electronic
  • Body fat scales
  • Smart scales
  • BMI
  • User recognition
  • Memory function
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Different types of bathroom scales

Mechanical bathroom scales


The most traditional type of bathroom scale, these models have a dial to indicate weight and display increments of 500 g to 1 kg. As such, they are not recommended if you want very precise results.
They are, however, hard-wearing and easy to use.

Digital bathroom scales


Probably the most popular type of bathroom scale nowadays, digital scales display the weight on a screen.
They offer the advantage of greater precision (down to 100 g). However, digital scales do have a limited power as they rely on batteries.

Body fat scales


When it comes to accuracy, body fat scales offer the best technology on the market.
These devices allow you to calculate your overall weight as well as your body fat percentage and muscle mass.

Smart scales


The latest generation of bathroom scales, these devices communicate via a smartphone app. Connected to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, they let you check your all previous weight data at any time using a portable device (tablet, smartphone, laptop, etc.).

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Measuring BMI, body fat and muscle mass


Some models of scales allow you to calculate your body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage and muscle mass.

User recognition


Some scales are able to automatically detect regular users which is very practical if everyone in the house is on a diet and there's a queue to get in the bathroom for the weekly weigh-in!

Memory function


Some models of scales have a memory function that records previous weight results as well as data such as the height, sex and age of the user(s).

Other features


Here are a few final points to consider when choosing your bathroom scales:

  • readability of the figures displayed on the screen;
  • stability and accuracy;
  • size, shape, colour and design.

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Guide written by:

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 187 guides

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Redo a roof with wooden beams? Check.Advise Mister everybody in the DIY shop? Check.Redo the bathroom plumbing? Check.Fit together, build the walls, paint a partition, throw my hammer in a rage thinking that it will fix the problem? Check. The DIY motto ? Learning is better than delegating… well, it's also a question about your wallet! The satisfaction? The beer at the end of the job! What do the best have in common? The influence of Gyro Gearloose, Mac Gyver and Carol Smiley depending on your generation, a good dose of curiosity, a average hand-eye coordination and a taste for risks… and if it doesn't work, try again! Advise you? I'll do my best!

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