The Best Bathroom Scale

January 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Losing weight is a popular new year's resolution. Several factors figure in keeping off the pounds, but health experts say weighing yourself regularly is key.

Regular exercise is an essential component of keeping weight in check and weighing yourself routinely helps keep you in check.

"I actually follow an eating regiment and an exercise plan. So based on what that number is on the scale, I can determine what I'm going to be later on that week as far as exercising and eating," said Allen Aranzamendez, personal trainer.

Consumer reports tested 11 bathroom scales ranging in price from $18 to $65. Included were digital scales, ones with dials, and even a solar-powered scale. Some even have memory features.

"The $30 Weight Watchers scale remembers your last five weigh-ins. And a $35 one from Health o meter can remember the last reading for two people," said Nicole Sarrubbo, Consumer Reports.

It will even calculate the difference.

To test the scales, nearly a dozen panelists first weighed in on a calibrated standard lab scale. Then they stepped on each of the scales in a random order.

To ensure accuracy be sure to use your scale on a hard, level surface. And for consistency it's also important to weigh yourself at the same time, first thing in the morning. That's because your weight can fluctuate throughout the day.

Turns out the dial scales tested didn't measure up.

"We found that the dial scales weren't nearly as accurate as the digital ones. In some of our tests, they were as much as seven to 11 pounds off the mark," said Sarrubbo.

All the digital scales performed well, with seven rating excellent. After weighing the options, consumer reports top-rated the $35 Taylor glass electronic scale, model number 7506.