Best Bathroom Scales

With two-thirds of Americans overweight, the United States ranks in the top three countries for obesity. While there's a lot that factors into getting your weight in check, health experts say weighing yourself regularly is key.

Consumer Reports just tested bathroom scales to see how they measure up.

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.

Nicole Sarrubo of Consumer Reports says, "The $30 Weight Watchers scale remembers your last five weigh-ins. And the $35 one from Healthometer can remember the last reading for two people."

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.

Turns out the dial scales didn't measure up.

Sarrubbo says, "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."

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.

Consumer Reports says whichever scale you choose, to ensure accuracy be sure to use it on a hard, level surface.

And for consistency, weigh yourself at the same time, first thing in the morning.

That's because your weight can fluctuate throughout the day, depending on what you've had to eat.


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