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None of the scales we reviewed for this guide connect to your phone. If you want a smart scale—one that automatically tracks weight measurements and other biometric data—check out our guide to smart scales. Keep in mind, though, that overall we’ve found those connected scales to be more finicky and less reliable.
This perfunctory, pretty bathroom scale is consistently accurate, precise, and easy to read.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $30.
The Etekcity EB9380H is one of the most accurate and precise digital bathroom scales we’ve tested. Many inexpensive bathroom scales respond reliably only to a weight change on the order of half a pound, or, as we found through our testing, will even pull your weight readings from memory without trying to measure you. This streamlined scale was one of the only models we tested that was capable of not only detecting change as small as a couple of tenths of a pound, but also consistently giving the same measurements for test objects of known weights on different days. The Etekcity’s bright backlit display is small but easy to read, and the measured weight is displayed for an ample 10 seconds. And the scale has a 400-pound weight capacity, can measure in kilograms or pounds, is completely silent (no beeps), and turns on and off instantly. The Etekcity comes with a one-year warranty, which doubles if you register your scale on the company’s website within two weeks of purchase. As with all bathroom scales, to get accurate readings on the Etekcity, you’ll need to place it on a hard, flat surface, and you’ll have to calibrate it regularly (by stepping on and off of it and/or temporarily removing the batteries).
EatSmart Precision Plus
Nearly as accurate and precise as the Etekcity, the EatSmart Precision Plus has an extra-large display and a weight capacity of 440 pounds.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $20.
The EatSmart Precision Plus is much bigger than the Etekcity and has an extra-large, 4.3-inch backlit display. It is almost as accurate and precise as our top pick, and it, too, gives fresh weights (not ones from memory) each time it’s used. In our testing, the Precision Plus remained mostly consistent on different days and detected incremental weight gains and losses of a few tenths of a pound. It has a higher weight capacity, 440 pounds, and is much longer than our top pick, making it a solid choice for someone with a larger-than-average shoe size (men’s 10½ and above). Like our top pick, the EatSmart scale is silent, can measure in kilograms or pounds, instantly turns on and off, and displays a person’s weight for 10 seconds after they step off the scale. This scale comes with a two-year warranty.
If you value extreme weight precision and accuracy over a silent, instant weighing experience, or if you are hesitant to buy a glass scale, consider the Tanita HD-351.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $80.
The plastic-topped Tanita HD-351 is an impressively accurate option with a non-glass platform. It offers near-perfect precision, and, unlike our other picks, it can recall last-weight memories for up to five people. Although its display is not backlit, this scale turns off instantly, has a 440-pound weight capacity, can measure in kilograms or pounds, and comes with a confidence-boosting five-year warranty. It’s not a true upgrade over our other picks, though, because it emits beeps you can’t disable and takes, on average, 10 seconds to display a reading (roughly 5 seconds longer than our other picks).