Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter
The most traditional type of step-on bathroom scale, mechanical bathroom scales 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, user-friendly and easy to use.
Probably the most popular type of bathroom scale nowadays, digital bathroom scales display your body weight on a glass screen. They offer the advantage of greater weighing precision (down to 100 g) and are easy-to-read. However, digital bathroom scales do have a limited power as they rely on batteries.
When it comes to accuracy, body fat scales offer the best high-precision technology on the market. These devices allow you to calculate your overall body weight and body composition, as well as your body fat percentage and muscle mass.
The latest generation of bathroom scales, these weighing 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.).
Some models of scales offer an analyser function which allows you to calculate your body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage, body composition, bone mass and muscle mass.
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!
Some models of bathroom 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).
Here are a few final points to consider when choosing your bathroom scales:
Guide written by:
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