Weighing the Options: How to Choose a Bathroom Scale

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Weighing the Options: How to Choose a Bathroom Scale

Are you in the market for a new bathroom scale? Chances are you're overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available. A scale with all of the bells and whistles can be great for serious weight loss efforts, but some people are simply looking for a scale to occasionally track their weight. Determining which type of scale will work best for you is simply a matter of evaluating your needs and matching the results to the appropriate scale. Here are 4 factors to consider when choosing the best bathroom scale for you.

Your Weight

Scales have a limited weight capacity, with most standard scales having a maximum weight of 300 pounds. However, older models tend to be less accurate for people who weigh over 250 pounds. There are some scales that are specifically made for larger individuals. These scales have an expanded weight capacity to ensure that you'll get an accurate reading every time. Scales are available with maximum weights of up to 650 pounds.

Calibration Settings

Modern digital scales typically come with an automatic calibration feature, meaning that your scale will automatically zero out when you step off for more accurate readings. Keep in mind that not all scales on the market have this feature - you will have to manually zero the scale each time you step off of it. Analog scales must be manually calibrated, and manual calibration allows for adjustments that do not accurately reflect your weight. You may be tempted to calibrate your scale to weigh light if you opt for an analog scale.

Body Fat Measurements

Some digital scales come with a body fat measurement feature. These scales have a metal surface that allows for calculating a user's body fat percentage. You can use this information to evaluate your diet or exercise plans. This feature is recommended for people who are interested with improving their overall fitness and health. Body fat measurements can also be referenced during appointments with your medical provider to determine whether you will need to lower this measurement. Overall health is not always determined by your weight, and the makeup of your body weight is an important component of your health.

Precise Measurements

Analog scales are as precise as your eyesight. You can try to determine whether you are in between pounds, but there is no way to know for sure if you have lost a fraction of a pound. Digital scales offer detailed measurements that can weigh down to one-tenth of a pound. However, some digital scales only offer one-half of a pound as the most precise measurement. Opt for a model that offers precise measurements if you worry about small losses. Discovering that you have lost as little as one-tenth of a pound can be more encouraging than believing that you haven't lost anything because of an imprecise measurement. All in all, there are a variety of scales available to fit your lifestyle without compromising your budget. Finding the right scale for your needs simply takes a little time and research. Do you have any advice for people buying a new scale? Please share in the comments!