Colorado Springs News, Sports & Business

Gazette Premium Content Options abound when choosing bathroom scale

By Maggie Fazeli Fard The Washington Post - Published: May 14, 2013

When most people set out to buy a bathroom scale, it is with one objective in mind: to measure how much they weigh. But faced with store shelves or a digital marketplace overflowing with options, choosing the right scale can be a daunting task.

Do you go with the body-fat calculator, or the one that will talk to you in Spanish? The solar-powered unit, or one in a fabulous print? Or do you forgo modern touches and go the old-fashioned route, opting for a trusty analog dial?

Here are some tips:

- Analog scales are the simplest way to measure weight. Also called mechanical scales, they operate on a spring mechanism that doesn't require batteries, and generally feature large foot platforms and easy-to-read dials. They're widely available in stores. On the downside, they don't offer bells and whistles such as body-fat calculations and accuracy can be an issue.

- Digital scales that measure only body weight are similar to analog ones in terms of simplicity, with increased accuracy. They are battery-operated and easy to find in stores, and some have memory capabilities that can store as many as 10 previous weight readings.

- High-tech scales dig deeper into the body composition story than analog or basic digital scales. Many models calculate body fat percentage using a small electrical pulse that distinguishes between fat and muscle tissue.

Others, such as Withings's Wireless Scale ($100) and Smart Body Analyzer ($150), can use WiFi or Bluetooth to sync to your smartphone or tablet, instantly updating digital weight and BMI charts. Talking scales, such as Royal Tel-Weight's bilingual scale ($70), are useful for the visually impaired.

- High-capacity scales provide an alternative for people weighing more than a "standard" scale can accommodate. Most scales max out at 300 pounds, but EatSmart's extra-wide bath scale ($37) can hold up to 440 pounds.

- Design-minded scales can be matched to the look of your bathroom. Conair makes a digital one using sustainably grown teakwood panels ($95), while Beurer offers mirrored ($70) and bedazzled ($39) options. Escali's bamboo digital scale ($50) is solar-powered.

Comment Policy

Our commenting system has changed. Please register or login with your gazette.com account to comment on a story. Click here for information.

You've reached 4 FREE premium stories this month

Simply register to continue. It's free.

Register Learn more

Already registered? Click here to login.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
SEP
21
SEP
22
SEP
23
SEP
24
SEP
25
SEP
26
SEP
27
SEP
28
SEP
29
SEP
30
OCT
1
OCT
2
OCT
3
OCT
4
Advertisement