11BONUS (Also Consider): Omron Body Composition Monitor
Thanks to its full-body sensing technology, this scale provides a comprehensive understanding of your body composition to help you reach your fitness goals. The reason behind this is the fact that it is designed as a body composition monitor as well as a scale, thus able to keep track of multiple users via profiles. We should also point out that if measures five fitness indicators like body fat, visceral fat, BMI, skeletal muscle, and body weight for a more accurate measurement.
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What To Look For In A Bathroom Scale
Before investing in a bathroom scale, you should first figure out what exactly you expect from a bathroom scale and what is likely you will expect over time. We say this because some people are simply interested in measuring their weight while others are also interested in measuring body composition metrics like body fat, BMI, and bone mass. Once you have that figured out, you can proceed with looking at the specific capabilities of each model you find interesting. In principle, this is what you need to look at when buying an accurate bathroom scale:
The weight capacity of a bathroom scale determines how big of a load it can hold and still measure it accurately. For the most part, bathroom scales are designed to range between 300 and 450 lbs depending on their construction, design, intended purpose, and manufacturer. You can safely assume that larger scales are a bit pricier just as you can presume that high-end scales are also equipped with features unrelated to measuring mass alone.
You should also look for a bathroom scale that measures weight in small increments for a more accurate measurement process. We say this because on average, smaller measurement increments offer far more accurate readings. What you want is a scale that measures in .1 or .2 lbs increments for a truly realistic representation of your body weight. Keep in mind, however, that accurate scales also tend to come with a price tag to match.
It isn’t just the measuring part that should concern you but also the way it is represented for you to look at. Most bathroom scales tend to have both pounds and kilograms for you to choose from depending on what fitness schedule you follow. Interestingly enough, there are also a few bathroom scales that have the ability to measure in stones, although it all fairness, these scales aren’t all that popular.
Another thing to consider is whether the scale can record measurements for multiple users. Some of the more modern bathroom scales are equipped with internal or cloud-based memory systems that can store historical data for multiple users at the same time. This is extremely useful when more than one person uses the scale and would like to keep track of their progress over time, eighter for health issues or to check how their diet plan is working.
It is also important for a bathroom scale to have a large, backlit display that you can read easily at any given time. As you would expect, high-end bathroom scales tend to be equipped not only with large LCD displays but also backlighting functions to make the readings easier to comprehend. Depending on your budget, the display of a bathroom scale can show you a lot more than just what it measures at that particular time, things like body mass changes over time and heartbeat monitoring.
A large or at least suitably-sized platform is an absolute ‘must’ when it comes to bathroom scales. We say this because the wider a platform the easier it is to stand on, which also affects the accuracy of a scale’s readings. In this respect, look for a bathroom scale with a platform that is at least 12 inches in diameter or more. On a related note, you should also consider the space a larger scale can take up in your bathroom, especially if you have a small bathroom.
What You Need To Know About Bathroom Scales
First of all, bathroom scales are quite technologically-advanced these days, unlike the bathroom scales of old that only measured your weight. As such, modern scales can measure your BMI, your skeletal mass, heart rate, and a whole lot more. For the most part, these scales are surprisingly accurate, mostly because they employ a so-called BIA which stands for Bioelectrical Impendance Analysis. Somewhat less accurate than professional techniques, they still measure your weight well enough for you to get a clear idea about your overall health.
You also need to consider the aesthetic issue of having a bathroom scale in your bathroom, mostly how it blends into your bathroom’s theme. We should point out that manufacturers put real efforts into making their scales look as techy and modern as possible. If you do, however, find a scale that you like in regards to its measurement capabilities, but one that kind of looks like an eye-sore, then, by all means, check if it’s portable or at least small enough to hide away when not in use.
Last but not least, consider the fact that recent years have seen the emergence of connectable smart scales. We refer here to the scales that you can connect to smartphones or tablets via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections. The greatest advantage these scales have is the use of large storage clouds that allow you to access your measurements from virtually any device by using an app that you customize in any way you see fit.