A Bathroom Scale, How To Choose One Review

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A Bathroom Scale, How to Choose One

Choosing a bathroom scale used to be simple, but that’s no longer the case. Initially, all bathroom scales were simple analog devices. Most of the bathroom scales on the market today are now digital. As well as increasing the features available, manufacturers also increase the price each year. There are still scales available to meet both your needs and your budget.

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First you need to research what options you have. Newer digital scales with more and more features are gradually making analog scales obsolete. As well as measuring weight, body fat, visceral fat, muscle mass, amount of water, mass of bones, caloric intake and metabolic age can also be estimated by many scales. To determine these additional measurements, you will need to program personal information, such as gender, height, age and activity level, into the scale. Also, many scales can keep information for two to four users and have different modes based on whether the user is an adult or child, guest or athlete. Data, such as a record of your weight and the dates recorded, can be stored by some scales. Most bathroom scales provide weight in pounds, although weight in kilograms is offered by some. There are a few available that also provide weight in stones.

Once you have looked at all the features available, you will need to choose which are important to you. It is important to pick those features that you are interested in and will actually use. Many people who are trying to lose weight are often interested in measuring their body mass index (BMI) or body fat percentage, but it’s important to remember that these are just estimates by the scale and many studies have shown that they are not accurate. Also, as the number of additional features is increased, so does the price.

For those with poor eyesight, a talking scale may be a good choice. Bathroom scales that both display and announce your weight, as well as other information, are available. Some scales also offer the option of having the announcements made in other languages besides English, including Spanish and French. Reading the display can be made easier with scales that have a backlit display or large number display area. A large dial and window will make reading analog scales easier. For heavier and overweight users, you should choose a scale with a large capacity. Commonly, bathroom scales have a maximum capacity of 300 lbs, but 380 lbs capacity is provided by some Weight Watchers scales. You should always check the maximum weight for any scale you are considering purchasing. The size of the scale is also important and you should choose one with a larger platform of at least 12 inches by 12 inches.

For an accurate scale, the best choice is a medical one. While newer scales do have a lot of additional features, the lack of accuracy and consistency are a major complaint for many people, particularly for measurements like body fat and body water. To ensure accuracy for your weight measurements, you should choose a medical scale. Medical scales are commonly found in doctor’s offices and gyms. They are very accurate and consistent, but they are expensive, heavy, unattractive and take up a great deal of space. They have a weight capacity of 450 lbs, which is the highest available.

To save money, an analog scale is the best option. There are many available for less than $10. Owners of the old fashioned style analog scales feel that they are more accurate than the digital ones currently available.

Solar bathroom scales are also available to help you save energy. Built in solar cells collect energy from sunlight or light provided by interior lights, such as lamps.

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Editor: Paul Blake

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