Best Bathroom Scale 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

Bathroom weighing scales have really evolved over the years. You may remember having one a few years ago which you struggled reading, and when you did finally get the right statistics, they turned out to be way off the mark anyway.

Well, scales are now easier to use than ever before, and they can even measure body fat. This makes them so much more accurate if you’re trying to monitor your weight. Whether you’re trying to get fit, or you like to keep an eye on the numbers, there is a bathroom scale for your specific needs out there. These are the best bathroom scales we found.

The Best Bathroom Weighing Scales – Our Top Picks

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Tanita RD-545 Connected Segmental Body Composition Monitor Scales
  • Maximum User Weight: 200kg / 31st 6lb
  • Features: Weight, Fat, Muscle mass/quality/score, BMI, Physique rating, Bone mass, Total body water %, Visceral fat, Metabolic rate/age, Segmental measurement of limbs
  • Power: 4 x AA Batteries
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Salter 9204 LED Bathroom Scale
  • Dimensions: H2.5 x W23.8 x D28.8cm
  • Maximum User Weight: 180kg / 28st
  • Features: N/A
  • Power: 3 x AAA Batteries
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John Lewis & Partners Beach Hut Bathroom Scales
  • Dimensions: H1.5 x W30 x D35cm
  • Maximum User Weight: 180kg
  • Features: N/A
  • Power: Battery
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Best Digital Bathroom Scales

These electronic scales are seen as the most accurate option, and indeed the easiest to read. They will also often give you extra information such as body fat percentage, and you may be able to personalise results based on your height and gender. Smart scales are also available which could hook up to your fitness wearable.

Tanita BC-731 Family Health Monitor Scales

Tanita is best-known for their high-end range of scales which measure absolutely everything (and have a price to reflect that). But if you want their tech in a more budget-friendly form, then the BC-731 is a top pick.

It still does what those at 2 or 3 times the price do. Measuring pretty much everything, from Body Fat % and Total Body Water % to Physique Rating and Muscle Mass, you can keep on top of much more than your weight, which will give you a much more accurate idea of your overall fitness.

You also get handy extras such as Auto Recognition, Recall Function, Guest Mode and Athlete Mode, and it can save up to five profiles, so if you have a house full of those conscious about their fitness, then you’re not going to need multiple scales or to pop in your details every time. Results can be reviewed after weighing so you can check the previous results before you update them.

It is nice and easy to set up despite how complicated it sounds – all you need to pop in is your gender, age and height. Accuracy seems pretty spot-on, as it gave the same reading every time we tested it. We loved how there was no need for smart technology either; all of the results are there to view immediately, without you having to remember to carry your phone or FitBit around with you.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 21 x 29.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Maximum User Weight: 150kg / 23st 8lbs
  • Features: Body Fat %, Total Body Water %, Physique Rating, Muscle Mass, Bone Mineral Mass, Basal Metabolic Rate, Metabolic Age, Visceral Fat, BMI
  • Power: 4 x AAA Batteries

We like

  • Measures all stats
  • Accurate
  • Easy to get going

We dislike

  • On the smaller side - check dimensions before buying

Final Verdict

You basically get all of the latest 21st Century scale technology for under £50, which is pretty good going, especially from a name such as Tanita

Salter 9204 LED Bathroom Scale

Winning a lot of praise for being one of the most stylish picks if you’re bothered about how it looks in your bathroom, this Salter scale is a great budget pick too at under £30.

It is named the Ghost/Phantom model because of the hidden display, which only shows when it is stepped on. Perfect for being unobtrusive. They’re on the basic side of things, as the price tag would suggest. You don’t get user memory or any fancy measurements such as blood pressure or body fat. But what you do get is a pretty accurate and instant weight reading.

The reading stays illuminated for a few seconds after you step off in case you need to get closer to read it. However, it is pretty bright and clear, so one of the easiest to read which we reviewed. Each member of our team tried the scales three times in succession, and all results were pretty spot-on within a tenth of a kilogram, as long as you balance evenly on both feet.

They also seemed to work on all flooring types, from wood to lino and even tile, although we would always recommend you keep the positioning consistent for the best results.

As they’re on the smaller side, they’re great for popping away in between uses, especially if you have a bathroom which is on the smaller side.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H2.5 x W23.8 x D28.8cm
  • Maximum User Weight: 180kg / 28st
  • Features: N/A
  • Power: 3 x AAA Batteries

We like

  • Measures all stats
  • Accurate
  • Easy to get going

We dislike

  • On the smaller side - check dimensions before buying

Final Verdict

You basically get all of the latest 21st Century scale technology for under £50, which is pretty good going, especially from a name such as Tanita

Tanita RD-545 Connected Segmental Body Composition Monitor Scales

Now for something which has really changed the world of bathroom weighing scales.

With over 20 body composition measurements, there is no denying it is a highly clever piece of kit. We have listed them all in the specifications, and features such as segmental measurements of limb fat and muscle mass and muscle quality show that it is a set of scales for those deadly serious about their fitness – perhaps those training for a marathon or professional athletes.

You may think that there is no way it can be accurate when it has so much to do, but in actual fact, stats are delivered in medical-grade accuracy. It uses Biometric Impedance Analysis (BIA) technology to boost this, which used to only be available to professional models.

The free My Tanita app will help you view all of your recorded data in one place in between uses. You can also sync this through Google Fit or Apple Health for even more familiarity and if you want to match the data up to your steps for the day etc.

Don’t be put off by how technical it is, especially if you are new to fitness or monitoring. It is actually really easy to set up, and once you get used to what everything means, it provides a really beneficial breakdown of your fitness as a whole. It has long been seen that you need to look at more than just your weight to get the full picture of your health, and these scales couldn’t do it better if they tried. Tanita does call it the IRONMAN® after all.

Specifications

  • Maximum User Weight: 200kg / 31st 6lb
  • Features: Weight, Fat, Muscle mass/quality/score, BMI, Physique rating, Bone mass, Total body water %, Visceral fat, Metabolic rate/age, Segmental measurement of limbs
  • Power: 4 x AA Batteries

We like

  • Can be used without app for quick check-ups
  • You can measure every fitness aspect
  • Style is very futuristic

We dislike

  • Price - it is for those who take it all seriously

Final Verdict

By far the smartest scales on the market and they’re only one step away from being able to tell what we last had for dinner. Perfect if you’re clued up on your fitness, but may be too much (and pricey) for anyone wanting something more user-friendly

Fitbit Unisex Aria 2 Smart Scale

Best for anyone who owns a FitBit, these scales can sync your data straight to your dashboard via encrypted Wi-Fi, so you get an even more accurate breakdown of all your results.

Up to eight individual profiles can be registered, but users can keep their data private and for their eyes only. Great if you’re competing with your other half, or maybe if you want to keep the results a surprise until your goal ends.

It can chart your trends over time as well, so you don’t have to keep a record of your results on a bit of paper every week. There is nothing quite as satisfying as seeing the charts literally drop over time.

Syncing happens immediately, without you having to input any extra data or login information. This makes them great for anyone who doesn’t like any extra fuss as all you have to do is set them up, and they will always be ready when you need them. It knows who is using the scales automatically, so you don’t even have to key in profile data.

It can weigh anybody without a FitBit, but this is the only information they can get from it. So it really is for a family of wearable users. Plenty of other smart scales are available if you don’t want this restriction. Our only piece of advice is that you read the instructions before setting up, as it can get overwhelming if you go it alone.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 31.2 x 31.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Maximum User Weight: 180kg / 28st
  • Features: Body Fat %, Lean Mass and BMI
  • Power: 3 AA Batteries

We like

  • Great at syncing
  • Stores info privately

We dislike

  • Locked to FitBit users

Final Verdict

Best for those who take their fitness seriously, but is easy to navigate if you’re familiar with the FitBit layout and tech

Salter Ito Bluetooth Analyser Pro Bathroom Scale

If you want a set of smart scales which can update an app with your new data, then these from Salter are both affordable and super easy to get to grips with.

Using the Mibody app, you can see all of the measurements on your smartphone, which makes it much easier to keep track of everything if you’re monitoring over a period of time. It also makes it easier to see all data in one place if you are also checking on your muscle mass or BMI results.

You can store data for up to eight users, and while it can be hard to switch between them at first, you soon get used to it. Having everything there without needing to input data each and every time you use the scales makes it much more likely you’ll use them and get accurate results.

The app is also a little tricky to navigate until you get used to it. But as the scales display all data types with an icon, and flick through these as you stand, the app actually becomes a blessing, so you don’t have to quickly take a note of it all, or indeed stand there until you’ve seen every one a couple of times.

On a positive note, it is a nice size, so you’re probably not going to struggle to stand comfortably on it, and it comes with additional carpet feet for extra accuracy on uneven floors.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: L35 x W37 x H5cm
  • Maximum User Weight: 200kg / 31st 6lb
  • Features: Body Fat, Body Water, Muscle Mass, Bone Mass, BMI, BMR
  • Power: 3x AAA Batteries

We like

  • Maximum user weight
  • Syncs to anyone with the app
  • Stylish, clean finish

We dislike

  • Will take a few goes to get used to

Final Verdict

Once you get to grips with it, you will wonder how you ever did without it. Measures a lot for a product at its price level

Withings / Nokia Body Cardio Wi-Fi Smart Scale

Able to measure weight (in kg, lb. and st lb.), body fat, water percentage, muscle mass and bone mass, these are some scales which produce highly accurate results.

Accurate to .2 pounds, the results are incredibly trustworthy. And as it measures so much, you get a full picture of your health, without having to rely on your weight and guess the rest.

The Body scales can be paired with your Health Mate app (available on iOS and Android) so your weigh-ins can appear automatically. They are stored there to view at a later date, too, which is ideal if you have set a specific goal and want to see those numbers drop.

Speaking of goals, the app can be a personal trainer of sorts. Just tell Health Mate your target weight and how fast you want to get there, and it will set out a daily calorie limit, as well as advice, badges, weekly reports and even reward animations. Perfect motivation.

It doesn’t stop there either, as the screen can display the previous eight weigh-ins on the trend section in the form of a graph, which will help push you that little bit further whichever way the stats go. If it is hooked up to the Wi-Fi, it will tell you the weather for the day ahead, which can help if you’re wondering what to wear, or whether it is nice enough to go for a run.

The data of eight users can be stored for quick access at any time. But now for another standout – thanks to the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, it can last up to 12 months based on two people using it once daily. A micro USB is included.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H32.7 x W32.7 x D1.8cm
  • Maximum User Weight: 180kg
  • Features: Body Fat, Water %, Muscle Mass, Bone Mass, Heart Rate Monitor
  • Power: Rechargeable Battery

We like

  • Screen is easy to read
  • Fab build quality
  • Battery life is extraordinary

We dislike

  • Fat and water percentages can fluctuate so averages will need to be made

Final Verdict

It is beyond the £100 price tag, but you get a set of scales which can measure all aspects of your health, as well as something which feels very strong and long-lasting

John Lewis & Partners Beach Hut Bathroom Scales

Under £30, these are some simple digital scales which have a great nautical theme to them, which is perfect for any bathroom.

At just 15mm high, they are on the smaller side, which makes them great for storage and tucking safely away in between uses. It does all of the basics, such as being able to convert between kg and stone depending on your preferred unit and having a clear to read display.

Toughened glass makes it much safer to stand on so you can feel at ease when taking your measurements. It also makes it easier to clean as you just have to wipe and dry. You also get some carpet feet which you can use for uneven or carpeted surfaces.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H1.5 x W30 x D35cm
  • Maximum User Weight: 180kg
  • Features: N/A
  • Power: Battery

We like

  • Price
  • Looks different to the others on the market

We dislike

  • Can struggle with absolute accuracy - best to give it a go two or three times

Final Verdict

That’s all there is to say really. It is a reliable, budget bathroom scale with a lovely design for something a little different

WEIGHT WATCHERS 8991 Precision Scale

One of the most popular names in the weighing scales business, Weight Watchers are a go-to for anyone wanting to do just that – watch their weight.

These scales can further monitor your body fat and BMI for a better well-rounded picture of your health, and it can store the information for up to ten users, making it ideal for a household where everyone is on a bit of a health kick.

Carpet feet come with it so you can use it on any surface, which is ideal if you don’t want the lack of hard flooring to stop you from monitoring the stats. It is lightweight so no trouble moving around.

In terms of accuracy, we have to say it was the worst at getting it right every time. There was often a fluctuation of a couple of pounds, and therefore you’d have to measure two or three times and get an average reading to try and narrow it down. Fine for those wanting a basic guide of their weight loss journey but perhaps not quite as great for those who are serious.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 36.7 x 34.1 x 6cm
  • Maximum User Weight: 150 kg / 23 st 8 lb
  • Features: Body Fat %, BMI
  • Power: Battery

We like

  • Lightweight
  • Nice clean design
  • Price

We dislike

  • Accuracy is the most off of all the digital models reviewed

Final Verdict

A good price, but only worth of your time if you want a basic monitoring device as opposed to something accurate down to 0.1kg

Best Mechanical Bathroom Scales

The old and trusted way. Usually available much cheaper than digital models, but there are a few models which are more in the luxury end of the scale. They often just give you your body weight, which may or may not be a useful statistic on its own.

Salter Speedo Mechanical Bathroom Scales

From the number one brand for both bathroom and kitchen scales, there is no denying that Salter knows what they are doing when it comes to measuring.

Mechanical scales are fuss-free, so perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to bother with technology and apps and digital buttons and just wants to step on and off every morning before they go to work. It also means no batteries or upkeep.

Thanks to an extra large dial display, you shouldn’t struggle to see the results too much. The dial is nice and easy to turn to reset it to 0 before you step on, too, although it is a massive faff to get it right to 0 so you may have to leave it a few pounds off then subtract this from your final results.

You can get digital scales for not much more money on our list, but if the old mechanical form is still your favourite, then these are a strong contender for the best mechanical bathroom scales available. Admittedly, it isn’t a strong category, and these feel a little flimsy, but there was nothing drastically wrong with how they performed.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 30.7 x 30.7 x 6.3 cm
  • Maximum User Weight: 136kg
  • Features: N/A

We like

  • Price
  • Clear display
  • Broad shape for comfortable standing

We dislike

  • Accuracy is unpredictable

Final Verdict

Far off winning top marks for accuracy, but when compared to other manual mechanical scales they’re one of the best, and they’re easy to use

Terraillon Mechanical Bathroom Scales

Another big name when it comes to mechanical scales, Terraillon is perhaps best known for their baking collection, but these bathroom scales show off why they are one of the big guns too.

It has a lot of nice user-friendly features, such as a non-slip coating and large rotating dial which allows you to view the results from a standing position. The weight is always at the centre of the window so it becomes less of a guessing game, and you can look directly down. They are available in both black and white so you can pick whichever matches your bathroom.

However, it is worth mentioning it only takes measurements in kilograms. Many others offer both kg and stone so this could be very restrictive for many people. They’re perfect for a fuss-free basic set of scales, but just be aware of this first.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 25.5 x 25 x 5 cm Maximum
  • User Weight: 120 kg
  • Features: N/A

We like

  • Under £20
  • Wipe clean

We dislike

  • Have to recalibrate every time

Final Verdict

A little flimsy and off in some cases, but overall a good set of lightweight scales which give a good guide

Help and Resources

Bathroom Weighing Scales Buying Guide

Digital or Mechanical Scales?

There is no denying that digital scales are much more accurate and reliable than mechanical. Modern-day options are more precise, and often will give you the exact results within around 0.2kg. This is important if you are taking your weight loss or fitness journey really seriously. Many now also come with other measurement options, such as BMI.

Spring-loaded mechanical scales are easier to calibrate and reset to 0, and they’re often more inexpensive as well. They’re also good for long-term use as they don’t require much maintenance or things such as batteries. But accuracy can be a little unpredictable, especially if you are not balancing your weight properly or happen to move.

Our pick is definitely the former option, but if you have your heart set on the latter, then there are a few models out there which do a great job.

Accuracy

Depending on your goals and needs, accuracy may or may not be important.

Say your goal is simply that you want to lose weight – just seeing the scale go less and less each week may be enough for you. But if you want to get a little more scientific and monitor body fat and get it exact to match your goals of losing a particular amount of weight, then our choice of the Best Accurate Body Weighing Scale may be the best pick.

We do have to say that even the most accurate of scales aren’t always absolutely perfect. Results may also be a little off for those under 16, those with diabetes or those with a high muscle mass.

Additional Measurements

You may also be able to monitor body fat, BMI, muscle strength and condition, or heart rate through your scales.

It is worth bearing in mind that these are not necessarily going to be as accurate as the weight measurements. The only way to get a very precise result is through medical scales, but having said this, they are still often as spot-on as possible for home use.

Maximum User Weight

If you are heavier, this may be a concern. The good news is that many models now take at least 150kg, with the most common being around 180kg. You may also want to consider the dimensions of the scales, as wider models will be more comfortable to stand on, especially if you have larger feet.

Price

A mechanical scale can be bought for around £5, although it is worth mentioning that it won’t be the most reliable or sturdy. These can go up to around £50, which will likely be made from stainless steel as opposed to plastic and will be more accurate.

Digital models can start at around £15, and reach well over £500 for models which are designed with professional athletes and runners in mind. Those at the lower end of the scale, again, were a little less reliable and difficult to connect to apps and set other users, but it could be worth the compromise to save some money.

Tips For Use

  • Try to use the scales at the same time every day – preferably first thing in the morning – for the most consistent comparable results
  • Use the scales without shoes or clothes for accuracy
  • Keep them on a flat level surface, preferably hard

FAQ’s

How Do Body Fat Scales Scales Take Measurements?

The short answer is that they send an electrical current through your body. Don’t worry though – this isn’t dangerous.

To be more technical, this very low electrical current is sent through the lower half of the body. A current will flow through water and muscle a lot quicker than through bone or fat, so the scale essentially measures the speed of the current.

This number is put into a formula to measure your body fat percentage in relation to the rest of the body.

Can Everyone Use Body Fat Scales?

No. Do not use one of these items if you are pregnant or have an electrical implant such as a heart pacemaker or defibrillator. Due to the current, this could be dangerous.