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Health Monitors

Best Bathroom Scale

The bathroom scale is one of those items that you never really think about until you desperately need it. Maybe that person looking back at you in the mirror is someone you don't recognize anymore, getting soft in the midsection with a few curves that weren't there in your 20's. For those who have become more fitness conscious now, or always were from a young age, the bathroom scale can be a powerful tool in helping you reach your personal body goals. These days they couldn't be easier to use; merely step onto the device and it will give you an almost instantaneous display of your current weight.

Digital scales will do this and more, like track your weight loss progress, store data for multiple users, and offer weight capacities up to 400 pounds. Body fat scales go a step or two further, offering other measurements like body fat percentage, hydration levels, even muscle mass and bone density readings in addition to your weight. Then there are the mechanical scales, just like those you may find in the doctor's office using nothing more than a simple spring and gear system that's been deemed accurate for decades, though may require repeated calibration to keep the scale in check. There's a wealth of great options out there, no matter what your personal fitness needs may require. We have found some of the best ones you can buy on our lists below.

Omron BF306 Body Fat Loss Monitor

Taking a unique approach to the monitoring of body fat percentage and BMI, the folks at Omron have designed a hand-held device that can easily detect each by just gripping it with both hands. The BF306 uses bioelectrical impedance technology; a common method that uses general information such as age, gender, body weight, and combines it with electrical resistance found in the extremities like hands or feet. In the case of this device, the hands are the thing; with a set of electrodes in the handles, users grip the monitor with both hands and an undetectable electrical current passes from one hand to the other via the arms and torso. In seconds, the device comes back with a reading that gives you body fat and BMI measurements. Set-up is simple and straightforward, just input your personal data: height, weight, gender, age and level of fitness and you're pretty much ready to get accurate readings. The device can even be used by multiple users, all with their own settings and information data.

EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale w/ 400 lb. Capacity & Auto Recognition Technology

The EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale measures body fat percentage, total body water percentage, muscle mass, bone mass, and weight with the use of bioelectrical impedance. Just like the Omron monitor, this one uses a low-level electrical current to ascertain your readings, only this time the signal is sent through your body and out again via your bare feet. The unit has a capacity of up to 400 lbs. and can store personal health information for up to eight different users. Simply enter all of your pertinent vital statistics and the scale does the rest. Using the scale couldn't be easier, there's no need to tap to power it on or even choose your user setting; the scale does it all on its own with user-recognition software. Just step right up and the scale identifies who you are through your previous weight. It will then give you all your accurate readings on an oversized 3.5" backlit LCD display. The scale's touch-screen user interface makes it a breeze to understand and set-up and its slim design makes it perfect for use in any room you wish.

Ozeri Touch 440 lb Digital Bathroom Scale

The Ozeri Touch Digital Bathroom Scale holds a capacity of up to 440 lbs and measures body fat, hydration levels, muscle mass, and bone mass. It does all of this through bioelectrical impedance and uses four highly-sensitive G sensors to determine your overall weight with accurate readings in 0.2 lb increments. Up to eight different users can store their information on the scale's internal memory and auto-recognition software can tell which of them is stepping onto the platform for their current readings, each one shown through illuminating icons that indicate body fat, hydration level, and so on. Just like the other scales on our list, this one requires no tapping before you step up on it and gives you results in seconds.

Go Wise GW22027 Body Fat Scale

Go Wise GW22027 Body Fat Scale

Just like the other scales on our list, the GW22027 measures overall weight, body fat, body hydration levels, muscle mass and bone density. Four precision calibrated sensors in the tempered glass platform have a weight capacity of up to 400 lbs. and the scale can store and track personal information for up to eight user profiles. This scale also has auto-recognition software to determine which of those users is stepping onto the platform without tapping or setting of profiles, except when two users have similar weights within six pounds. Then you have to tell the scale which user is being measured. Weight response is nearly instant with an additional four seconds needed to get the rest of your readings. An "athlete" mode option retrieves body fat percentages more accurately for users with higher muscle mass and low-rest heart rates.

Tanita BF-680W Body Fat and Water Monitor Duo Scale

Tanita's BF-680W works much the same way as the other scales on our list. A tiny electrical current is sent through the feet to determine body fat percentage and hydration levels of the body, and internal sensors can read your weight by just stepping onto the device. An instantaneous reading reveals how much you weigh, followed by the other percentage measurements. Two users may set profiles (considerably less than the other scales on our list that offer up to nine in some cases), and the BF-680W offers a similar "athlete mode" to detect a more accurate reading in people with increased muscle mass. The unit itself isn't as sleek or easily placed and stored as some of the other scales on our list, but if aesthetics or storage options aren't a concern for you then you won't mind the way this scale has been designed and constructed.

Detecto D350 ProHealth Personal Scale

You may recognize the name Detecto from the scale at your doctor's office. Now the same brand your physician chooses can be taken home for everyday use with the D350. This sturdy and dependable scale offers consistent weighing accuracy with a 10.6 x 10.6 inch step platform and raised seven inch wide dial that's easy to read. Weights are shown in one pound increments and the unit has a measuring capacity of up to 350 lbs. A thumbdial scroll lets you set zero point and balance on the D350 and it comes with a powder-coated steel case. Black synthetic material covers the step platform for easy wipe down to combat germs and bacteria. This medical grade mechanical scale will deliver the most accurate measurement of your body weight and makes the top of our list because of its high-quality materials, construction, and performance.

Conair Thinner X-Large Dial Analog Precision Scale

The Thinner brand of analog scales offers a wide 13 x 17 inch weighing platform, perfect for consumers with small and large feet alike. Your toes won't be hanging over the edges, so you get a true measurement of your actual weight. It's even big enough to weigh other things like luggage, so you won't be over the checked bag limit, or potting soil for the right amount needed in gardening. The extra-large 6 1/2 inch dial is easy to read from any angle and shows measurements in one pound increments, so you know exactly how much you or anything else weighs. The sensitive weight platform is covered in comfort grip non-slip material and can handle up to 330 pounds of weighing capacity. Simply step on the platform and the needle moves instaneously with true accuracy every time you use it.

Salter Doctors Style Mechanical Bathroom Scale

Salter Doctors Style Mechanical Bathroom Scale

Salter's mechanical bathroom scale offers pinpoint analog accuracy with a 12 x 17 inch weighing platform, covered in textured vinyl for a non-slip surface so you can step right out of the shower and directly onto the scale. The large 7 inch wide dial comes equipped with a bright red rotating needle with black and red increments that are easy to read for instant measurement. Steel construction with a heavy duty main spring and machined brass gear provide a stable and accurate measurement time and again. The scale has a weight capacity of 330 lbs. for a range of uses, be it human or otherwise. Best of all, you get a 10 year warranty on the scale to make sure it performs the way it's supposed to with expert precision.

Seca Classic Big Dial Floor Scale

The 750 uses a heavy-duty lever system to calculate your precise weight when stepping onto the non-slip, imitation leather platform. Constructed with powder-coated steel for durability that's meant to last, Seca's scale is accurate enough for use in your home bathroom and medical offices alike. These scales are available in three formats; kilograms, pounds and kilograms/pounds dual dial. All of them have a 330 lb./ 150kg. weight capacity and come equipped with extra-large easy to read dial window with 5-pound increments. Seca also provides a two-year warranty to keep the unit safe from any detectable defects due to faulty material or sub-par workmanship.

Health-o-meter 145KD-41 Professional Dial Scale

This professional analog scale from Health-o-meter can provide accurate readings of up to 400 lbs. A large 6.7 inch speedometer style dial is relatively easy to read, and display your weight in increments of 1 lb strokes. These lines are thin and spaced close to one another so you may need to lean over for a closer look to see just exactly where the bright red pointer is positioned. The wide weighing platform is comprised of two separate sections; lined in soft-touch, non-slip material and each one able to accommodate your feet securely for a true weight calculation. The internal spring system provides a near instantaneous reading the moment you step on the device and comes in a simple, retro black and white aesthetic. The company also provides a 5 year warranty to cover the scale from defects.

EatSmart Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale

The folks at Eat Smart have developed a bathroom scale that isn't supposed to be your enemy, but instead a motivational tool. The Precision Tracker lets you chart your weight loss progress over the short term (so you can fit into that slinky black number in time for your cousin's wedding), or for the long haul in the ongoing battle of the bulge. Able to store personal data for up to eight different users, the Precision Tracker gives you three readings every time you step up on it. The first is your current weight, the second is your weight change since your last weigh-in, and the third is the total progress you've made (or lack thereof) since the start. Four sensors measure your weight up to 400 lbs, and displays it in increments of 0.2 lbs or 0.1 kgs if you prefer. This means you're getting the best, most accurate reading possible so even those minor weight loss accomplishments are noticeable. A 3.5" LCD display, tempered glass and near instant readings when you step on the platform make this a convenient and easy to use product with a sleek aesthetic.

Ozeri Precision Pro II Digital Bathroom Scale

Ozeri's Precision Pro II scale uses bioelectrical impedance analysis technology to provide weight measurement in increments of 0.2 lbs/ 0.1kg, at up to 440 pounds; making it one of the most carefully accurate scales on the market right now. Four GX sensors measure your weight with dependable precision and the bright blue, backlit LCD screen gives you an easy to read result using xBright technology. Step up on the oversized platform and your weight is almost instantly displayed. Plus, there's no need to tap or press any power buttons to get it started, simply step on it and your weight is shown. Ozeri has also made their scale the hygenic choice, using Microban antimicrobial inhibitors on the surface of their product; designed to destroy odor and stain-causing bacteria and keep your scale free of germs and discoloration.

Gurin Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

The Gurin Precision Digital Bathroom Scale has an extra large back-lit display and auto-on technology. Using four high precision sensors, it can give you an accurate measurement up to 440 lbs in 0.2 lbs/ 3oz increments. This results in an accurate reading of your weight every time. The oversized 14" tempered glass, non-slip platform affords some extra room for wider feet and once you step up on it, the Gurin comes back with almost instant readings. There's no need to tap either, as it turns on when you step onto the scale and features auto shutdown after you leave, so as to conserve battery life. Availble in silver, the scale is also a good-looking addition to any bathroom.

Omron SC-100 Slim Digital Scale

The SC-100 is a slim design digital scale using non-slip tempered glass and four highly sensitive weight sensors that deliver accurate readings of up 400 lbs to the nearest 0.2 lbs. The easy-to-read LCD display shows your weight in large black, block numbers and uses auto on/off technology to keep the battery fresh. Like all of the other scales we've profiled, this one too provides a quick reading once you step onto the glass platform, without tapping first. But unlike many of the other options on the list, this scale runs on a lithium battery as opposed to AA or AAA cells.

Taylor 7506 Glass Lithium Electronic Scale

Taylor's 7506 has four spun aluminum sensors for total measurement accuracy of up to 400 lbs down to the closest 0.2 lbs. The construction of the scale has been designed with both function and aesthetic in mind, using a certain type of ultraviolet glue to bond the electrodes to the tempered glass 13" x 11.75" platform, measuring just 8mm thick. The auto on/off feature is available on this scale as well, letting you just step up on it without tapping first. Step off and the scale shuts itself off afterward. The LCD display features 1.2" tall black numbers that are easy to read from any angle, day or night. Like the Omron before it, the Taylor also works on a lithium battery, which is included with the scale. So it's ready to give you the good (or bad) news from right out of the box.

Marc Gottlieb
I'm a rabid sports-aholic who's been to Super Bowl XXI, the Indy 500 and witnessed Doug Flutie's hail mary pass to Gerard Phelan live in Miami. Sundays are sacred in my household and I'm a two-time back to back champion of my fantasy football league. I played a lot of sports in high school; football, soccer, tennis, lacrosse and I was on the school ski team. I even tried my hand at racquetball in college. I've jumped out of two perfectly good airplanes and bungee jumped off a construction crane. Since then I've worked for one of the top product placement companies in Hollywood, coordinating with most of the major sports apparel labels to get their products featured in films and TV. But it's a life-long obsession with music and film that has given me years of experience with the latest technologies and innovations in electronics. If they've built it, I've tried it and likely bought it. Laserdisc, DVD, Bluray players; I own multiple units that cater to all of these formats and more. A misspent youth immersing myself in pop culture meant I craved the hottest devices through which to enjoy it all, and at the highest possible quality. What I learned over time though, is that the most expensive items aren't always the best.
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