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January 13, 2012 8:19 AM
So a friend and I are having a discussion and I need some opinions or facts.....whatever you've got. What kind of scale is more accurate and electronic one or one of those old balance scales??
January 14, 2012 2:33 AM
I was about to start a thread asking for recommendation on scales, so will watch this space
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January 16, 2012 7:35 AM
Well nobody seems to have an answer!! lol
January 17, 2012 6:51 AM
I'd like to know what people think too...and recommendations for best one to buy?
January 17, 2012 6:53 AM
anything by EATSMART.

Recommended. Always the same weight no matter how many times you step on and off.
January 17, 2012 6:54 AM
the ones in dr's offices with the sliders are the most accurate.
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January 17, 2012 6:55 AM
I stand by the Taylor digital one from Target. It only costs about $20. I have had mine for 4 years and love it. I even weighed a dumbbell to check accuracy..and it was right on the money.

Digital scales give you a more exact reading. When you lose 0.2 pounds, you feel successful.
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January 17, 2012 6:55 AM
In my personal opinion, the digital scales are the most accurate. The regular scales can get off balance and show that you weigh more or less (by a significant amount), and that's not good. My mom has a normal scale that's about 10 lbs off. I have a digital scale (I can't remember the brand) that also calculates body fat percentage and stores all my information. It's a pretty cool scale. LOL.
January 17, 2012 6:55 AM
Tanita scales are good but what matters the most is to just use the same scale everytime.

Most scales will give the same weight +/- a few pounds. There are so many variables invovled, it's probably just more important to use the same scale each time than it is which one you use.
January 17, 2012 6:55 AM
I use my WiiFit which I have found is just as accurate as the high end scales at my gym.
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January 17, 2012 6:56 AM
I have a Taylor, electronic. I have to step on it twice to get the correct weight, but once I do that it is equal to the scale at my doctor's office, which is also electronic.
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January 17, 2012 6:56 AM
My guess is that the Dr. ones are the most accurate as well, but I do love my body composition scale. It really helps to see other numbers changing on it when maybe the total weight doesn't change.
January 17, 2012 6:57 AM
My gym has the "doctor's office" kind of sliding balance. Even the people working there will tell you it's off. Personally- I love my digi that reads to the 0.1 #.
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January 17, 2012 7:00 AM
I have always heard digital is better BUT not to trust the body fat readings that many of them have.
January 17, 2012 7:02 AM
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Tanita scales are good but what matters the most is to just use the same scale everytime.

Most scales will give the same weight +/- a few pounds. There are so many variables invovled, it's probably just more important to use the same scale each time than it is which one you use.


I also have a Tanita digital scale, and I love it.
It gives me a consistent reading, and also % body fat estimates given my age, sex, etc.

Haven't compared against others for accuracy, but knowing how the Japanese do things I bet it is really close to the real weight.
And I also agree with this post, that the most important thing is to use the same scale.
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January 17, 2012 7:06 AM
my Withings scales are pretty much spot on. When I bought them, I went up to the doctors and asked to just check my scales against them. Came out to the gram. Read exactly the same at home, either on stone tiled floor in the kitchen, Laminate timber in my workroom, carpet in the Lounge or Bedroom... Not a whole lot more you can ask of a set of scales really - apart from they also automatically log up to 6 peoples weight online, provide a history, and (if MFP ever get their finger out,) can update web weight logging programs as well - works well with fitbit, for example!
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January 17, 2012 7:17 AM
Withings is awesome. I bought mine about 6 months ago and haven't looked back.

The problem is unless you have a scale which you know is perfectly (or almost perfectly) accurate to compare to, you have no weigh (SEE WHAT I DID THERE!?) of knowing whether you're right on or not.

I recently when to my Dr for a physical. I was assured that his medical-grade digital scale was completely accurate and had been calibrated by a professional service only 2 days prior to my visit. I measured my clothes by themselves prior to going for a tare weight for when I was at the office just to be sure. After my appt, I went straight home and maintained as many of the same conditions as possible. I found that my withings was only off by .04lbs which is REALLY close.

A big thing to consider when using any scale is the floor beneath it. Whenever possible, it should be a solid concrete or tile surface, preferably on the ground level of a home. Floors can flex and bend. There are places in the upper level of my home where I can step on the same scale 3 times and get 3 different measurements that are off by 1+lbs each.
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January 17, 2012 7:18 AM
QUOTE:

my Withings scales are pretty much spot on. When I bought them, I went up to the doctors and asked to just check my scales against them. Came out to the gram. Read exactly the same at home, either on stone tiled floor in the kitchen, Laminate timber in my workroom, carpet in the Lounge or Bedroom... Not a whole lot more you can ask of a set of scales really - apart from they also automatically log up to 6 peoples weight online, provide a history, and (if MFP ever get their finger out,) can update web weight logging programs as well - works well with fitbit, for example!


Jinx!
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January 17, 2012 7:20 AM
QUOTE:

I have always heard digital is better BUT not to trust the body fat readings that many of them have.


Yes, digital is better because the reading is easier to read. BF readings on any machine or handheld device is probably going to be sketchy.

My scales BF% is off by about 8%.
January 17, 2012 7:25 AM
The slide scales, like the doctor uses is the most accurate. It is recommended for you to compare the two to ensure your scale is calibrated properly. The advantage of the old style is that it can be adjusted if it gets off. I haven't seen a digital scale that could be adjusted.
January 18, 2012 4:55 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I have always heard digital is better BUT not to trust the body fat readings that many of them have.


Yes, digital is better because the reading is easier to read. BF readings on any machine or handheld device is probably going to be sketchy.

My scales BF% is off by about 8%.


I just bought a Taylor on Sunday, with BF and Water percentages, user profiles, etc. How do you know the BF% is off by a precise number? I'm assuming you compared it to an actual skinfold BF measurement with those tong-like things? I only had that done once in my life, in junior high PE, forcibly *shudders.* He said it in front of the whole class and told me I was very overweight. Humiliating.
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January 18, 2012 5:42 AM
I did some research on this topic for myself... after much surfing, I found this:

http://www.amazon.com/EatSmart-Precision-Digital-Bathroom-Technology/dp/B001KXZ808/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326894064&sr=8-1-spell

It is not only exceptionally accurate, but has a large well-lit display... It looks pretty cool too! I really like it! Good luck!

Warren
January 18, 2012 12:18 PM
I love my EatSmart scale. I just got measured on a Tanita scale and the body fat result was only off by about 1% and the weight was off by .5 in comparison to my EatSmart scale. There is a sliding scale at my gym, and it takes some abuse so I don't trust it.
January 20, 2012 8:05 AM
Well I'll tell you right now... I have an analog scale and it's off 2 lbs. Its one you can calibrate (as in, when it moves, you have to move the dial to get it back to 0 just right)... and I put a 5 lb dumbbell on the scale to make sure I was reading it right (once I was already halfway to my goal weight at the time about a year and a half ago) and it said the dumbbell was 3 lbs... so every time I weigh, I have to add 2 lbs to whatever the scale says I am. It's annoying. SO in the market for a new one when I get my tax refund!
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June 9, 2014 4:13 AM
I breathed in on my wii fit and gained a pound :p
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