The best bathroom scales to measure weight, heart rate and more

Heart health, BMI, body fat, bone mass – what can’t a bathroom scale measure these days?

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Many of us have a love-hate (or just a hate-hate) relationship with the scales in our bathrooms, and trust us, we get it. But whether you’re building up your fitness, starting a journey to your goal weight, or even keeping an eye on a little one’s growth milestones, a good bathroom scale can be a useful ally.

What can smart bathroom scales do?

The humble bathroom scale has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, making weighing yourself simpler and more informative, and even, dare we say it, more fun? Smart home tech has brought us smart scales with Wi-Fi capabilities, for example, that link up to your fitness tracker and beam your progress to your PC. These clever little scales make it easier than ever to build up a big picture of your health, and can be a real motivator when it comes to seeing how far you’ve come.

But it’s not just about seeing those pounds come off. While some of the lower-priced scales on our list do a lovely job of displaying your weight, others are utterly ingenious in the way they measure other indicators of health. Body fat and water percentages, BMI, muscle and bone mass, and even cardiovascular health are all assessed over the course of our feature-packed little list, offering those at risk of long-term medical conditions an easy way to keep an eye on things.

fitbit aria scales

1. Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale

This super-smart scale can track the progress of up to eight users

Specifications
Best for: Tech fiends
Type: Smart
Maximum weight: 150kg
Batteries included: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Fitbit integrated to track progress+Looks fantastic
Reasons to avoid
-Needs Fitbit for full potential

If you like your health and fitness on the high-tech side, look no further than this simple-to-use smart scale. The Aria is easy to set up and use. It has Fitbit integration and uploads your stats automatically via Wi-Fi to build up a holistic view of your progress, not just weight, but body fat percentage and BMI, too. It also automatically recognises up to eight users, so it’s great for families all keeping an eye on their health together.

Salter 145 (Doctor's Style Mechanical Scale)

2. Salter 145 (Doctor's Style Mechanical Scale)

Our best analogue bathroom scales are simple and sturdy

Specifications
Best for: Best analogue
Type: Mechanical
Maximum weight: 150kg
Batteries included: N/A
Reasons to buy
+Simple dial and analogue face+Large non-slip platform
Reasons to avoid
-Analogue isn’t to everyone’s taste

This no-frills scale is simple and easy to read, and its classic design will look at home in any bathroom. The textured vinyl mat and sturdy metal base keep you stable and prevent slips, even straight from the shower, and the platform is generously sized. It’s very easy to use, too: simply use the dial to reset or adjust as needed. A great buy for the family bathroom whose simplicity is the secret to its longevity.

Omron BF511

3. Omron BF511

Keep an eye on absolutely everything with this does-all scale

Specifications
Best for: Range of measurements
Type: Digital
Maximum weight: 150kg
Batteries included: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Extensive measurements+Very accurate
Reasons to avoid
-Sensitive to surface; moving may skew results

Less a scale and more an at-home body composition monitor, this Omron model measures weight, body fat percentage, resting metabolism, skeletal muscle percentage, and visceral fat, giving a great overall impression of how efficiently your body’s working. Users who checked their readings against gym scales reported a similar level of accuracy, and all loved their simplicity, but it’s worth noting that some noticed changes of results if the scales were moved onto a different surface.

4. John Lewis Digital Bathroom Scale

A swish-looking design without the frills

Specifications
Best for: Small bathrooms
Type: Digital
Maximum weight: 150kg
Batteries included: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Simple and sleek+Easy-to-read LCD screen
Reasons to avoid
-Platform is quite small

If you’re in the market for a simple, hop-on-hop-off bathroom scale, this John Lewis own-brand model is a great buy. Choose from readings in stone, pounds or kilos and step onto the toughened glass platform for a clear result. Buyers love how easy the LCD screen is to read, the sleek good looks of the glass, and the unfussy nature of the scales, but also noted that they might not be large enough for all users. But for the occasional weigh-in, and for the budget price, these are fab.

Weight Watchers Ultimate Precision

5. Weight Watchers Ultimate Precision

Know precisely how close you are to your goal weight

Specifications
Best for: Weight loss
Type: Digital
Maximum weight: 182kg
Batteries included: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Remembers up to four users+Simple but fully-featured
Reasons to avoid
-Some returned error messages after a while

If you like the looks of the John Lewis scales, but want a little more functionality for your money, try these Weight Watchers Ultimate Precision scales on for size. As well as body weight, they measure BMI, body fat, and water, allowing you to keep a close eye on all facets of your health journey, and can remember up to four users. If you’re looking for a simple and sleek, yet informative ally in your weight-loss, these offer a really excellent range of features for a budget price.

Nokia Body Cardio

6. Nokia Body Cardio

A helpful ally on your route to total heart health

Specifications
Best for: A healthy heart
Type: Smart
Maximum weight: 180kg
Batteries included: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Great for heart patients and overall health+Superb accuracy
Reasons to avoid
-Most expensive on our list

Whether you or a member of your family suffers from cardiovascular disease, you have a history of heart-related complaints in the family, or you just want to keep an eye on the old ticker, these scales are a great tool to have around the house. Using medically-accepted measurements, they accurately assess overall cardiovascular health, as well as muscle and bone mass, body fat and water percentages, and of course weight. It’s a bit pricey if you’re just after a regular set of bathroom scales, but for peace of mind when it comes to your heart’s health, it’s a winner.

Tanita HD-366

7. Tanita HD-366

Bigger and better than the average, with more comfort and capacity

Specifications
Best for: High weight capacity
Type: Electronic
Maximum weight: 200kg
Batteries included: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Large platform and high weight capacity+Unusual, sleek design
Reasons to avoid
-Only displays in kilograms

This high-capacity metric weighing scale has a maximum weight of 200kg – a considerable 50kg higher than most of the models on this list - and an extra wide platform for maximum comfort and stability, making it perfect for those at the very beginning of their health and fitness journey. It looks incredibly sleek, too, with its unusual blue display and glossy black platform. The one thing to watch out for, according to reviewers, is that the UK version of this scale only weighs in kilograms, so if that’s a deal breaker, consider the equally reasonable Weight Watchers Precision scale.

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