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Buying a Bathroom Digital Scale

healthcare monitorsBuying a new bathroom digital scale may seem like one of those no-brainer shopping decisions. Most folks would not think twice about heading off to the nearest Target or Walmart and quickly picking out something. That is quite understandable.

Considering that bathroom digital scales as a product has been around for ages, would it not make sense that any manufacturer should be able to offer something reasonable and we can close your eyes and pick a good one. Surprisingly, that has not really been the case. For maximum long term benefit of monitoring our weight and health, just paying attention to a few things when purchasing the digital bath scale goes a long way.

What are some of the things to look out for? For one, pick a scale that is sturdily built and has a good sized foot platform. Some scales also feature non-slip mats or platform surfaces so that it is easy to stand on. This is a very important usability issue.

If you pick out a scale that does not feel safe and stable to stand on, you will likely not want to use it. Or else tip toe on it so that affects your weight reading results. The platform should be flat and parallel to the floor. Some scales have platforms that are slightly sloped and users who have tried those have expressed that they gave them a feeling of falling off. Not recommended.

Another point is to pick a scale that will be able to measure your weight accurately. A good digital bathroom weight scale will calibrate automatically when you turn it on or off. So, when you first turn the scale on, you should be able see the a clear zero reading, dashes on the display or something that conveys that the scale is turned on and ready to weigh. If not, try to tap on the scale one more time or read the instructions printed on the scale or manual.

Once the bathroom digital scale is ready for a weigh in, step on. Your weight reading should be within 0 – 2 lb (margin of error) of your actual weight. Depending on the last time you weighed yourself at the doctor’s office, you should be able to get a good sense of the bathroom scales accuracy. You can also test it out with known weights like a bag of sugar or dumbbells.

Keeping these basic ideas in mind when shopping will allow you to find the best bathroom digital scale for your needs.