Weighing scales need to do one thing the best – give you weight readings you can trust. That apart, solid construction, great visibility and a good warranty to back it up, are musts. We went through most of the weighing scales in the market, tested them and shortlisted the best models.
The best Weighing Scale for most people
Omron HN-286 Weighing Scale
Our pick for best digital weighing scale offers most of the essential features you’ll need in a scale. It’s slim, sleek, lightweight and has a aesthetic minimalist design thats pleasing to look at. It has a 5 – 180Kg weight capacity, turns on when you stand on it and has auto-off functionality. Weight readings are accurate and the highly sensitive pressure sensors can measure upto 100 gms change in weight. The unit comes with a 1 year warranty. We have used the unit for over a year now and recommend it as the best for most people.
How we picked ?
After 3 weeks of fresh research on weighing scales, reading reviews, manuals, warranty clauses and finally testing the products, we shortlisted out favorite weighing scales. Our main parameters were – a large and legible display, aesthetic design, good construction and accuracy. We did not consider mechanical weighing scales which, while cheaper, have lesser shelf life and varying accuracy.
Why do you need a weighing scale?
Your body weight is one of the biggest indicators of your health. Being over or under the healthy weight recommendations is a sign of health problems. If you are trying to lose weight or even maintain it, then doing this without a weighing scale is like shooting in the dark. Regular use of a weighing scale helps you understand your body better and also evaluate if your current diet or workouts, are achieving their goals.
That said, your weight fluctuates over the course of a day and one of the best times to measure your weight is in the morning. Thus, having a scale in your bedroom or bathroom is a must. There are many apps that let you manually log in your weight and it doesn’t take too much time to do that.
What about Smart weighing scales ?
Smart weighing scales have advanced features like syncing with your phone, weight-tracking, body-fat measurements, multiple user profiles, heart-rate monitor, etc. These wirelessly sync with your mobile phones and help you track data easily. The body fat measurements are done by sending small electric currents in your body and measuring resistance. These are indicative at best and not very accurate. Smart scales also cost almost 4 times as the non -smart ones and while these are good to have, we think currently that it is expensive and overkill for most people.
The best Weighing Scale
Omron HN-286 Weighing Scale
Our pick for best digital weighing scale offers most of the essential features you’ll need in a scale. It’s slim, sleek, lightweight and has a aesthetic minimalist design thats pleasing to look at. It has a 5 – 180Kg weight capacity, turns on when you stand on it and has auto-off functionality. Weight readings are accurate and the highly sensitive pressure sensors can measure upto 100 gms change in weight.
The battery is a small coin sized cr2032 battery that easily lasts over year with regular usage. The top is a heavy, 18mm thick tempered glass that is sturdy enough and doesn’t shatter like many other cheaper models. It’s wide enough to stand measuring around 11.8 inch in length and width. This weighing scale comes with a 1 year warranty.
We have done both short term and long term testing of this unit. We have owned this model for over a year and have consistently got great performance from the unit. Weights have been tested and compared by multiple people and compared with other scales and the Omron has always been accurate.
The Omron can weigh up to 180 KG. There are other Omron models that have a weight limit of 150 KG. While you may not weigh so much, there are times when you may wish to weigh yourself with luggage or with gas cylinders. In such times, it is good to have additional weight capacity.
Omron is a Japanese firm that specialises in healthcare and other measuring devices for both home and professional hospital usage. We have no hesitation in recommending this as the best scale for most people.
Usage Tips: For getting accurate results, use the following tips. Use digital scales on hard flat flooring and not on carpets or mats. Ideally use them in the same place everyday as every-time you move them, they need to be recalibrated. It is best to find a corner and keep it static rather than moving in and out of shelves everytime. Do not place heavy objects on the weighing scale for longer durations. Do not place the product upright as that will result in inaccurate measurements.
- Beurer Glass Scale GS-210 – Beurer is a German company specialising in measuring equipments. The Breuer is a high precision weighing scale where you can weigh up to 180 kg in graduations of 100g. It’s a well rated device, has Automatic switch-off and overload indicators. While the product seems good, it is more expensive than our top pick. However, Beurer as a company is not officially present in India. When we enquired about the warranty, we were told that the product comes with a 5 year warranty, though we are not too sure about who will honor the warranty.
- Omron HN-283 – Priced similar to our top pick, we didn’t shortlist this model since the maximum weight that it can weigh is 150Kgs. Other than that we like the big display and the clean design with a silver coated tempered glass. It has a high precision sensor with a 150 kg and has a graduation of 100 g.
- HealthSense PS 126 Ultra-Lite Personal Scale – This is a bestselling weighing scale with a very high number of ratings online. Made by Healthsense, an Indian company, this unit is made of plastic, has a large backlit display, weighs upto 180 kgs and has auto on and off functionality. A big plus is the backlit display which helps you see the weight even in dim light conditions. The design has a curve on the top which we found was uncomfortable as compared to standing on flat surfaces. It also tends to lose it’s grip and tip over especially if you stand a little to the edges. The unit comes with 1 year warranty, however it is strange that you only get the warranty if the you register on their website within 30 days of purchase or if the Warranty Card is mailed within 15 days of purchase. For a little more, you get our main pick which is far more stable and durable.