Trying to lose, gain, or maintain your weight? A bathroom scale can help you track your progress. But, of course, it needs to be accurate.
“Sure, your weight can fluctuate, but ultimately, if you weigh 105.4 pounds, your scale’s display should read 105.4 pounds,” says Bernie Deitrick, a test program leader at Consumer Reports.
In our labs, we put bathroom scales through a number of tests. We use a calibrated lab scale that displays the correct weight to the hundredth of a pound as our reference to weigh stackable weights, which we then use to mimic individuals weighing 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180, 210, and 325 pounds. (Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average adult male weighs 200 pounds and is 5’9″ and the average adult female is 171 pounds and 5’3.5″.) We compare the readings from each bathroom scale to those of the lab scale to determine the accuracy of each model.