One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight through diet and exercise. A bathroom scale can help you track your progress toward your goal 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 simulate individuals weighing 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180, 210, and 325 pounds. (According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average adult male weighs 200 pounds and is 5 feet, 9 inches, and the average adult female is 171 pounds and 5 feet, 3.5 inches.) We compare the readings from each bathroom scale with those of the lab scale to determine the accuracy of each model.