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Old 08-19-2013, 07:16 AM   #1
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Best Scale

What type of scale is the best? I am assuming that those of you who report a half pound loss have a digital scale, right? I can barely see the lines of my scale when I look down, much less in between the lines. I had a digital scale once and didn't like it. It gave a different reading depending on where it was placed on the bathroom floor. Is there a scale reputed to be the most accurate other than the ones at the doctor's office?
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:18 AM   #2
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mine is a weight watchers digital I got at bed bath and beyond with a 20% off coupon a few years ago. it is always consistent (except the one time I needed to replace the battery).
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:06 AM   #3
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I like my Tanita scale. It measures in half pound increments. I've had it over ten years and it hasn't failed me yet.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:10 AM   #4
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I have an Ozeri (bought from Amazon). When it came in, I calibrated the BF% for myself and 2 boys (47, 12 and 25 y.o.) with a 7 site skin fold test using calipers and it was definitely more accurate than I thought it would be (+/-2%) or than their reputation says. A bit more off on the 12 year old, but that's to be expected.

I like it because it can show that even though you haven't lost scale weight, your fat % can be going down or your muscle or water % up and the scale weight will eventually follow. Sort of helps you not get depressed or annoyed at one number that doesn't seem to be going the right way. Same thing goes with measurements or trying on pants I guess. I just like lots and lots of numbers (nerdy that way). I haven't tracked a TOM effect yet on water % since I'm not regular lately. Although it has gone up and my lower back hurts a bit so...

The other nice thing is that the various readings don't go away quickly and even repeat themselves so you can step off, grab a notepad and jot numbers down (weight, body fat %, water %, muscle % and bone pounds). Oh, and the numbers are nice and big. In a good way.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:44 AM   #5
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Mine is a 15 year old Thinner brand digital. It doesn't do anything but weigh, but it gives 1/2 pound increments. And it seems to be super accurate. What I mean is, it's consistent. I can get on and off multiple times and it gives the same weight every time. I don't think I've ever replaced the batteries (is that possible?). It does weigh me several pounds lighter than the doctor's scale, but I'm okay with that.
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:48 AM   #6
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Mine weighs me exactly the same as the doctor's scale. I think it's Tanita. I will check when I get home (it weighs in half-lb increments). I have had it about 8 years, and still going strong.
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:32 PM   #7
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mine is a weight watchers digital I got at bed bath and beyond with a 20% off coupon a few years ago. it is always consistent (except the one time I needed to replace the battery).
This exactly... down to the 20% coupon
It does .0, .1, .2, .3, all the way to .9 so very accurate and shows little losses or little gains.
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:28 PM   #8
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I said 1/2 lb increments, but that's not true. It weighs all the way up to .8. I don't know why, but I have never gotten a .9 reading. Well, I thought it was only even numbers, but that's not true either. Just never a .9, ever.

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Old 08-19-2013, 04:47 PM   #9
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We purchased a Dr.'s scale from Sear's about 36 years ago.
It measures the same as at Dr. So there are no surprises.
It's still going and probably will for several more generations
It's got weights, it's an antique I guess, but it works well.
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:44 PM   #10
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Thanks for the input. I went with the Ozeri, and ordered one from Amazon today. I'm a weekly weigher and am hoping this will be accurate and consistent.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:31 PM   #11
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Thanks for the input. I went with the Ozeri, and ordered one from Amazon today. I'm a weekly weigher and am hoping this will be accurate and consistent.
I'm not sure on the accuracy... I didn't lose any weight from last week! Just kidding, I stuck to plan and my BF% went down over a pound even though my weight stayed the same (which makes sense. I've never had a reading that didn't make sense based on what I ate or drank.) The digital with impedance are just so cheap now compared to how they used to be priced it seems best to go with the latest technology if you're getting a replacement anyway.
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