The best bathroom scales 2020: from smart scales to bargain wonders

We pick the best bathroom scales to help you towards your weight-management goals

Best bathroom scales
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The best bathroom scales are an essential weight-management tool, whether you're looking to lose weight quickly, maintain your current weight or even bulk up.

Although weighing ourselves will never be classed as an enjoyable activity, decent scales can certainly make the process less painful; scrolling through multiple settings, or being bombarded with an onslaught of irrelevant information will only make your goals seem harder to achieve. 

So whether you’re looking for the best bathroom scales to keep track of multiple parameters or simply searching for scales to use for occasional weight checks, we’ve made it our mission to find the best available. If you're looking to save on our top choices, check out our Black Friday fitness deals page for all the latest discounts leading up to Black Friday itself.

Our favourite model – the hi-tech Salter Dashboard Analyser Scale – is a reminder of just how far this humble bathroom essential has come, while John Lewis' ocean-themed contender proves that today's scales aren't just weighing machines – they can be bathroom-enhancing objects of beauty, too.

How to choose the best bathroom scales for you

The first consideration when it comes to picking the best bathroom scales is often: digital or analogue? In reality, there’s little reason to opt for old-school analogue scales, so for this piece, we’ll focus almost entirely on the best digital scales. 

Although some brands have made a respectable stab at bringing back analogue scales, daubing them in pastel paint and marketing them as the ideal accessory to add a touch of retro chic to bathrooms, digital scales will almost always out-perform analogue ones. The only advantage is that analogue scales won’t need batteries, but that's outweighed by the downsides: analogue scales are often inaccurate (they’ll need regular calibration), heavy (due to internal mechanisms) and come with limited features.

That said, there’s no denying some of the latest digital bathroom scales have become a tad over-complicated, with dozens of settings to scroll through, Bluetooth capability and the option to create profiles for multiple users. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bluetooth capability isn’t added to allow you to share your weight data with anyone and everyone within a 10-metre radius, but to allow you to sync the scales with fitness apps which allow you to track and monitor fluctuations relating to aspects such as muscle mass more accurately.

Which is all well and good, but personal trainer Anna Cousins believes it’s all too easy to get side-tracked by added extras we won’t necessarily use. “The most important thing is accuracy,” says Anna. “Sure, being able to check your body water percentage and bone mass is interesting, but for most people, these are merely nice added extras.” Her one exception? A BMI reading. “BMI readouts can be great if you’re in the ‘at risk’ category in the sense of being overweight,” admits Anna. 

The following scales are all brilliant options, although Salter’s Dashboard Analyser Scale takes our top spot. These lightweight scales are easy to use and if you’re simply looking to check your weight from time to time, there are no overcomplicated controls to distract you. Obtaining additional information – such as BMI - is easy, and the option to quickly and simply create profiles for multiple members of the same household allows each person to use these scales in the way which works best for them.

best bathroom scales: Salter Dashboard Analyser Scale

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1. Salter Dashboard Analyser Scale

The best bathroom scales for most people

Specifications
Platform size: 32cm x 28cm x 2.5cm
Reasons to buy
+Settings for multiple health-related parameters +Good value for all the features
Reasons to avoid
-Requires an app-Display could be larger

Salter’s scale, which launched in late June 2020, is great for anyone keen to log and track the minutiae of weight loss, whether it’s muscle mass, water content or body fat. Unlike other feature-packed models, it’s wonderfully easy to use, whether you’re focusing on BMI or simply want to know your overall weight. 

It will also store the details for 12 separate users, with results shown in individual windows, eliminating the faff of scrolling through the different read-outs. Although you’ll need to start by using the Salter MiBody app to input certain data (such as height, gender and DOB) in order to obtain measurements, it’s worth it – once you do so, using the scales to track weight loss, and to work towards certain weight loss goals, will become much easier. We liked the extra-large weighing area, too. In summary? The best bathroom scales for measuring BMI and weight, as well as a host of other parameters.

best bathroom scales: Eufy Smart Scale P1

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2. Eufy Smart Scale P1

The best premium bathroom scales

Specifications
Platform size: 28 x 28 x 2.4cm
Reasons to buy
+Slimline – weighs just 1.5g+An extra-large display 
Reasons to avoid
-You’ll definitely need the instructions-Higher price tag

This stylish bathroom scale does it all – when used with the EufyLife app, you’ll be able to track 14 different measurements, including weight, body fat, BMI, bone mass and muscle mass. It can be used with third-party apps (including Apple Health, Google Fit and Fitbit), and the scale’s Bluetooth connectivity makes uploading data a breeze. It’s incredibly precise too, thanks in part to an ITO coating (an ultra-conductive, transparent finishing treatment) and G-shaped sensors. These auto-calibrating sensors work in conjunction with each other, instantly detecting weight fluctuations of as little as 0.1lb / 0.1kg. You’ll be able to log measurements for up to 16 users, and the app makes it easy to browse historical data. If only it could help us resist that last chocolate éclair…

best bathroom scales: AmazonBasics Body Weight Scale

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3. AmazonBasics Body Weight Scale

The best budget bathroom scales

Specifications
Platform size: 30 x 30 x 2.3cm
Reasons to buy
+Great price+Extra-large weighing area
Reasons to avoid
-Feels slightly flimsy-Limited weighing features

These sleek black bathroom scales won’t clash with the daring bathroom colour schemes, although watch out for the sharp corners – most models have rounded ones these days, and it’s weirdly easy to stub a toe on these ones. Annoying angles aside, these scales are ideal for anyone who simply wants to keep track of basic measurements such as weight and BMI (the latter is calculated with the help of four sensors). We particularly like the larger screen, and the ease with which it’s possible to toggle between lb and Kg. Lack of additional features aside (and how many of these will you really end up using?), this is a great option for those who simply want to check their weight, and its slim design ensures it will slide into the narrowest of spaces.

best bathroom scales: Salter Smart Scale

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4. Salter Curve Smart Analyser Scale

The best hi-tech bathroom scales

Specifications
Platform size: 31 x 34 x 3cm
Reasons to buy
+Anti-slip weighing zones +Stylish, curved design
Reasons to avoid
-Smaller-than-average weighing area-Chunky

This Bluetooth-enabled, pebble-shaped scale, which launched in early July 2020, offers an instant style upgrade for the most basic of bathrooms, and its endless features will inevitably appeal to gadget-lovers, too. Checking both your measurements and progress is easy once you’ve downloaded Salter’s free app, and separate “child” and “athlete” settings enable users to personalise the way they see and track their results. Its compact size makes it a great option for smaller bathrooms, although the display screen is sadly also on the small side, perhaps to make room for the oversized weighing area.

best bathroom scales: John Lewis & Partners Coastal Bathroom Scales

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5. John Lewis & Partners Coastal Bathroom Scales

The best bathroom scales for style-conscious consumers

Specifications
Platform size: H1.5 x W30 x D35cm
Reasons to buy
+Looks stunning+Ultra-slim – just 1.5cm thick
Reasons to avoid
-Limited features-The display is on the small side

Yes, we know that it’s not all about looks, but in a world of slate grey weighing machines, we’re all for an aquatic splash of colour courtesy of John Lewis. No, this won’t calculate your body mass, work out your bone density or tell you off for overindulging on the Jaffa Cakes last night, but who says that’s a bad thing? After all, it’s a sad fact of life that bathroom scales are often the bearers of bad news, and the cheery, royal-blue images of a turtle, crab and a shoal of fish certainly take the edge off weekly weigh-ins.