Those old scales, those springs have been mixed with the combination of those long springs. If you step on them at the same time, get one reading. Check it again half a minute later, read it again. You didn’t like that? Try again.
They were single-taskers, too: Body weight was what they provided. He couldn’t remember from one day to the next what the previous scale would be.
Digital scales, which mainly use electronics to measure bent metal when placed on the ground, are more accurate and consistent. The results are displayed on digital screens, and may not only include weight, but body mass index, water content, and other measurements. It’s no wonder that digital scales have outsold analog scales over the years.
“In most cases, digital bathroom scales are more accurate than mechanical ones,” said a 2018 Wirecutter article. This has gotten worse in the last four years since the story came out.
What was unclear was the sentence that followed: “But for the most accurate reading, any bathroom scale must be properly set up and used consistently.”
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One of the advantages of digital scales is that they can be connected to a mobile phone wirelessly, storing information from one day to the next and documenting the progress in pictures.
One of these is Greater Goods’ Bluetooth Connected Bathroom Smart Scale, about $65 from Amazon.com. The scale works on three AAA batteries, and records weight, body weight, weight, water weight, and bones. The weight history is shown in pictures, and other measurements can be placed on the chart.
The scale can track data for up to eight users. The scale has been rated nearly 9,000 times on Amazon and has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The scale had a problem connecting to the smartphone when I first started using it. A call to customer support (from the company’s headquarters in St. Louis, I was told), provided a workaround and a promise that an updated version of the scale would fix the problem when it came out in the next few weeks. It has been changed; the problem is fixed.
The Wirecutter article notes that even a digital scale needs to be in the right place for an accurate reading. “First, you have to make sure you’re weighing yourself on a consistent basis,” Tom Dorsey, director of e-commerce at Lifetime Brands, told the online review site. It should also be said that the scale should be in the same place.
Several nutritionists advised that scales should be changed each time they are used. Scales with an auto-calibrate feature take care of this task.
Overview: The Greater Goods Bluetooth scale provides easy connection with a smartphone (both Android and Apple). Customer support is excellent and based in the US. Its graphing helps in weight loss. In addition it supports eight users.
It’s a climbing scale.
For more information, visit the Greater Goods website at www.greatergoods.com.
Lonnie Brown can be reached at LedgerDatabase@aol.com.