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Top Rated Digital Weight Scales

author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
Top Rated Digital Weight Scales
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Top-rated digital scales skip the bells and whistles and tell you just what a scale should: how much you weigh. Add in complicated stats, such as body fat measurements, and a scale's accuracy wavers. The best scales tend to run off sunlight or artificial light or use lithium batteries, which last a long time. They turn off automatically, meaning there's little waste and you don't have to replace the batteries often. The top-rated digital scales are also durable, with the ability to hold 300 pounds or more.

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Accurate, Consistent and Readable

First and foremost, the best digital scales are accurate -- and consistently so. Consumer Reports' top picks were accurate within one pound 97 to 100 percent of the time. You also want a scale that's easy to use and read; large digits and a clear display are essential. While not an absolute necessity, the top rated scales often give you your weight in both pounds and kilograms -- which may help when figuring certain nutrition or calorie requirements.

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