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.