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    Home bathroom scales are crap

    I've decided that floor scales that you get for your bathroom are crap, especially cheap ones.

    This morning I hopped on and it said "160.0". I was like, "Heh, I WISH". Slid it to another tile and hopped on it again. Same reading. Slid it to another, 190.5. That's (unfortunately) more like it.

    Sometimes you can get 3 different weights. And we have another one down in the kitchen that never agrees with the one in the bathroom. I feel like I need to weigh myself 3x on each one and average it.

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    Do you use the digital or the kinds they use at the grocery store to measure fruit?

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    I have this one, it seems to work pretty well and consistently.
    http://www.thecompetitiveedge.com/sh...184549387.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ123
    Do you use the digital or the kinds they use at the grocery store to measure fruit?
    Digital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cydewaze
    I've decided that floor scales that you get for your bathroom are crap, especially cheap ones.

    This morning I hopped on and it said "160.0". I was like, "Heh, I WISH". Slid it to another tile and hopped on it again. Same reading. Slid it to another, 190.5. That's (unfortunately) more like it.

    Sometimes you can get 3 different weights. And we have another one down in the kitchen that never agrees with the one in the bathroom. I feel like I need to weigh myself 3x on each one and average it.
    That's typical of most cheap floor scales.
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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    My favorite is the old beam scales like they have at the Dr's office. I got one for five bucks at a yard sale. It matches my Dr's to the ounce!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    My favorite is the old beam scales like they have at the Dr's office. I got one for five bucks at a yard sale. It matches my Dr's to the ounce!
    I wish I could find one of those.

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    I have two digital ones too, One I use upstairs if I want to weight 121 and one I use downstairs if I want to weight 118

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    Quote Originally Posted by cydewaze
    I wish I could find one of those.
    Wanna buy mine?

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    My cheapo bathroom scale is accurate to a pound or two when compared to a doctors scale.
    Bring back the Sig Test!


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    As long as the scale is repeatable it doesn't matter. You can tell if you are gainibg, loosing, or staying the same. I like the beam scales, but even these seem to disagree; every time the gym gets a new one it reads 8 to 10 pounds more than the last one. So get one that is self consistant and stick with it.

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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    If it's a good scale Joe, as long as it's zeroed out to start, it should be spot on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cydewaze
    I feel like I need to weigh myself 3x on each one and average it.
    (supposedly that's what you're supposed to do anyway)

    How cheap is cheap? I have a Tanita digital scale w/body fat that I paid like $60 for a couple years ago, and it's been fairly reliable...

    http://www.healthchecksystems.com/tbf680w.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by superdex
    How cheap is cheap?
    $11.99 at Wal-Mart.

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    [QUOTE=cydewaze]I've decided that floor scales that you get for your bathroom are crap, especially cheap ones.QUOTE]

    Whatever made you believe they were of qaulity? Even a good scale is only as accurate as its calibration. One good bump and that could be gone. Also the surface a scale is on affects the accuracy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    If it's a good scale Joe, as long as it's zeroed out to start, it should be spot on.
    Stacey

    That's what I would have thought, but the ones (this has happened 3 times in the last 4 years) at the gym were zeroed when I used them on friday. Monday I first noticed that I was 8 to 10 pounds heaver. Then realized it was (another) new scale. Now that I've lost back down to what the last one read in December I guess they will be gettiing another.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeprim
    That's what I would have thought, but the ones (this has happened 3 times in the last 4 years) at the gym were zeroed when I used them on friday.
    It's because gravity is variable.

    It always seems to be strongest when I'm standing on a scale (or climbing).

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    Ah, but beam scales truely measure mass, not weight (the force produced as a result of gravity) - so even if gravity were variable, beam scales wouldn't show it.

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    Wow, I just sounded like a total nerd. I'll be back later people, I have to go clean lint out of the corner of my pocket protector.

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