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Old 08-07-06, 08:24 PM   #1
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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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Old 08-07-06, 08:39 PM   #3
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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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Do you use the digital or the kinds they use at the grocery store to measure fruit?
Digital.
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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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