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samcrokitty
03-19-2014, 09:54 AM
I have a mechanical scale that I have had forever! When I started my diet, I bought a digital one thinking it would be better. Well, the digital scale is always saying something different and it's driving me crazy! It's not just my numbers fluctuating, I have my kids step on it each week and their numbers move around too.(5-10 pounds off) They are both the picture of health so I know it's the scale. Now I'm back to using the old mechanical one because it's more truthful. Maybe it's the digital scale itself or all digital ones? So I am curious which kind everyone else is using?


ReNew Me
03-19-2014, 10:20 AM
I had the same problem with digital scales, bought two different models that pooped out within a few months. I ended up going to Amazon and looking for the one that seemed to have the most users saying it had consistent readings and if there was a problem the company stood behind their product. Purchased this one http://www.amazon.com/EatSmart-Precision-Bathroom-Capacity-Technology/dp/B001KXZ808

After more than a year readings are still consistent.

BigChiefHoho
03-19-2014, 10:24 AM
Just a cheap digital one from Walmart. It worked fine for a couple of years, but I started getting really weird readings a few days ago (like varying a couple pounds within seconds of each other). After changing the batteries, it works fine again. Perhaps your scale was shipped with old batteries?


Koshka
03-20-2014, 01:41 AM
I have a Withings scale.

samcrokitty
03-20-2014, 08:12 AM
I may replace the batteries to see if that's the problem. I was also reading about the digital scales and saw where they are different compared to the temperature of the floor they are sitting on as well. Maybe it's just a crappy scale too though....lol I can't have a scale that is jerking me around. If it don't straighten up, I will just use my old one as a backup.

BettyBooty
03-20-2014, 08:29 AM
I have a digital scale. I think it sounds like your battery is low, or maybe the scale is on a space of floor that is not completely flat? Mine is in a room with hardwood floors, and I made sure it is level.

Psychic
03-20-2014, 08:30 AM
I have one of those $20 WW Digital Scales. Its been fairly accurate for me and I've even compared it to the scale at school. I've never had crazy fluctuations with it.

Are you weighing yourself first thing in the morning after you use the bathroom? I find this to be the most accurate time for me. If you weigh yourself at different times of day, your scale will give different readings depending on how much you've eaten/drank that day.

TooWicky
03-20-2014, 10:42 AM
ReNew Me, I got that exact scale a few months ago, also based on positive reviews, and I absolutely love it! Very consistent. Also it seems to have a large surface to step on, which I also like. I recommend it.

thirti4thirty
03-20-2014, 01:11 PM
I use a BABYLISS scale. I've had it for 5 and half years. It's still working perfectly.
About the issue of the varying numbers showing on the screen, mine came with an instruction suggesting that you should put your feet at the exact same spot every time in order to get accurate results. Because of the sensors, a few millimeters can make a huge difference in the weight reading.
So this is what I did, I drew a line around my feet on the scale with a permanent marker. Whenever I set my feet in them I ALWAYS get the same result. I notice on a daily basis that when I slightly move my feet away from the footprints the reading changes.
You can try this too in order to have a better idea of you REAL PROGRESS.

kelijpa
03-20-2014, 01:16 PM
I have a WW digital scale by conair, the one I had before was a cheaper WW model I had for years.

When I got the new one (measures BF, etc) it stopped working after like the third day, I took it back (bed, bath and beyond) they exchanged it and the new one has worked great since, it weighs consistently to the point I actually only get on once in the morning because it doesn't change :lol: with my old one it varied a couple tents so of course I would weigh a few times because I'm weird like that...

Anyway, maybe you got a lemon, I'd see if you can swap it.
Good luck :sunny:

Arwen17
03-20-2014, 02:30 PM
I first bought a cheap $10 traditional, mechanical scale at Walmart and it was a complete piece of crap.
So I bought this nice one on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Eatsmart-Precision-Bathroom-Technology-440-Pounds/dp/B0032TNPOE/ref=pd_sbs_hpc_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1F4B8EJ0XQ0WS77W33SM
It's wonderful and accurate. I've been using the scale for 6 months now and haven't had to change the batteries yet. I weigh myself daily.

Just read the reviews on Amazon to find out if what you're looking at is a good product or not.

SeeMyFeet
03-20-2014, 05:23 PM
A sadistic one.

nibog
03-20-2014, 07:09 PM
An evil one....I swear it lies

Waterbunny77
03-21-2014, 01:51 AM
I've always been leary of digital scales and stick with my old analogue one. I don't need my weight going up and down when it's not. I have to avoid being disappointed or going into a panic :(

Olivia7906
03-22-2014, 01:41 PM
I use a Dectecto scale (like the ones they use in doctor's offices). Cost me a couple hundred bucks. I need a true measurement of weight that won't change no matter how many times I step on the scale. I can't stand digital scales lol.

Marniadec
03-22-2014, 02:19 PM
Every analogue scale I've used was useless. When I get on a new scale, I start leaning forward, backward and to the sides, so I can see if the reading changes. It always does in analogues and in most cheap digital ones. So, I got a decent digital scale by Boss but it cost me 60 euros. It measures body fat, etc and it's very reliable.

The best thing about it is that after a few months, it started giving me an accurate result regardless of what I was wearing and of the surface it was laid on. I usually wake up 2-3 hours earlier than I need to and I lay around in my pj's. I hated doing that in the winter. :p

JulieFriday
03-22-2014, 02:34 PM
After a couple go-rounds with what Walmart had, I went with an EatSmart brand scale also - the ESBS 01 - and it's been pretty consistent over the 5 years I've had it. I'm looking forward to the day that it says what I want it to say :)

gailr42
03-22-2014, 03:34 PM
I have a Health-O-Meter. It has the weights that you slide along a bar like the ones in the doctor's office. It cost around $180 with shipping from Amazon, if I remember correctly. I love the scale and I do not obsess about how much I "really" weigh anymore. I get on it once, and that is how much I weigh. If you can afford it, I think there is nothing better, especially if you tend to obsess on the scale.

When I got the scale, it weighed me 6-8 lbs more than my digital scale. I had to suck it up and adjust my weight record, and before I knew it I had caught up.

Think of all the time you can save by only weighing once a day!!! :lol:

Arwen17
04-22-2014, 01:19 PM
I use a Dectecto scale (like the ones they use in doctor's offices). Cost me a couple hundred bucks. I need a true measurement of weight that won't change no matter how many times I step on the scale. I can't stand digital scales lol.

If you buy a nice digital scale, this doesn't happen. I can step onto my digital scale a million times and the number doesn't change. It doesn't matter if I lean forward, backward, or anything else. It's always accurate.

Just buy a better digital scale than the $10-20 cheap crap ones and it's fine. My scale was only $35 on amazon.

berryblondeboys
04-23-2014, 02:37 PM
I'm so excited as I got myself a Withings Scale for Mother's Day. Yes... a weirdo who wanted a new scale for such an occasion!

Olivia7906
04-23-2014, 09:00 PM
If you buy a nice digital scale, this doesn't happen. I can step onto my digital scale a million times and the number doesn't change. It doesn't matter if I lean forward, backward, or anything else. It's always accurate.

Just buy a better digital scale than the $10-20 cheap crap ones and it's fine. My scale was only $35 on amazon.

Maybe so. But I've had my baby (yes my scale is my baby lol) for 8 years now so until it clunks out on me (if that's even possible), then maybe I'll invest in a digital....however, I don't like the idea of batteries going bad and giving inaccurate readings. I'd rather not deal with batteries at all ;)

berryblondeboys
04-23-2014, 09:17 PM
If you buy a nice digital scale, this doesn't happen. I can step onto my digital scale a million times and the number doesn't change. It doesn't matter if I lean forward, backward, or anything else. It's always accurate.

Just buy a better digital scale than the $10-20 cheap crap ones and it's fine. My scale was only $35 on amazon.

This has nothing to do with better or not. It has to do with it having a memory or not. There are some digital scales that have memories that will only actually read every few days or register at least a half pound drop. There was a discussion on this a couple years ago.

nationalparker
04-23-2014, 10:14 PM
I know this was the case with a cheap digital scale I had - no memory involved - but if you leaned one way, you got a lighter reading than leaning to the other. I would almost have preferred the same weight for a few days and no mental games back then.

Arwen17
04-25-2014, 06:06 PM
Maybe so. But I've had my baby (yes my scale is my baby lol) for 8 years now so until it clunks out on me (if that's even possible), then maybe I'll invest in a digital....however, I don't like the idea of batteries going bad and giving inaccurate readings. I'd rather not deal with batteries at all ;)
I've had the scale since September and it came with batteries in the package. I still haven't needed to change the batteries yet. I think the amazon reviews said it took like 1-2 years before the batteries typically died on them. I still have my old analog scale. If the digital suddenly started giving me strange numbers because of dying batteries, I could hop on the old analog. But I don't think that's how dying batteries work. It still weighs you correctly, it just slowly fails to have the power to display the numbers or doing anything useful. Does that make sense? If you have a battery-powered lamp, it doesn't act any different, the light just slowly gets weaker and fainter as time goes on.

This has nothing to do with better or not. It has to do with it having a memory or not. There are some digital scales that have memories that will only actually read every few days or register at least a half pound drop. There was a discussion on this a couple years ago.

Well those are craptastic, cheating liar scales aren't they. Mine doesn't have any fancy functionality. It simply takes your weight, so I'd be surprised if it had any kind of memory.
It's a decimal point scale, so I see the changes in-between a pound, which is why I bought it. "153.8" "153.0" "153.3"
The analog scale doesn't show that well. It just leaves me squinting at a tiny needle and wondering if that's where the needle was last time I looked.

I know this was the case with a cheap digital scale I had - no memory involved - but if you leaned one way, you got a lighter reading than leaning to the other. I would almost have preferred the same weight for a few days and no mental games back then.
That's one of the first things I tested out of the box. Because I too have been on awful digital scales that gave different readings on different leanings. lol that rhymed. But I love the one I got. It doesn't have that problem at all.

SkylarLeeDixon
04-29-2014, 05:31 PM
I had the same problem with the scales I bought, mechanicals and digitals the same. My brother told me it was because Im so heavy, I messed them up!

So since I starting again on my dieting Im using a big one on the drug store, I go there once a month (used to go every week but was driving me insane!) and I only trust that one so hopefully I will see better results there hehe