Bathroom scales need to do one thing: consistently give you a weight measurement that you can trust. After stepping on and off a total of 23 scales since 2015 (accounting for more than 750 weigh-ins), we’re confident that the compact, easy-to-read Etekcity EB9380H is the most accurate and precise basic digital bathroom scale under $50 (though, as with the vast majority of bathroom scales in its price range, the Etekcity is not perfect on those counts).
None of the scales we reviewed for this guide connect to your phone. If you want a smart scale—one that automatically tracks weight measurements and other biometric data—check out our guide to smart scales. Keep in mind, though, that overall we’ve found those connected scales to be more finicky and less reliable.
The Etekcity EB9380H is one of the most accurate and precise digital bathroom scales we’ve tested. Many inexpensive bathroom scales respond reliably only to a weight change on the order of half a pound, or, as we found through our testing, will even pull your weight readings from memory without trying to measure you. This streamlined scale was one of the only models we tested that was capable of not only detecting change as small as a couple of tenths of a pound, but also consistently giving the same measurements for test objects of known weights on different days. The Etekcity’s bright backlit display is small but easy to read, and the measured weight is displayed for an ample 10 seconds. And the scale has a 400-pound weight capacity, can measure in kilograms or pounds, is completely silent (no beeps), and turns on and off instantly. The Etekcity comes with a one-year warranty, which doubles if you register your scale on the company’s website within two weeks of purchase. As with all bathroom scales, to get accurate readings on the Etekcity, you’ll need to place it on a hard, flat surface, and you’ll have to calibrate it regularly (by stepping on and off of it and/or temporarily removing the batteries).