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January 22nd, 2011, 11:50 AM
Mega Super Mommy
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I have a scale with the dial and needle that moves in a circle after you step on and stops at your weight (it is about 2yrs old), and then last night I bought a digital scale. Well, the digital scale said I weighed 155.6lbs this morning, but the old style dial and needle scale was pointing at 153lbs. So which kind is supposed to be more accurate? I soooooo want someone to tell me the dial and needle kind hahaha, but DH says probably the brand new digi one is more accurate....

Josh and Kim - proud parents to Byron, Elijah, Abigail, Connor, Kara, and Baby
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January 24th, 2011, 09:56 AM
SpydrMnky27's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I would go with the digital. I can never get an accurate reading on my scale with the needle thingy. It's always telling me I'm lighter than I am. DH has 2 digital scales at his gym and they both tell me the same number when I use them. I trust those more.
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January 24th, 2011, 10:02 AM
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I am going to say it depends on the scale. A digital is generally more accurate, but it needs to be calibrated once in awhile. A needle scale isn't as accurate over time as the springs can become loosened. So they both have plusses and minuses. I say, which ever scale you do choose to weigh on, always use the same one. At least then your result will be consistent for that scale.

This used to be a huge issue for my JC clients. They would weigh one thing on their scale at home and weigh something different (often by up to 5 pounds) on the JC scale. I would just tell them to pick one scale and have that be their official "weight". And so long as that was the scale they tracked on, they would see their loss (or gain) in as accurate a manner as possible.

I weigh on the wii Fit. Totally not accurate at all, but that's what I started with, so that's what I am sticking to.

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January 24th, 2011, 10:14 AM
kimmiejo's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I have a digital scale and I also have a needle scale from like 1950 LOL seriously it is old I got it at a second hand store because it looks cool in my bathroom! on both I seem to weigh the same so IDK which is really better, I do make sure both are calibrated/balanced every once in a while though.
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January 24th, 2011, 11:05 AM
Mega Super Mommy
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Hmmmm....I don't know how to calibrate the new digital one - I will have to look in the manual lol! I just took it straight out of the box and started using it - maybe that is why they are off? I will go check later

Josh and Kim - proud parents to Byron, Elijah, Abigail, Connor, Kara, and Baby
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January 24th, 2011, 08:03 PM
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I would definitely go with the digital. Whichever you use you will notice the weight loss, but I find the digitals are more accurate & lol for me they are so much easier to read (bad eyesight)

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