Back in the day, weighing yourself was a simple affair: you stood on some scales, they threw out a number, and you either liked it or you didn’t.

These days, things are a bit more complicated as well as your weight, digital scales can measure your body fat and BMI: some can even tell you the muscle mass of individual limbs and offer tailored encouragement, although the use of electronic pulses means they’re not suitable for pacemaker wearers

We tried out the best of the bunch and judged them by their style, value, practicality and ease of use to see which models really pull their weight.

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The verdict: Bathroom scales

Connecting scales to an app can be a bit laborious, and you get what you pay for some of the budget models we tested (not included here) were inaccurate by as much as half a stone. So although pricey, we were impressed by the Withings scale and how comparatively easy it was to connect and use.

If you’re looking for a cheaper, but still reliable option, the Smart Fitness Scale isn’t as sleek, but still does the job.

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