Save or Splurge: Household Health Gadgets

There are certain gadgets you need in your home to stay healthy. With so many options available within a wide range of prices, it can be difficult to figure out what you should be shelling out for. Before you go shopping, check out Dr. Oz’s recommendations for when you can save and when you can splurge.

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Bathroom Scale: Save!

A digital bathroom scale doesn’t need to cost more than $30. Beyond the price, there are a lot of benefits to owning a digital scale: most use lithium batteries so they turn off automatically and conserve power. Additionally, the digital readings cut out the guesswork and keep you honest about your weight.

Pedometer: Splurge!

Accuracy is important if you use a pedometer. You want to know that the number you see when you look down reflects the number of steps you’ve actually taken. A pedometer that costs less than $15 is likely to lose its accuracy in just a matter of months; paying for a slightly more expensive model is a worthwhile investment. Pedometers in the $25 range are much more accurate and last for years.

Thermometer: Save!

A good digital thermometer with a bright, backlit screen can be purchased for around $6 at your local drugstore. Digital thermometers are also much safer than traditional mercury ones. Be sure to take your mercury thermometers to a doctor’s office or pharmacy where they can be disposed of safely – never throw a mercury thermometer in the trash!