I have a love hate relationship with scales, just like a lot of people, but I can't live without them because I have an overwhelming desire to regularly check how much weight I need to lose! I have had a few sets in my time, but these are among the worst of the lot to be perfectly honest.
===What Are They?===
They are a set of white mechanical bathroom scales from the Argos value range. The specifications of the scales are as follows . . .
They have a capacity of 120kg (or 18st 13lb).
The dimensions of them are H4.6, W23, D23.6cm.
===What Is Good About Them?===
They are cheap. Ridiculously cheap. I paid less than four pounds for them, which makes you wonder what exactly they are made of and how they can possibly make them that cheap. The only other good thing about them is that they are white, so they will fit in with pretty much any bathroom.
===What Is Not So Good About Them?===
Everything else! They are really inaccurate. like most mechanical scales, they have a dial at the back that you can reset to zero quite easily, but you literally have to do this every time that you use them, which is so annoying.
They are quite 'compact' shall we say and so it feels a bit like you are balancing on them when you stand on them. The other problem with this is that the thing that has the weights on is tiny and really hard to read. I am only five foot four, so I'm not that far away, but I still struggle to see.
Overall, definitely not recommended, even if they are insanely cheap!
During the summer of last year both my husband and I became a little preoccupied with our weight. Whilst I was interested in loosing some, he wanted to gain muscle mass and therefore we went on the hunt for a good set of cheap bathroom scales for use at home. Having not purchased scales before I must admit to looking to spend as little money as possible and therefore when I saw these mechanical scales which were part of the Argos value range I decided there and then that they would be perfect.
Once removed from their packaging, these scales looked rather plain if I'm honest but still the white colour of the scales meant that they fitted in well with our rather neutral bathroom. These scales are square in shape and measure roughly 23cm square which meant that they fitted in well to the small gap in our bathroom that we had purposely left free. The top of these particular scales is designed in ribbed plastic and this is good in my opinion as it ensures that they have good grip whether you stand on them with bare feet or shoes on. On the top of these scales is the mechanical measuring circle and this tells weight in both lb and kg. Personally I prefer measuring myself in stone but for my husband who works out everything in kilos the latter is perfect. It is worth mentioning that these scales have a maximum weight of 18 stone and 13lb which I believe is slightly less than their digital alternatives.
To use these scales it really is a case of finding an area of flat and even flooring and setting the red indicator line to 0 using the small dial at the front of the scales. In our home I positioned our scales on our ceramic flooring in the bathroom as I generally find that carpet has an uncanny way of taking some of the weight. Then preparing yourself for a shock, it is worth removing your shoes and stepping on the scales making sure you stand firmly and do not move around. These scales are very easy to interpret although as they are not digital they can be a little difficult to read depending on how tall you are and thus how far away you are from reading the small numbers. In my case I found the reading quite easy to do although the small lines around the lb markers were a little distant to see clearly without bending over and thus sending the indicator line on a little jig.
It was only when I had a doctors appointment last week that I realised the slight error in the measuring qualities of these scales. I had taken the time the day before to weigh myself, knowing that my doctor would be looking at my vital statistics to make sure my BMI was around a healthy number and also knowing that I have put on weight since the festive period. To my surprise the digital scales at my doctors surgery actually weighed me as being four lbs lighter which was a nice surprise but completely made me question the accuracy of these Argos scales.
These scales are available from Argos for the excellent value price of £3.99 and as they are easy to set up and use they do score a couple of stars from me. However, as they are not the most accurate at telling me my weight the purpose of these scales is somewhat eroded. As a result I am now looking to buy a set of digital scales which I hope will be more accurate and as a result I would struggle to recommend these basic mechanical scales.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
I have never owned a set of scales in my life before I purchased these from argos. I wanted to get some scales because I always wanted to know my weight, but never got round to buying some. I noticed these when looking through the argos book, they were a bargain compared to other brands and the cheapest I could find when looking online. Overall I wanted to buy these simply for the price! I will now go into more detail on the product and explain the issues I have found!
This product cost me only £3.99, this was by far the cheapest scales you can buy on the market. The scales measure in pounds and kilos. Overall these scales look good, they are small and compact and fit nicely in a small bathroom, they don't stand out and the white colour matches my tiles nicely. Overall the face value of this product is good and they don't look too cheap. I was more than happy with the price paid. Bargain.
To begin with I was happy with this product because it told me my weight! It wasn't until I went to the gym and weighed myself on professional scales, that I realised that these argos scales showed me to weigh 7 pounds more! They are not accurate and make you heavier! I now only use them to see if my weight has changed and not to get a proper accurate weight. I suppose you get what you pay for with this product.
I would not recommend anyone buys these if you want a good set of scales, they are not accurate and you need to take the weight with a pinch of salt. The design is nice and If argos improved th quality of measuring I think the product would be better. The price is good which makes this product a 2 star rating for me. This product should however be avoided, look for something more expensive and of better quality.
Thanks for reading my review, I hope it helped you. Jlaker1992
~Budget priced scales~
Having spotted this set of ultra cheap weighing scales in Argos I bought them hoping they would prove to be more accurate than the set I already had (which were a little hit and miss at times). The budget priced Argos scales are part of a range of so called basic products, many of which aren't too bad at all, that you can fill your home with on the cheap if wanted. I often find that I am pleasantly surprised by budget buys and hoped this set of scales would prove to be worth their weight in more accurate weigh ins, although I found out that in use these scales are not as accurate as they could be.
The look of the scales is both retro and yet also simple/ modern at the same time in my opinion with a clean white finish to most areas, which is highlighted by the dark black base section. The over all look of the scales is quite plain and functional in my opinion and it isn't overly stylish. The design won't look out of place amongst many bathroom styles though, as such minimal designs are more fashionable at the moment as they go with many room themes. The shape of the scales is very similar to the older set I had although these are a little smaller over all, meaning that these newer scales didn't take up any more room when stored away than the previous set did.
The slightly smaller surface area you stand on can make it difficult to stand correctly on the scales and could be an issue for those with larger feet, as anything much over a size 6 shoes size will end up hanging over the edges of these scales. The textured surface used on the top of the scales is something that should help to stop you slipping when standing on the scales and in use I found this did what it was made for. The Argos scales were lighter than the previous set to carry around and place out ready for use, which was a slight bonus in my opinion, although this lightness did contribute towards the slightly flimsy feel of the scales too.
The scales can measure weights up to 120 kilos/ or 18 stone 13lbs, which means that these scales are suitable for men or women to use to check their weight with. The weight check dial has to be set correctly before you step on to the scales as this can effect results and I found that it was some times difficult to get the scales sit at zero even on a flat surface. Your weight results can and do fluctuate at times by a kilo or two either way when using these scales, which I feel isn't ideal at all and can be rather annoying. The dial is not overly large and can make it hard to see your exact weight if you are not standing at the right angle when using the scales, which is not ideal.
~Price/ product rating~
The cost of these simple scales is just £3.99 per set which I feel is very cheap when compared to other scales you can buy. Whilst these scales are super cheap to buy, they do have a budget feel to them that I found is carried through to their weight accuracy. The scales do not give overly accurate results all the time, as they often fluctuate by a kilo or two, so I feel that you can never really be sure of a precise weight when using these. If you want a rough idea of your weight then these scales may prove sufficient for your needs. If you want more precise results then pay a little more and buy a better set. I took my scales back in the end as they were not giving a reliable result all the time which is rather a shame. My rating for the scales based on price is 3 stars, with a rating for accuracy of just 2 stars.
Prior to having my daughter I always weighed around 8 stone and thought of myself as too skinny and was always on a mission to gain weight and be a healthy 9 stone. Since having my daughter (now almost 3!) I have stayed around a constant 9-9 and a half stone which I am happy about! The only time I would ever know my weight was when I went to the doctors when I would jump on the scale even though it wasn't what I was there for! So to keep a little eye on my weight I decided to opt for this budget option from argos.
It only cost £3.99 which I was more than happy with as it literally stays in my bathroom and I only hop on it occasionally (my partner has no interest in what he weighs) so it doesn't really get used too often. It only comes in white, but I am not fussed about the colour as I don't have a particularly strict colour scheme going on in my bathroom anyway, and the sink, bath and toilet are white so it matches them if anything!
It has ridged lines across, so when you step on the scales you do feel this, it isn't uncomfortable in anyway but I would have preferred a basic flat surface to be honest, but for this economical price I shan't complain too much!\
The scale works perfectly, it's altogether in the box so there is literally no fiddling around, just hop on it and it will either give u nightmares (if you have gained 10lbs in 1 day) or it will make you smile (if you have stayed the same after eating nothing but junk food all day, which is often the case with me!).
It has weight in KG and in Stones which can be broken down into pounds as it has little lines between the stones to indicate, but you have to be quite trained by the eye to see the small lines between if you want to know that you weigh exactly 10st 3lbs for example. I am not overly keen anyway so generally I hop on and will just give myself an estimate so if I am just over 9 and a half stone I will tell myself this and not think too precisely at being 9 stone, 8lbs. Basically it is not as accurate as an electronic scale would be.
It works perfectly well on flat surfaces and is the optimum for a more accurate reading. I am normally 9 and a half stone, and when I stepped on the scales after putting it on the rug it said I was 10 and a half stone! I was very surprised at where this extra stone of weight came from! But I can only put it down to being on an uneven surface, somehow the scales overcompensated! Other than this, there are no faults with this scale.
Overall it is what you pay for, a nice budget scale which isn't top of the range so don't expect it to look amazing and tell you exactly to the nanogram what you weigh, but for an overall perception and for infrequent use it is perfect for me!
I am slightly obsessive about my weight, although Im never on a diet or consciously exercising I still like to weigh myself at least once a week.
My parents have very expensive electronic scales, I have had this white mechanical scale since University. It used to work fantastically, my weight was exactly right compared to their scales. However after about 5 years of use it has now started to make up numbers with a mind of its own.
The scales have a black base, with a slightly grooved white top. It does collect dirt in the grooves so will need wiping now and again. I always take my shoes off to check my weight and this keeps it nice and hygenic.
Its quite bulky and not light at all although it does not look unsightly in the bathroom.
It cost £3.99 when I bought it and it has worked so well and I am a bit disappointed that the springs have gone or however it works.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes to know their weight instantly. The numbers are quite large and can be viewed from above when you are standing on the scale. It isnt very trendy for modern looking bathrooms but for those on a budget it is a great choice as it does what it is meant to do without having to worry about a battery.
I bought these when I was mid-way through my diet earlier this year as the scales I had were being quite inconsistent. These scales were very inexpensive at just £3.99 - which were significantly cheaper than the £20.99 scales I'd had my eye on in Waitrose. I didn't really need scales that did anything special, I just wanted them to be able to tell me how much I weighed when I stepped on them! I picked these up from Argos in Cheltenham.
The scales look like average weighing scales in as much as there is nothing about them that particularly sticks out as special (except for the price!). They are made of white plastic and they are very light and don't feel particularly sturdy. To be honest. as soon as you pick them up it becomes obvious that these scales are not made of very durable material and they are probably not really built to last. The plastic feels thin and flimsy and feels a bit rattly and cheap (as indeed they are!). There are little rubber spots on the bottom which stop the scales from sliding and scratching the surface of the floor.
In the middle centre on the top of the scales is the window where the scales can be read in either kilograms or stones. The scales weigh up to 18.5 stone and so they would probably do for most people in the mass market but at the start of my diet I needed the scales to go a little higher than this (don't worry.....I've lost weight now!). The numbers themselves are big enough to be able to see from a standing height, but I did struggle to see the markings between the stones - and as every pound is important when you're on a diet, it is a problem when you can't distinguish the demarcation lines properly. I think the lines need to be darker and more prominent. I did find the scales to be consistent when I weighed myself and so they were reliable in this regard.
I do have to admit that I stopped using these scales after a few months because I just found that I wanted some digital scales where the readings were more easily displayed. These scales are okay and reliable but I just wanted something that was a better quality.
For me a Bathroom isn't complete without a set of scales. I have always had one until recently when my old electronic scales gave up the ghost. So I knew I must buy a new set as I think its important to check your weight every so often as its all to easy to put on a few pounds especially at Christmas time.
At the moment money is a little tight for me so I selected the cheapest set of Bathroom Scales I could find. The Argos Value Scales cost just three pound 99p. I was very impressed with this especially as the last ones cost over twenty-five pounds.
Recently I have got used to the Argos Value range. What they do is provide packaging that is very cheap and simple. These Bathroom scales come in a light blue cardboard box, which tells you what the product is a very simple diagram of a set of scales and not much else.
That said the packaging works and when I managed to rip of the sellotape and get into the box I found the scales where safely held in place by polystyrene. So that they where wedged in place and not able to get damaged in transit.
There is no choice about this product you have it in white. On first examination the scales looked shorter in length and width to what I'm used too. I found that even me with my size 8 feet where longer than the product and I wondered if I would get an accurate reading from this perspective. Especially when I placed myself completed on them and I had to shuffle about a bit so I could actually read what my weight is because of this lack of room on the scales themselves.
The product itself did not look unappealing to the eye. Although as the name suggests I always got the feeling it was cheap and cheerful. On these they will carry weight up to 19 stone or120kg. And I was pleased to see there was a choice and you can see in both forms of weight as I still haven't got the hang of Kilogrammes for weighing purposes, yes in cooking but not when measuring my own weight.
Never again will I buy economy scales, I have now learnt my lesson. I have had the scales around three months and my weight fluctuates from week to week by as much as half a stone. I just do not think the scales are accurate enough and I quite often even struggled to see exactly what my weight was. I went to town one Saturday and weighed myself on one of those pay scales they have and then I did the same on my Argos Value scales and the difference was five pounds and having used this machine at home for three months I tend to trust and believe the one on Town more. There was no consistency at all with them and after a while I started to wonder if it was even worth using them as the needle on the dial also seemed to fluctuate as you stood on them.
Yes I did struggle also to always position myself first time balanced on the scales and able to read what the weight actually was because of their small size, sometimes I found I needed to bend down to get the most accurate fix on my weight. And at the same time I felt the design of the dials on actual display looked a little bit cheap and tacky and was not that easy to read unless you got closer to them.
The scales come with a very easy one page sheet of paper that tell you how to use your scales. Helpful but obvious hints such as put your scales on a flat surface. They also tell you how to care for your scales and that every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the scales themselves, well maybe I have been unlucky then!! The scales themselves are very light and easy to carry around on the positive side I just think their reliability is very questionable.
Yes the price of these bathroom scales is very tempting, but take my advice do not purchase them. There is absolutely no point in having a set of scales like these that are not accurate and can vary hugely from week to week. It defeats the whole purpose of regularly weighing yourself. I have had to purchase another set but this time I have gone for a recognised brand, paid a lot more and have far more confidence in what I weigh every week. This set look ok but for me at least they really did not fill me with confidence, at least now I know and can put this down to experience.
Thank you for reading my review.
Why on God`s green earth I decided to go for this mechanical scale from Argos I will never quite understand, because this scale turned out to be one hundred percent useless, not even good for collecting dust in my bathroom... I will say that most products I have bought from Argos have been very pleassant surprises, but this mechanical scale, well, it didn`t work at all well!
I paid only five pounds for this scale, and so perhaps I shouldn`t expect a very good product, but seeing as Argos have delivered so many other affordable great products, I did expect this product to at least work properly, but sadly, it didn`t... Before buying this scale, I knew my correct weight, and therefore decided to compare my knowledge to what this scale decided to show, and sadly, when stepping onto it, it showed four kilos less than what I actually weigh, which I guess could be a good thing in some way, but this meant that the scale isn`t at all accurate and trustworthy, and I have since then given it several second chances, and it`s failed to work correct at all! When standing on the scale, you have to stand still like an statue, because if not, the weight numbers will suddenly jump and become inaccurate... So, this was a product that disappointed me a lot, and all though it didn`t exactly take a lot of my money, I still feel I should be awarded more from such a product, as this one turned out to be completely useless! My recommendation is simply to stay away from this product and spend your money on a different brand!
Why is that scales always seem to break after having them for a few years? Does someone in your house suddenly gain weight overnight, sneak off and weigh themselves and surreptitiously break them? You surely cannot argue with a quick replacement pair of scales at £3.99 from Argos, part of their ever-growing value range. The price is wonderful, the results are slightly more questionable.
You get a rather compact pair of scales that you must stand nimbly on. Anyone with size fourteen feet might have to shuffle around to find a place to stand. The scales are basic in shape and size and design. A white covering with a small rounded dial, displaying the weight in kilos and stone. This is a feature I liked actually, as you often get asked your weight for tests in kilos and nobody ever knows what the equivalent is in stone! The dial is alright but could have been an inch or too bigger to make it easier to see what is being displayed.
When it comes the measuring your weight bit, this is where things get dubious. We got these a few months back and on first try, we noticed that the scales could not quite decide someone's weight. The needle fluctuates too much and can dither a few pounds out if you start to sway on the scales. If you need a very rough guide, then you could say 'okay I am roughly around nine stone' but if you want a spot on reading, you are still going to have to spend more on better scales or go to that weighing machine in Boots.
While the price is very good, the design is robust and compact and fits nicely with bathroom colour schemes, when put to the test they aren't that impressive. The scales go up to eighteen stone, which is fine for our household, but I should imagine for heavier families, this could be annoying and thus considered a wasted purchase.
I was on a diet in march and my scales were reading wrong as i went to weight watchers and there scales are spot on top of the range of coarse they did try cox me into buying a set of weight watcher scales priced at £45.00 i just couldn't afford them so i set out for a cheap basic set of scales and come across the argos value set.
The argos value scales cost only £3.99 and i feel that is a great bargain.
These are basic white bathroom scales but that's all i needed to weigh myself, they look quite small compact and neat too, will go with any bathroom decor.
The dial is at the top of the scales and read accurately all the time , after a few months of use the marked had slipped by the zero mark but its easy to set again there is a small red turn wheel underneath that you turn until its back at the right setting. I always read the scales in stone as i understand that better but there is a kilos on the dial too.
When stepping on the scales its a flat surfaces and no indents to put my feet like my last set but it is ok not comfy but for the whole minutes i am on them it makes no difference to me. The scales have no grip on the solid flat surface. When using the scales they should be placed on a level solid surface too as carpets are padding under the scales and don't give a good reading on the dial.
I have been using the scales since march and nothing has gone wrong with them , have given me an accurate reading that matches up with my weight watchers class. I am happy with the scales, very basic but they were very cheap. I don't feel the need to splash out expensive when i can have super value products like these.
I highly recommend the argos value scales. 5 dooyoo stars for excellence.
I got this washing scales after our last digital one started to become unreliable and start showing funny figures. At least them seemed funny!
After seeing the prices of electronic scales in Boots I was absolutely horrified. I decided to check out what Argos had to offer. I wasn't interested in spending over the odds for something that worked just as well as the cheapest item. I choose this scales as it was really good value at just 5 euro but they can be bought for about 3 pounds in the UK.
I just wanted it to casually weigh myself and wouldn't be dieting or anything like that. Just for curiosity purposes. The scales itself is white in colour with a dial on the top centre that displays the given weight. There is a textured surface on the scales which gives easy grip for your feet. This scales goes up to a maximum weight of 18st and shows the weight in both stone and kilos.
I liked it as it was simple and cheap and I only use it now and again but my mother has used it a few times and she thinks it is a bit inaccurate for her own weight.
I would recommend this to the casual user but not to someone who is monitoring their every pound while trying to lose weight or for medical reason as I would be worried of the discrepancy of the readings.
I would suggest buying something even over ten pounds that is not Argos brand as I think you would get a much better result than this budget scales!
I bought this scale as a cheap one from the legendary Argos near my university so I could keep an eye on my weight whilst at university. I was actually trying to put weight on, but in the form of muscle. I found this to be reasonably accurate and consistent but you had to stand in the right place for it to work.
It comes in a little cardboard box and slides out of the packaging. It's a simple old traditional scale where the scale inside will turn according to your weight. It's not digital - in fact far from it! The dial has kilos and stones on it, which is quite useful as you can view both units rather than having to convert. I am more of a kilogram person myself nowadays compared to stones.
The scale itself is white and looks extremely cheap to be honest. The bottom bit it sits on is black. It doesn't feel that sturdy when you stand on it - it's all a bit cheap and wobbly. Perhaps this is because my feet barely fit on the scale as it's so small! I was initially shocked by how small it looked compared to the scale I have at my house. It has dimensions of 23 x 23.6 x 4.6 cm. This isn't very large if you can imagine. I have size 9.5 / 43 size feet and they stick over the edge on these.
Since I had the scale, the marker was always a tiny bit off zero before I even stood on it - perhaps this made be look thinner than I was! This was purely a quality issue and it couldn't be fixed. It wasn't much off so I just took it into account and made do with the scale.
It doesn't have much grip or anything so don't stand on it with wet feet. I'd recommend it but it's probably pot luck whether yours will be set to zero and big enough for your feet. I tried using the scale to measure my suit case weight (as you do :P) before going on holiday and it was impossible due to it's size. With a digital one, it would flash the weight for a few seconds after so I could lift the suitcase away and see what it weighed.
It's very cheap at £3.99 and you certainly get what you pay for! Mine worked pretty well (in past tense as I decided to chuck it after the year) but it was a bit small and the quality wasn't there. I'd recommend paying around £8 more for a really good scale that will last and could be digital!
Thanks for reading!
When purchasing a set of scales to weigh yourself it is very important to make sure you get the right set. At the time I never really paid an interest in checking on how good a set of scales where. Based on the price they were offered at this was the reason that I decided to purchase them. If you want to manage your weight then I think it is important to get the correct pair.
These set of scales are less than £5 so they are very low budget, just because of this however I wouldn't just stay away from a pair of scales just because they are cheap. For £5 this is why I thought I would give them a try but it isn't something I would think about again.
Description and Results
The scales are just very basic and are in a plain white, they do tend to sit well on the floor. When you step on the scales I found that they were extremelly unreliable. If you got a specific weight one time the chances are very high that you wouldn't get that again the next time. I tried to put these on an even floor to see if this would improve it but the difference was non existant. A slight movement when you are on the scales would make the dial move rapidly. With the price being that cheap you can't exactly be suprised at this however. They will do the trick if you are just looking for a pair of scales for now and again but not if your keeping track of weight.
Overall if you are looking for a pair of scales I would only recommend these if you check your weight now and again. Instead if you are serious about it then I would recommend that you go and buy a more expensive pair as they will be much more accurate than these ones.
Money is a little bit tight due to moving in to our own place so when I decided I would need some bathroom scales I really just went for the cheapest option. I found these scales for £3.99 in my local Argos and duly went to pick them up from my nearest store the same day.
The scales come fairly well packaged and there wasn't anything too unnecessary surrounding the scales, just enough padding to ensure that they weren't damaged in transit or scuffed or scratched. Most of the packaging was recyclable too which was a good point on Argos' part.
These scales and white with a dial near the top. There is nothing fancy about the design or the colour but then this is just what I was expecting for under £4 and matched the bathroom suite perfectly. The scales have a dial on the side which can be used for adjusting the dial to ensure that the weight is back on the 0 before you step on the scales to check your weight.
The front of the scales (where you stand) has a nice amount of grip on it which means it can be a little uncomfortable under your bare feet but that you can get a nice balance and should get an accurate weight. I have found that the scales are a little hard to see so I have to lean forward slightly to read the dial which then causes the scales to be a little bit unbalanced and I have to weigh myself a few times and then decide to the nearest pound what I actually weigh.
These scales show your weight in stones and kilos which is very handy as I have always used stones yet they use kilos at my hospital appointments and this helps me know at a glance if I am on the right track with losing weight without having to use my calculator to work out the weight.
Overall I found that these scales were not as accurate as I would like but because of the bargain price tag I am willing to adjust the dial now and again and have to take a couple of measurements to get an average weight.
I will be upgrading to digital scales in the future but if you want some reasonable scales with a decent length to them (even my other half can weigh himself on them and he has size 10 feet) then you can't go wrong with these budget scales.
Size: Height 4.6 Width 23 Depth 23.6cm
Capacity: 120kg/18stone 9lbs.