Product Type: Argos Bathroom Scale
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Budget priced scales
Argos EKS Compact Mechanical Scale
Member Name: SoadFan
Argos EKS Compact Mechanical Scale
Advantages: Cheap to buy
Disadvantages: Don't give an accurate weight all the time
~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.
Summary: A budget priced set of scales
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