Digital scales are a pain, the one I had was so unreliable and it kept saying error every time I got on, so when the battery died I couldn't be bothered to buy another one and experience the same problems so I bought a whole new set and I went for a cheap set of mechanical ones. Which is this set now. They come with a 15 year guarantee which is brilliant and they were really reasonably priced.
***Price and availability***
The scales cost £9.99 and I bought them from Homebase but you can buy them from similar stores such as Argos and Debenhams. I think they are really good quality for the money.
The scales are big enough for a large grown man to stand on and feature an easy to read mechanical dial. The scales are 5 cm tall, 30 cm wide and 30 cm deep. The top of the scales is spongey plastic which allows you to grip the surface without slipping. The dial is easy to read when stood above it, although the needle is slightly too thin. The numbers are easy to read but the needle is so thin that I have to double check the number it is indicating. The outer ring of digits is good old fashioned stones and pounds and the inner ring is Kilos and grams. As a girl who deals mainly in stones I prefer this way around and just cannot get used to kilo readings.
There is a little wheel on the side of the scales so that you can keep the needle at zero and get an accurate reading. The capacity of the scales is 21 stone 4lb.
I find these scales to be really accurate and easy to use. There is no messing around and as soon as you are on, the needle finds the correct weight with little messing around. If you jump on the scales it takes a few seconds for the needle to jump up and down before landing on the correct figure. If you are a bit rough with the scales and knock them or you jump on the too quickly, the needle knocks out of the place and you need to calibrate it to zero again by turning the wheel I spoke of earlier. It is frustrating that every time I get them out I need to zero them but it only takes a couple of seconds of fiddling before getting it exactly on zero. I find the scales much, much easier than digital ones. Of course a digital reading is easier to read but I find these the most accurate. These scales are quite heavy though and not as light as my old glass digital ones but they are really accurate and worth the extra weight! The scales are thin and I store them side up in a cupboard as if I have them out on display, I find myself jumping on the everyday! For a cheap cheerful old fashioned set of mechanical scales, I fully recommend these!
When I moved into my current house it was littered with various things that my landlady though we might find useful: bookshelves, a sofa - and some smaller bits like a few kids toys she forgot to pack and a fruit shoot at the back of the fridge. She also left what would become the Ying and Yang of my year - a fridge full of beer and this set of bathroom scales. Now, the beer I think was intentional but the scales were a mistake. The beer was also gone by the end of the day, the scales however stayed in the same place in the bathroom for the next few months.
Over the past year I have put on weight. Lots. Some might even say I have got fat and this is mainly down to beer, but a less than great diet and minimal exercise have played their part- and I don't think the fact I'm getting older has helped. Curse youth and the metabolic sense of security is lure you into.
I've never had to use a set of scales up until late last year when shirts and trousers all stooped fitting at the same time - and I brushed the dust of these and hopped on.
Before the shock weight, I noticed they were mechanical - rather than the digital ones I've also never used in houses I've manged to stay thin whilst living in. Jumping on them gives a satisfying but almost patronizing little groan and squeak when you hop on and settle to the weight fast. The dial sits on the measurement immediately and doesn't wobble or rock - only if you shift your body weight considerably will it budge. Now, I'm not THAT huge that I could test how far it wen't, but research shows its up to 23 stone, which I imagine is ample for most people.
Over the past few months I've been cutting back and using this more and more - not to reach a target as such just track things are moving in the right direction and I've noticed a few niggles with it. Its not that incremental with KG and LB displayed - its hard to see exactly how much you've lost or gained. Now I don't mind if it shows I've put on an amount if I squint I can't really see how much it is, but I wan't to know about every ounce I've lost. So, it only roughly tells you how much you weigh - no exact figure. Its OK if you want to know your weight but if you wan't to accurately track how much you've lost its not that good. Works fine for those just curious - a bit useless for dieters.
It has a soft rubber top so standing on it is not cold and quite comfortable, but does mean its not that easy to clean - especially as it attracts fluff and dust. Wiping it with a cloth, rather than just your hand.
There is a small black dial underneath thats used to adjust it. Set it flat with no weight on it and turn it to zero. Maybe because its old you have to do this every 4-5 uses. Unless it has a sense of humor and is just assing pounds for a laugh.
As my curiosity is making me more of a dieter I will need to upgrade these for a digital version, so I can see more accurately see if the small variations in my diet I plan on making are having an effect or now.
As it only really serves a basic purpose, I wouldn't suggest these - unless be it guilt or shame, would only like a rough figure on what you weigh is. You'd be better of investing in some digital scales.
These scales are pretty old and you can only really get them second hand - off ebay, gumtree or from charity shops. Looking at the design they at what I remember being common 10 or so years ago - white and functional - not a patch on the snazzy see through ones you see everwhere nowadays - so unless you wan't that look for your bathroom I'd pass these buy unless they were dirt cheap and you were not planning on serious use from them. They are not going to be vintage a while yet - and way past modern