“ Brand: Salter / Type: Bathroom Scales „
I bought these scales last year when Argos were selling them for £15 instead of £20. I wasn't particularly looking for a body analyser function it just so happens this was the cheapest digital scale.
I had a much nicer Salter scale that managed to get broken when I was moving so when comparing this to my old one I was disappointed.
The scale is boring and white. It has two silver strips on it which analyse your body. The digital display is black so unlike my old scales which illuminated red these scales need to be read with the light on. The whole feel of this scale is cheap and plasticky it is also lightweight and in my opinion a bit flimsy.
The scale stands on four rubber feet to prevent it from slipping in the bathroom.
This scale uses a cell battery which is included.
The scale holds up to 150kg/23st8lb/330lb.
This scale comes with quite a hefty instruction manual inside it gives information about what your weight should be and also about the percentage of body fat based on age/height.
This scales has a user memory so it can be used by the whole family. When you first turn it on you need to select a number I am number 1 on my scale you can then choose an icon there is a man, woman, child and an athlete setting. You then input your height. There are four buttons on the front of the scale just underneath the LCD display the scales is simple to navigate and doesn't require too much effort. Once you have set your profile you can then step on the scales. This needs to be done barefoot to get an accurate reading on the analyser side of things.
Now I read the instructions fully before using this and I had an idea about body fat and water for my age and height. I stood on the scales and first to be displayed is your weight. This is accurate in comparison to scales in the slimming club I attend and the doctors. After your weight is displayed the scales shows little flashing arrows and then proceeds to tell you your percentage body fat and water. The first time I seen my body fat I was horrified luckily I had just joined Slimming World so I was hoping to decrease this. The thing that puzzled me was the water the instructions tell you if it is below a certain percentage then your dehydrated well I drink an awful lot of water in the day to the point where I regularly have to go to the loo yet according to my scales I am always dehydrated, I am perplexed by this and I don't think it is accurate.
After I bought this scales I embarked on Slimming World and also joined a gym which I attend daily. I have lost 2 stone and several inches some of which must be fat! however my very kind scales still tells me my body fat is way over despite the fact that my BMI is healthy and I work out several times a week as well as run.
I now just use this scales for weighing and jump off before the analyser bit kicks in. I think that you need to pay a decent amount for a good quality scales that gives accurate measurements.
Overall I am very disappointed in this scales. It is flimsy, boring looking and after being in my bathroom for just over a year the metal bits are starting to get rusty around the edges. I should also add that this is a magnet for dust and despite the fact I wipe it over it still looks dirty.
I wouldn't recommend this scales everyone who has had a go has commented on how wildly inaccurate the water and fat analyser is and it can be disheartening when your healthy eating and exercising it may as well scream 'FAT' in big black letters because that is how it made me feel!
I would give this 2 stars. It has a 15 year guarantee so I guess I am stuck with it until at least 2028.
I bought these scales, as I like to keep track of my weight, and I had read some good reviews about these ones.
They cost me £20 from Argos, but I have seen them available at other shops such as Asda and Boots, for around the same price.
They came in a large cardboard box which contained the scales, some batteries, and the instructions.
The scales themselves are silver, plastic, and just basic looking - there is a small digital screen which displays information, and an on/off button below it, as well as arrow buttons for scrolling through things.
The scales were easy to set up as it was a case of putting the batteries (they are the silver, round, flat kind) into the correct space underneath the scales, and then slotting the back onto them, to stop them falling out.
Because these are analyser scales, you can set up your own kind of profile on the scales, so that you only have to tell the scales your height and gender once.
As it's only me who uses this, I only had to do it once, but you can add up to 12 different people onto these scales.
As I was the first and only person, I set myself up as 'number 1' this was very easy to do as the instructions provided clear guidance and step-by-step instructions. It asked for my height and gender, and now, when I go on the scales and select person number 1, it flashes up with an icon picture of a woman, and then says '5' 8"' to confirm that it's me. It's then ready for me to stand on, and it goes through my body fat percentage, body water percentage, and weight.
To do this, I just switch them up, then select number 1, if there were other people's details stored on the scales, you would just use the arrow buttons to scroll through the numbers and select the correct number.
However, most of the time, I am just wanting to check my weight rather than body fat percentage, and to do this I just switch them on, and instead of choosing a number between 1-12, I just press the on/off switch again, and it comes up with 0.00, ready to stand on and get weighed.
The scales give a weight result to two decimal places, so they seem quite accurate, however I do think mine are about 1.5 lbs too light, as other scales I get weighed on (including the doctors) all say I am 1.5 lbs heavier than these ones. The only good thing is that they are consistently wrong, so I can just add the extra weight on in my head (or not...!)
Also, it is very important, as with most scales, to use these on a level ground, as otherwise they won't be accurate at all. I struggled with this a bit at first as my house is old-ish with not very even wooden floors, but I found the best spot I could - maybe the 1 ½ pound different has something to do with this!
Overall I would recommend these as a reliable set of scales, I'd prefer them to look slightly more stylish in my bathroom, but they're not too bad really.
Scales in General
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My parents used to have some really old scales when weighing ourselves, how-ever they got rid of these about a year ago and they were never replaced. Being very self conscious about my body and weight I like to keep a regular check on my weight to see if it's going up or down. I wanted to purchase some new scales but didn't want to spend a fortune on them. I looked in the Argos catalogue and found a large range of scales, varying in different prices. The one's which stood out were some Salter scales. I knew Salter were a well-known brand as I have some Salter Kitchen scales, in which I have been very impressed with the quality of them. I immediately decided I was going to purchase some scales by salter and saw they had some body analyser scales. These sounded great so I reserved the scales and went to pick them up the following morning.
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The Scales are made by Salter and come in one colour which is Silver. The scales feature and athletic mode, body fat measurement, body hydration score and a child mode making it suitable for everyone in the family. I work out a lot so thought these would be great as I could use the athletic mode and could also see my hydrations core as well as I often think I don't drink enough water during the day. The scales are very light as they are made from plastic which does mean they only take the weight of people up to 23 stone. Well, this wasn't a problem for me, so I knew these would be perfect for me to use. The scales have a large LCD display in where the information is displayed when you step onto the scales. The scales requite 2 batteries which are included with the scales and they have a low battery warning so you know when you need to purchase new batteries. The thing I like about the scales is that you can input different people into the scales and it will save this information in the memory. You can fill in the information for up to 12 people. Not only do the scales tell you how much you weight but it also measures body fat and how hydrated your body is. The scales come with a 15 year guarantee so I knew/was hoping that the scales would last a good while before they needed replacing.
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I purchased the scales from my local Argos store for £9.99 which was good value as they are normally priced at £14.99. This offer has been on for about a month now and I'm not sure when it's due to end.
How do the Scales Work?
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The scales use a measurement called a Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis which means a minute current is sent through your body, via your feet and legs. The current flows easily through the lean muscular tissue, which has high fluid content, but not easily through fat. Therefore by measuring your body's impedence (resistance to the current), the quantity of muscle can be determined. From this, the quantity of fat and water can then be estimated. The current that passes through you is very safe and is only a very small current and you will not be able to feel it. This does how-ever mean that anyone with a device such as a pacemaker should not use the scales as a precaution as it may disrupt that device.
Using the Scales
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In the box with the scales you also get an instruction manual which tells you how to use and set up the scales as well as input different people into the memory. The instruction manual tells you why you should measure things such as body water and body fat and what they mean. In the book is also a chart for a male and female, of what the normal healthy body fat and total water percentage should be. As I work out regularly and go to the gym a few times a week I would be using the athletic mode on the scales. There are various different buttons located just under the LCD screen which tell you what they are. Setting up the personal data on the scales is very simple when following the instructions in the manual. I did read the instructions a few times before attempting to do this on the scales but it only took a few minutes to input my details such as gender, age and height. I haven't used the child mode on the scales, so I can't comment on this. You can use the scales to weigh yourself as normal without finding out any other details about you such as body fat, etc. This can be done within a few minutes of switching the scales on. The athletic mode is easy to use simply be pressing the up button and when the athlete figure appears on the screen this means it's in athletic mode, when this is not on the screen this is suitable for people who don't exercise on a regular basis. I find the scales quite easy to use but do find that the information on the LCD screen disappears quite quickly, and you can't change the duration the results appear on the screen. The screen is very clear and is easy to read, how-ever if the light is shining on the screen this can make it hard to read results as you are standing on the actual scales.
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The scales are extremely light-weight, how-ever I do fear that this makes then a little flimsy and quite easy to break or snap a corner off if you are not careful with them. I keep the scales in their original box to keep them safe and from any damage. I found the scales really easy to use and they were simple to set up. So far on the scales I have input details for me and my sister so we can select our profiles when weighing ourselves and checking our body fat, etc. The instruction book that came with the scales is extremely helpful as it goes into great detail about the scales, how to use them and what the results mean. If you find any warning indicators on the LCD screen it tells you what these means in the book as well. I thought this was really handy. In terms of value I think the scales are good value, although they do feel slightly cheap due to them being made from plastic. The scales are a lovely colour and would look great in a modern looking bathroom. These scales are a great addition to our bathroom and I will continue to use them to monitor my weight.
(review also on ciao)
When I rang my husband and asked him to pop into Argos to pick up a new set of scales on his way home from work, he firstly asked what was wrong with the old ones: "they are not working" I said. I think he thinks that I just didn't like what I was seeing and he wouldn't be too far wrong, but no, they were definitely kaput with nothing showing on the display even after a battery change and me jumping on them certainly didn't help - they simply gave up on me and so the Salter Body Analyser Scale entered my life, the poor thing!
I bought the Salter Body Analyser Scale for one reason alone - they were the cheapest digital display set of scales that Argos stocked and I had an Argos voucher. The scales were reduced from £15.99 to £7.99 which I thought was an absolute bargain and as far as I was concerned all scales are the same, right? Wrong! These are not just any old scales that just measure your weight - these have the added bonus of measuring body water percentage and body fat so it is now written down in front of me exactly how much lard I'm carrying around - if this isn't an incentive to lose it, I don't know what is!
~*~ The Design ~*~
These scales are matt silver in colour, predominantly made from tough plastic. They measure 27 cm square and stand 3.5 cm off the floor. On the top of the scales there are two crescent shaped pieces of metal and these are the sensors that measure your body details accurately. The digital display is large in size so there is no problem seeing it when you are standing on them and the reading is black on a grey background. There are four buttons - on/off, up, down and set which are used to set the scales. Overall these scales have a simple and sleek appearance and I am happy to have them on display in my bathroom.
~*~ In Use ~*~
The first time that the scales are used, you have to pull the battery tab out as they come complete with the two CR2032 (lithium cell) batteries that are required to power the scales. There is a small switch on the underside in order to select stones, pounds or Kg so you should select your desired setting prior to use. If you are using these scales on carpet, four carpet attachments are enclosed which cover the feet so they will be accurate - I always use mine in the bathroom where we have a hard floor so these feet are surplus to my requirement but it is good that they are supplied in case you only have carpeted floors, this is not something I have ever come across before and I have owned many sets of scales!
If you just want to weigh yourself, the scales have to be nudged and they turn on automatically - you stand on the scales and your weight is displayed. It takes five full seconds for the reading to be shown which is quite a long time, in my opinion to be stood there with your fingers crossed. If you are measuring in stones, these scales give a reading to the nearest eighth of a pound which I really like because sometimes half a pound can make all of the difference to how I feel (in kg it measures to the nearest tenth). When I first used these I thought that there would be no need to read the instruction booklet in order to use these, after all they are just a set of scales, but I was wrong. After much fiddling I gave up and read the manual which I should have done in the first place! I was put off because it was a proper big booklet, but in reality it is in lots of different languages and the English section is only two pages so easy enough to decipher, however I do think that using these scales is slightly over complicated so if you just want to jump on quickly and get a measurement - these are not the scales for you.
In order to get a full body analysis firstly you have to set it for yourself which means that you have to tell it your sex, height and age. Once you have done this the scales remember your data each time it is used and it is capable of storing twelve people - you use the up and down buttons to select yourself. To get your analysis the scales have to be turned on using the on/off buttons, simply nudging it will not work if you want the full works. Within a few seconds of standing on the scales (without socks and preferably with damp feet) the display flashes through your settings then comes the telltale moment of fat percentage and body water. NB Your measurements are not displayed to the rest of your family, only the initial data that you give it which is a blessed relief!
~*~ My Thoughts ~*~
Overall I have been pleased with my purchase, especially at the price that I paid. I thought I simply wanted to weigh myself but the added features have given me a boost to my weight loss. At first I took my measurements every day and they rarely changed which made me despondent, but now I use them once a week and I can see a real difference in the measurements. These scales look nice, and they feel sturdy whilst standing on them and not at all as though they are about to snap under the pressure and overall they feel like a good quality product.
The instruction book gives comprehensive instructions for use, and also tables so you can compare your readings with what they ideally should be which I think is an excellent idea. There is a question and answer section that helps you to interpret your data and how to improve the use of the scales, for example, using them at the same time during the day with similar clothing and it also reassures you that the current that is passed through the body in order to get the readings is completely harmless. Maintenance advice is given to ensure optimum performance of the product, but this is mainly common sense like only wiping it with a damp cloth and not to submerge it in water - as if?!
It is easy to inter-change between imperial and metric data on all counts and the very specific measurements (water and fat are measured to 0.1%) are encouraging. I have stood on these scales several times within a few minutes and they always give identical readings which leads me to believe that these scales are very accurate - also in comparison to what my doctor says, these are spot on. These scales are suitable for the whole family, they even have a child mode and athlete mode and it will store the data of anyone up to the age of 99. These are safe to use during pregnancy, but because of fluctuations in body mass, it is best to only use them in weight mode but this product should not be used if you have a pacemaker.
Salter Body analyser scales come with a fifteen year guarantee on working parts which I think is extremely generous and shows how much confidence the makers have in this product. As stated, I got mine from Argos but they are also on the high street and on the internet but at a wide price range (£8- £40!) so check before you buy.
Also posted on Ciao under my username chilcott1