I’ve never really been bothered about my weight until a few months ago, when I decided that I needed to lose some weight I figured I’d need some scales that were a little bit more technical than the ones I did have that just measured the weight and nothing else. I decided I wanted something that would measure, body fat!
These scales are pretty easy to set up, in the fact that they come so you can pre-set four different profiles for varying members of the family, or friends depending who else is going to use your scales. There’s three buttons on the top of the scales which mean you can change the profile that you want to use, so when you pick the profile you want to change. Just press the top button and hold until the digits on the screen flash which doesn’t take more than a few seconds and the buttons either side change the values, so it asks you to input your height and age – once you’re finished press the middle button again and you’re good to go! It’s incredibly easy, a lot easier than I expected since I didn’t really have to look in the instructions to fathom it either!
In the battery compartment at the back you can pick whether you want the weight in pounds, stones and pounds or kilos – that’s literally the flick of the switch so very easy to do which is good.
So when you step on it, you need to do it in bare feet because then through the silver sections on the plate it picks up your body fat, body water, and BMI – so you’re getting a very thorough weight just in less than a minute of standing on the scales.
The fact these scales take up to 160kg means you’ve got a lot of give in them really, the platform of the scale is glass, but reinforced and stabilised so that it will support 160kg without giving way. The beauty of these scales is that they are a very modern and attractive looking scale, so if you’ve not got anywhere to put them away – they’re a nice plain glass and silver addiction to your bathroom!
In the time I’ve had mine they’ve not skipped a beat once, the fact that they do the BMI, fat and water analysers I find so convenient as before I could only use Boots scales to get my body fat and BMI – so now it’s as easy as nipping into the bathroom jumping on a fast reacting scale and getting my measurements!
When I ordered these they were £10 on Amazon, they’re currently £14.99 on Amazon and also £14.99 in Argos so even at this price they are great quality – more than worth the money in my opinion!
Over recent months I have started to become conscious of my weight and have regularly been going to the supermarket to get myself weighed on the super accurate readers they have there. I wasn't bothered about the 50p weekly cost, I was more worried about the dent on my ego weighing myself in the supermarket! I decided it was time to invest in some decent scales in order that I can keep my eye on my weight as I am a bridesmaid the day after Boxing Day this year (cracking timing for not being able to over indulge!).
After a little looking around, I decided that this particular set of scales were what I was looking for and with an RRP of £35, I managed to find them on ebay for around £27 including postage. I did try Amazon, but they appear (and still are) unavailable.
The scales not only measure weight in stones and kilograms, but they also measure hydration levels and body fat percentage. Whilst my main need was for an accurate weight reading, I was interested in also knowing my body fat percentage and so was my husband. He has become almost obsessed on the latter and isn't really that concerned about his weight, so this seemed the perfect choice.
The scales are quite clever, in that they let you save the details (age, height, etc) of two different users. They easily convert between stones and kilograms, but I prefer to measure myself in stones, so it's only occasional that I move the switch at the back to read kilograms. The option is there for people who prefer to use kilograms.
The tap start is a nice way to ensure accuracy and I simply tap the scales with my toe, wait a split second for them to kick in, and then I stand firmly in the middle of the scales, ensuring my feet are the same distance from the centre.
The first time I used these, I made sure that I had weighed myself on the accurate supermarket BMI scales an hour or so before, to ensure I got the same reading, which I did. Accuracy is a major factor in weighing scales for every user, and I can safely say that these always give an accurate reading, I've lost weight when I expect to, and gained when I've drank too much wine! Aside from the readings being accurate and being what I expect them to be, they measure your weight more accurately, for example, 10 stone 0.4 lbs as apposed to lying and telling you you are 10 stone!
The LCD display is easy to read with its 8 x 4 cm display screen. The slim toughened glass platform makes them look nice, but feel durable at the same time.
It is important not to throw the instruction manual away (which I nearly always do without reading), as it holds information about hydration levels for different age groups. This was perfect for me as I had no idea what my 'ideal' hydration levels should have been, so it was nice to find out they were what they should be!
As a little tip, you need to be barefoot when taking a reading otherwise the hydration levels and body fat levels will be unable to be read.
Maximum capacity: 180kg / 28st 8lb / 400lb.
The scales come with a 15 year guarantee.
* Sorry for the shocking title!
@ About, using the scale day-to-day @
This bathroom scale does pretty much everything you could ask of a scale: Hydration Levels, weight in multiple units of measure (pounds, stone, KG) and body fat percentage. It even let's you program in two users with their heights and age to give a more accurate reading. To stop you from accidentally knocking the switch for the units conversion it is at the back of the scale and you therefore need to lift it up, turn it over then switch the units. This scale will also not work if you wear your socks when using the fat percentage calculator or the hydration meter.
The instruction manual that comes with this is in multiple languages and about 90 pages long but the English part is only a few pages long and rather than tell you how to operate the scale for most of it, they have a very useful page which tells you average hydration and body fat percentages for your age and height. For example, over 60's should have a percentage of hydration of about 60%.
The scale has very grippy material on the bottom which means you can place this on say, laminate flooring and not have to worry about it sliding around. The one problem I have with this scale is the battery life, because whilst it does have a large digital display which drains the battery, it still only lasts about 5 months with regular use. My old scales did last much longer than that.
@ Accuracy, build quality @
I have tried weighing myself on multiple scales before now and I am almost in the middle of healthy weight, just a couple pounds over the middle BMI (all but a few more pounds over at Christmas of course) and my weight is 70.4kg according to this scale which is the accuracy you'd expect from a scale that goes into decimals.
However... The weight will deviate slightly when you move to the back of the scale or shift your body weight to your spine, so when you are on the scale you do need to be stood still and firmly looking down at the display without moving around. It will also take about 5-7 seconds to get your reading for all the body calculations it has to make. Not bad for a small bathroom scale.
The top plate is made of glass and the metal strips are the sensors for body fat and hydration. I normally slide the scale in and out of a small alcove in the bathroom and the glass scrapes along side a plastic strip every time. So far so good, after six months no problems to report, no scratches and regular use with 70 odd kilos of Seven17 on top hasn't done any damage and there have been no faults with the display.
@ Overall @
This is a perfect bathroom scale for a small family, a well built and practical product (besides the units switch being on the back) and I would definitely recommend this.