Product Type: Salter Bathroom Scale
Super Salter Scales
Salter Electronic Scale
Member Name: dkm1981
Salter Electronic Scale
Advantages: Easy to use, cheap, good value
Disadvantages: Don't work on carpets
Like many people, I started the new year with every good intention of being healthier and losing weight. And like every good procrastinator, I decided that the best way to start was to go shopping. Our old scales were extremely cheap and, I fear, far too inaccurate for my own good. So I headed out in search of a decent, but still relatively cheap replacement and I stumbled across this Salter pair in Argos. I've now had them for about seven months and it is fair to say that I am pretty impressed with them.
How Do they Look?
For a cheap set of scales, they have an awful lot of specifications. Granted, many of them are a bit irrelevant for day to day use, but some of them are useful to know. They are white and quite a bright white at that. It is a typical colour of a value range type product, which I actually prefer to that off white dirty looking colour that you sometimes get. There is nothing funky or unique about the look of them; they are simple and plain so will suit any bathroom. They are also quite discreet so can be put anywhere without getting in the way or looking out of place. The display is a 25mm LCD display which is very easy to see when you are stood on them. I should point out here that I haven't exactly tested this to the limit because I am vertically challenged, which means the distance between my eyes and my toes isn't that far! But the display is black digits on a pale grey background is clear and I would think even that those with worse eyesight than myself will not struggle seeing the numbers. They are a fairly average sized set of scales, one of the things I like most about them is that they aren't too big, so they are easy to store in our small bathroom.
How Do They Work?
They are really easy to use because they have a tap to start function which means that you just stand on them to start them. The term 'tap to start' is a little misleading in this case because I find that you do actually have to stand on them to get them to come on rather than the gentle knock that it implies. They also have an auto shut off function; once you step off the scales, they turn themselves off automatically after about five seconds. They won't turn off whilst you are stood on them which is good and I find that the scales take a couple of seconds to steady themselves to give you your weight reading. They can give your weight in kilograms and stones and pounds and it is a simple flick of the small dial on the back to change between the two. I always weight myself in stones and pounds because I really, really can't work out kilograms and they are actually accurate to a quarter of a pound which is good (particularly on a bad week when you haven't lost a full pound - you can still see your weight go down, even if it is only by a teeny weeny bit!).
They are supposed to be suitable for use on carpet, but I don't think they are really. In fact I think that you are really best using them in the same place every day because they do seem to fluctuate a bit if you move them around which is kind of annoying. I place them in the exact same place every time I use them so that I can be more certain of the weight. I have weighed myself on other scales since I have been using them and have found that the results are pretty much the same so these Salter scales are either accurate or every set I have ever used is wrong - but wrong in the same way! I also have a habit of standing on the scales three or four times at once to check and they always give the same results, which is definitely a positive thing.
Anything Else to Consider?
The scales take a CR2023 battery (which is one of those little round flat ones) and you get one of these supplied. I don't know whether the scales had kept being accidently switched on whilst in the shop before I bought them or what, but the battery that came with them actually ran out within the first couple of weeks, which was annoying to say the least. I am happy to report thought that since we changed it, there has been no sign of the new ones running out and I we would get a sign because the display flashes up with 'lo' when it is running out.
The scales have a maximum capacity of 150 kilograms or 23 stones 9 pounds. The surface area is certainly big enough to stand on even though they aren't the biggest set I've ever seen. Do be careful when you are stepping off them because the surface is a sort of almost spongy material and I have found that it sticks a bit to bare feet so it lifts up and then slams back down again.
They come with a fifteen year manufacturer's guarantee.
Price, Availability and Value
We paid £14.99 for these scales when we got them from Argos and a quick look at the website shows that they are still available for this price. I have to say that this is really good value for money and definitely worth it, especially when you consider how much you can pay for bathroom scales. Alright they aren't particularly chic or modern looking and they don't work very well on carpets, but they are accurate, easy to use and easy to store so for the price, you can't go wrong. Definitely recommended.
Summary: Good value electronic scales