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With four children I have of course put on a little weight in the last few years so I decided it was time to step up and face it. I brought myself these weight watcher scales from Argos. They retail at around £30 however I purchased them on offer at £20 as they were weight watchers I thought they would be really good.
The scales them self look very stylish made of glass they look sleek and modern in the bathroom and very easy to wipe down and clean. The LCD display is clear and a fair size so you can always see what is displayed no matter what angle you are looking at it. They are a nice size so you can stand on them steadily but also do not take up a lot of room in the bathroom. These scales show more than just you weight if you add some simple details like height, age and gender then the will calculate the water mass and body mass of the person using them.
This is fairly easy to do I did not need the instructions and simply pressing the user button and then switching between programs is easy too. It only took a few minutes to set up and we were good to go. You can add up to four different profiles perfect for if you have a number of people in your household with the information stored for each time you would like to use the scales.Both my husband and I have a profile saved on the scales and with a quick push of a button it is easy to access both. It even saves your last weight so if you forgot how much you previously weighed it is very easy to check. Everything seemed great, they were stylish with a number of functions and until after we used them for a few months, it all went wrong.
The scales sit on four little legs that are like a little spring type system and have a fair amount of grip so that they do not move about under your feet while getting on or off. This works well at keeping them steady while in use which is a big plus for me.The scales claim to begin work when you tap the sharply well this is not the case at all. No matter where you hit, tap or jump on the scales they will not switch on. To activate you have to lift the front of the scales up and put it down on the floor again and then they will finally begin to load. We made sure we set these scales on a flat surface so they would be accurate in weighing us and at first we were very pleased with them as they seemed fine and for two months they seemed to work perfectly.
The digital screen is great at displaying the weight clearly and as it measures in small amounts. I love that it gives measurements including ¼ of a pound so if you're having a bad week there is a little hope. It also works out your BMI, can tell you how many calories you burn while resting and a lot of other measurements including an athletic mode. To be honest I usually just check my weight, maybe scroll back to my previous weight if I have forgotten but that is it. I did try it all out when I first purchased it don't get me wrong but in day to day use it never gets used so is wasted on me.
Then after around three months of use I stepped on the scales to find I had lost a stone. I knew there was no way this was possible within a day so stepped back off waited for them to reset and then lifted them back up to turn them on. This time I had lost 7 pounds within the matter of a day. I decided that maybe they were having a bad day checked they were still sitting flat and gave up for the day. The next day they seemed to go back to normal until my husband came in saying he had put on 8lbs in two days! The scales were unreliable with changing your weight by different amounts within a few minutes so totally useless. The scales still sat at 0 when you first stepped on them but the measurement was way out compared to scales such as the ones at boots. These huge losses and jumps in weight continued for a few weeks and we gave up with the scales altogether.
The batteries last very well in the scales we still have the same ones from when we purchased it over a year ago which is great. The scales also shut them self of fairly quickly after you step off the scales and as it is such a hassle to get them to turn on there is no chance of you doing so by accident so I think that is a big factor in the high battery life. It has a maximum weight level of 28 stone and although it is small you do not struggle to stand on the scales they are a nice size to stand comfortably.
I cannot recommend these scales at all as I find that they are impossible to turn on and then when you do manage to do so they give inaccurate weights that can jump by 7lb within a few minutes. I am not sure if this is because of the lifting up and down of the product every time you wish to use them so they eventually fall out of balance but it is honestly the only way you can turn them on. They were great when we first began to use them and worked perfectly but within time they went downhill very quickly. They look nice sitting in my bathroom but as they are inaccurate there is no point of trying to use them.
A month ago I decided enough was enough in terms of avoiding the issue with how much I weigh. I was well aware that I had let myself go significantly and wanted to take steps to improve my weight, fitness and all round general health. I of course wanted to monitor my weight and when I came to use my old weight watchers scales I found that they were no longer working and so decided to replace them. I was very pleased with my scales previously and so decided to look to the weight watchers brand again on my look again catalogue where I spotted the slim glass analysis scale for £22.00 and decided to order them.
The scales came very quickly and were well packed in a sturdy cardboard box with a carry handle. Inside the box the scales are securely packed in to some extra cardboard so that they can't move around inside the box in transit because obviously being made of glass they are quite fragile. When I unpacked the scales I was very happy indeed with the look of the scales. Made from glass the scales were mainly see through apart from some silver panels and the screen which would tell you your weight and details and so I felt they would look very stylish in my bathroom.
There are two ways in which you can use these scales and you can opt to have them just measure your weight or if you input a few details it will give you a body analysis reading which will also tell you your BMI, body fat, body water and bone mass readings. I used the scales in both ways but usually opted to just step on them to be weighed quickly in the morning as opposed to having a full reading. Inputting the data required for the body analysis was quite complicated despite there being instructions in the manual provided but it basically involves pressing some of the buttons above the LCD display to pop in your height, age, sex and such like. You can input this data for up to four people where as on my last scales I am pretty sure you could do it for more than four people but to be honest this isn't really an issue for me as there is only me who would really want all of my details popping in the scales as my son doesn't need that kind of information being that he is only a child.
A useful feature with these scales is that they can be used to give you a weight in either stones, kilograms or pounds just by flicking a switch on the bottom of the scale. They can measure people up to 28 stone 8lb which I am nowhere near and so these scales were suitable for my needs. They also measure your weight in quite small amounts and so sometimes it would tell me I had lost a quarter of a pound in weight! The LCD screen which displays your information is 1.5" but plenty big enough to see the reading as the numbers on it are quite large and so I was never leaning down trying to see a reading or anything.
All in all you are probably thinking that these scales sound great! They look lovely and stylish in my opinion, they measure other things as well as just your weight and the LCD display works well. However, I no longer have these scales because after two weeks I had to send them back to the catalogue as they were just completely inaccurate all of the time. I placed the scales in my bathroom and made sure that they were on a flat area and as my bathroom has laminate flooring there was no issue with the carpet interfering with the weight reading as can sometimes happen. When I stepped on the scales though more than half of the time it just wouldn't register that I had stepped on and so I would need to lift the scales to allow the zero's on the LCD to flash before getting on to weigh myself. This issue, annoying as it was, I think I could have lived with but then there was the matter of the scales just not weighing consistently or accurately. Depending on the mood of the scale it would weigh me at anything up to half a stone either heavier or lighter than I actually am over the course of just a couple of minutes. It did the same with my sisters weight and actually added half a stone on to her minutes after she had been to the gym and been weighed there. Had I been constantly moving the scales around or moving about on the scales as I was being weighed I would have thought that perhaps it was my own fault because the scales are really meant to be kept in the same place for accurate readings but I followed all of the advice in the manual that came with the scales and still had issues.
Given that I paid £22 for the scales I decided there was no way I was happy paying that kind of money for something which I wasn't really sure was going to give me an accurate reading, or certainly which reading would be accurate at least and so I decided to contact the catalogue with my concerns and arrange to send them back so I now go to the swimming baths to get weighed each week as these seem more accurate.
I was left really disappointed with this product especially because I had had such a positive experience with the last set of weight watchers scales I had bought. The design of these scales is made to look great but in my opinion performance just doesn't live up to the look of them and so I cannot give them my recommendation at all.
Thank you for reading my review!