Product Type: Argos health products
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Argos value scales - ok but not that accurate
Argos EKS Compact Mechanical Scale
Member Name: Huomenna
Argos EKS Compact Mechanical Scale
Advantages: very cheap, compact
Disadvantages: inaccurate readings, result depends on surface scales are standing on
I bought these bathroom scales yesterday after not having any for about a year (I used to have a glass one, which one day shattered into hundreds of tiny bits for no apparent reason) and thought it would be useful to have one in the house again. I don't have much money so I thought Argos value would be the way to go.
These scales are currently priced at £3.99 which is a very reasonable cost for this type of item. The question is though - do they work? After all there's not much point buying something cheap to save money and then finding out it's useless!
I have to say these are pretty inaccurate and the weight it tells you varies depending on the type of surface you place them on. The packaging says something along the lines that you should place them on a solid surface - I thought there was nothing wrong with carpet (we musn't forget that some people do still have carpeted bathrooms!) so I laid them out on the living room floor for a quick test. After adjusting the settings (will describe later) I stepped on and was completely horrified to see that it claimed I was 16 stone! Now I know I've put on a bit of weight since I last had scales but not that much! Anyway I took them up to the bathroom (laminate floor) and tried again - this time it said just over 13 stone (that's more like it). I honestly don't think placing them on carpet should give you a reading almost 3 stone heavier than what you are! So if you buy these don't weigh yourself with them on a carpeted surface because the results will be way out and not in a way that makes you feel better about yourself!
To set the scales up Argos recommend that you stand on them and step off then adjust the needle so it's on the 0 mark, by turning the small dial under the front lip of the scales. Do this several times until the scale automatically goes straight to 0 each time you step off. This is easy to do and took me less than a minute.
One plus point (for me) about these scales is that they use the traditional mechanical system rather than a digital one, slightly more inaccurate maybe but at least you don't have to rely on batteries. On the downside for those with poor eyesight - the dial is quite small so you may have trouble reading out your weight.
The scales themselves are quite compact but at the same time are plenty big enough to stand on. Personally I prefer smaller scales such as these because they are easier to store.
Style wise - you can see from the photo that the design of the scales is very simple. Just a white square to stand on, with a circular dial. While not the most stylish of bathroom scales ever invented, they are unobtrusive in nature which means they will fit nicely into most people's bathroom's without standing out or looking like an eyesore.
- I would recommend if: you are looking for scales on the cheap and only interested in knowing roughly how much you weigh (remember not to put it on carpet!).
- I would not recommend if: you are on a diet and want to know very accurate measurements as you won't get them with this item or have poor eyesight.
Summary: Not bad for the price but need some improvements.
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