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Tesco Glass Digital Scale
Member Name: ryanando
Tesco Glass Digital Scale
Advantages: turns on when you step on it, very accurate, hardly noticeable, goes with anything
Disadvantages: slippy when wet
It was May. Allan and I had been growing decreasingly enthused with the gym as we had been seeing absolutely no results in weight loss despite doing our best to completely knacker ourselves regularly. Our weight simply wasn't budging. After Allan saw our holiday snaps and got a little down, I decided we had to do something else: a dreaded diet. As it turns out, the diet we went on hasn't been bad at all and in less than three months it has totally changed our eating habits and the way we look at food. It was one of the best things I've ever set my mind to do. Since we had decided to go on a diet, we also needed to be weighing ourselves to make sure it was working. We had some bathroom scales already that were a bit tatty and quite difficult to read so eventually I got fed up of trying to figure out what weight I was and we decided to invest in a new set of bathroom scales.
Off we trotted to Tesco and discovered that they had a range of machines that could weigh you. Our only stipulation was that it had to have a digital read out so that we knew exactly what we weighed and that it looked better than the tatty orange Ikea scales that had followed me around for years and years. Tempting as it was to get the fancy scales that give you your body fat percentage and various other things, the set we went for was probably decided more on price. For £11.99 of your finest pounds and pence we picked up a very stylish looking set of Tesco brand LCD digital scales. That's lightly more than the old style pointer-n-springs type set of scales but definitely the cheapest digital ones that we had seen.
Being that they were the cheapest set you might think that compromises would have to be made on looks. You'd be pleasantly surprised by these. There is an almost square, clear glass platform (which measures 31 cm across and 35 cm in length). The LCD display is in a little unit at the top and you can see silvery metal supports under the glass platform. It's completely inconspicuous. Even the picture on the box took a little bit of squinting to really see the picture of the scales (which is very large on the front). Due to it being so unobtrusive on the eye, I really can't imagine any bathroom where these would look truly out of place. They are very stylish but simple enough to fit any colour scheme and look. Great!
===Stones in your shoes===
Using the scales could not be easier. Once you've taken them out of the simple box (cardboard, very planet friendly!) you'll find that they come with a battery already installed, although you will have to take the panel off the back of the unit that gives you the readout and remove a little clear plastic strip for it to work. It's a Lithium battery similar to ones you get for small clocks (a little silvery disc) so it's not going to be incredibly difficult to replace if it eventually runs down.
There's a little bit on the back of the unit hidden in the same bit that the battery goes into that lets you select whether you want the scales to display your weight in Kilograms (KG), Stones (St) or Pounds (Lb) so set that however you prefer. I work in Stones and Pounds myself so the little switch is sitting in the middle position.
As with any scales you need to make sure you set these on a firm surface. If you sit them on carpet you can take off nearly a whole stone from your true weight which would rather defeat the purpose of weighing yourself in the first place. It could also give you a nasty shock if you later move them to a firm surface and see your weight shoot up! Personally I thought that was common knowledge but after a quick Google there are plenty of people who have had that shock. I may have laughed a little at their expense. I know, I'm mean.
===Big Guys, you are beautiful!===
One other thing you'll need to know is that if you are a particularly heavy person, you may not be able to use the scales. If you are over 23st 8lb (which is 330lb or 150kg) then the scales won't be able to measure your weight and you may also run a risk of breaking them. Ouch. At that point though, I would imagine you should probably be consulting a doctor about your weight and they'll have scales that you can use. Another fun way you can break your scales and possibly your neck is by stepping out of the shower and standing on them. As you can imagine a pane of glass and wet feet don't make for much traction so it's best to avoid standing on them when you or they are wet.
===Display how much you Weigh===
Once you've got it all set up and in place, all you need to do to check your weight is step on the scales. This is something I love about these scales. Every other electronic set I have encountered required you to push them down with your foot and then take it off again before you got on to turn them on. This set, however, simply goes on and measures as soon as you stand on it. If you are shifting around getting yourself into a position you feel is proper for weighing, the scales will detect this and you'll see the numbers whizzing round. Once you are stood still, the numbers will settle and when the scales decide it has your weight, the numbers on the screen will flash.
One of my main problems with scales is that I am crazy and blind. Ok, not actually blind, but my sight is terrible without my glasses and something that is five feet and 8 inches away from me, unless it's written in characters 6 inches tall, is practically indecipherable to my eyes. Let's face it, my glasses aren't going to add a hell of a lot of weight to the scales but it makes my mind feel better if I weigh myself with my glasses off. Crouching down can change your weight so I can't do that to read it. Spring scales reset as soon as you get off and it's not always possible to have someone there to read it for me. If you are a crazy like me, you'll be glad to know that these scales continue displaying your weight for about 20 seconds after you step off, giving you plenty of time to either pop your glasses on again or crouch down and read the numbers with your specs off. Huzzah! For those who are a bit better in the sight department, you'll be glad to know that the read out is quite big anyway, with the larger numbers being about an inch and a half big!
These scales tend to be terribly accurate. Not only does it display stones and pounds, it displays decimal points of a pound as well. It adds a whole new layer of precision to your weight loss that you'll either love or hate. Since precision is the reason I bought them, I was impressed. I even tested out how accurate they were by weighing myself three or four times in a row on at least ten different instances. Only once out of all the times I tried did the scales get a little confused with where to place me and instantly on the next try it went back to matching what it had told me previously. Impressive to say the least.
Coincidentally if you do think it's landed on the wrong figure, you don't even need to get off the scales to get it to re-measure. Simply stand on your tiptoes for a second and then go back to your normal stance and it recognises that there's been a change and re-weighs.
===Tips and tricks===
So the scales work fantastically, there is no doubt about that; now a little advice. Weighing yourself should always be done at the same time every day (or every time you weigh in). You get heavier throughout the day thanks to eating and gravity so it's always best to weigh yourself in the morning, preferably butt naked, or at the very least in the same clothing each time. It sounds horrid but going to the toilet first also will help you get a much more accurate weight. Thinking this was a terrible myth, I've weighed both before and after and I hold my hands up, waste weighs a good few pounds. Gross.
As well as this, it's a good idea to know yourself and set a schedule for weighing that won't drive you crazy. Your weight can fluctuate a good few pounds from day to day so if you can't handle seeing the pounds jump up and down, weigh yourself once a week and you'll not go nuts with it. If, like myself, you can put your sensible head on and remember that your weight will fluctuate, then you can probably get away with daily weigh-ins.
===Doing the dirty===
I thought that cleaning would be a total pain for these. Surely the dust and footprints would show up like a sore thumb on them constantly? I was wrong. The dust and grime just wipes right off of them. That and because they are clear you tend not to actually see any dust and grime on them unless you get very close up to them. As you're normally standing on them, they aren't close enough to see any dust and grime. Obviously you should still clean them, but at least they won't look dirty even when they are, unlike our black glass TV stands that looks dusty even when it isn't.
These scales are fantastic. They are sleek and sexy and unobtrusive on the eye all while being totally affordable. They work brilliantly and smoothly without any need to prod them to turn them on first. The accuracy of them is fantastic and really allows you to get to know your proper weight which is more than handy when you are trying to make your weight move either up or down. They've certainly given both Allan and I the peace of mind we needed to prove the change in our diet was working and without them I'd have been driven crazy trying to figure out where the needle on our old scales was pointing to. I can't think of one issue I've had with them. We've both lost nearly 2 stone since May and these scales really gave us the accuracy and the encouragement we needed to get there.
Summary: A brilliant set of bathroom scales from Tesco
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