I love these scales. But i can see that many people wouldn’t. Unless well educated in advance of course.
These scales give a full body composition measurement report. Using advanced Bioelectric Impedence Technology, they convert minute electrical impulses and resistance in the body, through an algorithm to produce the numbers for up to 15 measurements including:
- Body Fat %
- Total Body Water %
- Muscle Mass
- Phys Rating
- Basal Metabolic Rate
- Bone Density
- Visceral Fat
They are an accurate, consistent, advanced home health product and i have found them to be a fantastic purchase.
Beware that this product DOES NOT have a digital read out screen on the scales. A unique selling point for these scales is that it uses ANT+ radio wireless technology. This means that you must have a compatible device to take your actual readings, which obviously comes at an extra cost!
I made this mistake! My fault, this isn’t hidden information, my impulse-buying tendency just got the better of me. As luck would have it for me, I already owned one of the compatible products, A Garmin GPS watch (review to follow)
Although with the watch you don’t get the full body composition info, so eventually i bought the Tabletop display unit (review to follow) just for my own convenience sake.
Look and Feel
The look of the scales are sleek and slender. They ‘feel’ quality, if you know what i mean. The standing platform is a glass screen and it doesn’t feel like you are standing on a metal platform that might electrocute my feet (as with other scales). There are 4 additional foot-pad attachments that you can use for softer surfaces, carpets etc. There is a light front and centre just underneath the Tanita logo, this is the indicator when to stand on and get off, along with the ‘beep’.
We’ve already covered the fact that these scales DO NOT have a read out screen on the scales themselves, all read outs are wirelessly linked to external devices. It seems that Tanita and Garmin have collaborated as many of the Garmin watches are compatible. The scales do come with a USB stick which allows you to upload the data and track it on your laptop using the ‘healthy edge’ software. There are also tabletop devices that can be purchased, like the one that i splashed out for above. The Tanita website claims that the advantage of having a nondigital read out platform is so that users can take reading in private. But in my opinion, if you are using these at home, then i think you would keep it private anyway.
Pro’s and Cons
- Easy to use (especially when integrated with the Tabletop Display or 310XT)
- Integrated with Garmin ANT+ wireless fitness watches
- Forces consistent data record keeping, doesn’t allow you to cheat
- Clean, stylish design
- Good software (Tanita Healthy Edge) for basic record keeping, included.
- Expensive, especially when purchased with the other devices.
- Doesn’t have a simple LCD on the scale itself telling you your weight, requires extra parts
- Software option don’t allow easy exporting of data
In summary I think these scales are for people that are serious about tracking their stats. Using the same scales will give you consistent results and these scales are one of the best home composition scales on the market. They are quite expensive and they can be a pain when you are looking for a quick weight readout, due to needing the additional device. But i find them to be in depth, accurate and consistent with an array of options of tracking data. I look forward to using them as it feels i’m taking a medical grade assessment each time. As mentioned earlier, if you can afford these and you are serious about tracking your inner body measurements, then i highly recommend these. However if you don’t need the depth of information on offer, then you probably shouldnt be looking at these.