Last week, my old bathroom scale bit the dust. It was a wedding shower gift from almost 5 years ago, so I guess it ran a good course. So a day later I took to Amazon to seek out its replacement. I had one criteria: affordable.
Okay that’s not true. It had to be more than just affordable. I had come to appreciate the fact that it had user profiles and measured fat %. It wouldn’t hurt to have Wi-Fi, but I soon realized that feature is out of my budget. After searching around, price comparing and reading reviews, I decided on the Precision GetFit Body Fat Scale by EatSmart.
Its hard to not sound like an advertisement here:
- Large surface area (12.5″ x 12.5″). No toes hanging off the edge.
- Automatically identifies which of the 8 user profiles is weighing in.
- Measures % body fat, % total body water, % muscle mass and bone mass. Oh and weight too.
- Instant readings means no “tap and wait until scale is ready” before stepping on.
This is a sleek looking scale. Shiny black surface with a large, easy to read LCD display. The display is back-lit, which further helps readability. Its fairly light however it feels very durable.
Setup is easy and straight forward. If you don’t want to use the user profile feature, momentarily step on and off it to let it calibrate. You’re done. You don’t need to calibrate it every time like some scales make you. It only requires a calibration if you relocate the scale.
Setting up user profiles is easy as well. A SET button and left right arrow buttons are provided to set a user’s profile of age, gender, and height. There is also a “body type setting” that is used for the highly athletic. I’m guessing that once a person’s body gains a certain muscle %, that the algorithm needs a tweak to stay accurate.
An initial weigh-in while your profile is up is all you need for the scale to know and remember who you are. The scale will automatically figure out who you are the next time you weigh in.
I typically only weight myself once a week. For this review however, I have weighed myself at least daily for the past week. Trying to be as thorough as possible on testing its accuracy, I did a few scenarios to see if I could get the reading to change.
- Consecutive weigh-ins.
- relocate scale, recalibrate then re-weigh.
- Lean in different directions (many scales give a higher reading when you lean forward).
Nothing I did seemed to change the weight reading of the scale (besides actually changing my weight). The scale reads to a 0.2 lbs precision.
The Fat %, TBW %, etc. are not easy to review and measure for accuracy. The instruction manual suggests measuring at the end of the day for best results, which I did. I can say that my readings did not change all that much (maybe a range of 1.5% Fat), which is what I expected. I never look at these readings to be accurate, but I trust them to be consistent and follow the trend. For what its worth – my previous scale, before dying, said my fat % was about 3% higher than what this scale is reading.
After a week of fair use, I think this is a fine scale that I would recommend to others. I really don’t have anything negative to say about this product. I did read a few complaints on Amazon about erratic readings. However, those reviews had follow-ups commending the customer service on resolving their issue. EatSmart seems to be dedicated to their 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
I purchased my scale through Amazon for $55, which is a great price for a scale with these features. In comparison, the similar Weight Watchers scale is listed at $70.
The opinions on this review are my own. I was not paid or persuaded in any way to give a particular opinion on this product. Images were provided by EatSmart.