- Product Dimensions: 33 x 7.6 x 33 cm ; 2.27 Kg
- Boxed-product Weight: 2.6 Kg
- Batteries 4 AAA batteries required. (included)
- Item Model Number: BFHA-B400ST
- ASIN: B00A8SLH8I
- Date first available at Amazon.com.au: 13 November 2017
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,921 in Health, Household & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health, Household & Personal Care)
BalanceFrom High Accuracy Digital Bathroom Scale with 4.3" Large Backlight Display and Step-on Technology, Silver
|Price:||+ $31.74 Delivery|
- BalanceFrom inches smart step-on inches technology - no more tapping or switching scale to turn on. Step on the scale and get instant readings, non-slip feet will not scratch floors
- Extra large 4.3 inches LCD display with cool blue backlight and extra large font numbers - easy to read from any distance and in any light condition
- Equipped with 4 latest version high precision sensors (technology from Germany) - consistent and accurate measurements up to 400 pounds or 180 kg; graduation increments of 0.2 pounds./0.1 kg; measure units are available in pounds
- Auto-calibrated and automatically turns off to conserve battery life; runs on 4 AAA batteries (batteries included), a body tape measure is included for free
- Extra thick and sturdy tempered glass top (the thickest in the current market) for safety and large 12 inches x 13 inches platform, 100% BalanceFrom satisfaction guarantee and 2-year BalanceFrom warranty
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Smart Step-On Technology
The BalanceFrom Smart Step-On technology is pre-installed in the scale and it offers you instant and accurate measurements upon step onto the scale. Simply stand on the scale and get your readings instantly.
- Backlit display
- Batteries are included
- 400 pounds capacity
- Large platform
BalanceFrom High Accuracy Digital Scale
The BalanceFrom High Accuracy Digital Bathroom Scales use four latest version of precision sensors to catch your weight accurately and consistently every time. The BalanceFrom 'Smart Step-On' technology offers you instant and accurate measurements upon step onto the scale; no more tapping is required to turn the scale on!! Automatic turning off technology is another user-friendly design.
Large LCD display with cool blue backlit and extra large font and bold numbers make it easy for you to read your results even in dimly light area. The tempered sturdy non-slip and large platform is more than enough for 400 lb. (180 kg) at 0.2 lb. (0.1 kg) graduation increments. After all, keeping you safe and balanced is what BalanceFrom is all about.
Large LCD display with cool blue backlit and extra large font and bold numbers. Easy to read from any distance and in any light condition.
4x AAA batteries are included so your scale will work right out the box. Auto Off technology will conserve the battery life.
The corners and edge of the scale are NOT sharp for your family's safety. Tempered surface is used for safety too.
Equipped with 4 latest version high precision sensors. 'Smart Step-On' technology lets you get your ready once you step on the scale.
Scale comes with 4 anti-slip feet. Your scale will be stable when you use it and the non-slip feet will protect your floor too.
Extra large platform makes using the scale is super easy. Just step on it and get instant readings on the large display.
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I was swayed to purchase this device seeing so many positive reviews, but I am now aware that many are for a different reason. I am seeing multiple reviews on here saying that individuals who have bought this device, found that it was faulty and wrote about it in reviews, were then contacted by the company to replace the devices and then follow-up/harrass the reviewers to update their review. Frankly, I'm paying for Prime and don't have time to "battle" this out with the company only for them to send me a functional device when I can immediately get a refund and find a better working scale elsewhere. And this kind of behavior allowed to perpetuate by Amazon will allow companies making crappy products take over as a top seller in a certain category on this site - buyer beware or, Amazon, heed this as a flaw in your system!
PACKAGING: The scales (two) arrived well packed and double-boxed (always good). Being that the scale itself is so heavy, I can understanding the minimal use of cardboard support in the manufacturer's box, but hey, it works.
ZEROING OUT: All digital scales need to be zeroed out, and this one is no different. Though it doesn't require the "tap-once" mechanism, it in fact does need to zero out. It isn't a big deal, but I would have liked to have seen the manufacturer write something like this in the instructions: "Place the scale on a flat surface and step on it until it displays a value (but disregard the measurement). Step off and wait for the screen to turn off. The scale is now properly zeroed out. You may now weigh yourself by simply stepping back on the scale."
I noticed it because the first measurement was WAY off, but subsequent measurements were very consistent. To test my hypothesis that the scale zeros out every time you step off, I placed a small padded 5-pound weight on the center of the scale, then weighed myself (obviously, it read 5 pounds higher). Next, I stepped off but *left the 5-pound weight on the scale*. This time, it seemed to take a bit longer to shut off (again, my theory is that it was zeroing itself). When I stepped back on (with the weight still in-place), the scale display my true weight, zeroing out the extra 5 pounds I had left on it. Super! Plus, it was fun to remove the weight while the scale was off, and see me drop 5 pounds so quickly (if only!).
This isn't good or bad, just a bit of insight on how well it's designed (it zeros out after every "real" measurement).
ACCURACY: I don't have any weights of appropriate calibration standards to test the accuracy of this scale, but I was able to perform two tests:
1. Since I had two units side-by-side, comparison was a snap. Results? Spot-on!
2. With my two hand-held 5-pound weights, it was easy to see if the scale can accurately report a 10-pound weight loss (when the weights are put down and I step back on). Again, the results were perfect; I lost 10 pounds in 15 seconds. I'm enjoying these sudden weight losses (second one now) way too much.
CONSISTENCY: Anyone who has owned a cheap scale in the past knows the aggravation of getting 3 different readings in a row. Which do you believe? Are you supposed to get out a calculator and average them out?
A previous scale I had did what I would consider a sneaky little trick to appear consistent, but in fact it was horribly wrong. It stored the last weight measured (for at least several minutes), and if you stepped back on, it simply displayed the same weight over and over. Unless the weight difference was greater than about 3-5 pounds, it would still give the same results. Garbage!
This scale doesn't do that, but it does have what I would call "hysteresis", where if you step on it while lit, it tends to "pull" closer to the previous measurement than simply measuring you from scratch. It's kind of like a magnet, where if the weight is far from the previous one, it will read normally. But as it gets closer to the previous reading, you can actually see the display gravitating towards the first result.
In my opinion this is perfectly fine, because it helps the scale compensate for slight differences in foot position (especially if you are not following the instructions), and because frankly, it shouldn't be needed. If you're really dead-set on getting a fresh reading every time, pick up a 5-pound weight to force it off, then put it down and weigh yourself again.There you go! On the other hand, if you're so fanatical about your weight that you need to measure yourself many times, it might be a better indication of a mental health issue than an actual weight issue. I don't say this in jest, because people with serious mental illnesses (bulimia and/or OCD) could become obsessed if the scale didn't behave in the way it's programmed.
PRECISION: At first I was disappointed that the scale only measured in 2/10th's of a pound, but then I realized that my own OCD was kicking in, and to give the scale a break. Heck, you can loose a pound just from sleeping (exhaled vapor/water), so precision less than 2/10th's is not an issue.
RANGE: Surprisingly, this scale can measure up to 400 lbs. Wow! In fact I know someone who really could use this, and I sent them the Amazon link to this product earlier today. They weight something over 300 lbs, which makes it difficult (and embarrassing) to find someplace to be measured accurately. Well, now you have a choice in the privacy of your own home. A+
FLEXIBILITY: Here I'm considering the scale itself, and the user. As far as the scale goes, it's a bit too heavy to be a "slide out and weigh yourself" type scale, so that rules out sitting next to the bathroom sink. I'm resigned to keeping it in a spare room where it can remain stationary (this is very good for the scale to maintain it's accuracy of course, because you're not constantly shifting or pulling on it).
For users, I weighed myself facing the display, sideways (both directions), and backwards. The scale was accurate until I stood backwards, and then it measured about 2/10'ths higher. While typing this review, I tried it again with the same results, which is odd. But, nobody suggests you stand backwards on it, and despite a wide variety of foot placement facing forward, the scale was 100% consistent. Note that I used my hand-held weights between these tests, to prevent the scale from using the last memorized weight (see "CONSISTENCY" above).
EXTRAS: The scale comes with batteries (Yay!), and a "waist" tape measure. The tape measure is a nice touch, however, I did find that the loose end fit VERY tight in one I received (in the empty hole after you wrap it around you), and a little snug in the other. One can observe the problem in that when the two halves are glued together, if one half is a tad offset, it makes the hole tighter. [Solution: Take a 5/16" drill bit, not a drill, just the bit itself, and insert it into the hole while rotating clockwise by hand a few times. Perfect!] I went through this extra work because I like this little gadget (never had one before), and I don't want the tape to rip from tugging on it so hard. Now it slides in very easily.
There are guides on how to do this, but here's what I personally do:
1. I take off my shirt and stand in front of a mirror
2. With the holder in my right hand, I pull the loose end around my back to my left side
3. After sucking in my gut (which is why I bought the scale, right?), I slide the loose end into the hole
4. Looking in the mirror, I confirm the tape is level on my left and right side.
5. I relax my stomach muscles completely until the unit stops clicking.
6. To release tension, I suck in my gut again and remove the loose end (easy now with my tip!)
7. I read the measurement, "sigh", and then press the retract button.
SUPPORT: There are no phone numbers in the manual (bummer), but a very quick and responsive email address. I had a question about one the scales, and received a very long and thorough reply the same day. Fantastic!
WHO COULD USE THIS: Anyone who is sick of ordinary scales that are far from accurate, people on a strict weight-loss program, and those who cannot weight themselves on ordinary home scales (because they weight more than 300 lbs).
TRIVIA: As of this review, this scale is selling on Amazon for $25, which qualifies for free shipping. I have absolutely NO CLUE how the company is making money such a terrific product at this price-point.
BOTTOM LINE: It's a keeper, and I highly recommend it!
---- UPDATE: November 12, 2013 ----
The scale continues to operate as described in my review, with the original batteries too! I've had more than one opportunity to weigh myself just prior to going to more than one doctor's office, and this scale continues to demonstrate less than 1 pound of error (meaning my weight measured by my doctor by his professional scale was less than one pound different from what this scale indicated just prior to departing my house).
I'll admit that I wish it didn't try to "assume" the previous reading (and if close, display the previous reading), but it's too easy to "trick" it into forcing a new measurement. In my case, I reach up and press on the sloping ceiling in my bedroom to force more weight on the scale, which throws off the "assume" (or "memory") feature. My next measurement is re-read and is clearly accurate.
Please don't blame the scale, I'm OCD and my obsession with "fresh" readings is more a mindset, than a reflection of the product.
BOTTOM LINE #2: No regrets and can confidently recommend this product. However, if you doubt the credibility of my review, please note that:
a) This is the only scale I've ever reviewed
b) This is the only product I've reviewed by this company
The above two points are to make it clear that I'm not a company representative, and if I see a problem, I'll tell you...good or bad.
Aesthetically, this scale is fine - I haven't had any issues with the glass, etc.
However, the accuracy of the scale leaves much to be desired. Actually, I guess it's not even necessarily the accuracy - I have no idea how close it is to a true weight, but I do know there is absolutely no consistency. In the morning, I stand on the scale, try very hard to stand precisely in the middle of the scale (shifting my weight to any side will change the read-out dramatically), and wait for the result. Then I step off the scale, step back on for curiosity's sake, and suddenly I weigh ~5 (or more) pounds less than I did 15 seconds previously.
This is not a floor issue - I've never tried to use it on carpet. I AM currently using it on a bathroom floor made of little tiny tiles (you know the outdated kind of which I speak), so I'm willing to give the scale some leeway in that the floor isn't PERFECTLY flat and thus could be affecting the results somewhat. However, I've had this scale for a year, and at my old house in which the bathroom floor was perfectly flat (large tile, not linoleum, so there weren't any bubbles hiding under the floor that could affect it) it performed the exact same way. So, too, does moving it to my kitchen's perfectly flat floor just to double check the performance. This is definitely an innate issue with the scale, not with how it is being used.
This is very frustrating - at most, I can use this scale to MAYBE get a ballpark idea of my weight, but I can't rely on getting the same kind of reading minute to minute, let alone day to day. I would absolutely not buy this scale again, and after a year of dealing with it, I'm going to be purchasing a different scale.