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Anyone on the weight loss journey will agree with me – our best frenemy is the scale. Sometimes we want to kiss and hug it and sometimes we would like to do nothing better than throw it out the window. As much as I like measuring my success by inches, it is still very important to keep in touch with the pound progress. I know, it’s called a bathroom scale, but where do you really keep it? I keep mine in the closet, because it reminds me of a cookie that appealed to me at 11pm and all the other sinful delights.
However, when I decided to take my weight loss to a serious and personal level, I couldn’t help but wonder if it is time to get a new ‘frenemy.’ (My old one has been hanging around the house for as long as I can remember… shows a different weight every time I step on it). So I started my research. One of the names that popped was EatSmart Scales. I want to eat smart and I need a new scale. Not sure how the name would make me eat better, but it looks like they have several types of scales. Several types? Why does it have to be more the one? What is the difference? Just to avoid getting lost in the ocean of scales, I decided to stick with one brand (especially, since the name told me to eat smart) and try figure out how a 100 dollar scale is different from the one for 40 bucks.
EatSmart has 4 types of scales, ranging from 49.99 to 99.95, and they have several things in common: all models are auto calibrated, run on 4 AAA batteries and use 4 high precision sensors. All models go up to at least 400 lbs, have an LCD display sized at least 3.5 inches with backlight and show measurement in pounds and kilos. Another thing, no “wake up” tap or button push, just step on. OK, I understand all this so far and it looks like everything I need to know about my new scales, but now let’s figure out how one differs from the other.
EatSmart™ Precision Digital Bathroom Scale ($49.99 reg. price) 12x13x1, weight: 4 lb
This model is made out of a 8 mm Tempered Glass Top with large 12″ x 13″ platform. Sturdy glass would guarantee that it can handle up to 400 lb. In addition to measurement in pounds and kilos, it also measures weight in stones (widely used measurement within the United Kingdomand Ireland. Read more here). According to the folks at EatSmart Products, this model is perfectly safe for a family with kids (it should not shatter if dropped, but rather spider web as a whole). Since my kiddos are monkeys that flip the house upside down several times a day, I go by the rule “no glass in the house” and might not be picking this model. However, if you don’t have two overactive toddlers in the house and looking for a good basic model, this would be a good pick. With 4.6 out of 5 stars and almost 3,000 reviews, it looks like a solid choice.
The EatSmart Precision Premium Bathroom Scale (64.95 reg price) 12″ x 13″ x 5″, weight: 3.6
This scale is ultra thin, with ergonomic design and durable aluminum/plastic base. This is more down my alley – aluminum is welcome in my house, since it might be dentable, but not breakable. This model definitely goes on my possibility list. 4.7 out of 5 stars with just about 600 reviews stands for the quality.
EatSmart™ Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale (64.95 reg price) 15.5″ x 12.5″ x 1″weight 5.6 lb
Main difference of this model is that it’s designed to fit the big and tall crowd. The platform allows maximum weight of 440 lb (extra 40 lb comparing to other models), over 15 inches wide and a bigger LCD screen (4.3 inches). Being overweight, I’ve met some people who couldn’t get their weight reading on the scale. If you don’t think that it’s upsetting, how would you like your first weight loss goal to be “I’d like to know how much I weigh.”
Anyway, according to the manufacturer this is one of the highest capacity models of scales on the market. 4.8 out of 5 stars with 760 customer reviews.
EatSmart™ Precision GoFit Digital Body Fat Scale (99.95 reg price) 12.5″ x 12.5″ x 1″ weight 4.5 lb
This model is the Cadillac of scales. It looks a lot different from the others and costs significantly more.
It measures body fat, body water, body muscle and bone mass using a new ITO BIA technology. WOW! That is a lot of measuring. It also stores data for up to 8 users, so you can probably get your neighbors to participate or open a small weight loss support group at home. How important is it for you to go for the deluxe model depends what you’re trying to achieve. If you enjoy casual stops on the scale, I think you can get away with a less expensive model. This scale addresses professional weight losers who know what can go wrong in weight loss.
When exercising, we gain muscle and loose fat. Right? Because muscles weighs more than fat, I often find myself gaining weight instead of loosing it. What can be more frustrating than gaining weight after all the dedicated work? This scale explains the breakdown – fat %, water %, muscle %, and bone %. Is it worth the money? This is your question to answer – if you want to be on top of your progress, this might be your investment into your weight loss. Have you ever experienced plateau – week after week in the same weight? This kind of scale helps figure out if it is a plateau – you might be going through muscle gain or retaining water. For me, this would be the best option, considering the fact that I watch my calorie intake and workout every day. Because I have slow metabolism (due to a medical condition), I try to stay on top of my weight management and not get frustrated with slow or no weight loss.
Would this scale survive in my crazy household? According to EatSmart Products, this is a durable model. Obviously slamming the scale around can damage the unit because of the many sensors in each.
But it all comes down to money – and a great deal can just win my love!
Now that I know so much more about scales, I will most likely choose the EatSmart™ Precision GoFit Digital Body Fat Scale, but this is my personal opinion. Feel free to use my research to make your own conclusion based on your needs and goals. Looks like I will keep this scale in the same closet under a very big lock to insure the safety of my investment.
Still, I had a few more questions left and I emailed EatSmart Products to get the answers
Is there a story behind the EatSmart name?
It was initially designed as a Nutrition Scale and was addressing diabetics and those with weight issues to take a more serious look at their nutritional intake. From here, they’ve continued to introduce new product lines using the EatSmart name.
How do EatSmart scales compare to other scales on the market?
EatSmart is a very small, family run business competing against well known, large corporations. Compared to other scales on the market, EatSmart Scales offer a unique, aesthetically appealing look, are engineered to meet the highest accuracy standards, and all scales use proprietary “Step-On” technology. With priority to provide customers with the tools they need to live happy, healthy lifestyles, every product comes with 100% EatSmart Satisfaction.
When reading reviews, I always read the negative comments first. I found a tiny percentage of negative comments suggesting that the purchased unit wasn’t working properly. How does EatSmart handle these kinds of cases?
Each is addressed on an individual basis and everything possible is done to make the buyer happy with their purchase long term.