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Not intended for use by professional athletes is a warning buried in the description of the product. This should be modified to Not intended for use by athletic individuals.
If you browse the comments you'll see several reviews indicating that the purchaser was athletic and that the scale was indicating that had a very high body fat percentage and BMI. Long story short I'm experiencing the same. It is also indicating that I'm consistently low on water despite my consuming 3-4 liters per day.
If you are athletic and care about the accuracy of the measurements I would NOT buy this scale.
Our old scale did not have all the features, but it has a big discrepancy with this one on body fat content, which is the first step in all other calculations. It is impossible to calculate all the app featured results correctly only by sending a bit of a current through the legs. It would be helpful if there are more input considerations for various body types, so large verity of people can get more accurate results. Nice toy, doubt the accuracy of any of it other than weight.
I might be completely mistaken here. And I stand to be corrected. But the scale works absolutely great the app is pretty straightforward and simple to use the only issue that I absolutely hate. Is that you have to bring your fold into the bathroom and open it up to the app, before the information is stored to your phone. For example [as I understand it] If your phone is in your bedroom and you get on there and wait yourself, it will show you your weight but it will not sync or add that information to your progress in the app. Even if you link your your phone with the app and the scale afterwards. I find this pretty frustrating and really takes away from the ease-of-use. But if you're OK with that, while to me it's a major inconvenience, you may find it worthwhile. Hope this helps best of luck.
I like this scale a lot. It is very simple to use, connects instantly over bluetooth to app on my iPhone and displays results almost instantaneously. So far I have not had any problem with connectivity ever. It works without the app as well, if you just want to weigh yourself. The data is later added whenever BT on your phone is on and app is opened. However, there are some problems I have with both the scale and app which stops me from recommending this wholeheartedly.
Pros: 1. Weighing is fairly accurate and consistent. It shows our weight almost same as we get it at the doctor's. Multiple measurements over a short period of time mostly return consistent results. 2. Lot of other information - BMI, bone density, water %, muscle mass, body fat % are also provided on the app immediately which is good for tracking purposes over a period. 3. Connectivity and ease of use is great. 4. Using for multiple people is very simple. Scale itself figures out whose weight it might be based on variations. You can also add profile to the app easily and subsequent results are added to that bucket automatically. 5. Looks good, though a little on smaller side. Batteries are included to start with.
Cons: 1. Measurements for bone density, body fat %, water % etc seem off significantly from what I get at my doctor's. So these should be used only to observe trends (whether you are moving in the right direction over a period of time) I think, not to be taken literally. 2. Seems trends are available only for 4 major catergories (weight, BMI, body fat %, muscle mass). For all others, I cannot see any trends display. You will need to figure out the trends manually. This seems silly. The feature and data is already there. Just enable it in the app. 3. Data can be seen only on the app. I went to the website to see if I could see my data there (better visibility), but nothing. It can be a little difficult to read some of the results on the app. That light blueish font doesn't help much! 4. Scale is on smaller side. If you have large feet, you may want to look elsewhere. I wear size 10.5 shoes and my toes are kind of peeking over. I don't think this affects the weight measurement, but you will have to be careful to step on this in a consistent way. 5. There are some embedded metal plates which you are supposed to stand on consistently for accurate body fat, water % etc measures. However, it is very difficult to see these plates. I have a white scale. Not sure if this problem is there on the blue one. After some time I just stopped looking for plates. My feet are anyway covering the entire surface area.
This scale seems to do plenty well: * scale is a good size, fits my 11.5 hooves * great bluetooth connectivity, connects immediately to my phone * simple to replace and obtain AAA batteries * great design that would fit into any room * great easy to read display * great peripheral data on body condition * fast measurement of weight specific to tenths of a pound
That being said, I’ve also experienced some extreme fluctuation in the reading of my weigh-ins, similar to what other users have experienced. I am unsure whether I have received a defective unit but see below table for a better view of what I mean:
1/8 20:00 Post Dinner Weigh-in / Initial Weigh-in 1/8 23:00 Post poop weigh-in -2 lbs 1/9 10:00 Wake up weigh-in -3 lbs 1/9 12:00 Post lunch weigh-in +7 lbs 1/9 20:00 Post dinner weigh-in -1 lbs 1/10 09:00 Wake up weigh-in -3 lbs ——————— wasn’t home rest of 1/10 and most of 1/11 ——————— 1/11 20:50 Post dinner weigh-in No Change 1/12 00:44 Post poop weigh-in +3 lbs 1/12 11:48 Wake up weigh-in -4 lbs 1/12 20:00 Post dinner +5 lbs 1/12 22:37 Post poop, right before review -3 lbs
I have a hard time believing my weight fluctuates this much with a sedimentary lifestyle (I sit in front of a computer most of the day as a developer). At the same time, I have tested weighing a 20 lb dumbell and it came up as 20.9 lbs so it’s accurate to some degree. Either way, I think this warrants a 3/5 rating with its lack of reliability.
Love Anker products. And this scale is great. But 2 features that should be basic are not even an option. #1 it promotes multiple users, and yes you can add them, but there data only syncs to the main account profile. So if the other users want to see their data history they have to log in their app as the main account holder. So all users use same account, (user name and password) which means everyone sees everyone's data. Why isn't this set up like other camera products etc. Where main account can invite sub accounts and they only see their data (unless u choose to share with them)and have their own logging? #2 while the scale holds the 100 last weights (all users combined) and syncs that data no matter what, the app will have all your history UNLESS you have to reinstall the app or get a new phone. Then only the last 100 will sync (meaning if you have a years worth of data synced with original app on phone and anytime u reset phone, loose it or reinstall the app all that years data won't sync when logging in with new phone/app reinstall, only the last 100 that's stored in the scale will sync). Kind of the opposite of what you buy this for..... (Support did say you can email them and they can send u a spreadsheet off all your data, but what good is that if it's not easily viewable in the app?). You buy a scale like this for the tracking benefits and as long as you keep the same phone and never have to reset/reinstall it you can view history from day 1. But who keeps phones for years, dosent loose them or have to do resets from time to time! These 2 simple features should be added to really utilize why you buy a product like this.
I did some research before I bought this scale and everyone said hands down it was the best scale for the buck and I agree, There are several reasons why I only gave it 3 stars and I will explain below.
Reason for Stars:
1. It is very easy to use and the interface on the app is easy as well. So if you are considering buying it for someone that is not very tech savvy I could recommend it. The app connects instantly once it has been setup for the first time.
2. Accuracy is important when you are trying to count your daily macros. This scale is very sensitive and you can tell how accurate it is because if you have any extra weight like a heavy sweater or sweat pants it will detect all of that extra weight.
3. Application. The application looks good and it is easy to use, it nice to have all of the extra features that it comes with and the fact that it is free is a plus.
4. The reason I only gave this 3 stars was because of the extra reading it offers, like your BMI and such. It is not accurate whatsoever and it should not be taken seriously. It is unfortunate that they simply use an algorithm to give you that information, but for someone that is taking their health very seriously and is looking for correct measurements it is a disappointment.
I'm trying to decide if I'm going to return this. I know the weight is right but I don't trust the other measurements. I have a tendency to retain water especially during a particular time of the month. This scale always says my body water is low, even when I've gained 5 lbs of water weight overnight. Not only that, but I drink a lot of water and I would be shocked if I were actually dehydrated, as this scale suggests. If makes me suspicious of the other measurements as well.