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Omron BF500 Advanced Body Fat & Composition Monitor - Bathroom Scale

by Omron
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Four sensor measurement technology using both hands and feet for an entire body measurement
  • High accuracy through new measurement technology
  • Measurement of visceral fat, which is closely related to lifestyle diseases
  • Memory function for up to 4 users and a guest mode
  • High quality finish in modern contemporary silver metallic look
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The new replacement product for Omron BF500 Advanced Body Fat Monitor Bathroom Scale is Omron BF508 Body Fat & Composition Monitor Bathroom Scale
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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 3.6 Kg
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  • Item model number: HBF-500-E
  • ASIN: B00187FOZK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 3 Aug 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,243 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It can be a bit upsetting! 24 Oct 2009
By James Miller TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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These are wonderful scales and fantastic value for money. Two minutes fiddling around had batteries installed, a profile (age, height, gender) set up and I was ready to go. These scales measure your body mass and have your height so they are able to automatically calculate give a BMI reading, however, as we know BMI is very crude as a person heavy with muscle is officially classed as obese. This is not a problem however as they also use electrical impedance (essentially how resistant your body is to currents flowing from hand to hand and foot to foot and hands to feet) to calculate the composition of your body. Twenty seconds after you hop on you know your weight, your BMI, your fat content (visceral and sub-cutaneous) and your muscle levels. This means you can do the following:
1. diet and check that you are not losing muscle, but fat (if you lose muscle then the weight comes back with interest, as only muscle can burn calories)
2. make these part of an exercise regime (as I do) and track whether the changes in weight are due to eating too much or increasing muscle mass and then modify to take account.
3. use them as normal bathroom scales, but with the ability to ensure that increasing weight is not drifting into dangerous levels.

I think these are great, but they can burst your bubbles (I genuinely though the weight I had put on was muscle - it wasn't). A word of caution though, it is quite possible to get obsessive with these, they are far better used at intervals of a week or more than daily.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Indepth Body Monitor 19 Oct 2009
By P. McCauley VINE VOICE
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On receiving this body fat monitor it looked like something from a spaceship. The design and size looks like any other body scales, but this has a detailed function that makes it superior to any other similar product on the market. This item not only tells you your weight...but a lot of other details too. I was in my GP recently and they had a huge machine costing thousands, which told me the same details as this machine did and it took 4 times longer as well.

The instruction booklet is pretty large and thick, but all you need is on 6 pages and it is really easy to follow.
You set up your profile (up to 4 allowed) telling them your age,height,gender. Then all you have to do is stand on the scales, and hold the handled device at a 90 degrees angle to your body. 5-10secs later your results are ready. easy. And it will store 97 entries, so you are able to keep track of how you are progressing if you are trying to improve on something, and will delete the oldest record when adding a new one after the 97th.

List of what this device will tell you.

1. Weight
2. Body Fat Percentage (with Body Fat classification chart)
3. Muscle Percentage
4. Resting Metabolism
5. BMI (with BMI classification chart)
6. Visceral Fat Level (with Visceral Fat classification chart)

All the results are easly displayed, and with the classification it is easy to see where you are and where you should be. Great for those trying to stay healthly, losing weight, or like to keep track of these measurments. The price of this device is the same as a normal set of scales..and this does much more.

I really recommend this product as it is easy to use, contains simple instructions, and gives you a lot of great information.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Omron BF500 - Incredibly impressive ! 19 Oct 2009
By Ian Wantling TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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In the box - the scales themselves, 4 x AA batteries and a 336 page super thick multi-language instruction manual.

After inserting the batteries and switching on the unit you're promted to set the date and time for the lcd display - which is easily done. Then comes the time to discover how exactly fit/fat you actually are or aren't !

The handset is programmable with upto four peoples profiles and requires that you allocate each person to one of the four individual memory locations then input the individuals age, gender and height - again all easily done fromt the on screen prompts. From switching on the unit you then select the memory location of the person being measured, uncouple the hand held display and stand on the scales which have three metallic plates for each foot to stand on. It's important to stand upright with your arms stretched straight in front of you for the scales to give a totally accurate reading. The scales can be set to display in pounds (lbs) and ounces or kg's - that's down to the users personal preferance.

The measuring process takes around ten seconds and once completed all the measurements are displayed and you can consult the manual which will then explain to you how to interpret them.

So - what exactly is diplayed..?

Obviously, your weight.
Your overall body fat content.
Your visceral fat (the fat which surrounds your internal organs).
Your BMI - the measurement used to establish if you're underweight, normal, overweight or oboese.
Your resting metabolism - the amount of calorific intake required daily to maintain vital bodily functions.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use 21 Oct 2009
By Pardo VINE VOICE
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I'm not officially obese but my BMI is closer to 30 than 20 and that, coupled with a family history of bowel cancer, has made me start getting serious about deflating my spare tyre. These scales are a huge step up from my old dial scales. They are much easier to read and the information is much more meaningful - and motivating. The other reviews and product description tell you most of what you need to know so I will limit myself to listing a few gripes that stop me giving it five stars.

First, you have to enter your height and you can choose to do this in either metric or imperial. The problem is that what ever system you chose becomes the system in which your weight is displayed. Not a problem if you know your height in metric - I don't and had to work it out. The reason I had to go with metric is that the weight in imperial is displayed American style - in pounds. I can't be bothered dividing that figure by 14 to get my weight in stones. It might sound silly but I would have preferred the option to have weight in kilos and height in feet and inches. This isn't a major problem as you only have to enter your height once.

Secondly, you can't get an accurate measurement less than two hours after eating, after bathing, after exercise, after drinking alcohol or a "large amount" of water. That seriously limits the times of the day that you can use it - not a problem if first thing in the morning is a good time for you but I have a young child to get ready for school so my window for using the machine is quite limited.

Minor quibbles really - this is a very easy to use and useful product.

The only thing I would add is to shop around - I've noticed that the price fluctuates quite wildly on this - it can be as low as sub-thirty quid or as high as sixty plus.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what's expected
I've been using this scale for a while now and it doesn't give you any surprises. Works as expected and looks good in my bathroom.
Published 4 months ago by JIL
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect scales.
This covers everything. If you're bulking up, you can track your muscle growth and fat loss.

Be warned though, you can get addicted to seeing your results every... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars superb scale
i've had this scale for about 5 years now and it hasn't let me down. Is accurate and easy to use. if you're looking for something that gives you your fat percentage and stores your... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mister Z
4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps a little complicated for every day use?
I bought this as a gift for someone who is a keen dieter thinking it would help them along the way, so this is really my initial impressions plus their feedback since. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rob UK
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Scale
There really isn't much to say about this. It has always worked perfectly for me, no problems, fully functional and when used with other tools to compare results the Omron is... Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2010 by Ian O'Donnell
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job
These scales are reliable and very easy to use for the basic function although some of the extras are more complicated. Read more
Published on 14 July 2010 by M. Marikar
5.0 out of 5 stars (Fat) Boys Toys for the Bathroom
If like me you're in your forties and somewhat rounder than you would like to be this could be a great tool to help in your efforts to be, well, less round. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2010 by Dr. M. Ford
3.0 out of 5 stars Average weighing machine
These scales look good but they can be a little off putting with the mighty tome which is the instruction book - think epic novel!! Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2010 by Freespirit
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Technophobic
As you can see from the product specifications, this isn't just a weighing scale, it involves
using both hands and feet for an entire body measurement. Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2010 by Mr. B. Trotter
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice bargain!
I bought Omron BF500 to replace the old bathroom scale we had at home. In general, I am satisfied but I would like to mention one thing that I didn't like so much. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2010 by Oranje
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