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Tanita BC543 Body Composition Monitor Scale

by Tanita
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
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  • Uses bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) to help calculate results
  • Covered by a 3-year guarantee and includes batteries and full instructions
  • Analyses body fat, body muscle, body water, athlete mode, calendar function
  • Track your physique as you follow your health and fitness programme

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Why do I need to monitor my body fat?

We all need some body fat to be healthy. It's vital for basic body functions like regulating body temperature, storing vitamins and cushioning joints and organs. But too much fat can damage your health and could put you at greater risk of developing serious medical conditions. Excess body fat is known to contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes mellitus and some forms of cancer.*

Visceral Fat (Abdominal Fat) is the fat that surrounds the vital organs on the trunk / stomach area of the body. High Visceral Fat levels increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Lowering Visceral Fat levels can stabilise insulin action substantially, and reduce the risk of diabetes and other related illnesses.*2

Body fat is not always visible to the naked eye. You may have an acceptable weight and figure, but could still be carrying more body fat than you think. Weight alone cannot distinguish between the pounds that come from body fat and those that come from lean body tissue, such as muscle and bone. By using a Tanita Body Fat / Body Composition Monitor, you can keep a regular check on your body fat levels, helping you stay within the healthy ranges. Reducing excess body fat will help you improve your body shape and appearance. You'll feel better, look better and enjoy a better, fitter quality of life.


Our revolutionary new InnerScan range provides information never before available from a consumer scale. Anyone who is serious about improving their total health and fitness will be able to see their personal progress. The monitors use Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA) to monitor multiple components of overall health. The results are analyzed along with gender, age, height and weight for the most accurate and comprehensive at-home reading ever available. Measurements include Weight, Body Fat %, Body Water %, Basal Metabolic Rate, Metabolic Age, Bone Mass, Muscle Mass, Physique Rating, and exclusive to Tanita Visceral Fat Rating. The Innerscan range of monitors are covered by a 3-year guarantee and include batteries and full instructions.

But how do you know how many calories you need?

The number of calories you need each day in order to maintain your current weight depends on many factors, such as gender, body composition, weight and physical activity level. Muscle burns more calories than fat, even at rest. This is why men, who are designed to hold more muscle tissue than women, tend to need more calories each day.

By eating sensibly and exercising regularly you can increase the muscle in your body and lower the proportion of fat. You will automatically increase the amount of energy your body needs, just to carry out everyday functions such as breathing and regulating body temperature. Your body also needs energy to move around, whether you're walking upstairs or running a marathon. The more active you are, the more energy your body will burn off. Try to include at least 20 minutes of aerobic activity each day; anything from going to the gym to walking to work or the bus stop.

Through increasing the amount of muscle tissue in your body, increasing the amount of exercise you take and eating less of the high-calorie, high-fat foods, you can soon take a step toward a healthier and fitter life. You must be honest with yourself though. Remember to include snacks and drinks in your daily calorie count. You don't need to stop eating all the foods you love - such as chocolates and crisps - just be sensible. With selected models from the Tanita Body Fat Monitor range it is now possible to obtain an estimate of your daily calorie requirement. The Daily Calorie Intake (DCI) feature performs an instant calculation each time you step on.

Key Features

Athlete Mode, Basal Metabolism Rate, Bone Mineral Mass, Dual Frequency Technology, Guest Mode, Healthy Ranges, Metabolism Age, Muscle Mass, Physique Rating, Recall, Visceral Fat Rating

How much body fat is healthy?

Your Tanita Monitor will automatically compare your personal body fat reading to the Healthy Body Fat Range chart below.

Product details

  • Item Weight: 3.8 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 4.3 Kg
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: BC543
  • ASIN: B000BB0BVG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 770 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)
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151 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best set of scales I have ever used. 12 Jan 2010
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And I have used many. As soon as I found out my Salter 9117s didn't actually measure your body fat, water etc by electrical signals (it just works it out -badly- from your height/weight etc) I quickly ordered these.

I was going to wait for the Tanita BC1000 to go with my garmin watch, but they have been waiting for EU approval for ages, so I decided to go with these - oh how glad I am.

They are built very well, the glass is very thick and very well engineered. The buttons are easy to press and it beeps nicely to let you know when things are ready. The screen is clear (although doesn't light up) and I like the way that each measurement is separated with it's own function button. Body fat % and weight are shown automatically and then to get each other measurement you press the corresponding buttons.

It doesn't turn itself off when you are trying to write down the measurements! Hoorah. My Salter showed you a bunch of numbers, then quickly turned to some other numbers, did that twice and shut off. This turns itself off after 60 seconds after a scan if you dont press anything.

I love the separate button per user, instead of pushing one button multiple times to get to the same user (Salter). Also the weigh-only mode and guest modes are god sends. The sensors are practically invisible on the glass, so it looks amazing.

It turns out that this is far more accurate than the Salter (obviously) and the Weight Watchers 8991BU which was 6% out on the body fat compared to the Tanita, which is a huge difference. I tested the tanita by scanning myself in the morning and in the evening after I had eating a lot. The body fat percentage didn't change but the weight did - perfect. It is incredibly accurate and consistent.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very accurate 7 Feb 2011
By Anna
Solid design and very accurate. If you weigh yourself 10 consecutive times, you will get the same reading (not like other scales).
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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I bought these scales in July and by mid September they developed a fault that made then unusable. I e-mailed Tanita Europe in the hope there was an easy fix, but the message came back very quickly that I should return the item to the seller.

However, while they worked, these scales were great. They told me how overweight I was (and importantly how out of shape I was too in terms of muscle-bone-fat balance) and that encouraged me to pursue my radical change of diet: no red meat, processed meat, alcohol, dairy, sugary food and drinks, etc, etc... but lots of oily fish, fresh vegetables and fruit. Weight loss wasn't the original reason for the change of diet, I had other medical issues, but getting closer to an ideal weight was a big encouragement to keep going. When you see the results almost day-by-day, and not just on your weight but across a range of measures, it helps keep you going. Well, it did for me!

For that reason, I requested a replacement from Amazon with the same scales (impressively, Amazon processed my request in minutes). I'll be hoping that the new scales will last a lot longer because I can't see a viable alternative for anything like the same price.

POSTSCRIPT: Amazon's return process was impressively efficient, my failed scales were collected the day after I reported the problem, and I had a replacement set of scales the day afterward. I hope they last rather longer than the last set - so far, so good.

UPDATE A YEAR LATER - Well the replacement lasted almost a year, but now it has stopped working completely (initially half the buttons have stopped working). Since I've used this in a bathroom (doesn't everyone?) I will be e-mailing Tanita to see if there is anything they can offer me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality twice over 15 Oct 2012
By Lennie
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I have now had two of these scales. The first became erratic within a couple of weeks, weighing randomly and varyingly when you stood on them, and Amazon sent a replacement. The next set worked for 8 months and then just stopped working. I had no response from Tanita customer service at all, and would hesitate to buy anything from them again on that basis, especially given that they offer a 3 year guarantee on this model. Not a lot of use if they don't respond to you. They are attractive to look at but build quality obviously is lacking.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tanita scales 1 problem it doesn't mention... 12 Aug 2011
By emma
Great product but 1 problem.... it doesn't go higher than 50 years old on the metabolic age so you can only read people who's metabolic age is below 50. This is not said anywhere before you buy it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased 26 Mar 2011
I purchased this scale after reading about the inaccuracy of the salter scales.

I really love these scales and the results are very interesting although not the ones I'd like to see:-)

I am really impressed with the accuracy. It takes a wee bit of time at the start just getting to know what the symbols mean. The weigh only button is very useful - means you don't have to go through the whole scan just to find out your weight.

The only annoying bit for me and it is minor, is the quite loud beep it does when you press the weigh button and again when it is ready for you to stand on. But as I say, its only a minor bit that I'm not so keen on.

Over all a great purchase
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Tanita
They are informative and are an asset for my Herbalife business as they allow me to effectively monitor clients progress.
Published 28 days ago by Kay Crinean
5.0 out of 5 stars Great scales
Looks good, is lightweight, can use the box to transport. The instructions are clear and scales are very easy to use.
Published 1 month ago by Sam Hales
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish - inconsistent and inaccurate
weighs different in different locations in the bathroom.
fat measure is absolute garbage, the mirror tells me ive lost fat & gained muscle whereas the scales have increased %... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr J P Bristoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Tanita BC543 Body Composition Monitor Scale
This gives you all the information you will ever need. Inspires you to lose weight and exercise. Can be addictive.. be warned
Published 2 months ago by Johnny_UK
2.0 out of 5 stars The iOS app is gone starting 5 Feb 2014
I own this scale for more than one year and I am pretty happy with it. It keep motivating you to keep in shape. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dorin M.
5.0 out of 5 stars would recommend
Really pleased with this product. Seems to be very consistent with the measurements which is essential. Amasing amount of information provided.
Published 2 months ago by Nicola K
5.0 out of 5 stars The scales are excellent
But I received ones that did not work properly - but the returns service was efficient. They are the best scales for purpose.
Published 3 months ago by Petrina Baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
They really motivate you to carry on with a healthy lifestyle and give you a clear explanation on what all the information means. Very easy to program and use. Worth the money.
Published 3 months ago by Lesley macnab
4.0 out of 5 stars Reliable scales
Even with the instruction leaflet I am not sure what all the parameters are that these scales measure but they seem to be reliable and consistent as long as they are used on a hard... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jeff
3.0 out of 5 stars Lasted 13months
These scales are great at first but this is the 2nd one ive purchased that has stopped working.
First one lasted 15months and the 2nd one 13 months... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sara Lyndley
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