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Tanita BC543 Body Composition Monitor Scale

by Tanita
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 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: 2.5 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 3.6 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)
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156 of 157 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Very Accurate 28 July 2011
By J. Lock
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As a keen marathon runner my weight is very important, I wanted something that also told me my fat percentage. I tried one of the hand held devices and ended up returning it as the reading was three times what the caliper test at my gym said.

It's a very well made device and very accurate. If you want to keep an eye on your weight and fat and/or muscle levels this is a must have.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tanita scale BC543 4 May 2011
By jana
Hi there, got the scale about 3 weeks ago and been using it every day. Working in the fitness industry and the scale its the best so far for the customers to help them to understand about the water, fat % etc. Doing a weight loss challenge at the moment and it helps me a lot to motivate people with accurate readings.
Glad i bought it.
thanks Jana
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These Scales Don't Lie! 29 July 2009
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Bought this scale to help the family get back into shape. I did alot of research and found out that Tanita was one of the best makes for this type of scale. Just make sure you use it on a level hard surface.

The scale is very accurate and is so sensitive that when I didn't work out for a week, it knew! My fitness age had gone up and my muscle mass declined. Truly amazing!

The product is really well built and is stylish as well. So if you after a really accurate scale, that has all the bells and whistles then look no further.

I can't rate it highly enough. It was money well spent and provides motivation to improve your personal fitness.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great scales! 8 Dec 2009
I'm a Personal Wellness Coach and use the scales to illustrate the importance of balanced nutrition as opposed to straightforward weight loss.It encourages people to eat healthily in order to build lean muscle and shed body fat. If they are starving themselves to lose weight the readings will tell me!
This is my second set of Tanita scales - I dropped my last set onto a slate floor - not suprisingly, they broke!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly consistent and decent accuracy 31 July 2011
I was quite skeptical of using a scale which also measures body composition, but this scale does a good job in calculating the fat percentage. Tanita claim that they have come up with the figures through tons and tons or research data embedded in the software within and taking into account the bioimpedence measured by passing a small electrical current throughout the body.

The most important thing that affects the fat percentage is water and it shows whether you have enough water in your body - this feature in itself makes it worth it! Once you are hydrated enough, the fat percentage seems to be getting accurate although I haven't got this measured through other means like skin fold calipers or hydrostatic weighing etc. which is just too much effort and money. There could be a variance in readings of course, but the difference in readings before and after is what really matters for me! It is also dead easy to use.

If your aim is to simply keep a tab on your weight and esp. body fat percentage and see it going down instead of knowing if the current reading is actually what it should be, then you will be hard pressed to find any other simpler alternative.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate 15 Mar 2010
I have had these scales for over a year now, they are excellent.
The weight is consistently accurate, but use on a hard surface as recommended. Weighs to 0.2 lb.
We don't use all the measurements regularly, only occasionally. Mainly bought these as wanted an accurate set of scales.
Would recommend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very happy with the scale
Published 4 hours ago by Renee Meldrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of kit at an affordable price
Great, affordable scales with a lot more features than more expensive models from other manufacturers, very happy with the purchase, using them regularly and find that they appear... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Terich
5.0 out of 5 stars B.M.I. baby !
Great piece of kit. I use it every day. It's been really good for helping me to monitor my body fat etc. over time.
Published 6 days ago by Malcolm
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
These scales are great, really useful in all they do.
Published 7 days ago by Mrs S L Farley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 21 days ago by krzysztof murawski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great scale which goes beyond the usual weight and fat measuring...
This scale is a lot more accurate than my previous weight watchers scale. I researched for a long time before settling on this one and I'm very pleased with it. Read more
Published 23 days ago by etzz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Quite difficult to understand how to set up/use to start with, however they are brilliant as they have lots of different settings to give you a full understanding of your body. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good great for comparisons
Published 1 month ago by JOHN FREER
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy with these scales, I would recommend.
Published 1 month ago by glenis davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for keeping track of weight loss.
I brought these scales after joining a diet group where these were used for he weekly weigh in's. I've had them for almost a year now and I'm very happy with them.
Published 1 month ago by LisaB78
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