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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, 21 Oct. 2009
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This review is from: Omron BF500 Advanced Body Fat & Composition Monitor - Bathroom Scale (Personal Care)
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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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