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Bathroom scales generally last until you get bored of them
on 31 May 2017
I’m giving this such a low rating basically due to the fact its failed so quickly, although of course out of warranty!
Bathroom scales generally last until you get bored of them. Spend £150 on these, and I got just over 2 years of usage.
Break that usage down, and it’s pretty ugly reading:
Two people in my house, we probably weigh in on average about 10 times a week total, let’s say that takes 30 seconds per weighing, so in actual fact as its now completely dead after less than 10 hours of usage! The product has just lived in the bathroom, and hasn’t a mark on it. It’s just failed.
Being slightly more objective about things, and frankly having had this for just over 2 years, the ownership process has been interesting. Early on the app was prone to crashes, but they have ironed that out. The app is now nice, but nothing special – but its functional. The scales, worked fine for about a year, then the screen stopped working, but we still got measurements, and before I complained it started working again, and of course now it’s completely dead. The scales also quite often lost the kg/lb setting – easy enough to rectify, but I’m not quite sure why it would lose it so often – probably once every 4 to 6 weeks I would be resetting it.
What we do like is the graphics and user history. We also have the blood pressure gauge, so you do start to have some history. I can look at a graph and say ‘that peak there – that was Thailand!’.
Concept is great, and possibly I’ve just been unlucky, but it does show the cost of tech when it goes wrong quite starkly.
Off to write to Withings next and see their take on this.