I am not the kind of person who weighs himself a lot. I always go by whether or not my clothes fit or if I start to fall over when the wind blows or if I plunge through ice that would hold most normal people. Now that I think about it, I guess my wild weight fluctuations might be a problem.
That is, they WERE a problem until the awesome people at Best Buy *bows* sent me an iHealth scale (I have received the reviewed product from Best Buy for free). You can get your own at bestbuy.com and it retails for $69.95. If you want some facts about the things, this comes right from the horse’s mouth (after the jump):
- Uses Bluetooth technology
- Slim, lightweight design for travel
- Reliable tempered glass platform
- Standard step-on use
- Max weight capacity: 330lbs/150kg
- Measurement units: kg/lb/st
- 4 AAA batteries included
I can personally vouch for all the things on that list except for the Max weight capacity. I tried to fit me and all my cats on it but it didn’t work so I guess you have to assume that if you weigh more than 330 pounds you can just weigh a piece of yourself at a time until you trim down a bit.
Is it accurate? Yep. Know how I know? Because I weighed a 5 pound bag of flour like, 11 times and it weighed 5 pounds EVERY time. I don’t know why I did it 11 times. Maybe I was trying to trick it or hoping it would get tired. But the iHealth just kept on chugging.
So after I proved it worked, I decided to try out the part that is really cool about the whole thing. See up there where it says it has Bluetooth? Did you think that was so you could talk to your fat? WRONG! The scale talks to your iPhone (or iPad). I don’t have those things. I have a Palm Pre and an HP Touchpad (I apologize for nothing!) Luckily someone who works for me has an iPhone so she let me use it for my testing. Here is my take.
- I didn’t read the directions because I forgot the box at home and had the scale at work, but we still managed to figure out how to get it going.
- My iPhone subject had more trouble turning the Bluetooth on in her phone than connecting the device.
- A few times we could not get it to connect (the phone’s fault, not the scale).
- When we finally did, it REMEMBERED the weigh-ins it had misses, which was pretty awesome. I guess technically you only have to have access to an iPad once in a while.
- The app itself (which was free) was not 100% intuitive and we could not figure out how to add a second person.
- It turned out that not adding a second person didn’t matter because strangely, a bunch of women don’t want to weigh themselves while their boss tries to tell them it is for science (all charges were dropped).
All in all – if you have to have a scale (and really, it a necessity like a plunger or a stingray) you could do a lot worse than this one. Having your weight get recorded automatically REALLY takes a lot of excuses out of tracking gravity’s pull on you. It just does it. And whether you are looking to go up or down, you can chart your progress without a lot of effort. I mean really. All you have to do is stand there. And if for some reason you can’t step up ONTO the scale, then you should really go to the doctor and let them weigh you.
The iHealth Scale: Best scale I have ever used. The one I had before this had a dial. Seriously I’m like a caveman.