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Body fat scales reviews

We test 12 body fat scales, including models from Weight Watchers, The Biggest Loser and more.

Last updated: 10th December 2009

Please note: this information was collected in 2009, but is still a useful guide to today's market.

Whether you're looking to reduce, maintain or just monitor your body fat percentage, a reliable set of body fat scales can be a helpful tool for you and your family that goes beyond simply measuring weight in kilograms.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is often used by health professionals to assess whether a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. While BMI is a better indicator of health than weight alone, it's far from perfect. The BMI categories don't allow for very muscular individuals; a person with lots of lean muscle and low body fat will be heavy for their height and could be classed as overweight or obese. Similarly, some people may have a BMI that indicates they're healthy when in fact they have too much body fat and little lean tissue.

You should only use BMI as a general guide to your state of health. Accurate analysis of your body fat percentage, measured over time, is more useful.

Our test will let you know which scales are:

  • the most accurate
  • the easiest to use
  • the most sensitive to changes in your BMI.

We've added some of our 26 criteria to the table below.

To change the criteria displayed, check the box next to the criteria you want and click 'Apply changes'


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