View Full Version : Body Fat Scales

05-20-2007, 08:33 AM
Does anyone know how accurate these things are? I don't have calipers, and the scale would be sooo convenient. thanks.

05-20-2007, 08:58 AM
Most people agree that they're not very accurate. Personally, I've found that my Taylor usually agrees fairly closely with caliper measurements.

They are VERY sensitive to hydration status, so bear that in mind if you get one.

on the other hand, calipers are only about 20 bucks, so...

05-20-2007, 09:00 AM
yeah, you can find calipers online for pretty cheap and I don't see how they'd be an inconvenience compared to weighing yourself...it takes just about the same amount of time (try and find some digital calipers)

05-20-2007, 01:47 PM
I didn't know they make digital calipers, I will definitely check into that. thanks

05-20-2007, 02:22 PM
You could always do the ol' measure your neck, abdomen, height, calculation. Don't know how accurate it is though.

05-20-2007, 04:19 PM
They are cheap and give you a good rough reading but i wouldnt rely on them

05-20-2007, 05:49 PM
All BIA devices are crap. Even if you keep your hydration level's somewhat the same.

Buy this Calipers (http://www.amazon.com/Accumeasure-Fitness-2000-Caliper-Chart/dp/B0007ZAM6U/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-8159212-4504929?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1179539753&sr=8-1). They most likely cheaper than the scale your looking at.

05-21-2007, 09:12 AM
I use the Taylor Body Fat Analyzer & Scale. It is fairly accurate and only $50 at Target. But I have read that even the most expensive ones are 100% accurate.

05-21-2007, 07:17 PM
^I'd rather have a $5 set of calipers then a $50 junk scale.

See what your BF% is then go drink some water, is it still the same?

05-21-2007, 09:31 PM
Body fat scales are fairly accurate as long as the weigh-ins are done first thing in the morning before you consume anything. They may not be 100% accurate, but they are 100% consistant for tracking progress.

As far as manufacturers are concerned, go with Tanita. Most well-known and accurate scale out there in terms of bodyfat.