Well I have had my eye on these scales for such a long time but was put off by the £180 price tag. I took the plunge and ordered them last week, and now they're in my possession I can happily say I needn't have worried or hesitated because in my opinion they are well worth the money. As soon as I took them out of the box they looked special and I was very happy with the feel and the build quality of them.
It was pretty simple to set it up and get started. It uses four AA batteries which are supplied and easily fitted. The next step is set the date and time before entering your data into one of four user profiles, which was again very simple and took no time at all. Once your data is in you need to grab hold of the hand set and step onto the scales so it can record all your data, which it will then save to the user profile you just inputted. After this, each time you step onto the scale it will recognise you without you having to get your user profile up beforehand which saves time.
The results on the scale are really comprehensive giving you BMI, total body fat %, segmental body fat % and muscle mass for each arm, leg and the trunk; total muscle mass, bone density, BMR (in calories and kJ), visceral fat rating, body water %, metabolic age and physical rating. Prior to buying these scales I have been taking measurements of my waist, hips, forearm and wrist and then entering the info alongside my personal stats into a calculator I found online to get my body fat but I was never convinced I was measuring right or that the figure I got back was right. Now I have these scales I know I have something I can trust.
Just by reading through the manuals/leaflets that come with it you can see that a number hasn't just been plucked out of the air and so far the readings have all been very consistent and if I'm honest, if I look at the whole picture and at my own physique, the combination of the readings paints a pretty accurate picture of what I see and what I already know, so it is great to have the info in numbers as it gives a baseline to work from. When I first went on it I was disappointed as my body fat % was higher than I expected and other measures were not as good as I'd hoped so it was a reality check. Metabolic age was a shocker, even though I admit I'm out of shape at the moment and trying to get my fitness back. So anyone thinking of getting these scales just brace yourself for what they may tell you as it might not be what you want to see or hear and as I say it truly is a reality check. However, in my case other results were re-assuring. Even though I was disappointed my body fat was higher than I wanted it to be I was happy to see that my visceral fat rating was pretty low and using these scales has served to motivate me to really continue in my quest to lose weight (and keep it off this time!), get fit and continue to put the effort in with the gym and diet.
I am also impressed by how quickly the scales record all of the data. In a matter of seconds you have a reading. Also, when I ordered the scales I thought they only measured in kg but in actual fact you can get lbs and stones by pressing the button on the back of the scales. Each time you click it cycles between kg, lbs and stones. If you're not careful you'd miss it and not even realise it was there so that was a bonus find.
I would heartily recommend these scales to anybody. If like me you are really into health and fitness and healthy eating but are a slave to the scales, whose enthusiasm and motivation is easily knocked if you can't see progress on the scales,regardless of whether you may be progressing in other ways such as losing inches or getting fitter etc and want cold hard facts to spur you on then these are the scales for you, believe me! I was torn between these and the Tanita BC543 but I decided that it was worth the extra money for the hand electrodes and the segmental readings etc otherwise in 6 months time I'd have probably ended up buying these anyway.
So all I can say is go for it, you won't be disappointed!
EDIT: I should also add the customer service at BargainFox is fantastic. Within 7 days of me purchasing the scales the price dropped significantly and they refunded me the difference when I contacted them. So keep an eye on the price before you buy as they do drop sometimes by £30-£50 and then go back to around £180, so be aware. Well worth it at £180 and an absolute bargain when they drop in price.