Pros: blends into room, nice display, accurate to date
Cons: very contemporary
The first scale I remember owning was solid metal in a gorgeous shade of golden rod. In fact, I believe the area for the feet was covered in something akin to contact paper decorated in huge flowers. Yes, it was the early 1970's - what an era for decor. And while perhaps that scale would fetch me some money on EBay from a collector, there were downsides (besides the obvious fashion issues) to that scale. Those downsides are countered in my latest scale.
-It's Not "Me"-
This is the first thought I had when finding this electronic, glass scale at The Sharper Image. The look is decidedly trim, thin, sleek and contemporary. To know me is to know a very un-contemporary person. To be sure I have moved beyond the 1970's, but my style is very traditional - from clothing to home accessories. I decided, however, that I cannot apply this to a scale.
This is truly glass, tempered, but with solid metal base (these would be the darker areas you see in the photo accompanying this review). The metal feet are covered with rubber, making this one skid-free and saving it from possible rust thanks to the sometimes wet environment of a bathroom. The glass is thick enough to feel safe and while I would not want to slam it down to the floor with an excessive amount of force, in my home of all adults I really have not had any fears of shattering or breakage.
Diameter is 14 inches and stands 1.75 inches off the floor.*
Attractive to this aging gal is the nicely-sized digital read out display. Digits read out in 1.6 inch size* with one decimal place giving a weight in pounds or kilograms.
To date I have had no problems with precision. I am in a health situation that leads me to weigh-in very regularly at both my oncologist's office and my primary physician's office. From there I run home (but not too fast - would not want to burn weight on the way home) and compare read-outs. So far, so good....though my weight could use some help - that's another review in the making.
The scale runs on a 9 volt battery and the only problems with precision I've run into have more to do with a battery that is dying.
Precision is one of the most important things I was looking for in a scale. I am losing weight far too rapidly and need to monitor my gains and losses regularly. Precision aside, I was also concerned with potential problems with rust and I was looking for something that would blend in with its surroundings rather than stick out like a sore thumb. I received these "wants" in the packaging of this scale.
That said, coming from The Sharper Image, I cannot vouch for the longevity of this particular model, nor does the company focus mainly on scales or home health products. Does this mean my scale is destined for a short life? Not necessarily, it just means I cannot rely on the brand name to determine (at least in part) future use. This one has been part of my life for seven months now.
The scale came with a 90 day warranty.
* I took these precise numbers from literature I received with the scale rather than measuring the item myself.
I purchased my scale during a special offer at The Sharper Image. I was told at the time that it regularly retailed for $99.95.