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Omron HBF-400 Body Fat Monitor and Scale
Omron HBF-400 Body Fat Monitor and Scale
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Provides accurate measurement of weight, body fat percentage, and body mass index (BMI)
Supports up to four personal profiles, so each member of your family can track their own measurements
BMI classified at three levels: underweight, normal, overweight, and obese
Provides measurements for people of nearly all heights (3'4" to 6' 6-3/4") and nearly all ages (10 to 79 years)
Measures 12.2 x 11.8 x 2.1 inches (L x W x H)
|CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.|
MEASURES 3 FITNESS INDICATORS-BODY FAT PERCENTAGE\, BODY MASS INDEX & BODY WEIGHT; 4-PERSON PROFILE; EASY ON/OFF SWITCH AT THE BASE; LARGE LCD DISPLAY; INCLUDES 4 AA BATTERIES
|Product Length:||13.0 inches|
|Product Width:||14.0 inches|
|Product Height:||3.0 inches|
|Product Weight:||1.0 pounds|
|Package Length:||13.7 inches|
|Package Width:||12.8 inches|
|Package Height:||3.3 inches|
|Package Weight:||5.55 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 625 reviews|
|Average Customer Review: ( 625 customer reviews )
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587 of 609 found the following review helpful:
Great Scale with Bonsuses Jan 18, 2007
By Jacob Hantla
As a scale the Omron HBF-500 is excellent. It is consistent, in tests with my wife and I (who are more than 100 pounds different in weight) the scale gave the same weight each of 5 times in a row that we stepped on it. So it is consistent. I am a nurse and weighed myself on our calibrated scales and found that this scale weighed me 0.5 pounds heavier than the hospital one, which can be explained by the glass of water I drank when I got home. So it is both consistent and accurate.
So what about the body fat monitor: As to the accuracy of the monitor I cannot speak. However, it is very consistent, much more consistent than the experience that I have had with the handheld-only monitors from Omron. The scale will calculate your percent body fat & your percent skeletal muscle. It will also give you a reading of your visceral body fat, which is a better indicator of your health risk associated with body fat (visceral body fat is the fat which is inside your body surrounding your organs, which subcutaneous fat is the fat that we all see just under our skin). Using these calculations and the user-defined height, weight, and age data that you enter, it will give you your resting metabolic energy needs for the day to give you an idea of how much you should be eating to lose weight in a healthy manner.
The scale has 4 user profiles so that 4 different users can use the scale and track their data. Data can be recalled letting you know what your measurements were yesterday, a week ago, a month ago, and 3 months ago.
The handle fits well inside the front of the scale. I was expecting the scale to be bulkier than it is. It is just a little taller than a normal scale and very attractive. It isn't something that you're going to need to hide between uses. Just put it where any normal bathroom scale would fit.
The scale is a little bit difficult to use if you haven't read the instruction manual. The good news is that the manual is very easy to use and very informative. Plan on 5-10 minutes of reading time when your scale first arrives. You will be glad that you learned all about what your new scale does. After skimming the manual, my wife and I are both able to operate the scale and use all of its functionality.
Price-wise, this seems like an excellent value. The cost of a high-quality scale added to the price of a decent Body-fat monitor (which won't give you the more detailed body composition detail of this hands-and-feet monitor) will be more than the price of this one unit. Also, this unit keeps all of your data in one location. So for the price, this unit was a no-brainer for me when it was time to buy a new scale after my old one stopped being consistent and accurate.
300 of 314 found the following review helpful:
Usefull Tool Mar 15, 2008
By J. Brittain
I don't do reviews often, but this product (and/or a similar model) have taken some knocks that my experience contradicts.
First off, I think expectations need to be realistic if you are going to buy any kind of scale or monitor.
1) Weight: No two scales read the same. They may be darn close, but rarely the same. What should be expected is that the scale always reads the same weight over time. I have a dumbbell that says it's 10 lbs and I have seen three scales say it's anywhere from 9.5 to 10.3 lbs. So you can demand consistency, but realistically for most of us absolute accuracy is just not practical.
2) Body Fat or Composition: Unless you can find (and pay for) a DEXA (Dual Energy X-Ray) or Hydrostatic (full immersion weighing) test this number is totally subjective. A while back I had two physical therapist/trainers that work in a medical rehab/training facility check my composition using the calipers method ten minutes apart. The results were 29% and 34%. They were not surprised, said they were usually within 2%-3% of each other.
I don't want it to sound like I am lowering the bar here, just trying to be realistic.
So, what about the Omron HBF-500?
As for weight, my HBF-500 has said from day one that my "10lb" dumbbell is 9.6 lbs (it's mate is always 9.7). Who's right, Omron or Weider? No idea. So who cares if the scale is off by 4% or if that dumbbell is really 4% lighter than advertised? The fact is that is is consistent, and if it says that on the day I got it I weighed 296 and I now weight 275, it is that 26lb difference that is important.
Same thing for composition. I feel it is the change over time that is important, not the absolute accuracy. What I have found is that I have to be consistent in using the device. Lay off the H2O for a day and the number changes, hop on the scale after a hot shower, the number changes. Same for after a meal or exercise. I have has the best results using it once a week, at the same time of the day (for me, first thing in the morning on Mondays) before I eat and shower.
1) Read the manual. It's not great, but after I used the thing two or three times it became simpler.
2) The memory/user functions are nice, but to be honest I think the biggest advantage of the user function is that I do not have to re-enter my age, sex, etc.. each time. Use the enclosed for or write down the results, I'm a geek so trust me when I say it's just simpler than the memory functions.
Overall I think it is a great tool for measuring changes, if not absolute numbers. And if you think about it, the changes are what matters, either as a warning that you are making progress in a direction you do not want to go, or as a reinforcement that you are doing things right and seeing results.
If accuracy is a big deal for you, pay for the professional tests, use the device at home and note the difference. The apply that correction to the measurements you get at home. For me, the $400 -$600 cost of the tests for one shot vs. the cost of the HBF-500 to use whenever I like answered the absolute accuracy question.
58 of 59 found the following review helpful:
Great scale at this price! Jan 09, 2007
I order all kinds of items online and have done so for years. But when it comes to some items, I usually prefer to see it firsthand before ordering. I couldn't do that with this scale, but it turned out better than I'd hoped!
The picture doesn't really show you how well this scale is made. Although the top is primarily plastic, there is so little flex that you'd think the whole thing is metal. The display is high contrast and the digits and icons large making it easy to read even at my height of 6'1". My favorite part of the construction is that the feet "float" slightly allowing the scale to adapt to surfaces that may be a little uneven. That's always been a problem for me on vinyl, tile, or hardwood floors where slight variations occur. Also, the power button on the front (as you walk up to it) toggles the unit on and off. Nice for saving battery life instead of having to rely on an Auto-Off feature (which it will do after 10 minutes of inactivity). The manual states that you'll get about 12 months on one set of batteries (4 x AA) taking four readings a day.
Having memories for 4 people as well as a "guest" reading is great, too. The unit keeps only the last reading, but if you're tracking that information and don't have time to jot it down at a weigh-in, you can always come back later, turn it on, and pull up your profile's most recent data.
The BMI and body fat percentage readouts are simple to understand and a bar graph accompanies the BMI to give you at-a-glance feedback where you're at generally, i.e., Under, Normal, Over, etc. on your BMI. This is based on your providing your gender, height (in 1/4 inch increments) and age.
The manual is well written and in English only. It gives a good overview of how the BMI is calculated and what Omron did to come up with the table references that it uses internally to generate that value.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with this scale and highly recommend it for anyone who wants an accurate, repeatable (same readings with little to no variation when taken one after the other) and informative digital scale.
163 of 177 found the following review helpful:
Very Pleased Sep 07, 2006
By Dylan Blitz
I originally ordered a Tanita scale and it stopped working within two weeks. (Amazon, of course, took it back with no problems.) I was so glad when the Omron scale arrived. It costs less than the Tanita but the quality is much higher. The numbers on it are very large and easy to read. Also, it is much easier to place your feet properly than on the Tanita. I can't wait to try all the features. By the way, I weighed myself over and over and my weight only varied .2 lbs. as promised. Great deal for the money!!!
56 of 58 found the following review helpful:
It broke - and they won't help you. Jan 19, 2009
The scale looks nice, and yes, its got kind of a nice feature set. But mine broke after only six months. Put in new batteries, nothing happens. No problem, right? its got a 1-year warrantee! Sucker. I called the company to get some help. They were brusque and borderline rude, accusing me of not knowing how to work it. I was at work, but they said I'd need to call them from home with the scale and to go out and buy four brand new batteries and put them into the unit while they were talking with me on the phone. Hey, I know how to put batteries into a scale, okay? The kicker was that if they signed off on that part, I'd have to pay to ship the scale crosscounty and back!! By the time I did that, it would almost be the cost of a new scale. No wonder they offer a "warrantee". Some customer service. I just trashed it.
All in all, a terrible experience - crappy product and crappy, weasel service.
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