(Disclosure: I am not affiliated with EatSmart Products in any way. This is a solicited review, but no compensation was offered or received. The company did provide the product for evaluation.)
There are probably more than a few of you who rubbed your eyes and wondered if you were at the right blog. Cammy, a.k.a. She Who Hates the Scale and Hasn’t Owned One in 20 Years, is reviewing a scale?! She’s lost her mind!
Possibly. Probably, even. But I’ve been headed that direction for a long time anyway.
When the kind folks at EatSmart Products asked me to review their scale, I almost declined their offer (politely, of course.) Reviewing it meant having it in my possession.
In. My. House.
A scale! ::tremble::
In thinking it over, though, I realized I was thinking like the Cammy from two years ago, the one who let the scale declare her success, rather than letting her actions speak the truth. I know now that the scale is a simple unit of measure, one moment in time. What I do consistently tells my story.
So I went back to the email, clicked the link, and took my first gander at the scale:
Oooh! Ahhh! Shiny! And with nifty features, too! From the EatSmart description:
# Large 3.5″ LCD display – Easy to read from any distance
# 4 high precision sensors – Consistent and accurate measurement
# Max weight 330 lbs / 150 kgs
# Sturdy tempered glass top and large 12″ x 13″ platform
# Auto Calibrated; Auto Power-Off; 4 AAA batteries (included)
Aw, they even include the batteries. Who could turn down a request to review a product that even includes the batteries? What could go wrong?
Despite some lingering reservations, I agreed to review the scale. I am pleased (and more than relieved) to report that the experience held one pleasant surprise after another.
My first surprise upon opening the box was just how pretty this scale is. Seriously. At 12″x13″, the deck is large, but it’s only 1″ high so it doesn’t feel too big. It’s sleek and actually kind of sexy looking with it’s shiny silver and glass.
The second surprise occurred when I inserted the batteries and saw the display. They promised a large, easy-to-read display, and they were right. If Google satellite was passing over my house this morning, it probably picked up this display. Perfect for the early morning blurry vision. Potential Downside: No squinting and pretending an ‘8’ is a ‘3’.
Third surprise: Since I haven’t exercised at the gym since before I went on vacation a couple months ago, I haven’t had any way to weigh myself. With a four-week road trip and Thanksgiving in my recent past, I’ll admit I was a little nervous getting on the scale this morning. Being the professional reviewer that I am, I pushed my fears aside, mostly by reminding myself that while my halo was askew a few times, my overall actions have been good. Plus, all my clothes still fit. The scale agreed and showed me
at the higher end of within my goal range. Whew!
But wait. EatSmart said their scale was accurate, but how would I really know? I didn’t want to recommend an inaccurate scale! I could be sued, or worse, ostracized by the entire fitness/weight loss blogging community! Oh no! So I ran to my Professional Review Testing Center, a.k.a. the home gym, a.k.a. the spare bedroom, grabbed a couple of 10-pound dumbbells, and placed them on the scale. Scale results: 20 pounds exactly! Yippee!
It’s always a relief when I can give a thumbs up to a product offered for review.
I love reviewing products, but I’m hesitant to agree to them (and sometimes I regretfully turn down requests) because it takes a lot of time to politely say I didn’t like it. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case this time. I like the design and functionality of this scale and at $28.95 with free shipping, the price is right.
To see customer reviews and a video demo of the scale in action, click here.
To order directly from Amazon, click here.
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EatSmart Products offered (and I accepted!) to send one lucky U.S. reader their very own scale. (Apologies to the international readers!)
To enter the random drawing which will occur on Sunday, Dec. 6th at 9 p.m. (Central Time), leave me a comment letting me know you want in! Oh, and you also have to promise me that if you win, you won’t weigh yourself every 15 minutes or obsess about a 0.2 pound loss or otherwise engage in any scale silliness. It’s a pledge I am taking, too!
In all seriousness, I’m interested in how other people view the scale. Keeping in mind that it’s all a process, is the scale your main measurement, or have you reached the place where it’s one of many? Or do you skip the scale entirely? Inquiring minds, and all that jazz.
(Disclosure #2 – Products ordered through my Amazon store generate a small commission to me. Only products that I like and use now or have used in the past are included, unless otherwise noted.)