Tanita BF679W Duo Scale Plus Body Fat Monitor with Body Water
- Calculates weight, body fat percentage, body water and placement in healthy range
- Stores readings for up to two users, plus guest and weight-only options
- 2-1/4-inch dual-line screen with recall capability
- 0.5% body fat readings; 0.2-pound weight readings; 300-pound capacity
- Not appropriate for athletic, pregnant, or pacemaker-wearing individuals
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The Tanita BF679W scale and body fat monitor delivers advanced body monitoring technology with a sleek, stylish design. View larger.
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Why You Should Monitor Body Water and Fat Percentage
If you're like most people, you're not drinking enough water. If you wait until you feel thirsty, your body is already suffering from the effects of mild dehydration. You continually lose water during the day through sweat, urine and breathing. The amount varies due to several reasons, including your physical activity level, illness, medications, poor nutrition, or even climatic conditions. Monitoring your body water percentage allows you to quickly compensate if your levels are low, allowing your body to function more efficiently. Having the right amount of water in your body will not only make you feel healthier, but you'll also reduce your risk of developing serious health problems in the longer term.
High body fat levels can reduce your endurance and have been linked to heart disease cancer and diabetes. Tanita's body composition analyzers monitor your body fat and body water levels with Bioelectric Impedance Analysis, or BIA, the same advanced technology used by doctors. Foot pads send a low-level electrical signal. Then BIA measures the resistance to this signal as it travels through the body.
The Tanita BF679W is calibrated for standard adults and children and stores data for 2 people and measures body fat in increments of 0.5 percentage points. This scale also features a guest mode, allowing you to use the unit without losing information already assigned to the personal keys. The scale's large, easy-to-read 2.25-inch, 2-line LCD shows weight and body fat simultaneously, and instantly compares these readings to healthy ranges based on the user's age and gender. Simply supply your gender, age, height and weight into the memory, step on the scale, and the monitor does the rest. The results are analyzed according to each user's information, and the result is the one of the most comprehensive at-home readings you can get.
Operating on four AA batteries (included), the Tanita BF679W is intended for use by persons up to 300 pounds and is backed by Tanita's three-year warranty.
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Top Customer Reviews
The scale measures weight, body fat %, and body water %. The scale has 4 metal pads that will send a low-level electrical current through your body. People with higher muscle content will allow the electrical current to traverse their bodies with less resistance than a Mr. McFatty person. The scale measures this resistance and calculates your body fat and hydration levels from it. I have found the weight, body fat, and body water measurements to be highly accurate when compared to a couple other scales that I've stepped on recently.
EASE OF USE
There are three buttons on the face of the scale right below the display that allow you to input your sex, age, and height. It's all very simple to make selections and input these data. Along with these three face buttons are three toe buttons at the bottom of the scale. You can store personal info for two users (the sex, height, and age info) into two of the buttons. Then everyday when you want your measurements, if you're User 1, just touch Toe Button 1 or if you're User 2, touch Toe Button 2 and step on the scale. This way you do not have to input all that info every single time (like you need to with the Tanita 2001). This is a great feature. Some other brands or other Tanita models offer 2-10 User Memory, but they often do not have corresponding toe buttons, which means you still have to bend your fat self down and hit the user button with your finger first. Believe me, after 3 days of that, you're not going to want to do that anymore.
The third Toe Button is a Weight Toe Button that you can hit if you just want the scale to act as a normal scale.Read more ›
This scale is very easy to operate and read. I like the accuracy to .2 pounds (instead of .5 or 1.0 you see in other digital scales), but most of all, I love the fact that I can step on it 10 times in a row and get the same reading. That alone makes it worth buying.
1) The memory -- it got very tedious very quickly having to enter my age, sex, and height right before I stepped on the scale every day.
2) The accuracy -- I can step on the scale 5 times in a row and get the same readout.
3) The precision -- I love that I can tell if I've lost 2 tenths of a pound. My previous scale weight in 1/2 pounds increments, and often it took a week or two before I noticed a difference. (I lose weight slowly)
4) The toe kick "on" button -- very easy to do even if it's before your morning coffee.
5) The instruction manual -- Yes, I'm someone who reads them cover to cover. It's not necessary, and I know most people don't, but I did appreciate that the manual explained how the body fat calculator worked and the best times and ways to use it.
*** Update Nov 2010 ***
Still using my scale every day, and it's still working perfectly. I've changed the batteries once. Still highly recommend!
Overall, I am very happy with the accurateness of the scale. The fat monitor is accurate. I would estimate that it is within 2% of actual. If you want a fat monitor that is within 1% of accuracy, go with the Tanita BF 578 ($99). This was recommended by Men's Health magazine and they said that it was within 1% of their water dunk tank results. Water dunk tanks are the most accurate measurement for fat. Water dunk tanks disregard the water in your body. In comparison, the Tanita and all other body fat monitors use electricity and water in your body to calculate fat. Therefore, if you drink lots of water before getting on the scale, you will get a lower fat percentage. That's why the instructions call for you to weigh yourself for fat 3 hours after waking up and after having a meal. (For consistency).
Keep in mind that it will cost more than twice as much to get that extra 1% accuracy with the Tanita BF 578 ($99). I don't need super exact fat percentages, just a trend. I've lost about 7.6% body fat.
The battery (included) has lasted four months without problems. This is the best scale I have owned and would buy another in a heartbeat.
I would definitely recommend this product, Tanita BF679, to any dieter needing an accurate way to check their weight.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The weight seems to be working fine, but the body fat and total body water percentages don't ever change - which leads me to believe that it's not accurate. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by LR
had an older model that finally bit the dust and this one is better!Published 20 days ago by Joanie
As a scale the Tanita is fine but the fat monitor and water monitor are very inaccurate. I am athletic and lift weights so I have higher than average lean muscle mass and the... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I had one of these before my house burned down. It has two perm settings (which can be changed of course. #1 is for you. #2 for a guest. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Minerva
I don't like weighing myself, but this scale is terrific. Can be personalized (age and height) for two people and also used for guests. Read morePublished 29 days ago by whisper
Purchased this scale a while back and I am still using it with great precision (unfortunately)...Published 29 days ago by Serious Home Chef