To choose a floor scales for household use, it is necessary to take into account a lot of nuances, because this device helps to monitor the weight, and also to correct it in time to prevent problems of both aesthetic and physiological nature. On how to make the right choice of weights, what characteristics to pay attention to in the first place, on which brands to stop, we will tell further.
The main criterion for classification withtemporary weights is a method of measuring weight. Starting from this criterion, all scales can be divided into two types:
The mechanical balance is operated by a special measuring spring, which is located under the platform. Attacking the scales, the user exerts pressure on the spring, which in turn, being connected with the arrow on the dial, shifts this arrow in proportion to the force of gravity.
Advantages of mechanical scales:
The disadvantages of mechanical scales have much more advantages than:
The electronic balance has a special mechanism, the task of which is to convert the mechanical action into an electronic signal and then output the results to a digital display.
Advantages of electronic scales:
The main disadvantage of electronic scales can be called a high cost, which, however, is fully compensated by the wide range of opportunities that they provide.
Please note that not all scales with a digital display are electronic. The cheapest models with a digital display work on the same principle as the mechanical scales, only the way of information extraction is different. Of course, such scales of advantages of electronic do not have.
Both plastic, glass and metal, from which the scales are made, are strong enough and reliable, therefore, when choosing a material, buyers are repelled mainly from aesthetic characteristics. The most popular scales with a platform of plastic due to their low cost.
is less common scales with metal platform, which has a stylish appearance, perfectly combined with the interior in a modern style, but cause some discomfort - a metal surface is cold enough, and it is felt when touching her feet.
scales with glass platform also looks pretty stylish, but their use should be careful - despite the fact that the glass used strong, falling on his hard objects may cause it to crack.
In today's market you can also find models with a platform made of natural stone, with a large enough weight, and scales with the platform of wood. It should be noted that the scales in this version have a fairly high cost.
material Color scales are also offered a choice of buyers.
The weight of the floor scales depends on the material from which they are made. Plastic scales have the lowest weight - from several hundred grams. The greatest weight is possessed by scales from a natural stone - it can reach twenty kilograms. The weight criterion of the device must necessarily be taken into account by those who often carry the scale from place to place - with too heavy a device such manipulations will be quite difficult.
Almost all models of the scales presented in the modern market have approximately the same dimensions - selected for maximum comfortable use of the instrument. If you are looking for scales of non-standard sizes, manufacturers are ready to offer you models from designer collections - miniature and vice versa, large enough and large.
Manufacturers produce scales, maximum load that is certainly higher than the weight of an average person. If the mass of your body exceeds the standard values, pay attention to the scales with large indicators of this parameter - you can purchase for household use scales with a maximum load of 100 to 300 kilograms.
The accuracy of the results depends directly on the type of scales used - in mechanical it is significantly lower than in electronic ones. So, in the device of mechanical type, the error can be up to 0.5-1 kilograms, while the error of electronic scales in most cases does not exceed 0.1 kilograms. If the accuracy of the measurements is critical for you, of course, it is worth to choose the electronic models.
Few customers pay attention to this parameter, and the convenience of using the scales largely depends on it. The larger the display, the better you will see the indicators displayed on it. Particularly relevant, a large display size will be for those users who have visual problems.
This parameter is relevant only to electronic type scales. The energy consumption of the scales is small, so you can safely choose the models that work on batteries. They have a lower cost, and you will have to change the batteries very infrequently, which will not cause any inconvenience from using them. Some models of scales work from solar energy.
The overwhelming majority of models presented in the Russian market shows the results of measurements in kilograms. But you can find models, the unit of measure used in which - the pound, as well as the combined scales, which can show the weight in both pounds and pounds. Choose those that are more convenient for you.
All of the following functions are specific to the type of electronic scales, mechanical scales none of these functions can not have.
The electronic balance has a built-in memory, the volume of which differs from the model to the model. The more memory, the more users, the scales will be able to store information. If you plan to use the scale only within your family, a maximum of five memory cells will be enough for you. Manufacturers also offer models that can store information about even 15-20 users.
The remote control unit is equipped with only expensive models. It is a device on a long rod with a cord for flexible connection with the body. The unit is located at arm's length, so you do not have to bend to switch modes, nor do you have to bend over to see the result. The latest models are equipped with a wireless control unit.
The scales with this function are called "diagnostic", because they not only measure body weight, but also determine if it is within the permissible range for a particular person. The balance will automatically calculate the body mass index, and display its value on the display, it is enough to only make a numerical value of its growth in the memory of the weights. Thanks to the body mass index( BMI), the user can get information about whether he has weight problems.
highly functional diagnostic models can calculate not only the body mass index, but also to determine the mass fraction of water, fat, muscle and bone tissue user. The principle of determining these parameters is to pass a weak electric discharge from the electrodes output to the weighing platform through the body of a person measuring his weight. Different types of tissues have different characteristics of electrical resistance, due to which their mass shares in the human body are determined.
Such diagnostics, as well as the definition of BMI allows qualitatively assess the condition of the body, and, if necessary, take steps to weight control.
Despite the safety of the analyzer, equipped him to use the balance is not recommended at an elevated temperature of the body, pregnancy, children under the age of ten years old, and people with pacemakers.
Some models of household electronic scales are equipped with a rostomer. But its presence is not a function of the first necessity - the growth parameters can be entered into the memory of the balance manually.
The balance can display luminous symbols on the display. On the one hand, this function contributes to a faster discharge of batteries, on the other hand it makes the use of scales more convenient, especially in poor light conditions.
Some models are equipped with an electronic balance mechanism, which is responsible for the automatic inclusion of the balance when standing up to them, as well as their off some time after the end of active actions with them. This useful feature will free you from having to turn the balance on or off manually, and also significantly save battery or battery power.
equipped with built-in printer, as a rule, diagnostic scales for use in cultural and recreational and health facilities. But manufacturers offer models with a printer and for household use. After each weighing you can get a printout of the results.
Among the manufacturers of floor scales, many brands engaged in the production of household appliances. Qualitative, reliable and functional scales are offered by:
These manufacturers have models in your price range and with different functionality, so each customer can choose the device for themselves. On too cheap models from little-known manufacturers, their choice is better not to stop - their internal and external performance in most cases will be substandard.
When choosing floor scales for home use, carefully think out what functions you will need, and without which you can do without problems - you should not overpay for them. Pay special attention to the quality of performance, not appearance.
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