Scales have come a long way from just seeing how fat… uh… how much you weigh. Tanita is one of the leaders in the field, and they have an impressive array of scales that measure things like body fat %, body water %, muscle mass, bone mass, and they even have something called a physique rating. I’ve had a Tanita scale for a number of years, but back then, they only measured body fat % and did a calculation based on whether you said you were athletic or not. The pictured model (BC533 Glass Innerscan Body Composition Monitor) is one of the cooler looking designs, but it has an impressive list of features including: 4 person memory; weight, body fat, body water and muscle mass recall; body fat and water percentages; and it’ll even tell you what your metabolic age is.
Tanita has essentially 2 product lines: the Ironman and InnerScan scales, with 3 models in each line. The major difference between both lines is that the Innerscan scales all measure DCI (Daily Caloric Intake), while the Ironman ones measure BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). The feature that I really like is the Metabolic Age estimate. This feature compares your BMR to the average age associated with that level of metabolism. I’m really dying to upgrade my old Tanita and get an Ironman BC-554, which even measures visceral fat (the fat in the abdominal cavity (stomach), surrounding the vital organs)!
In case you’re completely confused about which model does what, check out the comparison chart.
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)