Sunbeam SAB602-05 and Taylor 2004-4014 Review


As indicated in our bathroom scale buying guide, low-cost mechanical scales pale in comparison to their digital counterparts. It should be no surprise, then, that reviews of the Sunbeam SAB602-05 and Taylor 2004-4014 analog scales are uneven, at best.

In Sunbeam SAB602-05 reviews on the Walmart website, users pan this scale for weights that could be off by 3, 8, 10, or 20 pounds, and different readings when stepping on the scale several times in a row. The biggest gripe about this scale, according to reviews, is the need to constantly reset the dial to zero. But then, as one user notes, you have to lift the scale off the floor because the adjustment mechanism is under the scale. Some consumers also say the little lines denoting the pounds are hard to read (especially if you're counting from a standing position), although others report the large dial is easy to read. A good-size minority of consumers do like this no-frills, low-priced mechanical scale and say it works just fine.

Taylor 2004-4014 reviews are far fewer in number but more critical. On Amazon, consumers similarly ding this analog scale for inaccurate weights and the frequent need to recalibrate to zero. One user, though, says it's sufficient for monitoring weight trends.

Weight capacity for the Sunbeam SAB602-05 (starting at $9, Amazon) is 330 pounds, marked off in 1-pound increments. The round dial is 4.75 inches in diameter, and the platform's footprint is 12.8 x 12.4 x 2.2 inches. The Taylor 2004-4014 is smaller, measuring 10.6 x 10.2 x 2 inches, and its weight capacity maxes out at 300 pounds. The platform on the Taylor scale is white vinyl atop steel; the Sunbeam SAB602-05 platform is black.

Mechanical scales aren't as accurate or consistent as digital scales, and reviews of both these products prove the point. They are simple, one-trick-pony scales, and at less than $10 each, they're super cheap. While you may save some money initially, you could end up shelling out for another scale sooner rather than later. Analog scales aren't very good when even slightly damaged and their dial mechanisms can be finicky. Our buying guide leans towards the digital variety, but if you don't want to mess with batteries and you don't mind resetting to zero each time you step on the scale or having to count off lines to determine your weight, then analog is the way to go.

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