Health o Meter SAB602-05, Taylor Precision 20044014 mechanical Review
OK, so we already told you in our cheap bathroom scales buying guide that low-cost mechanical scales pale in comparison to their digital counterparts. It's no surprise, then, that Health o Meter SAB602-05 Dial Scale reviews and Taylor Precision 20044014 Mechanical Analog Bath Scale reviews are uneven, at best. Mechanical, or analog, scales aren't as accurate or consistent as digital scales, and reviews of both products prove the point.
In Health o Meter SAB602-05 Dial Scale reviews on Amazon and Walmart users pan this scale for weights that could be off by three, eight, ten, 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 (you have to count from a standing position) although others report the large dial is easy to read. A good-sized minority of consumers, especially those posting reviews on Walmart, do like this no-frills, low-priced mechanical scale and say it works just fine.
Taylor Precision 20044014 Mechanical Analog Bath Scale reviews are far fewer in number but more critical. In reviews 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 Health o Meter SAB602-05 (starting at $9, Amazon) is 330 pounds, marked off in one-pound increments. The round dial is 4.75" in diameter, and the platform's footprint is 12.8" x 12.4" x2.2". The Taylor Precision 20044014 is smaller -- measuring 10.6' x 10.2" x2" -- and its weight capacity maxes out at 300 pounds. The platform on the Taylor Precision is white vinyl atop steel; the Health o Meter SAB602-05 platform is black.
These are simple, one-trick-pony scales, and at $9 each, they're super cheap. And 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 mechanism can be very finicky. Our preference 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.