Ozeri WeightMaster Digital Bathroom Scale Review

As you know, if you have been reading my blog for awhile, I have been on a weight loss journey for a few years now.  After 25 pounds lost, I got stuck at the same weight for almost a year.  Then, a month or so ago, I finally broke that plateau and I am happy to report that I finally broke 150!!!

As part of the journey to a healthier me, I have been buying (or acquiring) various tools to help me along my way.  Recent purchases have included exercise clothes and some new videos.  But I have been stuck with the same old scale for the past fifteen years.

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 It was a very nice, serviceable little scale.  It was still accurate within .5 pounds of the doctor’s office.  But it would only measure to the nearest .5 pound which meant I could go more than a week without seeing any movement sometimes.

A few weeks ago, the folks at Ozeri asked me to review their Weightmaster Digital Bathroom Scale.  I had already reviewed the Ozeri CardioTech Premium Series Blood Pressure Monitor, which I absolutely love (you can see my review here), so I was excited to see what they could do with a scale.

About the Scale:

  • Industry exclusive scale features Microban® antimicrobial product protection that helps prevent the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria.
  • Features the industry’s largest blue-backlit LCD with xBright technology for easy-to-read results from afar.
  • Ultra sturdy scale combines ABS slip-resistant material on the outside with 6mm impact-resistant tempered glass on the inside.
  • Step-on Activation captures the precise weight measurements upon stepping on the scale (no tapping required).
  • Auto-calibrated and automatically turns off to conserve battery life. Runs on 2 AAA batteries with a Low Battery Indicator (batteries included).

My Review:

I have to admit, I wasn’t as thorough as I usually am at the beginning of the review process.  I took the scale out of the box, put in the batteries, threw the instructions to the side (I mean it’s a scale, who needs instructions, right?), set it on a flat surface, and turned it on. I had just weighed on the old scale, which I knew was within a pound of the doctor’s office, so I was pretty confident. But when I stepped on the new scale, it read 5 pounds MORE than the old one!!

I panicked!! I can’t go into a new challenge weighing 5 pounds more just because of a new scale. And how was it possible that it wasn’t even accurate? Or what if it was and the doctor’s office scale was wrong? (You see how quickly my brain goes to crazy emoticon
I moved the scale to the bathroom and tried again. Same reading. I was ready to cry. In desperation I grabbed the instructions to see if I needed to calibrate something. There I read this note:

Your scale will auto-calibrate once before first use and after each time the scale detects it has been picked up or moved. As part of this calibration process, the scale may add its weight to the weight being displayed. Please disregard the first reading, step off the scale and try again.

I went back to the bathroom and stepped back on the scale (without moving it). Lo and behold my weight was within 0.3 pounds of what it read on the old scale. What a relief!!
So the lessons to be learned here are:
1. Always read the instructions
2. Don’t judge yourself by a number on the scale. I was upset one minute and relieved the next but realistically, my weight NEVER changed – just the number on the screen. Do you feel me????

Anyway, so this scale is super accurate, which I love!!  It is the first bath scale to champion Microban® antimicrobial technology that inhibits the growth of odor and stain-causing bacteria. Infused at the point of manufacturing, Microban® antimicrobial protection works for the lifetime of the product to disrupt the growth of bacteria and helps maintain surface cleanliness.  Various members of my family have suffered with athlete’s foot from time to time.  I don’t really want that being spread through the bathroom scale, you know?  So I think this antimicrobial protection is a great feature.  I also like the large backlit screen – I mean I could even read it in the dark if I wanted to!!

Ozeri Weightmaster Digital Bathroom Scale ReviewIf you are in the market for a new bathroom scale, I highly recommend this product.  It has a great price point (under $30) and all the features you need.  You can read more about it and/or purchase on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Weight Loss Update – September 2012

Okay, so I am up 2 pounds total, which means a total weight loss of 23 pounds instead of 25.  Does that mean the next time I get to 25 pounds lost I can celebrate again? LOL

A lot has happened in my life since I last posted a weight loss update in April.  We had to sell our house of 19 years in a short sell, Bud graduated high school, we moved into our rental house and Art went back to school.  All of that stress means I have felt very lucky to just “maintain.”

But I am trying to get back on track.  I have eliminated almost all the snacky/desserty foods from the house and brought in lots of fresh fruits and veggies.  Boo and I are walking as many days as possible and I am building up to run/walk 5k by Thanksgiving.  I have also started strength training again.  I was very happy to find that I haven’t forgotten how to do squats!!

In addition to my beloved Sparkpeople, I am also trying out a program run by Pete Cohen, the British Weight Loss Guru.  That’s the name of his program at weightlossguru.com.  Pete has a lot of motivational videos, weekly interviews with other weight loss experts, and tons of resources on the website.  It really helped me to stay focused during all of my recent life transitions and I am looking forward to using the program to actually help me lose weight.

So I’ll check back in with you in a couple of months and let you know how things are going.

Any challenges you are facing right now?  How are you handling them?

I received a complimentary three month membership to Weight Loss Guru for the purposes of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.