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Body Fat Monitor Analyser : Top 10 Best Selling Body Fat Monitors and Analysers : Omron, Tanita

Updated on September 4, 2011

Body Fat Monitor / Body Fat Analyser:

The key to long-term exercise success is accurate body fat composition measurement. Measuring body fat can be achieved using:

  • BMI (Body Mass Index) - Quetelet Index
    This is the individual's body weight divided by the square of the individual's height. It is an estimate of healthy body weight.
  • Bi method (Bioelectrical Impedance Method)
    What is the Bioelectrical Impedance Method?
    Muscles, blood vessels and bones are body tissues with high water content that conduct electricity easily. Body fat has little electric conductivity.
    Monitors send an extremely weak electrical current through your body to determine the amount of fat tissue. BIM safely combines the electric resistance with the distance of the electricity conducted. Body fat is calculated by a formula that includes five factors;
  1. electric resistance
  2. height
  3. weight
  4. age
  5. gender.

    Correct posture and consistent measuring conditions need to be maintained for the best results.

The top ten body fat monitor / analyzer are:

  1. Omron HBF-306C Fat Loss Monitor

  2. Omron Full Body Sensor Body Fat and Body Composition Monitor

  3. Ozeri Touch Digital Bathroom Scale with Instant Weight, Body Fat, Hydration, Muscle and Bone Mass Measurements

  4. Escali High-Capacity Bathroom Scale with Body Fat/Body Water Monitoring

  5. Tanita BF680W Duo Scale Plus Body Fat Monitor with Athletic Mode and Body Water

  6. Biggest Loser 5568BL Body Fat-Body Water Scale

  7. Omron HBF-510W Full Body Composition Monitor with Scale

  8. Tanita BC-549 Ironman Body Composition Monitor

  9. Tanita BF679W Duo Scale Plus Body Fat Monitor with Body Water

  10. Taylor 5599 440 Pound Tempered Glass Body Fat-Body Water Scale

The hand-held Omron HBF-306C fat loss monitor has two modes - athletic (for accurate results for athletes) and normal - with a nine person memory profile for the whole family. It measures 2 fitness indicators: body fat percentage and body mass index (BMI).

Those that use this analyser correctly respond with a most positive review. It is accurate and easy to use.

The Omron full body sensor body fat and body composition monitor measures 7 fitness indicators including body fat percentage, BMI, resting metabolism and weight. A 90-day memory stores your readings on fitness indicators for four individuals.

Omron Full Body Sensor Body Fat and Body Composition Monitor

The majority of informed users find this an excellent purchase and note that Omron is a well-liked manufacturer.

What is visceral fat?

Visceral fat is located around the organs. Too much visceral fat is linked to increased levels of fat in the bloodstream. This can lead to common conditions such as high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. A sedentary lifestyle causes excess visceral fat. Exercise reduces visceral fat quicker than subcutaneous fat (fat located under skin).

Ozeri Touch Digital Bathroom Scale with Instant Weight, Body Fat, Hydration, Muscle and Bone Mass Measurements

The Ozeri Touch digital bathroom scale has instant weight, body fat, hydration, muscle and bone mass measurements and weighs up to 400lb (180kg).

It is reported to be best as a scale but useful to have the additional measurements, although not as accurate.

Basically half the reviewers reported excellent results whereas the other half reported discrepancies in the accuracy of results. Perhaps the second half never read the instructions properly!

The Escali high-capacity bathroom scale with body fat / body water monitoring has a 440lb (200kg) capacity for up to 10 users. A good scale for large individuals.

Very good average for reviews which mainly report good accuracy, great style and performance but are tempered by those reviews which report that these scales are not as reliable as would be expected.

What is resting metabolism?

Resting metabolism is the energy required to maintain vital functions and it accounts for 60% to 70% of total energy consumption. Knowing your resting metabolism can help your diet plan. If you can increase daily activity whilst keeping food intake at your resting metabolism level, you can lose weight.

Tanita BF680W Duo Scale Plus Body Fat Monitor with Athletic Mode and Body Water

The Tanita BF680W duo scale also has a body fat monitor with athletic mode and body water measure, storing data for two people. The scale won't be as accurate as a DEXA or underwater weighing, but it is sufficient to track changes in body fat.

"Not 100% but much better than most", has been reported.

The Biggest Loser 5568BL body fat / body water scale calculates daily caloric reference and shows the calories needed to maintain weight. It has a 330lb (150kg) capacity.

Average reviews are given for this product.

What is skeletal muscle?

Skeletal muscle is muscle that is attached to bones, used to move the body. If weight loss is undertaken without exercise, skeletal muscle may be lost. Skeletal muscle is important in maintaining resting metabolism. Monitoring skeletal muscle during weight loss is key to avoiding a future weight rebound .

Omron HBF-510W Full Body Composition Monitor with Scale

The Omron HBF-510W full body composition monitor with scale has a four person profile and better accuracy due to full body sensing, with hand to foot technology. Track your body fat percentage and get excited as it trends down!

This scale has the usual Omron thumbs-up, with just a few dissenters.

The Tanita BC-549 Ironman body composition monitor measures weight, body fat %, body water %, muscle mass, physique rating, metabolic age, bone mass and visceral fat.

Tanita BC-549 Ironman Body Composition Monitor

Those that buy Tanita scales generally continue to purchase other Tanita scales. This must be a good reflection on Tanita scales in general.


For the following cases, body fat percentage measurements may differ significantly from the actual body fat percentage.

  • Children in a growth stage
  • Elderly people and post-menopausal women
  • People with a fever
  • People who have swelling
  • Patients with osteoporosis who have very low bone density
  • Bodybuilders or professional athletes
  • Patients undergoing dialysis

Tanita BF679W Duo Scale Plus Body Fat Monitor with Body Water

The Tanita BF679W duo scale plus body fat monitor with body water measurements stores readings for two people (not appropriate for athletic, pregnant, or pacemaker-wearing individuals).

Some have reported this to be the best scales they have ever owned.

Taylor 5599 body fat / body water scale has a 440lb (220kg) capacity and measures muscle mass / bone mineral mass and incorprates an athletes mode.

Reliability seems to be an issue with a number of reviewers for this scale.

Taylor 5599 440 Pound Tempered Glass Body Fat-Body Water Scale

What is FIT Index?

Calculate your FIT index by using the following formula:

  • FIT Index = Frequency x Intensity x Time

Frequency (one to five) is your frequency of exercise.

Time (four to one) represents the duration of your workout. 

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