The Detecto 437 Eye-Level Physician Scale is made for people who prize accuracy above all else. While it takes up more storage space than small digital scales, users say it gives consistent, reliable measurements. Its durable construction makes it a worthwhile investment for those who want to monitor their weight closely for years to come
Offers far greater precision than a floor scale. The praise for the Detecto 437's accuracy is unanimous; user reviewers at Amazon and Overstock claim it provides repeatable measurements that are consistent with readings at the doctor's office. Many reviewers say they compared the results with the measurements from professional scales with great success. One user at Amazon writes, "The readings on our scale matched the readings on the scales of three different doctors' offices."
Setup is a snap. There's no way around it: The Detecto 437 requires more assembly than small floor scales. However, nearly all the reviewers at Amazon and Overstock say putting it together is a cinch -- you simply attach the vertical upright portion to the floor assembly using a Phillips head screwdriver. One reviewer at Overstock notes that it took him about half an hour to unpack and assemble the scale. Users at Amazon say calibration is easy and simple, and one reviewer mentions the scale doesn't need to be recalibrated after it's moved.
Materials are durable yet lightweight. A number of user reviewers at Amazon and Overstock point out that their scales have held up well over the years. Many users call the construction "rugged" and "sturdy," although a few note that the materials are more lightweight than the scales in doctors' offices; this ensures easier shipping. One Amazon contributor calls the scale a good compromise; "It's not so heavy that I had any problem getting the box upstairs, and the assembled scale can be easily slid around and even picked up and carried as needed…. Even though it is lighter, cheaper to ship, and easier to move around, it is every bit as sensitive as the scales in physicians' offices."
Won't win any beauty contests. All balance beam scales are bound to be bulkier than sleek, digital floor devices, but user reviewers don't have any complaints about the scale's appearance. The product is ideal for people who want accurate, repeatable readings, but it does require more flat floor space than small mechanical or digital scales. An expert reviewer at Apartment Therapy notes that the scale "may be tall but it's very narrow at 10.5 inches wide." If you plan on investing in a professional scale, however, it's best to set aside ample room.
1. Apartment Therapy.com
In this article about the best bathroom scales on the market, Maxwell Ryan names the Detecto 437 among the best analog scales, simply saying, "This is totally old school for those retro punk folks out there. It may be tall but it's very narrow at 10.5 inches wide." It is unclear whether Apartment Therapy performed any formal testing or whether the author personally used the products, however.
Review: Best Bathroom Scales 2011, Maxwell Ryan, Jan. 12, 2011
Over 50 customer reviewers give their assessment of the Detecto 437, which earns a score of 4.4 out of 5 stars. Most of the reviews are favorable; 39 customers give the scale a perfect score of 5. Users say the scale offers excellent accuracy and is virtually identical to the types of scales used in physicians' offices. Many of the reviews are lengthy, in-depth and up to date.
Review: Detecto 437 Eye Level Physician Mechanical Beam Scale, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
Thirteen reviewers give the Detecto 437 an outstanding score of 4.6 out of 5 stars; only one user (who was concerned about accuracy) expresses dissatisfaction with the scale. All the other reviewers say the product was easy to assemble and that they would recommend it to a friend.
Review: Detecto 437 Physician Scale, Contributors to Overstock.com, As of March 2014