Most at-home bathroom scales have a maximum capacity of 400 or 450 pounds, but the My Weigh XL-550 offers a larger, 550-pound capacity. It also announces weight out loud, a plus for users who have impaired vision. Weights are measured in 0.2-pound increments, and users say it's accurate within a pound. Other at-home scales are more accurate and consistent if precision is your top priority.
Accuracy requires a firm, even surface. Most high-weight capacity scales cost several hundred dollars or more, making the $45 price tag on this scale appealing to shoppers. This scale is one of a few high-capacity bathroom scales discussed in professional reviews, and it also talks, meaning it announces weight aloud in pounds or kilograms. The scale has a 550-pound capacity measured in 0.2-pound increments.
Most owners offering feedback on Amazon say it offers accurate readings within a pound when compared to other scales. Some users point out that any inaccuracies could be due to improper use, namely, not standing still for the six to seven seconds it takes the My Weigh to produce a reading.
Talking feature can be turned on or off. Owners say they appreciate the large weighing platform (14.7 inches wide and 12.5 inches long), which accommodates individuals with large shoe sizes. The voice feature can be turned off if desired. The scale weighs about 6 pounds, which is lightweight enough for any person to handle.
Editors of Women's Health magazine appreciate the voice feature, noting, "If you're nearsighted, it can be impossible to read the numbers on your scale first thing in the morning. The optional talking feature on this model announces the good (or bad) news. Plus, there's something about hearing your weight read out loud -- even by a robot -- that gave our testers an extra shot of motivation."
That said, the My Weigh scale must be tapped before stepping on the platform, and users must be stable on the platform for six to seven seconds while the scale assesses weight -- not an easy feat for some older or heavier users. A few owners say they have trouble maintaining balance for this long and wish the platform (which measures 14.7 inches wide) was wider.
Thirty-year warranty. The My Weigh XL-550 Talking Scale is backed by a 30-year warranty and requires four AA batteries. It doesn't have an additional power supply, such as a solar panel. Some owners complain it eats through batteries quickly; one such reviewer claims he must change the batteries every 30 to 40 uses. Most user complaints are about accuracy over time.
Simple design, but not a style standout. The XL-550 is primarily black. Owners say that it looks simple enough to fit in with just about any bathroom décor, although it's not especially stylish. Its slim, 1-inch platform is easy to store in a cabinet or closet, and it's lightweight enough that nearly any user can easily pick it up and tuck it out of sight.
1. Prevention Magazine
For this review, Prevention tested the accuracy of nine different bathroom scales. The My Weigh XL-550 received a "good" rating for accuracy (meaning its readings were within 2 to 3 percent of the testers' actual weight), and one tester said he or she liked the scale's star system because it was "like getting points for good behavior."
Review: We Test It: Bathroom Scales, Denise Foley with Tanya Beers, November 2011
2. Women's Health magazine
The My Weigh XL-550 Talking Scale is one of five recommended bathroom scales in this review. Testers say the talking feature motivates. Testing methodology isn't described in detail, but it's clear that several people test each model.
Review: Step On the Digital Scale, Editors of Women's Health magazine, Not Dated
More than 220 owners supply feedback on the My Weigh XL-550 Talking Scale, which has an average rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. Owners say the talking feature is useful for individuals who have difficulty bending over to view the display, and the display remains active for 10 seconds after stepping off the scale. Many note the affordable price of this high-capacity scale, but a few say the platform is not wide enough to balance properly.
Review: My Weigh XL-550 Talking Bathroom Scale, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
Over a dozen owners have reviewed the My Weigh XL-550, which earns an average rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Owners say it's ideal for elderly users who have trouble seeing. Only one user posts a negative review, although the reviewer doesn't go into details about why he dislikes this scale.
Review: My Weigh XL-550 Talking Bathroom Scale, Contributors to OldWillKnottScales.com, March 2014