If you're looking for a simple, easy-to-use digital scale without all the bells and whistles, the Tanita HD-357 is a great choice. Its super-slim platform makes it easy to store in small spaces, and its gorgeous candy-apple red color is sure to add some flair to your bathroom.
Accuracy is this scale's strong suit. By most accounts, the Tanita HD-357 earns high marks when it comes to precision. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute, which tests consumer products in a laboratory setting, gave the scale an overall grade of A-minus. Nearly all the owner reviewers contributing to Amazon praise the scale's accuracy, although one or two users say they had a difficult time getting a consistent reading. The Tanita HD-357 was clearly designed with simplicity in mind: It only measures weight and doesn't come with any additional features.
Just tap and step on. To calibrate, you simply need to tap the scale firmly in the center with your foot. One Amazon user points out, "I found that rather than just tapping the scale with my foot, I do have to pick it up by the end and place it down rather forcefully to set it to zero." Other reviewers say the scale is easy to turn on and use.
With its slim platform and built-in handle, the Tanita HD-357 is designed for easy storage and portability. Users say it fits easily in small spaces, and one contributor says she plans to travel with the scale.
When it comes to sturdiness, it's too soon to say. Users don't have much to say about the durability of the HD-357, but one Amazon reviewer does mention that he's had the scale for over a year and hasn't had to change the battery. The unit doesn't appear to come with any sort of warranty from Tanita, however.
Sleek and vibrant. The HD-357 certainly isn't understated, but most users say they're pleased with the scale's candy-apple red color and shiny finish. Amazon reviewers call it "a beautiful little device" and "very stylish and sleek." Good Housekeeping adds, "it's bright red, so you won't miss it and forget to weigh yourself!"
1. Good Housekeeping
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute put 26 bathroom scales to the test, and the Tanita HD-357 earns an A-minus rating. Testers called the display easy to read and liked the size and shape of the platform.
Review: Tanita Portable Scale HD-357, Editors of Good Housekeeping, March 2009
2. Apartment Therapy.com
This brief write-up mentions about a dozen bathroom scales, including the Tanita HD-357. The author doesn't go into much detail, simply calling it "[v]ery slim, easy to carry and store."
Review: Best Bathroom Scales 2011, Maxwell Ryan, Jan. 12, 2011
About 20 Amazon contributors give the Tanita HD-357 a collective score of 4.3 out of 5 stars. Most of the reviewers praise the scale's accuracy, sleek aesthetic and portability, although a few say they had trouble getting an accurate reading.
Review: Tanita HD-357, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014