The Taylor Body Fat Analyzer 5596 wants to measure more than your weight. Much more. Using the bio-electrical impedance analysis method (BIA), it is able to measure your body fat by sending a small electrical impulse through your feet, which is then carried throughout your body by water and fluids. Since fat has the greatest impedance (the least amount of water), the impulse takes longer to travel, which provides enough information to determine your overall body fat.
- Daily calorie reference for maintenance of current weight
- 10 memory storage
- Body fat range graph shows you relatively how you rate
- Body water range graph shows you relatively how you rate
- Capacity up to 350 lbs.
- Athlete mode
- Instant on
- Low battery indicator
- Separate scale only
- Requires one 9-volt battery
One of the key features that may get overlooked among the myriad of fancy names is a choice to set the scale to either "athlete" or "regular". For an athletic build, this provides a significant improvement to measurement, as it takes into consideration a higher proportion of muscle mass.
Taylor was one of the first companies to introduce the body fat analyzer to the scale market, and in 2004 was deemed one of the best by Consumer reports. However, as technology improved, they lost their top spot and found themselves competing against heavy contenders such as Omron, Homedics and Weight Watchers. Taylor is hoping their latest foray into the industry (the 5596) may put them back on top with an array of features that create a significant improvement to the standard weight scale.