Omron HBF-306C Fat Loss Monitor

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Product Description

By using the principle of bioelectrical impedance analysis (BMI), this analyzer sends an extremely weak current through your body to accurately estimate body fat percentage and body weight. Just stand with your feet slightly apart, grab the handles, enter your stats and the monitor will display your BMI assessment in low, normal, high and very high ranges " and it only takes seven seconds!. Additional body mass index reading offers extra tracking ability. Stores personalized information for up to nine people. Athletic mode provides accurate results for athletes. Guest mode let"s others perform a quick measurement without storing a profile. Height: 34" to 66"; Weight: 23 to 440.5 lbs.; Age: 10-80 years; Athletic Age: 18-60 years. Uses two AAA batteries (included).

The Omron HBF-306C Body Fat Analyzer measures your body fat with a gentle, micro electrical current -- don't worry, you won't feel it. The key to long-term exercise success is accurate body fat composition measurement. This handheld body fat analyzer is an affordable and easy way to measure your body fat in the privacy of your own home. After inputting the data, a measurement can be started by simply holding the grip electrodes and pressing the start button. And since the analyzer is built with a nine person profile memory, each member of your family or team can track the success of their individual exercise routines.

The Omron HBF-306C measures body fat with a micro electrical current. Detailed view.

The screen displays body fat measurements and other data. Detailed view.

Easy-to-use, handheld design.
The HBF-306C features two modes -- athlete and normal -- for accurate results. The device is a breeze to use, and it returns measurement results in seven seconds for both Bi method (Bioelectrical Impedance Method) and BMI (Body Mass Index). The unit displays the measured value of your body fat percentage through the BMI method, and indicates the body mass in for ranges from low, normal, high, and very high according to the BMI value.

What is the Bioelectrical Impedance Method?
Muscles, blood vessels and bones are body tissues having a high water content that conduct electricity easily. Body fat is tissue that has little electric conductivity. The Body Fat Analyzer sends an extremely weak electrical current of 50 kHz and 500 A through your body to determine the amount of fat tissue. This weak electrical current is not felt while operating the Body Fat Analyzer. The Bioelectrical Impedance Method safely combines the electric resistance with the distance of the electricity conducted. Correct posture and consistent measuring conditions need to be maintained for the best results.

Operating the Analyzer
To use the HBF-306C you must first set your personal datYou must first select between the Normal and Athlete modes. To determine if you should select Normal or Athlete, you must calculate your FIT index by using the following formula:

  • FIT Index = Frequency x Intensity x Time
Frequency is a single digit number from one to five that represents your frequency of exercise. If you exercise daily or almost daily, then use the number five; three to four times per week use four; one to two times per week use three; a few times per month use two; and for less than once a month use one. If you workout vigorously, then you use the number five to represent your intensity level; if you workout with moderate or light effort, use the number four.

Meanwhile, time is a single digit number from four to one that represents the duration of your workout. If you exercise for 45 minutes or more, then use the number four; 30-44 minutes use three; 15-29 minutes use two; and for less than 15 minutes use one. For example, if you run five times a week for 30 minutes, your FIT index would be 75 (5 x 5 x 3 = 75) and you would select the Athlete setting. If your FIT index is greater than 60, you should select the Athlete setting. Any number below would demand a normal setting.

After determining your FIT index and selecting between the Athlete and Normal setting, the remaining personal data is very straightforward. Simply enter your height, weight, age and gender. When all the data is fixed and stored, the analyzer screen will display "Ready," and you'll be ready to take your first body fat measurements.

Note: For the following cases, the body fat percentage measured by this unit may significantly differ 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

Compare Omron Fitness Monitors




  • Body fat percentage
  • Body mass index
  • Weight
  • Body fat percentage
  • Visceral fat level
  • Skeletal muscle percentage
  • Resting metabolism
  • Body mass index
  • Weight
  • Body fat percentage
  • Body mass index
  • Heart rate and pulse
Product Placement Flat level floor Flat level floor Hold in front of body Watch on wrist
Transmitter around chest
Memory 4 person profile
with previous reading
4 person profile
1/7/30/90 day(s) memory
9 person profile None
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year
Batteries 4 "AA" (included) 4 "AA" (included) 2 "AA" (included) 2 CR2032 3 volt (included)
Estimated Battery Life Approx. 1 year
(when used four times a day)
Approx. 1 year
(when used four times a day)
Approx. 1 year
(when used four times a day)
Approx. 1 year
(varies depending on storage and use)

Q&A - Fitness Monitors

What is the Bioelectrical Impedance Method?
Bioelectrical Impedance (BI) is considered one of the most accurate and accessible methods of screening body fat. Muscles, blood vessels and bones are body tissues having a high water content that conduct electricity easily. Body fat is tissue that has little electric conductivity. The monitor sends an extremely weak electrical current through your body to determine the amount of fat tissue. The weak electrical current is not felt while operating the Body Fat Analyzer. The monitor is calculated by a formula that includes five factors; electric resistance, height, weight, age and gender.
What is visceral fat?
Visceral fat is located around the organs. Too much visceral fat is thought to be closely linked to increased level of fat in the bloodstream, which can lead to common conditions such as high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Sedentary life style causes excess visceral fat, and exercise can reduce it quicker than subcutaneous fat (fat located under skin).
What is resting metabolism?
Resting metabolism is the energy to maintain vital functions and it counts 60 to 70% of total energy consumption. Knowing your resting metabolism can help your dietplan. If you can increase daily activity while keeping food intake at resting metabolism level, you can lose weight.
What is skeletal muscle?
Skeletal muscle is muscle attached to the bones that is used to move the body. If you do weight loss without exercise, you may lose skeletal muscle. Skeletal muscle is important to maintain your resting metabolism as well as your functionality. Monitoring skeletal muscle during weight loss is key to avoid weight rebound in the future.

  • Analyzer measures your body fat with a gentle, micro electrical current
  • Two modes -- athletic and normal -- provide accurate results based on your exercise regiment
  • Delivers measurement results for Bi method (Bioelectrical Impedance Method) and BMI (Body Mass Index)
  • Delivers results in approximately seven seconds
  • Features a nine person memory profile for the whole family

Customer Reviews:

  • satisfied
    I am happy with this product except for one feature. I wish it had software to download and track progress....more info
  • Good buy
    This is a good buy for the price. Easy to use. Not sure how accurate it is since I have not compared it. The fat % has a fluctuation of +/- 1 percentage point but I think that is acceptable....more info
  • Great guide to help with fat loss goal!
    I bought this to try to track how much body fat % I was losing since my weight loss was not showing up on the scale. It has worked to show that progress is being made. The product is easy to use and although I am not sure how accurate the initial % was, I have been able to see that % go down in relation to my consistent work out routine. Clothes fit better and I look better, but the scale was not showing any progress. This device has tracked a steady drop in % of body fat since I first started to use it. I would recommend it and the only reason I did not give it a full five stars is because I have no way to determine the initial reading accuracy....more info
  • excellent brand
    I have opportunity to compare with other brands to measure % body fat and always I have the same results with "Omron HBF-306C Fat Loss Monitor" than others.
    I think this is an excellent way to check and to control at home or professionaly.I like it....more info
  • Fat Monitor
    Thought it was a great price so I bought 2 so when one disappears I'll have the second. Keeping track of Body Fat Makes much more sense than BMI.
    I run, swim and lift on a regular basis with 18% BF at 50 but am rated as borderline obese. Thought it be good to motivate coworkers. IT people tend to get the video spread.

    ...more info
  • Awsome!
    Great, especially if you are trying to see results in a workout routine! Muscle weighs more than fat! Easy to use and fast delivery!...more info
  • Simple to use
    The Omron HBF-306C is easy to program and takes the difficulty out of calculating BMI. An added feature is that it can be programmed for multiple users....more info
  • Excellent Fat Loss Monitor
    Easy to use; handy and cool. It has memories so your whole family could try it out.
    Good Luck
    ...more info
  • Great Product
    I ordered this and sent it to my dad and he simply loves the product and tells his friends about it. I'm thinking of purchasing one myself now. ...more info
  • Pretty good for the price
    I know it's probably not "accurate" but I'm looking to see the rate of fat loss, so it will work for that. The % stays nearly the same when I'm re-scanning to test it's accuracy that way (unless I start trying to mess it up).

    The thing that confuses me is it has two options: Normal or Athletic. That helps it determine how much fat versus muscle it's detecting in your body. Normal will be a few percentage points higher on fat. So I did the formula and it put me at Athletic on the dot. (I got 60). I don't feel athletic! Maybe it doesn't mean "athletic" in the sense I'm thinking of. Just more active. I'll take a lower fat percentage though!

    PROS: Very easy to use. Has a guest profile and 9 'saved' profiles. Gives you your BMI based on stats you put in (just could do this online too). It's inexpensive. Accurate enough. :) Great for tracking your progress.

    CONS: Normal/Athletic mode is confusing. Doesn't work on someone who is extremely muscular. When I tried to change just one option on my profile #1 it made me put in all of the settings again....more info
  • Cheap, Accurate & Easy to Use Body Fat Monitor
    I had a hydrostatic body fat test done only a few days before receiving this body fat monitor. Using the "normal" setting, I got readings from 1.4 to 1.8% higher than the hydrostatic reading, which I think is pretty accurate for such a cheap and easy to use body fat monitor. The set up is easy and retains settings for use by several individuals. Modifying settings for different weight and activity levels is also easy to do. I doubt that you can get more accurate readings from more expensive body fat monitors and, if you're looking for one that cheap, accurate and easy to use, the I highly recommend choosing this one. ...more info
  • High-quality merchandise at a reasonable price
    While this is obviously not intended to be a high-end (i.e., scientifically accurate) medical instrument, it functions consistently and is easy to use. It enables me to track relative changes in my body composition as I diet....more info
  • Does the job! Best Value for the Money!!
    Purchased this to aid my bodyfat tracking in a 12 week transformation challenge. It might not be as accurate as the Hydro Bodyfat test but it seems to be very consistent and has helped me tweak my diet and training to near perfection. As I said best value for the money!...more info
  • A Must have if you're Serious about getting in shape
    Healthometer 402EXP Balance Beam Doctor/Physician/Fitness Scale w/ Height-Rod (450 lbs/200 kgs) (Purchased on 03/02/2008)

    Very easy to operate and understand. Sturdy enough to handle the rigors of a gym setting. I think its a must have for anyone getting in shape....more info
  • Totally Worthless
    This product is inconsistent. I can take five different readings in a row and receive five widely ranging different results. Save your money and look up the Navy body fat formula instead....more info
  • Measurements inherently flawed
    I had a series of electronic body composition measurements taken at a gym over a period of months. The practitioner used electrodes all over my body, with skin preparation as would be used for an EKG, and still the variation in readings was far greater than could be possible, thus invalid. As others have said, get calipers and learn how to use them.

    Also, people, forget about BMI. This was a measurement developed to study POPULATIONS, and never intended for the evaluation of individuals. Use common sense. How can a value that considers only weight and height be a valid reflection of an individual's health and fitness? Muscle is denser than fat, so an individual with minimal muscle will show a lower BMI than a heavily-muscled one of the same stature. Are we to believe that the lower BMI in this example indicates the healthier of the two? Nonsense!...more info
  • awesome fun & fitness ...
    what a great item ... comes with the batteries ... easy to use ... based on research i have done it is an excellent alternative to height/weight/measurement charts ... more accurate for sure ... highly recommend...more info
  • does what i want it to
    easy to use, keep your info up to date and it will track your % fat. varies by about 1% depending on the time of day, etc. covered in the instructions. for me, i want to know if i drop 5% and have an idea of how much is fat. for the price, it is worth it. i don't have time or patience to work any calipers and i'm more interested in keeping focused on a healthy lifestyle and this just makes it easier....more info
  • Excelente, muy preciso y de fcil manejo.
    Es un medidor muy preciso y confiable, a diferencia de otros que he usado este tiene la caracteristica para personas comunes y deportistas profesionales, su tama?o y dise?o hace muy fcil su manejo y cuidado....more info
  • Too much fluctuation
    They use this at my gym and I thought for the price, I'd get it to have at home to monitor fat loss instead of just the number on the scale.

    I tried a few times (testing one after another until I got two of the same readings) and didn't change any settings and the fat percent varied up to 1.5% different each time and never got the same reading twice (after trying about 4-5 times). For $28.00, I would want something that doesn't vary that much.

    I'm sending it back and will just use my tape measure and the scale to monitor myself....more info
  • Omron body Fat analyzer, the easy way to control your weight
    This is the body fat analyzer that is easy to use, easy to handle and very understandable for the regular use.
    above all the feature i admire most is the easy display readout, i am over the 40's and i need reading glasses, with his unit, i don't need it for check my weight data....more info
  • Excellent product
    Excellent product and simple to use. Can be used for health screening and health fairs. Very good and straight-forward instructions. ...more info
  • fat loss monitor

    This was a great find for us, in our weight loss classes we needed this to complete our equiptment, as always ,it is easy to use and provides us with the information that we need.. thanks again, Shirley...more info
  • Talk About an Inspiration!
    I purchased the Omron Fatloss Monitor to get a more complete picture of my health than I could get via the scale alone. Talk about inspiration!! The initial numbers just about put me in shock....Let's just say they were a far cry from those on the image here....but they totally motivated me to kick it up a notch (or seven!) and I'm pleased to report that they are improving. The only thing keeping me from rating this with 5 stars is that while there is information re: BMI numbers and where they fall in the normal to not-so-normal ranges, there is NO information re: normal fat percentages. This information would greatly enhance what can be understood from the readings....more info
  • Omron Body fat analyzer
    Use this for my personal training clients.
    Very easy, just follow directions.
    Great to document starting point and set goals....more info
  • Overly simplistic, inaccurate, inconsistent, large variance
    1. Calculates BMI when it measures body fat percentage--this is deceptive. The BMI is a straight calculation, not dependent at all on what the body fat measurement is doing. The BMI should be automatically displayed based on entered weight and height.
    2. Only gives options for "Athlete" and "Normal" in terms of how much the user works out. Changing from one category to the other has a large impact on the measured body fat percentage--3 percentage points in my case, or about 15 for "Athlete" and 18 for "Normal." With all the inputs required, surely the user should be able to input more data in order to get a smoother transition from a condition of not working out at all to working out like a professional athlete. There must be some "in between" people out there (like almost everyone!).
    3. Seems to have a HUGE daily variance. I've been taking a measurement every day at the same time (first thing in the morning), ensuring I haven't eaten for many hours or drunk anything recently. Yet I get a variance from about 14.5% to 16.8%, maintaining a pretty regular fitness program and eating about the same day to day. Surely my body fat percentage is not varying that much every day!...more info
  • great product for weight loss, knowning the real numbers
    LA fitness trainers use the body fat analyzer for their clients, and being a client with a trainer I wanted to have one at home. I have been using it with my workout routines to track my progress. Before I was constantly checking my weight on the scale and it wasn't going down, so I thought I wasn't loosing weight, when infact I was gaining muscle which is heavier than fat. I would recommend this to anyone who is doing a workout program and wants to see what their body fat percentage is compared to looking at what the scale says....more info
  • Glorified calculator
    The Omron HBF is a one trick wonder. It's a glorified calculator, and if you know the math, you can do the equation yourself. It would make you believe that you must grip the handles while it checks the BMI of your body, but you could put in any sex/age/height/build/and weight, and it will pop out with the number from the equation, and nothing based on you.

    If you can't find the equation, or don't want to do it, it's an investment, otherwise, use a regular calculator and save your money....more info
  • Great tool for evaluating weight loss
    This is a great tool to complete your set of evaluation. I'm loosing weight and helping other to do it in a healthy way. Monitoring the body fat is great!...more info
  • Omron HBF-360C Fat Loss Monitor
    This monitor is accurate and has received good reviews. It is the same one used by gyms. No device is perfectly accurate when it comes to measuring fat percentagess, but this device will accurately inform you as to the general trend in your fat loss, i.e., are you increasing your fat or losing it? ...more info
  • Omron HBF-306C Fat Loss Monitor
    I have been using this product through my friend's one. It helps to see how your body look change while decresing body fat....more info
  • perfect!!!
    As allways, everything was perfect!!! i have been a client for 2 years already, and i have no complaints. ...more info
  • Consistent, and accurate enough for the price
    I purchased this to help my husband realize that he needs more exercise. He didn't like the 30%+ readings, but he is making more of an effort to firm up.

    I like that the height and weight can be entered in small increments, 1/4 inch and 0.5#, I think, and that you can choose between U.S. or metric systems. The athlete vs. normal mode is a rather crude distinction. According to the directions for calculating that fitness factor, I (22%BF) am an athlete; nothing like our 25 yo son(13% BF) who runs 5-7 miles five times a week, though. My body fat% is 1.5-2% higher if I use the normal mode.

    My BIL was disappointed he couldn't try it, as he has a pacemaker.

    The device is very reliable for monitoring body fat% changes in a person. And for around $40, I can't complain about the accuracy.

    ...more info
  • Great Value!
    This body fast analyzer is priced right, and will give you a consistent reading. As a Personal Trainer, I've found this to be a good tool to use. While arguements can be made concerning the overall accuracy of bioelectrical impedence for calculating body fat, the truth is none of the body fat tests are absolutely accurate. ...more info
  • Works for me
    I know zip about body-fat monitors, but having just started the P90X program and needing something to monitor my current and (hopefully much lower) future BMIs and body-fat percentages, this unit works just fine for me.

    It's simple (takes maybe 45 seconds to set up) and quick (10 seconds to do a reading) -- plus my BMI is dropping, so I'm happy.

    And honestly, if a one- or two-percentage-point variance was a sticking point for me (as it is for others who posted here) I'd have bought something that cost more than 25 bucks....more info
  • Mostly pleased
    I like this monitor for its ease of use and consistency in readings. It certainly is easier to use than my (much older) Futrex which I have now pitched. What I don't understand is that it is limited to age no greater than 60 for the Athlete mode. Don't these guys realize that us 'old folks' (I am only 62, lol) exercise regularly? So I guess I will mostly just use it on 'normal' mode at my real age (it will allow age over 60 to be entered for normal mode) OR use it on 'athlete' mode and pretend I really am just a young 60. At least I can compare numbers over time to make sure I am managing my body fat at a good level.
    ...more info
  • Dosent work if you are large
    Damn thing dosent work if you are over weight!
    Gives you an error reading if your BMI is high.

    So For those people who are large and wanting to keep an eye on their fat percentage dont get it. go to your doctor instead....more info
  • Fat Loss Monitor != Bodyfat Monitor
    This fat loss monitor is completely inaccurate when the number is taken at face value. The *only* value of this product is to track the change in bodyfat over time if and only if you ensure the measurements are taken under the same physiological conditions, under the same environmental conditions, and your body composition is a standard deviation or two from average.

    This means always measure before working out, when your skin is dry, your heartrate is at resting, and while holding it properly (directly out in front of you with the arms fully extended). Write down the number, test yourself again in six weeks, and use the change in the number to determine your progress....more info
  • Great product
    This is a great product. I don't think any of these fat loss monitors really show any consistency when measured side by side. I also have a fat loss scale and both use the same technology but they are completely different. My scale shows me at 15 percent body fat and the Omron shows me at 10 percent. The main thing is to get a base line of what you are at on first reading and then you should be able to have something to gage against. Take the reading at the same time everyday. Read the instructions. Good luck....more info
  • Great Product
    This item is exactly what I was looking for in a BMI calculator. It has memory for several different people to use it without having to input your info every time. Results are available in seconds. Great Product!...more info
  • More Accurate than my Other Scales
    If you're trying to maintain a healthy weight - or reach one - then a fat monitor can be key. Being 150 pounds and 50% fat is much different than being 150 pounds at 20% fat!

    If you haven't used an electronic fat monitor before, here is how they work. You enter your height and weight. This gives the monitor a rough idea of how long an electrical current should take to go in one end of you and out the other. Then you hold two plates in your hands, and it sends a quick electrical message in one hand and out the other. It doesn't hurt at all - you can't feel it at all. But by tracking the speed of the signal, the monitor knows how dense your body is. That tells it what percentage of you is fat, and what percentage is other stuff (muscle, water, etc.)

    How is this helpful? Well, your aim as you lose weight is to be less and less fat. Fat is large, unhealthy and bulky. Muscle is slim and actively burns calories. Don't think of gaining muscle as bulking up like Conan. Think of it as gaining lean active muscle like a ballerina or a dancer. It means you can climb stairs more easily, lift items more easily, and your overall shape will be much slimmer.

    So, how well does this Ormon monitor work? We've tried it out with many people now. It stores up to 9 settings inside it, and it's really easy for a guest to instantly use it as well. You just enter your height, weight and age. It instantly knows your BMI based on that since BMI is just weight and height. Then you hold the two sides for a few moments and it tells you your body fat as well. Quick, easy, painless. We use this several times a day, just to play with it and see the progress we're making.

    There are many times when you're losing weight that it seems you "aren't losing weight". But really, you are converting from fat to muscle and fat is thick and light while muscle is thin and heavy. So for example you might go from a 38" waist to a 34" waist and still "weigh the same". This is good overall, because you are slimmer, healthier, and it means that going forward it'll be even easier for you to lose the remaining weight! So seeing that progression with your body fat can be very encouraging.

    Highly recommended!...more info
  • bad reviewers: knowledge is power!
    I never buy anything without doing research on what to buy first. If you read about BMI analyzers on it not only recommends this as one of their top 3 picks but it also explains why some people didnt get the results expect it...because of user error.
    Most admit to using this first thing in the morning.
    It says never to do that. For accurate readings, use 3 hours after a meal, never first thing in the morning, never when dehydrated, and after emptying your bladder.
    Also, if you have a very high muscle mass and a very low BMI set it on "athlete" for an accurate reading.
    This explained those who had problems and the unbiased rating of this being WAY more accurate than calipers...made me buy it. I"d used it before at the gym and it was always great. But before I purchase on my own, I learn....more info
  • Too Erratic
    I've used this device for several weeks and depending on the time of day and the amount of water that you've drunk it will fluctuate up to 10%. Also the number's that seem realistic are 3 to 4 percent off what other fat moniters say. Good idea but spend a little more and get a better one or get a skinfold test one....more info
  • Great product, great tansaction, fast and easy
    Thanks for your service, I am very satisfied and I hope to deal with you again....more info
  • It's fairly easy to use
    I really needed a fat monitor because I was gaining muscle mass (hopefully) and my scale couldn't tell the difference between fat and muscle weight. I've seen these machines used before, but I've never set one myself. The moment my monitor came in the mail I immediately opened it up, put my information in (without reading the instructions first) and I knew my fat percentage within minutes of opening the box. You just have to make sure all the stats are up to date or you won't get the right numbers. ...more info
  • Inaccurate and Pointless
    Tried one of these out at a health fair. The guy said it has a 4-5% margin of error...that is a lot IMO. There are a lot of factors (e.g. recent eating activity, recent exercise, skin temperature, air temperature, hydration level) that can impede the electric currents of these kinds of devices, so I wouldn't be surprised if the margin of error were even larger. But that didn't even matter because it wouldn't give me a measurement, it kept giving me an error. The guy said it usually occurs if you are too lean. So apparently it only works if you are w/in a certain body fat % range, and even then it's essentially just giving you a 10% range.

    You are better off getting a caliper (cheaper and 1% margin of error)....more info
  • Thought I would like this product
    I bought one of these because most of the reviews showed them as being more accurate than the ones that come on scales. maybe....

    since i am losing quite a bit of weight, i check this the first thing in the morning, and the last thing at night. not only can it deviate a bit using it back to back, but it can change as much as 2% from morning to eve, and visa versa. that is not my idea of an accurate device.

    even when i just compare mornings to morning, there is way too much variance.

    other than that, the product is well thought out and easy to use. better than nothing, since body fat percentage is as important, if not more so, than what the scale says. just wish it was a bit more consistent. ...more info
  • Great for personal trainers
    Product works great and fast. I'm a personal trainer and have used it on several of my clients, seems to be quite accurate and durable. The price on Amazon is truely the best. ...more info
  • Hard to decide how accurate this is?
    I guess, for this kind of products, it is reasonable to expect not too much accuracy. Cause if you think about the type of measurement this device uses, you will notice that variations in your body within the day will make this thing fluctuate, though I don't know, by how much.

    I bought this just to have an easy to use reference device. The results, well, if I take a few readings, I can guess, what is the most accurate this device reads (within 1% of its own accuracy). However, still, what I get is 6-7% lower than what another supposedly more accurate device gives. But, on the basis, they use similar electric-current based measurements (this from the hands, the other from the shoulder). And, knowing my body, I expect something in between.

    In short, if you are a person trying to lose fat, and your goal is to reduce your body fat percentage by around 5 or more percent, this may do its job well. At least, that is the main reason I bought this device. I cannot expect it to be accurate for a 1% change, but for 5% or so, it should show me acceptable results.

    After reading some negative reviews here, I would at least suggest you to give the device a chance before making the final decision on it. I will take various readings within the day using this one, and the other more accurate one, to see its actual performance, so that I can make the necessary adjustments myself to the results that the device gives me. I may update with the results I get from that one, if I have the chance later on....more info
  • OK product for an affordable price but not really accurate
    I compared the readings from the Omron HBF-306C with a very accurate fat measuring scale (used for measuring bariatric patients prior to surgery) at the hospital I work at and the Omron reads about 7% lower than your actual body fat measurement. So as long as you realize that it is off by A LOT, then get it and just add 7% to the measurement you get from the Omron....more info
  • Pretty cool
    This device really helps me keep track of my training and diet. It's fast and easy. You just set up a profile (you can do up to 10 profiles) once and you can just input your weight. Could not be any simpler....more info
  • Using It
    Bought this for my husband to monitor his BFI. After set up, which wasn't as easily understood as the printed materials, it worked fine, we think. We have no other instrumentation to compare results and readings, but it seems correct. Second use was much more difficult. After weight loss of ten pounds the readings were still the same. We still haven't found in the Instructions where it says you have to set the monitor each use, even after establishing Settings in the beginning. Each use requires resetting individual markers - height, weight, age, etc. Once past this hiccup (and no kudos for the OMRON telephone CSR who was clearly annoyed by answering what she thought was a simpleton question) the OMRON seems to work fine, though it does produce an ERROR more frequently than I would have thought. Just do it again and a correct result appears. All in all, probably a good buy from Amazon at $30 and change + shipping. I'm definitely going to buy into the all year free shipping program Amazon, because the OMRON would have been a true bargain (-) shipping. ...more info


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