Reviewed by Debbie Talbot
I try to live as lively as healthy a lifestyle as possible, so when I was offered this set of Stellar Bluetooth Diet Scales, I was over the moon. I have to admit to loving collecting cool gadgets. The scales arrived well packaged with a simple but effective design on the box. It clearly stated that the scales work with both Android phones and iPhones. It also summarised the key functions of the scales. The box also had a picture of the Modern Chef app in use. As someone who is environmentally conscious, I was pleased to see that that most of the box’s packaging was cardboard and therefore could be recycled.
Now for the item. The scales look very sleek, with rounded edges. They are so easy to use, turning on with quick tap. Once an item like a bowl is put onto the scales, you can take the scales once again and zero out the weight. You can actually do this each time a new ingredient is added to the bowl. This is great as it saves on washing up. The blue LCD display is very easy on the eye.
I was very interested to see how the App would complement the scales. I have an iPhone, so downloaded the App quickly and easily from the App Store. I then had to input the following:
This set me up as a user and means that someone else in my household can also have a user account on the App, particularly useful for if two people are following a healthy eating plan at the same time. To use the App, I simply selected the icon on my iPhone. First of all, I had to link the scales to the App. I did this by clicking the settings icon and then choosing my devices. I made sure the Bluetooth setting was enabled on my phone before doing this. I then clicked add scale and selected kitchen scale, which was the only option which came up.
I then chose the item I wanted to weigh, in this case potatoes and clicked the search icon on the App. Lots of options then come up and I needed to select the relevant one (e.g. Potatoes, raw skin).
I then selected on the App which meal I was having the potatoes for, placed the potatoes on the scales and their weight came up. One other useful feature of the App is that it displays a selected daily calorie amount. The amount suggested to myself was 2751kcal a day. It came up with several readings which were:
It also displayed that I had now had 3% of my recommended daily calories.
I plan to record everything that I eat and drink on the App for a period of a month (my initial goal) and I have every confidence that this App will help me towards my weight loss goal.
I did just want to mention some other useful functions of the App:
Diary – You can add what you have for each meal to this and it even has an option for snacks.
Calories – You can see a record for the day, week, month and year.
Settings – Users & My Devices (already discussed earlier in the review), Goals, Food
Database, Apple Health, Reminders (Minor thing – this has a typo and is spelt ‘Remiders’)
Software instruction, Version Info, Feedback and Privacy.
I love my new scales and think that they, alongside the App, will be a key appliance in my kitchen for years to come.
I would recommend them to those I know and rate them 5 out of 5. They are a great little device for anybody that wants to control their food intake whether for dietary or healthy eating needs.
Available to buy from Amazon here.