Compare Skinfold Calipers

Compare Skinfold Calipers

Compare the Best Skinfold Caliper

**This is a general comparison of all calipers.   Please visit our store page to purchase calipers that we offer.**
When choosing a skinfold caliper to buy it is important to know the durability, precision, and unique characteristics of the product.  Keep in mind this may be a product that you keep for life.  The prices are approximate prices in the United States.
Compare skinfold caliper prices.  Skinfold calipers can cost from a couple USD dollars to more than 500 USD.  Here are the approximate prices of calipers in the United States in USD.

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The Lange is used by professionals and researchers, and it features a compact metal body and pivoting pincers, and a hard case. The Lange is the best selling professional caliper in the USA and is used in schools, universities, clinics, gyms, etc.  It has been manufactured since 1962 with that same basic design and can be used for decades if properly cared for.
  • Range: 60 mm
  • Accuracy: 0.5 mm
  • Graduation: 1 mm


The Harpenden is the preferred caliper for researchers and professionals in the United Kingdom.   It isconsidered the most accurate skinfold caliper in the world.  It includes a hard case.
  • Range: 90 mm
  • Accuracy: 0.2 mm
  • Graduation: 0.1 mm


Price: $25 - $30 The SlimGuide is ideal for students, personal use, and entry-level professionals.  It features a light weight design (6 oz.) and comes in three colors: red, white, black. It also includes instructions. The SlimGuide is considered the most reliable and accurate of the inexpensive calipers, and it is acceptable for professional use.
  • Range: 85 mm
  • Accuracy: 1 mm
  • Graduation: 1 mm

Cost of Other Professional Scientific Skinfold Calipers

skyndex skinfold caliper


The Skyndex is a digital caliper with a built-in calculator that allows for quick calculations.   It is programmed with either Jackson-Pollock, Durnin, or Slaughter-Lohman formulas.  The more expensive model is programmed with two of the formulas.  It includes a hard case, instructions, an A/C power adapter, and a calibration test tool.
  • Range: 60 mm (estimate)
  • Accuracy: 0.5 mm


The Cescorf is made in Brazil and distributed in South America.  It has a design very similar to the Harpenden.  It comes with a durable case.
  • Range: 88 mm
  • Precision: 0.5 mm
  • Graduation: 0.1 mm
holtain skinfold caliper


The Holtain is made in the United Kingdom and distributed in Europe.  It was designed in collaboration with the London University Institute of Child Health.
  • Range: 46 mm
  • Accuracy: 0.2 mm
  • Graduation: 0.2 mm
sanny skinfold caliper


The Sanny is a newer caliper made in Brazil with limited distribution in the USA and Europe.  It is a highly-accurate skinfold caliper, and it is an less expensive alternative to the Harpenden skinfold caliper at a lower cost. The Sanny caliper has the same range and constant pressure as the Harpenden
  • Range: 90 mm
  • Precision: 0.5 mm
  • Graduation: 0.1 mm
jamar skinfold caliper


These are four different brands that are the all the exact same size and shape as the Lange.  It is an inferior product, and it is our opinion that they are the same and are sold under various brands.   We had one once and it doesn't have level of accuracy for this reason we recommend avoiding these products.
  • Range: 60 mm

Cost of Plastic Skinfold Calipers

lafayette skinfold caliper


The Lafayette-II is the most advanced plastic caliper, with a scale up to 100mm (compared to 50-60mm), floating pincers, and a lightweight, durable design. The original Lafayette caliper was developed by Dr. Andrew S. Jackson, who co-developed the Jackson-Pollock formula.
  • Range: 100 mm
  • Accuracy: 0.5
fat o meter skinfold caliper


The Fat-o-Meter is a low-cost Skinfold caliper is generally considered to be precise.  It is considered one of the tools of poor durability.
  • Accuracy: 2 mm
pooya skinfold caliper


The Pooya is a new caliper that is comparable to the SlimGuide.   It is made in Asia and it has very limited distribution. Very little research has been done on this caliper. It was designed by Dr. Abbas Meamarbashi who received a PhD in Sports Biomechanics in the University Science Malaysia.
  • Range: 75 mm
accumeasure skinfold caliper


The Accu-Measure skinfold caliper is a simple and inexpensive product that is not recommended for clinical use.  It is considered a one-time use caliper and is the most inexpensive skinfold caliper on the market.

Cost of Digital Skinfold Calipers

warrior skinfold caliper


The Warrior Digital Caliper calculates Lean Body Mass and body fat percentage. It displays your previous and current results for up to 4 users: weight, body fat percentage, lean body mass, and upper, middle, and lower measurements.
fattrack skinfold caliper


The FatTrack Pro is a compact digital caliper that comes programmed with the 3 and 7-site Jackson-Pollack formulas.  The package includes the caliper, software, and a case.  This caliper is generally not accepted for clinical or professional use This caliper is generally not accepted for clinical or professional use because of limited accuracy and a small jaw opening.
fattrack gold skinfold caliper


The FatTrack Gold is a compact digital body fat caliper that is marketed to weightlifters and body builders.  It allows for quick self-testing.  The package also includes software to track progress and a tape measure.  This caliper is generally not accepted for clinical or professional use because of limited accuracy and a small jaw opening.
digital body fat skinfold caliper


This is a cheap digital skinfold caliper that is made in China and is not recommended.
Common Skinfold Caliper Comparisons
  • Lange vs Slim Guide
  • Lange vs Harpenden
  • Slim Guide vs. Accu-measure
  • Lange vs Jamar
  • Lange vs Graham-field
  • Lange vs Baseline
Studies that compare skinfold calipers Schmidt PK, Carter JE., Static and dynamic differences among five types of skinfold calipers. Hum Biol. 1990 Jun; 62(3):369-88. Five caliper types were compared: Harpenden (HRP), Lange (LNG), Slim Guide (SG), Skyndex (SKN), and Lafayette (LF) - in terms of dial accuracy, downscale force, and pressure at jaw openings of 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 mm, using measurements on four thicknesses of foam rubber. Jung E, Kaufman JJ, Narins DC, Kaufman GE., Skinfold measurements in children. A comparison of Lange and McGaw calipers. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 1984 Jan;23(1):25-8. This study compared Lange and McGaw calipers in a pediatric population. Biceps and triceps skinfold measurements were made in 240 pediatric patients ranging in age from 2 weeks to 18 years. Skinfold measurements McGaw calipers were 12.6% lower than with a Lange . They concluded that McGaw and Ross plastic calipers would be an adequate substitute where cost prohibits the use of Lange. [/learn_more]