Compare Skinfold Calipers

What should I consider when choosing a skinfold caliper? What is the most accurate caliper?  What is the best caliper for students?  Compare the prices of Lange, Slim Guide, Harpenden, Cescorf and many more models. When choosing a caliper to buy, it is important to know the durability, accuracy, and unique features of the product.

How Much Does a Skinfold Caliper Cost?

Most skinfold calipers cost between $10-$400. Professional plastic skinfold calipers cost between $25-50, while aluminum models cost around $200-$400.

How Accurate Is a Skinfold Caliper?

The calculations and calipers themselves are highly precise. Although there is significant potential for user error in skinfold measurements, experienced trainers who practice regularly can achieve up to 98% accuracy.

While they may not be as precise as more advanced methods like DEXA scans, they offer a practical and cost-effective option for regular body composition assessment. Regular calibration, proper technique, and consistency are key to achieving reliable results.

Regarding skinfold calipers, the Harpenden skinfold caliper offers the highest precision with an accuracy of +/- 0.2mm. Most other models typically have an accuracy of +/- 1.0mm.

Are There Any Scientific Studies That Compare Skinfold Calipers?

There are hundreds of scientifis studies that compare skinfold calipers. Here are two that we like:

  • 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. 

Compare Plastic Skinfold Calipers

  • Avanutri

    • Range: 80mm
    • Material: ABS plastic
    • Manufactured by Avanutri (Brazil)
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  • Original Slim Guide

    • Range: 80mm
    • Material: ABS plastic
    • Manufactured by Creative Health (USA)
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  • Cescorf Innovare

    • Range: 80mm
    • Material: ABS Plastic
    • Manufactured by Cescorf (Brazil)
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  • Slim Guide Style (China)

    • Range: 80mm
    • Material: ABS plastic
    • Manufactured in China

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Avanutri Skinfold Caliper
Original Slim Guide Skinfold Caliper by Creative Health
Cescorf Innovare Skinfold Caliper
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  • Lafayette II (Plastic)

    • Range 0 to 100 mm
    • Material: ABS Plastic
    • Manufactured by Lafayette instruments (USA)

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  • Baseline

    • Range 0 to 50 mm
    • Material: Plastic
    • Resolution 1mm
    • Manufactured by Baseline evaluation instruments (USA)

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  • Pooya

    • Material: Plastic
    • Resolution 0.5 mm
    • Manufactured in Malaysia

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  • Accu-measure

    • Range 0 to 70 mm
    • Material: Plastic
    • Resolution 2mm
    • Not recommended for clinical use
    • Manufactured by Accu-measure (USA)

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Compare Metal Skinfold Calipers

  • Harpenden

    • Range: 80mm
    • Resolution: 0.2mm
    • Material: aluminum
    • Accuracy ± 0.2 g / mm² consistently
    • Manufactured by Baty (UK)
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  • Holway

    • Range: 60mm
    • Material: Anodized aluminum
    • Manufactured by Holway Tools (USA)
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  • Cescorf Professional

    • Range: 80mm
    • Material: Aluminum
    • Manufactured by Cescorf (Brazil)
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  • Lange

    • Range: 60mm
    • Material: Aluminum body with nylon tips
    • Manufactured in USA
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Harpenden Skinfold Caliper
Holway Professional Skinfold Caliper
Cescorf Professional Skinfold Caliper Kit
Lange skinfold caliper

Compare Digital Skinfold Calipers

  • Lipowise

    • Range 0 to 50 mm
    • Material: Polymer
    • Resolution: 0.1 mm
    • Manufactured by Wisify Tech Solutions (Portugal)
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  • Skyndex

    • Available in three formulas for all populations
    • Manufactured by Skyndex (USA)

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Lipowise Digital Skinfold Caliper