With more people taking charge of their health, there is a growing trend for more information about our health status. This is where the Fitbit Aria WiFi Scale definitely meets a need.
Not only does it help you keep track of your weight over time, it also gives you readouts for BMI and body fat percentage. All this doesn’t come cheap though, so the question is whether this WiFi scale is worth the price tag.
In the picture: Fitbit Aria Wi-Fit Smart Scale
Features of the Fitbit Aria Wireless Weight Scale
- Size: 12.3 x 1.3 x 12.3 inches
- Weight: 75.2 ounces
- Wirelessly to your home Wi-Fi network
- Weight limit: 350 pounds
- Recognizes up to 8 people
- Uses 4 AA batteries
- Water resistant – Designed for humid bathroom environments
Pros of the Fitbit Aria Smart Scale:
Easily track your weight, BMI And body fat percentage: The Fitbit Aria Wireless Weight Scale doesn’t just give you the standard weight measurement that other scales offer at a fraction of the price. One of the great benefits is that, in addition to weight, it also calculates your BMI and body fat percentage. Being able to track this information over time is invaluable in gauging your progress.
Automatically Uploads Data Via Wi-Fi: The major selling point of scales like the Fitbit Aria Smart Scale is how easy they make it for you to keep track of your measurements. Coming with a built-in Wi-Fi network adapter, the Fitbit Aria automatically sends your recorded data to the web, where it is stored in your personal profile.
Check your stats on your smartphone: To make it even easier to keep track of your data, you can download a free application for your smartphone. This lets you log into your profile any place, anytime and check on your data. It also allows you to upload information on other physical activity you may have done – such as a gym workout – as well as details about what you’ve eaten that allow you to track calorie intake and other nutritional factors.
Track Progress Online: Once your data is uploaded, you can review it online using the Fitbit website. When you log in, you’ll find you can access all of your recorded data in easy to understand graphs and charts which give you a visual understanding of your progress.
Easily integrate all your Fitbit data: If you own more than one Fitbit product, it will automatically integrate all of your data into one easily readable visual presentation. This can really add a lot to your user experience, and gives you a clearer picture of your health in one unified place.
Cons of the Fitbit Aria Smart Scale
Tricky set-up: Some users seem to have a trouble-free set-up experience with their Fitbit Aria, but a large number report having some serious difficulties. This most common problem seems to be with connecting the device to your Wi-Fi network.
Set-up on Wi-Fi only: If you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection then this device simply isn’t going to work for you. It is not set up to work through a hard-line internet connection.
Network issues: Several users report ongoing network connectivity issues. Sometimes these scales seem unable to send information updates to the web, which means you lose your data and are unable to follow your progress properly.
BMI accuracy: Given that the product is advertised as offering BMI weighing, users have a right to expect something fairly accurate. Unfortunately, when tested against professional BMI readings, these scales repeatedly showed inaccuracies of up to 5%.
Battery power: Some users may be annoyed to have yet another battery-powered device in the home. This one needs 4 AA batteries to run, which is quite a lot.
Is The Fitbit Aria Smart Scale Worth Buying?
Overall, the Fitbit Aria Smart Scale does a good job of motivating you by keeping track of your progress over time. However, there are some drawbacks – the set-up and networking issues being the most frustrating of these. So when it works this is a great product, but beware that you may have difficulties.