Review: Fitbit Aria

Fitbit Aria

Fitbit Aria
7.625

Design

8/10

    Ease of use

    7/10

      Use of information

      8/10

        Motivation

        8/10

          Pros

          • Works well with other Fitbit devices
          • Looks great
          • Price

          Cons

          • Possible set-up difficulties
          • Slight variation in results depending on positioning of scale

          The Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale was launched back in 2012 and remains one of the most reliable and informative health gadgets, offering accurate stats about weight, BMI and fat percentages for up to eight registered users. WiFi-enabled weighing scales may seem a step too far for some, but it does make sense in the context of Fitbit’s range of powerful apps and wearable tech.

          Design
          Ease of use
          Use of information
          Motivation
          Overview

          Design

          What’s in the Box? Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, four AA batteries, and instructions.

          The Aria measures 12-3/10 by 12-3/10 by 1-3/10 inches (H x W x D) and weights 4-1/4 pounds. It runs for months on four AA batteries (included).

          The Aria is a decent looking device. The glass looks slick, you’ll leave footprints on it but its very easy to wipe away. The Aria is available in your choice of black or white.

          Fitbit Aria review


          Ease of use

          You can link Aria to your home wireless network via either your personal computer or your smart phone. The scale is compatible with Macs and PCs. The instructions warn against trying to install the scale in a more complex wireless environment – saying that you should avoid access points and repeaters and only connect to the main router.

          Setting up Your Aria Smart Scale was fast and easy for us, although it is worth noting that some users have run into problems with the set up – probably due to differing network configurations.

          The Aria does not need to be switched on – just step on, and it will check your weight and fat and sync immediately with the online Fitbits servers.

          The scale can be set up to automatically recognize up to 8 users. The Aria will automatically recognise which of the users is currently using the scale. Your data on the scale remains private unless you choose to share it with other users.

          Your stats automatically upload to your Fitbit dashboard through Wi-Fi, where you can get a more comprehensive view of your health and fitness and track your eating and exercise habits.

          The Fitbit site even knows the Aria’s battery level, so you can see when it needs replacing (they may even email you once it runs very low).Fitbit Aria review


          Use of information

          To give you a more complete look at your weight management, the Aria tracks body fat and body mass index (BMI) as well as weight. Using several types of measurements helps you better understand your fitness progress. Weight can be measured in pounds, kilograms, or stones.

          Using your Fitbit.com account, you can track your progress. You can use available tools to set weight goals, log food and other activities. Fitbit offers both an Android and iPhone app so you can set goals, log food and other activities, and see your progress toward your weight goals on the go.

          In addition to providing insight into your weight trends, the Aria is also compatible with other Fitbit divices, to help you track your fitness trends by monitoring your steps, stairs, distance, calories burned and how well you sleep. The data is seamlessly integrated together into one Fitbit dashboard.

          Fitbit Aria review


          Motivation

          If you’re are interested in monitoring your weight on a regular basis, and having access to your historical data, you will enjoy this scale.

          Wi-Fi enabled scales helps you reach your weight goals by letting you set goals, track your progress, and stay motivated each and every day. Anyone can write down their weight or enter the numbers into a spreadsheet. But having it done automatically for you on the app/website when you connect your Aria takes all the hassle away.


          Overview

          The verdict

          If you’re looking to lose weight or even just keep track of your current weight these scales make a good choice. You step on them, step off – done. Your weight is transferred to your Fitbit account which you can then tap into on your phone, tablet or computer.

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          Some reported set-up difficulties, and possible slight variation in results (depending on how you are positioned on the scale), would prompt us to possibly choose the Withings scale – albeit the Withings is the slightly more expensive option. And the difference between the two is marginal. The ease of use and the auto syncing with Fitbit is impressive and useful, so if you are already a Fitbit device user, you may prefer this scale due to the available integration with its other devices.

          To view our roundup of the leading smart scales, click here.

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