Product Review: Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale

Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Scale

I said I was gonna do it in this article and now the time is here.  My husband was on a hunt for a smart scale that could give him more information than just his weight.  He wanted over vital information he felt would be good for his overall health checks, etc.  Of course I jumped on board when he started looking at the more higher-end scales such as the Fitbit Aria Scale.  We both have been using it for over 6 months and since the beginning I have started to formulate my opinion on this item.  Keep reading and find out what I think about it.

Where To Buy:

Fitbit site

Amazon.com

Best Buy (this is where we purchased ours)

Features (directly from Fitbit and Amazon.com sites):

Get where you want to be.  Aria™ tracks your weight, body fat percentage, and BMI, painting a picture of your long-term progress. It wirelessly syncs your stats with online graph and mobile tools that help you stay motivated and on track. When you’re in control, stepping on the scale feels good.

Tracks Weight, Body Fat, and BMI

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. The Aria’s weight limit is 350 pounds.

Automatically Uploads Stats via Wi-Fi for up to Eight Users

The Fitbit Aria Scale uploads your data through Wi-Fi directly to your Fitbit dashboard. The scale will automatically recognize up to eight users by weight so you need only step on it to send your latest weight stats to your account. Your data on the scale remains private unless you choose to share it with other users.

Charts and Weight Management Tools

Using your Fitbit.com account, you can track your progress with charts and graphs. You can use free tools to set weight goals, log food, other activities.

Free Smartphone Apps

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.

Product Dimensions:  12.3 x 1.3 x 12.3 inches ; 4.7 pounds.  Batteries 4 AA batteries required.  Comes in black or white.

Price point:

The MSRP for this scale is $129.99.  We purchased it for about $99.99 before tax.  A little hefty if you ask me.  I’m used to paying $25 to $30 for a basic scale.  But if you read the features above this is NOT a basic scale so that is how we justified paying more.

How I use it

You have to set this scale up to read multiple people, using your initials, since we have multiple people using it.  You also have to set this up to connect over your wireless home network so it can automatically update and sync to your online Fitbit account and your mobile phone Fitbit app.  That took a bit and you had to read the instructions carefully but we eventually got it done.  You have to remove batteries, replace batteries, bring the scale down to where you set up your wireless and a bunch of stuff.  My husband handled all of that.  And if for some reason you get a new router, you have to go through the set up all over again.

Once we got this thing set up you step on and it magically displayed my initials because it knew my feet were touching the scale.  I am still not sure how it knows because what if my weight blew up and I was closer to my husband’s weight – would it still be able to tell the difference?  I guess that is why this scale is considered smart…apparently it can.  After a few whirls it displays my current weight, then a few seconds later my body fat percentage.  I have yet to see it flash up my BMI.

Effectiveness:

It’s a scale and it measures your weight very accurately.  It auto-syncs to your Fitbit app which is a plus if you are tracking your weight.  The body fat percentage – yeah that is ok if you care about that sort of thing and have plans to modify it.  Again, I have yet to see this thing flash my BMI unless of course it expects me to automatically figure it out once it gives me my weight.

Recap of Pros/Cons:

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Easy to read scale results as the print is big and bright
  • Synch to online Fitbit application
  • Provides different aspects of your weight – weight in lbs and body fat percentage
  • Slim footprint

Cons:

  • Takes a while to set up
  • Pricey
  • Limited color options (black or white that’s it)
  • Must go through cumbersome set up process whenever your Wi-Fi is updated or changed

Rating:

Overall I give this heart rate monitor a 5 out of 10 stars.   It’s a basic scale that looks slick and is easy to read.  It gives you slightly more than your weight and can differentiate between who all are stepping on it but other than that – it’s a basic scale giving you basic stats and is overpriced for the features it offers.

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Disclaimer:  I have not been compensated in any way for this review.  The views and opinions expressed in this review are my very own.

 

 

9 Replies to "Product Review: Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale"

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    Lindsay February 26, 2014 (8:53 am)

    I was just with my friends in California and was the ONLY one without a Fitbit! was wondering what all the rage is about. Looks cool!

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    cassi9879b February 26, 2014 (9:24 am)

    I’ve been finding that most of these fancier scales are only available in black or white.

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    Amanda H February 26, 2014 (3:05 pm)

    Thanks so much for the review! I’d seen a lot of ads for this fancy scale and it looked pretty awesome, but my rational/cheap side kept warning me it probably wasn’t worth the price tag. Thanks for confirming it!

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    The Frugal Exerciser
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    February 27, 2014 (7:33 pm)

    I can’t see paying that much for a scale unless you weigh over 350 pounds. I think the most important thing is your actual weight and how many steps did you do on your Fit Bit.

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      DSTPRL February 27, 2014 (9:25 pm)

      Honestly – I think the fitbit should go further than just counting steps. It needs to take it up a level and give people the metrics that help them determine whether they are doing what they should to decrease the fat, build the muscle and improve their overall health and wellbeing. Measuring steps is literally like “baby steps” of where they need to be imho.

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    Louida ( March 8, 2014 (2:22 pm)

    Wow this is one high tech scale! I never knew a scale could run on WiFi. I really can’t see myself paying that much for a scale. But I know some people may enjoy having more information instead of just getting how much you weigh. Thanks for visiting #ProductReviewParty, I’ll be pinning this.

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      DSTPRL March 8, 2014 (2:24 pm)

      Thank you for stopping by. The scale is nice but knowing my percent body fat is simply frustrating. Grrrr!

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    Courtney Conover March 8, 2014 (7:17 pm)

    Wow! This was an awesome review!! Thank you for proving such thoroughness…we are in the market for a new scale. We actually paid more for the scale we have now, which I’m embarrassed to admit, and the thing is on the fritz! We bought it several years ago — so the warranty is of no use. 🙁 Stopping in from #ProductReviewParty, and I’ve bookmarked your blog! I will definitely be back.

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      DSTPRL March 8, 2014 (8:34 pm)

      Hi Courtney. Thank you for your support. This scale is slick and easy to use.

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