Late last year while on the FitBit website ordering the FitBit Force (see review here), I spotted another cool fitness device : the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale. For me, the whole idea of tracking my weight automatically was appealing especially as I plan to shed a few more kgs this year. The Fitbit Aria does exactly this and as a family, we’re really loving this gadget.
Best thing about the Fitbit Aria is…
I have to admit, this is my first ever review on a…weighing scale! Yes they have a very, very, simple function, which is to weigh you. As hinted above, the magic of the Fitbit Aria is that it not only weighs you – the Fitbit Aria also automatically sends this information to your Fitbit Dashboard so that you can monitor your weight fluctuations via any device that has an Internet browser ready. There are iOS and Android versions of the Fitbit App. Gone are the days of trying to remember, or having to write down, how much you weighed before your holiday because the Fitbit Aria does this for you.
It’s super easy to setup the Fitbit Aria
The setup was pretty easy and only required a few steps – don’t worry you don’t need to have any knowledge of networks to set it up. You will require a wireless router to have your weight figures updated online. It’s a setup once and forget situation – unless you change your network at home. It comes with four AA size batteries. We’ve had them in for around a month and so far so good.
Very cool modern design
Compared to our old digital scale, the Fitbit Aria is like a sleek Porsche versus a Toyota. It’s elegant, curvy and sleek. The Fitbit Aria comes in either black or white (we chose the black). The tempered glass platform and four curved squares pattern givse it a very chic modern look. The round LED display shows three basic details per person: Weight, body fat and then name. On the last part, I love how (without having
to do anything except stand on it) the Fitbit Aria detects who was on the scale! If you have a Fitbit account and have already registered yourself as a user, your name will be displayed. For those without accounts, it will just display “Guest”. So yes, it will weigh anyone, even non-registered users. Just had an idea of setting up Fitbit accounts for our daughters too so we can see their weight over time.
Why you should get a Fitbit Aria?
I work in a world of business and IT strategy where one of our key lines when talking to our business units is, “you can only manage what measure”. I think this also very much applies to our fitness and weight – if we want to manage our weight we need to frequently and continually measure it.
Our society is spending more and more time on their bums watching TV, using computers, tablets or phones, and spending less time being active. When you start measuring your weight regularly, there’s obviously the follow on effect that you’ll want to maintain or reduce it by watching what you eat and being active. EVERYONE needs to get a little more active and I believe that the Fitbit Aria is a great piece of tech that will help.
I also like how Fitbit has set up functionality to have a group of friends or community of users that you can link up with to check out their fitness activity through the week. Extra incentive to get up and do something!
(Yes I’m very aware I’m coming 2nd last in my community but hey I’ve been traveling!)
- Comes in black or white
- Integrates with the Fitbit fitness dashboad website
- Tempered glass platform
- Weight : 1.93 kg
- Backlit display
- Displays: Weight, Body Fat and Username
- Automatically detects which user is using the scale based on Account details
- Automatically updates weight detail to online Fitbit dashboard accessible via iOS and Android devices
How I would improve the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale
Perhaps the Fitbit Aria could also show, based on your stats, your body age. This may give people additional reason to get active. There’s much else I need it to do!
Huge thumbs up for the Fitbit Aria and glad we now have one in the family helping us to track our weight!
#FitBit Aria Tip: Weight yourself at roughly the same time every day for more accurate weight tracking. I do mine every morning around 7am.