I recently picked up the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi scale. I started looking at a Wi-Fi scale about a year ago. At the time I thought that $100+ was a lot to pay for a scale. Previously I had a cheap $25 scale that did the job. It show me how much I weighed. What else do you really need it to do anyway. That was my thought at the time. About a month ago the old scale died on me. I figured it was time to start looking at a more geeky method of tracking my weight.
Being the geek that I am, the Wi-Fi scale appeals to me since it saves me from manually tracking my weight on paper or an iPhone app. The work flow with the old scale was to weigh myself then use a iPhone app to record my weight each morning. I never did find an app I really liked. Some apps just allowed you to enter your weight and some were much more feature rich that allows for goal setting and food intake tracking. I never found a happy medium with a quality user interface.
After the old scale died I figured that I would take the Wi-Fi scale plunge. I picked the Fitbit Aria Smart Scale mainly based on reviews that I read. Some scales had a hard time syncing with your home Wi-Fi that is needed to automatically track your stats. This automation is one of my top requirements. The price was $129 and to avoid shipping I pick it up at the local BestBuy. I went with the black model but they also offer white.
After taking the scale out of the box and unpacking it I was really happy with the build quality. It is a solid piece of hardware and doesn’t feel like the kids will break it the first time they jump on it. It is sleek and glossy with an attractive LED display. It is minimalistic enough to excited even this Apple fan boy.
To start the setup process you will need to pull a plastic tab out from the battery compartment. Batteries are included by the way. But the next steps are where I had my first problem. The directions that come in the box are not accurate. After about 4 attempts to set up the scale I turned to Google for help. Since no one can put anything on the internet that isn’t true I quick found what I was looking for. I was able to find out that FitBit provided a web-based setup that got me up and running without any further interruptions. In fact I could do it all from my iPhone. Why they don’t include the web setup instructions with the packaging I have no idea. I wasted a good 30 minutes with the errored setup instructions that came in the box.
Once you have the scale setup you need to setup an account with FitBit. You enter information like gender, height, and age. You can also enter your weight goal if desired and how fast you want to lose the excess weight. Once you have your weight goal set and the rate at which you want to lose weight the app/site will then estimate a date that it expects you will meet that goal. Here is the part I really like. Based on your ability to watch your food intake and the amount of calories you are burning it adjusts that goal date. This is extremely useful for me. The harder I work the more the date creeps closer. If you have a bad couple of days the dates gets pushed back. This is a big motivator for me to eat right and get my runs in as planned. Here are two screens from the iPhone app from the weigh goal settings.
The display will also show your initials that you entered in the setup just to confirm that it has the correct person. There is about a 5 second pause between each display. Once the stats display twice then you get a final upload processing animation and then a final check mark. I have never had the scaled not make the connection and upload the data so I am really pleased with the Wi-Fi connection. I should also note that the scale is in a bathroom that gets bad connection in our house due to the distance from the router. In fact since I am tethered to my iPad when I am at home I have to sit on the toilet and lean forward holding the iPad out the door if I am downloading any updates or watching a video. I went ahead and left that photo out fo the review. But the scale has not problem at all connection to the Wi-Fi in the bathroom.
I primarily access the data the scale logs from my iPhone but you can also access it from your computer and the Fitbit website. The website has some better graphics and filtering. Here are two additional screens from the iPhone app that allow me to see a chart from my weight, Lean vs Fat mass, and finally BMI.
I have to say that I thought I would experience some kind of buyers remorse spending $129 on a scale but I haven’t. It gives me exactly what I wanted in a Wi-Fi scale. The Fitbit iPhone app was a nice surprise and does everything I could have hoped for. There is just enough geekery to keep me motived to track my food intake and my weight. I can even track the amount of water intake.
If you need that little extra push to shed that extra weight and you love geeky things then this is the scale for you. I highly recommend the Fitbit Aria Smart Scale.