An easily integrated scale, with fairly accurate body fat readings and several techie options.
The Fitbit Aria not only weighs you, calculates your BMI and reads your body fat percentage. It sends all this data to the cloud, where it is merged with your fitness wearables’ data to give you an encompassing snapshot of your fitness. If it could only erase that venti white chocolate frappuccino I had this afternoon….
The scale is nice and sleek, and looks right at home with the modern décor in my bathroom. The construction is solid, and the materials feel very high-quality.
Like most other digital body fat measurement devices on market, the Fitbit Aria uses bioelectrical impedance to measure the amount of body fat. While the technology has improved since the 80’s, it is not a very accurate way to measure body composition. The readings are affected by hydration levels, timing of meals, and intensity and timing of exercise. But, it is a good way to give you a ballpark, and to track your progress. And, for more accurate one-time measurements, you can rely on a trusty old caliper, or a session in the bod pod.
The Aria can store up to 8 users, and sync each respective data privately. The process to add a new was a bit cumbersome. The initial user has to send email invites to each additional user, and these users have to then complete a login/sign up process. It required several tries for the email to reach the additional user’s mailbox, and a few more tries to get the emailed link to work. Once the process was completed, however, the scale successfully recognized everyone.
The Aria connects to your Fitbit dashboard via your WiFi network. You will need a computer/smartphone to initially connect. The scale will then automatically connect after you weigh in, and sync your data to the same dashboard used by their activity trackers. I haven’t encountered any issues connecting to the WiFi, and there is very little delay in getting my info uploaded.
I have praised Fitbit for its integration before, and will continue to do so. Of all the fitness tech I’ve used, they are by far the most compatible and accessible.