Fitbit Aria WiFi Smart Scale

Fitbit Aria WiFi Smart Scale

  • Aria syncs automatically and wirelessly through your home Wi-Fi network. Network requirements: Wireless 802.11b, WEP/WPA/WPA2 personal security, Automatic (DHCP) IP setup (static IP configuration not supported)
  • Aria automatically recognizes up to eight different people. Your weight data syncs to your private Fitbit dashboard, so you can control what data you share. Measurement range: 20-350 lbs
  • To set up for the first time, you’ll need one of the following: Windows XP and later, Mac OS X 10.5 and up, iPhone 4S and later, iPad 3 gen. and later, and leading Android and Windows devices.
  • Aria uses 4 AA batteries – no power cord necessary. Battery type: 4 standard 1.5V size AA batteries (included)
  • Water Resistance: Aria is designed to work in a humid bathroom environment. Some condensation due to hot showers, etc. will not damage the scale. The scale should not be submerged. Avoid splashing large amounts of water on the scale. To prevent slipping or accidents, please thoroughly dry the glass top and your feet before stepping on the scale.

Smarter scale. Better results.

Totally different from your dad’s old needle scale, the Fitbit Aria WiFi Smart Scale uses advanced technology to track weight, lean mass, body fat percentage, and body mass index, allowing you to see all the numbers you need to start living a healthier lifestyle.

With room for the storage of up to eight users, this scale recognizes who you are, displays your data, and sends your stats straight to your Fitbit account through your home’s WiFi while remaining totally private to you. The sleek polished glass surface looks classy while resisting the condensation from steamy hot showers.

Stats that matter.
Results that last.

Get set for success all in one step with Aria—a Wi-Fi Smart Scale that uses advanced technology to track weight, lean mass, body fat % and BMI, so you can see the numbers you need to take control of your fitness and get results that last.

See your trends.
Take control.

Short-term fluctuations in weight don’t give you a realistic picture of your health and fitness–It’s the long term trends that matter. That’s why Aria syncs with your Fitbit dashboard to display charts and graphs of your progress, so you can see the bigger picture and stay on track.

Sync it all.
Stay on track.

Aria automatically and wirelessly syncs to your Fitbit dashboard using your home Wi-Fi network, so you can access your progress 24/7 without having to remember or record another number.

A scale designed
to be shared.

Whenever you step on the scale, Aria recognizes who you are, displays your data, and sends your weight stats straight to your Fitbit account—keeping your results private. Plus, it recognizes up to eight individual users, so you can invite the whole family.

Better information.
Better design.

Progress has never looked as good as it does on this high quality scale. Designed with a sleek, polished glass surface, Aria is one seriously sharp scale designed to look great in any home.

Reviews of Fitbit Aria WiFi Smart Scale

Review 1: Top quality scale… with some initial shortcomings

Like many buyers of this scale, I’ve recently taken the fitbit plunge and wanted to include this scale to easily track weight and body fat fluctuations. Visually, the scale is very impressive. I got the black version and it is thin, sleek, and substantial (footprint, heft). The glass is perfectly smooth, edge beveled, and the weigh-in process (step on to step off) is done in less than 5 seconds. Aesthetically as well as fit, feel, and finish, this is a 5-star product.

Functionally, there are a few problems. First, connecting the scale can be a challenge. The process includes broadcasting the ID of the scale, connecting to this “wifi network” on the phone, and then switching the network of the phone back to your personal wifi network. It took me several tries but eventually it worked and has worked flawlessly since. Unfortunately I’ve forgotten the exact problem I experienced but I do recall having to switch networks while my phone displayed a webpage that was reading “connecting”. Anyway – see this page: […] if you run into trouble. In contrast to this setup process, all other scale settings (users and their profiles) are very easy to setup once the scale is working correctly with the network. Additionally, I haven’t had any issues with connectivity once the scale was setup correctly the first time.

Secondly, the scale must be used on a hard surface. In our bathroom, a rug sometimes slips slightly under the edge of scale and can really throw off the reading. If this happens, my reading can be confused with my wife’s and the scale can start to get confused. Fortunately, all the readings are stored online and the erroneous readings can be easily removed on the website. If the scale is free from the rug, it never confuses my wife and my readings.

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Finally, the body-fat reading is precise but probably not accurate. By default, the scale is set to regular for a user and read my body fat read ~12.5%. After I switched to “slim” body type, the reading dropped to ~6%. Using a handheld body fat tester I’m around 8-9% . The good thing is that this reading, like the weight, is very repeatable. Also, it’s clearly independent from the weight measurement. For example if you drink a bunch of water and wait 10 mins, your weight will be up but you body fat reading may fall. Of course, what’s happening is that the scale is simply measuring an electrical signal and then converting this to a % body fat. Ideally, the Fitbit site would let you input your exact body fat number (taken with a vibrational or displacement measurement) at a point in time and this number could be used to calibrate the electrical to % body fat conversion. To my knowledge, no consumer scale allows this calibration to be done today. To me it’s not a huge issue as the body fat is consistent and a useful metric as I increase my lifting and muscle mass.

This leads to perhaps the greatest strength of this device; statistics. Many folks roll their eyes when you tell them that your scale uploads your weight to the cloud. However, body weight fluctuates throughout the day and week. With this scale, I’ve found myself weighing myself several times per day and looking at my data over a week or month, clear trend lines can be seen despite the daily fluctuations. Ultimately, this is the reason that I bought the scale and makes me very happy.

I held off on rating this scale until I had used it for several weeks. Initially, (after the setup headaches) I would have leaned towards 3 stars. During the first 1-2 weeks, my frustrations with body fat settings and trouble with the rug in our bathroom, I would have probably gone with 4 stars. However, understanding these issues and more importantly, seeing the benefits of frequent weight measurements, I couldn’t be happier with the purchase. I strongly recommend that anybody happy with their Fitbit and serious about achieving their weight loss goals, take a good look at this high quality product.

UPDATE: I still have the scale and it’s working great. I get about 6 months or so between battery changes and it was pretty painless moving to a new place with a different network setup (even though I had completely forgotten the setup process). Overall, the Aria Scale is proving to be very easy to stick with. I can’t think of what else could obsolete this device anytime soon so I anticipate many more years of use.

Review 2: Installs easily, just follow their directions

Fitbit Aria WiFi Smart Scale installs easily, just follow their directions. Takes about 40 seconds to setup if you have a FitBit account already.

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Very accurite and consistant repeatable results.

Love the way it auto-recognizes who I am on the scale, and automatically posts my weight & bodyfat to my account. You step on, step off, and it syncs, that’s easy. That’s what I wanted, that’s what the scale does. Perfect.

MAKE SURE you get a 3 or 4 year add-on extended warranty. Some have reported breakage.

Review 3: Effortless weight tracking

Love, love, love this scale! I’m not big on paying attention to a number that varies quite a bit from day to day, and even throughout a single day, so I hardly ever bothered stepping on the scale. My wife wanted this because she uses a fitbit, and I’m very happy we got it.

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First, it was very easy to setup. My wife usually asks me to handle all the “tech” stuff, but she set this up herself in just a couple minutes following the included instructions. A minute later, she stepped on, and within a few seconds, her weight and body fat % were showing up in her Fitbit app.

It recognizes multiple users without us having to do anything, and because all I have to do is step on, weight a few seconds, then step off, I’m now in the habit of weighing myself daily. I don’t care what the number says each day, but I’ve made some adjustments to my eating habits after seeing the trendline over a couple weeks. It’s really nice to be able to check my phone whenever I want to see how I’m doing.

I’m not sure how much I trust the accuracy of the body fat % measurement, but for us, that wasn’t a primary motivator for buying this.

If you have an iPhone, the Fitbit data will sync with Healthkit data, so any measurements collected by the scale will be available in many different apps.

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