Fitbit Aria Scale Review – A New generation of Smart Scales
Today we're going to take a look at the Fitbit Aria Scales, which have been around for a couple of years now but they are being continually upgraded and improved.
I've been using the scale for around 6 months now and in this review, I'm going to share with you how they're holding up to my crazy fitness regime and my constant abuse and also, whether I still recommend this product or not!
Fitbit Aria Scale Review
So if you're in the market for a new set of body analyzer scales then the Fitbit Aria is one product you should definitely consider.
First off a quick run down of the product.
This is a smart scale that links up to your home Wi-Fi network and updates automatically via the Fitbit app on your smartphone.
Tech Specs and Features
- Body Weight
- Body Mass Calculator
- Body Fat Percentage
- Two color options (glossy black or glossy white)
How The Body Fat Calculator Works
In order to measure your body the Aria uses something called BIA which stands for Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis, now this scientific way of measure body fat is pretty accurate BUT it's not the most accurate way to measure BF levels.
The most accurate way is to use body fat calipers, which essentially pinch the skin and you take a reading from the dial. You do this in 3 different places on the body and take an average of the 3 readings.
However, since this is a Fitbit Aria scales review, let's jump back to that. How BIA works is that the scales send a very low electrical current or signal up one leg of your body and then it measures how fast it back down through the other leg.
The theory behind this is that lean body mass conducts electricity faster as opposed to fat mass, which impedes the electric current. So depending on how fast the electricity flows through your body, it uses this speed to calculate your body fat percentage.
One big thing that can affect your reading is your levels of hydration, so depending on how well hydrated you are the levels are going to vary each time.
So if you chug a big gallon of water and wait a couple minutes you're going to see that the scale is going to say your body fat is a bit lower.
So that was just a heads up on how these scales work. With all that being said, I have found that typically these scales say my body fat is 1-2% over what it actually it and this is fine since I know that each time I use the scales I can simply use that number given and track if it goes up or down – either way, I will know if I am track or not.
How About the Build Quality?
The build quality on the Fitbit really is excellent, there is nothing cheap about this product and nothing has broken either internally or externally.
It still functions just as it did on day-1 of opening the box, and trust means I've put it through its paces, I've kicked this thing (accidentally of course), I've dropped it and spilled water all over it after taking a bath.
Now I'm not sure if it's meant to be waterproof but it didn't affect it one bit. So the build quality is excellent.
The third thing I want to talk about is the battery life, which on these smart scales can be up and down. The technical specs state that this device can last up to an entire year on just 4x AA batteries, however that does depend on how often you use it.
Personally, I have to change the batteries at least once or twice per year. However, I do use rechargeable batteries so after a could of hours charging it is back up and running.
One thing often overlooked by many is the tedious task of writing down your weight when using a normal set of scales. If you trying to stick to a diet and exercise regime which entails daily or weekly logging of your weight, it can get pretty tiresome.
What is great about Fitbit, and any of their products for that matter is that they are ‘smart'. The are super convenient and it's simply to roll out of bed, measure yourself and not have to worry about anything.
Everything syncs up to your app and super easy to track your progress and having the technology side means you can set your goals and analyze performance etc which for me is really motivating.
Value For Money?
Price wise this device has come down in recent months to remain competitive, however, it has held its value pretty well since it is one of the most popular products on the market when it comes to WiFi Smart Scales.
In my opinion for how convenient and intelligent this scale is, not to mention it's aesthetic appeal and sleek design, it is definitely worth the price.
I think the Fitbit Aria is a great scale and is perfect for people who are serious about weight management in the sense that they are going to be able to weigh themselves every day if need be and keep a track of their progress in an instant.
So, if you're interested in something that is easy to use and tracks your daily weight, body fat and body mass fluctuations, I think the Fitbit Aria is definitely one of the top smart scales out there.