New Scale: Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale
In celebration of the new design, Fitbit had this at my front door on Friday.
(White and black are the two available colors — I told them I wanted the black.)
Okay, it was probably sent in hopes that it’d generate some business for them — let’s be honest here — but not so fast. I guess the biggest question I have is this:
Why spend $129 on the Fitbit Aria when a $29 scale can do the same thing?
In fairness to Fitbit, the scale adds quite a bit of value to itself as it tracks your BMI and body fat percentage, as well. And not only does it track/record your weigh-in results, but the results of anybody who uses the scale (up to 8 users).
That may be a good or bad thing, depending on your modesty.
The most attractive thing of the Fitbit Aria is that the data it records is sent directly to your online account dashboard at Fitbit. If you already have a Fitbit activity tracker, then it’s a great combination of two products and services. Otherwise, if I owned the scale just by itself, I probably wouldn’t log into an online account just to check my weight loss progress (something I already know). It seems frivolous.
I’ll come back with a review after I get a chance to test it out (step on, step off, etc.) for a few months. I’ll be paying close attention to the following:
- Ease of use (fast detection of weight/stats)
- Accuracy of stats (weight/BMI/body fat %)
- Quality and reliability of WiFi/syncing
- Signs of wear and tear (it better be durable for $129)
- Ultimately, is it worth the price tag of $129?
And of course, I’ll be paying attention to the number it gives me when I step on it.