Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, Black
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- 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.
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Fitbit aria helps you know where you stand and get where you want to be with your weight goals. Aria is a high performance scale, tracking weight, body mass index (BMI) and % body fat over time. After easy, wireless set-up, your Fitbit aria scale taps into your home wireless network and uploads your information automatically to fitbit.com each time you step on the scale. Automatically recognizes up to 8 different people in your home, sending their info to separate accounts at fitbit.com. At fitbit.com you’ll get a complete weight management system to help you set weight goals, keep on track and achieve your targets. On your computer or smartphone, you can view charts and graphs of your weight trends over time to keep you on track. To keep you motivated, fitbit.com lets you set goals and earn badges, and then connect with friends and share that information as you see fit. You can also log food and activities, then use Fitbit’s food plan tool to guide you to how many calories you can eat and still meet your weight goals. And when combined with the Fitbit wireless activity sleep tracker, you’ll really get a 360-degree view of your health and fitness, making you more aware of your daily activities and encouraging you to make small changes that can add up to big results.
Move it up: Since blood increases further up your arm, wear your tracker higher on your wrist to improve the heart rate signal during workouts. Start by moving the device up to three finger widths above your wrist bone, then experiment with slightly lower placement. Keep it secure: The less your tracker moves during exercise, the more chance you have of maintaining a heart rate signal throughout the activity. Do not wear the band too tightly, as this can restrict blood flow and goes against our wear and care guidelines. Hold steady for ten seconds: High intensity exercises or activities that cause you to keep your wrist bent (like push-ups) or move your arms vigorously (like dance) may interfere with heart rate signals. If you stop seeing a signal during these types of activities, hold your wrist steady for ten seconds during breaks to get your reading.
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This is all you'll see on this scale after a year or two (or less!). If it happens to be more than 1 year after you bought it, tough luck, Fitbit's answer is "unfortunately your scale is broken and there's nothing we can do about it". THOUSANDS of consumers are having this issue, it is all over the Fitbit troubleshooting boards, and yet Fitbit offers no fix. This scale works for a few months, maybe you'll get 2 years out of it if you're lucky. After that, it bricks and it's nothing more than a very expensive paperweight.
Decided to contact Fitbit in search of any suggestions. Big waste of time! I only wanted some help getting it to work properly and the agent brushed me off the call. I guess they dont like talking to anyone out of warranty? It was a nice scale while it lasted, but now its an expensive paperweight.
TO POTENTIAL BUYERS:
If you are okay paying for something that will no longer work as intended 2 years down the road then this isnt a bad option at all. Customer service is only good within warranty (1 year across the board). I would suggest saving money and getting a cheaper digital scale, or another branded wifi scale. Just look into their company first and see how they are customer service wise before handing them $100+
No issues with Amazon as the seller, they are up to par on all aspects, this is just about Fitbit as a company and the Aria scale.
Do not waste your hard earned money or time. Good luck.
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.
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.