Fitness and technology are two of my favorite things. What’s better than when the two meet? OK, well, wine and coffee might be better, but that’s not the point. Today I’m providing you a review of my Fitbit Aria 2 smart scale.
I received Fitbit’s second generation smart scale, Aria 2, as a Christmas present. Since I was pregnant until mid-February, I wasn’t able to use it until my precious little baby was born as per warning from the manufacturer. Once my baby arrived, I didn’t waste time setting it up. I’ve been using my digital smart scale for about 3 months now.
What’s a smart scale?
A smart scale is a digital scale with wi-fi technology so that you can sync your stats wirelessly to your smart phone Fitbit app. What makes Aria 2 “smarter” than a regular scale is that the Aria 2 measures more than just weight. It assesses your body composition with parameters such as weight, body fat %, body mass index (BMI) as well as lean mass.
For best results, here are some tips on using Fitbit Aria 2:
- Use with bare, dry feet
- Balance yourself evenly on both feet
- Keep the scale on a hard surface, but on carpet
- And try to weigh yourself at the same time each day.
The Aria 2 is supposed to recognize up to 8 people. I haven’t tested this as I am the only one in my household who uses this scale. I use a Cat as my avatar and it does a good job at recognizing me. However, once in a while it does thinks I’m a guest.
Setting up the Scale
Setting up the scale was easy. You need to download the Fitbit app to your smartphone first. Then, you can sync your scale to your device by following the direction on your mobile phone. Step on the scale and you have your first measurement!
Here is what I like about Fitbit Aria 2
I love the shiny black look of the Aria with a thin profile. It looks pretty sleek sitting on the bathroom floor.
One of the benefits of having a digital scale such as the Aria 2 is that it measures more than just your weight. As mentioned above, it also measures body fat %, body mass index (BMI) as well as lean mass. When you are trying to get healthy, the pounds on the scale are not everything.
I’m sure you’ve heard the erroneous cliché that muscles weighs more than fat. The fact is, a pound of fat and a pound of muscle both weigh 1 pound. It’s that the volume of 1 pound of fat is bigger than the volume of 1 pound of muscles. So, if you are fixated solely by the pounds you measure on a scale, you might be missing the point.
The Fitbit Aria 2 Data
Maybe, just maybe, you are shedding some fat, and gaining muscles? A regular scale won’t reflect that. However, Aria 2 will since it shows trends over time. Let’s use me as a case study (warning: the numbers are real, so I’m just a bit nervous about sharing them).
The images above are screen shots of real data collected from my smart scale, and viewed through my Smart Phone Fitbit app. You can see that my weight over time dropped quickly, creeped up a bit, and now is back on a downward trend. However if you look at lean mass and body fat graphs over time, you can see that even though my weight crept up again, I was gaining lean mass, and losing fat. To be honest, if it weren’t for those other measurements, I’d probably be a bit concerned that my efforts were not getting me anywhere. However, I feel like I’m getting a better “picture” of what’s going on and I feel I’m on the right track to getting my pre-baby body back.
You wouldn’t get getting the full picture with a regular scale. Now having said that, I’m not sure on the accuracy of the measurements, but I really like that you can see trends over time. I did compare my weight between my regular scale and Aria 2 and they are very close, so I can assume that at least the weight is accurate on Aria 2.Find out what I love and don't love about the Fitbit Aria 2 Digital Scale Click To Tweet
Here is what I don’t like about the Fitbit Aria 2
Fitbit doesn’t play nice with everyone. I have a Garmin Vivoactive smart watch to track my steps, running, swimming and biking. Garmin does sync to Apple health, and I thought I could use the Apple health app as a central point for all my health data (as in calories in, calories out, activity, body measurements etc.). Unfortunately, Fitbit doesn’t play nice with everyone. You can’t sync your Fitbit data to the Apple Health App and vice versa, like I can with my Garmin. In my opinion, that’s a BIG let down (did you hear that Fitbit?)
Also, if you are not up with today’s technology and own a smartphone, than the Aria 2 is not for you. You do require a device with iOS, Android or Windows to track your progress, so, if you don’t have a smart device then you just have a very expensive, sleek looking regular scale.
I’ll admit that’s it’s fun to have the FitBit Aria 2 digital scale to measure your progress with more parameters then weight alone. But, to put it in perspective, the numbers on this scale are just that, numbers. My own perspective of my body image and how I feel in my clothes are a better measure of my overall health and wellness. And I have to say, in that perspective, I’m feeling great lately, no matter what the numbers say!