If a $130 scale is within your budget and you want advanced health-monitoring capabilities, the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale is a good bet. Its intuitive dashboard syncs with iPhone and Android devices, so users can track activities and foods on the go. The Aria will track data for up to eight users. However, if you're looking for a basic scale to monitor weight, the Aria will bring even more features to the table.
Ample capabilities with Wi-Fi integration. When it comes to features and performance, you can't beat the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale. Packed with capabilities ranging from simple weight measurements to body composition, the Aria uses a Wi-Fi connection to send data to the both smartphones and computers. It stores data indefinitely for up to eight users, providing the capability to monitor your total health and fitness statistics over time. Because it integrates with Fitbit's website, which CNET calls "Fitbit's powerful cloud-based fitness tools," the whole package comes complete with activity- and food-tracking applications.
Users posting feedback to Amazon.com say it's accurate within about 0.2 pounds and 0.2 percent, depending on the unit you're measuring. Some users say that if you stand on the scale a different way for consecutive measurements, it will give slightly different readings.
Setup challenging for some, but overall easy to use. Editors at Mashable praise the Aria for its ease of use, noting users simply "activate the battery-powered scales by stepping on the top. One of the clever things about the scales is that they can automatically recognize up to eight users by their weight."
Opinions are split on how easy this scale is to set up initially. Some users say following the provided instructions makes it a seamless process, while others find the instructions hard to follow or simply say that following the steps provided doesn't work. The other downside, Fitbit does not offer phone support for product setup.
Editors at Mashable disagree, noting, "Download the included software, then, once you enter your Wi-Fi key, the scales will automatically connect to your home network."
Still too soon for definitive durability predictions. The Fitbit Aria is backed by a one-year, limited warranty and runs on four AAA batteries. It's still a relatively new scale, and there are few reviews by owners that discuss its durability -- most focus on the wireless setup and accuracy of the device. However, one Amazon contributor says he gets six months between battery changes and that he is happy with the scale overall.
Glossy, sharp look. The Aria is available in black or white with a glossy finish. Mashable adds, "The scales are very modern-looking, with a sleek, clean design." It's also small enough (12 inches long by 13 inches wide) to store easily out of sight when not in use.
In its assessment of the best bathroom scales on the market, gadget-review website The WireCutter calls the Fitbit Aria second only to the Withings WS-50, which has more features for the price. However, the article points out that the Fitbit Aria may be the way to go if you don't have a Bluetooth-capable iOS or Android, as you can sync it to a desktop computer.
Review: The Best Bathroom Scales, Alexander George, Jan. 17, 2013
This comprehensive review includes photos of the Fitbit Aria's features and functionality as well as detailed written descriptions. Unfortunately, the editors do not compare the Aria in head-to-head testing against other high-tech body-fat scales.
Review: Can a Wi-Fi-Enabled Bathroom Scale Help You Lose Weight?, Amy-Mae Elliott, June 22, 2012
Editors of CNET review the Fitbit Aria in this detailed individual product review. Like Mashable.com's review, however, it doesn't compare this model against any other bathroom scales. Overall, editors praise the Aria's simple setup and ease of use.
Review: Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale Review, Brian Bennett, May 21, 2012
More than 1,700 owners give the scale a high average rating of 3.8 stars out of 5. Owners say it's a comprehensive healthy lifestyle management tool that integrates easily with Fitbit's website and other online tools. Many of the reviews here are highly detailed and descriptive.
Review: Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014