- Improved accuracy when measuring body weight
- Sleek, attractive design
- Supports up to 8 different users
- Easy setup and syncing process with all of your data being stored in the Fitbit app
- Increased weight limit up to 400LB
- Body fat estimates are hopelessly inaccurate
- Relatively expensive considering it’s just a scale
The Fitbit Aria 2 is definitely an improvement over the original. If you’re a Fitbit user and you want a scale, this is the simplest and most practical product to go with…and it works well (other than body fat %).
A few years back Fitbit announced the Aria Wireless Scale. It was (and still is) one of the most popular Wi-Fi scales on the market. But, it had several flaws. Most notably, the weight estimates were volatile and generally 5-7LB too low. Similar story with body fat percentage estimates—they were always off. Now, to be fair, all wireless scales have a difficult time estimating your body fat percentage, but why even include the stat then?
What’s new with the Aria 2 Scale?
With the Fitbit Aria 2, however, they’ve improved the accuracy of weight estimates. In fact, when we tested it against the original Aria scale, UA/HTC Scale, and a shipping scale, it was pretty clear that the Aria 2 is accurate and the original Aria was a few pounds off. So that’s the first and most obvious reason why you’d get the Aria 2 scale over its predecessor.
Beyond that, the Aria 2 only makes a few upgrades, albeit fairly minor ones. Here’s the list:
- Easier setup process via Bluetooth, even though syncing will be via Wi-Fi;
- Slightly brighter display;
- Compatibility with more Wi-Fi networks;
- Personalized icons and greetings;
- Increased weight limit up to 400LB (vs. 350LB previously); and
- Displays BMI on the scale versus just in the app.
So, clearly, that’s not much in the way of upgrades, but in our eyes, the weight accuracy is the most important upgrade and is the sole reason you should consider getting the Aria 2 over the original.
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Fitbit Aria 2 Review – What else should you know?
Just in case you aren’t familiar with the whole smart scale concept, here’s a refresher. You connect the scale to your Wi-Fi network at home and pair it up with your Fitbit account. From there, each time you step on the scale, it will recognize that it’s you standing on the scale and save your measurements to the Fitbit app so that you can track trends and see progress.
But how can the scale tell who’s who? Great question. It uses your personal measurements to guess who’s standing on the scale. If you’re close in weight to your partner or whomever is also sharing the scale, it might get things messed up, but from what we’ve seen, it’s generally very good at keeping your stats separate. And as an FYI, the Aria supports up to 8 different users, so if you really wanted to you could use a few of these for teams. By comparison though, the Garmin Index Scale supports up to 16 different users.
Fitbit also allows you to set a goal for your weight. You can manage that in the app and also check up on your progress. The whole system works great and we didn’t have any issues with syncing the scale. The app and scale will also show your BMI (body mass index), which is basically a single number to estimate of how you’re doing relative to your height and weight. It’s not a perfect metric because it really only uses two metrics to estimate whether you’re healthy, overweight, etc. It doesn’t take into account body fat percentage or muscle mass. Still, it’s a relatively useful stat for overweight folks looking to see how they’re doing compared to others.
Fitbit Aria 2 Scale Review – Final Thoughts
If you’re a Fitbit user, its the first scale you should look at. It’s not cheap at $130, but it’s not egregious. It’s off when it comes to body fat % estimates, but the weight numbers are correct and it’s easy to setup and use. It’s a solid scale, but it’s just not something to write home about.
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