Fit­bit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale

Can th­ese in­tel­li­gent scales keep you in check any bet­ter than dumb ones?

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£99 Man­u­fac­turer Fit­bit, fit­bit.com Mea­sures Weight, body fat, body mass in­dex Di­men­sions 5.84x3.3x31.24cm Fea­tures Wi-Fi, smart­phone/on­line app in­te­gra­tion, auto power on/off

Fit­bit is one of the big ‘wear­able’ com­pa­nies, but with the Aria Smart Scale it con­fines your stats mon­i­tor­ing to in­doors, thanks to its built-in Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity.

Pow­ered by four AA bat­ter­ies and sport­ing an LED screen and sleek glass top, it looks much like tra­di­tional bath­room scales. But turn it on and the first thing it does is connect to your wire­less net­work.

Once the con­nec­tion is made you can cre­ate a pro­file for your­self, which is linked to your Fit­bit ac­count. Step­ping on the scales, it iden­ti­fies you by name and pro­ceeds to take your weight, body mass in­dex (BMI) and body fat per­cent­age – use­ful if you’re out to build mus­cle rather than just lose weight.

If you own a Fit­bit wear­able, the Aria syncs your weight data into the ac­com­pa­ny­ing iOS app, al­low­ing you to check progress charts for weight, BMI and body fat on the fly. Th­ese scales are also smaller than Withings’ ri­val Wi-Fi equiv­a­lent, and feels more ro­bust too. You can cre­ate up to eight pro­files for dif­fer­ent fam­ily mem­bers, whom the scales recog­nise au­to­mat­i­cally. A very in­tu­itive and use­ful fea­ture.

Un­for­tu­nately, the Aria is in­ac­cu­rate on any­thing other than a per­fectly sta­ble, smooth sur­face (it gives in­con­sis­tent read­ings on a car­peted floor and even floor­boards, for ex­am­ple), so bear that in mind be­fore you buy. Tim Hard­wick

The Aria scale syncs an­other in­te­gral statis­tic to your on­line Fit­bit dash­board.

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