FitTrack Review

Date10/22/2021 3:00:52 PM

Traditional scales can tell you about one facet of health, but wellness is measured in much more than just pounds. For a more complete picture, you might want to consider investing in a smart scale like the $89.95 FitTrack Dara, which tracks 17 metrics, including your basal metabolic rate (BMR), body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage, body water percentage, bone mass, fat mass, metabolic age, muscle mass, muscle rate, protein mass, protein rate, subcutaneous fat, visceral fat, weight without fat, and, of course, your actual weight (up to 400 pounds). Its companion app helps you understand the metrics it tracks and keeps a record of them, so you can monitor your progress over time. But it's pretty pricey compared with the $20 Wyze Scale, which doesn't track quite as many metrics, but offers greater value.

Design and Setup
The FitTrack Dara is a compact smart scale, measuring just 10.23 by 10.23 inches (HW). I wear size 9 women's shoes, and my feet just fit on it. If your feet are bigger than a size 9 women's or size 7 men's, your toes will probably be hanging off. Looks-wise, the FitTrack Dara features an attractive white-and-silver design reminiscent of the $79.99 Arboleaf Smart Fitness Scale, only smaller. Both have four metal electrodes on the top, and four anti-skid pads on the bottom for safety.
Image of the Arboleaf Smart Fitness Scale next to the FitTrack Dara
Left to right: Arboleaf Smart Fitness Scale, FitTrack Dara
Unlike some other smart scales that are rechargeable, like the QardioBase 2, the FitTrack Dara is powered by 4 AAA batteries, which aren't included in the box. Once you install the batteries, the scale will automatically turn on when at least 6.61 pounds or more is placed on it, then automatically turn off 10 seconds after it's used. Without pairing the scale to the FitTrack Pro app (available for Android and iOS), it will only show your body weight. Once connected to the app, you'll be able to see your body fat percentage and other metrics.

The FitTrack Dara connects to your phone via Bluetooth, not Wi-Fi, so it will only send your measurements to the app if your phone is within the limited Bluetooth range. Smart scales that support Wi-Fi, such as the Arboleaf and QardioBase 2, can send your data to their companion app via either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, so if one is down there's a backup. Wi-Fi also lets you connect to the scale and get your measurements from anywhere.

When creating an account, you enter a nickname, gender, birthday, height, target weight, and optionally upload a photo of yourself. You also have the option to enable Athlete Mode, which promises more accurate results for those who exercise vigorously three to five days a week or have a physically demanding profession. The app then asks for permission to use Bluetooth. After I pressed OK, it automatically connected to the scale.

Using the FitTrack Dara
Before stepping on, be sure to place the scale on a firm, level surface, not a carpet. Tap the scale with your foot to activate it, and wait for it to display 0.0. Then open the FitTrack Dara app on your phone, step on the scale with bare feet, stand up tall, and make sure both of your feet are uniformly situated over the metal electrodes. In testing, I found that the scale only syncs your data if you have the app open when you step on it, unlike Wi-Fi scales, which can sync at any point. When taking your measurements, the scale will first display your weight, then will show flashing zeros as it analyzes your body composition. When it displays your weight again, the analysis is complete, and you can see all your measurements in the FitTrack Pro app. In testing, the body composition analysis only took a couple of seconds. The scale can display your weight in pounds, kilograms, or stones; you can change the weight unit setting in the app's M
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