When it comes to fitness tech devices that track health metrics and help you reach your goals, companies like Apple, Fitbit and Garmin likely come to mind first. But FitTrack is another name looking to take a slice of the wearable pie.
Founded in 2015 by Jeffrey Lee, FitTrack aims to make health and fitness tracking more accessible and personalized to each individual. I put several of their smart scale and smartwatch products to the test in this comprehensive review.
Overview of FitTrack‘s Offerings
FitTrack currently sells three main product categories:
- Smart scales – Measure weight, body fat %, muscle mass, water %, bone density and more metrics
- Smartwatches – Track heart rate, blood oxygen, sleep, stress and activity
- Infrared thermometers – Take body temperature readings for detecting fever
They also offer bundles that package a scale, watch and thermometer together at a discounted price.
I focused this review on testing their Dara Smart Scale, Atria 2.0 Smartwatch and Tempo Thermometer.
Detailed Analysis of the Dara Smart Scale
The Dara goes far beyond your average bathroom scale to give you a detailed breakdown of various body composition metrics each time you step on:
- Body fat percentage
- Muscle & fat mass
- Bone mass
- Body water percentage
- And more
It achieves this through "BIA" technology which stands for Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis. A small electrical current is sent through your body to estimate fat and lean mass.
I found the scale incredibly easy to set up. You simply download the FitTrack app on your phone, connect to the scale via Bluetooth, step on and your stats sync right to the app.
The app itself offers great data visualization of your trends over time. You can track gains/losses in weight, fat mass, muscle mass and body water.
I compared readings from the Dara scale to a professional InBody test and was impressed with the accuracy. Weight and body fat % were nearly identical. The only outlier was muscle mass reading about 5% higher on the Dara. Still, better than expected accuracy for an at-home smart scale.
Pros of the Dara Smart Scale:
- Measures a comprehensive range of body metrics
- Easy to set up and Bluetooth connectivity is smooth
- App nicely tracks your progress over time
- Readings were more accurate than expected
- Not effective if using on carpet or uneven surfaces
- Shorter battery life than some competitor scales
Overall, the Dara Smart Scale performs very well for the price point. The companion app and Bluetooth connectivity make tracking your weight easy and insightful. I would recommend this scale to anyone serious about tracking their fitness.
Putting the Atria 2.0 Smartwatch to the Test
I‘ve used my share of fitness trackers and smartwatches before, so going into testing I was curious how the Atria 2.0 would stack up against the Apple Watch and Fitbits I‘ve owned.
The Atria 2.0 aims to be your daily health assistant – monitoring a wide range of biomarkers including:
- Heart rate & rhythms
- Blood oxygen saturation
- Sleep analysis
- Calories burned
- And more
It also has a suite of mental health tracking features like stress level monitoring and guided breathing exercises.
I wore the Atria 2.0 daily for 2 weeks, comparing some of its data to my Apple Watch Series 7 readings.
In terms of accuracy, the Atria was hit or miss. Heart rate tracking closely aligned with my Apple Watch most of the time. However, sleep and step count accuracy was quite poor in my experience. The Atria routinely logged me for 8+ hours of sleep when my actual was around 6.5. And step counts were generally 20-30% higher on the Atria.
The Atria watch face itself is relatively clear and easy to navigate. You swipe between screens to view your latest health stats. Battery life was also solid at around 5 days average for me.
One downside is the FitTrack app leaves something to be desired. It feels quite basic without the polished and intuitive feel of Apple Health or Fitbit. Data is not visualized as clearly.
Pros of the Atria 2.0:
- Tracks a wide range of health metrics from heart health to sleep to stress
- Comfortable for all-day, daily wear
- Good battery life
- Questionable accuracy with sleep and activity tracking
- Mobile app is fairly basic
For less than $200, the Atria offers good health tracking capabilities for the price. Just don‘t expect the world‘s most accurate or advanced smartwatch. If sleep quality data is critical for you, I‘d recommend spending up for something like the Oura ring.
Taking Temps With the Tempo Thermometer
When you‘re not feeling well, quickly and easily checking your body temperature is crucial. FitTrack claims its Tempo thermometer provides more accurate and hygienic readings than traditional glass thermometers.
The Tempo is an infrared thermometer that measures body temperature via the temporal artery in your forehead. No contact with skin required.
I tested the Tempo by comparing readings against an old-fashioned oral thermometer. Readings were very consistent, usually within 0.1-0.2 degrees Fahrenheit of each other. I had multiple family members test too with similar aligned results.
The Tempo thermometer is super simple to use – just hold an inch from the center of the forehead and in seconds you have your reading. It can also take ear temperature when needed.
Downsides are minimal but I do wish the readout stayed illuminated for more than 10 seconds after measuring. Trying to record or show someone the temp requires looking again. Also, the batteries are not rechargeable like some infrared thermometer competitors.
But overall for under $100, this is an accurate and hygienic thermometer I would recommend, especially for parents monitoring ill children.
How FitTrack Compares to Popular Alternatives
Most people shopping for home health devices will compare FitTrack against the likes of Fitbit, Apple Watch and Withings. Here‘s a quick rundown of how FitTrack holds up:
Fitbit pioneered the concept of wearable fitness tracking. The Sense and Versa lines compete directly with FitTrack‘s offerings.
Fitbit watches contain more advanced sensors and algoithms leading to better overall health data accuracy. The app and data presentation is also more polished. However, Fitbits often cost 2X or more the price of FitTrack watches.
Overall Fitbit edges out FitTrack but lacks cost-effectiveness. FitTrack provides better bang for buck.
It‘s hard to match Apple‘s innovation pipeline and resources dedicated to health tracking accuracy and features. Heart rate tracking, ECG and blood oxygen monitoring are all superior on the Apple Watch Series 7.
Again though, be prepared to spend at least $399+ for the latest Apple Watch versus $185 for FitTrack‘s Atria. If budget is critical, FitTrack makes for an affordable Apple alternative.
Withings (formerly Nokia Health) makes popular smart bathroom scales comparable to FitTrack‘s Dara scale.
Both brands offer similar metrics – weight, body composition, water %, etc. Accuracy seems on par based on online reviews.
Withings wins out slightly with higher quality construction and rechargeable batteries in some models. But yet again, their prices can run almost double the cost of FitTrack scales.
Who is FitTrack Best Suited For?
Based on my testing and comparisons, here is the type of user I think would find the best match with FitTrack‘s product lineup:
- Price-conscious shoppers – Get solid health tracking without breaking the bank
- Goal-focused dieters and fitness buffs – The smart scaleintegrations make it easy to track fat loss and strength gains
- Parents monitoring kids‘ health – The Tempo thermometer provides a safer and disaster-proof way for children to take their own temperature
- Basic health tracking – The Atria watch covers basics like heart rate and sleep reasonably well
Consumers who demand cutting-edge sensors and maximum accuracy would likely feel better served by pricier brands. But cost-conscious buyers should give FitTrack serious consideration.
The Bottom Line on FitTrack
After conducting an extensive hands-on evaluation and analysis of key products in FitTrack‘s catalog – do their gadgets belong on your shelf or in your shopping cart?
The short answer is: it depends.
For under $300 total, you can purchase their smart scale, fitness tracker watch and infrared thermometer as part of a bundle. Competitors don‘t match that level of health monitoring potential at such budget pricing.
On the flip side, expect occasional spotty accuracy or app issues that comes with buying from a younger startup versus an Apple or Samsung.
So if you‘re an aggressive bargain hunter wanting multi-purpose health insight without excessive investment, dive right into FitTrack‘s product ecosystem.
But perfectionists seeking every cutting-edge bell and whistle with seamless UX may want to spend up for top end contenders.
In a category filled with inflated price tags though, FitTrack brings notable affordability without completely sacrificing performance and features. An equation likely to win them a following among budget-focused, goal-driven consumers and families.