I did, and there were a few things which I felt were far superior with the Arnia.
- The Arnia temp probe is on a lead, and you don’t put it in the top of the hive, you put it in the center of the brood nest. That means you get a brood temperature, which is far more helpful than a “top of the hive” temperature.
- My husband wanted the acoustic monitors (I didn’t really care), and Broodminder doesn’t have those.
- The Arnia web interface is really nice, and very intuitive. I preferred it to the Broodminder option.
- The Broodminder only gives you the weight of half of the hive (it goes under one end), the Arnia gives you whole hive weights (it extends the full length). I feel this is slightly more accurate.
- Broodminder uses coin batteries and you have to dismantle everything to replace them. Arnia uses D-cells and they are outside the hive, so can be replaced without lifting or dismantling the hive.
- Arnia has a theft alert system (which would also work for bear destruction or hive blowing over) which tells you immediately if the hive weight drops dramatically.
The default Broodminder kit is Bluetooth-only, by the time you add the Cellular data option, it costs almost as much as the Arnia system.
So, we went with Arnia, and I am happy with that choice. I think @Arvada has a couple of the Arnia monitors too, so maybe he will chime in with some thoughts.