How do you know how heavy your bag is? We’ve tested 8 dedicated luggage scales.
How do you know how heavy your bag is? One method is standing on bathroom scales with and without the bag and calculate the difference in weights. But to be more accurate, you could use a dedicated luggage scale. We’ve tested 8 models.
We measured accuracy at 4 weights: 5, 15, 20 and 25 kilograms. We also assessed how easily the bag attached to the scale, how comfortable the bag was to lift with the scale, and how easy it was to read the resulting weight.
We recommend 3 luggage scales:
All of our recommended scales were accurate to within 200g at weights up to 20kg and were easy to use.
We think you should avoid the Go Travel Weigh Me luggage scale, we’ve made it a “Don’t Buy”. It is the only mechanical scale in the test – it has extremely poor accuracy and is only just OK to use.
All of the tested scales displayed the reading after the load was removed – a feature you should look for when choosing a luggage scale.
You should also think about how your bag attaches to the scale. The tested models used either a hook or strap – some hooks may be too small to accommodate bulky bag handles.
|Recommended[rcmd]||Model||Price ($)[sort;asc]||Overall score (%)[sort;desc]||Accuracy (/10)[sort;desc]||Ease of use (/10)[sort;desc]||Type||Batteries||Capacity (kg)||Suitcase attachment|
|r||Samsonite Foldable Digital Luggage Scale||65||84||8.5||8.2||D||2x CR2032||40||Hook|
|r||Balanzza Premium Luggage Scale||60||82||8.5||7.8||D||USB recharge||44||Strap|
|r||Korjo Digital Luggage Scale||59||82||8.5||7.8||D||2x CR3032||44||Strap + hook|
|Salter Luggage Scale||50||77||7.5||7.8||D||1x CR2032||40||Strap|
|Super Cheap Auto Hand Held Digital Scale||13||77||9.5||5.8||D||2x AAA||45||Hook|
|Go Travel Digital Scale||55||75||8.5||6.5||D||1x CR2032||40||Strap|
|Intrepid Digital Luggage Scales||35||72||8.5||5.8||D||2x AAA||40||Hook|
|Don't buy||Go Travel Weigh Me Luggage Scale||50||35||2.0||5.0||M||n/a||35||Strap|
Guide to the table
Price is based on a survey of stores and online retailers in August/September 2015.
Type D = digital, M = mechanical.
All models have display delay - the reading stays on the display after the load is removed.