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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.

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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.

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What to look for

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.

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Test results table

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