Best Luggage Scales in 2017 reviewed

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Shree Ravi

Searching for the best luggage scale to buy in 2017? Have a look at our pros & cons and factors to consider when buying a normal or digital luggage scale.

Airlines in general, are quite strict with respect to the weight limits they impose on baggage. Irrespective of whether you travel frequently or once in a while, monitoring baggage weight has become an absolute necessity. A scenario where you have to toss away some valuables in the middle of the airport can be painstaking, especially when you travel with items that have a lot of personal value. The extra baggage fees can be extremely high and your stress levels can rise quite quickly. You can avoid this and other similar scenarios by using a luggage weighing scale.

These will help you determine exactly how much your suitcase weighs. You can then fill up the suitcase close to the limit or simply travel light. Some of us would have faced situations where the carry on could be quite heavy too. That’s where these digital luggage scales really come in handy. We’ve picked out and reviewed what we think are the 10 perfect travel luggage scales in 2017. Some have numerous other features which make them even more useful during your adventures. Check out our guide on the features you need to look for when buying luggage scales.

How to properly use luggage weight scales

Make sure you do not strain your back when you lift. Avoid using 1 hand alone to carry heavy weights. Make sure you use 2 hands unless the scale itself restricts you. Ensure you lift the weight vertically by pushing down with your feet and keeping your back straight. A good weighing scale in addition to being accurate will also facilitate this. Lifting heavy weights in angles and in an incorrect fashion can result in back injuries.

 

Top 10 digital luggage scales

We’ve picked out and reviewed what we think are the ideal suitcase weighing devices for travelers. Some have numerous other features which make them even more useful during your adventures.

 

1. Camry Luggage Scale

Strengths:

  • Accurate to within 1-2 lbs
  • Great customer Service

Weaknesses:

  • Fluctuates slightly at higher weights

Specs:

Capacity: 50Kgs/ 110 LBs

Backlit

Hold & overload features

Battery Type: 3V Lithium Cell

Tare Function

Weight: 4 ounces 

First up it’s the Camry and we can easily say that this is one of the best digital luggage scales in terms of core functionality. The accuracy is great. We also really like the large blue LCD display which is extremely easy to read.

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A lot of simple scales in the market don’t make use of the hold function but this Camry does. The beep function and the data lock come in handy considering the LCD will be covered when you do lift the suitcase with both hands. Some users have reported larger fluctuations when dealing with weights north of 50 pounds. The overall build quality is quite good providing for a lightweight yet sturdy feel. This luggage scale does not have any bells and whistles like flashlights and more, which would have made this an even more impressive product.

2. Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale

Strengths:

  • Sleek & Ergonomic Design
  • Top notch customer service

Weaknesses:

  • Marginally Pricey
  • Some folks reported battery issues

Specs:

Capacity: 50Kgs/ 110 LBs

Battery Type:  Lithium Cell

Overload Indication & Auto shut off features

Weight: 4 ounces

In addition to being one of the most popular digital luggage scales, the Tarriss Jetsetter is also one of the best designed. Everything from its sleek appearance and build make for a truly great product.

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The length of the device is similar to the Camry as it also employs the elongated handle. What we really like about Tarriss is their customer service. The after sales service is probably the best in the industry.

The Jetsetter is slightly more accurate than most luggage weight scales in the market as it boasts an accuracy of 0.2 lbs. The LCD display is not backlit with an aim to prolong battery life but some users did report that the battery life is a bit short. The auto-lock and shut off displays are quite handy. To top it all off the Jetsetter comes with a Lifetime Warranty too, which makes it one we highly recommend.

3. Camry 110 Lbs Luggage Scale with Temperature Sensor and Tare Function

Strengths:

  • Good Accuracy
  • Strap design is very versatile

Weaknesses:

  • Does not hold the weight on the display
  • No backlighting and lock in sounds

Specs:

Capacity: 50Kgs/ 110 LBs

Battery Type: 3V Lithium Cell

Temperature Sensor

Tare Function

Weight: 6.3 ounces

The 2nd Camry on the list employs a narrower design and is a very popular luggage scale amongst many travelers. The Camry 110 lbs weight scale comes with a temperature sensor and a Tare function as well. This helps the device to stay useful and relevant even when you are not travelling.

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The tare function is perfect when you want to weigh things like food items in a tray or measure the weight of individual travel gear. This is especially applicable when you are on hiking trips and would like to keep the weight to a minimum.

This device we feel could be better in certain facets. A longer handle would make it easier to lift larger weights in a more comfortable manner. The device is marginally cheaper than the other Camry but lacks any beep sounds or hold function which can make it a bit difficult to ascertain the weight with a very high accuracy.

4. Smart Weigh GO110 On-The-Go EZ Grip Digital Luggage Scale

Strengths:

  • Very compact and lightweight
  • Highly accurate

Weaknesses:

  • The handle design makes it hard to lift heavy luggage

Specs:

Capacity:  50Kg/ 110 LBs

Hold & Auto-Off feature

Battery Type: Lithium Cell

Weight: 3.7 ounces

The first thing that stands out about the GO110 by Smart Weigh, is its build quality. The sleek design and finish, makes it one of the more durable products on our list. The weight lock feature is great but the speed with which the device locks in the weight is all the more impressive.

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The bright blue LCD display is great and easy to read. The device uses the popular CR2032 lithium battery which offers good life but can be a tad hard to replace at certain times.

Whilst the GO110 is probably the best portable luggage scale on the list, thanks to its compact design and lightweight, it might not be the most convenient. When we travel internationally, the weights we are allowed to carry can be more which in turn means your suitcase has the potential to be quite heavy. The design of the handle on the Go110 requires the user to lift the luggage with 1 hand and this can put an enormous strain on one's back or make it very hard for older folks to lift the suitcase.

5. Digital Luggage Scale for Weighing Checked Baggage for Air Travel

Strengths:

  • Slightly longer profile aids in carrying the luggage
  • Excellent customer service
  • The pouch and multiple color options are great

Weaknesses:

  • Has a slightly fragile feel

Specs:

Capacity: 50Kgs/ 110 LBs

Tare Function

Low battery & Overload indicators

Battery Type: Lithium Cell

 Weight: 3.7 ounces

This digital luggage scale, one could say, is almost a combination of the 2 Camry designs seen above. Made by SmarterLife this is a great option for travelers and backpackers alike.

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The elongated handle design is employed here with a button also present at the top to change the display unit. This device is available in 3 colours unlike most other luggage weighing scales for travelers. A temperature sensor is also present. The weight tends to lock in very quickly and the overload indicator is quite handy especially if you decide to weigh a lot all at once. This device can also be used to weigh packages you wish to send so that you can save time at places like the post office for instance. The additional features are what makes this device a great option for many travelers around the world.

6. Digital Luggage Scale Dunheger

Strengths:

  • Great design makes it easier to hold with 2 hands
  • AAA batteries are much easier to replace
  • Bright backlit display

Weaknesses:

  • No extras like temperature displays

Specs:

Capacity: 50Kgs/ 110 LBs

Battery Type: AAA

Weight: 4.8 ounces

The digital luggage scale by Dunheger is one of our personal favourites. It’s impressive design and precise weight measurement makes it one of the best digital luggage scales out there. The ergonomic design is quite good despite one side being bulkier than the other.

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A backlit LCD display is also present. By now, you are probably wondering what makes this weight scale so special. The use of AAA batteries instead of the 2032 Lithium Ion battery is a huge plus for us.

Irrespective of whether one is a frequent or infrequent traveler, we tend to weigh the suitcase or carry-on close to departure. If the battery is low it’s much easier to find a AAA replacement than a button battery when time is of the essence. For this reason, even though the lithium batteries do last longer, the Dunheger is a solid option for travelers. We were also quite impressed with how light this particular scale was. To top it all off, this device was present in the 2016 golden globe celebrity goody bag too. Overall, it has all the hallmarks of being the best luggage scale in the market today.

7. EatSmart Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale

Strengths:

  • Reading precision is indeed excellent
  • Compact design

Weaknesses:

  • Can accidentally turn on when tightly packed due to button design

Specs:

Capacity: 110LBs/ 50 Kgs

Backlit

Battery Type: Lithium cell

Weight: 7.2 ounces

The EarSmart is a different prospect design wise to all the other scales on the list. As far as accuracy goes it doesn’t get more accurate than the precision voyager.

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This digital scale performed very well when weighing multiple times with a consistently accurate reading. There is a bright backlit LCD display on the top of the device for reading the weight. This device does have an Auto-off but not a hold function. Unlike most luggage scales, this does not have a hook but instead a strap buckle that can be used to fasten the luggage before lifting. The strap is quite durable too which is handy. Even though Eatsmart calls it a two-handed design its quite difficult for folks with reasonably large hands to use both to lift the suitcase. Lighter things like backpacks and carry-on can be lifted easily. We feel it would be much better if a wider design was employed for the handle. This is also a slightly pricier option for the features it has.

 

8. LEOKOR Hand Scales with Tape Measure

Strengths:

  • The 100 cm tape measure is very useful
  • Super accurate & easy to handle

 

Weaknesses:

  • Build quality with regards to the battery casing is a bit flimsy

Specs:

Capacity: 50kg/ 110 lb

Battery Type: 2 AAA batteries

Weight: 4.8 oz

Tape Measure built in

Hold Function

The LEOKOR is another very accurate option for those who like to travel internationally constantly. As you might know all too well, the luggage dimensions allowed tend to vary sometimes from place to place and the tape measure really comes in handy here.

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The build quality is very good and is quite similar to the Camry which we touched on earlier. The plastic base and the stainless steel top make for quite a sleek appearance. The hold function and the ability of the scale to detect an overload come in very handy. The down side is more or so related to the plastic which has quite a flimsy feel and you can shake the battery cover loose if you happen to use this scale quite often. Overall, The Leokor is an accurate yet different scale with a clean & clear LED display. It does also auto shut off after 60 seconds of inactivity to preserve battery life.

9. Balanzza Ergonomic and Digital Luggage Scale

Strengths:

  • Better suited to weighing carry-ons.
  • Well-built ergonomically

Weaknesses:

  • Scale itself weighs a bit
  • Accurate only to within 2lbs

Specs:

Battery type: 2 AAA

Capacity: 100 pounds

The Balanzza is another well-built luggage scales that is popular amongst frequent travelers. If you are not into the habit of packing your luggage scale with you then this scale will help.

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The Balanzza is quite well made. It has all the usual refinements that are common in digital scales like weight locking in, beep sounds etc. The clasping mechanism is not the smoothest around but it works just fine nonetheless.

The scale is quite accurate when weighing items above 10lbs and some users have reported having accuracy issues which leave it displaying a result lighter by a pound or two. This is not an issue for most people but for some who like to pack and measure till the very last pound this might not help. The scale itself is marginally heavier than others on our list which means it might be a tad annoying to take it with you wherever you go.

10. Air Weigh LS-300 Portable Digital Luggage Scale

Strengths:

  • Compact design
  • Well-positioned display

Weaknesses:

  • Some users reported durability issues
  • Not accurate enough for those who really like to cut it close to the limit
  • Plastic feel

Specs:

Capacity: 75 pounds

Battery Type: Lithium Cell

 Weight: 6.4 ounces

The LS-300 is a different option for those looking for a scale with the weight on its side. A compact design makes the air weigh a preferred choice for a lot of travelers. This luggage scale employs a hook design with two buttons on the top and can be lifted using two hands.

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This scale can weigh up to 75 pounds which is much lower than the 110-pound standard set by most scales on the market. It comes with a replaceable battery which is very handy. The major question mark is with respect to the durability. Unlike other sturdier options, the LS-300 has a sort of plastic feel. In terms of performance, the LS-300 is a solid mid-weight. It does not offer the accuracy that the Jetsetter or the Eatsmart boast but it certainly gets the job done for folks who are not looking to cut it too close to the limit. Overall, we feel that this is slightly pricey given the features and accuracy on offer.

Our Top Mechanical luggage scale pick

Travelon Stop & Lock Luggage Scale

Specs:

Capacity: 75 pounds

No battery needed

Weight: 4.8 ounces

Strengths & Weaknesses:

  • Weight lock feature is handy
  • No battery needed
  • Not as accurate as some of its digital counterparts
  • Weight accuracy is more +/- 5 lbs which is a lot

Our first and only non-digital option in the list is the Stop and Lock weight scale by Travelon. Travelon is an established travel brand known for its great travel gear and this one is no different. The mechanical options always have the added advantage that no batteries are needed. You can simply buy and forget about it too. At first glance, the device was a bit wider than first thought. The hook design is great despite having a slightly flimsy appearance. The Travelon’s downsides lie in the core functionality. The scale is accurate but not to the level that the digital weighing scales offer. Overall, this is definitely a great option for those who don’t want to go digital and desire something that is very durable and compact.

 

Factors to consider and features to look for when buying the best luggage scale

 

Mechanical vs digital luggage scale

A quick glance through our list might give you a good indication of what is the more accurate option. Even though the mechanicals these days are far more accurate than the good old spring scales back in the day, the mechanical options are indeed going out of style as the digital options are getting more and more accurate. The added advantage with digital options is that they often come clubbed with numerous other features which make them the preferred choice.

Capacity

A picture of different suitcases which the best luggage scale has to be able to weigh

Your Luggage scale should be able to weigh even the heaviest of suitcases out there

This is very much related to its core function of weighing luggage. Make sure the scale you buy has the ability to weigh at least 50 pounds as this is the standard for a lot of airlines. Whilst weighing scales are reasonably accurate try not to cut it too close with non-digital scales. Most luggage weighing scales we have selected weigh up to 110 pounds which should be more than enough for carry on and check in baggage.

Hold & Auto Off functions

Whilst these might seem like add-ons to some people they are vitally important to digital luggage scales. Most scales on the market have the LCD display on top of the handle which means it can be difficult for you to see the reading as and when you hold. So a scale that retains the weight for a few seconds after you have done the reading is an excellent option. These often times cost a couple of bucks more but are definitely worth it. Auto-off similarly is an important function that helps you preserve battery life, especially if the scale gets turned on by accident when tightly packed.

A traditional weight scale is shown here to point out the advantage of a digital luggage scale

Traditional Weight Scales are not designed for suitcases and are far less accurate

Battery Type 

The majority of scales in the market make use of Lithium batteries. These are quite effective but might take a tad longer to replace especially if you are traveling through a less developed part of the planet. The AAA option could be a good bet if you are a frequent traveler. Low battery indications are quite handy as well.

Additional Features

You will often find back lighting common on most LCD displays whilst these are useful the trade-off is usually battery life. Other features like power banks, thermometers and flash lights can make the device useful throughout the trip. Otherwise, the scale has to sit idle in your luggage till the next use. The Tare function is another such function that helps you weigh accurately in many different situations.

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