My Top 3 Digital Luggage Scales

Traveling can be a stressful experience especially due to queuing and checking in at the airport. I’m sure many would agree that one of main worries when traveling is having overweight luggage. This may not sound like a huge problem but overweight luggage can mean having to pay extortionate fees or, even worse, being forced to leave some items behind. Last year, while traveling to Spain, this awful experience happened to me and since then I have been looking for a way to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Digital luggage scales are the most accurate way to weigh your luggage to make sure they are the correct weight. They are far more accurate than using bathroom scales (due to the size of luggage) and are often the only way to weigh your luggage on the trip home from your destination.

Digital Luggage Scale Reviews

1. Kikkerland Digital Scale Travel Luggage

While testing different luggage scales, this one seemed to be a little bit ‘smarter’ than others onthe market as it actually waits until after you have attached your luggage before it gives you a reading. The reading you get is while the luggage is static is much more accurate than if it were still moving while being attached to the scale.

It’s a nice light and compact unit which is easy to pack away after you have used it and the instructions say it is suitable for up to 40kg (88lb) which is great for airline regulations these days.

This is probably the best digital luggage scale from the research I have done, but I think I would require a little more care than some units on the market as the LCD display is protected by fairly flimsy plastic. Still, packed between clothing it should travel well and it only requires 2 standard AAA batteries so it’s easy to get up and running anywhere you travel.

2. Taylor 8120 Digital Luggage Scale

The Taylor 8120is another good luggage scale. I was particularly attracted by its compact style so it will fit into your luggage at the end of use really easily. It is literally a handle with a strap and all you do is attach it to the suitcase handle – making it very easy to use. The LCD display is very clear and feels very durable.

One problem, though, is that you can only use one hand on the handle and although the scale is marketed as being able to weight items up to 40kg, I personally would struggle holding a bag that weight in one hand. Another thing which concerns me a little is that the Taylor 8120 is powered by a CR2032 button lithium battery. Some of these can be expensive and difficult to find (especially while traveling) and I imagine that could be a problem. Having said that, there is a cut off timer so there’s no chance of the scale being left on and the battery running flat before you go to use it next time.

Overall I think the design of this scale is probably better suited to weighing your carry-on or overnight type of luggage rather than heavy suitcases.

3. Silver Digital Luggage Scale with Built-in Temperature Thermometer

I looked at this luggage scale because I thought it might make a great gift for my gadget-loving husband. The built-in temperature thermometer seemed like the sort of thing that would amuse him and I had visions of him extolling the temperature every few minutes as we waited at the airport terminal! It’s a feature, though, that you probably do have to be a gizmo-type person to appreciate as the manual doesn’t actually tell you how to use it, so you need to work that part out yourself (hold the unit button down and the ‘temperature’ option comes up) to get a Celsius reading.

The main purpose of the Silver Digital Luggage Scale is, of course, to weigh your luggage and it certainly achieves that, but the grip isn’t very easy to hold and so while for smaller objects it was ok, it wasn’t as easy with anything heavier. Having said that, though, it is rated as suitable for weighing up to 40kg (88lb).

With the auto-shut off feature and the easily replaced 2 AAA batteries, this does help avoid luggage surcharges when you travel and definitely well worth the investment.

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