October 4, 2023


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Best luggage scales of 2019: Etekcity, Urbo, Conair, Ellessi, and more

The best luggage scale overall



The Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale is just under five-ounces but can weigh bags and suitcases up to 110 pounds. 

I’ve had my Etekcity scale for more than three years now and I’ve used it on more than 10 international trips to Greece, Iceland, Amsterdam, the Maldives, and more. It’s honestly one of the best purchases I’ve made.

I always overpack no matter where I’m going, so having a luggage scale really helps me streamline and prioritize the essentials. It also helps me avoid the embarrassment and time wasted trying to unload things in front of everyone at the airport, and most importantly, exorbitant overweight baggage fees.

But don’t let the $11 price fool you — it’s durable, dependable, and accurate. It fits into your pocket and weighs just under five ounces, but can weigh items up to 110 pounds. 

To use this luggage scale, just loop it around the handle of you bag or suitcase and lift. The weight will pop up on the digital screen either as pounds or kilograms. I set it to the unit of measurement that my destination uses (usually kilograms) so I don’t have to do convert it m yself.

I really just use this to weigh my packed suitcases, but there’s also a tare and memory function to track the weight of empty luggage, and a temperature function to make sure your bags aren’t in extreme heat or cold. I haven’t used either of these features personally, but Amazon reviewers say they’ve come in handy. 

The scale comes with a CR2032 lithium battery, and it hasn’t died on me in the last three years I’ve had it. Granted, I use it only a few times a year on long trips, but even if I had to buy a replacement battery, it wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen. 

Etekcity’s scale has a 4.5-star rating with more than 5,000 Amazon reviews. You can read my full review of the scale over here. — Jada Wong 

Pros: Accurate sensors, low-battery indicator, required battery included, automatic shutoff

Cons: Small handle can make it tricky to balance larger bags for accurate readings, battery life could be better, display difficult to read in sunlight

$10.99 from Amazon