Samsonite Luggage Scale Review

Product Manufacturer: Samsonite USA

Description: Analogue Travel Scale

Product Range: Travel Accessories

Cost: $8 – $12

Quality Rating: 4/5

Value For Money: 5/5

 

 


During my travels, my wife and I are always on the hunt for articles that remind us of the country we have travelled to and that will add an interesting twist to our home decor. I am not referring to the usual items such as fridge magnets or t-shirts, we look for unique items such as paintings, wood carvings, stonework & alike which I am sure, automatically makes one think, “will these fit into the luggage and/or what are the weight restrictions for the aircraft?”

These considerations used to be a bit of a gamble in the past and to be honest, it has been a little stressful at times as the costs for excess baggage and/or additional packaging can be exorbitant.

I visited the Samsonite store in Wolfsburg, Germany shortly before travelling to Thailand in 2016 and I saw this analogue scale on offer there. It was not very expensive, so I thought it would be a good thing to try this out. I must say from the outset that there is a more expensive version from Samsonite that includes a digital readout but in my view the analogue was more than sufficient for my needs and let’s face it, who really needs more battery power accessories for such a simple piece of equipment.

 

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Previous Methods

 

I have survived all my travels up to that point without owning a hand held scale but for the price and the benefits, this is something that I would recommend to anyone who plans on travelling, even for local travel. If you are unsure of how to measure your luggage, here are 5 easy steps to accurately weigh your luggage:

  1. Place a normal scale used to determine body weight on a flat, firm surface.
  2. Record your own body weight measurement.
  3. While standing on the scale, pick your packed luggage up and record a second measurement while standing as still as possible.
  4. Subtract your body weight measurement from the combined weight measurement.
  5. The result of step 4 is the weight of your luggage.

While it might seem easier to place the luggage directly on the scale, I have had the experience that soft shell luggage tends to flex and if it touches the floor, you will record an incorrect weight value for your luggage.

 

What I Liked

 

I really liked that the unit folds together making it a very compact travel companion. The method mentioned above using the scale works well when you are at home but I have yet to find a hotel or resort that places these scales in their rooms which leaves you with no way to weigh your bags before the return flight home.

Airlines are becoming more pedantic about the size of the packages that are being brought through as hand luggage. With this in mind, it makes sense that Samsonite included a handy tape measure in this scale. Not only does it help with determining the dimensions of the hand-luggage that you wish to take with but it also assists when you are in a market wanting to purchase something but are unsure if it will fit in your luggage for the trip home.

The dial range is in both imperial and metric measurements with the scale being able to measure to a maximum weight of 32kg or 75lbs. This covers most of what is considered normal luggage and travel restrictions and anything weighing more than this would really be considered abnormal and fall outside the range of the typical traveller.

 

What I Did Not Like

 

The overall construction is good however the indicator that the displays the maximum load is a little loose and I think Samsonite could have manufactured this with a better mounting or with something that does not feel so cheap. A second point in my opinion is that Samsonite could have integrated the measuring tape housing into the back of the main display as apposed to where it is currently located to give the unit a compact feel as compared to the elongated design as seen above.

It must be made clear at this stage that what I don’t like about the unit in no way negatively affects the overall functionality of the scale but is rather limited to user interface and cosmetic features.

 

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A Final Word

 

On a cost vs reward scale, it doesn’t get very much better. I used to stress about weight and measurements especially on the return leg of a trip but I don’t anymore. This simple tool has eliminated much of the stress of baggage and is neither expensive nor bulky to take with.

The only drawback is that I did not think to purchase it sooner.

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12 Responses

  1. Humayra says:

    Hi Richard,

    This is the exact information which I was looking for. I have faced the luggage measurement issues many times. I believe many of my friends also faced it. Since it is available in cheap price, I am planning to buy it soon. I am going to share it with my other friends and relatives. I believe they will also find it helpful. Thanks for sharing this awesome review.

    • Richard says:

      It is a very common challenge while traveling and I hope this review helps people see the value in such an item. 

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

      Rich

  2. Clement says:

    Thank you for this amazing post, simple and easy to comprehend. I have also encountered a lot of stress in time pass in guessing if my luggage will fit to the required scale. I think with this simple equipment, travelling with luggages will be alot easier. At less than $15 I think it is cheap and highly affordable. I will share this posts with my friends. 

    • Richard says:

      The low price has definitely contributed to this products success. Its a small investment for a huge stress relief.

      Thanks for leaving a message.

      Rich

  3. Dale says:

    You know this is always a struggle and even stressful just hoping and trying to keep the weight of your luggage where it is supposed to be.

    Its amazing that in 2019 we still play a guessing game with stuff like this.  Until now I had no clue this scale ever existed.  For anyone that travels even more than once a year it should absolutely be a purchase you shouldnt do without.

    Thank you for taking the time to research and let us know that such a product exists.  I know I cant wait to get mine.

    Dale

    • Richard says:

      Hi Dale,

      Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best ones. I am glad this article provided some helpful info.

      Rich

  4. Joe Joson says:

    One way to enjoy retirement is to travel. But while traveling is fun, it does have its pains and aches. Luggage preparation is definitely one of the pains. We spend a whole lot of time arranging our stuff inside our luggages. We re arrange, weigh and all that good stuff. Then the luggage becomes overweight and we have to take out a few things and re weigh. More pain!

    But they say, no pain no gain! No pain no glory! So we go through the whole thing. Having a tiny portable scale to travel with is a very smart move for any traveler. It will save us tons of headaches and money. Excess baggage fees are not cheap!

    Great informative piece. It will help make organizing our luggage easier!

    Joe

    • Richard says:

      Hi Joe,

      Simple solutions like this portable scale can help when traveling and the more one travels, the more useful this product can be.

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

      Rich

  5. Autofreak says:

    Thanks for a great review of this versatile product. Lots of airline companies are pretty much conscious of luggage weight, we can’t blame them, they are in business to make money.A tool that saves the traveler lots of money in excess baggage costs is worth it. I looked up it price, I must confess, it cost-benefit ratio is cool.

    • Richard says:

      In my opinion the cost of this verses the befits are great so I would recommend that anyone looking to travel should think about purchasing one.

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

      Rich

  6. Md moinul Islam says:

    Hi,

    This is really a wonderful information about the best luggage scale review. I have encountered such problems many times and many of my brothers and friends have also had encountered such problems.This is definitely something will share this product review with my brothers and my friends.

    Thanks for sharing this informative article.

    • Richard says:

      This is definitely a great product hat solves many travel issues that everyone can benefit from.

      Thanks for leaving a comment. 

      Rich

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