Samsonite Luggage Scale Review
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.
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:
- Place a normal scale used to determine body weight on a flat, firm surface.
- Record your own body weight measurement.
- While standing on the scale, pick your packed luggage up and record a second measurement while standing as still as possible.
- Subtract your body weight measurement from the combined weight measurement.
- 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.