The 10 Best Spring Scales

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in June of 2019. You probably thought you left them behind in your high school science class, but spring scales can still be extremely useful in many situations. They're incredibly convenient for weighing fish or game, measuring out feed for livestock, weighing luggage so you can avoid excess baggage fees, and more. These options are all well-made, inexpensive, and reliable. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Modern Step Crane

2. Rapala Tube

3. Booms Fishing TS1

Editor's Notes

June 20, 2019:

The Modern Step Crane earned our top spot due to its large capacity, clear and easy-to-use display, and durable construction. That said, it's likely going to be overkill for many uses (unless you catch really big fish). We believe the Rapala Tube is nearly as good, and it should be your go-to for smaller applications.

If you only plan to measure fish with your scale, the Booms Fishing TS1 is difficult to beat. Its shape makes it possible to use it one-handed, and it's small enough to stash in your tackle box. It's a somewhat specialized tool, though, which is why we couldn't rank it higher.

The Sciencent Economy pack is perfect for teachers, as it's both inexpensive and easy for students to use. The scales are not intended to measure heavy objects, though, which limits their usefulness outside the classroom.

Special Honors

Chatillon & Sons Mechanical Made of steel and cast iron, this model is certainly heavy-duty enough to last for years. It measures up to 100 pounds in single-pound increments.

Detecto Hanging Every serious chef needs one of these hanging in their kitchen. The red knife-blade pointer moves quickly and accurately, and the entire face is vivid enough to be read from across the room.

Shimpo FGE Series Professionals should consider this model, as it comes with a carrying case and several attachments, making it both versatile and easily portable. Its reversible display and dual-printed keypad give you plenty of options in terms of mounting as well.

4. Polysun Digital

5. Sciencent Economy

6. Eisco Premium

7. Pit Bull

8. American Weigh Scales H Series

9. Weston Hook

10. Ajax Scientific

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