If you need to monitor your dog’s weight, you’ll want a reliable scale that won’t break the bank. But what size, design, and features will suit you best?
To help you shop, we tried out quite a few models and put together this list of the 10 best dog scales available this year. For each model, we’ve written a comprehensive review, comparing price, accuracy, durability, ease of use, size, features, and warranties so you can choose the best option. If you’re wondering what features make a great dog scale, take a look at our buyer’s guide, which covers all the major considerations. Happy shopping and weighing!
A Quick Look at our Favorite Picks of 2022:
The 10 Best Dog Scales:
1. W.C Redmon Digital Dog Scales – Best Overall
Our overall favorite dog scale is the WC Redmon ZT7400 18 Precision Digital Pet Scale, which offers a great range of features and is reasonably-priced and simple to use.
This large 17.5-pound model works with two AAA alkaline batteries and can weigh between 1.2 and 225 pounds. The well-designed weighing platform is 28×16 inches, fitting many dogs, and the scale offers a choice of pounds or kilograms. The scale also offers delta weight calculation, graduation, previous weight memory, and a low battery indicator.
This model is somewhat bulky, though you can separately purchase a carrying bag. It’s simple to use but does require your dog to stay still for accurate measuring. The platform can also be slippery, so you may want to purchase a non-slip mat. WC Redmon offers a one-year warranty.
2. MOMMED Digital Dog Scale – Best Value
Are you shopping on a tight budget? You may want to look at the MOMMED Digital Pet Scale, which we find to be the best dog scale for the money.
This light 4.55-pound pet scale is designed for smaller dogs and has a weighing tray with a swivel lock. It can measure from 0.11 to 220 pounds and works with two AAA batteries. There’s a large backlit LCD screen, and the scale offers zero, hold, and unit switching touch buttons.
When we tested this scale, we found that the touch buttons were overly sensitive and easy to brush by mistake. The scale is easy to put together and very well-priced. Unfortunately, the plastic weighing tray feels flimsy and bends easily, and the scale is inaccurate if your dog moves around. MOMMED offers good customer service but no warranty.
3. IBE Supply Vet Dog Scale – Premium Choice
If you’re shopping for a premium dog scale, take a look at the IBE SUPPLY Veterinary Dog Scale, which is pricey and heavy but also accurate, stable, and fast.
This 45-pound professional-grade dog scale has a large 37×20-inch stainless steel weighing platform and a maximum weight of 660 pounds. It’s accurate to 0.2 pounds, and you can either plug it in or use four 1.5-volt AA batteries. The separate LCD screen can be mounted on your wall. The scale offers a choice of kilograms or pounds, plus a tare feature.
When we tested this dog scale, we found that it was very accurate and produced fast and stable readouts. The large weighing platform is convenient, and the scale as a whole is very effective. On the other hand, it’s heavy, expensive, and bulky, so it may be more than you need if you’re not a professional. IBE SUPPLY offers a one-year warranty but doesn’t have great customer service.
4. TeaTime Weight Scale for Dogs
The TeaTime Pet Weight Scale is fairly expensive and heavy but comes with a non-slip mat and a large weighing platform.
This 30.1-pound dog scale is accurate to 10 grams and can weigh between 2.2 and 220 pounds. There’s a conveniently large 36×24-inch weighing platform, and the package includes a yoga mat that will keep your dog from slipping. The scale has a simple display that offers unit switching, tare, and hold features. This scale works with two included AAA batteries.
We found this scale fairly accurate, especially with the automatic hold feature. You can’t plug this scale in, and the price point may be too high. TeaTime offers a basic one-year warranty.
5. ONETWOTHREE Digital Dog Scale
ONETWOTHREE’s Digital Pet Scale is lightweight and affordable but is only designed for smaller dogs and has a cheaper feel.
This pet scale weighs a light 4.4 pounds and has a small swivel weighing tray that you can lock in place. It can measure from .02 pounds up to 220 pounds and works with two AAA batteries. The backlit LCD screen offers tare, hold, and unit switching buttons, and the scale has a convenient auto-off feature.
We found this scale harder to use and somewhat flimsy. The plastic tray tips easily and has a slippery surface. The small weighing platform won’t work for larger dogs, and the buttons may be overly sensitive. ONETWOTHREE doesn’t offer a warranty.
6. Happybuy Digital Pet Vet Scale
The Happybuy Digital Pet Vet Scale is a pricey, heavy option with three measuring ranges, a choice of power sources, and a large, sturdy weighing platform.
This heavy 39.6-pound scale works with an included power adapter or four AA batteries. The stainless steel weighing platform measures a generous 43×21.6 inches, and the scale can weigh up to 440 pounds. You can choose among three measuring ranges with varying accuracies. This scale offers tare, hold, count, unit switching, and recalibration options, and it has overload and low power indicators.
We liked the adjustable feet, which will allow you to use the scale on uneven terrain, and the scale seemed fairly accurate. Unfortunately, the interface is complicated and harder to use, and the scale is expensive and bulky. Happybuy doesn’t offer a warranty.
7. Mindpet-med Digital Dog Scale
The Digital Pet Scale from Mindpet-med is fairly priced and very portable but not particularly well designed. Though it can weigh up to 220 pounds, this scale is too small to weigh larger dogs.
This 4.4-pound dog scale works with two included AAA alkaline batteries. It has a small 23.6×10.2-inch weighing tray and is accurate to .02 pounds. There’s an LCD screen with a blue backlight, and the scale has a battery-saving auto-off feature.
We found that the tray was unstable and flimsy and the scale as a whole felt less durable. To get an accurate reading, you’ll have to keep your dog still, making this scale more difficult to use. We also found that the batteries tended to fall out during the weighing process. Mindpet-med doesn’t offer a warranty.
8. HOMEIMAGE Pet Scale
The HOMEIMAGE COMINHKPR49196 Pet Scale is affordable and light but has a very limited weighing range and isn’t very accurate or durable.
This light four-pound scale is accurate to half an ounce but can only weigh up to 44 pounds. Through a switch on the bottom, you can choose between kilograms, pounds, and ounces. It’s powered by an included CR2 battery and offers hold and tare buttons, plus auto-off and overload protection features.
This scale fluctuates quite a bit and doesn’t seem very accurate or durable. It has a cheaper feel overall, and it can’t weigh medium to large dogs. HOMEIMAGE offers a one-year warranty.
9. ZIEIS Digital Dog Scale
The ZIEIS Digital Dog Scale is a pricey, somewhat heavy option with a non-slip mat and a great warranty. It takes a while to calibrate, has a complicated interface, and isn’t fully accurate.
This 20-pound scale has a medium-sized 30×20-inch weighing platform that’s covered in stain-resistant, non-slip fabric. It works with an included 110-volt power adapter or six AA batteries, and there’s a surge protector. This scale offers convenient programmable hold options, including manual and automatic. The complicated interface can be wall-mounted and has hold, unit, zero, and tare buttons.
This scale is very expensive and can only weigh up to 150 pounds. It takes longer to measure, and we found that the measurements fluctuated. ZIEIS offers a great 10-year warranty.
10. Prime Scales Veterinary Scale
Our least favorite dog scale is the Prime Scales Veterinary Scale, a heavy, pricey model with limited features and flimsy construction.
This 25-pound scale can weigh up to 700 pounds and offers a large 38×20-inch stainless steel platform with a non-slip mat. There’s a peak hold function, and you can choose to measure in pounds, kilograms, or ounces. The interface has four colorful buttons, and the scale has convenient lifting handles.
We found that this scale wasn’t very accurate and could arrive with broken components. The scale as a whole isn’t very durable, and the handles, in particular, feel flimsy. This scale is more expensive than its limited options justify. Prime Scales offers a one-year warranty.
Buyer’s Guide – Choosing the Best Dog Scale
You’ve taken a look at our 10 favorite dog scales. But what exactly makes a great scale, and which model should you choose? Keep reading to learn all about the best features.
The first thing you’ll want to consider is how large your dog is. Many of the lightweight models we reviewed are designed for small dogs, and the small weighing platforms won’t fit larger breeds. If you have a small dog, you may be fine with these more portable models. Just keep in mind that these plastic scales may be less durable and potentially less accurate.
Is your dog larger? You’ll probably want to stick to scales with large, flat weighing platforms. To get an accurate read, you’ll need your dog to stand with all four feet on the platform, so you may want to measure your dog and compare the numbers with each model’s listed dimensions.
Beyond the weighing platforms, you’ll want to make sure your scale is designed to weigh in your dog’s pound range. Each scale has a listed weighing range, which will tell you the maximum number of pounds it can read without breaking.
If you’re just looking to get a quick read on your dog’s weight, you may not be interested in a long list of features, which often come with more complicated interfaces. But features like hold, unit, and tare can make the difference between frustrating and easy weighing processes. Hold features, which may be automatic or manual, will allow you to save the measurement even if your dog moves or walks off the scale, and will ensure a more accurate reading. Tare and zero buttons allow you to reset the scale. Unit switching is convenient if you’d like to choose between kilograms, pounds, and ounces.
Dog scales can be significant purchases, so you may want a good warranty to protect your investment. Many of the scales we reviewed here come with basic one-year warranties. Some offer longer protection, up to 10 years. If you’re interested, pay attention to the details of each model’s warranty, and make sure you register your scale when you receive it.
Our favorite model is the WC Redmon ZT7400 18 Precision Digital Pet Scale, an easy to use, battery-operated scale with many useful features and indicators. If you’re looking to save money, you may want to try the MOMMED Digital Pet Scale, a lightweight, inexpensive option with plenty of functionality. Would you prefer a premium model? Take a look at the stable and accurate IBE SUPPLY Veterinary Dog Scale, a professional-grade scale with a large weighing platform and a separate wall-mounted display.
Whether you’d like your dog to lose, gain, or maintain weight, an accurate, durable scale is a must-have. But with so many models available, how do you find just the right scale? We hope this list of the 10 best dog scales, complete with in-depth reviews and a quick buyer’s guide, helps you pick the model that suits your needs. You’ll be weighing your dog with ease in no time!
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