Weigh yourself for free at the following locations: department stores, fitness centers, grocery stores, hospitals and clinics, hotels, pet stores, pharmacies, public restrooms, student health centers and nurse’s offices, and superstores.
Keep in mind, there’s no way to know if an individual location has a scale available for public use unless you go to the location or call ahead, but this list should act as a good starting point to finding a free public scale. We also have the list of places where you probably won’t find a scale.
Where to Weigh Yourself for Free
The following locations have scales available to use for little to no cost. Requirements for usage are pretty lax, but we’ve listed some helpful tips for each place. We also have information on how best to track down the scales once you get there.
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1. Department Stores
- Requirements for use: Department stores that sell household scales often have floor models available. Anyone can take these for a spin!
- How to find: Locate your nearest department stores (i.e., Dillard’s, JCPenney, Sears, Macy’s) and head for the bathroom section.
2. Fitness Centers
- Requirements for use: To access all that a fitness center offers, including its scales, you’ll need to have a membership. But you can ask for a tour and try out the scale while you’re checking out the locker room. Or, it doesn’t hurt to stop in and ask if you can quickly weigh yourself.
- How to find: To locate a nearby gym, do a quick Google search for “Fitness centers near me.” Inside a fitness center, you’ll likely find a scale in the bathroom/locker room.
3. Grocery Stores
- Requirements for use: The retro-style scales you’ll sometimes find at grocery stores often cost a quarter or two; however, some, like the ones at Publix grocery stores, are free.
- How to find: To locate a nearby grocery store, do a quick Google search for “Grocery stores near me.” If a grocery store has a scale, it’s likely near the front entrance of the store.
4. Hospitals and Clinics
- Requirements for use: Hospitals and clinics will often weigh you as part of the intake process. While you will need to have an appointment or reason for your visit, you can take note of your weight during your next check-up.
- How to find: To locate a nearby hospital or clinic, do a quick Google search for “Medical clinics near me.”
- Requirements for use: Many hotels have scales in the bathrooms of each individual room. Take advantage of the free amenity the next time you stay at a hotel.
- How to find: If your hotel room has a scale, it will be in the bathroom inside your room.
6. Pet Stores
- Requirements for use: While there are no rules against weighing yourself on a pet scale, you may get some strange looks. If you’re up for an adventure, head to your local pet shop and hop on the scale (with or without your pet).
- How to find: To locate your nearest pet store (i.e., Petco, PetSmart, Pet Value), do a quick Google search for “Pet stores near me.”
- Requirements for use: Pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS, and even superstores with pharmacies — such as Walmart and Target — often have free blood pressure machines. The newer models of these machines have a seat that doubles as a scale. Since these are free to use, you can try it out whenever the store is open.
- How to find: To locate your nearest pharmacy, do a quick Google search for “Pharmacies near me.” Inside the store, the blood pressure machines are typically in the back, near the pharmacy counter.
8. Public Restrooms
- Requirements for use: Some public restrooms in malls, movie theaters, and gas stations have scales. Anyone can use a scale in a public restroom!
- How to find: Next time you’re in a public restroom, look for a scale near the entrance.
9. Student Health Centers and Nurse’s Office
- Requirements for use: If you’re in grade school, middle school, high school, or college, the nurse’s office or student health center will likely have a scale. If you don’t have another reason to stop in, just ask the nurse if you can weigh yourself.
- How to find: If you’re in grade school, middle school or high school, head to the nurse’s office. If you’re in college, head to the nurse’s office or health center.
- Requirements for use: Superstores that sell household scales often have floor models available. Anyone can take these for a spin!
- How to find: Locate your nearest superstores (i.e., Target, Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond) and head for the bathroom section.
Places Without Scales
Still searching for a place to check your weight? You probably won’t have much luck in the following locations:
- Clothing stores
- Concert venues
- Hair salons
- Nail salons
And that’s where to weigh yourself for free. You don’t have to buy a scale to check your weight. In our research, we found department stores, fitness centers, grocery stores, hospitals and clinics, hotels, pet stores, pharmacies, public restrooms, student health centers and nurse’s offices, and superstores often have scales available for free use. If this is all a bit too much of a hassle, Amazon has scales starting at about $18.