Kitchen Food Scale
For precision coffee brewing, as with pour-overs, a scale can help you get an accurate combination of beans and water every time.In baking, the delicate alchemy of ingredients relies on precision, and there’s no better way to attain that than by using a scale. That’s why professional bakers and cooks recommend using a kitchen scale to achieve consistent results. According to Alton Brown, 1 cup of flour can equal anywhere from 4 to 6 ounces, depending on how you measure it, how old the flour is, the size of the bag, and the relative humidity. That’s a significant disparity—the difference between a light-as-air cake and one that’s tough or rubbery. As pastry chef Jürgen David told us, “Using a scale is much more precise… If you measure 100 grams of flour using a scale, it’s going to be the same for everyone.” He encourages home cooks to stop measuring by volume, offering this advice: “Get a scale and ditch the cups.”
Kitchen Food Scale
4 Of 9 Salter Bamboo Kitchen Scale $27 BUY NOWBest for Clever Storage This sneaky little food scale slides right into an included bamboo cutting board for easy storage. You can chop your ingredients on the board and then weigh them either directly on the scale, or you can place the ingredient in a bowl and use the scale’s tare function. The scale uses either grams or ounces to measure, and holds up to 11 pounds.
Kitchen Food Scale
$27 BUY NOWBest for Clever Storage This sneaky little food scale slides right into an included bamboo cutting board for easy storage. You can chop your ingredients on the board and then weigh them either directly on the scale, or you can place the ingredient in a bowl and use the scale’s tare function. The scale uses either grams or ounces to measure, and holds up to 11 pounds.
Kitchen Food Scale
This sneaky little food scale slides right into an included bamboo cutting board for easy storage. You can chop your ingredients on the board and then weigh them either directly on the scale, or you can place the ingredient in a bowl and use the scale’s tare function. The scale uses either grams or ounces to measure, and holds up to 11 pounds.
Kitchen Food Scale
We think the Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale is a great choice if you want something that’s very inexpensive but still accurate. Although it’s similar in appearance to our top pick, it has a shorter auto-off function, it’s slightly slower at reading weights, and it comes with a shorter warranty. However, it’s a bit smaller than the Escali scale, so it takes up slightly less space. It’s a great bargain scale that will help you accomplish all your basic weighing tasks in the kitchen.
Kitchen Food Scale
After nearly 45 hours of research, three years of testing, and interviews with pro bakers, cookbook authors, a culinary instructor, and a registered dietitian, we’re confident that the Escali Primo Digital Scale is the best for most people. The Escali scale is impressively accurate and reads weights quickly in 1-gram increments. It’s also affordably priced and easy to use and store, and it has a long battery life. Of the models we tested, this scale had the longest auto-off function, so you can take your time measuring. We think this 11-pound-capacity kitchen scale is ideal for all your basic home baking and cooking needs.
We recommend the American Weigh Scales SC-2KG Digital Pocket Scale for accurately weighing small quantities of ingredients. This scale has a weighing capacity of 0.1 gram to 2 kilograms (about 4.4 pounds). Like the other scales we recommend, the American Weigh SC-2KG is easy to operate: It has a power button, a tare button, and a mode button to adjust the unit of measure. Though the digital screen is small, the bright blue backlit display makes reading weights easy. This scale was the smallest we tested, so it’s a great option if you’re tight on counter space or want to store it in a crowded utensil drawer. Also, aside from reading grams and ounces, this scale reads in troy ounces and pennyweight for weighing precious metals.
The affordably priced Escali Primo Digital Scale is the best scale for most home baking and cooking needs. In our tests it read weights quickly and was one of the most accurate scales we tried. The Escali scale has a simple design with an easy-to-use interface. The weigh platform is conveniently elevated, so you can still read the digital screen when using large, oversized bowls. And this lightweight and compact scale won’t take up too much space in a drawer or cupboard.
The American Weigh SC-2KG was very accurate when we used lab weights in our tests.For precisely weighing small amounts of ingredients—such as coffee, spices, or leaveners—we recommend the American Weigh Scales SC-2KG Digital Pocket Scale (which we also feature in our guide to gear for making great pour-over coffee). This scale weighs in increments of 0.1 gram, has a tare button, and offers a small but brightly backlit screen. As its name implies, the SC-2KG Digital Pocket Scale is small enough to fit inside a back pocket. We appreciate the plastic cover that protects the scale from damage, which is a nice feature if you plan to store it in a crowded utensil drawer.
Digital scales can break when you load them past their capacity. In other words, don’t try weighing a 5-pound bag of flour on the American Weigh Scales SC-2KG Digital Pocket Scale, which can tolerate only about 4.4 pounds, or you may permanently damage it. Overloading a scale also voids the warranty. And avoid placing items on top of a scale when it’s turned off; some models, such as the SC-2KG, come with a plastic cover to prevent damage when the scale is not in use.
A simple design and an intuitive interface make the Escali a breeze to operate.When we used lab weights on the Escali scale, it read accurately to the gram in nearly all of our tests. (The only exception was when we used the 500 g weight, which read 1 gram off.) Additionally, the Escali scale was one of the most responsive models we tested: It reads weights quickly, which is helpful when you’re slowly adding ingredients like flour and sugar. Some other tested scales, such as the OXO Good Grips Food Scale with Pull-Out Display, suffered a delay in reading weights, which made it difficult for us to gauge adding ingredients to the bowl.
Other models to consider include nutrition scales. These come with preprogrammed databases of commonly used ingredients and can calculate calories, carbohydrates, fat, cholesterol, fiber, protein, and sodium by portion. We asked clinical registered dietitian Alicia Romano for her thoughts on nutrition scales, and she told us, “If a kitchen scale is measuring the nutrition markers above, it is likely based on data programmed into the scale for specific foods; these are based on average amounts for standardized food products. It is likely that there is a large margin of error and variability among these calculations. I would rely on kitchen scales for measurements of weight that convert to protein, carbohydrates, and total fat—however, fiber, sodium, cholesterol, and breakdowns of fat such as saturated versus unsaturated are unlikely to be reliable.” Since these scales are designed to do more than measure the weight of ingredients, they fell outside the parameters we set for this guide, and we excluded them from this update.
8 Of 9 Oxo Food Scale with Pullout Display $50 BUY NOWBest for Easy Cleaning Had an accidental spill on this kitchen scale? Just pop the removable platform off, drop it in the sink, and give it a few quick wipes — leaving it looking good as new. This unit also lets you choose which measurement system to use, and has a super easy-to-read display.
The Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale provides consistent weighing results at a bargain price. This 11-pound-capacity model is similar in shape and size to our main pick and weighs in 1-gram increments. However, it’s slower at reading weights and has a shorter auto-off function of about two minutes. As on our top pick, the digital screen isn’t backlit, but our testers still found it easy to read—and since the weigh platform is elevated, you can still see the weight on the screen when using oversized bowls. The Ozeri’s interface is simple and straightforward, with two buttons: one that turns the scale on or off and tares, and another that lets you adjust the unit of measure. It’s thin, lightweight, and easy to store. Also, the Ozeri’s rubber feet prevent it from sliding on a counter better than other models we tested in this price range.
Most digital food scales weigh in whole grams (or eighths of an ounce). That level of accuracy is fine for most recipes. Pastry chef Jürgen David told us, “There’s no reason for you to measure in half grams. If you’re measuring something in small quantities, like hydrocolloids, then you need to get a micro scale. But I think measuring in half grams for regular kitchen scales is useless.” For tasks that need better accuracy, such as preparing pour-over coffee—where you might want the ability to go down to 0.5 gram or even 0.1 gram—we recommend buying a micro scale.