Eyeballing in the kitchen surely sometimes works just fine. But, when it comes to baking, brewing the perfect pour-over, or generally keeping close tabs on your calorie or macro intake – precision matters, people.
Here comes the importance of a food scale. These small, but powerful devices give us a way more precise method to measure than by volume. Apart from assisting you in achieving peak deliciousness, these devices can go a long way toward helping you lose weight and improve your fitness.
However, there’s so much more purposes a food (or kitchen) scale can serve. Using them is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your cooking as well as baking game while saving time on cleanup. Moreover, you won’t have to make big changes to your usual menu or favorite recipes.
Different scales are better suited to different tasks, so choosing the right one for you will certainly depend on the job you have in mind. Here’s a roundup of the top picks for baking scales, no matter what your budget is.
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1. Escali Primo Food Scale
Home cooks who want fast and consistent results when baking or cooking, this without any doubt is the go to option. One of the most accurate scales we’ve tested, the Escali Primo has a capacity of up to 11 pounds (or 5 kilograms), and reads promptly in increments of 1 gram or 0.05 ounces.
What surprises us the most is unlike most of the scales it has a standby time of about four minutes before automatically turning off. With only two buttons – one to change measuring units, and one to turn the power on or off and to tare – the interface is extremely simple. As of 2017, the Escali has been one of our favorite scales, and we’re happy to see how it has maintained the high standard of its performance.
Among the best scales for home baking and cooking the Escali Primo Digital Scale tops the list of most affordable models. We found it to be one of the most accurate scales with a long auto-off time, and arguably the fastest we’ve ever tried.
This Escali variant is characterized by a simple design with a two-button membraned interface, while four rubber feet give it the stability required on the counter top. Besides, when using large bowls, you can still be able to read the digital screen; thanks to the elevated weigh platform. Furthermore, its compact and lightweight structure takes up little room in a drawer or cupboard.
When lab weights were applied on the Escali scale during the test, it achieved precision to the gram in all but one of the measurements—only the 1,000 gram weight was 2 grams off. (For context, we tested 12 scales and only five of them were accurate in measuring kilogram weight.)
Additionally, the Escali scale was one of the most responsive models we tested: It always read weights in less than a second whether we were adding or taking off items— making it one of the exceptional scales when it comes to speed. It took two to three seconds for some of the other scales to stabilize their readings, while some even failed to maintain the consistency of readings over time.
What We Like
- Has a practical capacity of 11 lb
- Accidental spill proof sealed buttons and display
- Simple, two-button operation
- Limited, life-time warranty
What We Don’t
- Build quality isn’t as good as advertised
2. Ozeri Pronto Multifunction Food Scale
With an auto-off time much shorter than that of our top pick, at nearly half the cost the Ozeri Pronto offers the same level of accuracy. In terms of looks and design, the Ozeri Pronto Kitchen and Food Scale is almost the same as our top pick with a few minor differences. The scale is capable of weighing in an increment of 1 gram or 0.05 ounce, and during our testing, we found it just as accurate as our top pick—slightly more so at heavier weights. However, it shuts off after about two minutes, which is half the length of time an Escali scale usually allows. Additionally, we found it to be slightly slower, and it takes almost two seconds for really small weights to be read.
If you’re looking for something cheap but accurate, the Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale is the real go to. Due to its smaller size, it takes up a bit less space than the Escali scale. Despite sharing similar looks with our top pick, the Ozeri has a much shorter auto-off duration and is just a little slower at reading weights. Besides, the shorter warranty should also be considered.
Considering its cheap price tag, Ozeri’s accuracy takes our testers by surprise. For all of our tests where 100 grams or less were involved, it correctly measured lab weights to the gram. We saw a similar pattern with the Ozeri just like our top pick, reading just one gram under the target 1,000 grams. The reading, however, was inconsistent: at times it read 999 grams and soon corrected it to 1,000 grams.
When measuring items of 1 or 2 grams, we did notice a marginal delay, which wasn’t the case with our top pick. The auto-off function clicked at 2 minutes and 17 seconds at max, which is pretty average for a cutting-edge scale, however slightly longer (by a few seconds) than the other scales we tested.
What We Like
- High accuracy
- Automatic Unit conversion Button
- Enlarged weighing platform
- Easy-to-read and clean LCD screen
What We Don’t
- Not for long term use
3. My Weigh KD8000 – Bakers Math Kitchen Scale
Advanced features, for example a backlit display, a removable platform, and the option to turn off auto-off, with this My Weigh’s KD8000 you have almost everything a kitchen can offer, but for a bit more money. The My Weigh KD8000 is quite sizable and offers a few extras that serious bakers will appreciate, but it costs a bit more than other high-end scales.
Has a huge capacity of up to 17 pounds, 6 ounces (8 kg) and is capable of weighing in baker’s percentages—scaling recipes up or down is in your hand now you want to bake by ratio. Besides, KD8000 is as fast and accurate as our top pick and is one of a few scales we’ve found that allows you to turn off the auto-off feature.
For people who prepare large batches of food at once or prepare a lot of bread, the My Weigh KD8000 is by far the best fit. It’s fairly big—about the size of a pop-up toaster-but at 17 pounds, 6 ounces, it has the highest weighing capacity of all the scales we’ve tested.
For easy reading, it has a backlit screen and unlike the Escali or Ozeri, the KD8000 gives you the flexibility to disable the automatic-off function. In our tests, it responded quickly as we added or removed ingredients and produced some of the most accurate readings we’ve found. The angled display, however, is the best part, which makes it much easier to read.
Unlike the Escali Primo or Ozeri Pronto, the KD8000 has the rare as well as much sought after option of switching off the auto-off feature. It actually is a somewhat involved process and the manual doesn’t seem to have a clear instruction set.
As the instruction reads, you have to hold down the “HOLD” and power buttons simultaneously, nevertheless, without specifying that this will only work when the scale is off. However, if you manage to get there, you can choose an auto-off duration of two minutes, five minutes, or indefinitely. We timed it shutting off at 2 minutes and 5 seconds when the default setting was two minutes.
What We Like
- 8kg of weighing capacity
- Protective cover for buttons and LCD display
- Easy to maintain
- Removable weighing platform
What We Don’t
- Not built to last
4. American Weigh Compact Kitchen Scale
If you are in need of a pocket scale that reads in 0.1-gram increments, the LB-3000 was the most accurate we tested so far. We especially recommend the American Weigh Scales LB-3000 Compact Digital Scale to those who prefer a precise measurement of coffee or other ingredients by any means. Especially those who prefer a precise measurement of coffee or other ingredients, we recommend the American Weigh Scales LB-3000 Compact Digital Scale.
Among the 0.1-gram scales we tested this year, this was the most accurate. However, the real drawback of LB-3000 is it has a relatively low capacity of 6.6 pounds (3 kg) and you can’t just employ it to manage a sizable load or to weigh a large cut of meat. The automatic off feature lasts just over two minutes, which is plenty enough to account for pouring pauses occurring during most popular pour-over coffee recipes. In addition, there is an AC adapter that prevents auto-off when plugged in.
The LB-3000 sometimes took a couple seconds to get you the result, however was almost always accurate. Our tests showed most pocket scales took less than a second to reach a measurement. While it was slightly slower than our top picks, we don’t think it’s enough to give anyone a headache. Shutting off after 2 minutes and 9 seconds—the auto-off function was typical for the category, but an AC adapter comes along that will keep it on indefinitely, if plugged in.
There is a removable plastic bowl attached to the LB-3000, but we don’t think it’s very useful, since it’s too shallow for most baking tasks; it may end up as clutter to your kitchen. Dual power supply: It needs an AC adapter to run but can also be powered by four AA batteries—all come included in the box. There are some user reviews that don’t seem to be as positive as other picks. The durability of one of our staff members’ hasn’t been an issue for about a year, but we will continue to test for the long run. In the event that yours turns sour, American Weigh offers a limited 10-year warranty.
What We Like
- Light weight measuring option
- Large mixing bowl
- Backlit LCD screen
- Built-in plastic cover
What We Don’t
- Fairly expensive
5. Oxo Good Grips Precision Food Scale
Although it does not exemplify the typical all-purpose Oxo kitchen scales—6-pound capacity disqualifies it from being a truly all-purpose kitchen scale—we still found a lot to like about this tool. Indeed we have a bunch of major selling points in it, where the scale’s slim body, built-in timer, and ability to measure precisely in 0.1 gram intervals starting at 0.5 grams were the notable mentions.
Comes with a removable silicone mat which is highly appreciated for safeguarding the weighing pad from heat as well as scratches and making cleanup a breeze. The bright backlit display (both on the screen and the scale platform itself) on the other hand is super stylish and reader-friendly.
Its stylish design is appealing enough to not only design aficionados, but also design obsessives. But that style comes at a price: one has to shell out a sizable amount to have one on the counter top.
It’s indeed a pleasure to use if you belong to the group of coffee drinkers who care about getting a perfectly calibrated pour-over every time. In addition to that, if you just happen to be a casual baker this scale is well-designed to amaze you. However, it’s not the kind of scale that you look for weighing hefty cuts of meat or making double or triple batches of cookies or cake batter, one thing for sure.
What We Like
- It measures from 0. 5 g up in 0. 1-Gram
- Integrated timer
- Optional auto shut-off
- Easy to clean smooth, flat surface
What We Don’t
- Sometimes inconsistent in weighing
6. Escali Arti Glass Kitchen Scale
Our love and affection for Escali is not only limited to the Primo, which led us to test another Escali model as well: the Escali Arti Glass Kitchen Scale. With a maximum weight capacity of 15 pounds, it justifiably placed itself among the stronger scales we tested.
It’s a non-vital but useful feature that it had that the Primo didn’t: “HOLD” (something we liked so much): it keeps the measurement on the screen instead of automatically turning off or timing out. Besides, the Arti is intuitive to use, thanks to the four-button display. At $26, despite having an easy to clean glass platform, it ultimately couldn’t outperform the less expensive Escali—“The Primo”.
What We Like
- Irresistible shimmer effect with the movement of light
- 15 lb or 7000 g capacity
- 01 oz. 1 g increments
- Large, easy-reading display
What We Don’t
- Glass platform scales are more fragile
7. GDealer Tempered Glass Kitchen Scale
Another glass-topped model the GDealer Tempered Glass Kitchen Scale isn’t something like an instant buy, but capable of more than getting the job done. What triggered our interest the most is its very easy to clean and inherently heat-resistant.
With a weight limit of 22 pounds, experts termed it a serious scale and we have very little to argue. If you’re planning to tackle larger projects, at this price cap, you will get it hard to have a better option.
However, it has a serious drawback—the auto power-off feature—it comes into play only in just 90 seconds. Therefore, make sure you are mentally prepared to experience occasional turning off sometimes right in the middle of a baking project or losing measurements at the most inconvenient of times.
What We Like
- Large capacity of 10kg or 22lb
- Advanced touch sensitive buttons
- White backlight LCD display
- 1 year warranty
What We Don’t
- Auto power-off after 90s
8. Oxo Good Grips Stainless-Steel Food Scale
May not be the mightiest of baking scales but The Oxo Good Grips Stainless-Steel Food Scale has a thousand reasons to be recommended. Its responsive weighing platform can be removed for easy cleaning while its well-engineered backlit display panel makes it the ultimate choice of many professionals.
Showed an incredible level of accuracy as well as consistency during testing: for a scale of its price range we can’t just demand more. In addition, the results were easy to read even when working with an oversized bowl owing to the pull out type design of the display panel. We do regard it highly and liked it a lot, but not as much as the Escali which is less than half the cost.
What We Like
- 11 lb capacity
- 1/8 oz. and 1 g increment
- Display features large digital numbers
- Display pulls away from base
What We Don’t
- Inconsistency in smallest variances
9. Zwilling Enfinigy Digital Food Scale
Well, you may find this strange, but the Zwilling Enfinigy will make you feel like it’s a gadget designed by Apple. Sleek and minimalist design of this baking assistant is durable enough to hold up to 22 pounds, while the discreet digital display is extremely easy to read.
There are no nooks and crannies to catch flour or coffee grounds with the Zwilling Enfinigy, unlike most stainless-steel food scales, thanks to the large, shiny glass surface that is super easy to wipe clean.
Additionally, it’s equipped with a rechargeable battery, so you can use it without worrying about running to the store to swap out a battery mid-project. In both black and white colorways, it’s attractive enough to keep on your counter top all the time.
What We Like
- For heavy-duty use
- Large weighing surface
- Handy tare function
- Weighs up to 22lb/10kg
What We Don’t
- No battery indicator
10. Taylor Analog Portion Control Food Scale
According to Hollingsworth and Chinn – two most revered scale analysts, the Taylor TS32 Food Service Analog Portion Control Scale is one of the best analog scales available in the market. Chinn says that the large and colorful text for grams and ounces on the face of the scale is a big advantage regardless of baking pro and newbies.
In comparison with other analog scales, the platform does not sag back drastically even after weighing a product, such as dough, she further added. Unlike other options, the Taylor TS32 possesses an especial feature—a dial, therefore you can also tare while weighing—not all analog scales have the ability to do.
What We Like
- Removable type stainless steel platform
- Rugged stainless steel construction
- Angled dial design for easy reading
- Quick and accurate tare
What We Don’t
- Analog measurement
11. Greater Goods Digital Food Scale
A scale that does everything you want it to – tare, change units, and zero out – for less than $20? That’s the Greater Goods Digital Food Kitchen Scale. In addition, at 11 pounds, it has a pretty decent capacity.
However, the biggest advantage of this deal is that all kitchen purchases from Greater Goods contribute to feeding orphans cared for by the Global Orphan Project.
What We Like
- Four units of measurement
- Easy-to-clean, smooth surface
- Simple and stylish
- Each purchase has a charity contribution
What We Don’t
- High battery consumption
12. Rubbermaid Digital Kitchen Scale
According to Chinn, the scale is rugged and suitable for heavy weighing. It has a textured surface on top, which keeps containers in place, and a square foot base is capable of holding up to 150 pounds.
When it comes to digital scales, the fewer buttons, the better the ease of use is, Chinn added. With the display pad, you can easily switch between zero, pounds/kilograms, and on and off. Moreover, the display pad has a convenient cord length of 9 feet and can also be wall mounted.
What We Like
- Professional-grade scale
- Non-skid platform
- Dual power option
What We Don’t
- A professional scale but not a good fit kitchen
- Simply expensive
What Were The Deciding Factors?
The kitchen scales were tested to see if they could consistently and accurately weigh objects of various sizes and materials. Fortunately, accuracy was not an eliminating factor, as all of the models we tested performed well.
Of the twelve models we tested and enlisted, four had a maximum capacity of 11 pounds. We believed this would be the sweet spot for most kitchen tasks. Other scales—the Oxo Precision and the MyWeigh Bakers Math Scale (a larger scale) for example top out at 6 pounds and 16 pounds respectively—are better suited to more specialized needs.
In terms of ease of use, we liked those scales that were intuitive and easy to use right out of the box without having to fiddle with buttons or the manual. In addition to that, we also noted if the scales had a tare function.
Scores were given to the models that felt stable on the counter top and seemed robust enough for daily use. Additionally, we paid attention to design flaws such as unsealed buttons which could result in moisture damage or make cleaning challenging.
Assuming that most cooks don’t really want to keep the scale permanently installed on their countertop, we prioritize models that have a small footprint as well as a slim structure so that these could easily be tucked into a cabinet or drawer.
Why A Food Scale Is A Must Have In The Kitchen?
If you are interested in having more consistent results from your cooking, baking, or coffee brewing, you should consider getting a scale. It’s probably not necessary to upgrade your scale if you’re already using one that can switch from grams to ounces with ease, such as models that cost $15 or $20. We were told by cookbook author Peter Reinhart that he has for years used a cheap food scale with only an on and off button and a tare function. However, if your scale is damaged or yielding flawed results, it’s time for you to consider an upgrade. If you are willing to spend about $35 to $50, you can expect conveniences like a backlit screen, a pullout display, and baker’s percentage weighing from the scale.
Invest in a more sensitive digital pocket scale if you want to weigh very small amounts for example, espresso, spices, or leaveners very precisely. Most kitchen scales weigh in whole grams, but pocket scales measure in 0.1-gram increments, with some super sensitive models measuring in milligrams. But milligram scales only read milligrams, and their capacities are extremely low, so we are not recommending any in this guide.
Why Measuring By Weight Is Important?
It’s all about consistency when it comes to kitchen scales. 1 cup of flour, according to Alton Brown – an expert on digital kitchen scales, can equal anywhere from 4 to 6 ounces. There are a few factors that influence the weight including how one measures it, how old the flour is, the size of the bag, and the relative humidity. A light, fluffy cake is different from one that’s firm or rubbery. Pastry chef Jürgen David says “Measuring flour with a scale will yield a consistent result for all the cooks” and further urges home cooks to “Buy a scale and stop using conventional measuring tools like cups and spoons.”
Flour and sugar are not the only things that can vary based on what you’re measuring with; cooking ingredients are no different. Take cheese as an example: You may end up getting different volumes grating with a box grater, a micro-plane, or a food processor, while the recipe demands a cup of shredded cheddar. The same goes for ingredients that you’ll cut up as well, like nuts and vegetables, while another possibility is your chop or dice may differ from that of the recipe tester.
A scale guarantees the same quantities of ingredients every time, whether you’re cooking, baking, or brewing coffee.
Finally, a scale can help you get an accurate combination of beans and water every time, as when making a pour-over for precision coffee brewing.
Pros takes the use of food scales beyond accuracy, and employs the device to make things quicker and easier. I like to cook by ratio because it streamlines the mixing process, Author Michael Ruhlman pointed out in an interview. You can successfully whip up a batch of pasta dough in a few minutes which involves three parts flour, two parts egg, or biscuits which involves three parts flour, two parts liquid, and one part fat, if you know the ratios in your recipe well. It also comes handy in tailoring the recipe to the number of guests you’re serving. And since you are subtracting cups and spoons from the equation and can measure all your ingredients into one mixing bowl, it cuts down on dirty dishes as well.
Some Essential Features A Baking Scale Should Have
No matter whether it is 10 grams or 10 pounds, the best scales weigh things accurately and consistently.
In addition to metric units, the scale should also be capable of measuring weights in imperial units. Since a baking scale is all about preciseness, we prefer those that read ounces in decimals rather than fractions. There are scales that offer both functions, but pro chefs always tend to stick to decimal measurements. For heavier measurements, we prefer scales that offer both straight ounces and pounds plus ounces, so that you don’t need to calculate conversions.
Taring allows you to report only the net weight of the ingredients by subtracting the weight of the mixing bowl. During the tare process, you should have the ability to zero out what is in the bowl so you can measure additional ingredients. In an ideal world of weighing, you will be able to press the tare button twice without accidentally turning the power off.
Long Inactivity Standby Time:
Most kitchen scales automatically shut off after a period of inactivity to conserve power. Usually a standard scale allows a wait of about two minutes, but some high-end scales are capable of delaying it as long as five minutes. As baking requires a lot of multi-tasking, the auto-off feature can be irritating sometimes.
Besides, having a sugar measurement vanish on you while you’re busy kneading the dough is, without any doubt, the last thing you need. So the longer the duration before the scale shuts off, the better and it’s nice if the scale has the option to turn off the auto-off function entirely, but that’s pretty rare.
It takes some scales a few seconds to display measurements, but most do so within a second or two. Apart from reading quickly it should be free of fluctuations, since, if the reading fluctuates a lot, then that would be more than just annoying” David said. It is important to choose a scale that shows you the gradual increase in weight as you measure, so that you know when to stop adding ingredients to the bowl.
In order to prevent gunk, crumbs, or grains of sugar from collecting in the cracks, the controls should have a plastic membrane covering them. By doing so, everything can be cleaned much more easily.
Good To Have, But Not A Must Have
Minimum Increment (0.1-gram):
The level of accuracy of most digital food scales is fine for most recipes, since they weigh in whole grams (or eighths of an ounce). However, when it comes to measuring coffee (especially for pour-over or espresso) or leavener for baking, a pocket scale that can read in 0.1-gram increments can be proved handy. That extra precision comes at a cost to size and capacity and since measuring spoons are accurate enough for baking, most people don’t really need it.
Capability To Read Less Than 1 Gram Would Be A Huge Favor:
Scales that are capable of reading in 0.1-gram increments thought to be capable of measuring very small quantities less than a gram as well. However, our test result suggests something different— we’ve found this level of resolution is rare among pocket scales. As a point of reference, 1 gram of salt equals about a quarter teaspoon, so you are unlikely to need to measure out such a tiny amount of an ingredient. Better get a milligram scale if you really do need something that precise.
Shaking Free Feet (Rubber Feet):
Despite being surprisingly uncommon, rubber feet provide a convenient way to keep the scale from sliding around while placed on the counter top.
Minimum Weighing Capacity Of 11 Pounds :
A kitchen scale usually has a weight capacity of 11 pounds or 5 kilograms. A pocket scale, on the other hand, typically manages around 6.6 pounds or 3 kilograms.
If you’re baking at home, it’s highly likely that you hardly mix more than a couple pounds of flour at once. In most cases a KitchenAid mixer is used to handle the job. However, having the range is convenient if you plan on weighing a large amount of bread or pork shoulder.
Sizeable And Removable Platform:
The platform of the scale should be large enough to easily hold a large mixing bowl or sheet pan. There are a few models with removable platforms as well, which are rare but they are convenient to clean.
AC Power Supply:
When you’re making large batches of food or cooking all day long, an AC adapter can be a nice feature, but for average use, a scale’s batteries should last a long time. Changing batteries is a real concern as batteries are expensive these days. An adapter, on the other hand, is a nice option to have. But, it’s ok if your scale doesn’t have one.
These Features May Sound Cool But They Actually Aren’t:
The scales that come with a glass top are more fragile than the other types and they’re difficult to clean. Besides, unavailability of a raised platform makes many glass scales fairly hard to read when used with a large bowl.
Almost all “smart” scales can be connected via Bluetooth to an app installed on your phone or tablet. However, we opted not to test them, since these types of scales tend to be overwrought and equally expensive. In addition, the apps and the features are mostly inferior and fall outside the realm of what most people need.
How To Maintain A Baking Scale?
When loaded beyond their capacity, digital scales can break. In other words, with an American Weigh LB-3000, which can tolerate about 6.6 pounds, don’t try weighing a 7-pound bag of malted barley; it may permanently damage your scale.
In addition, an overloaded scale will void the warranty as well. For similar reasons, one should not place items on top of a scale when it is turned off. Some models come with a plastic cover to prevent damage when the scale is not in use, American Weigh for example.
Some scales can be calibrated at home by the user using lab weights such as the My Weigh KD8000. However, heavy calibration isn’t a practical option since heavy calibration weights tend to be far more expensive than a kitchen scale. Our tests of some scales found that none were off by more than 2 grams, even with heavier weights, even though they did not support recalibration.
Re-shuffle the battery placement before you change them, if your scale seems to be displaying inaccurate readings. High-end scales are equipped with a low-battery symbol that appears when the battery is running low. Additionally, make sure that your scale is lying flat; if not, it may not weigh accurately.
If you’re an avid baker, a meal prep enthusiast, or a coffee connoisseur, having extremely accurate measurements is a must. We are pretty sure you will appreciate having a good quality food scale around, no matter which scale you choose.
At the very least, a quality food scale will definitely evict measuring spoons and cups from your kitchen, therefore, less mess and less dishes—and who doesn’t want that?
Whether you are an established kitchen scale devotee, or just planning to dip your toe into the world of cooking by weight and looking for an all-purpose scale, the Escali Primo food scale by any means will be able to handle every job you can throw at it and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.