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Kitchen scales are popular for a lot of reasons. Mostly, they help us with consistent results by the simple scientific act of perfectly measuring the specified ingredients of a well-crafted recipe. In a very simple way, they just make us look good!
If you’re looking for your first kitchen scale, consider what you want from the purchase: How much counter space or storage space is available in your kitchen? Are you most interested in baking or cooking?
There’s also the question of preference between a low-tech traditional analog scale, a battery-operated scale, or an electric scale that doesn’t require batteries. In general, kitchen scales are a very flexible tool, but be sure to check the details, particularly whether the weight capacity of the scale is high enough for your needs in the kitchen. There’s a lot of difference between various scales in this regard. If you’re spending more time in the kitchen, we’re pretty certain that you’ll become a big fan of having a kitchen scale and of using it.
This list of the best kitchen scales has been chosen to reflect the different varieties available, to make your choice not only easier but hopefully more well-informed.
Best Overall: Sur la Table Digital Glass Scale
This kitchen scale, made exclusively for Sur la Table by Escali, has a sleek design and hits all the marks in terms of workability.
Measuring 9 x 6.5 x 0.75 inches, it can handle up to a total of 15 pounds in 1-gram or 0.1-ounce increments. It also has a tare function, and a “hold" feature that continues to display the weight on the easy-to-read screen even after the item has been removed.
With touch-sensitive controls and automatic shut off, it’s quick and easy to operate, and clean-up of its glass surface is a breeze. It comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Best Overall, Runner-Up: Escali Primo P115C Precision Kitchen Food Scale for Baking and Cooking
It’s no secret the Simply Recipes team loves this kitchen scale from Escali. It’s an absolutely affordable scale to keep you in the habit of measuring out all your ingredients from spices to coffee beans.
The scale reads weight in 0.05-ounce (1-gram) increments with results in pounds, ounces, and grams, and can handle up to 11 pounds. Sized at 8 x 6 x 1.25 inches, its rounded, compact design maximizes the weighing platform and, coming in at only 1 pound makes this light enough to easily store away.
The large LED display, which automatically shuts off after four minutes, has a spill guard that makes messes easy to clean up. There are nine colors to choose from and it runs on 2 AA batteries.
Best Budget: OXO Good Grips Healthy Portions Scale
It may be low-tech, but this kitchen scale delivers. Made by OXO, it features the ease of use that it designs into all its products. It’s a small scale that looks almost like a miniature of a traditional analog scale.
No need to worry about batteries or electricity, this scale, which can measure up to 16 ounces or 500 grams, easily fits into a tote bag or kitchen drawer. The BPA-free, dishwasher-safe plastic bowl doubles as a lid when not in use, and it has an add-and-weigh feature for zeroing the scale when adding ingredients. The surface is angled, making the weight easy to read from above.
Best Digital: Zwilling Enfinigy Digital Kitchen Scale
For everyday use, this digital kitchen scale by Zwilling brings all the best features. It can measure up to a whopping 21 pounds, has a tare function, and is accurate to within 1 gram for those times when the precise measurement is important.
Sized at 9.4 x 11.5 x 1.8 inches, the LCD display and glass surface are easy to wipe down post-cooking. This kitchen scale comes with a downloadable app that integrates a series of delicious recipes with step-by-step instructions. The built-in battery is rechargeable via included USB cable and the scale comes with a 5-year warranty.
Best for Baking: Cuisinart PrecisionChef Digital Kitchen Food Scale
With a compact, removable stainless steel bowl marked with volume/liquid measurements, this digital scale saves extra steps (as well as counter space and storage space) as you create baked goods. It switches easily between ounces and grams, shows the weight on an LCD display, can handle items up to a total of 11 pounds, and the stainless-steel body is easy to clean and accurate.
Sized at 7.8 x 7.8 x 5.2 inches and weighing only 3 pounds overall, it’s such a pleasure to use this battery-operated scale, whether for baking or other kitchen tasks. The bowl is also used to cover the scale for storage.
Best Smart: Vitamix Perfect Blend Smart Scale
The Vitamix is one of the best blenders and this accompanying kitchen scale makes everyday preparation of food very easy.
The key to getting the most out of this scale is to download the free app that connects wirelessly with the scale. The app offers more than 500 recipes including drinks, dips, soups, sauces, entrees, side dishes, bread, cakes, and baby food. You can search (and edit, if you wish) the recipes by dietary preference or ingredient, as well as viewing the nutritional information for every ingredient you add. The smart timer and pre-designed meal plans with shopping lists are also helpful!
The scale, which can measure up to 13 pounds, comes with two 20-ounce smoothie cups and a tablet/phone holder.
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Best Compact: Kalorik Digital Precision Kitchen Scale
In a sleek design with a powerful operation, this digital battery-operated kitchen scale from Kalorik can measure anything from 0.1 ounces to 22 pounds.
This scale has a high-precision sensor system, a 2.3 x 1-inch LCD screen, and an automatic tare button. The weight can be displayed using the U.S. imperial measurements of pounds and ounces, or in the metric system’s grams and milliliters. It offers an easy-to-clean tempered glass surface, and as it weighs only 0.9 pounds with overall dimensions of 7.9 x 7.4 inches, it stores away when not in use in very little space.
Best Vintage-Look: Typhoon Homewares Farmhouse Kitchen Scale
Going low-tech can be very satisfying, as this kitchen scale demonstrates. Made by Typhoon Homewares, it’s sturdy and beautiful and gives a vintage look to any kitchen.
Measuring 10 x 6 x 10 inches, the large round outward-facing dial shows measurements in kilograms, grams, pounds, and ounces. The scale can measure up to 8 pounds total. The stainless-steel 1.2-quart bowl is a useful addition, and it all wipes clean when done!
If you’re looking for something small, fun, portable, and budget-friendly the OXO Good Grips Healthy Portions Scale at Williams Sonoma (view at Williams Sonoma) is a great choice, and will work well as a backup if you move on to a larger kitchen scale, such as the Sur la Table Digital Glass Scale at Sur la Table (view at Sur la Table) with its many capabilities and limited lifetime warranty. The Escali Kitchen Food Scale (view at Amazon) is also an excellent option.
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Karen Resta is an NYC-based writer specializing in food culture and history, cooking, pastries, and restaurants. A former executive chef who began her professional journey as a pastry chef, she travels around the globe as a photographer and writer, always finding the best authentic food and pastries along the way. She spends a lot of her free time in her kitchen and is passionate about finding quality within your given budget. Having the right tools and knowing how to use them makes all the difference in baking and cooking, and she made this list with that in mind.
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