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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.
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.
Of course, what good is a scale if it doesn't accurately measure? I put these kitchen scales through their paces with tests in my own kitchen. First up, I've weighed a 1/4 cup of granulated sugar to see if the scale measures it exact in both ounces and grams. Next, I tested for when I'm in a rush and accidentally hit tare too many times to see if the scale shuts off. The third test was seeing how long it really does take to automatically shut off, should I forget. Once I was done with testing, I repeatedly used each scale during my own cooking projects to see if any other flaws emerged.
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
What We Love: Accurate measurements, easy to store, easy to clean
What We Don't Love: Very sensitive to movement when weighing
This kitchen scale, made exclusively for Sur la Table by Escali, has a sleek design and hits all the marks in terms of workability. Its sensitivity did astonish me though. It shouldn’t be moved even by the slightest bit while in use since that will change the level of the surface and affect how the scale is reading your ingredients.
Measuring 9 x 6.5 x 0.75 inches, it’s lightweight, easy to store, and can handle up to a total of 15 pounds in 1-gram or 0.1-ounce increments. It accurately passed our 1/4 cup of sugar test, so you'll be on the right road to a successful cake. It has a tare feature as well as a “hold feature” that continues to display the weight on the easy-to-read screen even after the item has been removed. It turned off automatically after 5 minutes, each and every time I tested it.
Even with its extremely touch-sensitive controls, it’s quick and easy to operate, and clean-up of its glass surface is a breeze. It comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 9 x 6.5 x 0.75 inches | Maximum Weight: 15 pounds
Best Overall, Runner-Up: Escali Primo P115C Precision Kitchen Food Scale for Baking and Cooking
What We Love: Large LED display, spill guard, various color options
What We Don't Love: Only handles up to 11 pounds
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 4 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.
"I first purchased this scale when I dove into the world of sourdough, but now I use it for everything. It's super easy to toggle between units of measurement and to zero out your container weight, which is especially useful when I'm adding new ingredients to one large container on top of one another without measuring them first. Plus, this scale is chic and looks great on my countertop." — Elspeth Velten, General Manager
Dimensions (LxWxH): 8 x 6 x 1.25 inches | Maximum Weight: 11 pounds
Best Budget: OXO Good Grips Healthy Portions Scale
What We Love: Comes with a bowl/lid, analog, easy to store
What We Don't Love: Inaccurate gram measurements
It may be low-tech, but this kitchen scale delivers. Made by OXO, it features the ease of use it designs into all its products, and this is absolutely adorable. This comes with a little plastic bowl to pour your ingredients into which is incredibly helpful for quick, easy measuring, and it doubles as a lid when not in use.
No need to worry about batteries or electricity, this scale, which measures up to 16 ounces or 500 grams, easily fits into a tote bag or kitchen drawer. After I tested it thoroughly, I can say it's perfect for the everyday weighing of ingredients that don’t require the absolute precision of a digital scale. To set the tare, just turn the base until the red arrow is at 0.
The one caveat with this affordable pick is that it didn't perform as well as the digital scales with my weight test. While it gave the correct ounces weight for sugar, the grams reading was a little off (+/- 5 grams). While this may not mess up your Black Forest cake, it would pose an issue with ingredients that are always used in small quantities like yeast or salt.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 5.5 x 2 x 6.5 inches | Maximum Weight: 1 pound/500 grams
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Best Digital: Zwilling Enfinigy Digital Kitchen Scale
What We Love: Accurate measurements, sleek design, can weigh up to 21 pounds
What We Don't Love: Need to make sure it's charged
This digital kitchen scale by Zwilling brings all the best features. It’s sensitive yet sturdy, it can measure up to a whopping 21 pounds, it has an easy-to-use tare function, which doesn't turn off when you accidentally hit tare twice. During my test, this was accurate to within 1 gram, making it ideal for bakes like angel food cake, where the precise measurement is important. It shows both metric and standard measurements, and turns itself off after 3 minutes, so you don't waste the battery charge.
Sized at 9.4 x 11.5 x 1.8 inches, the LCD screen and glass surface are easy to keep clean, and it looks great on a kitchen countertop, which is where mine lives. 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 five-year warranty.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 11.5 x 9.4 x 1.8 inches | Maximum Weight: 22 pounds
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Best for Baking: Cuisinart PrecisionChef Digital Kitchen Food Scale
What We Love: Removable bowl with volume measurements, can weigh up to 11 pounds
What We Don't Love: Needs batteries
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.
Weighing 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.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 7.8 x 7.8 x 5.2 inches | Maximum Weight: 11 pounds
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Best Compact: Kalorik Digital Precision Kitchen Scale
What We Love: Super compact and lightweight for storing, glass surface is easy to clean
What We Don't Love: Might be too small of a platform for large items
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 and is less than an inch tall, it stores away when not in use in very little space.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 7.9 x 7.3 x 0.75 inches | Maximum Weight: 22 pounds
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Best Vintage-Look: Typhoon Homewares Farmhouse Kitchen Scale
What We Love: Sturdy base, durable steel design, includes a 1.2-quart bowl
What We Don't Love: Needs dedicated counter space
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.
A coated steel body is behind the large round outward-facing dial that shows measurements in kilograms, grams, pounds, and ounces. It 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!
Dimensions (LxWxH): 10 x 6 x 10 inches | Maximum Weight: 8 pounds
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Best Smart: Vitamix Perfect Blend Smart Scale
What We Love: Connects to free app with recipes, comes with two 20-ounce smoothie cups
What We Don't Love: App isn't useful for custom recipes
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, breads, cakes, and baby food. You can search (and edit, if you wish) the recipes by dietary preference or ingredient. 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.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 8.75 x 7.25 x 1.5 inches | Maximum Weight: 13 pounds
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If you’re looking for something small and budget-friendly, the OXO Good Grips Healthy Portions Scale (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 (view at Sur La Table). The Escali Kitchen Food Scale (view at Amazon) is also an excellent option.
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Karen Resta is a 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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