When it comes to baking, and some cooking recipes, exact measurements are everything. One gram or ounce over or under for any ingredient can be the difference between successful soufflé or a disappointing devil’s food cake. That’s where a kitchen scale comes in handy. You’ll be certain that your ingredients are perfectly proportioned, and your dishes will turn out well.
In addition to insuring exact measurements for baking, having a kitchen scale can also be helpful if you’re watching your... weight. Many diet plans call for specific amounts, which can be difficult to guess without actually weighing your ingredients.
Most kitchen scales are small enough to tuck away in a drawer or cabinet when not in use. So even the smallest kitchens can fit one. Take your cooking to the next level with one of these smart kitchen scales.
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This top-selling stainless steel scale from Etekcity can measure up to 11 pounds (or 5 kilograms), making it one of the largest capacity scales on the market. Of course, it is also precise enough to measure just a few grams at a time as well.
The brushed silver finish looks much sleeker than its price tag would suggest. And at just 7 by 5.5 inches, it can easily be stashed away in a cabinet without hogging too much space.
The scale has an auto-shutoff feature that helps conserve the AAA batteries,... but some reviewers have noted that the scale turns off too quickly. The scale comes with a one-year limited warranty as well.
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With all the precision of our top pick, this scale from Ozeri is much more versatile in terms of aesthetics. Available in seven color options, including black, white, red, teal, and silver, you’re sure to find one that matches your kitchen décor.
The streamlined scale has just two function buttons, one that turns it on and resets the scale to zero—helpful for ingredients that need to be weighed in a bowl or plastic container, and the other that switches the measurements between pounds and ounces... and kilograms and grams.
Like the Etekcity model, this scale can weigh ingredients up to 11 pounds, and requires two AAA batteries, which are included with your purchase. The scale also comes with a one-year “no-hassle” warranty.
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While none of the kitchen scales on our list will break the bank, it is possible to get a quality model for less than $10. This budget pick from Ivation also has an 11-pound capacity, and is accurate to one gram.
The two buttons control the unit measured—ounces, mililiters, and grams—and the tare, allowing you to zero out the scale with a bowl or container on it to get an accurate net weight measure for your ingredients. The digital display not only shows the weight, but displays "TARE"... when the scale is zeroing out, and has alerts to let you know when the battery is low or the item you're weighing is more than 11 pounds.
The scale runs ton two AAA batteries, which are included with purchase. The one thing you won't get with this scale, however, is a warranty.
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If you prefer a retro-style scale or don’t want to have to constantly replace the batteries in a digital scale, this analog version from Taylor might be the right choice for you. The gleaming stainless steel bowl on this model is removable for easy filling and cleaning, and the red and cream dial makes a distinct design statement.
The scale measures up to 11 pounds and also shows the gram equivalents on the interior of the dial. To tare this model, like most analog scales, you’ll have to adjust... the dial underneath the measuring bowl, which means it might not be as accurate as a digital scale due to human error. But once you get it correctly calibrated, it is very accurate.
Of course, the major drawback to this model is that it will take up a significant amount of counter space. The scale’s footprint measures roughly 8 by 9 inches, so make sure you have enough room in your kitchen to store it. And the good news is you won’t have to worry about dead batteries or a busted display.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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If you consider yourself a true coffee aficionado, then you definitely need a scale to measure your beans and your water. But this scale from Hario, one of the most trusted brands in the coffee business, does so much more than provide accurate measurements.
The scale also has an integrated drip timer which can track both your bloom times and let you know when your coffee is ready to pour. The scale is accurate to 0.1 gram increments, but it doesn’t measure in ounces, which isn’t much of a problem... if you’re using this strictly for coffee.
The auto-shutoff doesn’t activate until the scale has been idle for more than five minutes, giving you plenty of time to boil your water and brew your coffee. It also has a tare feature to zero out the weight of the container you’re using, and it runs on two AAA batteries which are included with your purchase.
The scale measures roughly 4.75 by 7.5 inches, so it doesn’t take up too much space on the counter, which is a good thing since those who are serious about coffee are likely to use this gadget daily.
You can also order an acrylic stand that holds your Hario V60 coffee dripper and enables you to make your coffee directly on the scale, which is an easy way to put the brewing timers to good use.
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If you’re planning to weigh some serious ingredients—think cuts of meat or whole turkeys, you might need this spring scale. The hanging scale comes with two hooks, so you can hook the scale itself onto a cabinet and then hang what you need to weigh from the other. And it can handle weights up to 110 pounds (or 50 kilograms).
Of course, the drawback to this scale is that it isn’t as precise as a countertop digital scale, so you won’t be able to get measurements down to the closest gram. Instead,... it’s better for weighing bags of produce for large batch canning projects or cuts of meat for grilling or roasting.
This might not be the top pick for every kitchen, but it is good for large capacity jobs. On the plus side it is tiny enough to stash away in your utensil drawer without taking up too much space. And the only real complaint about it is that the numbers on the dial are a bit small and hard to read.
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If you need to weigh a large quantities of food, many kitchen scales fall a little short. Sure, you can weigh some foods in batches, but what do you do if you need to double-check the weight of a whole turkey? This large capacity scale can handle weights up to 30 pounds, and the 10 x 7 1/2 platform is large enough to securely hold a large plate, platter, or pan.
You can set this for auto-off to save battery life, or set it for always-on if you’ll be using it over and over for a while. It can run... on 6 AA batteries (not included), or plug it into the wall with the included adapter. Other features include a tare function, five options for weighing (pounds/ounces, ounces, pounds, kilograms, and grams), rubberized feet for stable weighing, a high-contrast backlit LCD screen, and several sheets of a plastic laminate material that can be placed over the LCD and button area to keep them safe from spills. The scale is accurate to .1 ounce.
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