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Kitchen Scales Buying Guide

You may be a foodie who likes to cook by weight of ingredients or simply on a diet and need to weigh your servings -- either way, a kitchen scale is necessary. A scale ensures that measurements are absolutely accurate, and it also frees you of measuring with cups and spoons. Recipes that call for grams or ounces instead of tablespoons or cups are a welcome alternative for fans of cooking with scales.

Types of Kitchen Scales

Types of Kitchen Scales

The most popular kitchen scales today are digital, but the simple dial-type spring scales are available as well. Decide how youíll use a kitchen scale so you know what type of investment you want to make, as well as how the scale will work best for you. For instance, do you want to weigh an individual food or several items?

Digital

A digital scale provides easy-to-read measurements with precision. Most digital scales give updates about once a second, some even more frequently. This means that when you pour sugar into a bowl, the digital scale instantly shows the weight so you donít overpour. Also, most digital scales have a tare function that allows the user to weigh more than one ingredient accurately into a bowl.

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Soehnle
$40.00
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The Page digital kitchen scale by Soehnle is ultra-flat, sleek and space-saving. Only measuring .66-inches high, it's low profile ...design makes it the perfect choice for small kitchens, or those kitchens you want to remain clutter-free. Sensor keys ensure easy and convenient operation, while the large weighing surface made of glass is suitable for a variety of containers. The Page features a high-load capacity of up to 9 lb, 15 ounces and accurate 1 g/0.05 ounces graduation. The tare or hold function is perfect for oversized items-the weight remains for several seconds after the weighing process! Available in several stylish colors and limited edition patters, the Page digital scale by Soehnle is the perfect kitchen companion. Sohenle scales are made with the understanding that the desire driving so many of us into the kitchen is more than just a fad. Cooking and baking brings family and friends together in ways that are meaningful. Each Soehnle Digital scale is made with this in mind. Precise measurements, accuracy, style and instant read-outs help you create those delicious dishes to be share and remembered. read more

Soehnle
$40.00
at Amazon

Super-flat, low profile and easy to use, the Flip digital scale is functional and stylish. Switch easily from dry to liquid measur...ements (g lb oz, ml and fl oz), the digital display is accurate and easy to read. Sensor keys ensure convenient operation and the 7.9-inch diameter makes this scale suitable for different containers. The easy-to clean glass surface comes in white, black silver and our limited edition Mikado pattern, so your are sure to find the Flip that's perfect for your home. Sohenle scales are made with the understanding that the desire driving so many of us into the kitchen is more than just a fad. Cooking and baking brings family and friends together in ways that are meaningful. Each Soehnle Digital scale is made with this in mind. Precise measurements, accuracy, style and instant read-outs help you create those delicious dishes to be share and remembered. read more

Cuisinart
$17.99-$65.00
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Cuisinart digital kitchen scales quickly deliver the most accurate measurements for all your favorite recipes. Conveniently weight... multiple ingredients for precise and consistently reliable results. Designed to meet all your household measuring needs, each smart design combines modern versatility with easy cleaning. The scales' signature black and stainless styling matches the Cuisinart product family design and blends seamlessly into any contemporary kitchen. read more

Escali
$49.95-$59.95
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Escali's Arti scale is capable of weighing liquid and dry ingredients up to an astounding 15-pound with an accuracy of 0.1-ounce, ...or 1-gram. The Arti's list of features is long and loaded with value. It's crisp clear display, which is 50-percent larger than commonly found on a kitchen scale, sits between the user friendly touch sensitive controls and results in a single smooth glass surface. Each scale also includes a tare and hold feature. read more

Mechanical

Also known as spring scales, mechanical scales are less expensive and the most accurate for measuring one food at a time. The food is placed on a platform, which presses down a spring that calculates the weight. Often the scale will fit into the bowl for easy storage and travel. This kind of scale is popular for people who are on a diet and measuring a single serving size.

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Rubbermaid
$279.76
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Rubbermaid Commercial FG10100 Heavy-Duty Mechanical Platform Receiving Scale. Large 10-inch dial is easy to read. Shatter-resistan...t lens for added protection. Fixed dial with 35-degree angle is easy to read from any direction. Heavy-duty platform scale for table top weighing. Ideal for use as a food scale. Rustproof enamel finish. 13- by 13-inch platform. Imported. read more

Excellante
$230.07
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Excellante 200-pound scales. The scale is mechanical and has a stainless steel platform with an easy to clean enamel finish. The s...cale is accurate, durable, and versatile for weighing different objects. The zero-adjustable dial face is covered with shattered proof glass for consistent readings. read more

Excellante
$140.22
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Excellante 100-pound scales. The scale is mechanical and has a stainless steel platform with an easy to clean enamel finish. The s...cale is accurate, durable, and versatile for weighing different objects. The zero-adjustable dial face is covered with shattered proof glass for consistent readings. read more

Excellante
$138.72
at Amazon

Excellante 70-pound scale. The scale is mechanical and has a stainless steel platform with an easy to clean enamel finish. The sca...le is accurate, durable, and versatile for weighing different objects. The zero-adjustable dial face is covered with shattered proof glass for consistent readings. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Do your homework, reviewing each type of kitchen scale before you make your purchase. If looking at a digital scale, factor in the readability of the display, the size of the platform, whether it is battery-operated or electric, and cleanability. If you're considering a spring scale, think about the size of quantities you will weigh, the readability of the display (usually a dial), and the storage capacity. Also review your recipes. Are most of them in U.S. terms (pounds or ounces) or do you need to be able to easily convert to metric? Digital scales often have a switch, making the conversion from U.S. measurements to metric easy as pie.

Types

Digital and mechanical scales each have their own merits. Before you buy, decide which type will work to your advantage with your baking style and eating needs. Also consider whether you prefer electric, battery-operated, or manual.

Conversion

A display that converts from U.S. measurements to metrics is important if you use recipes that give measures in metric units. Digital scales most often accommodate each type of measure by simple push of a button.

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Taylor
$60.00 $120.00
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Scale, electric, 10 lb x .1 oz., NSF. Tare, auto off, and low battery indicator features. Operates on 120V adaptor (included) or a... 9 volt battery (not included). Moisture-resistant sealed components. ( Taylor - TE10C ) read more

Taylor Scale, Electric, Digital, 10 lb x 1/10 oz Graduation
Edlund

This Edlund E-160 digital portion scale features a durable, high-impact resistant casing to stand up to the daily demands of any f...ood service operation. Its ample 5 7/8" x 6 3/4" removable stainless steel platform provides plenty of space for weighing sliced luncheon meats, fish or poultry portions, or even dough. The Edlund E-160 portion scale is portable too! It can be powered by either a 120V AC adapter (included) or a 9V DC battery (sold separately). A large, easy to read LCD readout helps reduce portioning errors. The Edlund E-160 10 lb. digital portion scale is UL and NSF Listed. Consult the Specification Sheet for further details, dimensions, and capacities. Also known as E 160 IC, E-160-IC, E-160IC, E 160 IC, or E 160IC. read more

Edlund E-160 10 lb. Digital Portion Scale
Edlund

This Edlund S336 oversized, footed, plastic scoop is to be used with the bakers scale under item #333BDS8. This scoop measures 20 ...5/8"L x 13 1/8"W x 5"H. Also known as 215702. read more

Edlund S336 Plastic Bakers Scale Scoop
Globe

This Globe GS30 30 lb. price computing scale is an excellent choice for bakeries, delis, butcher shops, and any other operation th...at calculates purchase price based on weight! This legal for trade scale allows you to add multiple transactions up to $9,999.99 and delivers pinpoint accurate measurements from .01 lb. to 30 lbs. to give you absolute faith in your pricing, while the brightly-lit two-sided LCD display allows both you and the customer to easily see the product weight, unit price, and total price. This scale boasts a durable ABS construction and a removable stainless steel platform with a slight recession so that you don't have to worry about rolling products. While a cord and NEMA 5-15P plug are included, a built-in rechargeable battery provides 48 hours of continued use so you can easily setup temporary stations in locations like farmers' markets! It requires a 115V electrical connection and is UL and NTEP Approved. Please consult the Specification Sheet for additional details. Readout Me read more

Globe GS30 30 lb. Price Computing Scale, Legal for Trade
Taylor

Packed full of innovative features, the Taylor TE10R 10 lb. digital portion control scale helps you take portion control monitorin...g to the next level. The Taylor TE10R electronic portion control scale's convenient Hold function locks the weight on screen even after you've removed your products or ingredients. An auto off function helps conserve power, while the scales' convenient tare feature allows you to easily weigh products and ingredients while still in the container. A large, 0.5" LCD display provides easy to read results and simple read out adjustments. Thanks to the scale's large, removable stainless steel 8 1/16" x 5" platform and moisture resistant sealed components, cleaning, sanitizing, and maintenance have never been easier. The Taylor TE10R digital portion control scale operates on an included AC adapter or rechargeable battery, so you can use it anywhere. It is NSF Listed. read more

Taylor TE10R 10lb Digital Portion Control Scale with Hold Feature
Rubbermaid

Perfect for any bakery or candy shop, the Rubbermaid Pelouze BD8SC 8 lb. baker's dough scale is simple and accurate! It can weigh ...in 1/4 oz. increments, and is easy to use, thanks to its two included sets of 1 lb., 2 lb., and 4 lb. precision weights. A protective enamel finish, chrome plated steel platform, and a stainless steel scoop make this baker's beam scale easy to clean and durable. Overall dimensions are 15"W x 6 3/8"D x 9"H. See Companion Items for replacement parts and accessories. read more

Rubbermaid Pelouze BD8SC Baker's Dough Scale 8 Pound (FGBD8SC)
Rubbermaid

The Rubbermaid Pelouze YG180R 5 lb. mechanical portion control scale features a heavy duty anodized aluminum chassis for extreme d...urability. Its tempered spring retains accuracy, even in refrigerated prep rooms, and the rotating dial and alignment notch enable easy tare and zero adjustments! The stainless steel platform and bezel make cleanup a breeze. NSF Listed. Overall dimensions are 6 5/8"W x 6 1/2"D x 8 5/8"H. read more

Rubbermaid Pelouze YG180R 5 lb. Mechanical Portion Control Scale (FGYG180R)
Rubbermaid
$107.07 $205.00
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High Performance Scale, Digital Portion Control, 24 lb. capacity, 6.4 x 5.8 full size stainless steel removable platform, 6 custom...izable display options, intuitive hand grips, reinforced corners, remains accurate and functional with day-to-day use, count and calculate feature for portion tracking, provides finite readouts to ensure accuracy, AC adapter, antimicrobial protection on resin surfaces, NSF ( Rubbermaid - 1812592 ) read more

Rubbermaid Digital Portion Control Scale - 24-lb Capacity, Stainless
Rubbermaid
$56.08 $93.46
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Pelouze by Rubbermaid Scale, portion, dial type, top loading counter model, rotating dial, orange color-coded lens, vertical face,... 32 oz x 1/4 oz graduation, anodized aluminum chassis stainless steel platform serves as handle, Y-Line, NSF, S.O.S. (Special Order Smallwares) product; see SOS document for details ( Rubbermaid - FGY32R ) read more

Rubbermaid Pelouze Portion Scale - Dial Type, 32-oz x 1/4-oz, Aluminum/Stainless
Winco
$24.13 $49.25
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Scale, 6-1/2 in Dial, 2 lb/1 kg x 1/4 oz/5 g Graduation. Model SCAL66 shown. ( Winco - SCAL-62 )

Winco Scale, 6-1/2 in Dial, 2 lb x 1/4 oz Graduation
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