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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 you’ll 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 don’t 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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Escali
$40.00

What it is: Rated best value by leading independent consumer magazine. These digital scales are economically priced and very easy ...to use with the two-button operation. What it does: Measures up to 11 lbs (5 kg) in 0.1 ounce (1 gram) increments. Sealed buttons and display for protection against accidental spills. Tare feature: subtracts a container?s weight to obtain the weight of its contents. What else you need to know: Automatic Shut-off feature ensures long battery life (2?AA batteries included). Optional stainless steel accessory platform available. read more

Crestware
$38.39

Digital Spoon Scale Small. For professional use. Made for heavy duty, high usage food service businesses.

Classic Cuisine
$16.86

Keep track of the measurement and portion of food with Classic Cuisine's Digital Kitchen Scale. A useful kitchen tool, the scale c...an be measured in units of grams, kilograms, pounds and ounces. It also has an overload and low power indicator. The tare function allows the user to deduct the weight of an empty container on the scale so that only the food is measured when a container is filled. It is particularly handy for baked goods where exact amounts of flour can make the difference between moist and dry cake! Use the Classic Cuisine Digital Kitchen Scale for weighing anything from ingredients for recipes to health-conscious meal plans!. read more

Soehnle
$23.66

Living up to its name, and perfect for serious and novice cooks alike, this digital scale features a contoured rectangular metal b...ase designed in a modern, silver hue with charcoal black accents. The sturdy base provides a secure foundation with no chance for tipping. The shatter-proof safety glass is removable for easy cleaning while the state-of-the-art electronics provide the highest accuracy. The gram to ounce conversion switch is located on the front of the scale eliminating the need to turn the scale over when you are using it. 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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Taylor
$5.29

Find Kitchen Scales at Target.com! Taylor Mechanical Food Scale has a 1 Lb / .45 Kg capacity. Removable bowl with lid is dishwashe...r safe and break resistant for easy cleaning and convenient food storage. Scale has contemporary styling with easy-to-read numerals and lens is scratch resistant. read more

Peachtree
$5.99

Find Kitchen Scales at Target.com! The MV-500 mechanical scale features a removable measuring cup allowing for measurement by weig...ht or volume. Color: White. read more

Salter
$22.86

This highly functional mechanical scale by Salter provides accurate multiweigh measuring along with an add and weigh feature. This... durable scale's practicality is enhanced by the fact that its wide platform allows you to use it with other bowls, not just the included one. Includes large two liter dishwasher safe mixing bowl that inverts over scale for neat, dust-free storage. Also includes an add & weigh feature. Scale capacity is 9 pounds or 4 kilograms. This scale is backed read more

Escali
$89.95 $59.95

Measure your specialty dinner ingredients with Escalis Mechanical Dial Food Scale that is always ready when you are. This mechanic...al dial food scale is made with a stainless steel construction that is easy to clean and easy to use. With a rotating dial for tare functionality, you can easily adjust the scale to subtract the weight of the measuring container for precise measurements. Its non-slip rubber feat keep your mechanical dial food scale stable and its pre-drilled mounting points allow you to permanently secure it to a workstation. NSF certified and water resistant, turn to Escalis reliable Mechanical Dial Food Scale thats you can always count on. Features: Mechanical dial scale Stainless steel Water resistant NSF certified Non-slip rubber feet Tare function w/ rotating dial Pre-drilled mounting points 5 lb capacity Dimensions: 6.6 x 7 x 8.5 Click Here to Browse More Products by Escali 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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BergHOFF
$150.00 $89.99

BergHOFF 3502425 Promote healthy eating by using a electronic kitchen scale. Shiny metallic coating platform with high definition ...green LED display. High precision strain gauge sensor. Uses 4x AAA batteries (not included). Features: -HD LED display.-Neo collection.-European design.-Use: Residential.-Digital: Yes.-Material: Stainless Steel; Plastic.-Wall Mountable: No.-Collection: Neo.-Number of Items Included: 1.-Pieces Included: .Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 2.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 8.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 13.-Overall Product Weight: 2.17. read more

BergHOFF
$120.00 $69.99

BergHOFF 2303993 Promote healthy eating by using a electronic kitchen scale. High precision strain guage sensor. High transparent ...shatterproof PC container. Red backlight LCD display with touch-style switch. Low power and overload indication. Requires 4x AAA batteries (not inluded). Features: -Suitable for all heat sources.-Auriga collection.-European design.-Use: Residential.-Digital: Yes.-Material: Stainless Steel; Plastic.-Wall Mountable: No.-Collection: Auriga.-Number of Items Included: 1.-Pieces Included: .Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 5.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 10.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 10.-Overall Product Weight: 1.85. read more

Detecto
$133.99 $123.99

Detecto PS4 The smooth lines of the molded poly enclosure and sealed membrane keypad make cleaning easy. The commodity tray utiliz...es welded studs on the bottom of the tray that fit tightly into the weighbridge of the scale. The main board on each unit has a moisture resistant coating, adding additional protection from the elements of everyday use in the food industry. Comes with retail packaging in both English and Spanish. Features: -Portion control scale.-Easy to read LCD display.-Power saving 'Auto-off' feature.-Switch selectable units.-Easy to clean, removable stainless steel tray.-Battery or AC power.-Ideal for restaurants, cafeterias, deli's, and pizza parlors.-NSF certified.-Capacity: 4 lbs x 0.1 oz. / 2,000 g x 1 g.-Display: LCD, 5 digit, 0.8' / 20mm high.-Tare: 100% of full scale capacity.-Keys: on / off, ZERO, UNITS.-Zero: Established on power up routine and maintained by auto-zero circuitry.-Temperature: 50 to 95 F (10 to 35 C).-Construction: Molded poly enclosure with stainless steel commodity tray.-Country of Manufacture: United States.Specifications: -Power: 115 VAC 50/60 Hz or 230 VAC 50/60 Hz powering a 9 VDC 100 mA wall plug-in UL/CSA listed power supply or one (1) 9 VDC alkaline battery (battery not included).Dimensions: -Platform size: 5.9' W x 4.75' D / 15cm W x 12cm D.-Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 1.5.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 5.9.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 6.7. read more

Escali
$148.95 $122.99

Escali M6630 Stay on top of your diet with this Escali 66 lbs. M-Series Multifunctional Scale. This scale has a durable ABS plasti...c housing. It has a stainless steel platform, which ensures strength and durability. This digital scale lets you weigh in on your food consumption. It operates on 4 C batteries or optional power adaptors. It weighs a variety of food up to 66 lbs quickly and accurately. It weighs accurately up to 0.2 ounce. It has a compact and portable design, making it easy to store. If you are looking for a user-friendly design with accuracy, this 66 lbs. M-Series Multifunctional Scale by Escali is perfect for you. It has a TARE function for precise portion control. It makes sure you measure your food, not the container. This versatile scale measures in ounces, pounds plus ounces, or grams. Features: -Some of the nice features Scales has is a hold and parts counting feature.-LCD display has an on/off switch for the blue backlight and a additional display on the back of Scale.-Has a 66 lb. or 30 kilogram capacity and in 5 gram or 0.2 ounce increments.-Accurately measures in grams, pounds, ounces and pounds + ounces.-Stainless steel platform is removable for easy clean- up.-Operates on 4- C batteries or the optional power adapter.-Material: ABS Plastic.-Escali M-6630 Series scale is NSF approved can be used in a variety of restaurant and industrial applications, from portion control to accurate quality control.-Use: Commercial.-Digital: No.-Weight Limit: 10 And Up Lbs..-Material: Plastic.-Wall Mountable: No.-Collection: M-Series.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 3.25.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 12.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 10.25.-Overall Product Weight: 6.1.Warranty: read more

EatSmart
$54.99 $51.99

EatSmart ESKS-10 This EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale makes portion control and counting calories easy. It has a st...ainless steel platform, which ensures strength and durability. This kitchen scale features a large backlit LCD display and includes a TARE feature, which enables you to weigh the contents of the bowl, without including the weight of the bowl itself. This Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale by EatSmart is perfect for everyday tasks from weighing food to monitoring caloric intake. It displays readings in four different units; ounces, pounds, grams, and kilograms. This kitchen scale also includes a free Calorie Factors Booklet, which provides education on calorie counting and proper portion control with your scale. Features: -Includes FREE EatSmart Calorie Factors guide - Portion control and calorie counting made easy!.-4 AAA batteries included; 100% EatSmart Guaranteed Satisfaction.-Professional food scale - Extra large lighted display and stainless steel platform.-Max weight 15lbs; Displays ounces/lbs/grams/kgs; Graduation .05 oz / 1 gram.-Tare feature eliminates the weight of a plate; 3 Minute Auto-Shutoff lets you prepare ingredients while maintaining battery life.-Use: Residential.-Digital: Yes.-Weight Limit: 10 And Up Lbs..-Wall Mountable: No.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 10.25.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 7.5.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 1.5.-Overall Product Weight: 1.9. read more

Taylor
$27.36 $27.34

Technical Information Maximum Weight Capacity (Imperial): 11 oz Maximum Weight Capacity (SI): 5 kg Weight Increment (Imperial): 0....10 oz Weight Increment (SI): 1 g Measurement Type: Gram, Kilogram, Ounce Application/Usage: Kitchen Features: Add-on... read more

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