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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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Escali
$149.95
at Amazon

Escali Smart Connect digital scale will help you realize the connection between what you eat and what you weigh. The Escali Smart ...Connect digital scale sends weight measurements to the Escali Smart Connect app via bluetooth technology where it will analyze 35 nutrients from a selection of over 8000 food items, create a food journal and measure in cups and tablespoons. The Escali Smart Connect digital bathroom scale connects to your mobile devices with bluetooth low energy technology. The setup process is easy. Simply press the pair button in the app for an instant connection. The Escali Smart Connect app combines the proactive awareness of a smart digital bathroom scale with the ability to track results on a smart body weight scale so you can track all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Track weight and BMI (Body Mass Index) with the Escali SmartConnect body scale and Escali smartconnect app. Capable of weighing up to 440 pounds, the scale features Instant-on Technology and a blue back light display. About Escali Scales: Escali scales are tested by rigid military measurement standards - a process that contributes to an exceptionally low return rate. Escali innovations in quality, accuracy, value and style are shaping the future of digital scales in home and professional settings. read more

October Mountain Products
$27.80
at Amazon

Economical Acurate Mini Scale Weighing Modes, gram, grain, ounces, pennyweight 250g x 0.1g (3858 grain max. x 1.5 grain) 5L x 3...W x 3/4H 5 Year Limited Warranty Operates on two AAA batteries (included) Mfg Item Number: US-250 read more

Soehnle
$40.00
at Amazon

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

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
at Amazon

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

Rubbermaid
$158.08
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Rubbermaid Commercial FG840W Steel Washable Mechanical Portion Control Scale. The food scale is washable for easy cleaning and com...plete sanitation. The platform may be used as a handle in commercial kitchens. It is made of rust-proof painted steel and has an alignment notch for precise and quick zero reset. Measures 10.25 inches long by 12 inches wide by 12.5 inches high. 9.7 pounds. Imported. read more

Rubbermaid
$152.88
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Rubbermaid Commercial FG810BW Washable Mechanical Portion Control Scale. Washable for easy cleaning and complete sanitation Rust-p...roof painted steel. Alignment notch allows precise and quick zero reset. 10.25 inches long by 12 inches wide by 12.5 inches high. 9.7 pounds. Imported. 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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Edlund
$528.00 $1,056.00
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Wireless Remote Pizza Portion Scale, large 12 X 12-1/4 platform, large back-lit wireless remote display, dual voltage power suppli...es included, 10.0 lb. x 0.005 lb. (5.0 kg x 0.002 kg), reads in pounds, ounces, and grams, stainless steel construction, hip/foot switch, base unit supports multiple displays, NSF ( EDLUND COMPANY LLC - WRD-10H ) read more

EDLUND COMPANY LLC Wireless Remote Pizza Portion Scale, 10.0 lb. x 0.005 lb, Switch
Globe
$1,135.20 $2,522.67
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Label Printing Scale, 30 lb x .01 lb capacity, legal for trade, thermal dot printer, flourescent tube display, 88 one-touch preset... price keys, holds up to 3800 PLU's, UL, NTEP, 115v/60/1, .09 amps. ( Globe - GSP30A ) read more

Globe Label Printing Scale, 30 lb Capacity, Legal For Trade, 88 Keys
Detecto
$1,165.08 $4,236.65
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Scale, Point of Sale, top loading, counter model, 100 lb x 5 oz., 1/2 florescent display, internal zero switch, 18 x 18 stainless ...steel platform, AC power cord, legal for trade ( Detecto - AS-400D ) read more

Detecto Point of Sale Counter Scale w/ .5-in Florescent Display, 100-lb x .5-oz
Fleetwood
$529.55 $954.14
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Easy Weigh Bench Platform Receiving Scale, electric, 6 digit elevated LCD display, 300 lb. capacity, 300 x 0.05 lb., 4800 x 1.0 oz...., or 120 x 0.02 kg graduations, 16-1/2 x 20-1/2 stainless steel removable platter, tilting head, AC power cord or built-in ( Fleetwood - BX-300PLUS ) read more

Fleetwood Platform Receiving Scale w/ 300-lb Capacity, Tilt Head, 120 V
Cuisinart
$29.00 $80.00
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Features: Smart design offers dual functions Removable cutting board weighing platform is dishwasher safe Touchpad buttons are eas...y to clean Large LCD is easy to read at a glance Multiple readout modes (imperial and metric) 25 lb. weight capacity Batteries Included (2 x AAA) read more

Cuisinart KML-9 DualPro Digital Kitchen Scale
Cuisinart
$34.95 $100.00
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These simple, efficient digital scales make it easy to control portions and bake with greater consistency. The easy-to-read digita...l screens offer complete accuracy and easy cleaning. Modern, sleek designs look great on the countertop and are easy to store. Product Features Weighting platform with 4-load weigh stations Includes dishwasher safe stainless steel removable cover Ultra thin profile design provides easy storage Touchpad style buttons for easy cleaning Weight capacity 11 lbs/5 kg Batteries included read more

Cuisinart KML-15 Balance Pro Digital Kitchen Scale
Cuisinart
$19.95 $70.00
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Features: Sleek and Compact Design Removable stainless steel weighing platform is dishwasher safe Touchpad buttons are easy to cle...an Large LCD is easy to read at a glance Multiple readout modes (imperial and metric) 11 lb. weight capacity Batteries Included read more

Cuisinart KML-8 ProVantage Digital Kitchen Scale
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