Whether you love to bake or are looking to stick to a strict diet, ensuring the right amount of food is in your bowl or on your plate is crucial to successful cooking. The most common way to measure? By volume — using cups, half cups, tablespoons and teaspoons. This method works well enough, but the true pros always use kitchen scales.
They’re a surefire way to know exactly how much of an ingredient you’re using, whether it’s flour for a cake or coffee grounds for your morning brew. Alongside stand mixers for baking, cast iron pans for searing and a great immersion blender, they’re definitely on our list of must-have kitchen gadgets if you want to get serious about cooking, and the dishes you’re creating.
Kitchen scales provide a quick and easy way to measure the food you’re consuming whether you prefer a more traditional analog option or a modern, electric version. Weighing key ingredients precisely can be the difference between beautiful cookies that have risen to perfection and a batch of concrete dough balls that the dog won’t even touch. It can also be the difference between a healthy meal and one of indulgence.
We’ve put together a list of the best scale options available on Amazon and across the web. There’s an option for everyone, with styles including classic analog options, advanced electronic scales and options that preach nutritional info, as well.
1. Etekcity Food Digital Kitchen Weight Scale
2. Greater Goods Digital Kitchen Scale
With its sleek, stainless steel finish, this kitchen scale from the Greater Goods Store will look great on any kitchen counter and is very easy to clean. The rectangular-style scale provides precision weighing every time, and this option sports a long-lasting LCD display with easy-to-read digital numbers to prevent any mistakes during use. The large plate size makes it great for bakery measuring, and it’s simple to navigate thanks to the two marked buttons on either side of the LCD screen. Four precision sensors inside ensure accuracy when weighing and the scale calibrates automatically making it very easy to use.
3. American Weigh Scales Digital Scale
BEST POCKET OPTION
If you’re looking to weigh ingredients on the go, or like to double check you’re getting exactly what’s advertised on the packaging, the
4. Escali Primo Lightweight Scale
BEST COLOR CHOICES
This scale from Escali doesn’t just have excellent weighing capabilities, with a capacity of 11 pounds or 5,000 grams, and multiple units of measurement, it also comes in a bunch of fun, bright and neutral colors. It has sealed buttons for protection against spills and the two-button operation keeps things simple. It has a tare feature so your desired container doesn’t get in the way of accuracy, and an auto-shutoff feature for saving battery.
5. AccuWeight Digital Multifunction Scale
EASIEST TO USE
This scale makes it as simple as possible to accurately weigh food in your kitchen with four high-precision G-force load sensors that provide the most accurate weight measurements possible. There are only two buttons on the whole scale — one that changes the units between pounds, ounces, fluid ounces, milliliters and grams, and the other than zeroes out the weight and turns the scale off. It’ll let you know when it’s low on battery and can convert between units easily. The glass platform on top is very easy to read and it’s compact so storing it between uses is convenient.
6. Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen Scale
7. My Weigh Kitchen and Craft Digital Scale
BEST FOR BAKING
A kitchen scale is extremely useful for precise baking, a style of culinary creation that demands exactitude. This scale is built with a percentage weighing function that’s great for baking. It’s also large, with an 8,000 gram capacity and four different weighing modes including pounds, pounds/ounces, ounces and kilograms so you can weight large quantities of ingredients easily. It’s built with a stainless steel platform that’s easy to clean and has a gunk shield for protecting the buttons, and the backlit weight display is easy to read.
8. Accuweight Digital Kitchen Scale
BEST BACKLIT LCD
With its large, tempered glass weighing platform, the
9. KitchenTour Coffee Scale
BEST FOR COFFEE
Another measurement most of us make on a daily basis? The amount of coffee grounds we use for our signature brew. There are some that believe a coffee scale is the best way to go about this, and we definitely fall into that camp. This scale from KitchenTour has a weight range of 0.3 grams all the way up to 3,000 grams, and is designed to give you the precision you need for a great cup. It has a built-in timer so you can time your brew after you’ve weighed the ingredients, and it’s got unit conversion capabilities as well. It has a waterproof non-slip silicone pad for grip and touch-activated keys for an elegant, sleek design.
10. Etekcity Food Scale With Bowl
BEST BUILT-IN WEIGHING BOWL
To save you the hassle of finding the right bowl or container for weighing your food, this kitchen scale from Etekcity has one built-in. It is, of course, removable, but the bowl allows you to measure your food and pour it where you want it without a problem. The modern-looking scale also provides accurate measurements every single time and features a backlit LCD screen for easy number reading. Plus, there’s a handy, built-in thermometer and a kitchen timer inside.
11. Inevifit Digital Kitchen Scale
BEST FOR HEALTH ADDICTS
12. Taylor Stainless Steel Analog Kitchen Scale
BEST ANALOGUE OPTION
Not feeling all these LCD-ridden scales? Prefer doing things the old fashioned way? Then the
13. Greater Goods Nourish Digital Kitchen Scale
BEST FOR DIETERS
14. Amiloe MAX 33lb Kitchen Scale
This kitchen scale can hold, and measure, a lot. It measures 8 inches long and can hold up to 33 lbs for larger cooking jobs. It also comes equipped with a ruler on the side for measuring accurate cuts, and is sensitive to increments down to 0.1 oz. despite the large weight capacity. It has five different measurement units to choose from and includes functions like a sensor touch button, a step-on function, auto-off, tare and a low-power warning. The tempered glass panel is durable, waterproof and the stainless steel is anti-fingerprint and very easy to clean.
15. Fuzion Digital Kitchen Scale
BEST PLASTIC DESIGN
The look of this kitchen scale is classic and sleek and it’s made with plastic so you don’t have to worry about kids or pets accidentally damaging it. It’s made with high-quality stainless steel underneath an ABS plastic frame that’s compact and durable. The scale comes with two different plastic tray sizes depending on your needs, and the whole tool is built compact and easy to store. It can measure in six different units total and weighs in increments of 0.1g for optimal accuracy.