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|Lightweight but built to last with extremely precise results.||Sleek, portable and splash-proof.||Highly accurate, affordable, and easy to clean.||Measures precisely with a sturdy design and complimentary 2.15L stainless steel bowl.||Cool, modern design with tempered glass platform and all digital display.|
|Small recesses around buttons and display need to be cleaned.||Hyper-sensitive buttons and scale.||A little bigger and heavier than the Ozeri Pro.||The battery compartment latch is weak in some units.||Very sensitive and relatively low battery life.|
|A dependable, accurate choice for most home cooks and bakers.||Great design for a budget unit.||Incredible value, including 1-year warranty and 4 AAA batteries.||Great features, reliability, and construction for under $20.||A great-looking gift for anyone who loves to cook, but maybe not the best for yourself.|
Kitchen scales offer solutions to many problems for the baker, the dieter, the home chef, and the tech-junkie who can't have enough toys. These scales allow you to make the most precise measurements with food ingredients, ensuring your meals come out just they way you wanted. They're also extremely affordable, and fit almost anywhere.
For those seeking the most accurate and reliable results, we've selected the top 5 kitchen scales available today. Take a look at these stylish and dependable units to pick the right one for you.
Kitchen scales must provide reliable results over the course of their many years of expected life. The same gram today must be the same gram tomorrow, or else all your measurements will be off. We look at the accuracy and reliability of results from each kitchen scale.
It's always convenient when our electronics have easy-access battery panels that only need attention once a year or less. A good kitchen scale lasts at least 6 months on its batteries, which should be easy to replace.
Design, construction material, available settings and warranties are all considered under kitchen scale features. These units are all very affordable, so don't expect to pay an arm and a leg for nice features.
This list comprises of kitchen scales between $10-20, focusing on residential-grade models intended for gentle home use. More expensive units exist, but all you really need at home is a small, standard scale like one of these.
In addition to years of longevity, this unit provides customers with measurements between 1 gram and 12 lbs. The digital face displays fractions of pounds up to the thousandth place, but does not calculate fractions of grams. Most reviewers report that their small investment has given them 5+ years of reliable results with the Ozeri Pro Digital Kitchen Food Scale. Some reviewers are critical, however, that there are recesses around the digital face and buttons which allow food particles to get inside the machine, so regular cleaning is required.
This model handles measurements between 1 gram and 11 lbs., much like the Ozeri Pro. This is suitable for all but the most precise bakers and spice masters. While the design of this unit is very sleek, some users do report issues with the buttons being too close to the scale, registering the pressure of their button-presses as weight. In general, this scale is very sensitive to the smallest movements, but provides results quickly.
Processing weights as low as 1 gram and as high as the extremely precise 5100 grams (11.24 lbs.), this scale was made to take conversion out of your hands. It has 4 settings (g, lbs.:oz., ml) for unit measurement, including fractions of a pound, as well as pounds plus ounces. Users report superior, accurate results down to the gram. Most users have reported 2-5 years and counting of reliable use with this kitchen scale.
By now you may be noticing a pattern, as the Etekcity 11lb/5kg Digital Kitchen Food Scale also processes weights ranging from 1 gram to 11 lbs (lbs., oz., g, kg). When tested against premium, high-precision scales, this one measures up beautifully. While this scale hasn't been available long enough for users to speak to its longevity, the majority are thrilled with the quality, stainless steel all-around construction and expect their units to last many years.
Alone among the pack, the Ozeri Touch Professional Digital Kitchen scale measures between 1 gram to 12 lbs 10.8 oz., the largest capacity by over a pound. Choose from grams, ounces, pounds, or kilograms with this model. Users who tested the scale against calibrated weights report consistent accuracy to the gram every time, without jumping numbers before settling. That said, like the other flat scale on this list, the slightest movements may cause this scale to display incorrect weights until it settles.
Just about every residential kitchen scale has an automatic turn-off feature after a time of disuse. In the Ozeri Pro Digital Kitchen Food Scale's case, after 3 minutes, the unit will shut off to conserve battery life. The unit requires 2 AAA batteries, included with purchase, which most users report last about a year and are easy to install.
The back battery panel is easy to access, remove, and replace the 2 AAA batteries this scale uses. Batteries come with every new model, and the auto-off function engages after 45 seconds of inactivity. This may be short for some home cooks. Such a short auto-off feature means this unit conserves plenty of energy and lasts 6 months to a year without battery replacement, though.
Users especially love the long battery life of this scale, with some claiming it can run 2 years on 2 AAA batteries. 4 AAA batteries are included, and are easy to replace with no screwdriver needed. After 2 minutes, this device turns off automatically, giving you a little more grace period than the previous scale which only gives you 45 seconds.
This kitchen scale requires the standard 2 AAA batteries, which come included with purchase. Its display includes and indicator for low-battery, so your scale will never poof out on you without warning again. Interestingly, multiple reviewers report having an issue with a loose battery cover, while other report it working well. This may be a defect in some units, but doesn't detract from overall effectiveness.
While all the other scales on this list use AAAs, this scale alone runs on 2 lithium 3V cr2032. This seems to make a huge difference, as multiple users complain that the batteries only last a few months at a time. This may not bother some customers, but compared to the other scales on this list, it's not very good. This despite the 1-minute automatic turn-off. Still, the batteries are easy to replace, and there is an on-screen indicator for low battery life.
Conveniently, this device allows you to scroll through both US and international measurement units, including grams, ounces, pounds and kilograms. Like all the units on this list, the Ozeri Pro has a tare function. The extra-large buttons and screen are designed to make measuring and multitasking easy, though it is worth mentioning that this model's digital screen is not back-lit. The chrome scale and plastic base are both easy to clean by dry-wiping. Don't use liquid cleaners to wash this scale.
Although the other aspects of this kitchen scale make it fall just short of reaching the quality of the Ozeri Pro, it does include the added feature of an auto-zero feature. Much like tare, this feature will reset your scale to zero while product is still on the platform. The Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale is also splash-proof for little accidents, though it is not waterproof and shouldn't be cleaned with liquid solutions. This scale comes with a 1-year warranty.
Change between US and international measurements using the Unit button of this scale. Of course, there's also a tare function to reset the scale after loading your plate or other container. The platform of this scale, though similar to that of the Ozeri Pro, is enlarged to reduce overflow. Also like the Ozeri Pro, this scale measures to the 1/1000 place per pound. Its chrome-finish platform and plastic bottom are easy to wipe clean, with no recesses to allow food to accumulate.
Unique on this list, this also scale comes with a wide-rimmed, stainless 2.15L bowl for easy measure-and-prep cooking. It is also able to measure ambient room temperature, which is extremely helpful to bakers. The large, back-lit LCD screen displays weight, low-battery reminders, timer functions up to 99 minutes, and overload indication. Finally, this stainless steel scale comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
The Ozeri Touch has an unarguably sleek design, rivaling that of the Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale. Instead of brushed stainless steel, however, this model uses a thick layer of tempered glass as a platform, making it a breeze to wipe clean. This scale has a bright, back lit display, which also features an overload indicator in addition to a low-battery indicator. There's no warranty, though reviewers say this product comes with excellent customer service, willing to replace faulty units at no cost to the customer.
Multiple reviewers mention their unease at the Ozeri Pro Digital Kitchen Food Scale's “cheap” construction, only to later report the unit has lasted many years of heavy use. The base is made of plastic, yes, but this kitchen scale isn't flimsy. Weighing just 9.6 ounces, this design was meant to be lightweight and easy to store, and starts at just $13.63 new. It's available in your choice of Black or Silver.
Priced for those on even the tightest budget, the Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale comes new at $10.99. A little heavier than the Ozeri Pro, it's still just 10.6 ounces and is just 1.3” thick. This unit is so small, one reviewer even said she carries it in her purse! This scale is available in two colors, Silver and Blue, affecting just the plastic underbelly of the machine.
As the Ozeri Pronto was designed to accommodate bigger (not heavier) loads, it's understandable that it is also a little larger. This model weighs 12 ounces and measures 8.2 x 6 x 1.8 inches. Remarkably, this doesn't not reflect in price, and you can get a new Ozeri Pronto for just $11.26, including a 1-year warranty. It comes in 4 colors, including: Black, Red, White, and Silver.
Even as the most expensive scale on this list, the Etekcity 11lb/5kg Digital Kitchen Food Scale starts at only $19.99 on Amazon. This represents a 23% saving on list price, and is well worth it for the quality construction and premium dependability of this model. The design is made for the modern kitchen, coming only in its original stainless steel finish. At 1.6 lbs., this may also be the heaviest kitchen scale on the list, but this speaks to its construction and at 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches, it won't take up very much space on your counters at all.
This is a fashionable, delicate machine meant to complement a modern kitchen. The minimalist design and pinpoint accuracy of this machine justify the cost of $18.18, nearly twice the cost of other scales on this list. It shares the common problem of hyper-sensitivity with other flat digital scales, where it seems a strong wind will cause the weight reading to fluctuate. If you have the patience for that, however, this is a fine, contemporary scale for under $20. This scale is 1.7 lbs. and measures 9.1 x 5.9 x .6 inches.
Beating out the competition by miles, the Etekcity 11lb/5kg Digital Kitchen Food Scale comes in with the best features, the highest accuracy, and the toughest construction. This sturdy scale will give you years of accurate results with even minimal maintenance due to the all stainless steel design.
One of the best features is the included 2.15L bowl, which is perfect for measuring ingredients and then mixing or tossing in the same container. It's lightweight, easy to clean, and matches the base perfectly. This model also features a thermometer to take ambient room temperature, and has a kitchen timer, two features that no other scale on this list have.
The only problem with this unit is the battery compartment, which may become loose at times. While some users report this problem, others don't mention it, and it's easy to fix with a little tape. While we agree that every unit should be flawless, such a small mistake can be forgiven for this scale's incredible price, below $20. By far the best scale on this list!
Between the two true budget scales on this list, the Ozeri Pronto comes out on top. This hulk of a scale was made for heavy duty jobs, with a larger platform that most models in its class, and a sturdy base with no hidden recesses between buttons.
Cooks and bakers will also appreciate this kitchen scale's ability to read up to 1/1000th of a pound at a time, like other Ozeri models. The display is bright and clear, and the automatic turn-off function gives you enough time to finish the job before leaving you in the dark. We're also impressed by the battery life of this big unit, and we absolutely love that an extra pair are sent along with every purchase.
For a simple but accurate and long-lasting scale, the Ozeri Pronto has you covered for just $11.26.