Best Digital Kitchen Scales

The 10 Best Digital Kitchen Scales for Easy Calorie Calculations

Not all digital kitchen scales are made equal; some kitchen scales, as they say, are more equal than others. Whether you are making a conscious choice to cook and eat healthy, portion-controlled meals, just cooking up a storm in your kitchen, or perhaps you prefer to know that your beloved pet is eating just the right amount and are not overweight or underweight, or you need precise measurements for your baking or soap-making, using a digital kitchen scale to measure ingredients rather than eyeballing the whole process can get the job done twice as easily.

A digital kitchen scale will ultimately boost your confidence, particularly when you need to go by precise ingredient measurements. Measuring the old fashioned way using measuring cups and spoons is inconsistent and inaccuracies will greatly impact the outcome. In this article, we review some of the best digital kitchen scales that will make you wonder why you went without one for so long in the first place.

Best Pick

Ozeri ZK14-S Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale

Our best pick is the easy to use Ozeri ZK14-S Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale that can provide measurements in 5 different units in a large weighing platform.

Budget Pick

Etekcity Food Digital Kitchen Weight Scale

Our budget pick is the durable and precise Etekcity Food Digital Kitchen Weight Scale that comes with a stainless steel platform 4 different units of measurement.


1. Ozeri ZK14-S Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale

Highlighted Features

  • Automatic Unit Button
  • Precision Tare Button
  • 5 units of measure
  • Large weighing platform
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • Automatic power off
  • LCD display

That the Pronto Digital Kitchen Scale by Ozeri was manufactured to rigorous quality specifications and is testified to by its selection by the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for a Harvard Medical School study on the link between preventing breast cancer and weight loss. With this elegant-looking, easy-to-use digital kitchen scale, you can weigh up to 11.24 lbs (5,100 gm) with precise gradations of 0.05 oz (1 gm). The Automatic Unit Button can quickly convert between 5 units of measurements (gm, lbs, lbs:oz, oz, ml).

With the Precision Tare Button you can calculate the net weight of your kitchen ingredients by automatically deducting the weight of any bowl or container you put your ingredients into. The weighing platform is quite large and come in an elegant chrome. Both the Automatic Unit Button and the Precision Tare Button are relatively large buttons that will produce a satisfying audible click confirmation.

The Pronto Digital Kitchen Scale by Ozeri will turn off automatically two minutes after it has been turned on. While this might be ample time for some users, for others this feature might require them to have all their ingredients ready for measurement.

Pros

  • Will automatically subtract the weight of a bowl
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    Large weighing surface
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    Large buttons with audible click confirmation
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    Automatic power off after 2 minutes
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    Lightweight and easy to use
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    Spot on with the measurements
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    Easy to clean and store
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    No screwdriver needed to access the battery compartment

Cons

  • Weighing surface may be too small
  • Reading may bounce back and forth
  • LCD display is obstructed if a big bowl is used

2. Etekcity Food Digital Kitchen Weight Scale

Highlighted Features

  • Food grade stainless steel platform
  • 4 units of measurement
  • Tare function
  • Anti-fingerprint technology
  • Milk volume function
  • Low battery indication
  • Clear backlit display
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • 1 year free replacement
  • Lifetime support from Etekcity

The practical yet elegant-looking Etekcity Food Digital Kitchen Weight Scale gives you the option to choose between 4 available measurement units - oz, lb. : oz, gm, and ml. Its new sensor, upgraded in 2019, offers better precision and durability. Other upgrades include the milk volume function and the food grade stainless steel platform.

The Tare function will allow you to easily reset the weight already on the scale to zero. The clear LCD display with clear backlit makes for easy reading. The low battery indication ensures that your battery will never die on you. The Etekcity Food Digital Kitchen Weight Scale will withstand up to 11 pounds of weight and can measure increments of 0.04 oz (1gm).

It is recommended that you put the item to be weighed at the center of the scale. The minimum weight it can tell is 3gm - 5gm. The automatic ‘turn off’ function will come into effect after 2 minutes of inactivity.

Pros

  • User friendly
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    Elegant-looking stainless-steel finish
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    Two buttons to operate
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    Quick unit conversion
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    Accurate readings
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    Allows you to tare easily without using multiple containers
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    Easy storage
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    Lightweight and portable
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    Slim design
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    Clear LCD readings with backlit
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    Reading will stay on for 30 seconds
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    Automatic turn off

Cons

  • Not water resistant
  • Display reading disappears too quickly
  • Turns off too quickly

3. Greater Goods Digital Food Scale

Highlighted Features

  • Touch sensitive buttons
  • High contrast LCD screen
  • Tare function
  • 4 units of measure
  • Scratch resistant feet
  • Automatic shut off
  • CR2032 battery

The Digital Food Digital Weight Scale by Greater Goods allows you to weigh your ingredients in four measurements, namely grams, fluid ounces, millimeters, and pounds and ounces. The maximum that this digital scale can weigh is 11 lbs. With your purchase of the Digital Food Digital Weight Scale by Greater Goods you are also making a socially committed choice as you will also be making a donation to the Global Orphan Project care for children in need.

Pros

  • Super easy to set up
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    Automatic turn off
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    Flat surface makes it easy to clean
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    Lightweight and compact
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    Four measurements to choose from
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    Large display
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    Rubber feet that will not slip
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    Eco friendly as the product manual is online
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    Packaging made from recyclable material
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    Packaging easily reusable
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    Extra battery included in packaging

Cons

  • Not ideal for small units of measure
  • Short battery life
  • Cannot manually turn off the scale

4. Etekcity Digital Kitchen Food Multifunction

Highlighted Features

  • Stainless steel design
  • Detachable bowl
  • Timer set function
  • Tare mode function
  • Negative value function
  • Auto-zero mode
  • Environment temperature value function
  • Alarm timer
  • Low battery indication
  • Overload indication
  • 2 AAA batteries

With the capacity to measure up to 11 lbs or 5 kgs, the Etekcity Digital Kitchen Food Multifunction Removable Bowl is available in a stainless steel design and will look great in any kitchen. It can measure in 4 units, namely, oz, kgs, lb, and gm. It comes with a range of features, including the built-in timer, the tare function, the negative value function, temperature sensor, and an auto-zero mode.

The detachable bowl can be removed to allow you to use some other container to weigh your ingredients. The bowl can additionally be used for more than weighing, be it to mix ingredients before baking or to wash fruits in. When not in use, you can turn the bowl over and cover the scale.

Pros

  • Lightweight
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    Vivid blue backlit display for easy readability
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    Sleek looking and sturdy
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    Looks great in the kitchen
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    High accuracy measurement readings
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    Bowl is large enough to accommodate bulky food stuff
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    LCD display will not be covered by the item being weighed
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    Can measure and mix in the same detachable bowl
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    Room temperature sensor comes in handy when preparing certain food
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    Timer alarm is not very loud
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    Super easy to clean
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    Batteries last for a long time

Cons

  • Beeps loudly when turned on
  • Converts automatically to pounds once it weighs over 16 ounces
  • Not water resistant

5. Digital Kitchen Scale by Zerla

Highlighted Features

  • Tare Button
  • Automatic Unit Button
  • LCD screen
  • 4 units of measure
  • 2 AAA batteries

Able to measure weight to within 0.05 oz or 1 gram, the Digital Kitchen Scale by Zerla can make measurements up to 11 lbs. It comes with a food grade safe weigh scale. If you want to deduct the weight of any container you are using, then simply place it on the scale and press the tare button. The scale will at this point reset to 0.

One way to check that the digital scale has implemented the tare function is to remove the bowl from the scale at this point. The Digital Kitchen Scale by Zerla will show a negative weight. You can measure the weight of both solid and liquid food items with this scale. The Zerla digital scale does not seem to mind whether you place the ingredients on a side or in the center, unlike other digital scales. You can measure items in lb, oz, ml, and g with the Zerla digital kitchen scale.

Pros

  • Looks great
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    Lightweight
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    Large surface to weigh ingredients
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    Easy to change between units and to tare
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    Works with food and liquid
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    Platform on the scale makes it possible to see the reading even if large bowls are used
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    Does not take up too much storage space
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    Makes portioning food super easy

Cons

  • Flimsy looking
  • Buttons start to bubble
  • Scale tray does not come off
  • No backlight

6. Accuweight 207 Digital Kitchen Multifunction Food Scale

Highlighted Features

  • Low battery indicator
  • Automatic turn off
  • Overload indication
  • LCD display with backlit
  • Tempered glass platform
  • Tare function
  • Lock function
  • 2 AAA batteries

The Accuweight 207 Digital Kitchen Multifunction Food Scale is able to measure in lb:oz, gm, fl:oz, and ml. It has a maximum weight capacity of 5000 g/ 11 lbs/ 5000 ml, 176 fl.oz. It is accurate to 1 gm/ 0.1 oz. The tempered glass is perfect for measuring the food items in a hygienic manner and also makes for easy cleaning. The tempered glass does not however come off. 

The additional lock function is designed to prevent the kitchen scale from getting stress when the scale is turned off. It will add years to the durability of the product and will prevent the batteries from dying on you.

Pros

  • Strong bearing surface
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    Non-slip rubber feet
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    Easy to read the LCD display
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    Looks great
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    Does not turn off in the middle of weighing
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    Super easy to clean because of the tempered glass
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    Relatively large weighing surface
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    Relatively easy to operate
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    Easy to switch between the measurement units
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    Inexpensive

Cons

  • Slow to respond to increments of the ingredients
  • Hard to clean dirt accumulating underneath the tempered glass
  • Not water resistant
  • Uses up the battery

7. Escali Primo P115C Premium Precision Food Scale

Highlighted Features

  • Made of plastic
  • Tare function
  • Sealed control panel
  • Automatic turn off
  • 3 measurement units
  • 2 AA batteries
  • Low battery indicator
  • Long battery life
  • 4 non-slip rubber feet
  • Lifetime limited warranty

With only two buttons to control your digital kitchen scale’s setting, the Escali Primo P115C Premium Food Scale is quite easy to use and comes with an 11 lb. (5,000 gm) capacity. The clear LCD display allows you to read the measurements which can detect 0.05 oz or 1 gm increments. The measurement units include oz, lb:oz and gm. 

The left button can be used to both tare and turn on/off the kitchen scale. If you want to turn it off altogether then simply press and hold the button. The button on the right, on the other hand, is to be used to switch between the measurement units. What we loved about this device is that the LCD display and the buttons have a protective shield that will protect the kitchen scale against accidental spills.

When using the tare function, the scale will show a negative reading when the item is removed. It is recommended that when cleaning the kitchen scale you use a dry towel or a damp cloth.

Pros

  • Lightweight
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    Durable
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    User friendly
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    Responds quickly
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    Does not take up too much storage space
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    Easy to clean
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    Looks great
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    No noisy beeps
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    Measures small increments
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    Stay on for 4 minutes before automatically turning off

Cons

  • Hard to see the display when using a large bowl
  • Does not have a backlight
  • Difficult to get an accurate reading with lightweight items
  • Drains the battery

8. Bakers Math Kitchen Scale - KD8000 Scale by My Weight

Highlighted Features

  • Stainless steel platform
  • Body of the scale is made of plastic
  • Backlit display
  • Percentage weighing function
  • 4 measuring units
  • Programmable auto power off function
  • 5 digit LCD display with backlight
  • 3 AA batteries
  • AC adapter

This kitchen scale by My Weigh has an 8,000 g capacity and is accurate to 1 g. It can measure in 4 additional weighing modes, namely lbs, lbs:oz, Oz and kg. It also comes with a percentage weighing function that makes it perfect for baking and soap making. With this function you will be able to eliminate all the mental maths and guesses you find yourself doing in the kitchen as it will weigh your additional ingredients in proportion to the main ingredient.

The My Weigh KD-8000 gives you the option to use it with the batteries or the AC adapter.

Pros

  • Lightweight
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    Easy to clean
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    Removable LCD cover to protect against spills
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    Hinged gunk shield
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    Able to remember the measuring unit used in the previous use
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    Super easy to switch between measuring units
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    Option to use the power cord instead of batteries
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    Baker’s percentage function really helpful
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    Looks great
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    Accurate readings
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    Large removable weighing platform
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    Automatic turn off can be programmed to stay on for longer
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    Durable
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    Bright backlight
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    Able to sense small increments in weight

Cons

  • Have to buy the power cord separately
  • Batteries get drained quickly
  • Automatic turn off can be inconvenient
  • Need to calibrate the scale with a 5-kg weight

9. INEVIFIT Digital Kitchen Scale

Highlighted Features

  • Stainless steel platform
  • Automatic turn off
  • Tare function
  • LCD backlit display
  • Low battery indicator
  • 5 measurement units
  • 5-year manufacturer warranty
  • 3 AAA batteries

Accurate to 1 gram, the INEVIFIT digital kitchen scale can weigh up to 13 lbs or 6 kgs. It can measure in grams, ounces, pounds, pounds:ounces and millimeters, and can weigh 1 gm increments.

Pros

  • Durable
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    Easy to clean
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    Sleek and elegant looking
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    Does not take up too much storage space
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    Lightweight
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    Sensitive to minor increments in weight
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    Will measure liquids
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    Non-slip feet
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    Accurate readings
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    Remembers the measurement unit from previous use
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    User friendly
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    Easy to switch between measurement units

Cons

  • Large bowls will obstruct the display
  • Turns off too quickly even when in use
  • Drains battery life

10. OXO 1157100 Digital Food Scale

Highlighted Features

  • Tare function
  • Pull-out LCD display
  • Removable platform
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • Automatic turn off
  • Only 2 units of measurement

Given the issue that most users face about not being able to view the measurement reading, the OXO 1157100 digital kitchen scale allows you to pull the display a certain distance away from the base when attempting to read it. In addition to this, the digital scale will also inform you how much capacity is left each time you add an ingredient.

With the OXO 1157100 digital kitchen scale you are also able to measure in U.S. and metric within ⅛ oz or 1 gm. You can moreover measure in cups or ml for liquid ingredients. The scale will give you a negative value if you remove the item being weighed after using the tare function.

Pros

  • Easy storage
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    Removable weighing platform to enable cleaning
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    Sleek looking
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    Easy to switch between measurement units
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    No annoying sounds or beeps
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    Long lasting batteries
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    Pull-out display makes for easy reading
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    User friendly
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    Accurate, reliable, and simple

Cons

  • Removable platform not dishwasher safe
  • Not backlight
  • Cannot detect small increments in weight
  • Readings are in decimals rather than fractions
  • A bit more expensive compared to other scales

Things to Consider Before Buying the Best Digital Kitchen Scale

Capacity

A digital kitchen scale is a highly valuable addition to any household. However, investing in such a device involves more than just being able to weigh. A key question to ask before making a purchase is regarding the maximum weighing capacity as well as the smallest increment that the digital kitchen scale is able to detect. Approximately, 3kgs and 5kgs are the maximum weight that most digital kitchen weights can measure, but there are others available that can measure a lot more.

Some scales have a 0.001 gm accuracy. Others, on the other hand, will not be able to detect a tiny increment in weight and will, therefore, round up to produce a higher margin of error. This difference is important because sometimes the smallest of inaccuracies will have a significant impact on the overall product, such as when you are brewing coffee, baking, or soap-making.

Space

Another question to ask is to do with space: if you are particular about calorie counting, then you can expect the digital kitchen scale to become a permanent fixture on your kitchen table. In this instance, the size of your kitchen as well as that of the digital kitchen scale will make a big difference to the model you are likely to invest in. 

LCD display

While all digital kitchen scales come with an LCD display, the issue of how easily you can read the measurement once you have placed a bowl to be measure is another consideration. While the inconvenience of having to try different angles to read the LCD display may seem incidental in the beginning, this difficulty may fester into irritation over the years given that a digital kitchen scale is a bit of a lifelong investment. To deal with this, some digital kitchen scales will come with their own bowl that will be placed keeping ergonomics in mind, while in other instances, the LCD displays is placed a bit of a distance away from the weighing platform.

Cleaning

Another question to do with the weighing platform is how easily can the digital kitchen scale be cleaned. Given that you are using it to measure food, it is important that you use a food grade and hygienic surface. Also, having laminated buttons will add to the long life of your digital kitchen scale as you are quite likely to encounter spills, dirt, and crumbs when dealing with food.

Measurement units

Additionally, it is vital that you ensure that the measurement units that you normally abide by or are familiar with are the ones that the digital kitchen scale you are interested in has. It is ideal, however, if the digital kitchen scale you pick measures in both metric and imperial units. Also, most people prefer to read ounces in decimals instead of fractions because the former is more intuitive and precise.

Functions 

Finally, the features that the digital kitchen scale offers is worthy of consideration. Most digital kitchen scale will be able to tare the weight of the container you are using. Other features like anti-skid feet, automatic power off, baker’s percentage, and liquid measure feature will add to ease of usage. It will be an added bonus if your digital kitchen scale of choice has an AC adapter, particularly if you are a regular user. This means that you will not have to rely solely on batteries to power your digital kitchen scale. Alternatively, having the battery option lends to the portability of your digital kitchen scale.

Advantages of Using A Digital Kitchen Scale

Nutrition tracking is an essential process if you are on a fitness journey. With a digital kitchen scale, meal times will become a simplified, hassle-free process: this machine will enable you to execute diet plans, lose weight, and live and look your best.

Converting between different units and using different built-in sensors in the digital kitchen scale will let you measure food items - or other low weight things - with great accuracy with just a click.

When it comes to cooking, the presence of a digital kitchen scale will have efficiency and precision in the kitchen taken to the next level. No longer will you need to resort to mental maths, pushing buttons on the calculator, or doing Google searches. Instead you can let the digital kitchen scale lead the way in taking care of the measurements outlined in your cookbook.

Finally, there will be no need to use multiple measuring utensils if you have a digital kitchen scale in your home. With the tare function you can simply reset the scale to 0 each time before you add in a new ingredient onto the same container. This means no extra dishes to wash.

Conclusion

In this article we reviewed and weighed in on the best digital kitchen scales available. Digital kitchen scales are the next best kitchen invention - after the mechanical ones, of course! They will measure with greater precision compared to measuring cups. Added to this is the fact that it is far easier to use a digital kitchen scale, compared to a mechanical one, when you have to measure small amounts of an ingredient.

Those with expertise in the kitchen are well aware of how the smallest difference in the quantity of an ingredient makes a great difference between a mediocre and a masterchef. Those looking to lose weight will from day one notice the added benefits of using a digital kitchen scale to weigh their food intake. We hope that you will be able to invest in one that will be perfect for your home.

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