After nearly 45 hours of research, three years of testing, and interviews with pro bakers, cookbook authors, a culinary instructor, and a registered dietitian, we’re confident that the Escali Primo Digital Scale is the best for most people. The Escali scale is impressively accurate and reads weights quickly in 1-gram increments. It’s also affordably priced and easy to use and store, and it has a long battery life. Of the models we tested, this scale had the longest auto-off function, so you can take your time measuring. We think this 11-pound-capacity kitchen scale is ideal for all your basic home baking and cooking needs.
Who should get a kitchen scale
Anyone who wants more consistent results from their baking, cooking, or coffee brewing should consider getting a kitchen scale. It’s also probably time for an upgrade if your current scale is damaged or isn’t reading properly.
For weighing very small amounts very precisely—such as espresso, spices, or leaveners—you’ll want to invest in a digital pocket scale. These models weigh in increments of 0.1 or 0.01 gram, and as their name implies, they’re small enough to fit in a pocket.
How we picked and tested
Any decent digital food scale has a tare button, which allows the scale to subtract the weight of the mixing bowl and report only the net weight of the ingredients. Also, the auto turn-off function shouldn’t kick in too quickly, as it’s frustrating when the scale turns off before you’ve finished measuring.
Beyond those basics, the buttons on the scale should preferably be covered in a plastic membrane, so that you can clean the unit easily. Also nice is if the scale has a good-size weigh platform that easily holds a large mixing bowl or sheet pan. Some models have removable platforms, which is convenient for cleaning.
We used a series of lab weights to test the accuracy of each scale. We slowly added flour to a bowl placed on each scale to evaluate the device’s speed at reading weights. Then, to get a better feel for how we liked each model’s specific features, we used the scales daily for about two weeks. We also sprinkled flour on each scale to see how easy they would wipe clean, or if they had any crevices that trapped grit.
Unlike our upgrade pick, the My Weigh KD8000, the Escali Primo Digital Scale’s display isn’t backlit. Despite that limitation, our testers didn’t have any difficulty reading the digital screen. Also, although you can’t disable the auto-off function on the Escali, our testers found that the preset four-minute auto-off feature provided enough time to weigh ingredients.
An inexpensive but accurate scale
In our tests, the Ozeri correctly measured lab weights to the gram, though we did notice a slight delay when measuring items as small as 1 or 2 grams. As on our top pick, the Ozeri’s digital screen isn’t backlit, but its elevated weighing platform still allows you to read the scale.
The Ozeri scale is covered by a one-year warranty, in contrast to the Escali model’s limited lifetime warranty, but because it’s so cheap, we don’t think that limited coverage is a dealbreaker.
A large scale for advanced bakers
In our tests, the My Weigh KD8000 was accurate to the gram and responded quickly, though it occasionally had trouble reading a weight of 1 g if we added an ingredient slowly. On all weights over 1 g, it quickly gave a correct reading.
A small scale for precision weighing
The American Weigh SC-2KG was very accurate when we used lab weights in our tests. It had a slight delay when reading ingredients measuring as little as 0.5 gram, but for all other weights, this scale was very responsive. When we used the 500-gram weight, the scale read about 1 gram off. Even so, we still think this scale is very accurate and precise, and a steal considering it’s so inexpensive.
Because the push buttons on this model are not sealed, they are more prone to water damage, so be careful when measuring liquids and immediately wipe up any spills that may occur near the interface.
- * LARGER WEIGH SURFACE on this advanced easy-to-use Digital Kitchen Food Scale measuring from 0.1oz up to...
- * MODERN, ATTRACTIVE, STURDY DESIGN. We use tempered glass that is strong and stain resistant. You get...
- * SPECIAL ADVANCED FEATURES including a Tare Function that lets you weigh foods without including the...
- * EASY TO CLEAN thanks to the polished metal surface. Includes a hook you can use to hang in the kitchen....
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