Follow any recipe to perfection with these digital kitchen scales (2022)

All digital kitchen scales on the market offer similar functionality and many are available for reasonable prices. Picking between them can be easier than it first appears, as long as you know what sort of cook you are and what you need the scale to do.

At a minimum, every digital scale will weigh in grams and ounces and will incorporate a “tare” function which allows you to weigh out an ingredient and then reset the scale to zero so that you can add a second ingredient and so on. If you are a casual or occasional cook that only needs to weigh dry ingredients and are happy to measure out wet ingredients in a measuring jug, then a basic budget scale may meet all your culinary needs.

However, if you want to be more accurate with all your ingredients, look for a scale that will also measure in millilitres and fluid ounces (some also have separate settings for milk and water). Serious home cooks will want to consider a scale that can measure small quantities accurately, even fractions of a gram, so that they can follow recipes for things like charcuterie and spice mixes as well as some advanced bread and baking recipes that call for tiny amounts of yeast and salt.

You’ll also want to bear in mind practical considerations like size – too small and you may have problems finding a bowl to weigh in that doesn’t obscure the display panel, too big and the scale will be a pain to store. And it’s also worth considering how the scale’s design impacts how easy it is to keep clean.

Finally, you’ll need to decide how important looks are to you. Some of the best performing scales are also the sort of object you’ll want to hide away as soon as you’ve finished, while other more decorative scales may not deliver all the functionality you may be looking for. Of those that we tested, these are the kitchen scales that measured up to our expectations.

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How we tested

We used a cast iron 500g weight to test accuracy and all the scales were within one or two grams with three being completely accurate. We also weighed out both dry and wet ingredients to see if the scale registered each incremental addition and if there was any lag between adding an ingredient and the scale registering the weight. We paid close attention to the scales’ functions including tare and unit selection to check for functionality and ease of operation. After use, we wiped down each scale to see how easy it was to clean and assessed their ease of storage.

The best kitchen scales for 2022 are:

  • Best overall – Taylor pro dual platform digital dual 5kg and 500g kitchen scale: £29.99, Cookserveenjoy.com
  • Best budget buy – Zyliss digital kitchen scales: £12.86, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best for batch cooks – Zwilling enfinigy digital scale: £39.95, Zwilling.com
  • Best for eco warriors – Brabantia tasty+: £35.50, Brabantia.com
  • Best for dedicated home cooks – Tanita digital kitchen scale 3kg: £37.99, Robertdyas.co.uk
  • Best for casual cooks – Taylor pro weighing bowl digital dual 5kg kitchen scale: £35.99, Cookserveenjoy.com
  • Best for fashionistas – Eleanor Bowmer Miami shells digital kitchen scales: £24.95, Johnlewis.com
  • Best for practical-minded cooks – OXO good grips 5kg food scale with pull-out display: £55, Johnlewis.com
  • Best for messy cooks – MasterClass electronic touchless tare duo kitchen scales: £13.69, Cookserveenjoy.com

Taylor pro dual platform digital dual 5Kg & 500g kitchen scale

Best: Overall

Rating: 10/10

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  • Size: 27 x 18.5 x 2.5cm
  • Weight: 545g
  • Features: Weighs up to 5kg/11lbs; two weighing platforms; weighs in lb, oz, fl oz, g and ml
  • Accessories: None
  • Pros: Weighs in fractions of a gram; a bargain for the price
  • Cons: None that we could find

A dual platform scale might seem gimmicky but by covering all bases, and doing it brilliantly, this scale will remain a go-to gadget wherever your culinary curiosity takes you. The smaller of the two weighing platforms will register the tiniest pinch of an ingredient and we were impressed to be able to weigh out just 0.05g of sugar.

So, who needs a scale like this? Apart from the obvious nefarious characters, this will be ideal for serious bread bakers who follow recipes that call for tiny amounts of yeast and salt. Keen cooks that make charcuterie at home and need to measure out small quantities of curing salt will also benefit. And, more mainstream cooks will love this scale too. The large, bright and clear display is offset so that it won’t be obscured by whatever you use to weigh in and we were impressed by its lightning-quick response time, and that it registered every gram along the way.

Zyliss digital kitchen scales

Best: Budget buy

Rating: 7/10

  • Size: 20.2 x 14.5 x 2cm
  • Weight: 220g
  • Features: Weighs up to 5kg/11lbs
  • Accessories: 1 CR2032 3V coin battery
  • Pros: Easy to use and to clean
  • Cons: Weighs dry ingredients only; feels a little flimsy

If you’re a casual cook and occasional baker, then you can’t go wrong with these simple to use scales. Turn them on with one button, select gram or ounces with the other and away you go. The scale was responsive, displaying gram increments and settled quickly on a final weight, although it didn’t register until at least 4g of an ingredient had been added to the bowl.

The display could be a little brighter and larger but was still perfectly readable, and although the weighing area is limited, the display wasn’t obscured even by our largest mixing bowl. The flat stainless-steel surface also wiped clean with a damp cloth. It’s the lightest and smallest of all the scales we tested, you’ll hardly know you own them, and they will easily store away in any drawer or cupboard until the next time they are needed for a straightforward baking task.

Zwilling enfinigy digital scale

Best: For batch cooks

Rating: 8/10

  • Size: 24.50 x 18.80 x 2cm
  • Weight: 600g
  • Features: Weighs up to 10kg/22lbs, runs on a rechargeable battery
  • Accessories: Charging cable
  • Pros: Rechargeable, large weighing surface
  • Cons: Only weighs dry ingredients

With its sleek mirror finish, this rechargeable scale wouldn’t look out of place in the swankiest of modern kitchens. The large surface is generous enough so that whatever you choose to weigh in won’t obscure the bright and clear digital display.

We were able to weigh out one gram of sugar on the scale, which also registered every subsequent increment and settled quickly on a final weight. The generous 10kg maximum weight makes this a good choice for batch cooking. However, we didn’t love that it only weighs in grams or ounces and that the unit selector switch is located on the underside of the scale.

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Brabantia tasty+

Best: For eco warriors

Rating: 6/10

  • Size: 20 x 20 x 4.5cm
  • Weight: 600g
  • Features: Powered by a wind-up mechanism; weighs up to 5kg/11lbs; weighs in g, lbs and oz and ml with separate settings for water and milk
  • Accessories: None
  • Pros: Battery-free operation, easy to clean
  • Cons: Limited space on weighing surface

With just a few twists of a dial, this battery-free scale is powered up for about 3.5 minutes of continual weighing, making it as sustainably green as its eye-catching jade hue. The dial surrounds a large, bright and clear digital display housed in a raised knob on the bottom right of the scale, making it easy to read.

The knob does encroach slightly on the weighing area so just make sure your weighing vessel is small enough to sit squarely on the centre of the scale as we found that we had to offset our largest mixing bowl which affected the accuracy of the reading, but only by a few grams. Although we noticed a minor delay in the scale’s response time, and that it didn’t always register every incremental additional gram by gram, the fact that it can weigh both wet and dry ingredients outweighed the scale’s slight shortcomings. Never having to buy a battery is also a major plus.

Tanita digital kitchen scale 3kg

Best: For dedicated home cooks

Rating: 8/10

  • Size: 27 x 18 x 5cm
  • Weight: 581g
  • Features: Weighs up to 3kg/6.6lbs; micro mode for weighing in increments of 0.1g; weighs in ml and fl oz (with separate settings for milk and water) as well as g and oz.
  • Accessories: 2 AA batteries included
  • Pros: Great for accurate measurement of small quantities
  • Cons: 3kg weight capacity is limited compared to the more usual 5kg

The cream colour won’t appeal to everyone and the 3kg weight limit means you might need to be careful about what vessel you use to weigh in – a ceramic mixing bowl used up half the weight allocation by itself. But there is still much about this scale that keen home cooks will love.

The large digital display was easy to read and wasn’t obscured even when weighing directly into large pots and pans. We loved the micro mode setting which weighs in increments of 0.1g up to 300g, then increments of 0.5g up to 1.5kg and increments of 1g up to 3kg. This came in extremely useful when weighing out small amounts of spices for a masala mix or curry recipe or making sure we had the precise amount of beans for a morning cup of coffee.

Plus, the scale was very responsive in all modes, making accurate weighing a breeze. Although the weighing platform stands proud of the base, the scale is still slim enough to store in a drawer or cupboard and the sleek design with buttons hidden beneath the control console and display makes it easy to clean.

Taylor pro weighing bowl digital dual 5kg kitchen scale

Best: For casual cooks

Rating: 6/10

  • Size: 19.7 x 13.3 x 18cm
  • Weight: 670g
  • Features: 5kg/11lbs capacity; measures g, oz, fl oz and ml; easy to clean
  • Accessories: 1.9l stainless steel bowl
  • Pros: Weighing bowl fits over scale for ease of storage
  • Cons: Digital display difficult to read

It’s fairly unusual for digital scales to come supplied with their own bowl and at first sight it might seem excessive to requirements (every cook is going to own at least one mixing bowl, right?). But it does mean that the bowl fits snugly on the weighing platform which will help ensure an accurate reading. On the downside, the capacity is only 1.9l meaning you’re going to need a bigger bowl anyway if you’re going to use the scale’s maximum capacity of 5kg.

Whatever size bowl you use, it won’t obscure the front located and angled digital display but you will probably need to bend down when selecting the required unit measurement, which is in tiny letters at the top of the display and not visible from a fully upright standing position. The scale’s response time was inconsistent and didn’t always register gram increments, even when ingredients, including liquids, were added slowly, making precise measurements tricky.

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Eleanor Bowmer Miami shells digital kitchen scales

Best: For fashionistas

Rating: 7/10

  • Size: 24.8 x 19 x 1.8cm
  • Weight: 600g
  • Features: 5kg/11lbs capacity; g, kg, ml (water) and ml (milk) weighing units
  • Accessories: 1 CR2032 3V coin battery
  • Pros: Looks great, easy to clean
  • Cons: Not ideal for accurate measurement of small amounts

This colourful coral pink and purple digital scale, decorated with a seashell and sea plant design will brighten up any kitchen. But it’s not just a pretty face. The completely flat toughened glass, stain-resistant surface is durable and very easy to clean with just the wipe of a damp cloth with no awkward nooks and crannies for stray ingredients to collect in. Its slim profile means it’s easy to store away if you haven’t got room to keep it on display.

The digital display panel may not have been the biggest or brightest we’ve seen but we still had no problem reading it. And the weighing surface area is big enough so that the display wasn’t obscured even by a large mixing bowl. Scrolling through the gram, kilogram, pounds and ounces and milk millilitre and water millilitre settings was a simple matter of pressing the unit button too. The display was reasonably responsive but didn’t register dry or wet ingredients until 4g/4ml and didn’t always display each additional gram, even when added slowly, making precise measurement tricky.

OXO good grips 5kg food scale with pull-out display

Best: For practical minded cooks

Rating: 7/10

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  • Size: 24.3 x 18 x 3.1cm
  • Weight: 699g
  • Features: Weighs up to 5kg/11lbs; pull out digital display
  • Accessories: 4 AAA batteries
  • Pros: easy to read pull out display
  • Cons: Dull, utilitarian design; weighs dry ingredients only

This scale isn’t going to win any beauty contests. Its utilitarian stainless-steel design is reminiscent of a mini-version of the weigh-your-own scales in a supermarket fruit and veg aisle. But it does the job well enough that its lack of looks won’t bother you too much, and it’s compact enough to store away when you don’t need it so you won’t have to look at it.

With just two buttons – an off/zero (or tare) and an lb/kg selector – it couldn’t be simpler to use. Although the makers claim it weighs from zero to 5kg in 1g increments, in our test it failed to register any weight under 2 grams. However, the display was the best of all the scales tested with large, clear, easy to read figures. We particularly liked the capacity indicator which made it easy to keep track of the total weight on the scale when using the tare feature.

The scale was very responsive, although we did notice a minor delay before settling on a final weight. The display also pulls out which makes it useful if you are using a large vessel to weigh in, but also creates a space where stray ingredients could collect and makes it easier for particles of flour etc to collect beneath the weighing platform, which is difficult to access for cleaning purposes. The cable connecting the display to the scale doesn’t feel particularly robust either and could prove a point of weakness over the long term.

MasterClass electronic touchless tare duo kitchen scales

Best: For messy cooks

Rating: 7/10

  • Size: 22 x 14.5 x 0.5cm
  • Weight: 458g
  • Features: Touchless tare function; weighs up to 5kg/11lbs
  • Accessories: None
  • Pros: Fun to use and easy to clean
  • Cons: Annoying beep

Pass your downturned palm above this scale while pronouncing “these aren’t the ingredients you’re looking for” and it will automatically zero or tare. You don’t actually have to say the Obi-Wan-like line, but it does help block out the annoying high pitch bleep the scale emits every time you zero it. The makers say that “it prevents cross-contamination and removes the need for multiple hand washing for clean and efficient measuring”. That might be true, except that you still have to press the unit button if, for example, you want to switch from measuring flour in grams to water in millilitres when preparing a bread recipe.

Illogical annoyances aside, this is a compact, easy to use, responsive and simple to clean scale. You might even tempt the kids into helping out with the cooking with the Star Wars related fun.

The verdict: Kitchen scales

Our best buy is the Taylor pro dual platform digital dual 5kg and 500g kitchen scale which ticked every box in terms of performance, versatility, ease of use and cleaning and will satisfy even the most demanding cook. To top it all off, at the time of writing, it was available for a price at the lower end of the range we tested and is therefore a great option for even the most casual of cooks.

For an even more economical option, the Zyliss digital kitchen scales are our best budget choice for occasional use. However, keen cooks with a slightly bigger budget should consider the accurate and responsive Tanita digital kitchen scale.

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FAQs

What is a digital scale used for in the kitchen? ›

A chef uses a digital kitchen scale, also called a digital gram scale, to measure the weight or mass of an ingredient, expressed in pounds, grams, fluid ounces, or milliliters. Generally, digital kitchen scales are small, lightweight, and take up very little space on a kitchen counter.

What is the best digital scale for the kitchen? ›

The affordable Escali Primo Digital Scale is the best scale for most home baking and cooking needs. In our tests it was one of the quickest and most accurate scales we tried, with one of the longest auto-off times we've seen.

Which are the most accurate kitchen scales? ›

Here are the best and most accurate kitchen scales to buy in 2022, according to testing: Best Overall Kitchen Scale: OXO Good Grips 11-Pound Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display. Best Value Kitchen Scale: Taylor Precision Products 11lb Digital Glass Top Household Kitchen Scale.

What type of food scale is the most accurate? ›

Best Overall: Escali Primo Digital Scale

The Escali scale was one of the most accurate of those we tested, maintaining a steady, exact read no matter where an object was placed on the surface.

How do I know if my digital scale is accurate? ›

Weigh two objects together.
  1. Place one object on the scale. Note the weight. Take it off and let the scale even back out. ...
  2. If it matches, the scale is accurate. If it doesn't, try it again and see if it is off by the same number. If it is, it might be that your scale is always off by that amount.

Are kitchen scales worth it? ›

Scales actually makes cooking cleaner and faster in addition to making measurements more precise. (Think of all the dishes you won't have to wash!) There's a reason those who get scales don't regret the purchase. (If you're clutzy, don't fret: our new model is waterproof!)

Which is more accurate digital or regular scale? ›

As far as accuracy goes, digital scales have proven themselves so far to be more accurate than analog scales. Regardless, we still encourage you to test your own scale for yourself. To do this, you can simply just use a dumbbell or other small weights (which you absolutely know the weight of beforehand).

Do digital scales lose accuracy? ›

In general, digital bathroom scales are more accurate than mechanical ones. But for the most accurate reading, any bathroom scale must be set up correctly and used consistently.

Are digital kitchen scales better than mechanical? ›

Mechanical kitchen scales often do not have the precision of many digital scales and might be slightly less accurate. Often only reads one or two units of measurement. A mechanical scale may only read in pounds or kilograms and not offer the convenience of different units of measurement like a digital scale does.

What does 1 gram look like on a digital scale? ›

How To Read Digital Scale Grams - YouTube

Are digital or mechanical kitchen scales better? ›

Digital scales let you bake with precision as you can measure out your ingredients gram by gram – and even weigh liquids. With them you can: Get greater accuracy when you're measuring small amounts.

How accurate are digital kitchen scales? ›

Digital scales

These are by far the most popular scales, mainly due to their compact shape and extreme accuracy in measuring, even with minuscule amounts. You can see the weight displayed on the LCD display screen in either grams or ounces and a digital scale can handle fractions of a gram.

How do you calibrate a digital scale? ›

How To Calibrate A Digital Scale - YouTube

Why do I weigh more on digital scales? ›

In most cases, digital scales give different readings due to environmental factors and improper maintenance. If a device gives different or inconsistent readings, you can typically improve its accuracy by finding the root cause of the fluctuations.

Do digital scales need calibrated? ›

#1 Every time a digital scale is moved it needs to be calibrated. Initializing the scale resets the internal parts allowing the scale to find the correct “zero” weight and ensure accurate readings. If the scale is moved and you do NOT calibrate it, you are likely to see fluctuations in your weight.

Why does my digital scale give different readings? ›

IMPROPER CALIBRATION

One of the most common culprits for inconsistent readings is an improperly calibrated scale. That's because, over time, the wear and tear of regular use can cause a scale to lose its accuracy.

What should I look for when buying a food scale? ›

Features to Consider While Choosing Food Weighing Scale
  • Readability.
  • Capacity.
  • Platform Size.
  • Accuracy.
  • Ability to Clean.
  • Price.
  • Location and Environment.
  • Enhanced Features.
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How do I know if my food scale is accurate? ›

Use spare coins to put your scale in check

A single penny weighs 2.5 grams, according to the United States Mint. If your scale is designed to be accurate to the half-gram, it should read the correct weight for one coin (via Food 52). If your scale is only accurate up to 1 gram, it may round up the weight to 3 grams.

Why don't doctors use digital scales? ›

In addition, a digital scale's calibration method can sometimes be opaque and error-ridden, which is another reason why most doctors use analog scales. What's more, people sometimes even use calibration scales along with their digital scales, which is a clear indicated that their calibration might not be the best.

Are digital scales worth it? ›

Using a digital scale can be a great way to monitor weight change over time and help you keep track of fitness and health goals. Some scales are more reliable and useful than others, so it's definitely worth investing in a scale that's proven to be dependable and offers great bonus features as desired.

Do digital scales get old? ›

When a scale is properly maintained and protected, it can last for a very long time. It can deliver accurate measurements and resolution, and the indicator will consistently show a stable weight reading, even after heavy use. Eventually, however, you'll need to replace your scales.

Should I throw away my scale? ›

Ditch the scale because if you're working out consistently it's very possible you might be gaining muscle weight. Focus on how you feel, how your clothes fit and how your body is getting stronger. Remember: muscle burns calories throughout your day even when you aren't working out which can add to fat loss.

Are cheap scales accurate? ›

3) All digital scales are reasonably accurate, no matter what the brand. There's no need to purchase the most expensive scale on the market if you only want to keep track of your weight. The authors of BMC Public Health Study didn't note any significant variance in accuracy based on the brand of digital scales.

Are digital and electronic scales the same? ›

Digital electronic weighing scale is a device used to measure mass or weight. It works with the use of a strain gauge load cell. If you see the analog scales, it uses springs to indicate the weight of the object, while digital scales convert the force of a weight to an electric signal.

Are manual scales more accurate? ›

In manual weighing, the calculation relies on the weights along with human observations. In addition, the calculation of these scales also often experiences errors, so it is necessary to check and measure repeatedly. Therefore, in terms of accuracy, it is clear that digital scales are far superior to manual scales.

Is there a scale app for my phone? ›

Kitchen Scale

This app works differently compared to other digital scale apps for Android. The app shows you an area approximation of weight per substance instead of the actual weight. For example, choosing salt weighing 5 grams in the app will show an area that you need to fill with salt.

What does G mean on a scale? ›

Grams. g. 1. Grams are the traditional unit of measurement used in the majority of weighing tasks. Commonly used in all industries for weighing in small increments.

What number is a gram on a scale? ›

A 95% accurate digital scale would measure 1 gram equal to somewhere between 0.95 - 0.98 grams. A digital scale that measures mass in ounces will measure 1 gram as 0.0353 ounces.

Do kitchen scales need batteries? ›

This range of new replacement batteries for weighing scales includes CR2032 3.0 Volt lithium coin-type cells and AAA 1.5 Volt small cylindrical batteries in multiple packs at competitive prices.

How accurate are old fashioned scales? ›

Over time, scales can lose accuracy due to plain old wear and tear due to regular use and age. Scales must maintain their original balance for accuracy. Over time, however, they tend to lose this balance and they will require recalibration.

How much does a penny weigh on a digital scale? ›

If you placed a penny on the scale, you should read 2.500 grams.

When should you use a kitchen scale? ›

You'll get better results when following recipes, particularly when baking. This is the number one reason to use a kitchen scale. Depending on how tightly you pack flour into a 1 cup measuring cup, you might have 120 grams of flour or 170 grams of flour, which is a HUGE difference!

What do people use food scales for? ›

A food scale can be used for any meal plan or diet that specifies a serving size in ounces. A national survey of more than 6,000 adults showed that people who measured their food were more successful at losing weight and keeping it off than those who did not.

What is the purpose of weighing scale? ›

Weighing scales and balances measure weight by measuring the amount of force exerted on the load cell. They then convert that result to mass and display it in various units of mass.

What is the use of weighing scale in baking? ›

Weighing scales help ensure baked goods consistently turn out the same for each batch, which is important for a catering business. A standardised production process and using the same recipe means the finished product will be similar every time, which means customers can expect the same product when they return.

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