Calling all amateur chefs and baking connoisseurs — this article is for you. Gone are the days of digging through your drawers for that misplaced measuring cup or adding just a tad too much flour to your batch of cookies. Kitchen scales are here to save the day.
A good kitchen scale can help make or break a recipe since it offers completely accurate ingredient measurements. It brings everything down to a science, offering precision that can be more difficult to achieve with a measuring spoon or cups. Plus, if meal prep is your thing — these kitchen gadgets will also make portioning out your food that much easier.
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“Scales are an imperative part of the cooking process and ensure consistency and accuracy, making your dishes better and strengthening your overall cooking skills,” said Joseph Saady, Grandmaster Chef JoJo, owner of Healthification Kitchen and host of OFTV’s cooking show “This is Fire.”
How to best choose a kitchen scale?
“When choosing a scale, make sure you know what you are using the scale to measure. A balancing scale can be helpful when cooking pastry and measuring large quantities of sugar or flour,” Saady told The Post.
“For your everyday kitchen scale, a digital scale is your most useful tool. Accuracy is super important so it’s worth investing in a more expensive product if it means it has a more sensitive detector.”
Kitchen scale vs. measuring cups?
“Kitchen scales are better for following recipes more accurately and they are definitely more accurate than measuring cups/spoons. For example, flour packed into a measuring cup is different than flour loosely put into a measuring cup. If you use a kitchen scale, then it’ll be more accurate,” said Arturo McLeod, Executive Chef at Benjamin Restaurant Group in New York City.
Best kitchen scales, according to Amazon reviews
1. Etekcity Food Kitchen Scale, $11, original price: $14
Amazon reviews: 133,000+ and 4.6-star rating
Weigh up to 11 pounds of food on this Etekcity kitchen scale that is less than $15 and has a whopping, 133,000 reviews on Amazon. This scale is operated by batteries, making it a light, portable option. It also features a LCD display to easily read measurements on the display and has a tare function to remove container weight from the final measurement of your food.
:This scale has worked great. We use it to weigh foods when baking and cooking. It is very simple, but efficient,” said one reviewer. “Additionally, it is extremely lightweight and the battery life is amazing. We have not had to replace the batteries since we got the scale about a year ago.”
2. Greater Goods Food Scale, $8, original price: $20
Amazon reviews: 119,000+ and 4.6-star rating
This sleek, battery-operated kitchen scale is another favorite on Amazon with more than 100,000 reviews. It features readings down to the gram, an 11 pound capacity, four units of measurement, and an easy-to-clean, smooth surface and even comes with an extra battery for future use. It’s also available in a plethora of colors — from grey to baby pink.
“It has a large surface area that can fit many different sizes of bowls, cups, or just the item you are weighing by itself. Very sturdy and stable considering it’s so lightweight [and] easy to clean and store,” said a happy Amazon shopper.
3. Etekcity 0.1g Bowl Food Kitchen Scale, $19
Amazon reviews: 19,000+ and 4.7-star rating
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect bowl food scale, this is your best bet. The bowl is detachable for easy storage and this scale features a variety of unit options, including switching between milk and water density. Available in five colors.
“I’m impressed by how easy this scale is to use. It’s easy to tare should I need to use a bigger bowl on it. It measures not only dry, but also liquid ingredients, which is very important for some of the recipes I use. I highly recommend this scale for home bakers and for people who need to measure their food,” said a reviewer.
4. Taylor Precision Products Analog Kitchen Scale, $24
Amazon reviews: 1,000+ and 4.3-star rating
For an old school pick, this analog-style kitchen scale made by Taylor Precision Products will do the trick.
“I purchased this scale for my mother and aunt, who live in California in a 1920s bungalow on a small lot with many citrus, mango and fig trees. They use the scale to weigh the fruit they pick. It is convenient, holds what they want to weigh without it falling off, and they can see the weight without having to wear glasses,” said another reviewer. “They are 90 and 95-years-old and love it!”
5. OXO Good Grips 11-Pound Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display, $56
Amazon reviews: 5,400+ and 4.8-star rating
OXO rarely disappoints and its food scale is no exception. The stainless steel material makes it smudge and fingerprint-resistant and the removable platform is convenient for a good clean. You can also enjoy tare measuring and the pull-out display prevents shadowing from large plates or bowls.
“I had never paid top-dollar for a kitchen scale ever, so I just didn’t pay much attention to them until I started baking more and found that my recipes were coming out ‘weird’ because my measurements were off,” said one Amazon shopper. “It dawned on me that my scale was faulty. [This is] an excellent scale and I love that you can pull the LCD out about 3 inches so you can easily read it. It’s worth the high price.”
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