Friday, March 07, 2008

Kitchen scale recommendations?

Hi all,

I am thinking about buying a kitchen scale and wondered if y'all have any recommendations on types of scales or brands?



Thanks so much!

-Eve from GardenofEating


21 comments:

Annie said...

It depends on what you want to use it for. Rose Levy Beranbaum recommended this scale and I bought it and have no regrets. The price is remarkable for the accuracy and features. The only downside is that it's not that attractive. I also own a pretty glass Salter scale that I used for years, but it wasn't accurate enough for measuring just a few grams of things like baking soda.

jen maiser said...

I have this Salter and love it.

Anita said...

Make sure you can read the weight even when there's a plate on top of the scale that's wider than the scale itself.

I bought my newer scale, a Polder 933-87 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002EXQLE), on the advice of Cooks’ Illustrated. But the damned thing has the display built into the same level as the weighing surface, making it impossible to read if you're using a plate or a cutting board to keep the scale clean. It drives me so crazy that I still use my old scale with the cracking buttons 95% of the time.

Alanna said...

I love the Escali - I'd put off buying one for many years, always made do with a so-so analog scale. But now I'm not sure how I did without it for so long.

Amy Sherman said...

I have the Tanita KD 404 and like it very much. I even blogged about it:

http://tinyurl.com/36ojfk

Eve Fox said...

Thank you guys! this is all very helpful.

Sam said...

Hi Eve

I have the Salter Designer Digital Scale and I really love it.

I love that it does small amounts up to 1/8th of an ounce.

I love that it does grams and oz = great for following recipes from different parts of the world.

I also like that it weighs liquid as well as dry stuff.

I find it accurate and easy to weigh any bowl and set to zero before adding ingredients.

The only caveat is be careful you don't put anything too heavy on it ever because that can ruin one of these digital scales. I did that with my first digital scale by mistake and it lost accuracy after that and so I had to buy this replacement which is a different model that can take heavier weight but still, I guess, has a limit.

Now I am very careful only to use light bowls whilst measuring and haven't had any problems with this new one which can weigh up to 11lbs

Kalyn said...

I just ordered a digital scale from Amazon.com and I'm blaming all of you for this latest kitchen indulgence. (Just kidding, I've been wanting one for the longest time.)

Eve Fox said...

Ha! I know, Kalyn, they do sound so wonderful!

Sam, I had not even thought of the 14 oz =X,Y,Z conversion aspect - that is brilliant!

and it's good to know about the potential for killing the scale by placing too much weight on it -- 11 lbs seems like a reasonable limit (I'm trying to think of when I am ever dealing with heavier quantities than that, I think it'd be rare for me since I'm not cooking in a restaurant or catering environment.)

Thank you all again!

Andrea said...

I have this Salter scale and love it. Low profile, weighs up to 11 lbs/5 kilos, easy lift-off stainless steel cover (for washing in case something spills), sealed display and buttons so no liquids get through, and weighs in increments of 1/8 oz or 1 gram.

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