A digital kitchen scale is an essential tool for anybody that likes to cook or bake. They provide accuracy for making your recipes more reliable and easy to cook. If you're in the market for one, these are the qualities you should look for.
In this video from the America's Test Kitchen YouTube channel, chef Lisa McManus reviews the best kitchen scales out there (you can find a complete list here). Based on their results, a good digital kitchen scale should be:
- Accurate: If it's not accurate, it's useless. Fortunately, every scale they tested with lab-calibrated weights scored well.
- Easy to use: You should be able to switch from ounces to grams quickly, and the controls should be intuitive and easy to access.
- Legible: The digital display should be large, use big digits, have sharp colour contrast and a backlight option. Also, a large bowl shouldn't completely obscure the screen.
- Durable: You should be able to plop your scale on the counter without it being damaged.
- Easy to clean: The scale should have a removable platform for easy cleanup, and the scale shouldn't have nooks and crannies that easily trap food and water residue.
So what was their top pick? They went with the OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display which runs for $US50 ($68), followed by the Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale as a cheaper option for about $US12 ($16). Neither are available in Australia - unless you hit up eBay - but they're good guides for what you should be looking for.