Three Features You Need in a Digital Kitchen Scale

Modern scales can help you precisely measure ingredients whenever you’re preparing a masterpiece meal.

Mother and daughter bake with kitchen scale
Digital kitchen scales helps reduce the margin of error when you’re trying to follow a recipe precisely.Nicewell

Baking, confectionaries, charcuterie, and other specialty culinary disciplines often require precise measurements in weight rather than volume. For those occasions, an accurate kitchen scale is indispensable. While spring and beam-style scales have served home cooks for decades, in the contemporary kitchen, a digital scale is really the only way to go. Sleek, lightweight, and accurate, they add an extra element of accuracy and “chefy” professionalism to any preparation. Look for these features in your next modern kitchen scale.

Digital Tare Function

Etekcity Food Digital Kitchen Scale
If your ingredient measurements include the weight of the container; it may explain why the final product tastes a little “off.”Etekcity

A tare function allows the cook to deduct the weight of their container to get an accurate measurement of only the ingredient itself. Simply set the empty vessel on the scale, press the tare button to reset the scale to zero, and then add your ingredient for a precise weight.

Variable Units

Nicewell Food Scale
Not all liquids weigh the same, so a scale that allows you to make adjustments is especially valuable in the kitchen.Nicewell

The ability to switch between units of measurement, such as ounces, pounds, and grams, is essential. Some digital scales can even be calibrated to weigh milliliters of liquid that have different densities, such as water and milk.

Size and Weighing Capacity

Escali Primo Precision Kitchen Food Scale
A small, easy to store scale is great, but only if it performs all the functions you need it to perform.Escali

Because a kitchen scale is not an everyday countertop appliance, it needs to be compact enough to store in a cabinet or drawer, yet robust enough to weigh up to 10 pounds or more of material. Bulky spring scales take up a lot of room, whereas some stainless-steel digital scales can fit in the palm of your hand. Be sure you are getting a device large enough to support the bowls and containers you typically use, with a maximum measuring capacity for your style of cooking.