- 1 The best kitchen scale
- 2 Less expensive but still accurate
- 3 A scale for advanced home bakers
- 4 A small scale for coffee aficionados
Escali Primo Digital Scale
The best kitchen scale
This scale is best for home cooks who want fast, consistent results when baking or cooking.
One of the most accurate scales we’ve tested, the Escali Primo reads quickly in increments of 1 gram or 0.05 ounces, has a capacity of up to 11 pounds (or 5 kilograms), and will remain on for about four minutes before automatically turning off. The interface is extremely simple with just two buttons—one to switch units of measurements, one to tare and power on or off. The Escali has been our favorite scale since 2017, and we’re happy with how it has held up over time.
Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale
Less expensive but still accurate
For nearly half the cost of our top pick, the Ozeri Pronto delivers the same level of accuracy but has a much shorter auto-off time.
The Ozeri Pronto Kitchen and Food Scale looks and feels like our top pick with a few minor differences. Like our top pick, it weighs in 1-gram or 0.05-ounce increments, and in our tests we found it was just as accurate—slightly more so at heavier weights. However it automatically shuts off after about two minutes, about half as long as the Escali. We also found it was ever so slightly slower, often requiring two seconds to read really small weights.
My Weigh KD8000
A scale for advanced home bakers
For a bit more money, this scale offers some advanced features, a backlit display, a removable platform, and the option to turn the auto-off function off.
The My Weigh KD8000 is much larger and costs a bit more than our top pick, but it offers a few extras that serious bakers will appreciate. It’s about as fast and accurate as our top pick, but it has a huge capacity of up to 17 pounds, 6 ounces (8 kg) and can weigh in baker’s percentages, a feature that allows you to easily scale recipes up or down if you want to bake by ratio. It’s one of the few scales we’ve come across that allows you to disable the auto-off function.
American Weigh Scales LB-3000 Compact Digital Scale
A small scale for coffee aficionados
If you need something that reads in 0.1-gram increments, the LB-3000 was the most accurate pocket scale we tested.
For people who need to precisely measure coffee or other ingredients, we recommend the American Weigh Scales LB-3000 Compact Digital Scale. It was the most accurate 0.1-gram scale we tested this year. However, it’s got a relatively low capacity of 6.6 pounds (3 kg), so you won’t be able to use it to weigh a large cut of meat. Its two minute auto-off feature is plenty long enough to account for pouring pauses found in most popular pour-over coffee recipes. Alternatively, it includes an AC adapter that disables auto-off when plugged in.