Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
While we’ve written about the best blenders, a collapsible salad spinner, a zoodle-maker, and even a humble but effective strawberry huller before, we’ve gone deep here on the best kitchen and food scales you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best-rated kitchen scale
Over 3,000 reviewers describe this scale as “easy to use,” and hundreds claim to use it daily. “After binge-watching every season of the Great British Baking Show, I decided to spring for a kitchen scale not just for baking ingredients but for general cooking use as well,” writes one reviewer. “This particular scale is light but tough, small but hardworking, easy to operate and to switch from imperial to metric measurements … For such an inexpensive tool, it’s really become indispensable in our kitchen.” Many shoppers point out that this scale requires AAA batteries (included in the package), which are less expensive and easier to find than the button batteries used in other scales. One popular use for this scale among reviewers is portion control: “This made dieting so much easier … I lost fifty pounds since the beginning of this year! And it didn’t even feel like a challenge, I just had the tools to monitor what was going in my body.”
Best-rated (less expensive) kitchen scale
“Because this was so cheap, I expected it to be either buggy or have some limitation that hindered its usability,” says one reviewer. “I couldn’t have been more wrong. This thing starts up quickly, tares in an intuitive way, can easily switch between measuring units, and shuts off automatically quickly (but never too quickly). The day-to-day functionality is fantastic, and it’s a breeze to use every day, multiple times per day.” Multiple shoppers praised the scale’s versatility. “I’ve had this kitchen scale for a couple of weeks and I’ve already used it for so many things!” says one. “From dividing my bread dough into even portioned loaves, splitting pizza dough, dividing up my bulk order of ground beef, to accurately measuring ingredients for my homemade beauty products.” And it’s a kitchen scale for a cause: a part of the cost goes to the Global Orphan Project. “Besides gorgeous design and flawless functionality (yep, it works!), this brand gives a percentage of purchases to charity. I call this a win-win-win,” says one satisfied shopper.
Best basic kitchen scale
Several reviewers described this scale as “intuitive,” and one reviewer says, “I didn’t even need to read the instructions as the button labels made it obvious.” Another notes that it “has been carefully designed not to do the things that will drive you crazy over time.” One reviewer, who happens to be a pastry chef, calls the scale “Always consistent and accurate, easy to clean and care for, has a super long battery life, I don’t even recall changing batteries.” And the quality is good for the price: “This scale, for the money, is a screaming bargain,” says one purchaser.
Best kitchen scale with a removable bowl
Reviewers love the size of the bowl that comes with this scale. “The bowl is very large and can handle a lot of food or liquid,” comments one. Another says, “The bowl is large enough to accommodate bulky food items and is easy to clean.” And although many shoppers are happy with the included bowl, a few note that you can switch it out for one of your own: “The scale calibrates when powered on and zeros itself to whatever bowl you are using,” says one. “I find this exceptionally helpful, especially if I need to measure multiple items and keep them separated in different bowls.”
Best kitchen scale with a clear plastic bowl
“This gives me great measurements and it’s easy to make large portions because of the bowl, which is super easy to wash,” one shopper says. The bowl can be easily adapted for storage, too: “The removable bowl that came with it is light and very useful and can be flipped over to cover the scale when storing,” comments one reviewer. And if you don’t feel like washing the bowl after every use, one shopper has a suggestion: “I keep wax paper to use in the nice big plastic bowl that comes with it when I weigh stuff so that I don’t have to wash the bowl after using it.”
Best analog kitchen scale
“It has a wonderful retro look that adds a lot of character to my modern, minimalist kitchen,” one reviewer says of this analog scale. Many others commented on the design of this scale, including a shopper who called it a “timeless classic” and one farmer who particularly likes to use it at her table at the farmer’s market: “It’s got a nice large display for the numbers, the bowl is big enough to hold a few pounds of cherry tomatoes easily, and it adds to the aesthetic of my table,” she says. Those tired of digital contraptions love this scale, too: “I thought about getting a digital scale, but didn’t want to worry about changing batteries, plugging it in, having its electronic capacity die or having issues getting it wet to clean. So … I went the traditional route and am very glad.”
Best pocket-size food scale
“Tracking my macros at restaurants has never been easier! This pocket scale is super easy to fit in a small purse or my back pocket to take out and about,” writes one enthusiastic reviewer. “It allows me to stay on track even when we go out to eat. Plus it’s not bulky so you don’t have to feel super weird pulling out a huge scale at the table.” Many reviewers praise this scale for its ability to weigh very small quantities accurately. “I got it because I’m starting to delve into molecular gastronomy and the amounts needed of some of the ingredients are miniscule,” says one shopper. “My regular kitchen scale is decent, but with very small quantities of powdery ingredients it is not very accurate … I’ll just know that the next time I need to weigh out half a gram of xanthan gum for my whipped cream that I’ll be spot on.”
Best kitchen scale with nutritional data
Reviewers with dietary restrictions found this scale to be particularly useful. “I love this scale for helping me keep track of my macros on Keto,” says one. Another writes, “My son has type one diabetes and we needed help measuring carbs, especially fruits and vegetables. It has been an absolute lifesaver when it comes to things like apples and bananas that always come in different sizes.” Other reviewers noted that the scale combines utility with good design: “It is beautiful, clean, very, very attractive and modern.”
Best colorful kitchen scale
Most scales come in black, white, or chrome, but the Escali Primo comes in a range of shades that, as one reviewer says, “give your counter a little pop!” It’s an especially good choice for those with a retro kitchen aesthetic, like this shopper who writes, “The funky, retro orange color is super-cute and looks great in my little kitchen (if that’s your decor, I’d go with the 70s Pumpkin Orange over the Deer Hunter Orange option).” The price does vary by color, and buying the scale in the classic chrome will save you a few bucks, notes one reviewer, who explains, “If you don’t want to spend the extra bucks on a fancy-schmancy color, get a less expensive color, but do buy one of these little Escali scales,” writes one commenter. “I think it’s a great investment.”
Best stainless-steel kitchen scale
Commenters agree that a stainless steel finish makes this scale attractive and practical. “The stainless steel finish makes it easy to clean and stylish to look at,” remarks one reviewer. “The brushed stainless steel finish gives it a professional look,” one commenter says, and another comments, “it looks really good among the other stainless steel in the kitchen.”
Best stainless-steel digital kitchen scale for baking
“I’m an avid home baker and a graduate of the San Francisco Baking Institute with specialization in rustic breads. I’m not trying to impress, just letting you know that I take the process of weighing ingredients very seriously,” writes one reviewer. “It’s accurate, it’s easy to read, it’s easy to ‘tare,’ it’s lightweight, it’s easy to clean … everything about it is high quality. I’m extremely satisfied.” Another commenter says, “As a home bread baker, I may use 500 grams of flour, but only seven grams of salt and two grams of yeast. With other scales, I would start weighing the salt by slowly adding it to a small container sitting on the scale and the weight wouldn’t change. Not with this one. I can now add my salt or yeast and watch the readout climb by one gram. I should have bought this long ago.”
Best glass kitchen scale
The glass surface of this scale makes it easy to clean and a favorite among shoppers. “I feel really confident using Clorox wipes on the platform and it cleans right up without streaking,” says one. Several shoppers praised the sleek design: “The slim, elegant profile fits nicely on my marble counter,” says one commenter. “The design gives it a sleek, classy look, and also makes for easier cleaning,” says another. And if you already have a lot of black kitchen appliances, this will fit right in: “Goes well with all of my other black kitchen products and doesn’t take up too much space.”
Best (less expensive) glass kitchen scale
“It’s sleek and thin so it’s very easy to store. I live in an apartment and our kitchen is very small so it’s important that any new kitchen items that I purchase are easily store-able,” writes one reviewer. Many shoppers lauded the scale for being lightweight and easy to store: “It is incredibly lightweight, slim, and easy to clean,” says one commenter. “The accuracy is incredible and easy to use. When I am done with it, I stow it away in my cabinet without it taking up any space at all.” And even at its low price, it stands up to more expensive competitors: “I have gone through so many food scales! This one really is nice quality and half the price of the more expensive but low quality ones!”
Best kitchen scale for heavier items
Many of the kitchen scales on this list can handle up to 11 pounds, but this Ozeri scale can weigh up to 12. “The 12 pound weight limit is actually very high,” writes one reviewer. “Even with a glass bowl I have never measured anything in my kitchen that maxed out this scale.” It’s durable, too: “I’ve owned this for 6 years, and the thing is still going strong,” says one shopper. “I’ve dropped it on tile, spilled water in the buttons, and all manner of things, but the thing won’t die and it’s still accurate!”
Best kitchen scale for large plates
Multiple shoppers praised the size of this scale: “The scale is on the large side with huge digits … I regularly use large plates on it when prepping food and can easily read the display.” Another reviewer writes, “It’s long enough that you can put a big 5 quart Kitchenaid bowl on it and STILL see the digital readout … the display is HUGE, easily read without glasses in a well-lit kitchen.”
Best kitchen scale with pull-out display
Reviewers found the pull-out feature of this scale especially helpful when weighing larger items. “The pull-out display is a very useful feature, it lets me see the weight of an item even if it’s on a larger plate or bowl,” says one shopper. Another writes, “I can see the weight even if I put a ten-inch cake pan on it.”
Best kitchen scale for alternative uses
Of all the kitchen scales on Amazon, this one seems to be the most popular for items unrelated to food. “I am using this scale to weigh our newborn puppies–how fun is that? It’s accurate and durable,” writes one reviewer. Another says, “I purchased this scale after needing a way to monitor my cockatiel’s weight. I’d recommend it anyone else with pet birds as keeping track of their weight is vital.” And it’s still a great scale for typical kitchen use: “For years, I’ve used my very charming old English scale, but I finally decided to join the 21st century and buy this scale. I love, love, love it! It’s accurate; it’s versatile (grams, ounces, pounds); it comes with a handy bowl (clear so I can see the display); it handles the tare weight (weight of bowl) automatically; and it takes up much less room than my old, charming scale,” says one shopper.
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