BEST DIGITAL KITCHEN SCALES

BEST DIGITAL KITCHEN SCALES

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We tested 10 digital kitchen scales to find the best one:
OXO Good Grips 11 lb Food Scale with Pull Out Display
Polder Easy Read Digital Kitchen Scale
Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale
Salter Aquatronic Glass Electronic Kitchen Scale
Escali Alimento Digital Scale
Escali Arti Glass Kitchen Scale
American Weigh EDGE-5K Digital Kitchen Scale
American Weigh CITRON-5K Digital Kitchen Scale
Soehnle Page Evolution
Polder Slimmer Stainless Digital Kitchen Scale

No matter what you’re cooking or baking, weighing the ingredients helps guarantee perfect results. But only if your scale is accurate and easy to use.

 

WINNING TRAITS OF A GOOD DIGITAL SCALE
– Consistently accurate within 2 grams
– Clear, easy-to-read screen that isn’t obscured by large items
– Responsive, intuitive, easy-to-reach buttons
– Removable platform and/or tight seams that keep out food and water

WHAT WE EXAMINED

ACCURACY: We tested three units of each model, weighing 30-, 200-, and 500-gram lab-calibrated weights 10 times on each unit, at the beginning and end of testing. We preferred scales that gave consistently accurate readings; models that routinely ­varied by more than 2 grams lost points.

EASE OF USE: We timed how long it took to turn on the scales, switch from grams to ounces, and measure 5 ounces of flour. Several test cooks also subjected top-performing models to a week of daily use. The best models had intuitive controls that were easy to access.

LEGIBILITY: We preferred digital displays with sharp color contrast or a backlight option, big digits, and large screens. Scales lost points if a 5-quart mixing bowl blocked or obscured the screen.

DURABILITY: We dropped each model onto the counter from a height of 2 inches, checking to see if any pieces fell off or if the scales became damaged.

CLEANUP: We stained the platforms with a measured amount of yellow mustard, tomato paste, and canola oil; after 36 hours, we washed them by hand. The best models had removable platforms that we could wipe off or scrub. Scales that trapped water and food residue lost points.

America’s Test Kitchen is a real 2,500 square foot test kitchen located just outside of Boston that is home to more than three dozen full-time cooks and product testers. Our mission is simple: to develop the absolute best recipes for all of your favorite foods. To do this, we test each recipe 30, 40, sometimes as many as 70 times, until we arrive at the combination of ingredients, technique, temperature, cooking time, and equipment that yields the best, most-foolproof recipe.


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