We put nine different digital kitchen scales from retailers such as Argos, John Lewis, Lakeland, and Salter through a series of tests to determine which of them are the most accurate and which are the easiest to operate.

Kitchen scales

Every gourmet or serious baker absolutely needs to have their own set of scales that are reliable and simple to operate. In an ideal scenario, you would want one that has a ‘tare’ function, which allows you to reset your reading to zero and add more ingredients. Additionally, you would want one that has a long auto-shutoff time, so you don’t have to keep turning it on. However, we have discovered scales that have deviations of up to 10 grammes and 20 millilitres in some cases, which could ruin whatever it is that you are whipping up in the kitchen. Additionally, we have discovered scales that turn off after only 35 seconds of use. We conducted an evaluation of nine digital kitchen scales in July 2021, choosing models from retailers such as Argos, John Lewis, Lakeland, and Salter. The scales’ prices ranged from £7 to £50. We were interested in discovering which ones were the simplest, the most reliable, and the most accurate to employ. In addition, we put a set of jug scales, mechanical scales, and balance scales through their paces to see how they stacked up against the conventional digital kitchen scales.

The most impressive results from our evaluation of kitchen scales

Best Buy: Terraillon Smart USB Kitchen Scales

Best Buy Terraillon Scales

 

The best deal can be found at Costco, where the price is currently $14.89; it’s also sold at Amazon and Dunelm.

It can detect very small amounts, it is extremely accurate for dry weights, it is reliable, it is simple to operate, and it has a good auto-shutoff time.

Cons: it could be lighter, and it does not perform as consistently well with larger quantities of wet ingredients

Our verdict is that these scales boast an impressively accurate and consistent reading no matter what you want to weigh, whether it be wet or dry.

With this set of scales from Terraillon, you can weigh both dry and wet ingredients with complete confidence that the readings will be accurate. In the test of their ability to register dry weight, they were only off by 1g, but they were absolutely accurate with every other weight. They registered as little as 2 millilitres, but there were deviations of up to 9 millilitres when measuring 100 millilitres and 8 millilitres when measuring 1 litre. Because they have feet that don’t slide around, a display that’s easy to see, and buttons that are responsive, using them is a breeze. As opposed to the other scales, these ones come equipped with a USB charging cable instead of batteries. Be careful not to be misled, however, as the “smart” aspect only refers to the charger; the headphones themselves do not connect to the internet nor do they have any Bluetooth functionality.

Weight: 450g

Both the product and the scale dimensions: 21cm x 16cm (L X W)

Kilograms and grammes, pounds and ounces, litres and millilitres, and fluid ounces are the units of measurement.

The bowl is not included: no.

Max weight: 5kg

The following are some of the key features: a 15-year guarantee, a tare function, a milk-conversion unit, and an included USB charger cable

Best Buy: Lakeland Digital Kitchen Weighing Scale

 

Best Buy Lakeland Digital Scales

 

The price of £29.99 is only available at Lakeland.

The advantages are that it can detect very small amounts, it is reliable and accurate when measuring dry weight, it is simple to operate, and it has a good auto-shutoff time.

Negative: removing the battery only requires one step

Our verdict is that this is an excellent set of scales for weighing dry ingredients, and it also comes with some useful extras.

When it comes to the measurement of dry ingredients, we found that these scales from Lakeland are among the most accurate. In spite of the fact that they did not register 1g, they did register 2g, and after that point they were accurate. In addition to this, there are virtually no variations in the readings of the weights at all. They aren’t designed to measure wet ingredients, so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that they didn’t register water until quite a long time into the test. In addition to having a user-friendly layout that is simple to operate, these thermometers also feature a timer and an ambient thermometer, both of which are useful functions for an avid baker. You will have a reasonable two minutes before the display turns off, and although the bowl might be a bit cumbersome to store away, you can fit it perfectly over the scales themselves to make storage easier. You will have a reasonable two minutes before the display turns off. Because it only takes one step to remove the batteries from these scales and it was somewhat difficult to replace the cover, we strongly recommend that you store them somewhere that children cannot access them.

Weight: 550g

Product dimensions: 20cm x 19cm (L X W)

Scale dimensions: 11.5cm x 11cm (L X W)

Measurement is done in kilogrammes and grammes, as well as pounds and ounces.

Included in the price: bowl Max weight: 5kg

Important features include a three-year warranty, a tare function, an ambient temperature sensor, and a timer; however, two AAA batteries are not included.

How the remaining kitchen scales fared in their tests

The results of our evaluation of the remaining kitchen scales are presented below, arranged in alphabetical order.

The Argos Home Digital Kitchen Scale Offers Excellent Value

 

 

The price of £9 is only available at Argos.

The product accurately registers dry weight, is consistent, accurate for dry weight, user-friendly, and lightweight.

Con: the auto-shutoff time is too short

Our verdict is that these scales are a no-frills set that offers a great value and can be stored virtually anywhere.

You won’t have any trouble stowing away these lightweight and space-saving scales from Argos in either your cabinet or drawer. The straightforward layout makes it simple to use, and the buttons are responsive; however, the device’s auto-shutoff time of only 35 seconds means that you will need to keep turning it on whenever it runs out of time. To remove the battery, you must first unscrew the battery lid using a tiny screwdriver. This is the first step in the two-step process. Although it can be challenging to execute, this is a method that is suitable for families with young children. This set of scales has an impressively accurate reading for the price, being able to register dry amounts as small as 1 gramme and deviating from their reading by only 1 gramme a total of three times.

Weight: 150g

Product dimensions: 17cm x 14cm (L X W)

Scale dimensions: 13cm x 13cm (L X W)

Measurement is done in kilogrammes and grammes, as well as pounds and ounces.

The bowl is not included: no. Max weight: 5kg Important features include a one-year warranty, a tare function, and an included lithium battery.

Kitchen scale with nutritional analysis from Beurer.

 

Beurer Digital Scales

The price is £28.92 and is only available at Amazon.

The product accurately registers small amounts, has a sufficient amount of auto-shutoff time, and is simple to operate.

Cons: inconsistent measurements, inaccurate heavy dry measurements, one-step removal of the battery, non-slip feet that aren’t very good

Our conclusion is that if you place more importance on flashy features than on the product’s core functionality, then you should be satisfied with these.

The clear display and responsive buttons on these scales from Beurer make them relatively simple to operate; however, we discovered that the non-slip feet lacked sufficient suction to perform their intended function. We also observed that after we removed things from the scales, it would sometimes remain on 2/3g rather than zero. This was a mystery to us. The nutritional information function left us perplexed because, despite the fact that it claims to be able to provide information on items such as apple juice, it does not claim to be able to weigh wet ingredients and, when we tried to weigh water, it did not register the weight. In addition, the instruction manual emphasises the importance of viewing all nutritional information with a grain of salt due to the fact that the nutritional composition of particular foods, such as black forest gateau cake, can vary greatly from one serving to the next. These scales weren’t terrible in terms of their accuracy, but neither were they particularly impressive. They were able to pick up amounts as low as 2 grammes, but they struggled with larger weights, with their readings sometimes deviating by as much as 6 grammes.

Weight: 550g

Product dimensions: 23cm x 16.5cm (L X W)

Scale dimensions: 19cm x 16.5 (L X W)

Measurement is done in kilogrammes and grammes, as well as pounds and ounces.

The bowl is not included: no.

Max weight: 5kg

Key features include a five-year warranty, a tare function, the ability to provide nutritional information on foodstuffs that have been weighed, and an included lithium battery.

Dual Platform Digital Scale Designed by Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal Salter scales

The most affordable price is £39.99, and it can be purchased from Amazon, John Lewis, or Robert Dyas.

The advantages of this product are that it can measure extremely minute amounts, the precision scales are accurate and consistent for both dry and wet weights, it is simple to operate, and it has an excellent auto-shutoff time.

Large scales are less accurate and consistent, and removing the battery requires only one step.

Our conclusion is that if both the large and the small scales possessed the same degree of precision and accuracy, then this would be the ideal set.

In theory, it would be a fantastic idea to have two scales on a single unit. On this scale designed by Heston Blumenthal, the lower, more precise section is ideal for measuring things like herb mixes. When it comes to dry ingredients, it can measure down to 0.1 gramme, which is the most precise measurement of any of the scales, and it is incredibly accurate overall. However, the maximum weight it can hold is only 200 grammes, and it has a very limited surface area. The larger scale has a much larger surface area and a huge maximum capacity of 10 kilogrammes; however, it did not register any weight until 5 grammes had been placed on it, and it lacked consistency. This was reflected in the measurements taken while the surface was wet. We found these scales to be simple to operate; however, on occasion, the zero button became stuck, and the removal of the battery only required one step; therefore, they are not recommended for use in households with young children. They are also the heaviest of the scales that we tried, which makes them more difficult to store away in a drawer.

Weight: 850g

Product dimensions: 26cm x 17.5cm (L X W)

Scale dimensions: 16.5 x 14.5 (L X W)

Kilograms and grammes, pounds and ounces, litres and millilitres, and fluid ounces are the units of measurement.

The bowl is not included: no.

Max weight: 200g (precision scale) 10kg (large scale)

Important features include a 15-year warranty, a tare function, and the inclusion of 3 x AAA batteries.

John Lewis & Partners Spot Print Digital Kitchen Scale

John Lewis Spot print scale

Amazon has it listed at the lowest price of £31.09; John Lewis and other retailers also carry it.

Advantages include being lightweight and very easy to store away, as well as being simple to use and having a good auto-shutoff time.

Cons: it is inaccurate for both wet and dry weights, and it does not register very small amounts.

Our conclusion is that they are adaptable to almost any environment but fall short in key areas.

This set of foldable scales from Joseph Joseph is just what you need if you’re lacking in storage space but still need accurate measurements. Because the display is so compact, they have buttons that are exceptionally sensitive, making it unnecessary to press down with excessive force, which would cause the device to become unstable. On the other hand, it did not begin to register until 5 grammes, and at 1 kilogramme, it had deviations of almost 10 grammes. And the measurements when it was wet weren’t any better; it didn’t start registering until after 50 ml had passed.

Weight: 150g

Product dimensions: 22cm x 22cm (L X W)

Scale dimensions: 4.5cm x 4.5cm (L X W)

Kilograms and grammes, pounds and ounces, litres and millilitres, and fluid ounces are the units of measurement.

The bowl is not included: no.

Max weight: 5kg

Important features include a tare function, an included lithium battery, and a three-year guarantee if purchased from Lakeland.

Scale with Oxo Good Grips for the Kitchen

 

Oxo Good Grips kitchen scales

 

Amazon offers the lowest price of £39.99 for this product, which is also sold at John Lewis.

It is accurate for dry weights, consistent, easy to use, well designed, and has a really long auto-shutoff time. Additionally, it can register very small amounts.

Cons: removing the battery requires only one step, and it’s quite heavy.

Our verdict is that they are a worthy competitor that might have been a Best Buy if they weren’t on the cumbersome side of things.

The Oxo scales are an expensive piece of equipment, but they are a measurer of dry ingredients that is accurate and, for the most part, fairly consistent as well. They began registering the weights at 2g, and after that, they consistently displayed the correct weights, with the exception of a few grammes here and there. It is impressive that they were able to register 5 ml and above, given that they do not claim to be able to measure liquid ingredients. They come with a display that can be pulled out, which comes in handy when weighing an item that is larger than the dimensions of the scale. The display is crisp and well-lit, and the feet are designed to prevent slipping. The remarkable duration of the auto-shutoff mode, which we timed at 31 minutes, is the icing on the cake. However, there are times when you have to press down quite hard on the buttons, and because removing the batteries only requires one step, we would advise using this set with caution in the presence of children.

Weight: 750g

Product dimensions: 23.5cm x 18cm (L X W)

Scale dimensions: 18cm x 18cm (L X W)

Measurement is done in kilogrammes and grammes, as well as pounds and ounces.

The bowl is not included: no.

Max weight: 5kg

Important features include a lifetime guarantee, a tare function, a pull-out display, and the inclusion of four AAA batteries.

Salter Disc Digital Kitchen Scales

Salter Disc Scale

 

Cheapest price: £15 available at Amazon, Argos, Dunelm.

The device is user-friendly, accurate and consistent for dry weight readings, it can register small amounts, and it has a good auto-shutoff time.

Negatives: wet weights that are inaccurate and inconsistent

Our verdict is that these scales are an excellent purchase for weighing dry ingredients; however, we recommend using a jug to measure liquid ingredients. We wouldn’t recommend using these Salter scales for measuring wet ingredients because, despite the fact that they claim to be able to measure in millilitres, we found that their readings varied by as much as 10 ml across a range of liquid volumes. They were much more accurate when determining the dry weight, with only a couple of deviations of a few grammes in either direction. They are not overly cumbersome and are simple to operate. In addition, they have an excellent auto-shutoff time of three minutes. The battery lid needs to be unscrewed using a small screwdriver, which is a good option if you cook or bake with young children.

Weight: 500g

Both the product and the scale dimensions: 18cm x 16cm (L X W)

Kilograms and grammes, pounds and ounces, litres and millilitres, and fluid ounces are the units of measurement.

The bowl is not included: no.

Max weight: 5kg

Important features include a fifteen-year warranty, a tare function, and an integrated lithium battery.

How do you use balance scales?

Balance scales

 

Balance scales are incomparable to any other type of scale.  They work by weighing an unknown amount against a known amount – once you find a balance, you’ll know what your ingredient weighs.  We used our lab weights on both sides and, to our surprise, saw a definite registering of 1g. From then on it’s a guessing game as to how accurate they really are.  You’ll also have to buy a set of weights to use them if they aren’t included, adding to the already cumbersome design. You certainly won’t be able to slip these into a drawer.