Whether you’re an occasional baker or committed to a healthy diet, a kitchen scale is a must-have. It ensures you’re using the right amount of ingredients in a recipe, or helps you precisely measure bean-to-water ratios while making coffee. After testing, we’ve found the Escali Primo kitchen scale (available at Amazon for $21.99) to be the best addition to your kitchen lineup. And, if you’re serious about making the best cup of pour-over coffee, the Bonavita coffee scale is the best at keeping track of the weight and brew time.
If you’re using a really good scale, it will make food prep easier and more accurate. But kitchen scales come in all shapes and sizes, and some are better than others. How do you know which scale is right for you?
In our first roundup, we tested 13 of the most popular digital kitchen scales to find the best ones on the market. As consumer demands have shifted from weighing foods to also include coffee, we added six new scales, including the most popular coffee scales. We paid attention to ease of use, accuracy of measurements, and even how much work it took to clean them. Our top-scoring scales have a little something for everyone—no matter the size of your kitchen, budget, or mixing bowl.
These are the best digital kitchen scales we tested ranked, in order:
Acaia Lunar Scale
Bonavita Coffee Scale
Escali Primo Scale
MyWeigh KD-8000 Scale
Polder KSC-310-28 Easy Read Scale
Jennings J Scale
American Weigh Scales SC-2KG Digital Pocket Scale
Taylor 3831BL Biggest Loser Scale
Ozeri Pronto ZK14-S Scale
Acaia Pearl S Scale
Amazon EK3211 Scale
Etekcity EK6015 Scale
OXO Good Grips 11176600 Scale
Zwilling Enfinigy Kitchen Scale
All-Clad KS22 Kitchen Scale
Cuisinart Precision Scale
Drop D600A Kitchen Scale
Joseph Joseph 40071 TriScale
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The Escali doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of some high-end scales, but it delivers consistent results over time. I’ve been using this scale for three years, and was curious about whether my old Escali is as accurate as a brand new one. The two Escalis didn’t disappoint—they showed identical results, with no fluctuations while weighing the same objects and weights.
The Escali’s simplicity makes it the best scale for everyday use. You can tare objects, switch from metric to imperial modes, and get clear readings every time. Unlike other scales, the display also stays on as long as you need.
It doesn’t take up much space in the kitchen drawer and is easy to clean. We think this low-maintenance scale is what every home baker and chef needs to weigh their ingredients precisely. The only thing we don’t like about this scale is that it can’t read in 0.1g increments, unlike the Acaia and Bonavita scales.
This Bonavita scale with a timer can help make pour-over coffee easy—but its abilities aren't limited to brewing. We found it to be one of the most accurate scales we tested, and its relative affordability makes it approachable for people who are new to both coffee and cooking.
Its unique design with “nano-coating” prevents water damage, as spills can happen when measuring liquids. This scale also has an auto-timer and auto-tare function to help streamline the pour-over brewing process. It gives instant readings, which were as accurate as the Acaia Pearl Model S, for a fraction of the price.
This scale's biggest limitation is its capacity—it can only weigh up to 2000 grams, which is much less than a standard kitchen scale (5000 grams).
The Acaia Lunar model is by far the most impressive coffee scale we’ve ever tested. If price is no concern, then this is the best coffee scale for those who brew single serve pour-over and espresso coffee regularly.
Its compact size makes it portable and easy to store (which is essential if you’re adding a dedicated coffee scale on top of what you already own). There’s no wait time—turn it on, and you’ll get instant readings. The buttons are also very responsive, whether you’re switching from metric to imperial or you’re starting the timer to calculate the brew time. It gives the most precise (weighs in 0.1 increments) and accurate readings among all the scales we’ve tested, and it never displays unstable readings. The Lunar model has six modes specifically built for coffee, as the dual-display screen can give the brew time and weight at the same time.
However, this scale isn’t without flaws. The Bluetooth-enabled device can connect to Acaia apps on your phone, but the app that we used were glitchy. The app is supposed to help record coffee recipes and share with others, but we weren’t able to use those functions in our testing. The only benefit of using the app was to track the flow rate, which can give you a sense of how to improve your pour-over skills.
This article is a joint effort by Kori Perten, former Reviewed editor, and Valerie Stack, current kitchen and cooking writer.
Kori has been cooking since childhood, and has written and edited countless articles about food. Valerie has been testing kitchen products and contributing recipes since she joined Reviewed in 2019. Her love for bread making and coffee has led her on a mission to find the most reliable and accurate kitchen scales that make feeding her sourdough starter (Tom Bready) easier.
First, we placed sets of weights onto the center of each scale and recorded the readings. Then, we placed certain weights (500g, 100g, 10g, 1g) onto the center of each scale and pushed each weight down briefly, then recorded the readings before and after the push. We also weighed coffee beans, delicate objects like herbs, and objects of irregular shapes to evaluate each scale’s ability to weigh in real-life settings.
We also tested each scale’s taring performance by adding and removing objects. Finally, we looked at the ease of use and storage, special features, and build quality to find the best scale.
To pick the best scale for coffee, we took notes of how accurately each scale can weigh coffee beans and water. We also made cups of pour-over coffee to test the built-in timers in some of the coffee scales and evaluated their user-friendliness.
Everything You Should Know About Kitchen Scales
Whether you’re a home baker or looking to get on a diet, a kitchen scale can greatly improve your cooking experience by giving you the most accurate weights. For people who are into coffee, measuring the beans and water before brewing is crucial to the perfect cup. Though some people may argue that volume measurements can do the exact same thing, it’s not true—a cup of flour can weigh between four ounces and six ounces, depending on how you pack the flour, humidity in the air, and other factors. Using a kitchen scale ensures consistent measuring, which ultimately gives you the most delicious results!
For coffee drinkers, we’ve also tested and fallen in love with the coffee scales with timers. They significantly reduce the guesswork when it comes to pour-over coffee and help people learn to be better baristas, as the bean-to-water ratio can greatly influence the taste of the brew. Precisely calibrating the grind size, weight, and time will help the coffee release a more full-bodied flavor profile, so coffee fans can taste the more nuanced notes in each cup.
Other Digital Kitchen Scales We Tested
With its bulky, lab-style body, the KD-8000 stands out from the smaller, sleeker scales in our lineup. But if you have the counter space in your kitchen, this weighing machine won’t disappoint.
In testing, the KD-8000 proved to be consistently accurate, displaying the correct weights even when we added and removed objects from its platform. We liked the backlit screen, which displays an icon to indicate when a measurement is stable, as well as the cover that helps protect buttons from errant flour. In addition to measuring in grams, kilograms, ounces, and pounds, the scale also offers a baker’s percentage mode, allowing you to easily weigh out (for example) a mixture that’s two parts oats and one part sugar.
However, the KD-8000 didn’t stack up against the new kitchen scales we tested, as other scales have improved their accuracy over the years. Another disadvantage is how bulky the KD-8000 is, which will likely cost some significant counter space in your kitchen.
Polder’s kitchen scale offering earned our admiration. Slimmer and easier to store than the My Weigh, this scale proved capable of reporting accurate weights. It’s particularly good at registering lighter weights that other scales can’t sense, although the numbers can take a bit longer to settle at lower weights.
We especially liked the Polder’s large, easy-to-read numbers, which would be great for someone who has trouble reading smaller text.
This scale from AmazonBasics falls firmly in the middle of the pack. But for the low price, it’s a phenomenal option.
It’s accurate enough when it comes to weighing objects—not perfect, but probably good enough for all but the most vigilant of bakers and dieters. We found it mostly easy to use, although the tare button sometimes required a few tries before it succeeded in zeroing the scale. The black base and metal platform feel cheap to the touch, and the platform developed scratches before we even got around to trying it out.
This scale from Taylor is supposedly inspired by the Biggest Loser reality TV series. But if you ask us, it’s just a kitchen scale—and a pretty good one at that.
The curved white base and disk-shaped glass platform won’t win prizes for beauty, but the scale weighs objects accurately enough—just don’t futz with it too much or you could alter the reading. Our biggest complaints have to do with the buttons, which click loudly, and the battery plate, which can’t be opened without a screwdriver.
The CJ-4000 isn’t a standout, but it’s still a reasonably good scale. Plain black with a stainless steel plate, the base extends far enough out to remain visible even when you’re weighing a large bowl. Weights are fairly accurate but, occasionally, may be off by just a little bit. And be warned: buttons beep loudly when pressed.
On the bright side, once the numbers on the scale settle, they’re stable—which is more than we can say for most of the other scales we tested. Another positive: The CJ-4000 comes with an optional AC adaptor, in case you’d rather plug the scale into the wall than use batteries.
For an itty bitty scale—with a square platform measuring just 4 inches across—the AWS digital pocket scale packs a lot of punch.
You can’t throw a large mixing bowl on the device without completely obscuring the numbers, but it’s immensely portable and capable of measuring in very small units—ideal for weighing coffee. A resolution of 0.01 oz and 0.1g should do the trick.
Bonus: If you’d like your kitchen scale to double as a jewelry scale, the SC-2KG can weigh in special units like carats.
What we don’t like is its control pad—it isn’t as sensitive as the Lunar, as we had to press hard to give commands during testing. We were also frustrated by how difficult it was to switch from imperial to metric mode, which we ended up doing through the app connection. We also struggled with the guided brewing experience through the app, as the app doesn’t seem to be fully-functional.
This Ozeri scale is intuitive to use and not bad to look at, especially if you opt for one of the many bright color options. It’s extremely lightweight, which makes it easy to move around, albeit slightly flimsy.
Unfortunately, we found the buttons stiff and tough to press, which made it unpleasant to use. It’s also so sensitive that any air movement can alter the numbers on its digital screen. It’s hard to feel confident in a measurement that’s moving up and down on its own.
For under $15, you could do a lot worse than this Etekcity scale. If you like the digital display—purple, with white numbers—and compact size, go ahead and scoop it up.
However, first, you might want to be aware of this scale’s shortcomings. It scratches easily, and once it smudges, it’s very hard to get it clean. And more importantly, it struggled to weigh irregularly shaped objects consistently, which could prove obnoxious if you’re using the scale on a regular basis.
The buzzed-about Drop Scale is the only smart kitchen scale we tested. Unfortunately, that’s about the only honor we can award it.
Testers unanimously liked the look of the teardrop-shaped red scale—until they tried to clean it and found that spilled sugar clung relentlessly to its tacky silicone surface.
In use, the scale was inaccurate, inconsistent, and frustrating—it was so sensitive that any movement of air or shift of the table where it rested led to a shift in numbers. Testers liked the phone app that serves as the controls for the scale, finding it straightforward and friendly to navigate.
If you really want a smart, attractive scale that can sync to recipes on your phone, this one could satisfy. But if you’re a stickler for accuracy, steer clear.
OXO’s newer glass version of their well-loved food scale is sleek and glossy. With the minimalist look of an iPhone and the convenient pull-out display, we wanted to like this scale so much. Sadly, it was annoying to use and prone to reporting inaccurate or inconsistent weights.
As with the original metal version of the scale, testers disliked the way the scale displayed ounces in fractions. It’s certainly a good-looking model that would look great on your countertop, but when it comes to actually weighing things, this OXO was thoroughly unpleasant to use.
Among all the scales we’ve tested, this Zwilling is perhaps the most beautiful. The rechargeable battery-powdered scale is lightweight and compact, yet it can weigh up to 22 lbs of objects. It’s intuitive enough to use without reading the user manual, and it can weigh most things accurately.
What we don’t like is that the button for switching from imperial to metric mode is on the bottom of the scale, which means you can’t make the change without turning the scale upside down. If you’re constantly cooking recipes from both American and Europeans chefs, you’ll be frustrated by how to change this mode every time.
This scale comes with a magnetic weighing plate that has a flared rim, a helpful feature for home cooks which can help keep oddly-shaped objects (apples, watermelons) in place while weighing. Its LCD control pad is responsive and the display screen gives readings instantly. Users can adjust the modes (oz, mL, lbs, g, and kg) depending on what they’re measuring.
Of the scales we’ve tested, this All-Clad is by far the largest—it may take up at least half of a drawer. It’s also not the most accurate or consistent kitchen scale, but it has shown somewhat accurate and consistent results when weighing objects that are less than 200 grams. Overall, its build quality may last you a while—if space is no concern.
Modes: oz, mL, lbs, g
Capacity: 22 lb, 10 kg
Resolution: 0.1 oz, 1 g
Removable weighing plate that keeps objects in place
This Cuisinart comes with an additional weighing bowl that has measurements for liquids, which is helpful. However, we were disappointed by its overall performance.
First, it was the only battery-powered scale in the roundup that didn’t come with batteries (some scales are rechargeable). It took noticeably longer than other scales to turn on and show results. In testing, we weren’t able to see the readings immediately as the display screen didn’t give stable results. Its performance was neither accurate nor consistent.
Salter’s scale was a mixed bag, but let us be upfront: It can’t weigh accurately, whether it's lab weights, loose sugar, or even just a spoon. None of the scales we looked at were horrifically off base, but Salter was among the worst scales we tested when it came to doing what it’s designed for.
That said, the glass top was easy to clean (although prone to smudging) and the buttons were responsive. The Salter can apply units of measure for weighing liquids, in addition to the usual ounces and grams one typically sees on a kitchen scale—a nice touch, but not enough to make up for its other issues.
Joseph Joseph is known for its unique, playful design solutions to common household problems. The TriScale is the most portable scale we tested, folding into a compact shape that could be easily thrown into a bag or stowed in a kitchen junk drawer.
But when it came time to test the scale, we had to face the facts: We cannot, in good conscience, recommend this scale to anyone.
Unfolded, it forms a Y shape, which makes it supremely difficult to weigh anything that isn’t in a large mixing bowl. The shape also means the gadget is rickety, which affects the weights it measures. Pressing the button to tare the scale tips the whole thing to the side. In addition, spilled ingredients are tough to clean from the plastic scale’s many corners and joints.
Inaccurate, inconsistent, and a frustration to use—we’d suggest you give this one a pass.
Kori began her journalism career as a teenage fashion blogger and has enjoyed covering a wide variety of topics ever since. In her spare time, she’s an amateur poet, avid reader, and gluten-free cake baker extraordinaire.
Valerie Li Stack is a senior staff writer for Kitchen & Cooking. She is an experienced home cook with a passion for experimenting with the cuisines of countries she's visited. Driven by an interest in food science, Valerie approaches the culinary scene with a firm grasp of cooking processes and extensive knowledge of ingredients. She believes food speaks to all people regardless of language and cultural background.
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