The 8 Best Kitchen Scales of 2020

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Our Top Picks
"This looks much more high-end than its price tag would suggest."
"The main feature of this scale from Ozeri is the large round weighing platform."
"The budget-friendly model has many of the same features as pricier ones."
"The app comes in handy for anyone who needs to track their meals over time."
"This is for those who want a classic scale that doesn’t need batteries."
"Its biggest advantage is that it allows you to weigh items by percentage."
"This durable, compact scale is lightweight enough to carry with you."
"This model can handle your needs without requiring a lot of storage space."

Whether you’re creating delicious baked goods or dividing up portions for meal prep, kitchen scales are essential for accurate measurements. The choices run the gamut from old-school analog scales to smart scales where an app can easily give you your macros to everything in-between. Here are the best kitchen scales to fit your lifestyle.

Best Overall: Etekcity Digital Multifunction Stainless Steel Kitchen Food Scale

With its brushed silver finish and backlit screen, Etekcity’s top-selling stainless steel scale looks much more high-end than its price tag would suggest. It can measure up to 11 pounds (or 5 kilograms), but is accurate enough to weigh just a few ounces, grams, fluid ounces, or milliliters.

At just 7 x 5.5 inches and less than an inch thick, it’s compact enough to be stashed away in a drawer or cabinet. The flat surface and laminated buttons also make it incredibly easy to clean. Some reviewers note that the small size does make the LCD screen hard to read when measuring with larger bowls or plates.

The scale’s auto-shutoff feature helps conserve the included AAA batteries and it comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen Scale

As precise as our top pick—and what you’ll find in my cabinet—this Ozeri scale's main feature is the large round weighing platform. Available in six color options, which include black, red, teal, and silver, it’s perfect for matching your other kitchen appliances. 

Like many streamlined scales, it comes with two function buttons. The power button also resets the scale to zero, which is helpful for ingredients that need to be weighed in a container. The other changes the preferred measurement unit to either pounds, ounces, milliliters, or grams.

This scale can weigh ingredients up to 11.24 pounds and requires two AAA batteries, which are included with your purchase. It also comes with a one-year warranty.

Best Budget: AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Digital Kitchen Scale with LCD Display

If you just need a dependable tool without all the bells and whistles, this AmazonBasics scale checks all the boxes. The budget-friendly model has many of the same features as pricier ones, which includes an easy-to-read LCD screen and sensors for accurate measurements. Its wide circular platform can handle up to 11 pounds.

Similar to the Ozeri model, this scale features a large weighing platform that’s easy to wipe clean. It weighs ingredients in both ounces and grams and has a tare function to reset the weight. It also features automatic shutoff programmed for about 2 minutes of inactivity.

At approximately 8 x 7 inches, this scale doesn’t take a lot of space, and two AAA batteries are included. Despite the price, reviewers find the scale to be accurate and reliable.

Best App-Enabled: Etekcity Food Kitchen Scale Smart Nutrition Scale

There’s an app for every home appliance now. In addition to simple weight measurement, this Bluetooth-enabled smart scale from Etekcity can give you up to eight different nutrition stats, including calories, total fat, total carbohydrates, and protein.

The flat stainless-steel platform can measure up to 11 pounds in ounces, grams, and milliliters. The large backlit LCD screen can display all your macros once connected with VeSyncFit, the scale’s free app, which also syncs with Apple Health and FitBit. The app comes in handy for anyone who needs to track their meals over time.

Unlike most kitchen scales, this model has an adjustable auto-shutoff feature to help conserve the AAA batteries, which are included with purchase. It also comes with a one-year warranty.

Best Analog: Taylor Precision Products Stainless Steel Analog Kitchen Scale

This analog kitchen scale from Taylor is for those who want a classic scale that doesn’t need batteries. The scale’s removable stainless-steel, 5-cup bowl makes for easy measuring and cleaning, while a black and white dial completes the retro look.

The scale can handle up to 11 pounds, and the large 5-inch display measures in both ounces and grams. Like with most traditional scales, you have to tare it using the dial underneath the measuring bowl, so it might not be as accurate as a digital scale. 

With a footprint that measures approximately 8 x 9 inches, this brushed stainless-steel scale will need a decent amount of your kitchen countertop. But the good news is it comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Best Baking: My Weigh Bakers Math Kitchen Scale

Most kitchen scales are ideal for small baking projects, but any baker who needs to weigh out ingredients for multiple batches at once will benefit from this model by My Weigh. Its biggest advantage is that it allows you to weigh items by percentage, essentially doing your baker’s math for you.

The impressive scale measures up to 17 pounds, 9 ounces (or 8 kilograms), and comes with a removable stainless-steel platform. It also has an adjustable backlit LCD display, which has a removable cover to protect it from messes. There is a programmable auto-shutoff feature.

A major drawback is the scale’s size. At approximately 10 x 7.5 inches and weighing 2.5 pounds, it will need allotted counter space. It does come with three AA batteries, with an AC adapter that is sold separately.

Best Pocket Scale: Weigh Gram Digital Pocket Scale

Pocket scales are perfect for when you need to measure minute amounts of ingredients like herbs, spices, or coffee. This durable, compact scale gives accurate measurements to the 0.01 gram but is lightweight enough to carry with you.

About 5 x 3 inches, the stainless-steel platform measures up to 100 grams and features a protective cover with instructions on the interior. There are three function buttons, one to power the scale on and off, one to change measuring units, and the third for resetting the weight.

The scale is programmed with a 60-second automatic shutoff feature to conserve the two AAA batteries, which are not included.

Best Hanging Scale: American Weigh Scale H Series Digital Multifunction Electronic Hanging Scale, Black

Hanging scales are for when you need to weigh a large amount of meat, a whole fish, or any other heavy or bulky ingredients. This model from American Weigh Scales can handle your needs without requiring a lot of storage space.

Made of rugged die-cast metal and containing a built-in 3-foot tape measure, this portable scale can weigh up to 110 pounds, with a 100-gram (3.5 ounces) minimum, in pounds, ounces, and kilograms.

The scale’s wide handle and backlit LCD screen make weighing easy. It also comes with two CR2032 batteries and is backed by a 10-year limited warranty.

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Siobhan Wallace has been writing about food, including two cookbooks, for over a decade, in addition to doing a stint as a baker. Her collection of food gadgets includes quite a few duds.

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