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Apr 21, 2006 01:58 PM

What's the best digital food scale?

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I am ready to buy a digital food scale and I'm interested to hear which ones you have and what's good about them, etc. I'm tired of my inconsistent anolog one. Do most of the digitals have a "calibrate to zero" setting so when I put a bowl on it, it will start from zero?


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  1. I bought a digital postal scale at Costco (in Canada) for about $26 a couple of years ago. It weighs up to about 2 lbs., can be reset to zero to eliminate the weight of the container, and can read out in either grams to ounces. I love it - use it at least once ever day and haven't had to change batteries yet.

    1. I just recently bought the Soehnle Myra Digital Food Scale and I've been really happy with it. I got it for very cheap (I think around $20) at a Amazon Friday Sale a month or so ago.

      The pros:
      It's very small and not very wide (so easy to store)
      It switches from oz to gram easiily
      Not expensive
      Does have tare option (putting measurements back to 0)

      The cons:
      It has a fairly low weight limit, I've read that it's about 2 lbs? So if you need to measure alot of heavy items, or use heavy bowls, this wouldn't be good. So far, I haven't had any problems with the weight limit (but I don't make bread and other heavy items).

      Hope this was helpful!


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      1. re: vf

        I have a Soehnle too. Got it at Sur La Table 4-5 years ago. Have not had to change the batteries yet. Mine will weigh up to 4lbs.6 oz, switches easily from grams to oz. also is very compact and also has the tare function. We like it alot. It might have been about $65.00

      2. I have a Salter digital that we got at Williams Sonoma a few years back. It, too, has the zero function, which is also great if you are doing a recipe (like a CI bread recipe) that has everything in weights: you can put the bowl on, zero, add the flour, zero, add the next ingredient, etc. It also switches from pounds to grams, as well as fluid ounces and milliliters. I think it was around $60, and I've never changed the batteries.

        Ah, found it! Ours is like the one below, but stainless. One nice feature is that the plate that you put the food on for weighing comes off for easy cleaning.


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        1. re: miss_mia

          That's what I have...and I LOVE it.
          It's so great for baking, as you never have to pull out the measuring cups. You can weigh all the dry ingredients AND the wet ones.
          It zeroes huge amounts...I've put large heavy pans on it, and it handles these weights just fine.

          1. re: Aaron

            How do you convert your recipes? Do you just keep a conversion table somewhere, do you sit down with every recipe before cooking, etc?

            1. re: nooodles

              No...I don't do it with everything, as it would take more time to convert all the measurments than it would to wash the measuring cups, but I'm finding that so many recipes provide weights these days. Cookbooks are starting to realize that people will weigh things if they put the weights and that the results are much more consistent.

              1. re: nooodles

                I have some cookbooks / recipes that give weights, like Baking Illustrated, or the Alton Brown recipes from Food TV.

            2. re: miss_mia

              I was given this Salter scale as a gift, and it is supposed to be good up to 11 lbs. However it seems anything over a lb or so is off by at least 6 oz. At first I thought all my butchers were ripping me off, then I realized it was the stupid scale. But it looks good, which is probably why the gift giver bought it.

            3. I have a digital postal scale that I bought at Staples Office Supply. It was about half the cost of the ones marketed for cooking. It will weigh up to 5 lbs., ounces or grams, and has the "tare" function. I find that it works very well.

              1. I just recently bought my scale from Bodum - it was on sale 1/2 price from somewhere $60ish. Very stylish, glass surface scale and very small. You can switch from metric to English units. It has an easy one button touch reset to zero and automatic shutoff after idling. I love it. Not sure they have it online, I bought it at their NY store.