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Dylan Jun 20, 2006 02:43 AM

I'm frustrated with my digital scale. First, it's only ounces while many european recipes are grams (and sometimes I just want to measure a few grams - yes for food purposes!!). Second, it sometimes doesn't stay on for long enough - it will zero itself if you don't touch it for too long! Third, it doesn't have a terribly large capacity - maybe five pounds. That's usually ok, but what if you start with a heavier bowl?

One nice feature: it does go "negative." That is, put a bowl on, zero it, take the bowl off, it lists " negative" weight so that if you put the bowl back on, it goes back to zero. I've seen some that produce an error message with this combination of steps!

Does anyone have what they consider "the perfect scale"? Perhaps there are other things I'm not thinking of as well!

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    chocolateman Oct 15, 2007 10:36 PM

    You can look at the entire line of my-weigh scale here http://myweigh.com/mediumscales.html and while they don't sell them direct they have a list of online vendors.
    I wish I found this when I was shopping for a scale (I have a soenheim that goes up to 11 pounds) and would consider either ibalance 5500 which does 5500 grams at .1 gram increment or the KD7000 professional which goes up to 15lbs but has 1 gram accuracy.

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      cfriday7 Oct 15, 2007 02:58 PM

      For anyone who's still on the search for a good kitchen scale, the one that Louisa Chu actually recommends in her Gear column is one of the few I'd narrowed down my choices to: The Tanita KD-400 has a large (5kg/ 11lbs) max. capacity but weighs accurately in 1g increments. It has a 6 1/4 in. stainless steel weighing plate and large display. The scale also stores upright, taking up minimal space on ones countertop. And for those concerned with too-quick auto shut offs, this scale has a 10-minute window, and MyWeight make scales with an option to disable the auto-off completely.

      For Louisa's review and links to purchasing the Tanita: http://www.chow.com/stories/10409

      To check out a review of the MyWeigh scales:
      http://www.cookingforengineers.com/article.php?id=82&title=Kitchen+Scales
      http://www.realbakingwithrose.com/200...

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        Jack_ Jan 4, 2007 07:17 PM

        I've had this Salter:

        http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/produ...

        IT was a POS. Salter claimed it was only acurate to .5 oz

        The first one was DOA and the 2nd after 2 months, when I set a pot on it it would down tick the weight every few seconds. Finally it just wouldn't turn on. At least BB&B took it back no questions asked.

        I'lll get another scale when I have the time to look but certainly not another Salter!

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          luxarles Oct 19, 2006 01:46 AM

          Here's a discussion on kitchen scales, a bit dated but informative, especially if you're just starting your search:
          http://www.cookingforengineers.com/article.php?id=82&title=Kitchen+Scales

          And website: http://www.oldwillknott.com/cgi-bin/h...

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            Fid Jan 3, 2007 04:32 PM

            Do you think that an accuracy of 1.0g versus 2.0g will make a lot of difference in choosing a scale? I'm debating over 2 scales, each with different capacities, accuracies, price, etc..

            The scale will be used primarily for weighing baking ingredients. Will I go crazy without the 1.0g accuracy?

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              Buckethead Jan 3, 2007 05:48 PM

              You may, baking is a pretty exacting endeavor, and a difference of a gram will affect a recipe if you're only supposed to use 10 grams of something.

              Plus, if you've never owned a nice digital scale, you will soon find yourself using it for lots of things which may benefit from the added accuracy. I use mine to measure out 6 oz. wine pours, measure coffee beans for grinding each morning (45 grams), adding precise amounts of cheese to beaten eggs...

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                Fid Jan 4, 2007 02:34 AM

                Thanks for your input. I think you've convinced me to plunk down a few extra $$ for the more precise scale. I probably would go crazy without the 1.0g increments. :-)

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            Larry Jun 20, 2006 02:55 PM

            I actualy have 2 scales, one digital that goes up to about five pounds (2.5 kilos) includes the tare function (zero with bowl on scale) and does both imperial and metric. The larger spring scale goes to 18 lbs (8 kilos), the scale rotates to allow the bowl weight to zero out. Both are useful for different things, the large one is not accurate at the sub 1/2 lb measurements, the small one is hard to balance a bag of potatoes on.

            Both are considerably improved by having a box of deli paper near by (think a kleenex box full of wax paper). I lay one on the scale and scoop ingredients directly on, stack them up according to the recipe and pour them easily as needed.

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              Aaron Jun 20, 2006 11:05 AM

              There have been alot of discussions about this, so maybe do a search.
              I have a Salter and it's the most amazing scale I've ever used.
              Huge capacity (like 11 lbs.)
              Doesn't go negative, but returns to the number when bowl is replaced
              Measures, grams, ounces, fluid oz. and millileters with easy push buttons to switch between the two
              Big readout
              Big base, so large bowls and containers don't fall off
              I could go on and wax poetic...I just love this scale.

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                Tom Hall Jun 20, 2006 12:39 PM

                Do you have the model # and approximate cost?

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                  josephsm Jun 21, 2006 01:37 PM

                  I think I have the same Salter you do and it's good for the reasons you describe. But the huge negative is that it turns itself off after a short time, which, if you've got a bowl full of batter and are in the midst of adding more ingredients, can just kill the whole process. If there were a decent scale out there that didn't turn itself off, I'd buy it.

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