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Best electronic kitchen scale?

Lemon Tart Jul 12, 2010 06:41 AM

I've been using a Salter, but it died. I tried changing the batteries and still got an "Err" message. I very much liked the feature of being able to recalibrate to zero after putting something on the scale that holds whatever it is that you are weighing. Rec, pls?

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    grant.cook Jul 12, 2010 07:04 AM

    I've been using the OXO Good grips one with the detachable indicator bar.. other than accuracy, I'd look for:

    1) High capacity - up to 10-11 lbs
    2) Metric and english units, down to grams and tenth or eights of ounces
    3) Ability to zero (which any scale should have)

    The Oxo has worked for me, but I will say that Salter makes some beautiful scales..

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      wattacetti Jul 12, 2010 07:35 AM

      I have a Salter for larger items (e.g. >2 g) and a Tanita jeweler's scale for < 1 g

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        kayakado Jul 12, 2010 08:40 AM

        My criteria is:

        Does NOT use 9v batteries which seem to go dead too fast on a scale for some reason.
        Long auto shut off time.
        At least 11lbs
        Ease of use
        I haven't seen any scales which do not allow tare or to switch between grams and ounces.

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          Mistral Jul 12, 2010 09:07 AM

          There are some excellent highly accurate US made scales - check Myweigh.com site there are lots to choose from -- the KD8000 is highly recommended. You can order on line in Europe. The company has an excellent reputation. The 8000 even has bakers percentages.

          If you choose a cheaper brand it is useful to have more than one switch for the various functions. On my German scale (unfortunately bought before I found out about Myweigh) all the functions are on one switch which I don't recommend; I am also wary of getting flour into my one and only switch.

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            grampart Jul 12, 2010 09:22 AM

            Totally agree on Myweigh. I've had this one for 3+ years and have had no complaints. The price is right, too.

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              Mother of four Jul 17, 2010 04:20 PM

              Another one for Myweight! Have had mine for at least three years and love it.

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                al b. darned Jul 17, 2010 09:25 PM

                Add my vote for the MyWeigh. One of the most overlooked brands, IMO.

                Santa brought me a 7001 this past Xmas, replacing my old 6000 series one that lasted about 10 yrs. (Actually, it still works fine on the original battery, but I liked the new one.)

              2. re: Mistral
                mikie Sep 9, 2010 12:43 PM

                I just checked with a seller of My Weigh scales and the digital scales, all of them, are made outside the US, mostly in China. I asked about US made digital kitchen scales and they don't have any, even brands that have many scales made in the US such ast Detecto and Penn, have their small digital kitchen scales made in China. I'm probably still going with My Weigh, they have a 30 year warenty and do repairs in the US.

            2. johnb Jul 12, 2010 04:09 PM

              I have an Ultraship that I bought mostly for weighing packages to be shipped but it works fine as a kitchen scale. Has the tare function and all that. Goes up to 35 lbs. IIRC. Cheap on Amazon.

              1. Chemicalkinetics Jul 12, 2010 07:02 PM

                Agree with Grant.cook. You cannot really go wrong with the OXO detachable scale.


                1. Zeldog Jul 21, 2010 07:07 PM

                  Lemon Tart,

                  I'm pretty sure all electronic scales these days let you tare to zero after adding ingredients. "Best" depends on what you need a scale to do, such as capacity, precision and such. A really good online source for a variety of brands is


                  I also use a Myweigh. My only complaint is it times out and shuts down faster than I would like, so I can't weigh the celery and let it sit until I chop and weigh the onions. But none of the brands advertise how long til they shut down, so I don't know if any are better.

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                    will47 Sep 15, 2010 05:53 PM

                    I have an Escali and have been pretty happy with it.

                    1. CharlieKilo Sep 16, 2010 02:42 PM

                      Ditto on the OXO with the detachable faceplate. Mine works like a charm.

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