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Mar 29, 2012 12:20 PM

What Kitchen Scale Do Chefs Use At Home?

It's my birthday today and I'm going to get a kitchen scale!

My first thought was "well, what do restaurants use?" but of course, I do not make recipes designed to feed 250 people so I won't need to be measuring that kind of volume.

So, what kitchen scale do chefs/cooks use, at home?

My requirements:
Tare Feature
Metric/Imperial switch button
Buttons don't have space around them where flour can get in
Weighs small enough to measure a bit of spice, and large enough to measure an armful of lemons

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  1. Well I'm no chef but my little home scale is fab:

    digital - yes
    tare - yes
    metric/Imperial - gms/oz/troy ounces/pennyweight
    buttons - sealed
    increments - 0.1 gm to 1000 gm

    Only goes to 1 kg though. For hefty weights I use either the people scale (or I could drag out an infant scale I bought when I had a sickly cat).

    Accurate, tiny (5" x 3" x 5/8"), adorable, easy to use, sturdy. Not only that but it's $3-4 cheaper now that when I bought it -- now selling for $8.99. The manufacturer (American Weigh) has larger scales, the 11# or 13# models might work for you at a sensible price.

    1. I guess is depends on what you'll use it for.

      I personally use the My Weigh KD-8000 scale in my kitchen. It helps breakdown baker's percentage weights and conversions, it's sturdy and very reliable. It's got a great faceplate cover to protect the buttons from ingredients. Been using mine for a few years now. Never had an issue.

      My recommendation..

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      1. re: Novelli

        I have this same model. I highly recommend it, as well. I love the fact I can put my mixing bowls atop and read the weight clearly below. It's very accurate. I have a set of weights I use to calibrate it every few months.

        1. re: Novelli

          I also use the My Weigh KD8000 I love this scale

        2. I bought this scale for our kitchen: It has a lot of neat features and better accuracy than most. It's very conpact so it doesn't take up much room when not in use.

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          1. re: mikie

            About six or seven years ago I got a My Weigh KD-600 from oldwillknot. It's been great for just about everything I've needed it; I use it every day. Occasionally I think about upgrading to one of the newer models that work in bakers' percentages, but my old scale refuses to conveniently die.

            1. I've been very pleased with my OXO scale. I guess there are two models. Mine can weigh up to 11 lbs.

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              1. re: ecwashere7

                Seconding the vote for the OXO. It meets all the OP's requirements; don't know how much an armful of lemons weighs, but there are 5-lb and 11-lb versions.

                  1. re: jkhdsf

                    Original poster -- in this case, you are.

              2. Some come with a protective film over the controls. You could leave it intact if you have issues with flour.

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                1. re: SanityRemoved

                  Oh yah! I used to do that years ago and totally forgot. Good tip!