Best Digital Kitchen Scales iMore 2019

A decent digital scale is a wise investment for more ambitious home cooks, and you needn't spend a fortune to get one. We recommend getting a super-smart scale if you can afford it, but our best overall choice is the Escali Smart Connect Kitchen Scale. It has a built-in timer, Bluetooth connectivity, and the ability to hook up to a companion app. If you are looking for a scale that does it all, we have quite a few options.

Best Overall: Escali Smart Bluetooth Nutrition Kitchen Scale

With a high price tag, this scale is about as high end as you can get without getting into the pro arena. On the scale specs side of things, it can measure up to 11lbs (5 kilograms) in 0.1 oz or 1 gram increments. You can reset the scale to zero weight to either measure multiple items (useful if you're baking). Also, you can use the tare feature to take away the weight of the container.

It has sleek black looks, with a single smooth glass surface for easy cleaning, touch-sensitive simple-to-use controls, and a nice, clear LCD display. The main selling point is its smart abilities. Its Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity allows you to wirelessly send measurements from the SmartConnect Kitchen Scale to the Escali SmartConnect app on your Apple or Android device. The app analyzes 35 nutrients from a selection of over 8,000 food items and creates a food journal. Not too bad for a scale.

Pros:

  • Built-in kitchen timer
  • Easy clean glass surface
  • Connects to the Escali SmartConnect app

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Non-removable platform

Best Overall

Escali Smart Bluetooth Nutrition Kitchen Scale

Not your grandma's scales

This next-gen product is ideal for connected cooks that want to monitor the nutritional intake of what they are cooking and eating.

Best Design: Gourmia Bamboo Cutting Board & Digital Scale

If you're trying to reduce the amount of plastic you purchase, or if your design aesthetic doesn't suit stainless steel or glossy glass, this wooden alternative might work for you. Made from durable and hygienic bamboo, this two-piece set is perfect for people with limited kitchen worktop space as the built-in scale slides out from the cutting board. You can measure food on the scale, prep it on the board, and with its good looks, go straight from the kitchen to the dining table.

The digital scale provides readings in ounces or grams up to 11lbs. It has a tare setting for multiple ingredients or to disregard the weight of your food container. Also, it shuts off automatically to save battery life and has a small, but easy to read display.

Pros:

  • Space-saving design
  • Eco-friendly bamboo
  • Multipurpose cutting board

Cons:

  • Small LCD display
  • No kitchen timer

Best Design

Gourmia Bamboo Cutting Board & Digital Scale

Me ol' bamboo

If a two-in-one combo appeals to you, this clever design offers culinary chic with fully-featured functionality.

Best Slimline Design: Ozeri Ultra Thin Professional Digital Kitchen Food Scale

The Ozeri option offers an ultra-thin design at only 11mm thick; at less than half an inch deep it's one of the slimmest on the market. This makes it easy to find a cupboard or drawer to slip it into.

With its four high precision sensors, it can measure from 0.05 ounces to 11 lbs, complete with tare functionality at the press of a button. You can operate this handy little scale with two buttons that give an audible click when you press them. The LCD screen is large and easy-to-read, especially as it boasts a wide viewing angle.

Pros:

  • Very slim
  • Enhanced viewing angle display
  • Hygienic stainless steel

Cons:

  • No kitchen timer
  • Not AA/AAA batteries

Best Slimline Design

Ozeri Ultra Thin Professional Digital Kitchen Food Scale

Skinny winner

A sleek option that will look good and function well in modern kitchens; this is an affordable choice for expert cooks.

Best for Special Diets: Etekcity Smart Digital Kitchen Scale

Another Bluetooth connected device, Etekcity's smart scale has a companion app called VeSync. You can control the scales through it to tare, convert units, and adjust the time. This connectivity also means you can sync nutrition information with Apple and Android devices. You can also share data such as calories, vitamins, minerals, carbs, and protein with Fitbits and the Apple Health app. The VeSync app can create a food diary.

The scale has extensive food data built-in with 3,000 foodstuffs in its food database. There's also the ability to add your own custom food types.

Pros:

  • Nutritional calculator
  • Syncs with Fitbit and Apple Health
  • Bluetooth control via the VeSync app

Cons:

  • Can't weigh less than 3 grams
  • No barcode scanner

Best for Special Diets

Etekcity Smart Digital Kitchen Scale

Calorie counter

This award-winning set of scales offers a real solution for anyone looking to really drill down on their diet.

Best for Easy Cleaning: OXO Good Grips Food Scale

OXO's option offers all that you'd expect from a decent digital kitchen scale. It has tare functionality for disregarding mixing bowls or adding additional ingredients, unit conversion to measure in ounces, pounds, grams or kilograms, and the ability to measure up to 11 lbs.

It has a few more tricks, though. The smudge and fingerprint resistant stainless steel platform can be removed entirely for super convenient cleaning. It's great for anyone who wouldn't be happy with just wiping a surface down. It also boasts a pullout display. This nifty trick means if you're using oversized mixing bowls or plates, you can still read the digital display.

Pros:

  • Pull out display
  • Removable platform for easy cleaning
  • Optional display backlight

Cons:

  • No kitchen timer
  • Relatively high price

Best for Easy Cleaning

OXO Good Grips Food Scale

Detachable design

The pull-out display and removable weighing platform sets the OXO Good Grips Food scale apart from more basic competitors.

Best Compact Design: Joseph Joseph TriScale

This unique digital kitchen scale opens up to provide three arms that work like a weighing platform for bowls and plates. Folded up it measures a tiny 4.5 x 14.9 x 2.1 cms. When it's closed, the clever design means the unit's arms protect the screen and controls, meaning you can literally chuck it in a kitchen drawer.

Despite its unusual design, it is a fully functional scale, weighing in grams, pounds, ounces, fluid ounces and milliliters up tp 11bs or ozs and 5,000 mls. Additionally, there's an LCD display, touch-sensitive controls, auto power-off, and it boasts a wipe-clean finish.

Pros:

  • Folds up for storage
  • 11lb capacity despite small size
  • Multiple unit measurements

Cons:

  • No flat surface for weighing
  • No kitchen timer

Best Compact Design

Joseph Joseph TriScale

Tri-tastic

If you're short on kitchen space, this innovative fancy folder offers full-size functionality in a compact package.

Bottom line

We've highlighted a variety of models, and we're sure you'll find one to suit your culinary needs. Whether you need space, easy measuring, or a way to keep track of your diet, there's definitely a scale for you here. Our best pick though is the Escali Smart Connect Kitchen Scale. It's up-to-date with connected functionality, offers all you could want from a digital scale, and even boasts a kitchen timer. For those looking to get the most out of their digital scale, this is the one to pick.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Amy-Mae Turner Amy-Mae has been writing about consumer technology for over 15 years. A keen home cook, her kitchen cupboards are full to bursting with culinary gadgetry.

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