Written by Tamara

Advice on kitchen scales

You like to be in the kitchen and you cook on feeling. Nevertheless, especially with baking recipes, it is useful to keep the exact quantities to achieve the best result. That is why we are happy to help you find the right kitchen scales. On this advice page we explain which type of kitchen scale is the best for you.

1. What kind of scales do I need?

Flat scale

Flat scale

  • Cleaning is easy, because you simply take a flat scale with a cloth.
  • You put a random scale on it and then set the weight to 0, or you weigh individual products directly on the plate.
  • You do not need a lot of space for storage, you can easily store the scale in a kitchen drawer.
  • A flat scale is not an eye-catcher on your countertop.
Kitchen scale with bowl

Kitchen scale with bowl

  • A kitchen scale with bowl is a real eye-catcher in your kitchen.
  • You always have a bowl at hand.
  • You weigh with this scale only the contents of the bowl because the weight of the scale is already included when the scale is at 0.
  • A scale with bowl takes up a lot of space than a flat scale.

2. How should the weight be displayed?

Digital

  • You can see the weight on the digital screen at a single glance.
  • A digital scale is more accurate than an analog scale.
  • Some digital scales have a liquid meter.
  • A digital scale works on batteries.

Analog

  • You do not need batteries for an analog scale.
  • An analog scale is less accurate than a digital scale.

3. How accurate should the measurement be completed?

The scales differ from each other in the rounding of the weight. Below you can read for which you use the different roundings.

** At 0.1 grams **

A scale that completes the weight at 0.1 grams is also called a diet scale or post scale and is almost always digital. You use this scale if you want to weigh ingredients very carefully. This scale is therefore very suitable for weighing herbs and powders. Note that some diet scales only round to a specific weight (eg 200 grams) to 0.1 gram.

** At 1 gram **

Most digital kitchen scales round the weight to whole grams. This is generally sufficient for most recipes.

** At 10 grams or more **

An analog scale often weighs to a minimum of 10 grams. This is very workable for most recipes, but requires a little more estimation power than with a more accurate scale. This rounding is less suitable for weighing herbs or powders.

4. Does the scale have to have a liquid meter?

If a scale has a liquid meter, this means that the scale can measure the volume of liquids. You then adjust the scale to milliliters. An analog scale can never measure liquids.

5. What is a Tare function?

Digital scales have a tare function. This sets the zero point, including the bowl or bowl chosen by you. For example: You place a bowl of your choice on the scale. This indicates that the bowl weighs 800 grams. By switching on the Tare function you reset the scale to 0. If you now sprinkle 500 grams of flour into the bowl, the scale will also indicate 500 grams. The 800 grams of the bowl is not taken into account. You can now reset the scale to 0 so that you can weigh a new ingredient without having to empty the bowl.

6. What else can you pay attention to?

There are still some aspects that you can take into account when selecting a kitchen scale.

Battery

You need batteries to use a digital scale. This varies from a single button cell battery to AAA batteries. These should be replaced once in a while. An analog scale works without batteries.

** Maximum measuring range **

Note that the maximum measuring range of the scales on the scale store is different. This varies from 250 grams to about 15 kilos. Do you use the scale only to weigh powders or letters? Then choose a small range. For home bakers who process large quantities of flour, sugar and flour, a scale with a range of at least 5 kilos is a good choice.

Tamara
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Tamara Kitchen Scale Expert.

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