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Kitchen Scales That Punch Above Their Weight Class (2022)

Measuring cups are for punks, kitchen scales are where it's at. Measuring by mass is the most consistent way to quantify your ingredients which is why we write 100% of our recipes by weight — specifically in grams. After putting these scales through their paces, we've got recommendations....

Zwilling Enfinigy

Aesthetically pleasing despite some confusing design decisions. I haven't torn it apart yet, but it also feels like Zwilling cheaped out on the internals (the stress gauges have a weird "bounce" to them).This is super close to being best in class, but the tare function is annoyingly inconsistent.
Pros
  • Pretty
  • Simple (only 1 button!)
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Switching units is inconvenient
  • Tare function tends to be off by +/-2g
$50
Amazon

AWS LB-3000

An excellent secondary scale for super fine measurements. It's really not versatile enough to be your primary scale, but it's very effective at smaller measurements.
Pros
  • Very accurate
  • Very fast
  • Small and easily stored
Cons
  • Max weight is very low.
  • Backlighting would be super helpful.
$41
Amazon

Escali Nutro

I'm torn. In a lot of ways this scale is great, but there are enough issues that I can't wholeheartedly recommend it.
Pros
  • Pretty (as scales go).
  • 0.5g increment is a higher resolution than most in its price range.
Cons
  • Inaccurate at minimum weight.
  • Touch buttons are difficult with wet fingers.
$40
Amazon

MyWeigh KD-8000

This was the unit that started this whole review process. The review unit is actually my second — and I loved the first right up until it started failing.This scale does everything, which is both its strength and its weakness. It's a bit cluttered and overly complex, but it's definitely effective and I appreciate that.
Pros
  • Fast
  • Accurate
  • Removable, dishwasher-safe top
Cons
  • Really ugly
  • Too many features
  • Unnecessary control shield
$49
Amazon

Escali Stela

I thought this was the most promising scale when I bought it, but... it just couldn't pull its weight.
Pros
  • Solar/USB-C recharge is a cool idea!
Cons
  • Both recharge methods failed in a few days.
  • Touch buttons on the weighing surface add weight when used.
$35
Amazon

OXO 5lb Scale

I've had a number of OXO scales over the years and this was the first one that was accurate and reliable.That said, scales tend to be more reliable with smaller loads and this can only really handle pretty small loads.
Pros
  • Simple and attractive.
  • Clever, convenient design.
Cons
  • Low maximum weight for a primary scale.
$31
Amazon

KitchenAid KQ908

Despite my lack of love for KitchenAid and their over-reliance on old patents, I'm super impressed with this scale design.It's unique as a modern design, convenient, easy to use, and has all the major details I need. The only additional feature I'd love would be 10ths or 100ths of a gram. Really a great scale — especially for the price.
Pros
  • Knob interface is excellent.
  • Fast and accurate.
Cons
    $30
    Amazon

    Taylor 3817

    This scale is super inaccurate, feels bad to use, ugly, and you shouldn't buy it.
    Pros
      Cons
      • Slow button response.
      • Inaccurate and slow to react to additional weight.
      • Poor fit + finish.
      $25
      Amazon

      Taylor 1250

      Nicer to look at than its brand-mates, but still too inaccurate to recommend.
      Pros
      • Super small — easy to fit in a pocket.
      Cons
      • Measurements waver — especially at higher weights.
      $18
      Amazon

      Ozeri Pronto

      This device is clearly made to be inexpensive and it's successful at that. Unfortunately, it's also just extremely slow in-use.
      Pros
      • Cheap!
      Cons
      • Cheap.
      • Small increments are very slow to react.
      • Buttons are pretty slow too.
      $11
      Amazon

      Escali Primo

      I now understand why so many home cooks love this scale: it really is great for a $20 scale.There are a lot of things I'd love to change about it, but it genuinely nails its bang-for-the-buck intention.
      Pros
      • Buttons are super fast and precise.
      Cons
        $22
        Amazon

        KitchenAid KQ909

        I think this model is genius and I wish more manufacturers would take this approach to add versatility without requiring a completely separate unit.The main platform "bouncing" between 0g and 1g ultimately irritated me enough that I couldn't make this my daily driver.
        Pros
        • Two platforms — one for coarse measurements, one for fine measurements.
        • Simple mode settings — no over-complication.
        Cons
        • A little tricky to clean. I wish the platforms were removable.
        • Large platform often thought it had 1g on it while empty.
        $42
        Amazon

        OXO 11lb Scale

        I've now had 3 different versions of this scale over the last 15 years or so — usually received as gifts. As with each previous version, this latest iteration is still over-priced for what it offers to cooks.It's simple and I don't like to argue with simple, but for that price I need a little higher fidelity. The MyWeigh KD-8000 does everything it does and more for less money (at the cost of being large and ugly).
        Pros
        • Nice and simple without too many complications.
        • Pull-out display is a nice touch (even though we rarely used it).
        • Removable platform makes cleaning easier.
        Cons
        • Too expensive for what it is.
        $56
        Amazon