On test: The best digital kitchen scales

Ensure accuracy with every recipe by investing in a pair of electronic scales. We've listed our top five versions.

Our top five digital scales…

Best… for precision measuring

Lakeland scalesLakeland flat digital scale

Key features: Measures to 1g and has a large surface area for bigger trays and a stylish mirrored finish.
Price: £29.99
Measures up to: 10kg

Comments: This slick set of scales has a large digital LED display, a super-sensitive weighing mechanism and you can turn on, off or tare by sweeping your hand across the sensor. The only downside is that is doesn’t measure liquids.

Buy from Lakeland


Best… for small kitchens

Zing scalesZing kitchen scale

Key features: Easy to use, great value for money and, true to the name, a fresh and citrusy colour.
Price: £11.99
Measures up to: 5kg

Comments: These attractive scales are slimline and easy to store. They’re a safe option for students or those pressed for space.

Buy from Harbour Living


Best… budget option

Dunelm scalesSpectrum electronic scales

Key features: Measures liquids and in grams, has a nice flat surface area, doesn’t wobble and is exceptionally good value for money.
Price: £7.99
Measures up to: 5kg

Comments: If you don’t feel like investing in an expensive set of fancy scales, this is a great option. The LED display is easy to read and the tare function very effective.

Buy from Dunelm


Best… Y-shaped scales 

Salter scalesSalter digital scales

Key features: Can be used with any bowl or container, lightweight and good for roasting trays.
Price: £18.00
Measures up to: 5kg

Comments: The benefit of buying y-shaped scales is that the shape allows them to hold any measuring device. This lightweight set looks good and can measure liquids, too.

Buy from Tesco Direct


Best… Innovation

Judge scalesJudge solar-powered kitchen scales

Key features: Economical solar-powered function and liquid measurement function.
Price: £25
Measures up to: 5kg

Comments: If used regularly, scales can quickly eat up batteries. These solar-powered Judge scales bypass that inconvenience. However they’re not as precise as other scales, so if you often need to measure gram for gram, you should opt for one of the above products.

Buy from Millys Kitchen Store

Buyer’s advice

Why buy?

Unlike lots of American recipes that use cups, most UK recipes use grams and millilitres. Measuring ingredients to the dot is extra important when you’re baking, so if you’re a cake fan or have a super-precise approach to cooking, a set of scales is essential.


What to buy

Mechanical scalesElectronic scales are much more accurate than traditional mechanical versions, although we do love the charm of an old-fashioned cast iron set of scales complete with individual weights. If you’re going to give your scales a bit of a battering, be sure to consider how good the battery life is, plus think about what you’ll be using to measure ingredients as the scales will have to have a big enough surface area to accommodate.


What we looked for

Accuracy: The most important factor. We were looking for scales that weighed to finite degrees, ideally to the gram.
Maximum weight: Scales can only bear a certain amount of load, so if you’re likely to be measuring large joints of meat or heavy ingredients like potatoes, be sure to check what the scales can handle.
Liquid measurements: Ideally scales will offer a variety of units, and millilitres come in really handy.
Reading panel: We looked for bright, large LED displays.
Ease of cleaning: Scales should be easily cleaned with a quick wipe.

Testing notes

How did we test?

We tested using heavy ingredients in a roasting tin, plus flour to check precision.

What didn’t make the cut?

Scales with small or dark digital displays and those that couldn’t measure to 1-2 grams.

This review was last updated in May 2016. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@bbc.com. 

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Comments (3)

andyknott009's picture

Scales can't measure volume, only weight. So when they show 'ml', the number will be the same as for 'gm' (because 1ml of water weighs 1g). I've not seen scales that ask what liquid you're measuring so they can calculate the volume based on its density relative to water (specific gravity). You can look it up yourself - eg, 92g of most cooking oils equal about 100ml. Milk is a bit denser than water, so 103g of milk is about 100ml.

susibabes's picture

Hi my scales although relatively new keep changing the amounts about when weighing. The brand is beurer which were expensive. Its so frustrating.

chrisnation's picture

Reviews for gadgets like this really need updating with a reliability report, at, say 6 month and 12 months.

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joshent's picture

I love your post here! By the way, when choosing food scales, are there really significant reasons? I mean are scales do have pros and cons? I bought my scale named rocizion Digital Kitchen Food Scale @ http://www.amazon.com/Procizion-Digital-Kitchen-Food-Scale/dp/B00GMMTT5C/ and I used this for a month now. Aside from the hassle-free it provides to me, what else should I must learn when it comes to food scale? Please let me know so that I might maximize the usage of my scale. I included the link for you to know what scale I bought. But I am not a spammer. Thanks.

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