10 best kitchen scales to buy in 2021

03 February 2021

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Whether you’re eyeing up the next Bake Off crown, a busy parent in need of a trustworthy gadget that’ll accurately weigh your ingredients or looking for some worktop appeal for your kitchen, we’ve compiled a list of the best kitchen scales for 2021.

With more than a fifth of Brits now cooking every meal from scratch and rediscovering the joys of cooking, compared to just one in eight before lockdown, a reliable pair of scales is a must for many kitchens.

From the sourdough craze to more elaborate creations flooding our social media feeds, kitchen scales are now more useful than ever.

To help take the hassle out finding your perfect pair, we’ve done the research for you. Here are the best kitchen scales to buy in 2021.

1. Best digital kitchen scales: Salter 10kg Glass Electronic Digital Kitchen Scales

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1. Best digital kitchen scales: Salter 10kg Glass Electronic Digital Kitchen Scales

If it’s simplicity and ease you want, these Salter digital kitchen scales will fit the bill nicely and come with a thumbs up from Mumsnetters who love the Salter brand.

One of the main features is the sheer weight these beauties can take – up to a whopping 10kg – while still remaining really accurate.

Another nifty feature is the add and weigh ‘zero’ function which means you can measure multiple ingredients in the same bowl.

The glass platform makes it easy to clean with a hygienic surface to work on. The only downside is that the buttons can be quite sensitive, so will need some getting used to with only a light touch required.

Price: £22

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2. Best budget kitchen scales: ACCUWEIGHT Digital Kitchen Scales

2. Best budget kitchen scales: ACCUWEIGHT Digital Kitchen Scales

You get a lot of bang for your buck with these digital kitchen scales and they’re very popular too – ranking second on the Amazon Best Sellers list for kitchen scales.

With four high precision sensors to give you accurate measurements with a 5kg (or 11lb) capacity, you can also measure in 1g increments. The device has an easy on/off button and a larger platform than most scales with a tempered glass surface making it easy to clean.

Downside? Measuring very small quantities from the get-go can be a little hit and miss, and you need to get the scales to register a weight initially before adding whatever you want to weigh.

3. Best accurate kitchen scales: Heston Blumenthal Precision Dual Platform Digital Kitchen Scales

3. Best accurate kitchen scales: Heston Blumenthal Precision Dual Platform Digital Kitchen Scales

While not the cheapest, if it’s precise measuring and accurate readings you’re after, then these celebrity-endorsed dual platform scales are a good bet and rate highly with people who have already bought a pair.

The high capacity platform (10kg) measures in 1g increments and the precision platform (200g) in 0.1g, so weighing ingredients like fresh yeast is a cinch. A common gripe with digital scales is the time it takes to give a precise reading, but Heston’s scales give a precise readout very quickly, making it measurement heaven for keen bakers.

Not only do they look professional on your worktop, the stainless steel makes them a breeze to clean as well.

Price: £35.99

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4. Best compact kitchen scales: Joseph Joseph TriScale

4. Best compact kitchen scales: Joseph Joseph TriScale

Not all of us are blessed with kitchens that have copious worktop space, which makes these cleverly designed scales by Jospeh Joseph great for cooks who have more bijou kitchens.

They have touch-sensitive controls with an auto power-off feature, and fold neatly away to fit inside your cutlery and utensil drawer.

The only slight complaint is that they can be a little wobbly when you press reset with nothing on them. But they’re robust enough to do the job and just need a wipe with a wet cloth to clean.

Price: £31.28

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5. Best dual kitchen scales: Taylor Digital Dual Kitchen Scale

5. Best dual kitchen scales: Taylor Digital Dual Kitchen Scale

If speed is of the essence, these Taylor Pro Dual Platform digital scales could be just the ticket.

With two sets of scales, the larger platform is designed for weighing bigger quantities of dry or liquid ingredients up to 5kg (five litres) and the smaller ultra-precise platform is for weighing smaller quantities up to 500g. The two weighing platforms can be used separately or at the same time.

The only niggle is that the unit powers off very quickly, so if you’re not paying attention or get distracted, then you may lose your place and have to remember where you got to.

6. Best analog kitchen scales: KitchenCraft Living Nostalgia Mechanical Kitchen Scales

“I’ve got these and I love them. They’re really heavy with a decent size bowl. I bake a lot and these are great.”

6. Best analog kitchen scales: KitchenCraft Living Nostalgia Mechanical Kitchen Scales

For those who hark after a bit of nostalgia and would prefer to shun digital scales, these retro-looking KitchenCraft Living Nostalgia Mechanical Kitchen Scales are not only functional but will look attractive on your kitchen worktop.

They come in several colours with an easy-to-read metric and imperial dial. The base is wipe-clean and the bowl dishwasher-safe and, as they’re not digital, there’s no need to keep replacing batteries.

A slight negative is the bowl, which is a decent size, but could be better shaped to make pouring easier.

7. Best kitchen scales for nutritional data: Stellar Kitchen Bluetooth Diet Scale

7. Best kitchen scales for nutritional data: Stellar Kitchen Bluetooth Diet Scale

For the inner geek, these Stellar Kitchen Bluetooth Diet scales will help you understand the nutritional values of what goes into every dish you make.

A smartphone app connects to the scale and transfers information to your phone to keep track of daily nutrition values like protein, carbs, fats, fibre and sodium. Its slimline style makes it easy to store and it’s simple to clean too – just wipe with a wet cloth.

While this isn’t an out-of-the-box-and-get-going type of product (you’ll need to read the instructions first), it’s worth it if you’re keen to track what you’re eating. It also comes with a two-year guarantee.

8. Best multi-purpose kitchen scales: Salter 1079 WHDR Digital Kitchen Scale

8. Best multi-purpose kitchen scales: Salter 1079 WHDR Digital Kitchen Scale

For the multi-tasking queens or kings out there, the Salter Chopping Board Digital Scales double up as a handy kitchen accessory, letting you chop and measure on the same surface.

Brilliant for recipes that require a specific amount of chopped ingredients, they also save you the bother of having to pull out a chopping board first as you can chop directly onto the platform.

The scales have an extra-large glass platform to use with large mixing bowls and can weigh up to 15kg directly on the platform or in a bowl. Slim and compact, you can neatly store the unit as you would a chopping board and just wipe clean after use.

9. Best kitchen scales for making bread: Lakeland Digital Kitchen Weighing Scale

“I have these and I’m very pleased with them. The built-in kitchen timer is handy too.”

9. Best kitchen scales for making bread: Lakeland Digital Kitchen Weighing Scale

Bread making at home has exploded since the start of the pandemic and more of us than ever before are pounding the dough.

These Lakeland Digital Kitchen Weighing Scales are great for any budding or experienced baker. Along with the usual features, such as its add-and-weigh function so several ingredients can be weighed in the same bowl, this device also tells you the room temperature (from 0°C to 40°C). It also includes a 99-minute timer with distinctive beep, so worth having around for bread making where both are especially useful when proving dough.

Once the job is done, the 2.5-litre stainless steel bowl can be popped in the dishwasher and then fits neatly over the base for easy storage. You’ll need to buy your own AA batteries though as they’re not included.

10. Best vintage kitchen scales: KitchenCraft Natural Elements Traditional Balance

10. Best vintage kitchen scales: KitchenCraft Natural Elements Traditional Balance

Oozing old-school charm, these black cast iron balance scales feature an acacia wood stand and come complete with a stainless steel weighing dish which is tear-shaped for scooping and pouring ingredients.

While easy to use, with traditional metric and imperial weights, be warned that you need to buy the weights separately, which costs around £30 to £40 for a set of 10.

Not the most accurate of scales on our list, you may want to avoid these if precision is key. They’re also heavy and take up quite a bit of worktop space, so aren’t ideal for smaller kitchens. The stainless steel bowl is dishwasher-safe though, which we like, although the scales are wipe clean only.

What should I look for when buying a kitchen scale?

There are four basic types of kitchen scales:

Mechanical/analog scales

Considered to be the traditional way to measure weight. They work by adding ingredients, and therefore weight, to the bowl, which activates a spring that moves the dial on the display to reflect the correct weight.

These scales can usually take a heavy load and you don’t need batteries, but the spring may experience some wear and tear over time which could affect accuracy. Not ideal for measuring really small amounts.

Digital scales

By far the most popular scales, mainly due to their compact shape and extreme accuracy in measuring even minuscule amounts. You can see the weight displayed on the LCD display screen in either grams or ounces and the unit can handle even fractions of a gram.

There’s often an ‘add and weigh’ (also called ‘tare’) function which resets your scales to zero when you need to add more ingredients – and with many of them, you can use your own bowl or jug.

Many offer added extras, such as doubling up as a chopping board or allowing you to weigh both wet and dry ingredients. The only downsides? You’ll need batteries and the weight capacity is often more limited than with other types of scales.

Balance scales

The old-fashioned type that work a bit like a see-saw, in that you pop the weights on one side and the ingredients in the bowl on the other and wait for them to balance.

They will last you forever with no need for batteries, but they are time-consuming and less accurate than more modern scales when it comes to minute amounts.

Jug scales

Great for weighing wet ingredients as well as dry, these use the jug as your bowl, with the weight shown on a digital LCD display usually found at the top of the handle.

Most have an 'add and weigh' function so you can weigh solid and liquid ingredients in the same jug to save on washing up. These require batteries and you should always check the quality of the jug before you buy.

How do I know if my kitchen scales are accurate?

There are several ways you can test whether your kitchen scales are accurate. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Weigh a 250g block of butter to see if the scale is in the ballpark.
  • Use calibration weights to check your scale’s accuracy.
  • Ue the change in your purse. Set the scale to zero and weigh a coin or two. A 1p=3.56g, 2p=7.12g, 5p=3.25g and 10p=6.5g. Don’t worry if your coins are not fresh from the mint, but don’t use any that look really old and worn. If a coin or two weighs the correct amount, you can stop there.

What if your scale is off? If it has a calibration feature (check the manual), follow the instructions to recalibrate.

Which are the best kitchen scales?

For price, ease of use, and functionality, the Salter 10kg Glass Electronic Digital are the best kitchen scales to buy right now. They can take large loads and are really easy to use and clean, regularly recommended by Mumsnetters and other consumers alike.

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which kitchen scales families had bought for their kitchen.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which kitchen scales had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites, and what customer reviews said about them. Having collated all that information, we picked the kitchen scales we think are the best buys for a variety of kitchen needs.

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