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Decent Kitchen Scale recommendations....

TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 1,097
Does anyone have a recommendation for a decent kitchen scale? What do I need to look for in one? Should I go Digital or go all Spartan and get an old school analog one?

Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, 36" Stainless Blackstone Griddle, Contemplating which size Egg to get next. Cast Iron Hoarder.

"You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas"- Davy Crockett

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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 12,049
    Digital all the way.  
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  • I agree with johinincarolina, digital all the way
      I use this one. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004164SRA/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1526243312&sr=8-4&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=kitchen+scale&dpPl=1&dpID=51GsiHLfDrL&ref=plSrch
    it’s inexpensive, has the functions that I need, not complicated to use, and doesn’t take up a lot of counter space.  Can you get fancier, yes.   Can you fine ones that have a larger capacoty, yes.  I’m not weighing sides of beef or sacks of flour so this one suits me just fine.
    Southwestern CT
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 3,416
    edited May 13
    I have this, get something that will do at least 10 pounds IMO


    Visalia, Ca
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 6,017
    Old school analog can be either fine triple beam scales, or just spring compression. The compression ones that are often found aren't very accurate, and get worse w. use. If you are measuring to around an once, they're OK

    Beam balances can be very good for many years, and are much more accurate. .1 gm or better. I bought a cheap one, and the rubber connectors that held it together failed within a few months. If you go that route, I'd suggest a scientific supply house vendor.

    I've had several digital scales. 1st problem is that if the batteries are fading, the readings can be inaccurate. Such fun when one really needs it, and doesn't have any spare batteries. Also, they tend to be rather fragile, and I think I ruined one by leaving a piece of cardboard over the bowl to keep it clean. I suppose I over stressed the pressure sensing mech.

    But for really fine weighing, just fractions of a gram, a dedicated tiny one is worth the hassle.


  • blind99blind99 Posts: 4,283
    I read some a review article on serious eats recently that seemed pretty good. I’ve got a 10 year old Salter that’s been a real workhorse.

    Digital for sure. 
    Chicago, IL - Large and Small BGE - Weber Gasser and Kettle
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 11,349
    I’ve been using this one. Compact, fits in a drawer nicely. 

    Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale Multifunction Food Scale, 11 lb 5 kg, Silver, Stainless Steel (Batteries Included) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0113UZJE2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Qam-Ab7QC602T

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  • GregWGregW Posts: 1,739
    lkapigian said:
    I have this, get something that will do at least 10 pounds IMO


    I have this one also. I have had it for many years and it works well and give repeatable measurements.
    Birmingham, AL
  • BotchBotch Posts: 6,600
    edited May 13
    Digital, make sure it has a tare function and (if you're into making pizzas/baking) a baker's percentage function.  
    The one I own was a big favorite on www.pizzamaking.com, I've been using it for years and really like it.  Unfortunately, it has Model #KD-8000 on it, but no brand name anywhere, even on the bottom.  
     
    EDIT:  Here it is, did a quick search on Amazoid:
    https://www.amazon.com/Kitchen-Scale-Bakers-KD8000-Weight/dp/B00VEKX35Y/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1526253402&sr=1-2&keywords=scale+KD-8000
    The brand name is "My Weigh" (and now Sinatra will be nagging in my skull for the rest of the evening, dangit).  You can spend a bit more and get it with a 9v adapter, but mine has run on one set of batteries for at least 6 years now.  This scale is rather tall/bulky, and I remember Cook's Illustrated's favorite was a lot slimmer (can't remember what it was either).  
     
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  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 1,097
    caliking said:
    I’ve been using this one. Compact, fits in a drawer nicely. 

    Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale Multifunction Food Scale, 11 lb 5 kg, Silver, Stainless Steel (Batteries Included) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0113UZJE2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Qam-Ab7QC602T
    Went ahead and bought this one. I figure 12 bucks what’s the hurt in trying it. If I don’t like it I can always try another. They all seem to be pretty cheap.

    Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, 36" Stainless Blackstone Griddle, Contemplating which size Egg to get next. Cast Iron Hoarder.

    "You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas"- Davy Crockett

  • westernbbqwesternbbq Posts: 2,235
    I have both types, the Ozeri digital, with tare function.  Got it solely for making pizza.  It was less than 20 bucks as i recall and ive had it at least four years.  It has traveled with us to san diego, flagstaff, puerto penasco and napa valley.  Never failed

    For larger quans i have an old school metal spring scale with 25 lb capacity.  I use this for meat to estimate cooking time, and for  sausage weights of ground meat to determine via the digital for spice weights and % of meat ratio.   The spring scale isnt precise but has an adjustment wheel to zero it out when the metal bowl that sits up top is removed or the thing gets knocked around .  This analog deal has been super useful when needing a large quantity of meat measurements or when i do a large batch of 2x baked taters to figure out how much butter, sour cream, salt and yogurt to use for optimal flavoring.  Not perfect but for those larger quan applications Its close enough
    Digital will be your best friend when it comes to pizza dough and using baker ratios
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 27,661
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  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 6,267
    They have them as a "Today's Deal" quite often on amazon.
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  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 3,178
    I have the oxo one pictured above.....works great.  I really like the pull out screen for big bowls and other oversized items.
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