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Best digital kitchen scales – on test

Ensure accuracy with every recipe by investing in a pair of electronic kitchen scales for weighing ingredients. The BBC Good Food test team bring you five top buys.

Best for precision measuring

Digital kitchen scaleLakeland flat digital scale

Key features: Measures to 1g and has a large surface area for bigger trays and a stylish mirrored finish.

Best for small kitchens

Digital kitchen scaleZing kitchen scale

Key features: Easy to use, great value for money and, true to the name, a fresh and citrusy colour.

Digital kitchen scaleSpectrum 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.

Digital kitchen scaleSalter digital scales

Key features: Can be used with any bowl or container, lightweight and good for roasting trays.

Digital kitchen scaleJudge solar-powered kitchen scales

Key features: Economical solar-powered function and liquid measurement function.

Buyer s advice

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.

Electronic 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?

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 June 2017. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at [email protected]

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