If you have been watching The Great British Bake Off, and let’s be honest, who hasn’t, then you might have been inspired to get baking yourself. One of the first things you’ll need to acquire is a set of kitchen scales.
Kitchen scales come in three varieties; balance, mechanical scales and digital scales. Balance scales are quite old-fashioned and you rarely see them these days. They typically have weights on one side and you weigh the ingredients in a bowl on the other side and when they balance that is the right weight. They look great, do not need batteries but do not measure accurately.
Mechanical scales work with a spring mechanism that moves a dial on the front and shows you what weight the ingredients are. These also do not need batteries, they measure more accurately than balance scales but weighing really small amounts can be tricky.
Digital scales are the most accurate but they require batteries and can weigh really small quantities. You can switch between different weights but often there is limited space available.
We have chosen the ten best kitchen scales in all three categories:
Salter Dietary Mechanical Kitchen Scale – £4.99
Great price for a Salter product, undoubtedly the kings of kitchen scales. This one measures the smallest increments and is great for portion control. The bowl fits neatly over the scales for easy storage and it comes with a 15 year guarantee.
Morphy Richards 3-in-1 Digital Kitchen Jug Scales – £15.00
This set of digital scales allow you to weigh several things in the same bowl at once, and are great for those who do not have a lot of cupboard space, as you can fit the scales in the bowl provided and weigh and mix everything in the same bowl.
Duronic KS5000 Large Digital Display 5KG Kitchen Scales – £19.99
We love the super large LCD digital display on this set of kitchen scales with a bright blue backlight which makes it really easy to read. The screen has the traditional measurement dial which displays the weight with markings and digital numbers. To change the weight to metric, imperial or liquid just move the button on the side.
Marks & Spencer 5kg Retro Scales – £25
These look gorgeous and will surely inspire you to get your baking head on. Stylish and accurate, they weigh amounts up to 5kg and you can easily wipe down the scales and stick the bowl in the dishwasher.
Typhoon® Vintage Red Mechanical Kitchen Weighing Scales – £25.19
These kitchen scales would look at home in a modern kitchen just as they would in a rustic farmhouse. With an easy-to-read dial and an offset pear-shaped bowl that makes pouring really simple, they are capable of weighing up to 2kg in 10g increments and 4lb in ½oz increments.
Heston Precision Flat Digital Kitchen Weighing Scale – £29.99
Heston knows a thing or two about cooking and has lent his name to several cooking utensils. These kitchen scales include an add and weigh function, will weigh as little as one gram up to 5kg and can also weigh liquids. The surface is a hygienic stainless steel and you get a nice big display with a backlight.
Joseph Joseph TriScale – £33.99
If space is an issue then this set of kitchen scales will solve a lot of problems. The arms fold away into the body so you can pop it into a cutlery drawer. When you want to use it you unfold it and place a bowl on top. It has touch sensitive controls, add and weigh functions and an auto-power off.
My Weigh Baker’s Percentage Kitchen Scale – £45.69
This set of kitchen scales might look big and clumsy but if you are a single person who is always halving recipes because you don’t need to make so much then this is perfect. It measures down to one gram which means it is really accurate.
Victor Berry Mechanical Kitchen Scale £65.99
Lovely modern twist on this classic design with a gorgeous purple colour that adds a contemporary look. Lots of other colours available, including yellow, grey, red and dark green. Made from cast iron brass with a chromed brass pan.
Jamie Oliver Wet and Dry Kitchen Scales – £50
Another set of kitchen scales that fit together to store easily when not in use. Very reliable and there is an easy to implement add and weigh function where you just zero the display and add extra ingredients as you go. There is the capacity to weigh wet and dry ingredients and a nice clear display.