Kitchen scales reviews

We put electronic and mechanical kitchen scales to the test.
 
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  • Updated:5 Oct 2008
 

03.Product profiles

Profiles - What to buy

Tupperware Bake 2 Basics

Price: $93Tupperware Bake 2 Basics

Maximum capacity 3kg

Good points

  • Best performer overall.
  • Excellent result for performance and very good ease of use.
  • Automatic turn-off screen.
  • Non-slip base.
  • Has a clock

Bad points

  • No weighing bowl.

Salter 1004SSDR

Price: $160Salter 1004SSDR

Maximum capacity 5 kg

Good points

  • Very good performance overall.
  • Equal best in performance.
  • Battery low indicator.
  • Non-slip base.
  • Good sized weighing platform.
  • Automatic turn-off screen.
  • Very good ease of use.

Bad points

  • No weighing bowl.
  • Most expensive model tested.

Target Modern Living EK8250

Price: $40Target Modern Living EK8250

Maximum Capacity 5kg

Good points

  • Scored very well overall.
  • Excellent results in performance and very good ease of use.
  • Automatic turn-off screen.
  • Battery low indicator.
  • Non-slip base.
  • Has a room temperature readout.
  • Has a timer.

Bad points

  • No weighing bowl.
  • This article online October 2008.

Profiles - the rest (electronic)

The remaining models - not included in the What to buy list - are profiled below in rank order.

Breville Ikon BSK500

Price: $100 Breville Ikon BSK500
Maximum Capacity 5kg

Good Points

  • Performed very well overall and for ease of use.
  • Automatic turn off screen.
  • Battery low indicator.
  • Non-slip base.
  • Has a temperature probe.
  • Has a timer.

Bad Points

  • No weighing bowl.

Salter 1020BKSSDR

Price: $80Salter 1020BKSSDR
Maximum Capacity 5kg

Good Points

  • Performed very well overall.
  • Excellent performance.
  • Easy to use.
  • Automatic turn off screen
  • Battery low indicator.
  • Non-slip base

Bad Points

  • No weighing bowl.
  • Smaller weighing platform.

Terraillon T898W+JUG

Price: $65 Terraillon T898W+JUG
Maximum Capacity 5kg

Good Points

  • Equal best performance.
  • Good ease of use.
  • Battery low indicator.
  • Non-slip base.
  • Weighing jug provided.
  • Automatic turn off screen

Bad Points

  • Metric measurement readings only.

Propert Glass Top Digital 1350

Price: $40 Propert Glass Top Digital 1350
Maximum Capacity 5kg

Good Points

  • Excellent performance.
  • Good ease of use.
  • Automatic turn off screen.
  • Battery low indicator.
  • Non-slip base.

Bad Points

  • No weighing bowl.
  • Smaller platform.

Kenwood Animation DS700

Price: $80 Kenwood Animation DS700
Maximum Capacity 3kg

Good Points

  • Good performance and ease of use.
  • Automatic turn off screen.
  • Battery low indicator.
  • Non-slip base.

Bad Points

  • No weighing bowl.
  • Smaller weighing platform.
  • Most weighing dishes/bowls will cover the readout so can be annoying to use.

Terraillon Book

Price: $139 Terraillon Book
Maximum Capacity 5kg

Good Points

  • Good ease of use.
  • Battery low indicator.
  • Non-slip base.
  • Automatic turn off screen.

Bad Points

  • Lowest overall for electronic scales.
  • Lowest for performance.
  • No weighing bowl.
  • One of the more expensive models tested.

Profiles - the rest (mechanical)

The remaining models - not included in the What to buy list - are profiled below in rank order.

Continuous weighing

Salter Aqua-weigh 800

Salter Aqua-weigh 800Price: $60
Maximum capacity 4kg

Good Points

  • Good result for performance.
  • Non-slip base.
  • Hand grip for base rotation.
  • Large weighing bowl.

Bad Points

  • Just OK for ease of use and overall.

Target Modern Living KCI-SSP

Target Modern Living KCI-SSPPrice: $17
Maximum capacity 3kg

Good Points

  • Excellent result for performance.
  • Cheapest model tested.

Bad Points

  • No non-slip base.
  • Difficult to zero (with no weight) as the scale slides along the bench.
  • Smaller weighing bowl.
  • Not easy to use.
  • Difficult to read the measurements.

Propert with Microwave Bowl 930

Propert with Microwave Bowl 930Price: $20
Maximum capacity 3kg

Good Points

  • Non-slip base.
  • Large weighing bowl.
  • Weighing bowl is microwave safe.

Bad Points

  • Just OK overall, for performance and ease of use.

Kenwood Cuisine DS403

Kenwood Cuisine DS403Price: $30
Maximum Capacity 3kg

Good Points

  • Non-slip base.
  • Large weighing bowl.

Bad Points

  • Lowest overall with a ‘borderline’ result.
  • Poor performance.
  • Just OK for ease of use.
  • Difficult to zero

Non-continuous weighing.

Salter 094

Salter 094Price: $150
Maximum capacity 5kg

Good Points

  • Best mechanical scale overall.
  • Excellent performance.
  • Non-slip base.

Bad Points

  • Just OK for ease of use.
  • Smaller weighing bowl.
  • Most expensive mechanical model tested.
  • No tare function.

Terraillon Tradition 500

Terraillon Tradition 500Price: $70
Maximum capacity 5kg

Good Points

  • Second best mechancal scale overall.
  • Second best for performance.
  • it is the only mechanical scale that had a minimum of 10g increments.

Bad Points

  • Borderline ease of use.
  • Metric measurement readings only.
  • Smaller weighing bowl.
  • No non-slip base.
  • No tare function.
  • Adjusting screw used to zero is small and difficult and uncomfortable to use.
  • Scale increments are very close together an can be difficult to read.
 

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