How we test kitchen scales

Accuracy is key when asssessing digital scales.

Measure up

If you like to bake, then you'll certainly want to include kitchen scales in your collection of appliances. Baking requires accurate measurements – after all, it's as much science as it is an art. With access to recipes all over the world you may come across some where the measurements are in ounces or pounds so having a scale to do the conversions takes the guess work out. 

We can compare them all side by side – we've got the testing down to a fine art. But whatever our experience may be, it's feedback from our members that guides how we test.

We've tested a range of digital scales in the CHOICE kitchen lab. Find out which brands and models we recommend in our digital kitchen scale reviews.

Our expert testers

There's no doubt our home economist / test co-ordinator Fiona Mair and kitchen test officer Chantelle Scodeller know their way around a kitchen. With 30 years of combined experience they've seen lots of new technology enter the kitchen space. We're proud of our expert testers. They've seen all types of gadgets and appliances come through the labs, but one thing never changes when testing – they need to get their measurements right every time. So we focus on the importance of accuracy and ease of use so that when it's time for you to buy, you can be sure you're buying a product that will do the job well.

How we choose what we test

Why do we choose one kitchen scale over another? There are a number of reasons, but our priority is to test what you'll see in the retailers. This means sometimes we might not cover that one brand with one model that's sold 100 samples in Australia, and instead focus on the big-brand models that you'll most likely see in the retailer. How do we know what's in retailers? We check current market figures to see what's selling well. We'll also include models that you've requested (if a lot of members want it, we're going to test it).

When we know what you want, our buyers go out and use your member funds to buy the kitchen scales from a variety of retailers, then bring them in as is – this means we get what you get so we can be sure the results are what you'll find rather than potentially 'tweaked'.

How we test

CHOICE is all about accuracy, so we have our own calibration lab were our lab manager checks all our equipment, including our scales, for accuracy on a regular basis. We don't use ingredients to check the accuracy of the kitchen scales: we use precision weights for our test that are specifically used for calibration. We then test as follows:
  • Performance tests: Our testers check the electronic kitchen scales for 10g increment accuracy, 1kg weight accuracy, maximum capacity accuracy and the tare function (reset to zero). Each test includes three runs, the score is based on the maximum increment. With the smaller calibrated weights, we ensure that they're handled with tweezers and soft gloves so oils from fingers don't affect the accuracy of the result.
    Calibrated weights for CHOICE testing kitchen scale accuracy
    Calibrated weights ensure accuracy when reviewing digital kitchen scales' performance.
  • Ease of use tests: These include assessing the ease of reading measurements and if there is possible obstruction of the display when the bowl is in position as it should be easy to read. We also look at how easy the controls are to use and whether the scales have a tare function, an auto turn off and a memory recall. They should be easy to clean, free from cracks and crevices, and easy to store. 

Test criteria explained

The overall score is made up of:
  • Performance (40%)
  • Ease of use (60%)

Our test lab

We maintain a kitchen lab that is up to date with the latest reference machines and calibrated measurement tools for our testers to bring you the right results.

Ready to buy?

Check our our digital kitchen scale reviews to find out which model will suit you best.