A kitchen scale is a handy tool for precisely measuring ingredients, particularly for baking, or for portioning out servings. If you're watching your waistline, you can use a scale to weigh food before eating it so that you can calculate exactly how many calories you're consuming. Scales range in price from around $25 to $100 or more - here are some options to fit any budget.
Priced at around $25, this compact scale is an affordable option. It comes in a range of colors and has a generous capacity of up to 11 pounds or 5 kg. Two buttons make it easy to use; one button fuctions as the on/off switch and tare (zeroes out the weight when something is on the scale, such as a plate), and the other changes the measurement between ounces, grams, pounds or kilograms.
This handy two-in-one tool is both a liquid measuring cup and a scale. The cup portion holds a volume of 1 liter (about 4 cups), and the scale has a capacity of 4.4 pounds. The scale is preprogrammed to convert weight to volume for water, milk, oil, flour and sugar. The display is in the handle of the cup, and can measure in mililiters, cups, fluid ounces, grams and pounds. One drawback: you have to wash the measuring cup with care, as the measuring mechanism can get damaged if it gets wet. It costs around $25-$35.
The best thing about this kitchen scale is that it can give volume measurements (i.e. in cups) to ingredients on the scale. It's preprogrammed with more than 500 common ingredients so that you can measure out cups and tablespoons right on the scale. The scale has a hefty 13-pound capacity and a 0.1 ounce or 1 gram graduation. The stainless steel weighing surface is removable for cleaning. It costs around $65.
This sleek white scale has a clear plastic measuring bowl that inverts onto the scale to double as a cover, as well as a smaller tray to use as a measuring surface. The scale has an 11-pound capacity and costs around $70.