ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Kitchen Scales ~ The Debate

Updated on January 17, 2015

Scales are an Essential Kitchen Tool!

To me scales are an essential appliance in the kitchen. You may get by with approximate measures but it's easy to get it wrong...it can mean a cooking disaster.

Think about that recipe that calls for 250 grams of sugar. Now is that a cup? Or, what is it in pounds?

Kitchen scales help to cut down time and gives a more accurate result.

Here we're going to look at the pros and cons of digital and standard scales...the essential kitchen tool.

Photo: Scales at ivgStores

kitchen scales
kitchen scales

These scales are not unlike my first set of scales but mine was in red. They were not the most accurate but they did the trick in my early days of cooking and baking.

I now use a digital scale and leave it on the bench whereas I used to keep my red scales in the cupboard. It certainly gets more use that way!

Photo Credit

Digital and Electronic Scales - The Pros

While teaspoons and measuring cups may do the job for many recipes, often you need a more precise measuring appliance. This can be accomplished with digital kitchen scales. These scales are often used in restaurants and bakeries that need to mix ingredients with exacting measurements to avoid errors. By zeroing out the scale after each ingredient is placed on the top you can weigh each ingredient without using separate containers.

  1. High accuracy
  2. The ability to convert weights and measures
  3. Great for dieters with its calorie or carbohydrate counting.
  4. Great for people with special needs requiring accurate measures

The Cons

  1. Must remember to set to zero by placing bowl or plate on the scale before measuring
  2. If using a big bowl it may be difficult to see the face of the scale because of overhang.

Digital scale
Digital scale

Digital Scales are especially great for dieting!

Cibo Kitchen & Multifunction Scales in Silver Gray, Blue - $59.95
from: ivgStores, LLC

The Cibo kitchen scale is in silver-grey with a blue finish. This scale displays Calories, Sodium, Protein, Fat, Carbohydrates, Cholesterol or Fiber via the input of 999 different food codes. Not only that it calculates total nutritional value of up to 99 different meal components! The stainless steel plate is easily removable for cleaning.

An attractive piece on your bench top.

Capacity: 6.6 lbs / 3000 grams.

Has a 1-year manufacturer's warranty provided.

Do you use a scale?

See results

Standard Kitchen Scales - The Pros

Standard kitchen scales certainly look the part!

  1. Can be a conversation piece on your counter top!
  2. The bowl can be used for mixing.
  3. Easy to see the measurements.

The Cons

  1. Higher priced scales tend to be more accurate, otherwise not very precise.
  2. Cannot measure smaller quantities with accuracy.
  3. Can be too large for small kitchens

Source

Good looking kitchen appliance

This Retro scale will be a center piece in your kitchen. As it's a classic scale it is larger than the digital variety -- it certainly isn't tiny. It will add a bit of pizzazz to your kitchen bench top. It's a wonderful appliance for the larger kitchen and as a kitchen accessory it's fabulous. It will weigh whatever you need up to 11 pounds.

The bowl on the top rests on a small platform and is easily removed for convenient mixing of items on the countertop. It is ideal for basic cooking and kitchen needs. The mixing bowl is dishwasher safe and this makes for quick and convenient cleaning up.

The 5" dial display provides for easy viewing angles on any kitchen bench top and has four rubber feet to stop sliding of the unit.

It's not a scale that accurately weighs objects to within a tenth of a pound, that's not what this scale is made for.

The Scale Debate

Which scale would you prefer in your kitchen?

weights and measures
weights and measures

Using Other Measures

I have several old recipes that use pounds and ounces. In New Zealand we now use kilograms and grams (kg and g)....and then there are the recipes you find online that use lb and oz (pounds and ounces).

This is my trusty kitchen measure chart. It has oven settings too which is different in different countries -- Farenheit (F) and Celcius (C) as well as gas settings. So yes, I still use my chart but find that digital scales help to calculate equivalent weights.

Kitchen scales are an essential gadget to me!

Do you use other measures: cups, spoons etc?

See results

Other Measures

We don't always require a scale for a recipe. Sometimes the recipe calls for a cup of this and a teaspoon of that, a pinch of something else...accuracy not being essential. Other measures are handy to have in your kitchen drawer.

Let me know you dropped by! - How did you go on the quiz?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      RuralFloridaLiving 

      5 years ago

      Enjoyed your article!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)