The verdict is in: Find out which scale can improve your cooking and baking.
Published Sept. 26, 2022.
Precision scales, often referred to as gram scales, provide measurements to a fraction of a gram. When used to measure small amounts of ingredients while cooking or baking, they ensure accuracy and consistency. Our favorite is the American Weigh Scale Digital Pocket Scale. It's easy to use and was able to measure accurately to within 0.02 grams.
Using a digital kitchen scale while cooking or baking is more precise than measuring solid ingredients by volume. Our longtime favorite scales give readings to a single gram and are capable of weighing items up to about 5 kilograms (or 11 pounds). However, there are times when greater precision is necessary. When weighing small amounts of ingredients such as yeast, salt, or xanthan gum, you need a precision scale that goes to a fraction of a gram, as a deviation of a few tenths of a gram can yield a difference in the finished product.
Enter: precision kitchen scales, which are more precise and sensitive than your standard kitchen scales. They can generally measure in both metric or imperial and report increments as small as 0.01 gram. The tradeoff for that precision is a smaller maximum capacity, generally between just 100 grams (3.5 ounces) and 1,000 grams (2.2 pounds). Accordingly, the weighing platform is typically just 2 to 4 inches in each direction, too small for a large weighing bowl. For those reasons, a precision scale cannot replace your regular kitchen scale; it should be used in conjunction with it.
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Valerie is an assistant editor for ATK Reviews. In addition to cooking, she loves skiing, traveling, and spending time outdoors.