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  • On test: The best digital kitchen scales

    Ensure accuracy with every recipe by investing in a pair of electronic scales. We’ve listed our top five versions.

    Our top five digital scales

    Best for precision measuring

    Key features: Measures to 1g and has a large surface area for bigger trays and a stylish mirrored finish.
    Price: 29.99
    Measures up to: 10kg

    Comments: This slick set of scales has a large digital LED display, a super-sensitive weighing mechanism and you can turn on, off or tare by sweeping your hand across the sensor. The only downside is that is doesn t measure liquids.

    Best for small kitchens

    Key features: Easy to use, great value for money and, true to the name, a fresh and citrusy colour.
    Price: 11.99
    Measures up to: 5kg

    Comments: These attractive scales are slimline and easy to store. They re a safe option for students or those pressed for space.

    Best budget option

    Key features: Measures liquids and in grams, has a nice flat surface area, doesn t wobble and is exceptionally good value for money.
    Price: 7.99
    Measures up to: 5kg

    Comments: If you don t feel like investing in an expensive set of fancy scales, this is a great option. The LED display is easy to read and the tare function very effective.

    Best Y-shaped scales

    Key features: Can be used with any bowl or container, lightweight and good for roasting trays.
    Price: 18.00
    Measures up to: 5kg

    Comments: The benefit of buying y-shaped scales is that the shape allows them to hold any measuring device. This lightweight set looks good and can measure liquids, too.

    Best Innovation

    Key features: Economical solar-powered function and liquid measurement function.
    Price: 25
    Measures up to: 5kg

    Comments: If used regularly, scales can quickly eat up batteries. These solar-powered Judge scales bypass that inconvenience. However they re not as precise as other scales, so if you often need to measure gram for gram, you should opt for one of the above products.

    Buyer s advice

    Unlike lots of American recipes that use cups, most UK recipes use grams and millilitres. Measuring ingredients to the dot is extra important when you re baking, so if you re a cake fan or have a super-precise approach to cooking, a set of scales is essential.

    What to buy

    Electronic scales are much more accurate than traditional mechanical versions, although we do love the charm of an old-fashioned cast iron set of scales complete with individual weights. If you re going to give your scales a bit of a battering, be sure to consider how good the battery life is, plus think about what you ll be using to measure ingredients as the scales will have to have a big enough surface area to accommodate.

    What we looked for

    Accuracy: The most important factor. We were looking for scales that weighed to finite degrees, ideally to the gram.
    Maximum weight: Scales can only bear a certain amount of load, so if you re likely to be measuring large joints of meat or heavy ingredients like potatoes, be sure to check what the scales can handle.
    Liquid measurements: Ideally scales will offer a variety of units, and millilitres come in really handy.
    Reading panel: We looked for bright, large LED displays.
    Ease of cleaning: Scales should be easily cleaned with a quick wipe.

    Testing notes

    How did we test?

    We tested using heavy ingredients in a roasting tin, plus flour to check precision.

    What didn t make the cut?

    Scales with small or dark digital displays and those that couldn t measure to 1-2 grams.

    Do you have a set of digital scales you couldn t live without? Share your product recommendations with us below.

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