A good kitchen scale just might be your secret weapon for consistent cookies, perfectly risen bread, or a lofty souffle. It gets your baking down to a science, offering precision that rivals the best measuring cups and spoons. After years of research and testing, we’re confident that the Escali Primo Digital Scale is the best. It’s among the fastest and most accurate scales we tested, and it remains powered on for longer than most others before automatically shutting off.
One of the most accurate scales we’ve tested, the Escali Primo reads quickly in increments of 1 gram or 0.05 ounces, has a capacity of up to 11 pounds (or 5 kilograms), and will remain on for about four minutes before automatically turning off. The interface is extremely simple with just two buttons—one to switch units of measurements, one to tare and power on or off. The Escali has been our favorite scale since 2017, and we’re happy with how it has held up over time.
The Ozeri Pronto Kitchen and Food Scale looks and feels like our top pick with a few minor differences. Like our top pick, it weighs in 1-gram or 0.05-ounce increments, and in our tests we found it was just as accurate—slightly more so at heavier weights. However it automatically shuts off after about two minutes, about half as long as the Escali. We also found it was ever so slightly slower, often requiring two seconds to read really small weights.
The My Weigh KD8000 is much larger and costs a bit more than our top pick, but it offers a few extras that serious bakers will appreciate. It’s about as fast and accurate as our top pick, but it has a huge capacity of up to 17 pounds, 6 ounces (8 kg) and can weigh in baker’s percentages, a feature that allows you to easily scale recipes up or down if you want to bake by ratio. It’s one of the few scales we’ve come across that allows you to disable the auto-off function.