According to professional and owner reviews, the Oxo Good Grips Food Scale With Pull-Out Display is the best digital kitchen scale. Not only does it have an 11-pound capacity, a tare function that subtracts the weight of the container from the measurement and a backlit display, but its display also pulls out, guaranteeing that the readout won't be obscured by a large bowl or platter. In addition, the display offers a weight indicator that clearly shows how much capacity remains on the scale.
A useful feature for cooks who like to add multiple ingredients and tare between each, this ensures you won't exceed the scale's capacity. The only drawback to this model, some users say, is it displays weights in fractions instead of decimals. (Professional cooks generally prefer decimals, while home cooks usually favor fractions that correspond with most home recipe formats.) If you're looking for a less expensive but equally accurate scale, reviews point to the EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale (*Est. $25), which is said to be lighter but less stylish.
We found reviews of the Oxo Good Grips Food Scale With Pull-Out Display in Cook's Illustrated and Fine Cooking magazines. To assess owner satisfaction with this digital scale, we turned to Amazon.com, where the Oxo gets more than 225 reviews.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
This is the best kitchen scale review we found, thanks to its comparison of nine models for accuracy and ease of use. While editors find most scales to be accurate, they do rate some as easier to use than others. The Oxo Good Grips Food Scale With Pull-Out Display is among those evaluated.
Review: Digital Scales, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Sept. 1, 2008
2. Fine Cooking
Writer Lisa Waddle says it's easy to become a better cook by making use of a kitchen scale. She reviews only the Oxo Good Grips Food Scale With Pull-Out Display, but it's clear she tested its features.
Review: No Overshadowing This Scale, Lisa Waddle, May 7, 2008
The Oxo Good Grips Food Scale With Pull-Out Display is highly rated here, with an overall score of 4.6 stars out of 5 based on more than 225 owner reviews. They say the pullout display is convenient for weighing large bowls, and the scale's backlit display is easy to read in dim light. Some complain, however, that it doesn't weigh foods accurately and the digital display malfunctions.
Review: Oxo Good Grips Food Scale With Pull-Out Display, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Dec. 2011