If you think it's hard to get excited about a digital scale, think again. With more than 5,000 five-star reviews, the Etekcity digital scale has happy customers using words like "excellent" and "perfect," and even "classy" and "cute."
Buy It!Etekccity Digital Kitchen Scale, $13
So what makes this digital scale so great? For starters, it has all the musts we look for in a good digital scale. You can choose from four units of measurement: ounces, grams, pounds, and milliliters. There is also a tare button to zero out the scale, which is useful for when you want to place ingredients in a bowl without weighing the container itself, as well as for weighing multiple ingredients without having to break out elementary school math.
The display is also an easy-to-read, backlit LCD screen that includes a handy battery indicator to keep you from being caught mid-baking project, realizing you need to run out and buy more AAA batteries. (Another great feature: some batteries are included with purchase!) And thanks to its slim, compact design, it's easy to store.
If you've never bought a digital scale, this is a great first model to try out. With an 11-pound capacity, it can handle most of the tasks you throw at it. Bakers love scales because weight is the most accurate method for measuring flour — and this one is great with flour. The Etekcity scale is also good for coffee enthusiasts. It's an easy way to upgrade your morning brew by using just the right amount of water and coffee grounds without over-extracting or making too strong a cup.
Looking for a more upgraded scale experience? Another one of our favorites (and Alton Brown's), the OXO Good Grips Food Scale is also available on Amazon for $50. This one is a stand-out because the digital display pulls away from the base, meaning you'll be able to read it with ease even with larger items that might cover up typical scales.