How to Choose the Best Bakers Scale: How to Weigh Your Options

Your new bakery is about to open. You just need to get a few more things, like the right baker's scale, and then you'll be done. 

You've been putting off getting one because there are so many to choose from, but you need one if you want to measure your ingredients correctly.

You don't know what features to look for, and when you've tried to look, you've felt overwhelmed. 

Don't worry, even the best bakers mess up sometimes. We know everything a good scale should have, which is good news for you.

Here's everything you should look for in a good scale to help you get your new bakery up and running.

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1. Calculating

A measuring scale is going to be put into each baking scale. So, before you buy a scale, you'll need to decide whether you want to measure in grams, pounds, or ounces.

Grams is the one you're most likely to see. It looks like the norm. Grams is also the most useful because most recipes from the US to the UK call for it.

Even though grams are the most common, not everyone can use them. If most of your recipes call for pounds or ounces, go ahead and buy that. You don't want to have to use both a scale and a calculator.

2. Ability/precision

Capacity and accuracy are kind of like two sides of the same coin. This means that there is a trade-off involved. A scale with a high capacity can measure weights that are in the middle.

If you care more about accuracy than capacity, you should get a scale with a lower capacity. 

Besides these two things, you should also think about size and shape. Together, these things will tell you what you can do with it.

3. How Scales Work

You'll have to choose between digital, analog, and hanging scales. We're going to talk about the pros and cons of each one right now.

Digital scales are expensive, but they make up for it with the number of advanced features they have. Most likely, it is the most accurate of the three. Also, they have the most accurate tare weight.

Even so, they can only hold a small amount of weight, so they work best for powders and small items. In general, they are small, but they come with cords that will still take up space on your counter. Also, you'll have to spend a lot of money on batteries.

Analog

Analog scales don't have cords or batteries, so you don't have to spend money on them. However, they are pretty big, so they will still take up space on your counter.

They are not very accurate, and it will be hard to get to the tare weight. Still, they work well for round things like fruits and vegetables and are very durable, so you won't need to buy another one for a long time.

Hanging

Hanging scales don't take up much space and are easy to move around, so you can take them almost anywhere. 

They work well for moving heavy things and are probably the cheapest you'll find.

They can hold a lot of weight, but out of the three types of scales, they are the least accurate. You won't be able to measure small things or powders with it either. You can, but it won't work out very well.

4. Other things that are important

You should look for a baking scale with a number of important features. It should be strong, easy to use, easy to read, and have tare weights.

Durability

The kitchen isn't the best place for your things. There's a lot of fighting going on in there, so you need a scale that can handle that. Scales aren't cheap, so you don't want to have to buy a new one in a few months because something went wrong in the kitchen.

It is simple to use.

You'll be using your scale a lot, so you should make sure it works well. When you use a scale, you don't have to figure out complicated math.

The top of your baking scale should come off so it's easy to clean. Having this feature will cut down on the time you need to spend getting ready to bake, so you'll thank yourself.

It's something you can read.

You won't use your scale very much if you can't read it when a bowl or other large object is on it. 

The text on the screen needs to be big enough so that you can read it no matter what you're doing.

Tare Weights

You'll also be glad you bought a scale with a "tare" button. You don't have to use and clean a million different measuring cups.

You'll put all of your ingredients in a bowl and get a measurement instead. It makes running your kitchen a lot easier.

How to Choose the Best Kitchen Baker's Scale

A good bakers scale is something that your bakery can't do without. There are a lot of choices out there, but we hope this guide helped you narrow down your search. Happy baking!

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