When deciding on a digital kitchen scale, you need to give it some thought. Don’t buy the first one you see because it may not be the one you want for your needs. There are two basic types of food scales; the digital and the analog. Do some research before choosing one. The difference is that digital has numbers that are displayed electronically, generally more accurate, and is battery operated. The analog is not battery operated and is the oldest model. With all the new technology, most people are going digital.
Here are some things to know about a digital kitchen scale to help you make your decision.
1. Find out if the scale will be easy to use and read. Look to see if the numbers are clearly visible.
2. Check to make sure you can convert weights and measures. For example: pounds to kilograms and vice versa.
3. Check the accuracy of the scale and ask or read if it has limits on how much it can be weighed.
4. Watch it for easy cleaning instructions. There is nothing more frustrating than getting equipment that requires a lot of cleaning. If it requires a major cleaning, usually after a couple of uses, it goes to the back of the cabinet due to the amount of cleaning required to keep it in good working order.
5. Do you want one that can be displayed on the shelf or will you have to keep it in a cabinet? Think about where you will keep it, for easy and practical access. Remember, out of sight, out of mind. You can start with free hand measurements and this can be costly for you and for you. It gets expensive because you paid for an item that you are not using and you are not maintaining the healthy lifestyle that you want.
6. Read the instructions or instructions for use and follow them.
7. Find out if there is a return policy, in case it doesn’t work properly or if a part breaks.
8. Check the cost of buying a food scale. Most are very affordable. Analogs usually cost less than digital ones.
9. Check the instructions and warranty and find out if you, the dealer or the manufacturer need to perform maintenance or replacement of parts.
Whether you are a new or experienced user, here are some of the basic things you need to know to guide you in your search for a digital kitchen scale. After searching for it and starting to use it, keep a checklist of how it helped you change your prep time, cooking, eating habits, and lifestyle.