When deciding on a digital kitchen scale, you must put some thought into it. 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 a little research before choosing one. The difference is that the digital has numbers that show electronically, usually more precise and is battery operated. The analog is not battery operated and is the older model. With all the new technology, most people use the digital.
Below are some things you should know about a digital kitchen scale to help you in your decision.
1. Find out if the scale will be easy to use and easy to read. Look to see if the numbers are plainly visible.
2. Check to make sure it can convert weights and measurements. 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 can be weighed.
4. Look at it for easy cleaning instructions. There is nothing more frustrating than to get a piece of equipment that requires a lot of cleaning. If it requires major clean-up, usually after a couple of uses, it goes to the back of the closet because of the amount of clean up needed to keep it in good working order.
5. Do you want one that can be displayed on the shelf or will it have to be stored in a cabinet? Think about where you will keep it, for handy and easy access. Remember, out of sight, out of mind. You may start free-handing measurements and this can be costly to you and for you. It becomes costly because you paid for an item you are not using and you are not maintaining the healthy lifestyle you want.
6. Read the instructions or directions on usage and please follow them.
7. Find out If there is a return policy, just in case it does not work properly or if a part breaks.
8. Check the cost of buying a food scale. Most are usually very affordable. The analog usually cost less than the digital.
9. Check the instructions and warranty and find out if there is maintenance or parts replacement by you, the dealer or the manufacturer.
Whether you are a first time user or experienced, these are some of the basic things you should know to guide you in your search for a digital kitchen scale. After you have searched for it and begin to use it, keep a checklist of how it helped you changed your prep time, cooking, eating habits and lifestyle.