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Old 01-25-18, 03:18 PM
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Scale for weighing food (and bike components)?

Can someone recommend a good scale for weighing food?

The ability to weigh bike components would be a plus.

I would rather buy something nice that I can keep for a long time.


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I've been using a CJ4000 digital scale. ~$30. Reads up to 4 kg ~= 8 pounds. Good to a gram. I weigh my coffee every morning. I learned about these seeing baristas use them. Seemed like a pretty good test of reliability to me. I've been using mine 3 or 4 years. Changed the battery one or twice. Used it to weigh all the smaller items I took to Cycle Oregon. (At 8 pounds, that's almost everything.) Those weights went into my packing spreadsheet. Packed and weighed the bag on my floor scale. Difference between weighed and calculated was less than a 1/2 pound (in 60, the Cycle Oregon max).

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There was a nearly identical thread on the paceline a couple months back, the general consensus is pretty much any digital kitchen scale. My own experience is that the $15 digital scale I bought at target several years ago is still going strong - and this in spite of living on a counter and having many food items spilled on it over the years.

One of the rare occasions in which you don't need to spend a fortune to get a decent product, perhaps.
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We use a food scale that cost about $20 from Amazon.
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I have 2 10$ or less scales from amazon.. one in the kitchen and one in my fiber studio... I can pack either up and take it with me to use elsewhere too because of the size and they both weigh to a tenth of a gram which I sometimes need for things
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I just bought a spring scale a few weeks ago for $8.

Why do people want digital for? They require batteries.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Can someone recommend a good scale for weighing food?

The ability to weigh bike components would be a plus.

I would rather buy something nice that I can keep for a long time.


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We were walking through Woolworths (grocery store in Australia not related to any North American Woolworths) about the time when I started with MFP and spotted a glass scale with an aqua tinge to it. It fit with our decor and looked pretty. It had tare and several units (most importantly, grams, of course), so that's the one we got.

I've been using it almost daily for 2 years now.


Like this ... but with a light blue-green colour rather than clear
https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/p...ound-glass-top

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I have this scale:


https://www.amazon.com/OXO-Stainless...tal+food+scale


A little more expensive than some of the others posted, but it has a tare function that lets you zero out the screen after putting a plate or other ingredients on so you don't have to do any mental math.
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Originally Posted by Ajkollme View Post
I have this scale:


https://www.amazon.com/OXO-Stainless...tal+food+scale


A little more expensive than some of the others posted, but it has a tare function that lets you zero out the screen after putting a plate or other ingredients on so you don't have to do any mental math.


This is similar to what I am looking for, especially the tare function for adding multiple ingredients. The lifetime warranty is nice. Thanks for the recommendation.

How fast does it react to adding weight? If you put weight on it does the display change quickly?

I'm also looking at a few models from My Weigh which can run off a wall outlet and come with 30 year warranty.


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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
This is similar to what I am looking for, especially the tare function for adding multiple ingredients. The lifetime warranty is nice. Thanks for the recommendation.

How fast does it react to adding weight? If you put weight on it does the display change quickly?

I'm also looking at a few models from My Weigh which can run off a wall outlet and come with 30 year warranty.


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The scale reacts almost immediately when you add weight. It does take about three seconds to turn on as it calibrates itself, but after that it is very fast. I will say that I think running on batteries is preferable to a wall outlet. We move this around the kitchen to wherever we need it, and I think I would find being tethered to an outlet an irritation, but your kitchen may have more outlets.


My wife tracks her macros and this scale has been a lifesaver. We have gotten them as gifts for friends who are following similarly complicated food plans and they love it. It's odd that I have such strong opinions about a food scale, but I do and I'm a fan.
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Originally Posted by Ajkollme View Post
The scale reacts almost immediately when you add weight. It does take about three seconds to turn on as it calibrates itself, but after that it is very fast. I will say that I think running on batteries is preferable to a wall outlet. We move this around the kitchen to wherever we need it, and I think I would find being tethered to an outlet an irritation, but your kitchen may have more outlets.


My wife tracks her macros and this scale has been a lifesaver. We have gotten them as gifts for friends who are following similarly complicated food plans and they love it. It's odd that I have such strong opinions about a food scale, but I do and I'm a fan.
Thanks a bunch. This one is on my short list.

There is something sublime about an object which is designed and functions well. Florsheim English Wingtips. An Estwing hammer. Purdy paint brushes. A Jaguar E Type. They are a joy to look at and use.

I plan on using this a bunch.


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Originally Posted by Ajkollme View Post
I have this scale:


https://www.amazon.com/OXO-Stainless...tal+food+scale


A little more expensive than some of the others posted, but it has a tare function that lets you zero out the screen after putting a plate or other ingredients on so you don't have to do any mental math.

I purchased a slightly lower version of this scale today. OXO brand.

The second time I turned it on it fluctuated between zero and 5 oz and would never settle on zero.

It went back for a refund.


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Park Tool, Feedback Sports, Cyclus Tools and VAR all provide scales that have a Tare function.


Taking into account stated accuracy(i.e. 1g for 5kg, vs 1g for 1kg, then 2g after), battery type and cost, I'll be going for the VAR.
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I've ordered a commercial grade Brecknell scale from a restaurant supply company.

It is a bit more expensive but is water/food proof, can be calibrated, has a good warranty and I'm familiar with Brecknell from when I worked in manufacturing and the gauge calibration industry.


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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
I purchased a slightly lower version of this scale today.


Bummer. Should have purchased the one I recommended. Good luck with your new one!
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I'm too late to this thread, but I bought a MyShip 75lb scale a few years ago for ebay selling use and have ended up using it for all kitchen use, has replaced a couple of other kitchen scales I have. Very accurate, calibrate-able, easy to use. And of course for weighing something like, say, a bike frame in a box, the pull out display is great.

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Superb accuracy at a decent price.

https://www.soehnle.de/en/kitchen-sc...itchen-scales/

I use this one.

https://www.soehnle.de/en/products/details/fiesta/
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You can get a digital postal scale at any office supply store. Mine cost about $25 and is accurate within 0.5g. Bonus is that it fits inside a gallon Ziplock bag so I can use it and it stays clean, whether weighing food or parts. Just make sure you tare after putting it in the bag.
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I am the OP.

I bought a Brecknell scale.

It is doing fine.


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I'm all about the triple beam. 750-sw

Ohaus Triple Beam and Dial O Gram Beam Scales
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