Sometimes, if we're a little low on energy or feeling a bit pessimistic, looking up recipes for an evening's cooking can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, cooking can be really therapeutic and relaxing with the reward of great food at the end of it.
On the other, though, if we see too many precise measurements needed and exacts weights to mete out, we can get a little worried that we'll screw it up and make a monstrosity that's unfit to eat.
When it comes to getting over that hurdle, a good set of digital scales are a must for any chef. The smarter, the better, too. We've scoured the market for the best of the best, and have a great selection for you to pick from, below.
Our pick of the best digital scales for cooking or baking
Accuweight digital scale
While outlandish, extra-techy solutions are available, we're very much aware that for many people a simple set of scales that they can get using within a button press is all they want. This standard set from Accuweight will tick just that box, accurately measuring without any bells or whistles. It's cleanly designed and easily wiped down, too, in case you're a messy cook. Isn't that enough, after all?
Joseph Joseph Tri Scale
Well, to answer that question - it might not be! Joseph Joseph came up with an absolutely genius bit of design when it first released the Tri Scale, and it's still a classic to this day. Folding away into a really easily stored rod, the scales can be extended out when in use to form a base for you to rest your bowl or plate on.
If you don't have a big kitchen or are short on storage space, this is the sort of solution that'll have you thanking the gods of design.
Nutri Fit Digital Kitchen Scale
Equally, while a flat set of scales has its advantages, this option from Nutri Fit shows that there are benefits to be had from novel shapes and sizes, too. By making its scales bowl-shaped, it's made it really easy for you to measure quantities without using a bowl (although one is very much included in case you prefer to).
Morphy Richards 3-in-1 Digital Kitchen Jug Scales
Maybe that bowl idea is even more key to your cooking style than you first realised, though. Morphy Richards is here with the solution, integrating its scale into a stirring bowl (or jug) really cleverly. With a clip to easily remove the receptacle, it can become part of your cookware even if you're not measuring anything.
That makes it another really clever space-saver.
Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale
If sensitivity and accuracy are all you really care about, though, you don't have to break the bank to get them at all. This scale from Etekcity is super-accurate, and its stainless steel bowl is a useful piece in and of itself. It being removable also means that you can use the weighing platform directly if you like.
There's also a temperature sensor on the scale, which can come in handy every so often, and the auto-zero function is a great time-saver when you've got dirty hands.
Salter Cook Bluetooth Kitchen Scales
It might be news to you, but we're all about the connected side of kitchen tech, and while not many scales take advantage of it, Salter's Bluetooth scales are a great example of how you can. They connect via Bluetooth to the Salter Cook app to let you work alongside your favourite recipes and control the scale from your smartphone.
It's a great feature, and if you really invest the time in making it a treasure trove of your favourite recipes, could mean the end of having clunky, dirty recipe books to lug around.