The 10 Best Digital Gram Scales
This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in May of 2019. For foods, pharmaceuticals, coffee, and crafts supplies, a digital gram scale is just the ticket for ensuring you have the right amount. These handy gadgets are usually fairly small, so you can store or carry them with ease, and many offer readings in other units of measurement, too, so there's no conversion math required. We've included both countertop and pocket models for your convenience. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
September 02, 2020:
I’ve decided to replace a couple of the previous models with newer ones with smartphone apps, which appears to be a current and growing trend among kitchen scales. The apps primarily help you track the nutritional value and calories of the foods you’re measuring – and therefore eating.
Apart from the Ohaus CS2000, which had functioning issues, the previous models that have been replaced were decent, save for the fact that they didn’t have smartphone apps. The newer models are otherwise virtually identical to the older ones in terms of their capacities and measuring increments, with all but one of the newer scales I’ve introduced having 11-lb (5000-gram) capacities and 1-gram increments. The other model – the Etekcity Smart – is fairly impressive, and has the same capacity as the other models, but uses a precision of 0.1 grams instead. Its app is also decent. The only newly added model that doesn’t have an app is the Ellessi Stainless Steel, which I’ve included because it’s unique, in that it doesn’t run on batteries.
I’ve also left in milligram scales like the American Weigh Signature Series Pocket and American Weigh Blade 2.0, which have sensitivities of 0.1 and 0.001, and capacities of 1000 and 100 grams, respectively. I’ve left them in, in the interest of maintaining variety, though I didn’t want to add any other pocket-sized options, because we do have separate rankings for both pocket scales and milligram scales.
Apart from the two aforementioned pocket-sized models, the Etekcity Smart that I’ve just added, and the Jennings CJ-4000 – with a precision of 0.5 grams – the other models in this list all use 1-gram increments. Some people argue that coffee scales need to have at least a precision of 0.5 grams or even 0.01 grams, which would make the Etekcity Smart suitable for this purpose, though, unlike the Fitindex Multifunction and Renpho Kitchen, its app seems to be lacking in features to support this function, like a timer, so you’ll have to use a separate timer or your phone, which shouldn't be too much of an issue.
May 06, 2019:
Whether you need to ensure that your recreational substances are within the legal limit or keep careful track of your food intake for dietary reasons, you need a digital gram scale that is accurate and reliable. We think you can expect this from the Escali Primo and the American Weigh Blade 2.0, making them top choices for a wide range of users. Both are easy enough to operate and have just the right amount of features to be practical but not unnecessarily complicated. The latter has a far smaller capacity, so consider it when you need to precisely measure small quantities. If your needs are on the larger side, then you might look at the My Weigh Bakers Math, which can handle up to 8,000 grams. For this reason, along with its durability, it's the choice of serious bakers and cooks. One brand you might be surprised not to see here is OXO Good Grips; although their kitchen tools are quite popular, their gram scale offerings have features that make them more gimmicky than easy to use, and thus are not the strongest options at this time.