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ehanner's picture

I killed my scale

Yesterday I was weighing the ingredients for Sylvia's buns and I was using a medium size stainless bowl. I had just washed and dried the inside but had neglected to dry the bottom well. After finishing weighing all of the ingredients, I picked the bowl off the scale which has a glass plate as the surface to set the bowl. Well, the water had formed a seal on the shiny flat surface that acted like a vacuumed glue for just a second or two while I moved the bowl (with the scale attached below) When the scale released from the bowl, it fell on the floor and bounced once. Unfortunately, it is now dead.

So, I'm out looking for another scale that is designed for the occasional moron who would use a wet bowl in the bakery.


Bigears's picture

I like this one:

If you put a piece of absorbant paper towel on your scale it will help prevent anything from sticking to it.

ananda's picture

Hi Eric,

I use these.

Apologies about the UK link, but they are quite a good quality scale for small amounts

Sorry about your scale.


Daisy_A's picture

Andy - I had been thinking of getting a Kuhn Rikon scale. My mother-in-law has one with a tare function, which she has found very good. I had come across one online when looking previously. The model is VC10356EE but there isn't any detailed product information. Is this the one that you use and does it have a tare?

Thanks for your help.   Daisy_A

ananda's picture

Hi Daisy_A,

Yes, the model I have is the same.   There is a "tare" function.

They are a good set of scales.   They take a short while to settle, which I think is a good thing and gives me confidence they do weigh the minutiae of a single gram.

If you see a capital "A" in the left corner of the LCD screen, then the scale has not settled.   This A disappears once the correct weight is being displayed.

I think people are often expecting instant accuracy with these scales.   The equipment has to be very sensitive to weigh precisely.   So, basically you get what you pay for.

But, yes, I would recommend these given the above.


ps. Here's another link:

Daisy_A's picture

Hi Andy - Many thanks for the information and the link. I'll think I'll go ahead and get these, then.

Regards,  Daisy_A

LindyD's picture

I bought this after reading a review of it at Wild Yeast.  I like it, but have a digital spoon scale on order as I've not found any kitchen scale (in my price range) that will accurately measure tiny amounts.

sphealey's picture

I have dropped my MyWeigh i5000 twice onto a tile floor and knocked several chunks off the housing, but it still works per my calibration weight.  I think that's just a matter of luck though; I wouldn't think any scale below the $500 level would have any real shock resistance designed in.


suave's picture

I've dropped my Escali on the floor twice already.  It's still alive and well.

Crider's picture

I've been thinking about getting a digital scale. I've been using an analog "Weight Watchers" scale I bought at a yard sale for 50 cents. Maybe it's time to graduate.

ehanner's picture

My old escali has made the trip to the floor a number of times also. At the moment it is back in service. I had replaced it for the pretty face of a glass and silver fashion statement. I swear, I'm such a klutz what I need is a Tycho truck with scales built into the wheels.

Thank you all for your suggestions. Since I still have my "old reliable" it's not an emergency but it would be if I had given that away as I had planned.


SylviaH's picture

I once drug my tea towel across the burner while lifting off my hot tea pot..didn't notice it was on fire and hung it up on the butcher block peg just over the open trash ..well burned the trash, the butcher block, floor, rug..almost the whole kitchen while enjoying tea in the family room!  I've had similar water and glass vacumed together accidents before and have a habit of leaving my thermometers on and burning up the battery.  Always comes in handy having spare baking essentials so give yourself credit. Oh yes, glad the buns turned out ; )


dmsnyder's picture

Hi, Eric.

Sorry to hear about your scale. If it were mine, I'd replace it with the same model. It's a real bargain.

If you really feel you need a more abuse-tolerant scale, there's this one:

It has a capacity of 10, 000 lbs. (They don't give the minimum.) It will run for 4,000 hours on 3 D-size batteries! It does cost $2,300, but shipping is included, and you'll probably never have to replace it. Seems like another real bargain.


P.S. The vendor says it can be used to weigh truck tires too.

althetrainer's picture

Eric, sorry about the scale.  I hate that kind of kitchen mishaps. Hope you will find one that serves you even better.

Wow David, that's one heavy duty scale!  And holycow, $2,300?!  Up to 10,000 pounds could be use to weigh a cow or two, if they would cross legs and sit still.  LOL  


dmsnyder's picture

Picturing a cow, sitting still with legs crossed on the scale.


Larry Clark's picture
Larry Clark

See if the batteries have been jarred loose. Make sure they are maing contact and try your scale again.

EvaB's picture

My scale is cheap, less than 20$ from the local store, I think it was one of those electronics stores, can't remember the name, OH Yeah the Source, it weighs in grams or ounces, up to 11 pounds I think it is, and it will do the tare and weigh down to 4 or 5 grams that I've used.

I don't spend tons on things, and I have a wall scale as well that is registered in both measures, that is less accurate.