Kitchen Scales Buying Guide | Argos

Kitchen scale guide

Weigh up your cooking options and discover how to get the best results, with our finely balanced guide.

Kitchen scales

Measuring cups and spoons can come in useful but weighing scales provide the level of accuracy needed to perfect any recipe.

Digital scales

Digital scales feature an LCD display screen with a solid platform. Most digital scales can easily switch between metric and imperial measurements. They'll require batteries.

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Mechanical kitchen scales

Mechanical scales rely on springs to move dials, which then reflect the weight of the ingredients. They're a lot bigger in size than digital scales but boast a traditional retro look.

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Jug scales

Jug scales can be used for weighing both solids and liquids. The ingredients can then be easily poured from the jug into another bowl. Jug scales have a digital LCD display screen and therefore require batteries.

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Digital scale features

Top features to look out for.

Calorie conscious

Some digital scales provide a nutrition analysis of the food you're weighing. These models allow you to add your own recipes, and some have a memory feature to track your calories.

Don't count the packaging

Want to know how much sugar you have left in the pack without having to pour it out? Scales that features the tare function consider the weight of the container, so they only weigh the contents.

Know your liquids

Common in many digital scales, a 'liquid measuring' function allows you to measure in litres/pints.

Imperial and metric conversion

Use our helpful chart to convert between imperial and metric measurements when cooking.

Weight Multiply by
Grams to ounces x0.035
Ounces to grams x28
Pounds to kilograms x0.45
Kilograms to pounds x2.2
Teaspoons to millilitres x5
Tablespoons to millilitres x15
Fluid ounces to millilitres x30
Millilitres to fluid ounces x0.03
Cups to litres x0.24
Pints to litres x0.47
Litres to pints x2.1
Litres to gallons x1.06
Litres to quarts x0.26

Meat thermometers

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Meat thermometers are used to tell when a joint of meat is fully cooked. Simply insert the point into the thickest part of the joint away from bones, leave a few seconds, and check the readout. They should be quick to respond and easy to read.

Many meat thermometers will show the optimum temperature of each type of meat but if your thermometer doesn't, follow the recommended temperatures below.

Beef, lamb and venison  
- Rare 52°C
- Medium 60°C
- Well done 75°C - 80°C
Pork 75°C - 80°C
Poultry (chicken, turkey, goose and duck) 75°C - 80°C

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