PROS / This scale has more weighing space than any other scale in our review.
CONS / It does not display weights in fluid ounces or milliliters.
VERDICT / The EatSmart Precision Elite is one of the best kitchen scales you can buy.
The EatSmart Precision Elite earned high marks in our review of the best food scales by creating a product that is handsome, simple and useful. Its stainless steel weighing platform is the largest of all the scales on our side-by-side comparison chart. It also has among the heaviest weight capacity; this scale can weigh items as heavy as 15 pounds. This scale’s large backlit display and tall digits are easily visible at any angle and all lighting levels. You can take measurements in grams, ounces, kilograms and pounds and convert between units with a single button push. And this scale scored high marks in our tests for consistency and accuracy.
The weighing platform of this food scale measures a bit more than 65 square inches. This is the largest weighing area we encountered in our review of the best kitchen scales. In contrast to the rest of the device, the weighing platform is stainless steel rather than plastic. This makes it easy to clean when you’re done weighing your ingredients.
You can weigh quite a bit with this kitchen scale. Its maximum weight capacity is 15 pounds. This is far more weight capacity than you’ll need to create your average personal or family meal. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to exceed this scale’s weight capacity unless you’re preparing an extremely large dish meant for a large group.
This scale weighs food in the most common measurement units: grams, kilograms, ounces and pounds. You can switch between these measurements with a single button click. This is convenient because it will convert between measurement units without having to reset the scale.
The tare function on this kitchen scale allows you to weigh a container and disregard its weight when it’s filled with ingredients on a subsequent weigh. This effectively allows you to weigh items like liquids, salads and other ingredients that require a container without having to manually subtract its weight from the final result.
The EatSmart Precision Elite has a simple, yet useful and attractive design. It stands about an inch and a half tall and despite its large weighing area, is quite compact. It fits nicely on a countertop. Its stainless steel platform helps it blend in to any kitchen that features shiny metal surfaces. Its flat and compact construction makes it easy to stow away in a drawer or cupboard and easily retrieve when needed.
Like the weighing platform, the display of this food scale is quite a bit larger than the competition. The digits on the display are intentionally large and pronounced, so you don’t have to strain to see the reading. It also yields results down to the hundredth of an ounce, and is therefore more precise than some other food scales in our review.
This food scale has only two buttons, one for turning the scale on and off and the other for switching between weight measurements. The power button doubles as the scale’s tare function. If you want to zero-out the weight of a container, just press the power button once while the empty container is on the weighing platform.
There are two timers built into this food scale, one at power-up and the other at shutdown. The power-up time is about three seconds long and counts down to zero every time the scale is turned on. When the timer reaches zero, the scale is ready to use. The automatic shutdown timer begins whenever the scale is idle; if two minutes passes with no activity, the scale will turn itself off.
This food scale will weigh items in grams, kilograms, ounces and pounds. These are the most popular weight measurements and should get you through most of your food weighing needs. However, you cannot weigh items in milliliters or fluid ounces. And while no scale will have all these measurement units, it would increase this scale's utility if it had included them.
EatSmart’s warranty period for this and its other food scales is two years. However, given how well these scales are put together, it's unlikely you’ll need to use the warranty unless you get one of the rare defective units. In the case that you need customer support, you can contact EatSmart by phone or email. However, consulting the included user manual or browsing EatSmart’s online FAQs section can usually satisfy simple inquiries.
At the end of the day, it’s hard to go wrong with a food scale that is simultaneously easy and handy. Its large weighing area, heavy weight capacity and simple functionality make this food scale one of the best in our review. In our estimation, only the addition of more weight measurement units could make it better.