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Offline Laura

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Requesting Advice on Scale Brands
« on: February 18, 2005, 10:05:42 AM »
I'm looking to purchase an accurate scale (with tare function) for my kitchen.   I'd like to purchase something low profile as I don't have a ton of counter space.  Does anyone own a scale that they love?  Please advise.

Thanks!

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Re: Requesting Advice on Scale Brands
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2005, 10:21:43 AM »
If you are in Canada,

try a place called Canada Weigh..... they make VERY accurate scales, mine is accurate to 1 gram !
and yes, all have the "TARE" feature, and many have hold features also.

They sell amazing amounts of scales.  I don't know if they ship to the States, but I bet they do.

The other good thing is your American dollar will go a longer way up here.

http://canadianweigh.com/

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Re: Requesting Advice on Scale Brands
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2005, 10:39:13 AM »
Thanks, Mark.  Great website but unfortunately they only ship to Canadian addresses and I live in the Southern US.  Do you own a scale?  And if so, how accurate is yours?  Is accuracy of 0.1 oz (1.0g) good enough or do I need something that is accurate to 0.02 oz (0.5g)?

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Re: Requesting Advice on Scale Brands
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2005, 10:51:39 AM »
I'm am POSITIVE these scales are available in the States, in fact I know they are, I've seen them somewhere,
maybe www.cooking.com

You have SO many online cooking stores, - remember that the population of California alone is larger than the entire country of Canada, yes really is true ! .... so we have very few online stores here for that stuff.

I have 2 scales.  One is a new one from that website and is accurate to 1 gram ! ... that is AMAZING !, nobody needs
that in reality, but I use it for brewing and hops are very very light, so it's great for us homebrewers.

If you are baking, 1 gram accuracy is overkill, many scales are accurate to 5 grams ( I don't know what that is in oz... )

go to www.onlineconversion.com for accurate conversions  ;D

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Re: Requesting Advice on Scale Brands
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2005, 10:53:47 AM »
Here's a nice scale:
http://www.cooking.com/products/shprodde.asp?SKU=205225

Easy to view LCD readout resets with each weighing, and the high-precision strain-gauge weight sensing system accurately detects from 1/8-oz. to 11 lbs. and can convert to metric (detects from 2g to 5kg). This scale features an add and weigh facility, auto zero function and battery indicator. Base is a brushed silver color.

see a whole list here:
http://www.cooking.com/products/shprodli.asp?Keywords=scale

anyway you will find these scales all over the place, even Wal-Mart I'm sure, or a cooking store in the local mall.  However mall stores usually
have higher prices to pay costs of renting mall space, so beware of that.

Cooking.com is not the only store, so do a google search on electronic kitchen scales
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Re: Requesting Advice on Scale Brands
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2005, 11:25:48 AM »
Love the model from Cooking.com.  I'm ordering it today.  Thanks for all the advice.

Laura

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Re: Requesting Advice on Scale Brands
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2005, 12:19:36 PM »
 ;)  Have fun Laura,  good model, and looks very modern.

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Re: Requesting Advice on Scale Brands
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2005, 12:23:49 PM »
I looked around quite a bit before getting a scale. Ended up with a Myweigh 7001dx. http://www.myweigh.com/mediumscales_3001.html

Very inexpensive comparitively, and lots of unique features - though not as futuristic looking.

Got a good review from scale magazine at http://www.digitalscale.com/7001t.htm

I bought mine through www.oldwillknott.com but there are some US and canadian sellers available.

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Re: Requesting Advice on Scale Brands
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2005, 01:29:21 PM »
When I was looking for a scale, I wondered what kinds of scales Tom Lehmann and Big Dave recommended for light kitchen use (as opposed to the heavy duty scales that pizza operators use). Tom recommended an Ohaus model, at http://www.globalindustrial.com/gcs/product/productInfo.web?infoParam.mode=1&infoParam.itemKey=30041370. I was able to find a considerably lower price for the recommended Ohaus scale at several other sources (which I found from an online search), and even spoke to a seller about the Ohaus unit Tom recommended, but my recollection is that the unit did not have a tare feature.

Big Dave recommended the Tanita 1144. They currently run around $75, plus any shipping charges. That unit has a tare feature but it was a bit more than I wanted to pay at the time.

It is also a good idea to check eBay. My brother found an inexpensive model there (from a company in Canada) and seems quite happy with it.

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Re: Requesting Advice on Scale Brands
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2005, 01:30:25 PM »
In reading Alton Brown's new book entitled "I'm Just Here For More Food" he recommends buying not one but two scales; a Soehnle Futura and a Frieling Accu Balance. The later is very precise and measures to the tenth of a gram, but only handles up to 8 ounces.
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« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2005, 01:44:18 PM »
At another thread, in response to a recommendation by Snowdy of a digital scale, I mentioned that I have a Sohnle Futura digital scale. As I mentioned to Snowdy, I had bought the unit on the recommendation of someone at this site some time ago. For the weight ranges I use, it is accurate to 0.05 oz. and 1 g. (There is also a higher-priced version of my scale that is very similar to my unit that Cook's Illustrated once rated the top scale of several it tested.) It's a bit of a pain to change to grams (you have to turn the unit upside down, remove a cover, and slide a switch) but I like the unit a lot. I bought it for $59.99 (the lowest price I found for the unit), with free shipping, from jpi-imports, and saw yesterday that the same unit is still for sale at the same price, and still with free shipping, at http://www.jpimall.com/kitchenscales/soehnle_futura.shtml.

I plan to investigate the Frieling unit to see if it offers any additional advantages over the Soehnle Futura.

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Re: Requesting Advice on Scale Brands
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2005, 01:46:40 PM »
I believe it is the 400 model. Available for about $40.00 or less.
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Re: Requesting Advice on Scale Brands
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2005, 04:29:58 PM »
I purchased a scale yesterday from a local merchant but ended up returning it today because it kept turning off in the middle of measuring and it displayed the weight as a fraction instead of a decimal.  I ordered the Soehnle Futura from JPI Imports just now and I can't wait for it to arrive. 

Again, thanks for all the advice!

Laura

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Re: Requesting Advice on Scale Brands
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2005, 09:08:20 AM »
I just ordered the MyWeigh 7001DX.  Looks to be an excellent deal and you can't beat the warranty.   8)
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« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2005, 01:33:09 PM »
I've read on here a few times about trying to weigh smaller exact amounts for like yeast, salt or sugar.

Have you guys checked out this scale? http://tinyurl.com/62784   What are your opinions on using this?  For the price I might just get one but I haven't decided yet.  http://tinyurl.com/5ruhc   :-\
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Re: Requesting Advice on Scale Brands
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2005, 01:45:09 PM »
Hi Nathan,

where did you buy this ? is it on the myweight.com website also ? I don't see it.


I just ordered the MyWeigh 7001DX.  Looks to be an excellent deal and you can't beat the warranty.   8)
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« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2005, 01:49:11 PM »
It's on myweights site here:  http://tinyurl.com/5vqdg

I ordered it from here: http://tinyurl.com/59u87
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« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2005, 01:47:15 AM »
I've read on here a few times about trying to weigh smaller exact amounts for like yeast, salt or sugar.

Have you guys checked out this scale? http://tinyurl.com/62784   What are your opinions on using this?  For the price I might just get one but I haven't decided yet.  http://tinyurl.com/5ruhc   :-\

Did you guys/gals miss my post?   :P
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Re: Requesting Advice on Scale Brands
« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2005, 08:01:38 AM »
That's one sweet scale Nathan, thanks for the link
Nice scale, I have a simular one but this one is a little funkier  ;D
http://www.myweigh.com/mediumscales_3001.html

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Re: Requesting Advice on Scale Brands
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2006, 02:50:58 PM »
This looks to be a well priced decent option,with easy to clean surfaces,decent volume,tear etc.

http://www.saveonscales.com/product_kd7000_professional_digital_kitchen_scale.html
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