Bakers will tell you that using grams, as opposed to tablespoons and cups, is the best way to get your recipes to come out perfectly. And to make sure you're getting those measurements just right, you can go for this 4.6-star-rated kitchen scale from Etekcity, which has more than 100,000 reviews on Amazon (and counting).
The $10 scale has four built-in, high-precision sensors to help get the most accurate weights possible, and it works for anything up to 11 pounds. It also features a tare function, which subtracts the weight of containers so you know how much food you're actually eating at each meal. This will help you when it comes to meal-prepping with a handful of resealable glass containers.
A digital scale can have so many uses in your home—one reviewer used the scale to weigh their litter of puppies!—but it's especially useful for occasions when the right measurements can make or break a dish. You can get exact flour amounts the next time you're in the mood for some homemade bread, while the health-conscious can use it for protein powders and supplements to ensure a balanced calorie intake.
Best of all, the scale itself is extremely user-friendly. The backlit LCD display is easy to read and shows multi-unit conversions. Whether you need ounces, pounds, fluid ounces, grams, or milliliters, this scale can easily display your weights and convert between the units. The food-grade stainless steel material and compact design make it easy to store and clean as well. You can keep the scale in any kitchen cabinet and wipe it down to clean.
For more information on the Etekcity digital food scale, head on over to Amazon, where you can currently get it for $10, which is $4 off the usual price.
A version of this story originally ran in 2021 and has been updated to reflect current pricing.