Digital nutrition scales are absolutely priceless for anyone who is taking monitoring their food intake seriously.
We look into three of the best digital nutrition scales today. The lineup includes:
- EDITORS PICK: EatSmart Digital Nutrition Scale
- Perfect Portions Scale
- Kitrics Digital Nutrition Scale
An ordinary digital kitchen scale simple measures the weight of the food you place on it. A modern digital nutrition scale is similar, except that it can tell you the nutritional data about the food you place on the scale.
It does this by looking up a database that contains the nutrient data for hundreds of the most common foods you are most likely to weigh. This includes all the information on typical baking ingredients, and also anything you are likely to use in making a smoothie.
If you want to know how many grams of carbohydrates are in a handful of strawberries, you can simply place the strawberries on the scale, set the scale to strawberries, and the display will show you the information.
Digital nutrition scales are pretty incredible, huh?!
The previous method of getting this data was weighing your strawberries on a standard kitchen scale, and then looking up the strawberries nutritional data online, and then doing a few calculations to figure out how this nutritional data applies to your weight of strawberries.
Nobody has time for that these days! Especially when the best digital nutrition scales can be purchased for under $50!
These are our picks for the best digital nutrition scales of 2017…
Our top pick for the best digital nutrition scale is the EatSmart scale. You may have seen other EatSmart scales on our website for weighing people (for example, the EatSmart Products Precision Body Scale) so we are familiar with the brand.
However this review is for their food weighing product, which we are very impressed by. Let me explain why…
The EatSmart Digital Nutrition Scale will tell you most of the important nutritional facts on any food or ingredient in its database. This includes calories, sodium, cards, fibre, fats, etc. Essentially any of the nutritional information you would need to know at home.
Why would people want to know this information you may be wondering? There are two main reasons.
- Many diets these days include calorie counting. Using your gender and weight you can work out the number of calories you should be consuming each day to gain weight, lose weight, or maintain your current weight. Whatever your goal may be, working out the number of calories you need to consume to achieve it, and then counting how many calories you eat each day, is pretty much a surefire way to meet your weight goals. As you can imagine calculating the calories of everything you eat can get a bit tedious, especially if you don’t eat 100% pre packaged food products that are required to state the number of calories in each serving on the box. It therefore goes without saying that we highly recommend the small investment in a nutrition scale if you are partaking in any sort of diet that involves calorie counting.
- Secondly knowing what is in your food is important for people with medical conditions such as diabetes. Knowing the contents of your food can help manage your condition, and work towards managing it.
Anyway, back to the EatSmart Digital Nutrition Scale review. This scale scores bonus points for looking great, and being reasonably compact. It is not going to take up much room in your kitchen.
It is amazing the technology they can pack into this small kitchen scale.
This particular scale will calculate calories, fibre, carbs, sodium, fats, vitamin k, and 6 other key nutrients from its database of literally thousands of packaged foods, and 999 whole foods. If you plan to eat it, there is a good chance the EatSmart food scale has the data for it.
All the essential features of a good digital nutrition scale are included in this model. For example, it will automatically power off after use, it can weigh in grams and ounces, and the screen has a nice white backlight for easy reading. It runs on 4 AAA batteries which are included, and has a great 2 year warranty and gurantee.
The bottom line is, if you want one of the best digital nutrition scales, then you seriously need to check out the EatSmart Scale. It is the best kitchen scale we have reviewed in 2017.
The Perfect Portions Scale also has close to 500 positive reviews online, and is typically rated to have at least 4.5 stars our of 5 (the same as the EatSmart Scale review above).
I love this scale because of it’s sleek design. I don’t know if it should be a deciding factor in which digital nutrition scale to buy, but if you have a modern kitchen and like well designed products, then you will love this food scale.
The small bonus of having such a sleek well designed product is that it is super easy to clean. The smooth surface, and flat buttons, means a simple wipe will keep this scales glass top clean and hygienic.
The accuracy on this food scale is the same as the EatSmart Scale, which is within 0.1 ounce or 0.1 gram.
Detailed nutritional information is recorded in the database for 2,000 common foods, and you can even add up to 99 custom codes of your own. It has non-slip and scratch-resistant feet which gave me piece of mind when using it on my new wooden bench top.
The one negative comment I have about this scale is that sometimes the numbers on the screen is hard to see if I am using it in a low light setting. This however is not a deal breaker for me, as who cooks in low light settings anyway? If it is a bit hard to read, just move it to be under the nearest kitchen light and you will be fine.
As with most of the other digital nutrition scales reviewed on this page, the Perfect Portions Digital Scale has a two year warranty and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. An extra bonus when you buy a Greater Goods product (maker of the Perfect Portions scale) is that they give back to their charity partners. So if you want to buy a product from a brand that cares about others in need, then this scale is the one for you. At the time of writing, I believe Greater Goods have partners with an orphaned children charity.
I was hesitant to list the Kitrics Digital Nutrition Scale in my list of the best nutrition scales simply because the design of it isn’t something I want in my kitchen. It looks a bit clunky compared to the look and feel I am personally going for.
BUT…if I want an unbiased list of the best food scales with a nutritional calculator, it would be unfair to omit the Kitrics Nutrition Scale simple because I don’t like the design.
So why would you buy this scale for food? There are a number of reasons. It is a bargain buy at under $30, and has a few hundred positive reviews on many of the largest retailers websites. Currently on Amazon it has an average of 4.5 stars across 300+ reviews.
You can’t get much better customer feedback than that.
So if you are watching your nutritional intake closely, then this product should definitely be one that you closely consider. To use this particular food scale you simply enter the food items code from the list of 1999 common foods, then place the item onto the platform. Once the items weight is recorded, the nutritional facts for this portion size of this particular food will display.
It can’t get much simpler than that!
Even though the Kitrics Nutrition Scale comes with 1999 common food items inits database (more than most people will ever need), you can also store customizable food code entries for any unique or special foods that you may like to weigh.
Despite me personally not liking the design, I must admit it is an easy to use product, not just when looking up nutritional data.
The weighing platform is stainless steel which makes it easy to wipe down should any food get onto it.
Nutritional information is displayed on the screen exactly the way it is provided on food packaging labels. This makes is very easy to understand, as most people who are on a diet are familiar with the way labels are displayed on food packages. This means nothing new to learn or understand. Just the way I like it!
As with the other scales for food on this page, you can weigh your food in grams or ounces. The scale will measure calories, calories from fat, carbs, protein, fat, saturated fat, fiber, sugars, sodium, and cholesterol.
The information is easy to read, displayed just the way it is on food packaging labels. At the end of the day you can also calculate your daily nutritional intake, making this scale an essential dieting tool, or an eye-opener for those who wonder about their eating habits.
All in all this is a great digital food scale at a great price.
Why Buy a Food Scale with Nutrition Calculator?
Scales for food aren’t something most households own. Even rarer are food scales with nutritional calculators.
I first started watching what I ate when I was about 31, which is earlier than most people (I think!). I noticed I was getting a bit of extra fat around my waist, and was puffed after doing the smallest of tasks.
It was summer where I live, and I got into eating smoothies with ice to help cool me down. There are plenty of websites online that tell you how to make amazing smoothies, and other websites will calculate how many calories you need to lose weight.
Using my digital nutrition scale I could calculate how many calories I was eating with each smoothie, without having to manually do any calculations. After a few weeks of doing this, I knew roughly how many calories my favourite 3 or 4 smoothie recipes were, and managed my diet much better.
If you are about to start a diet, or just want to start living a with a bit more knowledge about what you are putting in your body, I recommend buying a digital nutrition scale. They are super cheap, and using the reviews on this page, you can be sure to buy the best digital nutrition scale for your needs.