Five Bench Scales for Weighing Ingredients
When it comes to weighing ingredients, bench scales are usually your best bet, but which one is right for you? This blog will explain what a bench scale is, the specifications you may want to look for, and which of our bench scales are perfect for the job!
What is a Bench Scale?
Bench scales, as the name might suggest, are designed to sit on a bench or countertop! They take up less space than a typical floor scale and are usually used in industrial/food-production environments, though they can be utilised in your very own kitchen!
What Qualities are Quintessential in Bench Scales?
IP Rating – If you weigh wet, sticky, or powdery ingredients often, it’s worth investing in a bench scale with an IP Rating, which means that it has protection against water and dust ingress. For example, a scale with an IP65 rating means that it has protection from dust and is protected from low-pressure water jets from all directions. The highest IP ratings are IP67, which offers total protection against dust and immersion in water up to one meter, and IP68, which is protected against full immersion in water deeper than one meter. For more info, check out our blog IP Ratings Explained!
Trade Approved – If you want to sell your ingredients by weight, such as individual bags of flour or sugar, you need a trade-approved scale according to UK law. To learn more, read our blog, A Guide to Trade Approvals!
Accuracy/Capacity – It’s very important that you choose the scale model with the right accuracy and capacity for your needs. The higher the capacity, the lower the accuracy and the lower the capacity, the higher the accuracy. If you weigh small quantities of ingredients or ingredients that are very light in weight, you may not want a bench scale with a large capacity because then you will be sacrificing precise results. On the other hand, if you weigh very large or heavy ingredients, overloading a low-capacity bench scale may cause damage to the internal components if it doesn’t have overload protection. Make sure you’re taking the capacity and readabilities into consideration when looking for a bench scale.
Stainless Steel – Besides giving bench scales sleek aesthetics, stainless steel lends its durability and resistance to corrosion. Stainless steel is easy to clean, making it less of a chore to wipe it down after each use. A bench scale with both stainless steel construction and an IP rating is practically unbeatable!
What Bench Scales are Supreme for Weighing Ingredients?
Capacities: 4kg – 32kg
Readabilities: 0.1g – 2g
Adam’s ABW-S Aqua Stainless Steel Waterproof Bench Scale has the highest accuracy of all the scales on this list, along with handy overload protection just in case. If you need extremely precise results, the ABW-S is the way to go. It’s also excellent for wet, dirty, sticky and dusty environments with its impressive IP68 rating. When it comes to food production, hygiene is everything, and the ABW-S is a scale that can take a thorough cleaning, so you can spend less time washing and more time weighing ingredients. With its premium grade 304 stainless steel design, the ABW-S is extremely durable and resistant to corrosion, which means this scale will be on your bench top for many years to come if you choose to keep it there. The ABW-S is equipped with a rechargeable battery, so you’re not restrained to one location! The Aqua Stainless Steel Waterproof Bench Scale is a fantastic value for its vast capabilities!
Capacities: 3kg – 30kg
Readabilities: 0.5g – 5g
Our IWS Waterproof Bench Scale is also IP68-rated and constructed from stainless steel, so it’s equally as easy to clean as the ABW-S! It also features a rechargeable battery, making it perfect for crowded spaces where space is a commodity. With the help of the IWS’s checkweighing function, weighing ingredients has never been easier. Simply input high and low parameters and let the IWS do the sorting for you!
Capacities: 6kg – 200kg
Readabilities: 2g – 50g
Adam’s CPWplus S Bench Scale is perfect for the bulk weighing of ingredients with its larger pan size and high-capacity options. While lower capacity models are a great fit for the bench top, we don’t encourage you to haul a 150kg bag of flour onto the table – higher capacity models like the CPWplus 150 and 200 are likely going to be more helpful as floor scales, demonstrating the versatility of this product. The CPWplus is constructed from solid stainless steel and comes with a smart scale indicator that can be wall or bench mounted for ultimate convenience!
4. A&D SK-WP Series Stainless Steel Waterproof Scale
Capacities: 1kg – 30kg
Readabilities: 0.5g – 20g
A&D’s SK-WP Series is the most expensive option on this list – for good reasons! This scale has trade-approved models, a requirement by law in the UK if you want to sell goods by weight. With an IP65 rating and stainless-steel housing, the SK-WP Series is guaranteed to be tough! It also comes with a curved weighing pan for holding small batches of items such as coffee beans, sweets and grain, to reduce the risk of mess. The best part about this scale is its alkaline battery usage, allowing for over 1200 hours of continuous wire-free weighing, so you can take this scale anywhere.
Capacities: 500g – 5kg
Readability: 0.1g – 1g
Kern’s FOB-S Stainless Steel Bench Scale is the most affordable choice on this list – though it’s not lacking in quality. This simple and compact bench scale has an uncomplicated interface, perfect for when you’re not interested in utilising any fancy applications – normal weighing is enough for you! The FOB-S’s stainless-steel housing and weighing plate ensure that it will be a long-lasting weighing solution, while its rechargeable battery guarantees its portability!
If you’re wondering which bench scale is best for you, contact the Inscale team at 01908972660!