Why You Need Digital Kitchen Scales

Why it’s essential for home cooks and bakers to use digital kitchen scales for consistently successful results. Plus a Terraillon macaron scale review from the French weighing experts.

digital kitchen scales for making macarons

Why Do I need a Digital Kitchen Scale?

Weighing your ingredients accurately will help you produce consistently successful results each time. In fact, don’t even start making recipes that require precise measurements (such as macarons and patisserie) without them!
It takes the maths out of weighing ingredients.

What’s more, digital scales are also great at economising on washing up, as you can weigh each of your ingredients directly in the bowl or saucepan you’re using. Just place the bowl on top and flip the button back to zero.

Grams or Ounces = Same Language?

As baking in France and in the UK (and rest of Europe) is measured in metric grams (millilitres and kilos), all my recipes and in both my books are also given in grams.

  • Used to baking with imperial ounces (fluid ounces and pounds)? It’s so easy to change weight measurements with digital kitchen scales by a simple tap on the UNIT button. However, it’s not as precise as working with grams;
  • So I recommend you follow my recipes using precise grams and stick to them throughout the recipe to achieve consistent successful results.
  • In many recipes on the website, I have added both ounces and cups purely as an approximate guide.

Weight vs Volume

measuring chopped fresh figs in a bowl on digital scales

Baking or making patisserie is a science. Let’s not get all technical, but yes, it’s chemistry and if you change anything from 20g to 50g of flour or sugar in the oven, it can be a disaster (believe me, I’ve been there before digital scales).

Making macarons or pastries require exact quantities to the nearest gram (or 1/8 ounce), so you’ll need digital scales to weigh your ingredients precisely.

Cups are Not Accurate For Measuring Pâtisserie

CUPS are not an accurate enough measurement to enable us to bake or cook consistently well. Especially when it comes to baking pâtisserie like macarons, tarts, ganaches etc.

For example:

  • One cup of plain (all-purpose) flour is about 125g or 130g. I get conflicting results throughout – so what if I want to use precisely 125g flour? It also isn’t the same weight as whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour;
  • One cup of almond flour (ground almonds) is 100g – so is NOT the same weight as a cup of plain flour either.
  • Likewise, you can’t just throw in 4 egg whites and hope for the best that it will be 150g if my macaron recipe asks for it. It may just work, but next time you try the recipe, it could go wrong since 4 egg whites could be anything between 120g and 160g depending on the size and freshness of your eggs;
  • Butter: is that 28g or 30g, 1/4 stick or 2 tablespoons? Or 1.5 tbsp for only 20g?

Although some recipes (such as muffins, pancakes and bread) can be forgiving, measurements have to be precise by WEIGHT – not volume – in order for recipes to work successfully each time.

I could go on – but do you get the picture? Working in cups also means referring to charts of cups of flour, almond flour, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, butter…

It’s so much easier in grams.

Digital macaron scales Terraillon

So imagine my joy to discover these stylish MACARON digital kitchen scales by Terraillon. But were they up to it, being so lightweight?

“Macaron” Digital Kitchen Scales – Terraillon Review

Ever since these shiny raspberry-coloured scales arrived a few weeks ago, I’ve been constantly testing them – and they have passed with flying (and glossy) colours!

To choose the best digital kitchen scales, I find that Terraillon’s Macaron Scale ticks all the right criteria boxes and more:

  • The LCD display is easy to read and buttons are large;
  • It measures in BOTH metric and imperial weights, so if I’m following a recipe in ounces or in grams, I can switch back and forth at the touch of a button. That way we’re speaking the same international kitchen language;
  • It’s ACCURATE to the nearest gram or 1/8 ounce – and measures liquids too;
  • It’s full 5kg (11lb) CAPACITY is a lovely feature. Some of Terraillon’s macaron scales go up to 3kg (9lb) capacity, which is still more than enough for making pastries at home. My last scale would go into overdrive if I placed a heavy glass bowl on it but this one is much more bowl friendly as a result;
  • It has a TARE function, which means being able to reset it to zero so you can add and weigh more ingredients in the same bowl. Just switch back to zero to weigh the next ingredient. This economises on washing up;
  • It doesn’t mention on the guide, but weight is indicated for a whole TWO MINUTES. This is a feature I love compared with my last (and expensive!) scale, since often I’ll be measuring out icing (powdered) sugar and I run out towards the end. By the time I get another packet, the scale used to switch off. This scale doesn’t thus saves me the hassle of re-weighing;
  • Although they rely on batteries, the macaron scale uses only TWO standard AAA batteries – my previous one used a whopping four and yet this one lasts so much longer. It also warns you when you need to change batteries too, although it still hasn’t run out after 2 months of constant use;
  • Its sleek DESIGN is slimline, it’s super lightweight, easily transportable with an integrated handle, and the surface area is wide enough to accommodate standard bowls and pans. Although I chose raspberry, it comes in 12 more delicious glossy colours from shiny liquorice, plum, bright grenadine, mojito, frosted silver, to white meringue, for example, so would look stylish in any kitchen colour theme. It’s also so easy to clean at just a wipe of a cloth.

Did you know there are also digital jam scales? They take the maths out of jam making too!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post and was given a Macaron Digital Kitchen Scale by Terraillon for the purpose of a review. I am not required to be positive and, as always, all opinions are my own.

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42 responses to “Why You Need Digital Kitchen Scales”

  1. Having just ordered Teatime in Paris I thought I would continue to avoid more housework by having a good read back through Le Blog. Glad to discover this recommendation, as I was resolving yesterday to buy some as I struggled yet again with weighing out 235 grams while making Nigel Slater’s banana and choc chip loaf. Sadly John Lewis doesn’t stock Terraillon, so it will have to be Amazon

    • Linda, Terraillon also tell me that they sell their products in the UK at Currys, if that helps. Great news that you’ll be baking teatime French treats from Teatime in Paris! Can’t wait to see you making the recipes.

  2. My old faithful Salter’s scales are on their way out and I’ve been looking for a replacement for a while…these are gorgeous and great that they’re so accurate! I love the strawberry colour x

    • Well, you came in at the right time since your name popped up to win the scales – strawberry it is! Bravo, Joy! I’ve contacted you by email for your address details.

  3. These scales are great, especially as I’m at college and it’s hard to buy so many different measuring utensils for baking, and this would combine some of them! Love the frosted silver!

    • Hi Denisa,
      Thanks so much for entering and lovely choice of colour too. Sorry your name didn’t pop up but hope that college life still means you can bake away…

  4. I would finally love a set of accurate scales. The ones I buy never seem to be up to scratch. It will also give me the incentive to make macarons at last which I’d been too frightened to try.

    • Hi Michelle,
      thanks so much for entering and although your name didn’t come up, I do hope you have enough incentive to get good scales such as these so you have no more excuses to make macarons. They’re so much easier than you think – just stick to my recipe and to the letter 😉

  5. Love the red! It would match my new mixer. Would love to have a new scale.

    • Good choice on the red 😉 I love them too. So sorry you didn’t win the giveaway but I do hope you get scales like Terraillon’s since they’re super.

  6. These scales are essential for baking where accuracy is needed. Love the red, so vibrant.

    • Hi Sandra,
      Couldn’t agree more! Thanks so much for entering and hope you pop back in for future giveaways and more recipes.

  7. Love the colour of this red one , but with all the other features , especially the 2 min detail , any colour would be appreciated , great for my macarons where accuracy is really important xx

    • Hi Kate,
      Thanks so much for entering and glad you like the 2 minute detail too. So sorry that your name didn’t come up this time but I do hope you’ll look out these Terraillon scales since I’m really impressed with their quality.

  8. It’s obviously a sign, my last set of scales, purchased at the lidl in Croissy have just given up on me today. Would love to win these, would be perfect to go with your book.

    • Hi Carol,
      I’m sorry that the giveaway wasn’t for more people but I do hope that it’s a sign that you’ll be united with great scales. I really am impressed with Terraillon’s ones (including their jam scale). Thanks so much for entering and hope you’re enjoying the recipes in Teatime in Paris! (or Mad About Macarons?) ..

  9. I like the idea of economising on the washing up with these scales. AND I love the idea you are advised when new batteries are needed. White meringue sounds really upmarket but so are these scales which are far superior to the ones I have.

    • Hi Thomasina,
      thanks so much for entering. Yes, the names for each colour are rather classy, aren’t they? Very impressed with Terraillon so far.

  10. It looks & sounds very impressive and would encourage me to do more baking!

    Would love the plum colour. 🙂

    • Plum it is! You’re name came up to win them. Bravo, Bea!

  11. These are gorgeous and with any luck will improve my attempts at making macarons.

    • Thanks for entering, Debbie. I wish I had enough scales for everyone to win but I do hope this encourages you to go for good scales like these. Let me know how you get on with your future macarons!

  12. I would love to win these. My current scales are completely hopeless and I am blaming them for the fact my macarons are less than perfect! With some good scales I can perfect them. I’d love the strawberry colour

    • Hi Nia,
      I would have loved to be able to pick out everyone for the giveaway but I do hope that it will encourage you to go for good quality, precise scales since they’re essential for making perfect macarons each time. Please let me know how you get on with your macarons and thanks for popping in!

  13. So many great colours to choose from, but I think the frosted silver would be a stylish and invaluable addition to any kitchen!

    • Thanks for entering, Denisa. Yes, they are very classy, all the colours. Sorry that the Giveaway was only for 2 people but I do hope this inspires you to check out the Terraillon scale range, as they’re impressive for any kitchen, I agree.

  14. These seem a great set of digital scales and I love the bright colours I’d gorir the frosted mint to match my Kitchen Aid!

    • Hi Becky. Thank you so much for entering and sharing the Giveaway. I am so sorry but your name didn’t pop up at random but I really do hope that I’ll have another giveaway soon for you to enter. Love your choice of colour.

  15. I wish I could rate this post as I’d give it 6 out of 5 stars!! How I wish everyone would use scales when baking! What an unbelievable difference they make in the outcome! I’ve had so many nasty comments about a bad recipe, but only because they messed up with measurements by not using a scale! 🙁

    And what beautiful scales these are! The winners will be very lucky!

    • Thanks for your kind words, Christina. Yes, I wish more people would use digital scales too – it does make all the difference when baking.

  16. I love all the colors! I think strawberry. I do a lot of European recipes & I have a very old standard scale . I would LOVE this beautiful scale to cook with!

    • Hi Nancy, thanks for entering. I would have loved to be able to have everyone win on the giveaway! I do hope this will encourage you to go for excellent digital scales which are great value for money.

  17. Such a pretty scale–and so many lovely color options! I use mine all the time.

  18. I’d love grenadine! I’m getting my very first “grown up” kitchen and would love to have useful kitchen gadgets to improve my baking!

    • Hi Meg,
      Thanks for entering. Great news on your new kitchen and love the grenadine colour to go with it. I do hope this will encourage you to pick the best digital scales for all your baking in it.

  19. Well, what sort of excuse can I give to win this lovely scale now I have one in the Thermomix???? All
    I can say, the colour matches with my kitchen!!!????
    Lots of love from ????

    • Even with other gadgets, I still appreciate these excellent, reliable scales. Yes, the colour would go beautifully!

  20. I’d go for grenadine – bright red is my favourite colour and will match the rest of my kitchen. I need them so I can give my mum my current digital scales as hers are really useless and I know she won’t take them unless I have a replacement.

    • Oh Laura, how I wish I could have been able to give away scales to everyone! I do hope that your Mum gets good scales like this one. As you know, it does make all the difference. Love the bright colour – your kitchen sounds lovely!