I currently use this scale which I purchased for $18.75. It’s better than no scale, which is what I had before. Even though I use it almost daily, I would not purchase this scale again.
There are three primary annoyances. First, there is no “hold” button or backlight. This means if you’re weighing an item large enough to cover the readout, you can’t press a button to hold the reading so when you lift the item off, you can see what the weight of that item was. There is a workaround: You can zero (“tare”) the scale before lifting the item off, and you’ll get the correct reading except it’ll have a negative sign in front of it. However, this doesn’t help when you place a large mixing bowl on your scale and then repeatedly zero while adding ingredients. A backlight could’ve helped; shining a flashlight under the mixing bowl doesn’t make the readout any easier to read.
Second, the auto-shut off is too short. If I get even a little distracted, the scale shuts off. For example, if my flour container empties while weighing, say I take out a new bag of flour and refill my flour container. By the time I come back to the scale to continue adding flour, it’s turned off and I’m left with an unknown amount of flour on the scale.
Third, the scale isn’t accurate enough for small measurements. For example, when weighing tea leaves for a single cup of tea, if the scale reads “2g”, that could be anywhere between 2.0g and 2.9g.
Some other issues presented themselves after repeated use. The scale will occasionally give an error because it thinks it’s not level even though it is. Also, the scale will give a reading of up to 3 grams sometimes when nothing is on the scale. Some of the coating on the weighing plate is wearing off, too. In general, the scale feels really cheap.