Quirky Design & Mediocre Precision
Reviewed in the United States on 13 July 2021
Nicewell Digital Kitchen Scale 22lb
Quirky design & mediocre precision (3.5 of 5 stars)
After my trusty digital scale died after 15 yrs, I hunted amazon for the best option I could find for under $25, and at the time, this seems to be it. After a few week's use, I have several dislikes, a few nits, and some likes to share. Dislikes first ...
> Noteworthy Design Flaw (-1 star): Due to an obvious cost-saving manufacturing shortcut, the controls are located directly ON/IN the weight platten (aka "One Piece Design"), rather than being properly isolated from the scale (like the vast majority of other scales on the market are). That sort of thing is acceptible on a bathroom scale, but for a kitchen scale (where you're constantly adding and re-tareing weights, while following a recipe) it was a POOR DECISION, because that means every single time you touch the controls, you alter the weight, and then you have to wait nearly 2 full seconds for the readings to debounce (stabilize). It gets tedious in a hurry, trust me.
> Mediocre Accuracy & No Calibration Capability (-1/2 star): There is no way to correct any inherent inaccuracies in this unit. For example, I measured 800ml water, but it read as only 783ml (see photo), which was -2% low - ok for casual home users, but subtract 1-2 stars if you bake/cook professionally.
> Auto off timer (2 min) reasonably long but cannot be disabled.
> Fluctuation: The grams scale readings often flicker +/- 1 gr every few sec. I know why too - the program that controls it does a poor job of 'debouncing' the readout in the most precise mode.
> SLOW: Every time you touch the controls (ex: Tare) or add more of something, you have to wait 2 full seconds for it to zero out, or for a new reading to appear. That may not sound like a lot, but if you're dribbling in something a gram at a time, it gets tedious in a hurry.
> Rechargeable battery tolerant ? YES, but i'll speculate that i'll need to top them off frequently, due to their lower voltage output. EDIT: Yep ... as soon as my rechargeables dipped below 80%, the display dimned (low battery), and I had to swap in a fresh pair. Why ? Rechargeables are only 1.3v vs 1.5 for alkalai, so unless a device has been optimized to handle both, the former will prematurely trip the low battery sensor at anything short of max charge.
> No brand name or model number anywhere, not even the product manual - just a warantee sticker with an email address.
> Made in China.
> QR Code / Lifetime warrantee. The former brings you directly to Nicewell's facebook page, which is ... cute. As for the warrantee - it looks good at a glance, but then again, because the scale is unmarked (no brand name or model number on the scale), and it's made in China, if their phone # or weblink ever goes poof, so does your lifetime warrantee.
> Bright display
> Easy cleanup
> Units default to last selection used.
> Battery are AAA instead of CR2032, which is a plus.
Bottom line: A good value for the price, easy to read, easy to use .... but one piece scales are annoying, precision is an issue (esp for liquids), and it's slow. Subtract a star if you bake regularly, and 2 if professionally.
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