When it comes to digital kitchen scales, Ozeri ZK14-S Pronto pops up in mind. This is like supercomputer of food scales and if you keep reading this review you will find out why it is so.
Before ever I immerse deeper into the pros of this kitchen scale, let me make something clear that it is a consumer product: and that too digital, so it has ample chances to failure and it has its own drawbacks that we will talk about later.
When it comes to digital weighing scales, all of them have almost similar cons. Why Ozeri ZK14-S beats rest of them six ways to Sunday? It is because this food scale has limited share of the cons that other scales share, but its pros outnumber the cons, and you will not find few of them in other filters.
So, without further ado, let us have a look at this review:
- Weighing capacity more than most of the scales found on Amazon – 179.84 Ounces
- Sleek and stylish design
- Big weighing platform – easier to clean
- 5 measuring units
- Intelligent tare option that excludes the weight of container and measures the net weight of ingredients only
- Incredibly flawless measuring accuracy
- Inactivity turn-off time is too short
- Tare button tends to give inconsistent numbers for the same weight
- Scale is likely to start malfunctioning too early
- Scale is made of light-weight plastic
- No USB/AC Adapter charging
- No back-lit display
The pros and cons are here and before we talk about the merits or demerits of Ozeri ZK14-S kitchen scale, we have to make it clear that these pros and cons do not only include our opinion based on extensive lab testing (our kitchen lab is where we test scales and other kitchen items as per different testing criteria), but they also include the opinions of the people who bought these scales on Amazon.
That is, a con mentioned in this review is not necessarily something that we noticed in our testing, but might be an opinion shared by a user of Ozeri ZK14-S food scale.
Alright, enough yapping about the needless details, let us have a deep dive into these pros and cons and see where we rate this kitchen scale on our rating system – a scale from 0 to 10.
Ozeri ZK14-S Kitchen Scale Pros in Detail
Get ready to find out what is it worth to have an Ozeri food scale at home or your food outlet. Here we are going to discuss the pros in detail.
Best Weighing Capacity
Here’s a quick mental exercise for you. Go to Amazon and search for kitchen scales and keep noting the maximum weighing capacity offered by those scales.
While you can do it on your own, let us tell you that most of the good scales have a standard maximum weighing capacity of 176 ounces, then there come the poor ones that weigh around 70.54 and then there come scales like MyWeigh and Ozeri.
MyWeigh scales weigh as much as 282.1917 ounces which is simply unparalleled, but Ozeri scale also does a good job with offering maximum weighing capacity capped at 179.84 ounces, which gives it a little edge over standard 176 ounces scales.
Sleek & Stylish Design
Those who have a very practical approach towards their tools will mostly ignore aesthetics and symmetry, but considering that the biggest demographic of food scale users are women, both: aesthetics and symmetry become important.
Sleek and stylish design of Ozeri scale will complement your kitchen and since it is a slim and lightweight kitchen scale, it is always easy to move, pack or store this item. You cannot do this with those big analog display scales.
Big Weighing Platform
Ozeri ZK14-S comes with a big weighing platform. This is a good quality, because it makes it easy for the end user to weigh ingredients in bigger quantity and also, it is easier to clean. The faux chrome body takes nothing more than a wipe with a damp cloth: preferable microfiber.
5 Measuring Units
While it is simply astounding why almost all scales offer measuring units other than Kg and to make things worse, Ozeri food scale also does not allow measuring items in Kg and you have to use a unit converter app for this, the good thing is that this scale offers 5 measuring units.
It is good because most of other scales that we have previously reviewed only offer 4 measuring units, and some of them stoop to 3 units.
Not in the case of Ozeri ZK14-S! This weight measuring scale lets you measure weight of your ingredients in five different units. You can do this in grams, lbs, lbs:oz, oz and ml, and with a little unit converter app in your cell phone, you can easily measure in Kilos too.
Graduation unit is the least measurable point beyond which a scale cannot give accurate measurement. This is important because sometimes you try a recipe that demands a very little amount of some ingredient e.g. sprinkling ground black pepper.
The good thing about Ozeri kitchen scale is that its graduation unit is 0.05 Oz. This is way better than standard 0.1 Oz offered by other weighing scales. It means that you can enjoy the measuring the weight of the smallest quantity that any food scale can measure. Bakers love Ozeri food scale for this reason.
First of all, let me clarify that tare option is more or less the same in case of all food weighing scales; you push it and it excludes the previous weight (could be ingredients or bowl weight) and it makes the scale ready to weigh the newly put ingredients.
It is kind of “easier said than done” deal. Not all weighing scales have this good tare option that Ozeri and its likes present. The precision tare button will exclude the weight of bowl, container or previously weighed ingredients by one simple push.
Push it and you are ready to weigh new ingredients without worrying about previous measurements. Ozeri scale makes 100% assured that you get new measurements for newly added ingredients.
Flawless Measuring Accuracy
Thanks to the tare button and sensors beneath Ozeri’s meek, chrome looking weighing platform that you get flawless measuring accuracy. Ozeri weight measuring scale claims the weight measurements to be flawless, but we did not take their words and tested it in our lab.
And yes, for 97.5 out of 100 times, the readings turned out to be 100% accurate. This is not what you are going to witness in just any food scale; Ozeri’s Amazon customers also love it for this very reason.
While using other food scales on Amazon, at least in case of most of them, the transition from one to another measuring unit is never a smooth experience, this is not yet the case with top class kitchen scales like Ozeri ZK14-S and Etekcity etc.
Ozeri food scale lets you easily and smoothly convert from one unit measurement to another. So you can shift from gram to lbs to ml etc. without any problem; just push the purpose-built Unit button and there you have the measurements of your ingredients in desired unit.
Ozeri ZK14-S Food Scale Cons in Detail
Enough is enough!
Everything cannot be too rosy or kosher with a digital product. Seriously, how many Amazon products have you noticed with zero negative reviews?
Chances go from little to little to no when you check digital products and Ozeri ZK14-S is a digital product, thus it comes with handful of cons.
Some of these negative points are actually intentional decisions taken by the company to save the product from a bigger negative impact, some of them are noticed by Amazon buyers (not us) and some of them are what we noticed in our exhaustive testing of this product.
We are going to talk about all of them in detail. Here you go:
Short Turn-off time for Inactivity
Since most of these digital scales use AAA batteries (thankfull Ozeri takes only 2 to work), they have to do something to avoid the battery drain issue. They do with setting a turn-off time. After a certain short period of inactivity, the scales goes off.
Unfortunately, most of the customers are not happy with this trick, and most of highly rated scales get a negative review because of this. Ozeri is no exception; its inactivity turn-off window is only two minutes, and considering how busy a chef is at home or business place kitchen, they don’t have enough time to scratch their head, much less to keep going to the scale, in the midst of cooking, just to keep it active.
Tare Button’s Inconsistent Readings
Well, this con is neither intentional on company’s part nor noticed during our testing, and we just included it because a handful of customers complained that tare button is not very consistent in its readings. It will give you different amount for the same weight; perhaps it is because of the allocation of sensors, but this issue seems to be real as far as Amazon reviews of this scale are concerned.
This is another con that we could not attest by our testing, but when it comes to the pros and cons of a product, the consumers and end users have the most authentic opinion. If you have a look at Amazon reviews of this kitchen scale, you will find out that there is a considerable number of people who reported that their scale stopped working after a few weeks or months etc.
However, majority reviews are the reason why Ozeri scale has an overall 4.8 star rating and those who gave those positive reviews definitely did not notice anything like this. When it comes to a scale turning dead, there are a lot of things to consider and including its inner circuit, the fittings at one’s kitchen could also be the reason for it.
This one is what we would like to attest because of our personal experience and testing of this product. We would like to inform any interested users that while Ozeri’s built quality is not poor and it does not interfere with its functioning, it is not chrome or metal. It is purely built of plastic with chrome finish on it.
This is the reason why scale is so light weight and this is the reason why some Amazon customers disliked the scale, even though clumsy, plastic body made it lightweight and small to pack and move, and even though it does not affect the proper functioning of the scale.
No USB/Adapter Charging
Well, even Ozeri rival Etekcity does not have this feature and so is the case with rest of famous food scales. However, a USB/Adapter charging food scale is not a fantasy and scales like MyWeigh offer this function that makes it easy for you to just use electricity to charge your scale and you don’t have to rush to your drawers or to market to buy new batteries, while you are in mid of baking.
Ozeri comes with 2 AAA batteries, which makes it better than those that require 3, but ignoring the USB/AC Adapter charging option seems to be a bad executive decision.
No Back-lit Display
Well, this is the reason why Ozeri ZK14-S food scale requires only two batteries. At least this is what we can make of it; they made a wonderful scale and then made a blunder by not making a back-list display.
With a back-lit display, problems like poor lighting and shadow of the weighing trey, bowl or container simply vanish, but not in the case where you try to save the battery life by compromising over functionality and ease.
Ozeri Pronto Review
Now, let us see where we rate Ozeri ZK14-S on our scale of 1-10:
|Weight of the Scale
As you can see, because of usability, design, extra measurement units, best possible graduation unit and amazing weighing capacity etc. we gave Ozeri ZK14-S a 9.25 out of 10, and we definitely recommend this scale over others.
If you remember our post about the best kitchen scales, this scale turned up to be the winner of the competition – 100% authentic and recommended by us.
? How do I use my Ozeri Kitchen Scale?
Firstly, make sure that the scale is placed on a flat surface. Then press the Power/Tare button to the right of the display. Place the ingredient you want to weigh. The display will show the weight of the ingredient. In case you want to weigh multiple ingredients together, just press the Tare button, and it will reset the scale, so you are good to go.
? How long does the scale retain memory?
The scale automatically powers-off after two minutes. Hence, after two minutes memory is lost. As the Ozeri Digital Kitchen scale uses 2 AAA batteries only, this action preserves energy and helps batteries last longer.
? Does Ozeri ZK14-S Pronto remember units?
Yes, it does. If you use grams, and then power-off the scale, the scale will retain the setting. You will have to change modes to use other units of measurement.
? How do I reset my Ozeri Food Scale?
You can reset your food scale by pressing the button Tare button to the right of the display. This action will set the display to zero.
? How do I change batteries in my Ozeri Scale?
The food scale has an easy-to-access compartment on the backside. You do not need a screwdriver to open up the compartment. Hence, just buy new batteries, open up the battery compartment, and change them.
? Is Ozeri Food scale’s display easily readable?
YES and NO! The display has large digits, so it is easy-to-read in a well-lit room. It isn’t backlit, though, so you may have trouble reading the display in darker settings.