Scale Buying Guide

Comparison Guide

It is about time we discuss the different features and specs available to you in a set of scales. Before we get into it I wanted to emphasise that because we are comparing brand to brand we really want to keep transparency high and mainly commentate on the factual differences. The goal is not to summarise a better brand but to compare the different features and highlight all the factors we think you should know.

We want you to be happy with your purchase, the last thing we want is buyers remorse or any surprises upon delivery. We understand that opening 4 tabs and creating a 'spec sheet' is tedious, time consuming and overall not fun... So we did it for you.

We will be looking at:

Acaia Lunar /RRP$439

Acaia Lunar Black Weighing Scale Basic Barista Australia

Acaia Luna + Weighing Plate /RRP$508.95

Acaia Lunar Black Scales Weighing Plate Basic Barista Australia

Acaia Pearl /RRP$273.90

Acaia Pearl White Weighing Scales Basic Barista Australia

Hario V60 Drip Scales /RRP$109.95

Hario V60 Drip Coffee Brewing Scales Basic Barista Australia

Rhino Coffee Gear 2kg Bench Scales /RRP$52.95

Rhino Coffee Gear 2kg Coffee Bench Scales Basic Barista Australia
Pequeño Digital Scale - Basal /RRP$19
Pequeno Digital Scale Basal Basic Barista Australia Melbourne


Value and Price

We believe the first thing to consider in a set of scales is the value and price range you are looking for, some of the scales we discuss are built for specific uses in mind while others offer a range of different features to accomodate as many different types of coffee weighing uses.

It's important to remember that there is no better scales, just like how there is no better coffee there is a range that appeals to many different coffee lovers and individually we all find value in different aspects.  


The nitty-gritty spec sheet we compiled so you don't have to XD... Thank you Basic Barista.

Acaia Lunar Acaia Lunar + Weighing Plate Acaia Pearl Hario Drip Rhino Bench Pequeño

Weighing Capacity

2kg 2kg 2kg 2kg 2kg 2kg
Dimensions (mm) 105 x105 x15 105 x160 x18.3 160 x160 x32 120 x190 x29 185 x158 x40 110 x 75 x18
Weighing Plate Dimenisions (mm) 105 x105 105 x160 (irregular shape) 160 x160 120 x140 150 x158 65 x 72
Fits a Portafilter No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Fits 2 capuccino cups  No Yes Yes Yes Yes 1
Use for Dosing Yes  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Battery Life 20-30H 20-30H 20-30H N/A N/A N/A
Cable Charging / Powered Yes  Yes  Yes No Yes No
Replaceable Batteries  No No No Yes 2xAAA Yes 1x9V Yes 2xAAA
Internal Battery
Yes Yes Yes No No No
Includes Batteries N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes No
Use Under Group Head Yes Yes No (Yes with 'Stem') No No No - not water proof
Sensitivity (Min) 0.01g 0.01g 0.01g 0.1g 0.1g 0.1g
Response Time (Aprox) Fast 20ms Fast 20ms Fast 20ms Slow 1.5sec Slow 2sec Slow 1sec
Taring Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto Tare Yes Yes Yes No No No
Auto Timer Start Yes Yes Yes No No No
Auto Off Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Hold Weight No


No No Yes No
Displays Weight g/OZ g/OZ g/OZ g g/OZ/OZT/DWT g/OZ/CT/OZT/DWT
Water Resistant Yes Yes No Yes No No
Durability 1-5 5 5 4 3 3 1.5
Weighing Plate Design Reversed Reversed Reversed Upright Upright Upright
Timing Capability Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Can be Calibrated Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Firmware Upgradable Yes Yes Yes No No No
Bluetooth Connectivity Yes Yes Yes No No No
Interactive with app Yes Yes Yes No No No
Material Aluminium & Acrylic
Aluminium & Acrylic
PC ABS Resin Stainless Steel & Plastic Stainless Steel & Plastic
Overload Protection Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

We hope you have found this helpful! Please If there is anything you need clarifying with or just want to say 'Hi' don't hesitate to contact us here.

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