I realise that a set of electronic scales is a prerequisite for my job but I think every household should stock a set. Unless you are still cooking from Mrs Beeton I don’t see how you can use the old-fashioned dial scales-they simply aren’t accurate enough. A lot of old handwritten recipes that I inherited from my mother and grandmother naturally are written in imperial measurements, but you can choose imperial or metric settings on almost all electronic scales. You can also measure litres and fluid ounces and re-set the scales to zero when you want to add lots of ingredients. I have 2 sets, one from Terraillon and one from Salter. Both are good but the Terraillon scales are more versatile as they go up to 15kg compared with the Salter at 5kg. You can buy them on Amazon-just click on Buy Now.