Every cook will need a scale at some point in time and whether or not you use it often or little, this compact Joseph Joseph version is ideal. Measuring 6" (15cm) folded, and 9" (23cm) open, it holds a plate or bowl easily, and you can add to the ingredients as you go. I use mine a lot for canning, as the recipe calls for 5lbs of tomatoes instead of 5 cups. It folds up neatly and stores in the gadget drawer without being damaged as the screen is protected. It can read in metric or imperial measurements. Long battery life, easy to read screen, and simple function are all you need in a kitchen scale. White, plastic, hand wipe to clean.