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I used to have traditional kitchen scales but the numbers on them was so small that I could never see properly and as baking is so precise I was always adding just a smidge too much or little to my recipes which meant that most of the time they were turning out differently each time.
Because of that I bought some electronic kitchen scales instead so I could be absolutely sure of my measurements each and every time.
I ended up with some Salter kitchen scales because I thought they sounded good and were less expensive than I thought they were going to be.
I always thought Salter was more expensive so I was really pleased to get these for only £8.99 in Argos and the online reviews were really good. The scales are very plain and mine are white but I see that they come in black too. Because they are a flat disc and not very thick they are easy to store in a drawer or cupboard and don't take up much valuable storage space.
They are really simple to use and there are no complicated settings to be messing around with. Simply turn them on and then weigh what you want on them. You can either just weigh straight on to the disc or else you can add a bowl to the top of them. Reset the scales to zero and weigh your ingredients in the bowl. You can keep resetting the scales to zero every you add something new in so you can just do all your measuring in the one bowl which saves loads of time.
The scales can measure in both metric and imperial measurements though I only ever use them in metric as this is what all my recipes call for. You can weigh a maximum of 3kg on them which is more than enough for most baking but you can always just measure the ingredients separately if you are making a giant cake I suppose.
The LCD display is really clear and easy to read and even when my kitchen is dim I can see what it says and don't need to go hunting my glasses to double check. They are also really accurate and no matter where in the kitchen that I place them they give the same reading. When I got them I placed a bowl on and off several times and each time they came back with the exact reading so I am confident that they are correct and accurate.
These scales are probably one of the best kitchen scales! It is made by Salter which is a reputable brand when it comes to scales including bathroom scales. I bought this kitchen scale a few years back in Sainsbury’s after my old Cookworks scale from Argos broke somehow. I was surprised that this Salter scale was a very similar price to the Cookworks scale. The Cookwork scale was to be frankly honest completely rubbish, I don’t even why I even bought that!
The kitchen scale itself is a nice compact design with a black matt finish so it’s not glossy or anything. However, at that tiny price of £12, I didn’t expect it to be gloss. The dimensions are excellent for a kitchen scale as it’s a square shape suitable to put big bowls on whilst baking.
This leads to another great point about these scales, it’s that you can weight things as you go along whilst baking, you just leave the bowl on the scale and just press the on button again which resets the scale to zero and you just add more ingredients to the bowl. You can repeat this process throughout but be careful as the maximum load weight is 3 kg. I personally, think this is great as on my other scale, you couldn’t do that, so I had to measure ingredients separately which was annoying! Also, it will help people who are dieting and using it to control their portion easily.
Another great feature is the fact that the weight can be displayed in metric units (kilograms and grams) and imperial units (pounds and ounces) which is very useful as some recipes can be in imperial units so you don’t even need to alter the recipe.
Finally, the best feature is the 15 years guarantee which is excellent as it means I don’t have to worry about buying another kitchen scale as I know it will be replaced by Salter.
The only negative point I have about this product is that the battery used to operate this kitchen scale is cr2032 battery which does tend to be harder to find in shops. However, the battery itself lasts a long time, so you don’t need to change batteries often!
I purchased a Salter 1066 Electronic Kitchen Scale from my local Sainsburys Supermarket for £14. Sainsburys are currently selling the kitchen scale for £12, Tesco are selling it for a slightly lower price of £10, and Amazon are selling the Salter Scale at £9.99. It's widely available from most well known high street stores, as Salter is a popular branded name for such appliances.
* Add and weigh function
* Auto shut off
* Auto zero function
* Batteries included
* Battery size Button cell
* Display type LCD
* Length, width, height 23.8 x 23.6 x 5cm
* Low battery warning
* Manufacturer's guarantee 15 years
* Material composition Stainless steel and plastic
* Max weight 3kg
* Measures liquid & dry ingredients
* Metric/Imperial conversion
* Weight graduations 1g or 1/8oz
The Electronic kitchen scale came enclosed in a small cardboard packaging with a picture and usual salter logo printed on the front. The Scales came with instructions and batteries, which can be inserted into the bottom battery compartment. The Scale is small in size and measures approx 23.8 x 23.6 x 5cm.
The scale has a nice slim design, and curves inwards towards the edges to form its stands. The scale has a black glossy plastic finish, and black control buttons for changing scale measurements. It has a small LCD screen located on the surface of the scale. The scales in my opinion have a very nice attractive design that is modern and stylish, and fits excellently into my kitchen scheme.
The scales are compact in size and therefore I have no problems finding storage room for them when not in use, the fact that they have an attractive design and small in size means they can if desired stay on the kitchen worktops, however as I don't use them on a daily basis I find it easier just to store them away in our cupboards. They are also very light weight, and easy to pick up with one hand and transport in and out of storage without any problems.
The first thing I needed to do before use, was insert the batteries which come included but in a separate plastic packaging. To insert you simply unscrew the battery compartment cover located underneath the scale, insert the single CR2 battery and then screw on the battery cover.
The scales can weigh in either grams or pounds and is very simple to operate. Just place a bowl onto the surface of the scale and power the scales on, which then resets the scales to zero. Then choose the type of measurements from the two buttons on the surface of the scale i.e either grams or pounds/ounces. One aspect I like about this scale is that it allows you to weigh an ingredient then zero the scale to add another measurement, which is very handy and saves time in food preparation. To do this simply press and hold the on button once the first measurement is completed and then it resets to measurement to zero ready for the next measurement.
The controls are all very simple to use and are clearly labelled, as there are only two buttons there are no confusion during use. The LCD screen displays all the measurements clearly and accurately via digital scaling. It displays all details such as measurement selected and the actual measurements.
The scales measure very accurately and have made the process of cooking dishes and baking so much easier and faster than using mechanical scales. The scales are also very easy to keep clean due to the black plastic glossy finish, so a simple wipe with a cloth will get rid of any left residue or marks. The black finish makes it less likely to stain and therefore looks good as new even after a years use.
Overall this is a great electronic scale by Salter that is easy to use and operate and measures very accurately. It is easy to keep clean and also reasonably priced; therefore this gets full marks from me.
I love cooking and baking so kitchen scales are a must-have for me. I had been managing with some really old, pretty much broken manual scales for as long as I can remember so when I received an amazon voucher a few months back I decided to spend some of it on an electric scale as I knew that this would save me a lot of time.
The scales that I chose after looking on amazon were these ones, which I chose mainly because I have heard of the brand Salter countless times and it was quite reasonably priced. Salter do many different models of scales and I have the 1066 model which I chose because it was cheaper than the other available models. This scale is not the cheapest scale around, however I think that it was necessary to pay a decent amount to ensure that it is good quality and will last for a good amount of time.
I paid £9 for the scales and prices vary, as I said before I bought mine from amazon however supermarkets and online stores sell this make of scale too. The electric scales are available in 2 colours, the colour choose is limited and basic and I had the choice of black or white. I personally think that white kitchen appliances can look a bit cheap and get dirty easily so I opted for black. I am pleased with my choice and I think that the scales look much more expensive than they were, the design is basic but doesn't look cheap. The scales are lightweight, but they're not flimsy feeling and they are easy to store as they're not that big. The scale that I used to use - a manual one used to take up half of a cupboard it was so big so it's nice to have this one which is so much more compact!
The scales measure 18 x 18 x 2.6cm and the LCD display on the scales is big enough to read clearly. To the right of the LCD display there are two buttons. One is the weight setting and one is the on button. When weighing stuff, you need to press this button to get it to go back to zero which sounds confusing but it really isn't, for example if I'm baking a cake I will weigh the flour, press the on button to reset it to zero, weigh the sugar and so on. The scales come with simple instructions which are easy to understand and explain how to use the scales etc.
I tend to use a lightweight plastic bowl to weigh the ingredients in as it doesn't weigh much so I can keep track of the measurements without having to work out how much weight the bowl is adding to the overall weight. When weighing the ingredients I find this very easy to use. The surface area is big enough for my bowl to rest on without toppling over the edges, and the scales stay in place as they're got rubber pad things stuck to the bottom of them on each corner which is good.
The scales are easy to wipe clean so if some flour gets on them (I'm a messy cook!) it takes a couple of seconds to wipe them clean. As they're so easy to clean I can place ingredients directly onto them and this comes in handy for me because I calorie count so if I need to know how much a chicken breast or potato etc weighs I can place it on the scales quickly which I personally find handy as I don't have to mess about trying to guess the weight and calories.
The scales always display an accurate reading of the amount something weighs, I've never felt that the weight is wrong or doesn't seem right, and after a few months of being used 3-4 times a week, sometimes more, the batteries aren't running low which I have found surprising. The batteries are easy to replace though they just go into the back of the scales so when the time comes it won't be an epic trying to replace them.
All in all I have been really pleased with these scales. They're easy to use, compact and durable and I recommend them.
I decided it was time to buy some scales when I started my new diet. It was Atkins and I knew I wanted to do this diet well and precisely. I would write everything I ate down including the weight so I could then figure out how many carbs I had eaten that day. I had never got on with scales that weren't electric. I found them to be messy because you kept having to wash the bowl when adding ingredients so found this on amazon for about £10.
They look very nice for scales. Not chunky or in the way and because it's make out of plastic and its shape, it super easy to clean. All you need to do is wipe it with a cloth. Because it is flat, you can use whatever bows you want which means less washing up to do
They are very easy to use. Just place the food onto the scales with them turned on. To get back to zero you just restarted them. There is a setting that can go from pounds to grams.
I cannot think of one bad word to say about these scales.
Would I recommend them?
Yes. They're quality scales for a very cheap price
~*~*~ Salter 1066 Black Platform Scale 3kg ~*~*~
Having always bought the cheapy mechanical scales I really wanted to upgrade to an electronic one.
I do a lot of baking, from cakes to pizza and anything inbetween really. I love to do a bit of home baking and cheapy scales just never lived up to the job, they would break quite easily and I pretty much bought a new one every year. I don't know why I didn't invest in an electronic scale years ago but hey, never mind.
~ Packaging ~
These Salter scales came packaged in a small cardboard box with a picture of the scales on the front. The scales themselves were in a small plastic bag inside along with instructions.
~ Usage and My Thoughts ~
I used these scales the night that I bought them. I bought them in Tescos and I paid around £10 for them.
The scales are black plastic, with 2 small buttons and a little LCD display screen. They are very simple and very easy to use. They have the option to weigh in grams or pounds but I always use the grams.
Being made of plastic they are very easy to clean, a simple wipe over with a damp cloth will get them looking clean and new again.
What I like most about these scales is that you can weigh and add without having to use various different bowls. Just pop the bowl on the scale whilst off, and hit the on button, you can then start adding sugar (or what ever) once finished, press and hold the on button until the scales go off and then put them back on, you will see the scales have re-set back to 0g and you can then add your second ingredient and so on. It makes home cooking so much easier and cleaner!
The scales are also quite useful if you sell online as you can weigh your parcels before taking them to the Post Office so you know how much postage will cost you.
These scales have made my life all that more easier as I seem to be making something all the time, trying to be a bit frugal and watching the pennies I make quite a lot of our food from scratch, my boys love fairy cakes and muffins, crumpets, flour tortilla wraps, pizza so having an accurate scale is a definate must, these have never let me down and are great.
The battery compartment is on the underneath, it takes one CR2032 battery but does come with one. They also have a 15 year guarantee.
I bought these scales about 6 months ago when my previous digital scales broke. I was pleased to find a set of scales which didn't come with its' own measuring bowl as this takes up space and I don't tend to use the scales measuring bowl anyway as this makes extra washing up!
The salter 1066 scales are not much bigger than a standard hardback book and can be slotted into your cupboard on their end like a book. They take up very little space indeed so you can keep them somewhere handy.
They can display either metric or imperial weights on the LCD display and you can reset the scales to zero between ingredients so that you don't have to keep adding up the weights (which can be prone to errors!). The scales have an auto-switch off feature which detects when they're not being used. However, they remain on for quite a long time (a couple of minutes) between adding ingredients which means they won't suddenly switch off half way through adding an ingredient (my previous set of scales did and it was _extremely_ frustrating). The Salter scales can weigh up to 3kg and have a flat, smooth surface which is easy to wipe clean.
The only downside I have experienced with these scales is that they take a button cell (or "hearing aid type") battery (Lithium CR2032 battery which comes with the scales) rather than a standard AAA battery and this will be more difficult to get hold of when the scales go flat.
I would recommend these scales to anyone wanting a space-saving, basic set of digital scales.
I had been wanting to update my set of kitchen scales with a more modern version for quite some time but never seemed to get around to it. I had already decided that I was going to electronic scales in the hope that they would be easier and more convenient to use than the more traditional 'pointer' scales, and had half-heartedly had a look around online at a few options, but never made any firm decisions, other than deciding that my new purchase would come from the well-known "Salter" brand. I had heard many good reports about this brand and had many positive reports about the brand online.
By sheer chance, I was shopping in a local branch of Tesco recently and happened to be perusing the aisles of homeware items and kitchen accessories when I noticed a range of kitchen scales on display. I instantly recognised one of the scales as one I had been researching online - namely, the Salter 1066 Black Platform Scale. Noticing that this particular scale was priced within my designated budget, costing a mere £7.50, I decided there and then to purchase it for myself.
The first trial of my new scale took place in the form of a batch of little cupcakes the following day. A tried and tested recipe that I am extremely comfortable and familiar with seemed like a good place to start. I figured that I should recognise any possible anomalies in the measuring of ingredients process, such is my familiarity with cooking these particular treats.
Oven set at the right temperature, ingredients on hand ready to use, I was all ready to start measuring out my bits and pieces and so removed my new scales from their box, setting them proudly on display on the kitchen worktop. There was no excessive packaging to contend with, and the little rubber 'feet' on the underside of the scale meant that they were entirely still, without wobbling or moving around at all.
The Salter Black Platform Scale requires very little setting up prior to use, thanks to the neat design and electronic display that it has. There is no wobbly tray or bowl to be positioned correctly and no dial to be tweaked to the zero point on the scale, which can be a tricky process at times and can often lead to inaccurate readings with cheaper models - something that any experienced home-baker will tell you can be a crucial point at times! The Salter Black Platform Scale is completely flat as you can see from the picture on the review page here, and it consists of a black, square-shaped surface on the top of the scale, with the mechanism and 'workings' contained within.
The display 'window' for the scales lies at the bottom left hand corner of the 'square' design of the scale. The 'window' for the display is a generous size, and is not so small that it is difficult to see or read correctly. There are two black buttons on the right hand bottom side of the square-shaped scale which I will go into in more detail later in the review. The overall look of the scale is quite sleek and I thought it looked quite modern in its design. It is worth pointing out too that the scales don't feel particularly heavy or difficult to carry.
The only negative point about setting up the Salter scale I have to report is concerning the removal of a little plastic 'isolation tag' which was placed underneath the circular battery, which can be found in its 'housing' on the underside of the scale. The instruction leaflet supplied with the scale gave me the impression that all I had to do was whip the tag off and my scale would be set up and ready to use. Unfortunately however, when I whipped the plastic tag off, I obviously used excessive force or something, because the tag's sudden removal caused the metal battery to come flying out of its enclosure and it landed somewhere on the opposite side of the kitchen! Replacing the battery in its slot on the back of the scale was a tricky process that I struggled with. There was insufficient instruction on how to do this supplied in the instruction leaflet that came with the scale in my opinion. I found that replacing the battery was extremely 'fiddly' and it seemed to keep popping out of the slot. I finally called on my husband to help me and he managed to replace the battery correctly after a minute or so of trying. I can't help but think that anybody with limited mobility in their hands or fingers would have terrible problems with this process, but it is a necessary requirement in order to get the scale properly 'set up'.
Fortunately, actually using the scale fared nowhere near as tricky or time-consuming, and I was immediately charmed by the Salter Black Platform Scale's simplistic design and concept. Pressing the right hand black button on the bottom of the scale (called the ON-ZERO button) switches the scale on. The numeric display immediately jumps to life and displays a variety of numbers for a couple of seconds, before settling on the 'O' display. This means that the Salter Scale is ready to start measuring, a mere moment after switching on.
Depending on what you are weighing, you could possibly choose to place the items directly onto the scale surface, but as the scale cannot be immersed in water (otherwise a terrible fate would meet the important mechanisms contained within) I prefer to place a plastic plate or small bowl onto the scale to avoid the surface getting overly dirty or greasy. This is something that I am particularly aware of as I do a lot of baking, and so margarine and other greasy or sticky ingredients are regular attendees in my mixing bowl. In case of any splashes or spills of flour or other ingredients, I find that a quick wipe-over with a slighlty damp (not wringing wet) cloth works well on the scale.
I have a small plastic square-shaped bowl that I find is perfect for using on my scale thanks to its similar shape. When the bowl is placed on top of the scale however, I need to re-set the scale to zero so that it discounts the weight of the bowl when I am measuring my ingredients. This is done very easily and without fuss by simply pressing and holding the ON-ZERO button for a few seconds. The numeric display then overrides whatever has been weighed beforehand, and the display returns to '0'.
This technique can also be employed if you choose to measure several ingredients in the same bowl or plate. All you need to do is press and hold the ON-ZERO button after the addition of each ingredient and the electronic display will reset itself. This is a very useful tool that not all electronic kitchen scales have, or so I believe. I find that it cuts down on washing up, and with home-baking, most ingredients end up in the same bowl anyway, such as when baking a cake or scones, so I personally find this little trick is quite helpful.
The last feature on the Salter Black Platform Scale is concerning the other black button located at the bottom right hand corner of the scale's surface. The button is quite self-explanatory as it states G-OZ underneath it. This button allows the Salter Scale to convert weight units, between metric and imperial. There is only one recipe I use regularly that requires me to change the converter to ounces, and I have encountered no problems with converting the weight or changing it back. It takes only a second or two for the display to change itself and the process is extremely simple.
According to the instruction booklet supplied with the scale, and after a quick scan of the packaging for the product, I can tell you some of the other features of the Salter Black Platform Scale. Firstly, the product comes with an impressive 15 year guarantee, which goes some way to confirming the manufacturers' confidence in the item for me personally.
There is also an 'Auto Switch Off' facility with this particular scale which I have to say is really quite quick, switching the scale off after only one minute after the numeric display shows '0' continuously or after three minutes after the display has shown the same weight. This is a brilliant way to maintain your battery's lifespan and I am certain that I would forget to turn the scale off after every use due to becoming preoccupied with my baking routine. If you choose to switch the scale off yourself however, this is easy to do so by pressing and holding the ON-ZERO button for just a few seconds.
The last point I have to mention is the sleek design and compact look that these scales have. I did touch on this earlier but I feel that it is a real selling point for me personally, as I have limited space in my kitchen cupboards at home. This means that slightly more cumbersome or bulky designed scales such as those with a large bowl or jug supplied with them are a complete no-no for me as I simply don't have the room to store them. With the Salter Black Platform Scale, the scale's depth is only 2.5cm, making it a very 'slim line' design to store as it is so flat. The scale's black square top measures approx 18cm x 18cm, making it very compact. I actually choose to store my scale upright, slotted in at the side of a cupboard, and this is extremely easy to do.
I think it is worth pointing out too that the maximum capacity for the Salter scale is only 3kg which is less than many alternatives available on the market. This is more than sufficient for my baking requirements however, as I seldom weigh ingredients that reach even 1kg. I understand that the weight capacity might be less suited to many consumers own requirements, but I am more than happy with the scale's capabilities, and am happy to loose a little weight from it's overall capacity in favour of a neat, slim line, fairly lightweight little model.
Overall, I am thrilled with my new kitchen scales and can't recommend them enough. They are an absolute delight to use and I have nothing negative to report about them whatsoever. I can't recommend them enough!
The Salter 1066 Black Platform Scale can currently be purchased in larger branches of Tesco for the price of £7.50. You can also buy them online at www.amazon.co.uk for around the same price (info as @ November 2011).
Short name: Salter 1066