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~*~ Typhoon Retro Scales ~*~
Back in 2006 we moved into the house we are living in now . It was a new house and very magnolia and boring . I knew the 1st room I wanted to change was the kitchen , I spend a lot of time in the kitchen , cooking and entertaining , and just general sitting at the breakfast bar drinking tea catching up with friends.
Luckily for me we had lots of Debenhams vouchers from our wedding the previous year , so I settled on the Typhoon retro collection , and bought the scales, bread bin, mug tree, kitchen roll holder , spoon rest all in the bright pink colour .
The scales which were a new range at the time cost £25 .
~*~ The Scales ~*~
The scales have a lovely retro look to them and are made of metal and are of a good quality and are heavy .
On the dial it gives you measurements in 1 oz marks up to 8lbs and in 20 g marks up to 4 Kg . The dial is clear and easy to read.
The stainless steel bowl on top is nice and deep and hold a large quantity easily.
The overall size of the scales is height 25.5 cm , width 20 cm and depth 21 cm
The needle on the scales can be changed easily with a turning screw positioned under the bowl.
This makes it easy to change the bowl for example if you only needed to weigh the flour for a recipe you could put the bowl you are going to use on the scales , adjust the needle back to 0 , weigh the flour and you won't have created extra washing up .
~*~ In Use ~*~
I use my scales all the time and mine are on display on a glass shelf in my kitchen , they look great and are accurate for weighing .
I use them for baking and cooking and have used them to weigh things to post and again they have always weighed what i thought when getting to the post office.
They have a great weight range from a tiny 1 oz all the way up to 8 lbs and i have found the accuracy doesn't change the heavier you get .
My children also bake and both my 5 and 10 year old can read the scales and weigh thing accurately .
They are easy to keep clean with a simple wipe over , and the colour has stayed well , there is a small amount of fading on the front on mine now , but they are opposite a window and have had a lot of use .
~*~ Thought ~*~
I love these scales, practical and pretty enough to be on display . Overall I am very impressed with the quality I have been using mine 7 years now and apart from the slight fade in colour they are as good as when I first bought them.
Of all the items I first bought only the spoon rest [ what was I thinking ! who really needs a spoon rest ?] and the bread bin are no longer in use . The bread bin was replaced about a year ago after it had become too faded with being in direct sunlight, and I am a little O.T.T about colour co-ordination.
Great scales from Typhoon , highly recommended
5 out of 5
I suppose pretty much every kitchen will have to have a set of scales of some sort, and when we were recently redecorating our kitchen, we decided to go for a red theme with the small appliances, and sort fell in love with the quirkiness and styling of these Typhoon Retro Scales in red. At a cost of £20.50 on Amazon, we soon took delivery and set them up in the corner of the counter top.
To look at them, they do seem to stand out. They are basically what I would call an 'old world' style weighing scales (hence the Retro name) where you have a stainless steel bowl balanced on top of a solid casing with a big clear dial on the front to give the weight. Everything is mechanical, so there is no need for any batteries. Measuring 25.5cm tall by 20cm wide by 21cm deep, the casing is more of a deep red colour (called a buick red) rather than a bright and shiny red, so not too 'in your face' colouring in the kitchen, and the chrome rim around the dial on the front sets the whole ensemble off nicely.
The dial on the front is slightly angled upwards so that you can easily read it when you are stood at the counter, and it has a very clear scale on the front which is covered by a clear Perspex cover. In terms of measuring ability, it will measure imperial or metric, covering all your needs up to a total weight of 8lbs or 4kg, in all units of ounces, pounds, grams and kilograms, and the scale details are large, very clear and easy read.
In use, I can't really fault them. For a start, the base has 4 little rubber feet underneath to ensure that it won't move around your counter top when you use them. The bowl on the top is a nice size and can easily cope with about a kg of loose cake mix with ease. In addition, the bowl is totally removable, which has a double benefit. Initially, making it removable means that it can be put separately into the dishwasher to clean (since the scales themselves are not dishwasher proof). But secondly, you can just put your ingredients or whatever into the bowl to measure the weight, and then remove the bowl to pour them into, say, a mixing bowl, and then measure the next lot of ingredients. This is a really useful feature for us because in the past, we had a flat digital scales, and we always had to go through this setting up procedure of putting a bowl on the scales, then zeroing the display, then weighing etc, which we found a bit of a pain to do at times. Should it be required, there is a small adjustment knob on the scales that can be used to zero the scale on the dial, but we have never had to use this because we've found that the scales stay quite accurate, and stay set nicely at zero when not in use.
When weighing something by pouring whatever into the bowl on the top of the scales, they remain steady on the countertop because the mechanical weighing spring mechanism operates straight up and down. The needle on the scale will jump around a bit as you increase the quantity of ingredients in the bowl, but once you stop adding, the needle on the scale will hold steady to give you the overall weight.
When you've finished, you can simply put the bowl in the dishwasher and then wipe down the scales themselves with a damp cloth - as easy as that to clean. With the retro styling, these scales are not something that you are going to want to bury in a cupboard because the quirkiness is quite eye catching, and hence they can add a sense of character to your kitchen when you put them out on display.
In summary, for a relatively inexpensive cost, these scales are a quirky, eye-catching addition to your kitchen. The mechanical weighing mechanism means that you'll never have flat batteries, meaning that they will always be ready for use. They are sturdy to use with a very clear, easy to read scale. Hence, an easy 5 star recommendation.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
Typhoon Retro Scales.
Typhoon is a popular kitchenware company which aims to produce high quality, innovative, stylish and unique homeware products. The company has been around for quite a while now and they have a fantastic range of items, from chopping boards to woks. All of their products have lovely designs and are long lasting which is why so many customers swear by them and their homeware ranges. I have always been a fan of kitchen items and gadgets and Typhoon items have always caught my eye, as they are colourful, different and reasonably priced.
I have had these Typhoon Retro Scales for quite some time now and I love them! The first thing that is noticeable about the scales is the retro design, which happens to be the reason why I bought them. I think that some scales can be quite an eye-sore and before buying these I was on the lookout for some scales which were accurate, a reasonable size and pleasant to look at. I can honestly say that I am proud to have these Typhoon Scales in my kitchen and they look amazing, like part of the furniture!
I bought the scales from a kitchenware shop for about £30. I think that this is a reasonable price because I have used them and used them and they are a fantastic addition to my kitchen. I am aware that you can buy electric scales for a lot less, however, I personally prefer the old school way.
The scales are cream in colour and are of a trapezium shape. There is a silver bowl resting on top and a large measuring face on the front. The scales have four rubber feet on the bottom that stops them from moving about the worktop. The scales are light enough to pick up and move around kitchen however I find that as I have a place for them I never have to. I really like the retro design of the scales, it is unique and the cream colour gives them a real vintage feel.
The measuring bowl is very handy as it is the ideal size, shape and it sits snugly on top of the scales. It is perfect for measuring out flour, margarine, sugar etc and the bowl cleans very easily. To start measuring place the bowl on top of the scales and then use the mechanism at the side to adjust the weight to zero. This is very simple to do and it ensures that you get an accurate measurement each time.
The face of the scales is large and is behind a plastic window. It includes pounds, ounces, grams, kilograms, and measures up to 8lb/4kg. All of the measurements are bold and black so that they are easy to read and the hand that measures is red so that it is set apart from the background. The black arrow does not flicker about unnecessarily and always gives an accurate reading.
In my opinion, the scales work really well and give very accurate measurements. They are simple to use and require no batteries. The measurements on the face of the scale are easy to follow and they do not require squinting in order to see how much of something you are putting in.
The best way to clean the scales is to wipe them down with a damp cloth. The bowl of course can be washed separately and I usually just pop it into the dishwasher. There are quite a few places on the scales that flour etc. can hide and collect but as long as you wipe them clean after use then it is not a problem.
Overall, I really like these Typhoon Retro Scales. I have never owned any electric scales and as I have these, I do not feel any need to rush out any buy any. I like measuring this way and for me it makes baking more enjoyable. I hope that these Typhoon scales will last me for some time yet but if they do not I will definitely be replacing them with something similar! I would definitely recommend these retro scales to any keen baker or to anyone who likes vintage items for their kitchen!
For more great Typhoon products, check out their website @ www.typhoonhousewares.com
Thank you for reading : )
Review also on Ciao under luceey.
The Typhoon Retro Scales that I have don't look exactly like the picture in the Dooyoo catalogue. I have owned these scales for over 5 years and styles do change, but in essence they are the same kitchen scales.
I can't remember how much I paid for my set of scales but I think it was around £20, at the time that seemed a lot of money for a set off kitchen scales but I really was sick of the battery powered digital scales. When I started looking for a new set I remembered that my mum owned a very old set of scales that she had been given as a wedding present back in 1973, these scales are still alive and kicking. So I turned my back on all that digital nonsense and started looking for traditional scales.
After looking at many scales my head finally got turned by the Retro Scales made by Typhoon, in beautiful Buick red they certainly were eye catching. The scales stand 13.5cm high with out the stainless steel bowl and 24cm high with the bowl in place. My scales are a trapezium shape, being 16.5cm wide on the base and 13.5cm wide at the top. They are 9.5cm in depth. While being quite cube shaped on the base the trapezium shape is pleasing on the eye. The base of my scales have 4 small rubber feet that work perfectly as I have never had any trouble with my scales skidding about the work surface.
The face of the scales is big, round and white. It is marked out both in pounds/ounces in 1oz increments up to 5lb and grams/ kilograms in 20g increments up to 2kg. The hand of the scales is big and bold in black and is very easy to see against the white background.
The bowl that came with my scales is stainless steel and has a width of 24.5cm and a depth of 7cm approximately. The bowl is round and sits nicely in its place on top of the scales. The bowl comfortably holds 1kg of flour, after this it becomes a bit of a balancing act as well as a weighing situation. The balance of the scales can be adjusted using a small ridged knob situated on the top of the scales. To ensure accuracy in your weighing you need to place the bowl on top of the scales and then use the ridged knob to adjust the scales back to zero.
The weighing mechanism of the scales is nice and smooth, the hand will move around the face of the scales as your pour flour, sugar or put in lumps of butter till you reach your desired weight. You then stop putting your ingredients in to the bowl, then remove the bowl and put your ingredients into whatever you are making. When the bowl is repositioned atop the scales the balance does not need adjusting. I find that these scales have stayed accurate with very little adjustment from me.
The storage of the scales is a little bit trickier as the bowl is not made to be stored neatly over the scales. I usually display these scales on my kitchen work surface or on top of the cupboard as they are attractive to look at.
To keep my scales clean I wipe them over with a soapy damp cloth before and after I use them each time, the paint has stayed the nice Buick red it was when I first got them out there box, and it has not chipped or cracked or aged in any way. The stainless steel bowl can easily be removed and washed in hot soapy water; the bowl has kept its original high shine. I would not recommend immersing the base of the scales in water as there is a mechanical mechanism inside and the unit is not water tight.
In conclusion I am more than happy with my Retro Scales by Typhoon and glad I turned my back on all that demanding digital rubbish that had always ran out of batteries each time I got it out. The Retro Scales work perfectly and smoothly every time and are pleasing to look at. They get 5 stars from me, I have no complaints and if they ever broke I would happily buy another set.
Thank you for reading xx
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I was bought my Typhoon Retro Scales as a gift and I certainly won't be asking the giver if they kept the receipt.
I wouldn't swap them for any other scales. Having said that, they aren't the scales for everyone.
The biggest advantage of these scales is their appearance. This is the chief reason anyone would wish to buy them, I would say.
My scales are a bright red in colour but they come in a number of other colours including cream and blue. But most importantly they are retro in appearance, replicating the kind of scales used in the 1950s and 1960s in every kitchen. Therefore if you are looking to add an old fashioned touch to your kitchen, visually these are the scales to purchase.
The base of the scales is made of metal and quite heavy to lift. On the front is a large dial with measurements around the face in grams and ounces. A circular metal dish balances on top of the base into which you place the ingredients you wish to weigh. A handle on the dial moves round to indicate the weight.
The base of the scales can be easily wiped down with a damp cloth if they get dirty whilst the metal dish can be washed along with the rest of the washing up. I would advise drying the dish up immediately after washing to prevent rusting. I don't know if the dish would begin to rust if left to dry naturally too many times but these scales are too good to take the risk.
I began this review by stating the biggest advantage to these scales is their visual appearance. That is because on a practical level there are some flaws. The dial on the scales is only numbered every 200 grams. There are lines to designate every 20 grams and a slightly longer line to show every 100 grams but all in all this does not make for the most accurate of weighing scales.
I use my scales predominantly for measuring out flour, sugar, butter and so on for baking. A lot of recipes I use require weights ending in 50 grams for example 150 grams and 250 grams. Therefore you have to approximate that 50 grams would fall halfway between the 40 gram line and the 60 gram line. As long as the hand on the dial does come to rest between these two lines you can be quite confident you have weighed out the correct amount but it is not as accurate as scales which clearly state 50 grams on their dial or digital scales which are extremely precise to the gram. The Typhoon scales are therefore not for the highly fastidious.
Another negative is the scales can be knocked off balance, pushing the dial hand off the zero starting point. This is quite easily solved by turning a small cog on the top of the scale base, hidden slightly under the metal dish. This cog is stiff to turn at first but does loosen up over time.
The Typhoon Retro Scales are the scales to buy if you want a statement piece in your kitchen which weighs out ingredients relatively accurately but not for anyone who is a complete slave to accuracy.
As some of you who read my reviews regularly know, I am a Chef who loves retro-looking gadgets in my domestic kitchen at home, to perfectly compliment the small but adequately sized most important room in the house. When I saw these scales then, I knew I simply had to have them.....
Apart from just the look of this product (I'm not totally shallow you know, I am concerned with the praticalities too), there is something about old-fashioned styled measuring devices that quite simply has the edge over more modern, digital equivalents every time! For starters, they are less likely to go wrong, there is no need for batteries and you get a much more accurate measurement especially when using recipes that require smaller quantities of ingredients! This paticular model has measurements displayed in large enough format that I can read the numbers even without my glasses and the measuring bowl that sits on the top of these scales is more than big enough for all your domestic requirements. This is good because, on occasion, I have seen models of these more conventional type scales where the bowl simply looked unpratical. Not so here!
The measurements are in traditional grams/kilograms and pounds/ounces giving you the choice and of whichever you prefer to use. My own preference tends to divide between the two depending on recipe but that is not a problem as either option is easy to read. Returning the scale to zero if it ever falls out of sync is also simple and quick to do with a small nob situated just under the scale-pan that is easily located and used.
Overall, this is the perfect adition to any domestic kitchen and costs around £23 from Amazon meaning that the price is almost as nice as the look of these scales. I am prefectly happy with mine and find them much easier and more accurate than any digital scales I have used, some of which can be confusing to operate. A motto that often applies in cooking is "keep it simple" and this nifty piece of equipment certainly does that! There is no doubt at all in my mind that is a real bargain of a buy!
When me and my girlfriend moved in with each other last year, we both had heaps of stuff to fill the rooms with. I brought useful things like lots of socks - mostly with holes, many novelty shot glasses, and a broken fish tank that I can't seem to part with.
She had a lorry load of useless rubbish. Like 'cutlery' and 'furniture' and 'a cat'. She pretty much kitted out the kitchen with her bits and bobs and although I mock - its thanks to her that I eat from plates rather than directly out of pans.
In amongst all her stuff were these scales, although in black. A quick ping on Amazon shows they go for about £30. In the past year or so I have been become an avid baker. Already a pretty well versed cook I thought I would start to try the dangerous side of cooking - by baking.
Cakes, bread, desserts - I've ruined them all at some point. Burned, flat or just flavourless failures, I have experimented a lot. One of the biggest tools over the past year has been these scales, and they have done their job well. They have a nice retro look and, as such, as analogue face. No digital measuring, it's a simple case of watching the dial for weights. I have never had a problem with this, I have found analogue just as easy to use as digital - but I imagine a bold digital scale would suit more poorly sighted people. Although my eye sight is not brilliant but I don't struggle with these.
The design has something of a 50/60s retro feel, and wouldn't look out of place on the back counter of one of the many old-style sweet shops popping up everywhere at the moment - places that also try to capture the look of that era.
As you expect the measures are in Kilos and Pounds - so the design is only really in aesthetic rather than an exact recreation - something mirrored in the robust and sturdy design clearly made to a high spec.
It has a nice large silver bowl that holds more than enough for conventional kitchen use. Weighing out sizable portions of meat, or humans, it will not do. Similarly the increments are not enough for small scale weighing like gold or doubloons or emeralds . Its made for everyday kitchen use. Flour, sugar, false eyes etc.
I only have two small gripes with this though. Firstly the bowl has no way of maintaining contact with the scales - like rubber grips or any other purchase. Chuck in a load of flour and this will slip. However you would have to be either really careless or unlucky to manage to send it across the kitchen. And as careless and unlucky as I am, no spills due to this yet.
The other problem is that the bowl is perfectly round, and therefore pouring from the bowl into a smaller bowl takes some care and usually a little flour loss - a big no no when you're baking and exact measurements are a must. You need to use a little care, or use a spoon to angle it it. Not a huge set back, but a little niggle.
Overall - I would pay for them over a cheaper product that could do the same. The big draw here being they look nice - I like that retro feel in my kitchen, and they do the job well to a required standard. They are not that heavy - and whilst I do like that reassuring weight good kitchen equipment has (nothing beats an big heavy mixing bowl), as this gets shifted a lot around the kitchen and in and out of rooms, the lightweight feel is actually welcome.
The scales are not that big, just under 30cm tall and about 20cm wide, so they will fit nicely even in a small kitchen and not get in the way even on a busy work top. Cleaning wise, it's a breeze. As the bowl is wide you won't get much flour or anything on the scales themselves - so its just a simple case of running the metal bowl under a hot tap for a few seconds.
Bake in style with this fantastic set of vintage scales. These are a must have for the person who wants a retro look in their kitchen. The scales are accurate and because they are mechanical the reading is going to be better than risking buying electric scales, which can so often be temperamental. The scales are sizeable, probably about 20cm in height, and the display is large, so no squinting required.
The colouring is slightly off cream. I've heard it described as buttery yellow, which isn't quite accurate in my opinion, but is closer to the mark than "cream". It doesn't match precisely our other cream appliances, but it does still fit in with that colour scheme and doesn't really stand out in a bad way.
My wife was very excited to purchase these and it is no surprise as to why. All in all, these are a good quality purchase, and I would highly recommend it. They also arrived earlier than expected when we ordered them from Amazon, so great if you're needing them in a hurry.