Product Type: Typhoon Bathroom Scale
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A nice looking tool for budding bakers
Typhoon Retro Scales
Member Name: alexandjef
Typhoon Retro Scales
Date: 08/02/12, updated on 08/02/12 (42 review reads)
Advantages: Looks great
Disadvantages: Bowl can slip a little, and can be hard to pour from
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.
Summary: Lovely addition to the kitchen
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