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Typhoon Retro Scales
Member Name: Randal
Typhoon Retro Scales
Advantages: Stylish and mechanical operation - no batteries required.
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.
Summary: Quirky styling means you will want to put this on display in your kitchen.
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