“ Brand: Hanson „
Updating our old manual scales to the Hanson H1040 5kg Touch Sensitive scales was a fantastic idea. Having lost the bowl to the old set I was always left trying to balance ill fitting mixing bowls onto the manual scales, having to manually reset the scale to zero and guessing smaller weights. These scales are very slim and light with a wide weighing area (20cm x 20cm) fitting a large range of bowls/plates/cups etc without problem.
I bought these scales from a local shop in the sale - reduced from £30 to £16.99 but they can be found around £13 online. They are also available in a range of colours - red, cream, silver and black. I went for the black and because the top is glass the colour isn't going to get scratched. The base is not solid with a large rectangle cut out which is quite handy as when moving the scales it gives you something to hold onto. There are also four rubber feet which stop the scales sliding around but which activate the weights - so basically if they break off (unlikely) or fall out the scales won't work.
There are only two buttons on the scale - Unit and On/Off Tare but it basically works as a touch screen as these are not raised so you'll notice that any time you do press down (to reset or switch off) the number on the scale will rise. On only takes a second to switch on, tare (automatic zero) will work almost instantly when pressed and to switch off takes around three seconds. What I like most about these scales is you're not restricted to solid weight - pounds and ounces and grams (up to 5kg/11lbs), it also gives you fluid ounces and millilitres and it's very easy to switch between them all.
There is a huge flaw with these scales however. They do state that after a minute of no activity they will automatically switch off. No problem there as it saves on battery life. However these scales will automatically switch off after two minutes whether they are still being used or not. This isn't mentioned in the instructions and something I was really glad I found out before using them for baking as normally I would have one bowl and continue to reset for each ingredient where possible which could have caused problems so now I know to switch it on and off between them.
Cleaning the scales is easy as it is just flat glass so incredibly easy just to wipe with a damp cloth. There's no rim around the glass either so you don't have to worry about crumbs getting caught in it if weighing directly on the scale itself. It will show up fingerprints but this isn't a problem for me. The scales take a Lithium battery and I've found this lasts months but obviously just depending on how often they are used.
With a 10 year guarantee I feel very happy with my purchase and wouldn't hesitate to buy another. They are a great price if you do get them under £15 - I perhaps wouldn't have gone for them at £30. I am a little worried I drop them as it would smash so perhaps not recommended if you're baking with kids but for my house they are ideal as it's very slim, light but still compact. Another step closer to being a fantastic baker!
Created by Hanson, makers of quality kitchen equipment, this stylish silver glass scales are an essential for any keen cook. With an easy to read LED display, these sleek electronic scales will display weights in either metric or imperial and can be easily switched to your preferred measurement setting. Sleek and contemporary in design, these scales will fit effortlessly in any modern kitchen.