“ Brand: Marks & Spencer „
This is the first set of digital scales I have used.
So was looking for a cheaper non named brand to use first. After some thought I decided to try out these M & S Scales.
My first impressions have been good. The size is L19.5 x W14 x H1cm. A nice slim/small scales that fit easy in my cupboard. The scales come well packed, no damage once opened. A battery is included, a small 3V CR2032 size. These are there to buy in different colours, could see a white, red, blue and black colour. I went for the white.
So how to use.
I placed the scale on a firm level surface.. the more level the surface is the easier to set up the scale things seem to be. The scale has a weight capacity of 5Kg reading to the nearest full gram.
There are helpful settings to measure liquid suspect this is milk or milk too, with this setting the measurement is to the nearest ml. If I wish could swop to measure in imperial.
There is a button on the bottom of the scale to switch between metric and imperial.
On the front there two control buttons
a. To turn on and off.
b. To tare the scale to zero.
The top is some sort of hard plastic. It cleans well and quickly.
The whole scale is easy to clean and I have been pleased with that.
I cannot think of any disadvantages really. Weight plate a little small ?
Overall I am very pleased with these scales.
After moving into my first house of my own I have been busy kitting out all the rooms as and when I can afford to. Now at the kitchen I amongst all the other essentials I thought I would get some kitchen scales as I plan to do a lot of baking and also a friend told me it is a good way to keep track of your portion sizes and count the calories too!
I saw these in Marks and Spencer in my travels and just loved the sleek design and as they had them in black I thought they would go nicely in my kitchen as the worktops are black granite. The price was a pleasant surprise at £15 which is much cheaper than some of the other names on the market, and I thought that Marks and Spencer would deliver good quality and if not they are usually very good at you returning items so I thought why not, I would give them a shot.
The scales really are super slim and at first I was worried that they might not work all that well and perhaps be a bit flimsy because of this, but I was wrong. They measure the weight of all the items I use for baking perfectly. I believe the limit to which they can weigh is 5kg but really there are not many food items that you are going to weigh above that so you will be pretty safe with that. They have discreet buttons which allow you to change the settings from kg to oz etc and also has functions for measuring in fluids as oppose to solid foods.
Battery wise I have had no problems whatsoever and I have used them probably a couple of times each day since I got them about 6 or so months ago, so a thumbs up there. Perhaps the only downside may be if you were measuring in a particularly large bowl or plate you would not be able to fit it all on the scales, however I think they are pretty average sized for scales so if you measure in a container that fits the scales better you shouldn't have any problems.
All in all I am very happy with my purchase. I feel the scales look professional and stylish in my kitchen and they perform well too. If you are looking for a set of scales for just normal usage around the kitchen then these could be the ones for you, they are very reasonable in price and do the job nicely plus they look very attractive. What more could you want? Unless you are a professional chef in which case you will be looking for a more high end set of scales, but really for the average gal or guy around the kitchen these are the bees knees.
I have been trying to diet for most of this year by myself. I was using the myfitnesspal app and something I was having real difficulty with was working out how much food I was serving myself. I had some kitchen scales, but they had a dial to read, and this was very tricky to get an accurate measurement of the food that I was eating. I got it in my head that I wanted some digital scales.
I was shopping in last year's January sales as we had a credit note for Marks and Spencers when we saw these digital scales. They were available for £10 (although it is now £15) and we decided they looked like they would be ok. Ideally, I would love the Salter version of these scales, but these are much cheaper.
The scales are available in a few colours. We went for the black as shown in the picture, but you can also get white or a red patterned version. In store I am sure I also saw a light blue version.
The scale came with the battery it required - a 3V CR2032. This battery has been going strong all year and we have not had to change it.
The scale has a total weight capacity of 5Kg. It gives a reading to the nearest whole gram. The scale has settings to measure water or milk too, and here your given a measurement to the nearest ml. I at first thought it a bit pointless to measure milk and water seperately, but there is a slight difference in weight.
Apparently it can also give a weight reading in pounds and ounces. I haven't used this option, but there is a little button to press on the bottom of the scale to switch between the settings.
I find this is really easy to use. There are just two buttons. One to the left of the digital display is a bit trickier as it turns the scale on and off, but is also the Tare button to set the scale to zero. I find that this is a bit tricky to turn the scale off once I am finished. I sometimes have to press it a few times to the bottom right hand corner of the button to make it do what I want.
The right hand button switches between the 3 weighing modes. There is writing under the display saying weight, milk and water. There is a little hyphen type symbol displayed over which mode you are using to avoid any confusion.
The appearance of this is very stylish. The top is a material that looks a bit like glass but is not heavy enough to be. Whatever material it is, I find that it is wipe clean and very easy to maintain it looking nice. The dimensions are L19.5 x W14 x H1cm. This is a very slim set of scales, and I have no trouble at all storing this stood up in a kitchen cupboard.
The only negative I find is that it is hard to measure weight accurately if you are trying to keep track of your portion size on a plate. If I am measuring food as I serve it, I find the plate overhangs on the back of the scale in order for me to see the display at the front. I need to make sure the food is put on the plate over the scales and not on the back where it is not being measured. It's only a small thing, but it could mean I was eating a lot more calories than I was accounting for.
Overall, this is a smart looking scale, I find it really accurate for baking and dishing up a set portion size when I am calorie counting, and I think for the price it is a very useful bit of kitchen equipment. I use this most days, and I have never felt disappointed by it.