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These scales by Premier Housewares were a gift from my parents when I moved house. I'm always baking and cooking as I love homemade meals so I was delighted to get these scales. They are really reasonable at £5-6 on Amazon depending on what design you want.
The scales come in a range of four different colours including black, white, cream, red and pink which is the colour I have. They are colourful and do a great job of brightening up the kitchen! The scales are made of plastic with the dial in the centre supporting a removable clear plastic bowl above. The scales are not massive at 17.5 x 14 x 22 cm so they don't take up much room at all on the worktop and are lightweight so easy to move around.
The bowl has a capacity of 5 kg which is enough to fit a decent amount of ingredients. I am usually just cooking enough ingredients for myself but on the occasions were I've made large cakes and batches of food they are still able to support all the ingredients I need. They always give accurate measurements as the dial has both grams and kg as well as lb and oz so you don't need to worry about converting ingredients which is really convenient. Another good point is that the markings are all really easy to see and stand out well against the white background. The dials themselves are large and you can clearly see what they are pointing to.
The plastic surface also makes the scales super easy to keep clean by giving the scales a quick wipe with a damp cloth and rinsing the bowl in soapy water or sticking it in the dishwasher.
Overall these are a practical and excellent value set of scales for the kitchen. Although not flashy, they work well and look great and have also lasted me a surprisingly long time with only a few scratches to the plastic. I would definitely recommend.
I love baking and do the baking once a week as my grandchildren love to eat cup cakes and home made scones when they come to visit.
I used to bake a lot when I was a child with my aunties who used to use the measurements of flour , sugar and fruit by the cup full and for years after I also used this way of measuring, until I was bought a set of kitchen scales for christmas one year and since then I have always had a set which I use to do my baking with.
Unfortunately scales don't last long in my house as the children play with them when they are helpjng me to bake, they can't seem to resist pushing the bowls on top of the scales down to watch the dial move below and this wears down the scales mechanics until they become inacurate to use, so I never go out and buy expensive kitchen scales, which is how I ended up with these Premier Housewares 5 Kg Kitchen Scale with Bowl which cost me £5.00 from the indoor market in Hereford.
They come packed in a box with a piture of the scales on the front and they are made from black and white plastic, with a clear bowl on the top for weighing your flour, sugar, marg, fruit and other ingredients.
You can get these scales in retro style and in alternate colours of red, pink, silver and purple, but I got the black and white onces as they match my decor in my kitchen.
These are easy to use, just put the bowl on top of the scales and add your ingredients , the dial with then go to the weight you want as you add more ingredients.
These hold up to 5kg of ingredients, which is enough to make a good sized chistmas cake or loaf of bread.
The scales measurements are 17.5 x 14 x 22cm and they are easy to clean, the bowl can go under the warm water tap. The scales wipe clean with a damp cloth.
I like these as they are accurate in their measuring and you can make a good sized cake which so far in my baking sessions have come out all good, due to the proper measured amount of ingredients used, these are more accurate then using cups for measuring or guessing the weight of the ingredients, by just adding what you think looks right, which I have done on a few occassions.
These are well made and solid and I'm happy to recommend them to you.
I bought a pair of these scales from Amazon around 6 months ago as a back up set. I had a few reasons for doing this as I also have a set of digital scales. I paid £7.99 for these scales and bought them in a lovely bright shade of red (where the above picture is black mine is red and also the container on the top is solid red instead of see through).
I like having the choice of digital or manual because actually for baking sometimes the manual are just easier to use and instead of having to rebalance via a button continually to add things into the bowl you can just tally the weights and carry on regardless. It also never runs out of steam due to the battery (something my digital one does with alarming frequency).
These scales are lovely and simple, robust and nice to look at and I actually like having them on the side in my kitchen, the dial has both pounds and ounces and grams and kilograms and this is one of the other things I really like about these - you can always see the weight in both metric and imperial at the same time. If you grew up like me measuring in both (the 'metperial' generation!) then this is actually a comfort and a convenience.
I have recipes with only metric measurements and recipes with only imperial and am happy to work in either. I do not have to worry about programming the right measurement with this set of scales, something I frequently forget to do on the digital ones.
These scales are easy to wipe clean and the plastic container is dishwasher safe. I like the fact it has its own bowl and also this doubles as a holder for weighing parcels - as I sell a lot of items on ebay it is great to have a simple and robust (up to 5kg) scale on hand in the kitchen. My digital scales have a very small surface area and large parcels invariably cover the screen so I cannot easily see the weight of the parcel, these ones allow me to see the weight and I can balance larger items on it easily.
Great value, a kitchen essential and not surplus to requirements if you have a digital set too!
When we moved into our house we were lucky enough to receive gifts from friends and family, one of those gifts was kitchen scales, they were not very fancy but a very useful item all the same. Just before I had my baby I managed to drop them and break them. Now I'm a reasonable cook but I do need to weigh everything, I cant judge ingredients and after a very disastrous loaf of bread which my husband said would make a very good Yorkshire pudding I bought some new scales.
I bought my Premier Kitchen Scales from a local independent store that sells all sorts of bits and pieces for the kitchen and garden, they cost £5.99.
The scales come in very simple packaging, the box is black and white in colour and very plain. It has a picture of the scales on the front which also gives the size and capacity of them. Other than the Premier logo which appears a couple of times and a small dishwasher proof symbol there's no other information on the box. The scales themselves are wrapped in a clear polythene bag inside.
The scales are available in several colours, black, pink, red and white. Now I would have loved the pink ones but I actually bought the black ones, the reason being the pink colour was very pale and the markings on the scales were also done in very pale pink making them very hard to read, I opted for the black because the markings were done in black and very clear and easy to see.
The scales are made from plastic and the measurements are given as 17.5cm's x 14cm's x 22cm's. the capacity is 5kg or 11lb. The front of the scales is white in colour and is a rounded shape, not quite a circle, the dial with the measurements on is round and as I mentioned all the markings and the pointer are black making them stand out clearly against the white face. The base of the kitchen scales in also black and slightly curvy as is the little platform the bowl sits on, this has a slight lip so the bowl sits on it securely. The actual bowl once again has a slightly curvy shape making it not quite rectangle, this is made from clear plastic, and is approximately 4 cm's deep, 17cm's long and 14cm's wide.
The kitchen scales weigh in both pounds and ounces and grams, I particularly wanted scales like this as my old ones only had grams and I've got a lot of old recipes from my mum which are not in metric so having both measurements means I don't have to convert them all the time. The gram measurements go up in 5g stages, these are marked with numbers at every 500g and kilograms. The pounds and ounces are marked at each ounce and numbered at every 8 oz's and pounds. These numbers are all quite large and very easy to read.
Using The Scales.
To use the scales you will need to adjust them and this is done by a small wheel on the top of the main body of the scales at the back, its easy to turn and adjust the scales precisely so the pointer is on 0 before you start.
I've been pleased with my Premier Scales, I have found them simple to adjust and use, the measurements are clear to read making weighing out ingredients quick and easy, I have found them to be accurate too. Cleaning them is no problem I just wipe over the main part with a damp cloth and wash the bowl in warm soapy water.
Despite being made of plastic the kitchen scales actually look quite attractive with their curvy shape. I have found the bowl plenty big enough, it holds just over 500g of flour at once.
I would certainly recommend these kitchen scales, they have been ideal for me. How long they last remains to be seen but they feel strong and were a good price, I bought mine from a local independent store but the same scales are available on sites such as www,amazon.co uk for a similar price. In my opinion they are well worth the money.