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When I embarked on my new eating regime last year, I was suddenly faced with the problem of not having any scales which (a) weighed in metric and (b) weighed accurately, so I looked for a cheap set of electronic scales which would be quick and easy to use, accurate and not cost the earth.
My search inevitably began by turning to good old Amazon as, thanks to Dooyoo I always seem to have a credit balance. Amazon have a large selection of kitchen scales, many way too sophisticated for a reluctant cook such as myself. Some were way out of my price range simply because they carry the name of the Chef of the Moment and some had brand names I'd never heard of. Salter was a name I certainly had come across before and these scales were on sale for a very reasonable £11.24 reduced from the RRP of £15.99.
The scales are available in black, white or silver coloured plastic and are ultra slim, measuring 16 x 18 x 2 centimetres meaning that they can be discretely tucked away when not in use. The actual weighing surface is stainless steel and is circular with a circumference of 14.5 cm. There is an LCD display with 2 small buttons on either side, one is the on-off-zero button, the other the unit selector.
Weighing up the pros ...
My previous manual weighing scales were very old and apart from only showing lbs and oz, their accuracy was decidedly suspect. To be honest, I didn't use them very much, preferring to rely on my Tala Cooks Measure but now that every calorie mattered, I needed something more accurate. Since buying these Salter 1036 scales, they've more than proved their worth.
Initial set up is easy as it's just a case of inserting the lithium battery provided. This is one of those small circular batteries (CR2032) which is housed on the underside of the scales. Battery life seems to be pretty good, too. I've been using these scales several times a day over the last year and the battery is still going strong and replacement isn't a problem as these batteries are widely available for very low cost.
The scales are switched on by a single press of the left-hand button and the unit of measurement is chosen by pressing through the choices provided by the right-hand button. These units are both metric and imperial: lbs oz; fluid oz; grams and millilitres. The scales can weigh items up to 5 kg or 11 lbs for others like me who never quite grasped the metric system.
The best facility, certainly as far as I'm concerned, is that the scales can be zeroed. This is especially useful for weighing wet ingredients such as yoghurt or liquids, or when adding several different ingredients into the same bowl. I often start the day with mashed banana and yoghurt for breakfast and working out the weights is now a very simple process. The bowl can be placed on the scales first and then the scales returned to zero before weighing the ingredients.
Once all the weighing has been done it's a case of switching off, if you want to save battery life or simply wipe the scales clean and put away and allow the auto switch-off to close the LCD display down. Auto switch-off takes place 3 minutes after the scales were last used.
And the cons ...
There's only one I've discovered so far and it's hardly worth mentioning. The stainless steel weighing surface has become if not exactly stained then certainly discoloured in places but this is down to the fact that I frequently weigh foodstuffs directly on the weighing surface. If you don't want to suffer the same consequences, you can keep the stainless steel looking pristine by always putting foods into a container and zeroing the scales before weighing.
Weighing everything up
I'm really pleased with these scales. They are easy to use, robustly made and weigh accurately. As I use them several times every day it's also a bonus that they're also thin and compact enough to tuck away discretely when not in use. To my mind, they're definitely worth their weight in gold ..... or flour or sugar or whatever you happen to be weighing.
Having had a bit of an accident with my old Salter kitchen scales (involving falling from the top of my kitchen cupboard and subsequently breaking) I decided to get a new set.
I was very pleased with my old scales, so decided that I wanted to have Salter brand again. This set is much thinner and lighter than it's predecessor which is really great as it fits much better in my kitchen cupboard than the last set! They look very sleek and the silver disc does not stick out from the white around it which I think looks really good. It also means the scales are really easy to wipe down after use.
There are 2 buttons at the front of the scales next to the electronic display screen. One is the on/off button which also doubles up as a zero button to reset the scales to zero to weigh the next ingredient into the bowl. The other button allows you to switch between metric and imperial. There is also a function for measuring out liquids, although I have not yet tried this out yet.
The electronic screen is a good size and the numbers are very easy to read so weighing things out is very easy. The scales are quite sensitive, measuring to the nearest gram (or 1/8 oz) which is useful if you're a perfectionist when weighing out ingredients.
Overall I think these scales are great and definitely better than my older Salter scales!
I used to have a set of cheap mechanical scales which were notoriously unreliable (I'm choosing to hold the scales responsible for my baking disasters and not my lack of any discernible baking talent.) When they finally gave up the ghost, I decided to invest in some electronic scales. I don't bake often - Christmas cookies and the odd loaf cake are about it. Likewise I don't often weigh ingredients for my everyday cooking. So I was specifically looking for fairly cheap and compact scales, that wouldn't take up too much space in my cupboard. These Salter scales ticked all the boxes, and I picked them up in Homebase for £14.99.
They are an attractive silver colour, with the weighing platform in shiny stainless steel and the surround in a brushed steel effect metal. There are two buttons and a very clear LCD display. The underside of the scales is black plastic with a battery compartment that clips open and closed, so no need to go hunting for a tiny screwdriver! They are about 6" x 7" and under an inch thick, so they'll fit into even the most over-stuffed cupboards. They are also pretty straightforward to use. Use one button to turn them on, press it once to zero the scales and press and hold to turn off. The other button controls the units of measurement. There are four options - grams, pound and ounces, millilitres and fluid ounces. It also has a generous maximum weight capacity of 5kg/11 lbs/5 litres/175 fl. oz. - I honestly can't imagine why normal baking would require you to weigh anything close to this amount. I also use these scales to measure small packages when I'm buying postage online, and they are always accurate.
Overall, these scales are versatile, compact and stylish, and at a great price. Unless you're the most dedicated of bakers, I can't imagine that'd you'd need anything more than these scales.
I bought these scales for cooking about a year ago and have been really pleased with them.
Compact scales, they are About 7 in long by 6 inch wide and just under an inch thick, so they easily fit into cupboards. Mine are stainless steel, but you can also get white, black and I even saw red ones once. The a sturderly made, Salter is one of the leading brands in scales. The design is simple with two buttons, an on/off button which you can also "zero" on, making it useful if you want to use a bowl on the scales or add more than one ingredient in and a button for changing the unit of weight. The scales can weigh in both metric and imperial and also "weight" out fluids, which is really useful. The weight is show on a digital screen and the scales are battery run. As the scales are low power and automatically switch off after a couple of minutes I've not had to change the batteies yet. The scales are very accurate and show to one decimal place in both metric and imperial measurements.
They are easy to clean, just wipe with a damp cloth.
One thing my I found out is you must store the scales flat. My mother took her scales, which aware exactly the same on holiday to measure the dog's food and during the journey they were kept on their side. They just didn't weigh properly afterwards.
I got mine from the supermarket for £12, but I have seen them on offer since for as low as £10.
All in all a good set of scales, well worth the money, easy to use and measure very accurately.
What can I say, these kitchen scales are absolutely gorgeous. They are so modern looking almost to the extent of looking futuristic. They are made by the very well know name of Salter and unlike my bathroom scales also by Salter these tell me the truth (so do my bathroom scales but I like to think they're lying). Our previous kitchen scales and all the ones I can remember my mum having as I was growing up, were the very traditional looking farmhouse style of scales, these couldn't be any more different if they tried.
Some people have commented that these look almost medical in their appearance, and I can see where they are coming from. They are a cold looking device with it's cool metal casing and minimalist design. But I think this is trendy looking, more so than medical looking.
There is an easy to read digital display at the bottom centre of the scales this makes perfect sense as having it anywhere else would only result in the display being blocked by whatever you may be weighing. The maximum weight this can take is 5kg. And they can be bought at the moment on amazon for just under sixteen pounds.
There is also a button on the left hand side and this is the power button. I just hold my finger on the button for a couple of seconds and the screen lights up. Hold the button again and it will switch off, simple. This very same button will return the display to zero after weighing something. To do this all I have to do is simply press the button and let go.
Also, if the scales haven't had anything placed on to them or had any of their buttons pressed it will automatically turn off after a few minutes of inactivity. This is great as it saves on the battery power and that of course saves me money in the long run.
There is a button on the right hand side also on the bottom of the scales. This button is used for selecting the units in which you want to weigh. There are grams, ounces, fluid ounces and also millilitres. I have never seen a kitchen scales that does all that, and in such a sleek looking machine. Cleaning is as simple as could be. If by any chance you spill something on to the top of the scales just give it a wipe with a damp cloth.
This is a beautiful looking modern designed kitchen scales that is accurate with it's readings, can weigh in many different units, and is a delight to use.
With Christmas fast approaching i have been busy baking and expect a lot more use out of my digital scales before the year is out. I bought the Salter 1036 Disc Silver Kitchen Scales around 4 months ago and have had a fair amount of use out of it already. Priced at just over a tenner and available from numerous online retailers I got it for a competitive price.
I think in terms of looks Salter always manage to design their products to be timeless and so they never become dated. Saying that, the design does probably suit modern kitchens more than a country kitchen, for example. The looks are very sleek and the brushed aluminium finish gives the scales a very expensive feel and look to it.
Operation of the scales is very simple indeed, with just two buttons to press. The button to the left of the digital display has a number of uses. It turns the power on and also off (if you hold it down for 3 seconds), but the scales will automatically switch off after 3 minutes of inactivity to save power. This button also allows you to set the weight back to zero. This is very handy as you can simply put a bowl on the scales and add each ingredient inividually without needing to use a measuring bowl. The button to the right allows you to toggle through the various weight measurements (imperial/metric). To the right of this button is the Salter logo.
There is no questioning the style of this product, but ease of use is also something the Salter 1036 does very well also. The scales are easy to operate using the buttons as stated above and the digital display is clear and large and accurate enough to be able to help you weigh out your ingredients in the kitchen. The scales are also very easy to wipe clean due to the stainless steel finish. I love the compact design aswell, as kitchen space is often limited, but there are drawbacks to this product aswell unfortunately. The main downside for me is the 5kg weight limit the scales can read upto. I very rarely find myself needing to weigh anything as heavy as this, however, so it isn't such a problem for me but it could be for others.
Overall I am more than happy with the Salter 1036 digital scales. Their versatility with imperial/metric conversion, style, size and price all equal a terrific 5 out of 5 Dooyoo stars. The 5kg limit may be a big negative for some, but for me it is merely a minor inconvenience.
After years of using a traditional rotating dial kitchen scale I decided that it is time for an update, so I purchased this stainless steel disc electronic scale by salter. I am very impressed with this product. It comes with 15 year guarantee and does exactly what says on the box. Slim design with a digital display measure solids and liquids. There is no need to use several bowls to weigh different ingredients. Simply measure one product, reset the scale to zero, then add another one, then repeat the process. Weights in grams, oz, ml and fl.oz. Holds up to 5000g.Easy to clean, just wipe with a damp cloth. Press "on-zero-off" button to turn it on, again to reset to zero and press and hold to turn it off. "Unit" button to change the unit: grams to ml..etc. I am very pleased with this product. There is no way I ever go back to the previous one!
Having used pure guesswork to measure out ingredients and getting hit and miss results I decided to buy a kitchen scale. I spotted these due to the fact they are compact in size measuring 18cm x 16cm x 2cm. Meaning they can easily be stored away when not in use in a cupboard or even a drawer. They take a CR2032 battery and so far mine have lasted several months with no sign of needing replacing - the unit itself switches off when not in use so no worry about leaving it on to drain the batteries.
The scales themselves are extremely accurate, having tested against various pre-known weights. Two buttons on the front switch between the units and the zero reset function allowing you to keep the same container on the scales and reset to add to it. The other useful feature is it also allows liquids to be weighed - with the exception of thick liquids of a custard consistency. It allows measurement in lb oz, fl.oz, ml and g. With a maximum 5kg and 5 litre weight.
The scales only cost £10 and so very cheap - but the price isn't a reflection of the quality which is very good. The only downside would be its not very easy to read the display if you have a large container on top being weighed, as this can extend over the display due to the small size of the scales , it would have been better to have the display that could be viewed on the side or one that slides out or even having a feature to hold the weight displayed for a few seconds so you can lift off the item and view it. This can be overcome by placing something under the bowl to raise it from the scales slightly or using a glass bowl something you can view through.
With a matt and bushed silver finish they can be difficult to keep that "new finish" but as they are small enough to store away you wouldn't need them on display on the worktop so this isn't a major issue.
I decided a couple of weeks ago that with the amount of baking I seem to be doing at the moment, an investment in some new scales was needed. My scales were a pair of Salter ones with a weight gauge which you measure by eye and while these are ok for occasional use they are not the most accurate or reliable. In particular I was finding that adding ingredients like flour the scale was slower than the rate at which I was pouring and therefore I would often have to remove some to get it back to the weight I wanted.
I happened across this beautifully minimalist set in my local Tesco Express store for the bargain price of £10.99. They looked so lovely, even just from the box I fell in love with them and decided to treat myself. I was even more impressed when a quick price comparison online told me that the same set are about £14 on Amazon. It seems I did well with the price.
On using them I am incredibly impressed with the functions, accuracy and also with the small amount of space they take up in my kitchen. They look so cool and modern, sleek and silver with a disc shape on the top, they literally are just a tablet which weighs. I love them.
The digital display is in the centre at the front with a small silver button on either side. The button on the left switches the scales on and if you hold it for two seconds it switches them off (although it also has an automatic switch off function if the scales have not been used for 3 minutes which is great for preserving battery life). This switch also serves as the 'zero' button which is incredibly useful - basically you can use this to reset the weight to zero and add more items, this is brilliant for baking as it means I can use the bowl I am mixing in and save on washing up.
The button to the right of the display is the one which toggles through the various units which this measures in. You can choose between grams and ounces in weight and then (and this is again very impressive to me!) fluid ounces and ml. I have already used this a number of times for fluid and am amazed by how useful it is, in conjunction with the zero function it means I can add fluids without using a measuring jug - another saving on washing up!
The top of the scales is easy to wipe clean and the disc looks like brushed steel. The maximum weight this can hold is 5kg/11lb. I also use this for weighing items for postage and the digital accuracy here is a real boon.
Overall I am vastly impressed with these scales and wish I had bought them years ago. For the price I think they are an absolutely essential bit of kit for anyone who cooks and bakes regularly and they are also covered by a 15 year guarantee from Salter (I cannot think of anyone else who guarantees this long - a testament to the quality of Salter products).
Stylish, easy to use, accurate and a really good value item, I cannot recommend these scales enough.
Short name: Salter 1036