“ Brand: Salter „
I recently had to replace my kitchen scales. My old salter electronic scales gave up the ghost after many years of service. I didn't have time to shop around so just went to my local Waitrose which has a kitchen department. There wasn't a wide choice but enough and since there was 25% off Salter scales at the time my choice quickly narrowed to a couple of their models.
I went for the AIR Slim-line Electronic Scale
18 cm x 18 cm x 4 cm
Add and weigh function
Max weight 5000g/ 11lb/ 5000ml/ 175fl.oz
15 year guarantee
Takes one CR2032 battery
Using the scale
This is a very stylish and compact scale. Its small and super slim. It's very simple to use with just two controls.
To use, you simply press and release the on/zero button. A series of 8888s appear before the display (which is very easy to read) clears to zero.
You use the unit button to switch between lbs and oz, grammes, fluid ounces and millilitres. The scale has an aquatronic liquid measure feature which means that it measures all water based liquids including wine, milk etc perfectly. Oils have a lower specific gravity which means that readings are higher by 10% so you need to adjust accordingly if measuring oil.
If you are weighing several different ingredients in one bowl, all you need to do is press the on/zero button to reset between each ingredient.
The scale will switch itself off after 3 minutes or to turn off manually, you just press the on/zero button for a couple of seconds.
I am really pleased with my purchase. It came with a battery which is always helpful and so far I've not had to replace it - I've been using the scale for a couple of months now.
Being so small it's easy to stow and takes no space at all in my kitchen drawer. It seems to be very accurate and it's easy to pick the unit you need. Being stainless steel it does mark quite easily but a quick wipe before putting it away restores its good looks.
As with all most things, it pays to shop around. Tesco now have this at £18 and Amazon at £14.95.
I was going to title this review 'weighing up the pros and cons' but I really can't find fault with it, so it gets the full 5 stars from me.