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I used to have traditional kitchen scales but the numbers on them was so small that I could never see properly and as baking is so precise I was always adding just a smidge too much or little to my recipes which meant that most of the time they were turning out differently each time.
Because of that I bought some electronic kitchen scales instead so I could be absolutely sure of my measurements each and every time.
I ended up with some Salter kitchen scales because I thought they sounded good and were less expensive than I thought they were going to be.
I always thought Salter was more expensive so I was really pleased to get these for only £8.99 in Argos and the online reviews were really good. The scales are very plain and mine are white but I see that they come in black too. Because they are a flat disc and not very thick they are easy to store in a drawer or cupboard and don't take up much valuable storage space.
They are really simple to use and there are no complicated settings to be messing around with. Simply turn them on and then weigh what you want on them. You can either just weigh straight on to the disc or else you can add a bowl to the top of them. Reset the scales to zero and weigh your ingredients in the bowl. You can keep resetting the scales to zero every you add something new in so you can just do all your measuring in the one bowl which saves loads of time.
The scales can measure in both metric and imperial measurements though I only ever use them in metric as this is what all my recipes call for. You can weigh a maximum of 3kg on them which is more than enough for most baking but you can always just measure the ingredients separately if you are making a giant cake I suppose.
The LCD display is really clear and easy to read and even when my kitchen is dim I can see what it says and don't need to go hunting my glasses to double check. They are also really accurate and no matter where in the kitchen that I place them they give the same reading. When I got them I placed a bowl on and off several times and each time they came back with the exact reading so I am confident that they are correct and accurate.
I can't say these scales have made my baking any better but they have certainly made it just a tiny bit easier and for less than £10 I have been really impressed with them so far. They take those small round batteries but mine are still working well despite them being used loads.
A good set of kitchen scales are important if you enjoy baking or cooking. For certain dishes it is necessary to weigh out specific amounts of ingredients in order for the dish to come out how you want and to taste good. Whether you choose a traditional set of scales or a set of modern digital scales, the choice is yours. The main thing they both need to have in common though, is that they are accurate!
This review concerns the Salter Electronic Kitchen Scales.
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bought the scales for my Grandma who was looking for a simple set of digital scales with a large display for her to read. These scales cost me £12.00 and I bought from Argos online.
The scales are made from stainless steel with a thin black plastic covering which protects them. They measure 19cm by 19cm so they can accommodate many different sized bowls and jugs. At the front of the scales is the large digital display that is very easy to read and perfect for my grandma as she is short sighted. At left hand side of the machine is a button for you to flick between Kilo and lbs and on the right hand button, is the function to zero the machine. You need to push this whenever you put a new bowl or jug on, so you are only weighing the ingredients and not the whole thing.
The scales are 2.5 cm thick and extremely light, which is good for my grandma as she does not want to be lugging anything heavy around. They are so small she can pop them in her kitchen drawer.
The scales sit on four little rubber legs that grip nicely to the surface so the scales do not wobble around.
The scales run on two 3V lithium ion batteries that are inserted at the rear of the scales.
The scales are very reliable and you can weigh anything up to 10kg! My grandma used the scales to weigh her gold jewellery before sending it off, to make sure she was getting a good price!
I like the scales because you can stick any bowl or jug on it to weigh things on or you can weigh directly off the surface of the scales.
They are very easy to clean and simply need a wipe over every now and then.
The battery seems to be lasting well and does not need replacing yet. My Gran has had them for nearly 9 months and must use them at least once a week.
The scales are perfect for anyone who does not want to spend a lot of money but wants something relaible.
These scales are reliable and good quality and I would fully recommend them.
These scales are a must buy in my opinion.
I bought these scales about a year ago and before that had the old fashioned type where you have to put the food in the bowl on top and adjust it before weighing but after having this Salter Electronic Scales I would never go back to the old type.
One of the best things about them is that they are nice and small. They are black and very sleek looking so I can have them out in my kitchen all the time and they look very discreet.
They have an LCD display and are really easy to use. You just press the on button, put a bowl on top, press the button again to set it to zero and you can add your ingredients to weigh them. It couldn't be simpler and saves on the washing up. You can also use these scales without putting a bowl on top so are handy if you want to weigh something in a bag. These scales are much more accurate than the old type.
I would definately recommemd them to anyone.
I do a fair bit of cooking these day`s as I am retired now and it is one of my hobbies, I not only cook for myself and my good lady wife but I regularly have my kids and grandkids over and they all love my cooking and the grandkids especially love it when I do a bit of cake baking.
Until early this year I had struggled away with a very old fashioned set of kitchen scales but when the January sales were on my wife bought me these Salter electronic scales and I do not know how I managed before I had them.
These scales are lightweight and good looking so they add to the kitchen rather than wanting to hide them away like I used to do with my old non digital ones, they look like a smaller version of the bathroom scales we would weigh ourselves on.
The LCD display is large enough even for those with poor eyesight and that makes sure you never read it wrong and end up with the wrong measurements and therefore poor results on what you are cooking or baking, this happened to me a few times with my non digital scales.
These scales are easy to wipe down so you need not worry what you are weighing on them, you simply need to wipe clean with a damp cloth and then dry with kitchen roll or a dry cloth, you can use antibacterial cleaners and the likes on these too without any worries so if you are one of those super clean freaks then feel free to treat these as any of the surfaces in your kitchen, the only thing you cannot do is submerge them in water.
The scales are battery powered and they are powered by two 3V circular lithium batteries, I have had mine since January and have used them daily so far without need for new batteries but I am unsure exactly how long these will last.
As I say my wife bought these in the January sales from a store called TJ Hughes and she paid only £12.99 for them but I believe they normally sell for around the £25 mark but even at full price I would be only too happy to recommend these to others.
We recently upgraded our kitchen scales, having had the old fashioned sort for a few years. The newer sort were purchased for about twenty five pounds from Debenhams. They are an odd looking thing though and I keep thinking that they belong in the bathroom because of the flat shape! Despite this odd look, they do have an elegance about them which makes them look chic and sophisticated. I was also surprised how lightweight they were, so easy to carry, so no more fumbling round with clumsy heavy metal scales!
The great thing about these scales is their ability to adjust to metric and imperial. To be honest, I can cope with both, but it does come in handy for those moments when you aren't sure whether to use grammes or pounds. The illuminated LCD light is fantastic too and this has to be the bets feature. I used to crouch down and peer into the old scales trying to work out what the reading was. With these, you simply plonk on your ingredient and it will tell you in a flash what the exact weight is. The scales will weigh up to 5kg of weight which is more than generous for home cooking.
I have found them easy to clean as well, when doing baking and putting dried ingredients on them, you can simply wipe off with a dry or damp cloth and they look as good as new straight afterwards. You can also do lots of ingredients all at once, by simply resetting the marker and returning it to zero mid recipe.
The machine is battery powered and has been very helpful in our kitchen to date. The surface area is generous enough to cover most ingredients and the machine is compact enough to store in cupboards, so I do not think I would change anything with this model, maybe have it run off the mains, so you do not need to replace a battery, but that aside, a very clever gadget.
I love to cook and I have found more time to enjoy doing so lately and it is true the more you practice the better you become, or maybe the hubby is just humouring me. Either way I now rely on and use my kitchen scales for a wide variety of reasons not all cooking related.
--Salter electronic kitchen scales--
This really does take a lot of the guess work out of measuring, especially when it comes to smaller amounts, as the digital screen is very easy to read. It is also so much faster than taking your time trying to confirm where exactly the little needle of the older varieties is when trying to be very accurate. However, if I had one tiny complaint about this it would be that the scales themselves are really quite small so if you place a large bowl on it, it can be a bit of a pain to read and to press the buttons.
This is really easy to clean and to keep clean, I just wipe mine after most uses with a damp cloth and/or use a bit of Dettol. It is as simple as that and mine still looks close to brand new. The sleek design of it also means that it is easily stored away and it looks really attractive.
The buttons are really responsive and you only need to gentle tap them to get the scales to measure and set as you want. It is easy to change between measurements and it is easy to reset the scales to zero. Even for the most technically challenged these scales would be easy to use.
--Some of my many uses for the scales--
When I had tiny guinea pigs I wanted to make sure they were putting on weight at the correct speed and amount so I would weigh them in a bowl, after accounting for the weight of the bowl. This scale has again become handy because we have very recently brought a gorgeous little puppy home to share our life and I wanted to make sure that he was getting enough food, but not so much that I was always over feeding him. These scales allowed me to keep track of things until I got into the hang of it all.
--Other important information that might be worth noting is--
Capacity : 5 kg / 11 lb / 5000 ml / 175 fl. oz
Graduation : 1 g / 0.1 oz / 1 ml
I own the Salter Slim design electronic platform kitchen scale, Salter have a huge range of scales to choose from, but I wanted something that was quite economical and I got mine for around £10 from Tesco. However you can buy this currently for £11.88 or you might find it retailing for it recommended price of £15.
I am really pleased with my scales and they have served me well in a whole range of activities, as the title says I think that everyone should own one of these. These scales definitely earn a five out of five star rating.
The name 'Salter Electronic Kitchen Scales' covers a multitude of appliances retailing for between £12 (the slim design, available at Amazon) to £45 (the Aquatronic Stainless Steel model). This review is intended to represent the middle-of the range Salter Air model, linked to from this page and available at John lewis for £25. This is an upgraded model of the scales pictured.
Very compact, only around 2.5cm deep and 19cm by 19cm they currently live atop our cupboards, since we have a small kitchen and barely enough cupboard space for food and pots and pans. They're very unobstrusive (the lip at the top of the cupboard effectively conceals them) but if you could see them then you'd see a smooth stainless steel sheet 'piped' with black plastic and sitting on four rubber legs. The digital display is large and clear - very handy for the short-of-sight (amongst whom I classify myself) and lights up making it useful in all light conditions.
Takes two 3V lithium ion batteries which seem to last forever (we've had ours for over a year). Kilo and lb options are available using the button to the left of the display while the right hand one 'zeros' and provides an 'add and weigh' function meaning that multiple ingredients can be added in the same bowl. Very handy as my previous model required you to do the calculations yourself.
On the subject of bowls, the main advantage of these scales over the traditional weight type is the fact that you can weigh directly onto the easily wipeable surface, or into a container of your choice (for instance the pan you're cooking in) minimizing washing up.
The recycled cardboard box isn't bulky in the way that those of so many kitchen appliances are, so they could easily be stored in there (with its polystyrene casing), though it would only really avoid dust....
They're also remarkably robust. Ours have 'bounced' from some height several times with no noticeable ill-effects.
Weighing seems to be much more accurate than with traditional scales, particularly important for baking and pastry cooking; they weigh up to 10kg meaning we even use them to weigh our post!
I bought these scales because I thought that digital ones would be more accurate and they were. They don't take up much room unlike the old traditional ones and you can change the setting to grams or mls and i think there are other settings on it as well that I havn't tried yet and when you first get it its so easy to opporate you can start using it straight away just be pressing the on/off button. Changeing the settings can be confusing to begin with because you have to quickly press the button to get to the setting you want thats a pain. These scales are a reasonable price and of good quality for a middle price range compared to cheaper ones that had less settings on them and the more expensive ones that did the same as these did except from these don't count the calaries of different foods but you can just look that up in a book you don't need a machine to tell you wants in your dinner and that would of cost £10 more just to tell you what your eating.
I have to admit I was forced into buying these by my daughters who were doing 'Food Technology' at school and had found that my old traditional balance scales to be totally useless, ruining the overall finish of their drop scones and raspberry buns . They had the audacity to suggest I was a saddo using scales with an actual scale. They said I had to get into the digital world of kitchen equipment and buy some of these.
Actually I'm thrilled they did. Not only are they light, easy to use, read, clean and store, they are devilishly attractive too. The stainless steel effect of this flat bed scale looks good left on your counter, but is amazingly compact for easy storage. At just 19cm square (that's 7.5 inches in old money) and 2cms (less than an inch) in height, they fit snuggly anywhere.
Embarrassing though it is, I am a bit of a scale lover and I do miss the shaky red dial quivering between markers ever so slightly, but there's something tremendously reassuring about a clear digital display.
I'm pleased to say that these scales are also tremendously easy to use. You can weigh things directly on the surface if you're prepared to clean them. Or you can switch them on, place your mixing bowl on top, reset using the zero button and then weigh your ingredient. You can keep repeating this process with each ingredient if you're confident enough to just keep on adding. Or if you're like me, I like to weigh everything separately and throw it in a different bowl.
There's also a kg/lb button depending on the type of recipe you're using and that's about it on the button front.
There's one little thing I'm not so keen on. Around the sides of the square scale there are three parallel ridges, purely for decorative effect. I don't like the thought of how many little nasty micro-organisms could be lurking between these ridges if I didn't zap them with my antibacterial whatsit every time I've used them. I feel that the edges could have been left smooth like the rest of the scale to satisfy the Health and Safety Executive type, but other than that I see no disadvantages in this stunning little addition to my kitchen.
Today I took them to school, where ten batches of pancake mixture were weighed by a group of 10 and 11 year olds. They certainly passed the antishock test as they hit the deck about five times and still continued to work brilliantly. Every pancake was delicious, apparently.
I've had this particular set of scales for about two years now and they cost me £24.99 from Argos. They are powered by 2 X 3V circular lithium batteries (still going strong) which can be removed by twisting their covers from the underside of the scale where you will also find four rubberised feet which help to protect your precious kitchen counters.
They arrive well protected in a recyclable cardboard box, enshrined in a clear plastic bag complete with detailed instructions. Not that they're difficult to use. They're a doddle.
My kitchen scales hadve been playing up for a while so I decided to splash out and buy a new set. After looking at various options I settled on a set of these Salter electronic scales. Having only a small kitchen where there is a distinct lack of space, the first thing that appealed to me was the size, as they are very compact. They are slimline (about 2.5 cm in depth) and are designed for easy storage - you can pop them sideways on a shelf to store.
If like me, you have difficulty in reading the display panel on scales, you will have no problem with these as the backlit LCD display is very large and easy to read (even without glasses on!). You can weigh food directly onto the scales' flat platform or, if you wish to use a bowl, you can make use of the "add and weigh" feature. This enables you to weigh one ingredient, zero the display then add another. The can weigh up to 5 kgs.
They are very easy to operate as there are only two operating buttons which are located on the side. One is the On/Off button and the other the kg/lb button, which allows you to switch between metric and imperial units at any time during weighing. They use 2 x AAA batteries which are housed in a compartment in the bottom of the scales. To maximise the battery life, auto switch off occurs if the display shows zero for one minute or shows the same weight reading for 3 minutes. The display panel also lets you know when the batteries need replacing and displays an "Err" message when there is too much weight on the scales. Cleaning is simply a case of wiping the scales with a damp cloth as they cannot be immersed in water.
Prices vary depending on where you purchase them, I paid £35 for them in John Lewis and although I think it was money well spent I have since seen them a lot cheaper elsewhere. Therefore, if you are thinking of buying them it will defintely pay you to shop around - something I didn't do to my cost!
The scale has a backlit LCD display and can weigh up to 5kg.