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I really like cooking, but don't have much time to spend making elaborate meals, just quick and simple stuff but always from scratch. For this reason, I needed some kitchen scales that would weigh accurately but didn't cost a fortune because they're not something I use every time I'm in there. Last year when we had a new kitchen fitted, I changed most of the accessories in there to purple, most of which were bought from Next, including these Salter orb scales for £8.99. They are available in other colours too - pink, lime, red and white being the ones I know of (at the time Next only stocked the purple and red ones I think). They currently retail in Debenhams and Argos for around £8 and come with a whopping 15 year guarantee.
The scales arrived packaged in the box which I still like even though it's not needed, just because I like knowing other people's mitts haven't been all over them beforehand! Most of my set of scales are plum in colour, but they do have grey and white parts on them too - for example, the plunger part that the bowl sits upon is grey and the dial that shows the weight is white.
They are not digital scales, they are more the more traditional mechanical type whereby a needle moves to show the weight. I prefer this type really because for some reason I find it easier to judge how much extra I need to add when I've not quite reached a certain amount. The maximum weight on these is 3kg and for this the needle goes right the way around and reaches back to the top of the measuring dial - I suppose this means you could use them to weigh more than 3kg too, you'd just need to keep a note of how many times you'd passed the 3kg marker at the top! The weights are shown in both imperial and metric measures too which I find very useful. The bowl has a capacity of 1 litre.
Although the scales are a more traditional type in terms of the way they weigh ingredients, I think that they look very modern looking - the colour makes them stand out and the design is contemporary too. The dial part is very rounded, as is the bowl and there are also two rounded feet at the bottom. They measure around 20cm high with the bowl part in place, with the width and depth being around 18cm so they are pretty compact.
The scales are mostly made of shiny plastic, the bowl in particular is great in this material because it's extremely easy to wipe clean once it's been used. It's also helps with sliding certain things (Eg butter, flour) from the bowl and into the recipe I'm making up so I don't find the need to get my hands stuck in and can keep them nice and clean! To use the scales, the bowl is placed on top of the plunger. It sits nicely on the top as there is a ridged part on the bowl to help keep it on there securely. There is a small tuner at the top of the dial part of the scales to adjust the needle to set it to zero - I find I just need to press on the bowl lightly with my fingers a couple of times to tune it to zero properly and then it's ready to go. Most important of all is that I find these scales weigh accurately and I've never thought that my recipes have been ruined with incorrect measurements of the ingredients! I suppose they aren't limited to weighing ingredients either, they could be used to weigh anything within reason.
I would really recommend these scales to anyone like me who likes cooking but doesn't want to spend too much on fancy gadgets - these are no nonsense scales that are incredibly easy to use and look stylish at the same time. I have no issues in leaving these out on the worktop because they look funky and fit in with my room colours. I rate these 5 stars as I haven't found any negatives with them.
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I bought my salter orb scales quite a number of years ago and they are still going strong. They are a great pair of very basic non-electronic scales, which weigh in both imperial and metric.
These scales have had a lot of use, until a few years ago when a friend bought me a set of electronic Salter scales as a flat warming present. I have since used the electronic scales, however, somehow there is something nice about weighing on a traditional pair. Recently I have let my kids play with the scales and I tend to only use this set with them when I do cooking with the children, as somehow reading the dial seems more exciting to them than the figures on the electronic scales.
I bought my orb scales from John Lewis, they came in several bright colours, red, like mine, purple and lime green. I think they are really quite attractive looking for such cheap scales costing around £8 and I always felt they looked very smart sitting on my kitchen worktop. They look quite traditional, however the Brit colour gives them a modern twist.
There is a detachable weighing bowl which sits on top on the weighing mechanism, sort of gentally clipping in so it doesn't topple off. The bowl for the scales is dishwasher proof, however the base of the scales can only be wiped clean, although they only usually got dusty from flour etc. Both the scales and base area are made from a durable smooth shiny plastic, with a plastic transparent "glass" covering the dial. The dial is printed in clear red to match the scales with a black hand to point out the weight. The scales go up to 7 pounds or 3 kg, much higher weight than I have ever needed to use and it is clearly labelled so it is easy to measure out just one ounce or 100 grams.
These scales seem to be very accurate and as with all mechanical scales they can be adjusted to zero with a wind up knob on the back of the scales. Certainly I have made lots of cakes with them and never had any problems.
All in all a very cute pair of cheap but accurate scales!
I decided to buy this Salter orb mechanical scale more for how it looked without giving any sort of thought to how well it might function. Luckily for me it works perfectly well as a kitchen scale and although not quite as accurate as an electronic one it does fine for everyday baking.
The reason I bought this scale was because I loved the retro look of it and because it also was available in some bright colours which was a nice change from the usual blacks and silvers that are normally available. I chose a bright red which goes really well with my kitchen accessories and really brightens up the room.
The scale comes in two parts. The bottom mechanical part and the top bowl part which is removable so that it is easy to transfer the contents to a bowl and also for cleaning.
The bowl is a good size and made from a strong plastic. The plastic bowl is quite sturdy and can be put in the dishwasher and microwave without any problems. It can also be put in the freezer without worrying about it cracking. Although it is also supposed to be non-stick this isn't entirely true and some foods do stick to the bowl and need to be scrubbed off.
The mechanical part measures weight in both metric and imperial so you can still use the old recipes without having to convert the measurements. As the numbers are white against a red background they are quite easy to see and I don't have to really squint or go up close to make sure that I have read them right.
They can measure up to a maximum of 3kg but you would be lucky to fit this much of any ingredient in the actual bowl even though it is a good size.
I also find it to be really accurate and have never had a problem with it giving me the wrong readings. If you find that the scales have creeped away from the zero there is a scroll wheel that you can use to make sure they are exactly on the zero before you start measuring.
I bought my scales in my local kitchen ware shop where they cost me £9.99. Being made by Salter you should be able to find these scales in loads of places and I would really recommend them as they not only perform well but they also look great too.
I got these gorgeous little scales for Christmas. As they were a gift I don't know the exact price paid or where they were purchased from. However a quick check online shows that they retail for approximately £8 and are available from Amazon, Lakeland, Tesco and many other shops. The scales are made by Salter.
On unwrapping them, the first thing I noticed about my new scales was the bright green colour, they really are very bright! I love the colour of them and find them so much more appealing than my boring old plain white scales. Even my very fussy husband likes the look of them and is quite happy to let then live on the kitchen worktop rather than forcing them to spend their days hidden in the cupboard. The scales are also available in a berry red, purple and white.
I like the appearance of these scales very much. Not just the colour, but I like the shape of them too. The actual display part is large and round, like a big tummy, and sits on two little round feet. The bowl then sits on top like a little head - the whole thing makes me think of a chubby little green alien!
The numbers on the display are easily large enough for me to read, but I know some people would prefer them larger. My mother-in-law for example, struggles to read the display so these wouldn't be suitable for her. That said, she is incredibly long sighted and does not have 'typical' eyesight.
The pointer arrow is large and shows clearly what weight is being indicated. On my previous scales the pointer was white and it was on a white background, which made it difficult to read. This pointer is dark grey and is on a white and green background, making it much easier to read. There is a grey dial that you can use to adjust the pointer if necessary. This is simple to use and accurate.
The scales weigh up to 3kg/6lb 8oz. The minimum it can weigh is 25g/1oz. The scale goes up in intervals of 25g/1oz. The weighing bowl is a domed shape and I prefer it to previous box shaped ones I have had as no flour or butter can get caught in the corners. The bowl is dishwasher safe which is another bonus. The base fits inside the bowl for easy storage if you want to store this little beauty in a cupboard instead of displaying it proudly.
I have found the accuracy of these scales to be fine. I use them for weighing cooking ingredients as well as weighing items I'm selling on Ebay so I can work out the postage. I have never had a problem with them.
In conclusion, I would definitely recommend these scales. They look great, they are a very reasonable price and most importantly they are accurate.