* Prices may differ from that shown
Currently you can obtain these scales for just over £12 on Amazon. Just because they're cheap however, doesn't mean they're poor quality!
The scales are about the size of a CD case but thicker, and look very neutral in a black design with chrome style buttons. There are rubberised pads on the bottom of the scales so they don't slip around all over the place. As these are electronic, it's very easy to plonk your bowl/dish you're weighing into on top and press the button to reset the scale to zero. This removes the need for a special dish and cuts down on washing up, but some might find this annoying.
The button responds well, although sometimes I find I need to push it several times to reset the scales to zero, it's a slightly clunky button design.
As the scales are flat, they are super easy to clean and you can put them away in a drawer, so they don't need to be out all of the time. I'd really recommend these scales for somebody limited on space and money as they are a quality product.
In the past two years my home life has changed radically. I have gone from being a wage slave working upwards of 50 hours per week to working part-time two days per week allowing me to get more in to household related things such as cooking and baking. I absolutely love my life now, more than I ever have, and I feel that my family benefit from me being home more as I am able to look after them and myself more.
It is fair to say that my favourite things to make are home-made soups and baked goods. With soups it is easy to just throw in most ingredients and use a measuring jug to measure out liquids, however with baked goods using the wrong quantity can have terrible results and lead to flat cakes or burnt cookies. In the past I always use those weighing scales with non digital readings where you know approximately to the nearest 25 grams what something weighed. I found that these were alright for measuring for certain recipes but for others they were just nowhere near accurate. That is why I asked my Mum for these weighing scales at Christmas.
I know for a fact that these weighing scales cost £12.80 including free delivery from Amazon as I ordered for my Mum and had them delivered to her home ready for me to receive on Boxing Day. This might seem a little odd to some but I would prefer to order something for my Mum who isn't very tech savvy and know that is it the correct item, also, it means that she doesn't have the worry of her fussy daughter grumbling, as I probably would if it was wrong!
These weighing scales are slim, black and they have a stainless steel weighing area in the centre. These scales weigh around 800g making them very lightweight and I tend to store them on their side in my kitchen gadgets cupboard (which is very tight for space now!). There is a digital display on this that is simple to read and Amazon tells me that the numbers are 20mm high. These scales are powered by a CR2032 battery that came included and already fitted. To use these scales I just needed to remove them from the box, rip the plastic tab out of the battery compartment and they were ready to go. These scales are also available in white for a similar price if you would like those instead. On the front of the scales there are two buttons, On-Zero-Off & Unit. You can switch between lbs & ozs, fl oz, grams and ml using the unit function. The On-Zero-off button allows you to turn the scales on and off and also put them back to zero which is ideal if you are wanting to put a measuring bowl on the scales and then cancel out the weight to accurately measure your products in to the bowl. The scales weigh up to 5kg or 11lbs which is reasonable enough and I never even go to half of this with my cooking measurements anyway so it is no restriction for me at all.
In terms of setting up these scales I just have to lift them out of the cupboard, lay them on my kitchen side and turn them on. They are then easy to use and the buttons are the right size for me to press comfortably with one finger.
There was a leaflet that came with these scales but I think that I discarded it with the box as I just didn't feel that I would really need it. The scales are simple enough to use on their own. It takes me just a few seconds to get the scales in place and set up and I like that I can set it back to zero when I am adding ingredients if I don't want to have to calculate things as I go along. After three minutes these scales turn off to save power which is useful as I normally get distracted and leave them on the side until after I've served whatever I am baking or dealt with cakes or baked goods and got them cooling on the side.
To clean these scales is very simple and I normally just use a damp piece of kitchen towel to remove any mess and then the other half to buff it dry. This does show sticky fingerprints so really I like to clean mine after every single use just to satisfy my housewife urges and to make sure that the scales are hygienic for my next use.
I am really pleased with these scales. They are simple to use and when the battery does inevitably run out it will be very straight forward for me to change the battery over. I have used these at least 100 separate times just since Boxing Day and sometimes I turn these on and off several times while measuring out ingredients too. I have been batch cooking recently ready for a busy period in our lives so these have been put to great use. These scales appear to be incredibly accurate and I like that I can measure to the nearer gram which is very useful for adding certain ingredients such as baking powder or bicarbonate of soda. I love the look of these scales and they look sleek and pretty when out in my kitchen which also has black worktops with silver cupboards so matches fantastically. If you are in the market for some new weighing scales or just wanting to perhaps replace the less accurate to the nearest 25g kind then definitely consider these. Salter are a name that I have come to know and trust in recent years and I would definitely rate these 5 out of 5 stars.
In the last few years I have got really into baking, as well as enjoying cooking delicious meals for my family, so a good pair of kitchen scales is a real essential for me. My previous set of scales had lasted about nine years before an unfortunate accident involving the plastic measuring bowl melting when it fell on to the gas hob and, although they were still in working order, I really wanted a new set (as much for aesthetic reasons as for anything else). So, when I received the Salter Slim Design Electronic Platform Kitchen Scales in Black as a Christmas present, I was delighted. My previous kitchen scales has also been from the Salter brand and, melted bowl aside, I had always been happy with the way that they performed.
*Product Description *
The Salter Slim Design Electronic Platform Kitchen Scales are both stylish and functional. The design is very simple, featuring a flat stainless steel circular scale on a black base. The only other features are an LED display panel, an on/zero/off button and a 'unit' button. Both buttons are silver. Although the design is very simple, the overall effect is a stylishly designed product which, in my opinion, looks more expensive than it is. The scales weigh in both pounds/ounces and grams/kilograms as you would expect and, perhaps more unusually, also can weigh in millilitres and fluid ounces. They are powered by a single CR2032 lithium battery which is included with the scales. The maximum weight for these scales is 5 kilos or 11lbs which I feel is definitely sufficient for kitchen scales. The dimensions of these scales are 16cm x 18cm with a depth of 2cm. The sleek, slim-line design of these scales means that although they look good on the worktop (which is where I keep them as I use them so regularly), they can also be easily stored in a cupboard if you prefer the minimalist look on your kitchen surfaces.
* Performance *
The most important thing that I am looking for from a set of kitchen scales is accurate measuring and, in my opinion, these perform excellently in that department. The LED screen is clear and easy to read, with a good degree of contrast between the screen colour and the numbers. As they don't come with a bowl, it is important to set the scales to zero after you have put the bowl that you are weighing your ingredients in to before pressing the 'zero' button, but once this is done, I have found that they weigh all ingredients accurately. You can also weigh straight on to the surface of the scales - which is good for those following the kind of diet which means that you need to weigh virtually everything that you eat (i.e. to calculate calories or Weightwatchers points). The only issue I would have with weighing on these scales is that due to the compact style of the scales, you can't weigh into a big bowl and still be able to see the LED screen clearly - so if you are cooking in large quantities (weighing out dry ingredients for a large cake for example), you may need to weigh them in smaller bowls before combining them in a larger one. The flat design of the scales makes them very simple to clean should you spill anything during the weighing process as they should only require a quick wipe with a damp cloth to look as good as new. The manufacturers are so confident in the durability of these scales that they come with a 15 year guarantee.
* Cost *
These scales cost approximately £15 and are available from Amazon and other retailers such as John Lewis. They are also available in white.
* Final Thoughts *
Although I have only had these scales for a few weeks, I have already used them on numerous occasions and, so far, would not hesitate to recommend them. They are simple, stylish and take up minimal space in the kitchen while providing a high level of performance. I feel that, at the price they are on sale for, you can't go far wrong with buying these scales as a basic kitchen appliance - they do exactly what they need to do without over-complicating things and, on the basis of the long life spam of my previous Salter scales, I would expect them to go on performing well for a number of years. Overall, these are a valuable addition to my kitchen and will continue to be used regularly from now on.
I do a lot of cooking and baking. I grew up in the USA where recipes are generally given in cups, tablespoons, and teaspoons. However, when I moved to the UK it soon became apparent that a good kitchen scale was a vital part of every baker's kitchen. I chose the Salter Disc Electronic Kitchen Scale 1036 (listed as Salter Slim Design Electronic Platform Kitchen Scale on Amazon).
This scale is available in white, black, and silver. I have the black one which looks very sleek and classy. It measures 16cm x 18cm with a 14.5cm diameter circular weighing area in brushed stainless steel. There are 2 silver buttons and a small (4cm x 2cm) digital LCD screen below the weighing area. On the back there are several tiny non-slip pads to ensure your scale stays in place and doesn't go sliding across your counter. The scales are less than 2cm in depth- so it is very easy to store even in my small kitchen. Overall, the look and feel give the impression of quality.
Using these scales couldn't be easier. Just set the scales on a hard surface and press the button labeled on-zero-off. Next place your bowl on the scales and press the same button again to reset the scales to zero. Now you are ready to add your ingredients straight into the bowl. I generally weigh in g, but by pressing the unit button you can switch between metric and imperial, solid and liquid units (g, lbs:oz, fl.oz., and ml).
If you want to add another ingredient you don't have to trust your math skills because pressing the on-zero-off button will reset the scales to zero meaning you can measure out your next ingredient with ease.
The LCD display is large and clear and easy to read even around a large bowl or pan. You don't need to worry if you dish isn't entirely on the silver weighing surface; it gives an accurate weight even if your dish is partially (or completely) on the black surface.
The scales are easy to keep clean by wiping down with a damp cloth.
You can weigh items up to 5kg with an accuracy of 1g. This type of accuracy means the scales also come in handy for weighing letters and small packages to ensure you have the correct postage.
This scale uses one CR2032 battery which lasts very well; I'd say we average 8-12 months, depending on use. The battery compartment is easy to access and you can get replacement batteries on amazon for next to nothing. The scales come with a 15 year guarantee.
I've had my scales for a few years now and recently bought my mom the same one as a gift because I find it so good.
===Price and Availability ===
The black version is currently available on Amazon for £11.24, white for £15.37, and silver for £17.99.
~ Cooking and Kitchen Scales ~
Over the past 2-3 years I have taken a keen interest in cooking, particularly sweet things such as cakes and biscuits. My mum used to have a very old fashioned set of kitchen scales which weren't very accurate and as I baked cakes a lot I wanted to purchase a set of accurate scales. There are so many different types of scales to choose from and some are a lot more expensive than others. I wanted something that was modern looking and something that wasn't too big and was easy to use. I had a look in my Argos book but didn't really find a lot which took my fancy so I decided to pop into my local Robert Dyas store where I could actually look at the scales and see the size of them. I didn't want to spend a fortune on scales but I was willing to spend at least £25 for a decent set of scales that would be reliable and last me a good few years. I decided to choose some scales by Salter, as I know this is a good, well-known brand that makes a large range of scales and other cooking equipment.
~ The Scales ~
The scales are made by Salter whom makes a large range of scales and cooking equipment. As well as food scales they also make personal scales for when weighing yourself. I knew Salter was a good brand to go for and in fact my mum's very old scales which she has had for at least 30 years were made by Salter as well. The scales I choose were slim and sleek looking and were black in colour but the main weighing platform is round and made from stainless steel. This looked really good with the rest of the scales being a black colour. There is small LCD digital display in the middle of the scales and there is a button either side of the LCD screen which is silver in colour. Although the button is small it's perfect to press just using one finger. Under each of the buttons is some writing to tell you what the buttons do. The button to the left of the LCD screen has On-Zero-Off. The button to the right side of the LCD screen has Unit underneath it. The LCD screen also has some printed words under it which tells you the maximum weight it will take. These scales were perfect for what I wanted them for as quite often I like to measure ingredients such as flour and sugar into a bowl onto the scales. These scales allow me to add multiple ingredients into the same bowl which helps to save on washing up. You can of course weigh the ingredients straight onto the scales; how-ever I didn't want to get the scales dirty so it's just easier for me to weigh ingredients into a bowl. You can switch between metric and imperial by simply pressing the unit button allocated next to the LCD display. The scales measures ingredients in grams, pounds, ounces, millilitres and fluid ounces. The scales will take weight up to 5kg/11lb which was more than enough for me. They also come with a 15 year guarantee which was perfect seeing as I would be using the scales at least once or even twice a week. The scales take a Lithium CR2032 battery which is included; however you can purchase these at Robert Dyas when the current one runs out.
~ Price/Availability ~
I purchased my scales from Robert Dyas at least 1-2 years ago and they cost me approximately £19.99. These are currently on offer for £12.99 reduced from £15.99, which I think is very good value. You can purchase a 2 pack of Energizer CR2032 batteries for £4.99 from Robert Dyas. These batteries are the coin batteries which are round and flat. You can also purchase the scales from Argos for £14.99.
~ Using the Scales ~
The scales come in a cardboard box which has a picture of the scales on the front. When you open this you will need to gently pull out the scales which are wrapped in a clear, plastic bag and then have cardboard at each end of the scales to stop it from moving around in the box. There is also a leaflet about the scales and how to use them. On the bottom of the scales is a small door which opens for you to change the battery. When using the scales for the first time you need to simply remove the clear plastic tab which stops the batteries from running low before you actually use them. The plastic tab just pulls out with minimum effort. To switch the scales on simply hold the on button for a few seconds and you will see the screen come on. You can then choose how you wish to measure the ingredients. I normally measure my cooking ingredients in grams so to choose this option I pressed the unit button which goes through all the different measures that the scale will measure in. Simple keep pressing the button to go through each one and then stop on the one you want to use. I only needed to press the button once in order to get to the grams measurement. I put a plastic bowl onto the stainless steel platform and then pressed on which sets the scales back to zero. This is displayed on the LCD monitor. I then started to spoon the ingredients into the bowl which was on the scales. As I spooned more flour into the bowl the numbers on the screen went up. After I had finished I then took the bowl off and used a new bowl to measure a different ingredient. You don't need to use separate bowls to measure ingredients, how-ever in most cases I do as I need to mix the ingredients separately. If I was going to use the same bowl to add another ingredient I would have left it on the scale and pressed the left button which sets the scales back to zero again read for me to add the new ingredients. If the scales haven't been used for 3 minutes they will automatically switch off and you will need to switch them on again before using them. This helps to save the battery and to make it last longer. To switch the scales off simply press and hold the on button and the screen will go blank. I keep the scales in all the original packaging so they don't get damaged when not in use. The scales can be cleaned quite easily; how-ever you can't immerse them in water. I always wipe the scales with a damp kitchen towel and the scales always appear very clean after doing this. When I use the scales they don't get very dirty anyway as I always measure into a bowl.
~ Overall Opinion ~
I have had my scales for at least 2 years now and I haven't yet had any problems with them. I have had to replace the battery once which I don't think it too bad considering I use the scaled most weekends for cooking sweet treats for friends and family. The scales are very accurate and are also very easy to use. I didn't read through any of the information included with the scales as the scales are straight forward and very easy to use anyway. The look of the scales is very sleek and modern looking which makes them perfect for using in the kitchen. In terms of value I think the scales are very good value, especially as they come with a 15 year guarantee. Salter do a range of more expensive scales, how-ever these are just perfect for the job that I need them for. Since buying these scales and recommending them to my sister, she has also purchased the same scales and is as equally as impressed with them as I am. I give these scales a full 5 stars as they are reliable, sleek and good value.
(review also on ciao)
These really are superb, useful scales. As someone who is trying to control his diet (you know how it is, we all boil too much rice or pasta!!), I needed a way of weighing food with minimal fuss. I just put the pan on the scales before cooking and weigh the pasta without having to adjust the scales to compensate for the weight of the pan. The unit is slim so tucks away nice and easily. Mine tends to live on the worktop as it gets used frequently these days. It also weighs liquid in millilitres - very handy because you don't have to keep rummaging in the cupboard for a measuring jug. Plus, being digital, you can get far more accurate readings than with conventional scales. What is all the more remarkable is the price - I think I paid about £12 for these - an absolute bargain. I wholeheartedly recommend these scales.
Since moving into my new flat last summer I have discovered a love of baking - particularly since discovering that homemade cakes and breads freeze well and so can make a quick and easy addition to a mid-week meal. When I initially moved in, as you can imagine, I was watching the pennies and investing in a set of kitchen scales was low on my list of priorities. I spent several months just measuring things out using cups, which often worked well but I always did wonder if my baking would taste better if the ingredients were measured out more accurately.
Around Christmas time I was given a gift voucher for Debenhams by a friend who came to visit my new flat and I decided then to invest in a set of scales. I didn't have a particular set of scales in mind. I just wanted something compact as my kitchen is small and space is a premium. Browsing through the kitchen section in my local Debenhams I spotted the Salter range of scales. They caught my eye as they came in a variety of shapes and colours. I thought that a nice red coloured scale would look great in my kitchen and match my other appliances. Looking at the range further I spotted the slim design electronic kitchen scale. Unfortunately this only came in black but its compact size and design really appealed to me.
In addition the fact that it had Aquatronic technology which allows it to measure liquids as well as solid ingredients was a deal clincher. As space is so tight in my kitchen I hadn't bought items like a measuring jug so a device that would measure both liquids and solids was perfect! Salter is also a reputable company so I knew that although £17 was a little on the pricy side for a set of scales I was getting an excellent quality product. Reassuringly this set of scales also comes with a 15 year warranty. I am sure this set of scales can be picked up cheaper online.
The Salter slim line kitchen scale is really compact, measuring at around 16cm x 18cm. It has a glossy black finish with a silver stainless steel circular measuring area. I think the design is sleek and modern and contemporary and would look great in any kitchen regardless of décor. There is a small digital LCD display on the front of the scales where measurements are read. This was also a bonus for me as I find it a little tricky reading scales that are manual and using a digital scale ensures greater accuracy. On either side of the LCD display are buttons that allow the scale to be turned on/zeroed and to change the units of measurements. The scale does not come with its own measuring bowl, allowing you to use one of your own or to weigh items directly onto the scale.
I have been using this set of scales regularly for around 6 months now and am really quite impressed. They are incredibly easy to use. The scales allow you to measure items in a number of units - kg in 1g increments up to a maximum weight of 5kg or a maximum of 11lb in 0.1oz increments. This is useful as although most recipes have ingredients listed in both units of measurement, some do not and this saves on trying to convert numbers. As I explained above, the scales also allow you to measure up to 5 litres of liquid in 1ml increments or 17.5 fl.oz in 0.1 fl.oz increments. I love this feature and think it is a really clever addition to this scales functionalities.
I usually use these to measure out ingredients when making a cake or home-made bread rolls. One of the handiest functionalities this set of scales has is that it has an 'add and weigh' function. This means that you can measure out an ingredient, for example butter, and then reset the scale to zero before measuring out the sugar into the bowl containing the flour without having to change bowls or trying to add up weights in your head! I think this is great as it means less washing up for me! And in case you're wondering - I think my cakes do taste better now that I measure out ingredients properly!
When it comes to cleaning this set of scales it couldn't be easier - simply wipe down with a damp cloth and that's it. The manufacturers do advise against using cleaning products to clean this. To protect the scales further I tend to store mine in the box that it came in. The scales come supplied with a Li battery and according to the instructions there is a low battery indicator on the screen, though I have not yet seen this. The other useful feature is that the scales will switch themselves off automatically if they haven't been used for more than 3 minutes or if the weight of the item hasn't changed for 3 minutes. This is great for prolonging the battery life.
Overall I am really very impressed with this set of scales. They look great, are easy to use and have a number of very useful functions including the ability to measure liquids and add multiple ingredients together. In my opinion they are worth every penny and come with a high recommendation.
With my last Amazon voucher courtesy of Dooyoo I treated myself to some much needed electronic kitchen scales. My previous set were plastic, with a cracked bowl and gave such inaccurate readings that I just had to guesstimate with!
The scales come in a nice heavy duty cardboard box and some padded packaging and foam inside to keep the scales safe during transit. To look at the scales ooze quality and style, they are very slim, square and sit flush on your work surface. The corners of the scales are nice and curved adding to their elegance. Overall the scales are a shiny black colour with a central silver metal disc which is where you sit your ingredients to measure, I think the contrasting colours look very modern and sleek together. The Salter logo branding is written in silver in the bottom right corner of the scales.
The front of the scales is where the electric LED screen is, this is quite small and rectangular with some maximum weight measurement writing underneath. Either side of this screen is a round silver button, the left button is the On/Off and Zero switch and the right button is used to change the measurements settings, this is actually written beneath the buttons for the user to easily work out. They are simple to push and very responsive. The dimensions of the product are approximately 160 mm width x 180 mm depth x 2 mm height.
Using The Scales
To turn on the scale you simply press the left silver button and the LED screen immediately goes to 0. The screen is quite discreet but very easy to read and clear. You then have the option of changing the measurements or straight to weighing your items. Measurement options include:
Pounds and Ounces
You can change these options by simply pressing the right silver button until your desired measurement is displayed on the screen. Once you have your chosen measurement you can add your ingredients straight onto the silver disk to get their weight or if you are weighing things like rice and flour put a bowl onto the disk and press the left silver button to re-zero with the bowl on before adding your ingredients.
Another added bonus with these electronic scales is that you can add and weigh multiple foods at the same time in a bowl, rather than doing separate measurements each time. These are a godsend to me after my last useless and cheap set that was accurate to about 100 g! I don't do too much baking but I do make pizza dough and things like Yorkshire puddings regularly, I feel much more confident branching out and trying new recipes now that I have these trusty Salter scales.
I must admit one of the biggest selling points of these scales for me were their look, most of my kitchen appliances are black and when I saw these I knew they would look great in my kitchen. I also read reviews before buying as well and was really happy with them and can now totally agree and add to these. The scales are small and slim enough to fit in the tiniest cupboard or corner, though I like to have mine on display because they look so nice.
A few minor niggles with these are that the buttons don't feel as good a quality as the rest of the product, they are quite plastic and thin and not nice to press. Another annoyance is that the disc shows water splashes very badly being chrome, but this is easily cleaned off with a bit of glass cleaner. Minor, but worth mentioning!
Maximum weight - 5000 g x 1 g
11 lb x 0.1 oz
15 Year Guarantee
Lithium CR2032 battery (included)
I bought these off Amazon for £14.99 delivered, which is a decent price for quality electronic kitchen scales anyway, but given that they also have a 15 year guarantee I think these are a great investment. Five out of Five without a doubt!
Before I go on to review these particular scales I will tell you how I came to have them, which demonstrates Salter's excellent customer service and how you can have complete confidence in buying one of their products.
Eight years ago we were given some Salter electric kitchen as a wedding present. About a year ago they started to behave strangely; I tried changing the batteries, but this didn't help. The scales became unusable as the weight displayed kept fluctuating, and when you added something to be weighed the amount would keep decreasing the longer you looked at it!
I remembered from when I had opened the scales that Salter said they had a ten year guarantee. I found the manual and confirmed this and emailed customer services saying that they had stopped working, but that I didn't have a receipt. I quickly got an email back saying they would replace them if I sent them back to them. I did this (having taken out the batteries), and then got an email saying that unfortunately that model had been discontinued, but inviting me to go onto their website and choose a similar model as a replacement. I did this, and the replacement swiftly arrived.
I thought this was exceptional service, for them to replace scales that had had years of use with no quibble and to be so efficient about it. I felt as if they were a genuinely helpful company, rather than trying to wiggle out of their gurantees and promises. I did have to pay to return the scales to them, but didn't mind this as the gurantee was of a generous length. I see from these new scales that the guarantee is now 15 years! So I would encourage people to claim on it if necessary as I suspect most people think it is not worth claiming after so long.
On to these specific scales, which I have now had for a few months. I am very pleased with them as they are well designed and easy to use. The top of the scales is flat, allowing you to weigh loose items, or items in a bowl or plate. If you used a very large bowl or plate, then the numbers might be difficult to read, but I have not found this to be a problem. The flat surface also makes them easy to clean, with no nooks and crannies for food to get stuck.
The design is attractive and streamlined. The top is large enough for weiging reasonable sized parcels. The display is large and clear enough. There are two buttons, which make the scales incredabley user friendly. One changes the units, as well as grams and ounces, there are also fluid ounces. The other button turns the scales on. Pressing them again returns the reading to zero, allowing you to add ingredients to a recipe. Pressing and holding allows you to turn the scales off, which is good for preserving battery life. The scales only use one CR2032 battery, which again reduces running costs.
The scales are extreamly good value for money. I think the RRP is £15.99 but I have seen them for as little as £9.99 on Amazon. You can pay much more than this for kitchen scales but I am not sure why you would want to, as these scales do everything that I want and I can't think of a way you could improve them.
I'd always had Tesco own scales, I was never really happy with them and they made baking cakes harder, but I thought buying anything better would be so expensive. A couple of months ago I went round a friends house and she had these scales. We used them and I thought they were amazing. She said they were a wedding present, so I didn't dare ask how much they were. I was so impressed with them though, I came home and looked them up on the internet. I could not believe my luck when I could get these for £12 on amazon, I ordered them right away.
The scales are very slim and flat. They have a small digital display on the front with only a couple of buttons. I wouldn't have thought these would be suitable for any older bakers with impared vision, I know my Nan wouldn't get on too well with them with the display as is. There is a silver round weighing plate enclosed in a black glossy square. It appears that you can only weigh things on the silver piece, but rather usefully weight on the black bit also counts. This is really handy as you can put large bowls on to weigh, or things in sizes that wouldn't work so well on conventional scales.
The balances dont have a 'nest' as such which comes with them. It relies on you putting whatever you want to weigh in on the balance. You put the bowl on you want to use and then press the tare button for the balance to go to zero, before adding the material you want to weigh. This is really useful and saves on washing up as it means you can weigh directly into the right containers, and dirty only as many as you need. The fact you can tare any container means you can weigh your ingredients into the bowl one after the other. The only downside is that if you put a little too much in it is harder to get it back out!
The scales are wipe clean which is quite easy to do, except as I am quite a perfectionist I always have to give them a bit of a polish to, to get rid of the smears.
The scales weight between 1g and 5kg. They go up so much higher than my last scales, which is really handy as it means I can weigh into my heavier mixing bowl. I have never made a cake yet where the scales do not go high enough.
The scales use a small silver battery. I have had these two months now and not had to replace the battery. Luckily the scales turn themselves off after a couple of minutes of no use, so you don't waste the battery.
I have always loved baking, for as long as I can remember I would spend hours in the kitchen making little fairy cakes or pineapple upside down cake. When I lived with my parents I of course used all of their baking equipment, including a set of digital scales.
When I moved into my own house, we had to kit out the kitchen with all the equipment we would need because we were on a budget so we bought a kitchen starter pack from Ikea which included a set of weighing scales.
The scales were alright, but not exactly accurate so last year I asked for a set of digital scales for my birthday and my parents got me the Salter 1036 Kitchen Scales.
The scales I got are black plastic in design with a silver stainless steel circle in the centre, this is the weighing area of the scale, they look quite stylish - for kitchen scales. The scales are rectangular in shape (almost but not quite a square) measuring 16 cm by 18 cm and are just over 2 cm in thickness. The size is a added bonus for me as we don't have a lot of storage space in the kitchen, but I can store these on their side and they don't take up a look of room.
They don't come with a bowl for weighing ingredients, you can either use your own or weigh directly on the scales.
They measure in grams, lbs and ounces, fluid ounces and mililitres and the maximum capacity is 5kgs or 11 lbs. When adding the grams go up in increments of 1 gram, ounces and fluid ounces go up in 0.1 oz / fl. oz and mililitres go up in 1 ml.
To turn the scales on the power button is a small silver button to the left of the LCD screen, the button is slightly concave which I suppose is more comfortable for your finger tip. The button to change the type of unit is the same but to the right of the LCD screen.
The LCD screen is 4 cm by 1.5 cm and the digits are quite large which makes them easy to read. Although it would perhaps be useful if the screen was backlit. I have also found that when using larger bowls to put ingredients in this can obscure the screen a little, so I have to angle my head in order to read it properly.
When measuring out ingredients, you can use the power button to put the reading back to zero. This means you can add further ingredients without having to try and do maths which is always a bonus for me. It also means that if you are using your own bowl, you can zero it when the bowl has been put on the scales.
You can also change between metric and imperial while the scales are in use if you wanted to.
Since the beginning of May I have been going to Weight Watchers, and during this time I have found the scales to be an invaluable item in my kitchen. In order to work out the points values of food accurately, I have been weighing quite a lot of food before I have been eating eat. So to some degree I have the scales to thank for my weight loss so far, even if 30 grams of fruit and fibre looks like a measly amount.
The fluid oz function has also been great, as one fo the bread recipes I use is in ounces and fluid ounces before I got the scales I used a measuring jug for the liquid measurements but as not every increment is marked on the jug it wasn't always an accurate process. Using the scales I can put the jug on them and add the water, knowing I will get a pretty accurate amount.
Another great use for them, which some people may find a little strange is keeping track of my guinea pigs' weights. A drop in weight can be an early indicator of illness so regular weight checks are important. I have a cheap plastic bowl that I keep especially for their weekly weight checks. With these scales I know that their weight records will be more accurate than my old spring scales.
I have found them very easy to keep clean as well, a quick wipe with a damp cloth after use has always been sufficient. They still look almost as good as new.
The scales are powered by one CR2032 battery, which came supplied with mine when it was purchased. There is a low battery indicator on the LCD screen and despite regular use I have only had to replace the battery once in eighteen months of use, I think this was about six months ago.
Replacing the battery is easy to do, the battery is on the bottom of the scales so turn them upside down and remove the battery cover. The battery is secured by a little metal latch/lever if you gently push this away from the battery it will spring out of place. You then just slot the new battery in and replace the cover. Just a note of warning replacing the battery will automatically turn the power on, so you will need to switch them off if you're not using them straight away.
The scales are available in black, white or silver. The RRP is £14.99 but the black ones are currently available from Amazon for £11.70.
When weighing out food I used to use a set of scales which happened to be useless because I always used to get different values every time I measured something even though it was the same contents. I decided to look around for a set of scales which I thought would be of better quality and that is when I came across these scales. What first attracted me to these were the way they looked and because of this and the price I decided to purchase them.
With the brand being a reputable one I was happy to pay the price of £15. Even though I will be the first to admit that £15 for a set of scales isn't exactly a bargain I was just sick of using a pair of scales which give me inaccurate results. I would take this into consideration when purchasing one because even though you may purchase something cheap in the long run you will probably regret it.
Design and Size
When having a look at the scales they are stylish which is what initially attracted me to the product. The set of scales are very slim and square and have 4 feet at the bottom of the scales which are very easy to place on a unit whether you are wanting to use them or store them. Due to the size it is not difficult for you to place them in a cupboard after you have finished with them.
This is the big thing I was interested in about these scales. I wanted them to be much more reliable than my previous set and they were exactly that. Normally if I am measuring something I will just place a bowl on the top of the scales then press the 0 button which will take you back to 0. After that you can then just put whatever you want in your bowl without the additional weight of the bowl. Many scales don't offer this feature so I was very happy when I found out that it did because it makes things much easier for me. When I use them I check it 3 times to make sure it is accurate and it is always the same figure. Now I don't even check because I know that it will be as accurate as it can possibly be.
When comparing this with my previous set of scales I am very happy that I made this purchase. They are so much more reliable and even though they did cost a fair bit more I expected that because of how accurate they are. I would recommend anyone considering a set of scales to take a look at this because it does everything you need without the confusion of whether or not the figure it is showing is accurate or not.
My last set of Salter kitchen scales finally gave up the ghost after many years of loyal service in my kitchen, and having had so much reliable service from the Salter brand, I decided that I should get another Salter set. After much research on the web, I came across this on Amazon for just over £12, and noting that they had over 170 reviews with the majority giving 5 stars, I decided that they had to be the kitchen scales for me.
Out of the box, they do look quite smart with an overall black finish in black plastic and corresponding chrome/silver fixtures on the buttons and the centre plate. On the front you also have a large LED screen giving a clear read out of the weight etc. Overall the scales are easy clean and they are quite compact at 16 x 18 cm, and are easily slim enough at just over 2 cm to fit into a drawer or wherever for storage.
Another useful feature on these scales is what is called an Aquatronic Liquid Measure Function. Basically it will measure the weight of a quantity of fluid and translate that into a fluid measure such as millilitres or fluid ounces. I've also found that the weight limit appears to have also been increased on these newer scales. Whereas my previous Salter scales had a 2 kg weight limit, these new slim design ones have a massive 5 kg limit, or translated into all the other capacities, that's 11 lbs, 175 fluid ounces or 5000 millilitres.
Still need convincing that these are the ones for you? Well try the fact that Salter also offer a 15 year manufacturers guarantee on them. So nearly 170 5-star reviews with a 15 year assurance of quality, all for just over £12. What are you waiting for?
It all started with porridge. I was in a new job where I tended to eat breakfast at my desk. They were oaty people, the nurses with whom I worked, and they got me thinking that I might like to breakfast on hot cereal too. I bought a box of those individual sachets to try, but once I knew I liked them I couldn't stand the thought of wasting so much money just for someone else to measure out my portions. Until then, I had been using the standard Tesco Value scales with a removable pan, but these were very temperamental and if you weighed the same thing 3 times, you'd get 3 different results. Since I had absolutely no eye for measuring out my oats, I really needed to use scales to weigh out a portion to take into the office with me. As I was upgrading, I decided I might also like to switch from a bouncy dial to an electronic display, and after a nosy through the Argos catalogue, I bought these Salter scales.
The Argos catalogue has an unnecessary amount of just about everything on offer, and scales are no exception. I bought these because at the time (almost a year ago) they were almost-but-not-quite the cheapest digital scales. They cost me £14.99 which I thought was reasonable for a higher quality product, an established name (Salter are *the* scale people) and a 15 year guarantee, pretty much guaranteeing that I would get bored of them before they decided to fail me.
The scales I have are all silver coloured, though a black option is also available. They are a thin, flat, almost square design (16cm x 18cm) and although they have little feet on the underside, you can also store them standing up on one of their other sides. They balance reasonably well, but I still tend to prop them against the wall, or wedge them between a couple of containers if I really need counter space.
The scales allow you to weigh items in one of two ways, either directly onto the scale or into a bowl you've first put on the scale. If using the latter option (which is also your only choice when measuring liquids), you put the bowl on the scales and then press the On-Zero-Off button to reset it back to 0 for the starting weight. This is also really handy if you want to weigh lots of items in the same bowl, as if you're baking, for example, you can sieve in the flour, then reset and add the sugar and so on, without having to use lots of different bowls. Although the face of the scale is not massive, it is big enough for most bowls or plates in my kitchen, and its weighted bottom means it won't tip even if unevenly balanced. This scale is very sensitive (it has to be given the increments involved, see below) so even the lightest touch affects the weight it displays. For this reason I try to ensure I take my hands off completely before reading the value, and don't lightly rest them on the container. If you're weighing something liable to escape from the centre, I would always recommend using a bowl for this reason, as although it gives you one extra thing to wash up, it will give you a more accurate result.
The scale accommodates ingredients measured in grams, lbs and ounces, fluid ounces and millilitres. It measures up to 5000g in 1g increments, up to 11lb in 0.1 oz increments, 5000ml in 1ml increments and 175 fl oz in 0.1 fl oz increments. You can change easily between the units by pressing the button, and can also alter this while the item is still sitting on the scale, if you've started to measure and then realised you're not in the correct units for your recipe, for example. The weight is shown on a clear LCD display which is really easy to read and also shows what unit you're in as some of the displays are similar. The scale is ludicrously simple to use - it comes with clear, multi-lingual instructions but I never read them. With only two buttons to press, it's really not hard to master.
The scale has a stainless steel centre which is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth if you spill onto it. I think it looks nice, and if fits in with the rest of my kitchen decor, but my one complaint would be that it does tend to show fingerprints rather easily. The circular weighing platform also does not quite meet the rest of the scale, and I find crumbs can accumulate in the small rim, though these come off with a bit of a scrub and/or whizz round with a cocktail stick. That said, I would still prefer a modern looking scale like this than an old fashioned balance scale, because I think it will date less, fit in with another kitchen should I move house, and most, importantly because it takes up next to no room unlike many other designs.
Most people think of using scales for things like baking when the correct proportions of ingredients can make or break a fluffy cake. I don't bake all that much but I have used this scale at least twice a day (and often to weigh 5 or 6 items) since I bought it, as I really buy into the whole portion control thing, and try to ensure that what I think of as a portion is actually what nutritionists would agree with. Sometimes this means I have to eat more than I think (like grapes or the lighter than air wonder that is spinach) other times, it's less (like yogurt, feta and the porridge that started it all). If you keep or are thinking of keeping a food diary a scale like this is invaluable for working out calories consumed as it's so easy to use and it's accurate: as a test I weighed a few items that had either been weighed already at the supermarket (like bananas) or came in minimal packaging with a weight marked on (like tortilla chips) and nothing was more than 5g out based on what I was expecting. Considering my previous scale could weight a 100g bar of Milka as anything from 75g to 150g depending on how the bowl was positioned, and which angle you read it from, this is a vast improvement.
Two little niggles with the product:
It takes more than a split second to switch on. It's not an insane length of time, but there is a beat before the starting screen clears from 8888 and sets to 0.
Unlike my bathroom scales, it doesn't continue to display the weight once you remove the item so you do have to get up close and read it before you continue.
I have never had a digital scale before, and so I'm not sure what bells and whistles fancier ones would offer, but for basic everyday weighing, I have had no problems with this model. The battery has shown no signs of diminishing (despite regular use) and turns itself off after a set period - handy if you forget to do so yourself but in a helpful way as it's not so keen it'll switch off mid-weigh. Similarly, with the exception of a few finger prints, the scale itself doesn't look like it is getting worn, though it's been on and off more times than Lady GaGa's clothes this past year.
For £14.99 I am very happy with this scale - it's worked well for the last 12 months, and with the super long guarantee will work out at under £1 per year for helping me control how much I eat. £1 for fewer lbs? Bargain.
As people may know in the dooyoo world I do like to cook, I like to spend time mainly making desserts because I find them a little bit more challenging than meals, just to get the right texture on a sponge so its not too dry or too mushy, it's not easy, and that's just one example, anyway after I started getting into the flow of cooking I wanted to get myself some better scales and went out shopping for a nice eye pleasing and workable scale.
I saw these scales out in a store (I cant remember the name of the store) and had a sudden thought to myself wondering how much this would be on Amazon, well lets just say I went with the Amazon website because I worked out I was saving half what I would of paid in the store.
The Salter Slim Design Electronic Kitchen Scale has an overall black in colour, the weighing plate in the middle is silver, giving the scales a very basic but at the same time a smart and elegant design, the measurements are 6.5 inches x 7 inches x 1 inch, making this a small unit that can fit practically anywhere in the kitchen, unlike the old school ones that had a bit more thickness and height to them, but with this weighing at around 800g can make these slightly heavier than the ones you saw when you was a kid.
The black part of the scales is a toughened plastic material that surrounds the silver stainless steel weighing plate. The scales has a limit of the maximum weight being 5kg, but for the purposes of food that is a lot of weight and should be more than enough for what you want to use this for, if you have shiny slippery surface tops you can be assured that there is no fear of the scales sliding around because they are fitted with 6 rubber feet to hold them in place, there is a LCD screen supplied at the front of the scales that requires only 1 battery (the silver round ones that you hardly see any more) which is provided in the box, this will display the weight of the item for which ever weight you desire including grams/oz/ml.
For all you people who like the easy life and no confusing bits of technology you couldn't get any simpler than this because on the left of the LCD screen you have one (silver) button which controls the on (which you press as you would), off (you press and hold the button), reset (you press as if you were turning it on again), on the right of the LCD screen is another (silver) button which controls whether you want grams/oz/ml, reset button you would use if you are pouring lets say sugar into a small bowl, then put the small bowl on the scales with no sugar in it, press the reset button to put it back to zero which means when you start pouring the sugar into the bowl the bowls weight wont play a factor on the scales.
And if you are a forgetful person then don't worry because if you leave the scales switched on when you are finished, it will turn itself off after 3 minutes.
The Salter Slim Design Electronic Kitchen Scale is not just limited to weighing food, it can also way those packages you may want to send and if this is an option you are fond of then when you place the package on the scales don't worry if some of the package goes outside the weighing plat so that it sits on the black part of the scales because even the black parts get weighed too, so in actuality the whole surface of the scales are a weighing plate.
You can buy the Salter Slim Design Electronic Kitchen Scale from Amazon for £11.52
These scales are a great purchase for all those cooks or wannabe cooks out there.
It has a clear and easy to read LCD display screen, its easy to clean with a simple wipe of a damp cloth, it's slim line design makes it easy to store away with not much room required. I love my scales and if you purchase this product, I think you will too.
The Salter Black & Chrome Slimline Kitchen Scale has an easy to read display with 20 mm high digits and metric / imperial conversion / The easy to clean slimline platform is stainless steel and small enough to store away neatly / Features include aquatronic liquid measure function and add & weigh feature / This scale measures 160 x 180 x 2 mm / powered by lithium CR2032 battery which is included / Salter are so sure that this scale will develop a fault they have give it a 15 year manufactures guarantee.