“ Kitchen Scales „
I do a lot of baking and cooking at home as I love homemade meals and so a set of scales are essential for me in the kitchen. I needed a set of digital scales to go with my mechanical ones which are also from Tesco but didn't want to spend too much so when I saw these for only £9.99 I went ahead and bought them.
The scales look quite stylish with a silver, shiny plastic finish on the outside making them look more expensive than they are. Below the scales is an LCD screen with blue lighting to show the measurements with large-sized text that is easy to see even in bright light. Either side are 4 buttons with clearly marked black labels so you know what they do. There are also the maximum weights given just underneath the screen which is really useful. At 5 (H) x 18 (W) x 22 (D) cm the scales aren't very large and don't take up much room at all. They are also lightweight so easy to pick and move around if needed. An annoying thing about these scales is that they don't come with a bowl, just a non-removable glass plate, and so obviously you'll need to get one before they can be used for ingredients such as flour, sugar, raisins etc. I actually just use the removable bowl from my mechanical scales as they are the right size and also made by Tesco.
The scales can hold up to a maximum of 5kg or 11lb of ingredients which is more than ample for me as I usually just cook for myself. They are very simple to use by simply switching them on, placing the ingredients on top and reading the weight from the screen. Weight can be given in both lb and oz as well as grams and kg so no time-consuming conversions are needed. They give a good accurate weight and my meals always seem to turn out reasonably close to the actual recipe. The reset options allows you to set the scales back to zero even when the bowl is full which is really convenient and means you don't have to carry out any complicated calculations. The screen also shows a thermometer and has a timer function, although I don't really use either of these as I already have separate gadgets for both of these functions.
The glass-top is supposed to be non-stick and as such is easy to clean by just wiping it down quickly with a damp cloth although it is not suitable to put in the dishwasher. There are batteries included which lasted me for well over a year even though I use the scales several times a week. I've only had to replace the batteries once in the 2 and half years that I've had them which is quite impressive.
Overall these are a great set of scales which have worked really well and I've been really pleased with them. They look good and I've had no complaints (apart from the lack of a bowl) so I would recommend whether you bake regularly or just as an occasional pastime.
Although I am not the biggest fan of sweets I always loved baking; everything from cookies to real cakes. While living alone in my small studio apartment any space in the kitchen area was sacred and I never had enough room for a kitchen scale. Moving to England and moving together with friends in a flat share I suddenly found myself in a big, modern kitchen with loads of space. One of my housemates likes baking as much as I do and already had those entire little kitchen gadgets that make life so much easier. One of them was the 5kg Glass Top Digital Scale from Tesco which she bought for around 10 pounds about one year ago. The design is simple yet modern with a metallic gray outside and a thick glass plate on top. It is also a digital scale which measures everything to the nearest gram up until it reaches 5kg.
It did not come with a measuring bowl which I found was surprising but thinking about it makes a lot of sense. It is much easier placing whatever you want on top of the glass plate than filling the measuring bowl that is only used for that sole purpose all the time.
------ Using the 5kg Glass Top Digital Scale ------
Using the scales is pretty straightforward, switch it on, place the desired object on top and wait for the reading to appear. I had the impression that these readings are very correct and reliable. My personal favorite is the reset button with which you can reset the scale to zero while leaving the half full measuring bowl on top. Sounds simple but you would be surprised by how much time this little function saves. It is much easier resetting the scale and adding 225g of sugar instead of figuring out how much all the other ingredients that are already in the bowl + what you now have to add accumulate to.
The display is easy to read even in bright sunlight; this seems to be a common problem of many kitchen appliances - if it is sunny I can never ready the stuff on the display. Here are no such problems and the numbers are shown very clearly and easy to read. There is also a thermometer which I, to be honest with you, do not see the need of.
There is only one small problem I have with this scale, the top is made of glass which is very hygienic and easy to clean but on the other hand it is also easily breakable. I can be rather clumsy and I am always scared to let something heavy drop on it or that the scale drops out of my hands while cleaning it - thus breaking the glass top and rendering the whole gadget useless. There were not any other concerns while using the Tesco scales and I never encountered any problems while using them. They are small enough for easy storage and seem to be very durable. Also they come with a one year guarantee in case they do break.
------ Would I buy the Tesco 5kg Glass Top Digital Scale again? ------
Although I never had any problem using this scale and it always measured perfectly fine I think I would choose another model if this one needs replacing. I am slightly uncomfortable with the glass plate and cleaning the scales can be a bit though and annoying due to the design. However, for less than 10 pounds I really cannot complain and am highly satisfied with this product.
The reason why I would choose another model is that I just do not need a scale that weights things up to 5 kg; I think that the heaviest object I ever tried here was around 1 kg - and that was the mixture for a whole oven tray of cookies. A smaller and lighter scale would just be of more use for me. Obviously if you cook or bake a lot for friends and family the 5 kg limit will be very useful to you and I am convinced that you would be happy with these scales.
Never encountering any problems makes me a very happy customer and I can highly recommend the 5kg Glass Top Digital Scale to anyone who loves baking and cooking. For me it is 08 out of 10 possible points.
Thank you for reading and rating my review!
Being quite a bit overweight, I decided a few years ago that I needed digial scales in order to weigh portions of food much more accurately, I remember doing my weekly shop and buying these scales for around £7.
The scares are modern in design with a glass top/weighing plate and the base of the scales is silver/grey which I feel looks more modern than the classic white which is the design of some kitchen equipment.
The scales are small enough to store away yet large enough to cope with daily needs as well as serious baking days, they weigh in both ozs and grams so ideal for any recipie and although no bowl was included with the scales, I prefer this as I can place any bowl or dish I choose in the weighing plate.
The scales can be reset to zero at the touch of a button which makes life simple when adding indergrents to a half mixed receipe as you can weigh the items as you go.
The scales are accurate in my opinion and since using these scales as opposed to my old dial ones, my baking has much improved
Apparently the scales also incorporate a timer function but I have no idea how this works as I never use a timer.... other than that, the scales are simple to use and effective in their given task, everything is done at the touch of a button, they even turn themself off if not used for a while so no excessive battery use either, I have had these for 2-3 years, they are used a lot and I am still on the battery which came with them.
The scales are great in my opinion, although I have found one problem; they are difficult to clean under the galss plate, when cooking with my children, flour can and does go everywhere, including under the weighing plate, the only way I have found to clean under this is to use a wet cloth and try to glide it round and under the plate, however even with this technique, the area is never completely clean! This does annoy me somewhat so it is enough to knock of one of five stars!
I would recommend these to anyone who does a lot of weighing for diets (they sit on my microwave and are used daily for this task) or for anyone who bakes, these would make an ideal gift too, especially for someone who is getting their own place or is currently using the older dial type scales as these are more precise.
I'm not a fantastic cook, but the recent credit crunch has 'encouraged' me to buy less ready meals and prepare my own food from scratch. I soon found that most recipes require reasonably accurate measures to prepare food correctly; my initial 'guesstimates' proved inadequate to ensure the final dish looked like it did in the book.
I realised that I needed a digital scale. I found that Tesco has this digital scale on offer for only £12.00, so I bought one and rushed home to try to make a meal as the recipe intended!
Initial impressions were good; the scale is made of plastic, with a metallic finish. The 'pan' is made of glass so is easy to clean (but is not removable). The digital display has a cool blue backlight and is easy to read even in quite strong light. The pan size is just over six inches in diameter.
There are four buttons on the front of the scale, with a nice positive action and sound. The balance weighs up to five kilograms, to the nearest gram. The unit can also be set to read in pounds and ounces.
There's also a built in thermometer in the unit and the temperature is constantly displayed. A final feature is a timer with audible alarm.
From pressing the 'ON/OFF' button, the balance is ready to weigh in around six seconds, having auto-zeroed itself.
In use, the scale should be placed on a level, stable surface. The display should show '0' for the weight; if not, the 'T-SET' button should be pressed to zero the display.
The item to be weighed is simply placed on the pan and within three seconds a stable weight will be displayed.
The scale will switch off automatically after about 1 minute to save battery power (takes one 9V battery).
Is it accurate, though? Well, I work in an analytical laboratory so decided to put it to the test. I weighed two objects, at the lower and medium end of the range on the Tesco scale, then took them to work and weighed them on an analytical balance of a similar range. I did get some funny looks in pursuit of my research, weighing a jar of coffee-mate is not a usual activity in the lab!
The results were interesting:
Object to weigh Tesco weight Analytical weight Accuracy
As you can see, the Tesco balance was surprisingly accurate!
This level of accuracy is more than adequate for use in weighing ingredients and approaches the level of accuracy required of an analytical balance! Incidentally, the analytical balance used for comparison costs around £1000, over 80 times the price of the Tesco scale!
The Tesco digital scale is then, extremely simple to use; remove from the shelf, press the on/off button, weigh something, and return the scale to storage. I do have one concern about the scale, however. The glass top, whilst giving an easy clean surface to weigh on, is breakable. The glass is quite thick (5mm), but I have a slight concern that if a hard object was dropped on to it, it could shatter. I've had the scale for three months now and this has not happened, but it remains a bit of a worry.
This is then an excellent product. It is cheap, easy to use, and very accurate. Anyone looking for a cheap digital scale should look no further.
Has my cooking improved as a result? Well, I can honestly say that my measures are now EXACTLY as required in the recipe. Despite this, they never seem to look as nice as they do in the photograph!