“ Brand: Wilkinson / Kitchen scales „
~*~*~ Wilko Kitchen Scales ~*~*~
I love all things retro and really wanted a retro set of kitchen scales, not for using really just for show. I had been dithering about getting a cream set of these scales in Wilko's but held out as I wanted either pink or blue and I am glad I did as I recently noticed they had them in. I had a choice of red, black, cream, baby pink, or a greeny blue shade (duck egg maybe?) I went for the pink.
My kitchen and (once utility now) dining room are decorated in black, white and grey, I had the idea of changing the utility room (my hubby shakes his head in despair at these ideas) into a retro american diner, the wall that was papered in a black, white and grey wallpaper was stripped and painted turquoise, (I also ripped out cupboards) added a white chunky shelf and needed items for said shelf, I had bought turquoise retro looking cake tins, a pink stoppered bottle and retro canvases but it needed more so when I saw the scales in the pink I knew I needed them for the shelf.
They have also been reduced in price from £10 to £6 so they were a real bargain.
I tend to use a small Salter electronic scale for my measuring but have been using these scales for weighing out cereal and they are very accurate. They come packaged up in a cardboard box and you have to screw on the small metal arms which hold the silver bowl, it's very simple and easy to do. Once put together you turn a little wheel on the top to get the balance right and they simply look amazing.
They measure upto 5kg/11lb and also have the oz too.
It feels nice and sturdy and looks so pretty and nice, I don't need to use it for all my baking stuff and I am pleased about that as I don't want to get them dirty, I do measure out cereal but I don't mind that as it's all dry stuff which means the bowl can just have a quick wipe over with a kitchen towel and then I pop them back on the shelf.
I have weighed on both the electronic scale and these and it gives the same reading so I can confirm they are accurate and correct.
This isn't the sort of scale you want to hide away in a cupboard so if you want a decent scale that can be left on your worktop and still look good then I would recommend this to you. The dial part is very clear and easy to read and it's just a brilliant piece of equipment.
I am very pleased with my purchase.
The bowl isn't very deep but as it's not an weigh and add scale you have to empty it after each ingredient anyway so it isn't a problem.
Thanks for reading :o) xxx
After my daughter decided that she wanted us to start baking, one thing I really needed was a set of kitchen scales. I found I had never needed them before. I came across this set for £7.99 so decided the price was reasonable enough so I purchased then, along with the ingredients that my daughter wanted me to collect and took them home.
I got them home got them out of the box, they need need setting up a little but that was easy, the bowl that sits on top of the scales is a metal bowl, but I did not find it that big really, so if you are baking in large amounts of light things like flour, you may need to measure two bowls out. Mine was fine as I was only baking a small amount.
I found the measurements to be in quite large numbers and they stood out too, they measured in metric and imperial, with the metric in large black numbers and the imperial displayed in smaller but still stood out red numbers. I have quite bad eyesight and still I could see these perfect, which was another reason for my purchase, they are so easy to read.
I did find that sometimes the scales would not set back to zero, but this is not such a big deal, as they are easily rest but moving a button at the top of the scales back to zero. I would recommend these to buy, as so far I have found the measurements accurate and they are cheap to buy. The only thing is if you bake using a large amount of ingredients you may want to opt for some bigger scales.
I am a very keen baker when it comes to making cakes, but I am also terrible for wanting everything in my home to suit the colour scheme. As a result, I often agonise over buying appliances for fear that they won't sit quite right in my kitchen. As I was recently in Wilkinson, I happened to walk past a display of kitchen scales which came in various colour options including cream. My current scales being hidden in the back of a kitchen cupboard, I thought that these scales were well worth an investment, after all they would look nice on the side of my kitchen worktops if only for display purposes.
These scales have a retro look which I believe looks quite vintage and is a nice change from the very modern appliances which I usually buy. I saw three colour options for these scales in my local Wilkinson store those being red, black and cream, however a look on the Wilkinson website also reveals that they come in rather a funky mint green. As I have a predominantly cream kitchen with black worktops I opted for the cream scales. Some might say that cream with cream is a bit boring but personally I like the neutrality of the colour especially in a room which I believe should be kept clean and minimal. It should be added that the colour of my scales only applies to the metal body of the scale as the weighing circular dial is white and the weighing bowl being stainless steel.
On the front of my scales is a large round dial which indicates the weight in the steel bowl. It is handy in my opinion that the dial gives the weights in both kg and lb options with the outer dial of numbers being in black font to illustrate kg and the inner ring being in red. These scales weigh a maximum of 5kg or 11lb of ingredients and this is more than adequate for my baking needs with the maximum I require usually being around 225g when I bake a large sponge. Besides this, I am not sure the bowl on top of these scales would measure the maximum weight as it is quite petite.
Setting these scales up is very easy in my opinion as once the sticky label is removed they are ready to go. When we purchased ours the dial was already set to '0' with the bowl on top however on the occasions when it is not quite right there is a small button on the top of the scales to adjust the arrow. As these are weighing scales, it is important that they are positioned on a flat surface which is even so as the weight is accurate and therefore I position mine on top of the kitchen counter. It is then a case of removing the bowl to give it a quick wash before the scales are good to go.
I am very pleased with my latest purchase and as they only cost £8 from Wilkinson I believe they are excellent value for money. These scales look retro, are easy to use and sit perfectly on the side of my kitchen worktop. As a result, they score an excellent five stars from me and come highly recommended.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
I do quite a lot of baking and often when I am doing a very simple recipe such as fairy cakes or fruit cakes or something else which I have done hundreds of times I will just use a trusty tablespoon to measure the ounces however when I do need to be a bit more precise in a new recipe, or if the recipe is really up to date and only has metric measurements I will use my lovely Wilko kitchen scales which I bought in the cream colour for £8. They also come in red, black and bright pink but they only had them in cream and black when I bought mine and I thought the cream one looked nicer and would go better in my kitchen.
They have a stainless steel bowl which is a bit on the small side but when I am baking I tend to use various measuring bowls to measure each ingredient out and then leave them in each bowl until I am ready to put them in the big mixing bowl. I do use a larger bowl to measure flour as I find that if I am making a big cake the flour will puff over the sides of the smaller bowl but I find that the stainless steel bowl is fine for butter, sugar or fruit. Whichever bowl you use, you just reset the dial to zero which you do by turning a small metal dial which is located on the top of the scales.
These scales measure in metric and imperial with the metric measurements displayed in black on the outer of the dial and the imperial displayed in red in the inner part of the dial. You can see the weight clearly as the dial is bright red in colour and is quite large with a fan shape at the bottom coming to a pointed end where it points to the weight.
The base, cross section and the bowl come separate in a box when new but you just have to screw the cross section where the bowl sits on, onto the metal base which is very easy to do. These scales look very sturdy and substantial and I think they do look far more expensive than they were. I have seen very similar scales to this in places such as John Lewis which were at least three times the price I paid. They have a very solid feel when you are using them and you can see the dial move immediately and then come to a stop at the measured weight without wobbling or faltering. They are ideal for my purpose but I would say that if you needed to be extra precise or are measuring very small amounts a set of digital scales may be more suitable.
When I have finished using the scales I will wash the bowl along with any other bowls I have used and then wipe the base of the scales over if needed before putting them away in the cupbard. These kitchen scales from Wilko are a lovely addition to my kitchen, they have a sort of a retro look so maybe wouldn't be suitable for very modern kitchens but in my opinion I think they are very well made and weigh accurately and are perfect for me.
These are a recent acquisition for my kitchen, which I received in a bright magenta pink. Although I am not what you could call a "pink" girl, they match my hair so I am happy...
I love retro scales. I remember my mother using a huge cast iron set with the brass weights and bowl, and have longed for a similar set. Unfortunately, my kitchen appears to be filled with play-doh and bits of violins so space is definitely an issue in my house. These were priced at just £10 from Wilkinsons and were bit of an impulse buy for me, as I was supposed to be buying compost....
These scales come in a range of colours that mimic the old enamel Salter type scales. Mine as I have said are bright magenta, but they do them in cream, red and a lovely shiny black if you want something that is not quite so in your face. I have a set of digital scales already which I have never got on with. Useful for coke dealers perhaps but not for me, I mostly use scales for weighing out noxious substances for varnish, and the occasional cake...
And so for my tenner, these arrived quickly and well packaged and in parts. The top stainless bowl, the cross-shaped bowl holder and the base are separate when you receive them. All that is needed is for you to screw the bowl support bit onto the base mechanism. These are made from metal, in fact the whole scale is. There is a very chunky and substantial feel to these, and being solid metal they are heavy. They are well constructed to, with a lovely shiny enamel finish to the paintwork.
There are instructions but you will not need them - honestly. You will just need a cross-head screwdriver.
Once set up the scales need to be set to zero. To do this you place the silver bowl on the top and turn a little metal ridged dial which is seated under the bowl. It is easy to turn and easy to adjust. The scales stay true throughout use and adjustment should be a rare occurrence.
WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT THEM?
The price for what you get is excellent value. Nasty plastic scales come up for only a small amount less, and the construction of these means that they should last for yonks. They are also very gorgeous to look at, all shiny and retro. There is a definite touch of the frustrated 1950's housewife in these, they look like they should be seated in a pantry with a slight layer of flour tickling the joints on the metal bars, while the cook swigs gin from the bottle. Or is that just me? Either way these are gorgeous and would suit any kitchen.
This heavy chunk of step-back-in-time loveliness has a large focal dial which has a scale for both Metric measurements which are coloured in black, and (for the gin swigging wench stuck in the 50's) there is an Imperial reading which sits inside the black numbers in a red font. The Metric scale measures in 20g increments which is useful for more intricate weighing. The scales manage to measure up to 5 kilos and the final measurement is easy to read as the scales possess a large red "hand" shaped like a clock hand. This tapers from a fatter triangle at the base to a very fine point, ensuring accuracy in your readings.
I have found the measurements to be accurate and although I rarely bother to weigh anything when I cook, it has been very useful for weighing out things like cocoa butter or components for varnish. Obviously I use different bowls for these, which is easy enough to do so long as it fits in the holder. If you use a different bowl then do remember to reset the scales to zero each time.
These can be wiped down with a damp cloth to remove flour etc, and the bowl can be washed by hand after use. Drying it as soon as it is washed will keep it shiny and free from water marks. I like to oil the mechanism every week to ensure that it works easily but I am sure that this is not essential. The dial bezel is tightly fitted meaning there is little chance of anything gooey getting stuck in there and festering.
The simple design is classic and efficient and there is really little that could go wrong with these. This style of scale has stood the test of time and it looks great in our kitchen.
I wish that I could add a pic to Dooyoo to show you these in all of their glory as they are way prettier than the picture above. I find the cream ones to be quite insipid as the lovely shiny metal does not contrast well with the body. Choose another colour though and the metal really sets the scales off.
These are a steal at a tenner and their looks and efficiency ensures that they score 5 Dooyoo stars.
These scales are available (in four colours) from Wilkinson stores or website for £10.00
I received these scales as a birthday present earlier this year. My husband had tipped my in-laws off as he knew I'd been hinting for a pair of retro style scales for the kitchen for a little while. Although I use electronic scales for baking cakes, which are very precise, when it comes to general cooking or baking which I tend to "improvise" with, I fancied a nice pair of retro scales which we could leave out on display when not in use.
The scales are from Wilkinsons, and are currently reduced to £8 which is very reasonable for this type of kitchen scale, as the ones I have seen previously have been in the region of £30. They are available in various colours, including cream, black, red, and hot pink, although I notice on the website that the hot pink ones are slightly higher priced at £10 (but still very reasonable!).
As far as decorative kitchen items go, these fit in perfectly with our colour scheme, as I received the cream scales which are the same colour as our kitchen units. They look really old fashioned and sturdy, but are surprisingly lightweight to lift, so if you need to move them around for any reason they're not at all heavy. They come with a small stainless steel bowl for measuring things into, which sits on top of the scales. I find this really useful as it means I'm not digging round the cupboards for a bowl, but because I leave the scales out on display I do give the bowl a quick wipe before using it each time, just in case any dust has settled on it.
As with most scales, this measures both metric and imperial, and I find it really handy that the two different measuring units are coloured differently. On the front of the scales, you can see the dials indicating the weights, and the black ones on the outside are for kg and grams, with the red numbers on the inside being for pounds and ounces. I have had manual scales before which aren't so clear to read, but with these I never find myself getting confused or reading the wrong set of measurements.
The product information advises that these scales are not for trade use, but with a maximum weight of 5kg I think most households would find them more than adequate. I think for trade use most people would prefer to use electronic scales for complete accuracy anyway. I do find the bowl a little on the small side sometimes, say if I'm doing bread or batch cooking something, but it's not a major issue as I have plenty of bowls so I just swap it with a larger one if I need to.
Setting the scales to zero is a bit more faffy than it is with electronic scales, because instead of just pressing a button you have to move a little wheel type dial at the top of the scales. It's not a huge hardship though, and for what I use these for I'm not looking for 100% accuracy. As I mentioned earlier, if I'm baking something that requires precise measurements I just use the electronic ones.
Cleaning the scales is very easy, I just wipe the surface with a damp cloth and this seems to be enough to keep them clean. The bit on the front with the dials is covered with glass, so you do need to be careful it won't be placed anywhere where it could be knocked.
Overall, these are great value scales which look sturdy but are lightweight to move and look more expensive than they are. They are a lovely addition to a kitchen if you like the retro look, although if you're looking for 100% accuracy, I'd probably recommend using electronic scales instead. For home baking, however, these suit me just fine.
(Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)