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After my ex left me with no contents in my flat, and I realised I had to replace everything, I opted for the cheap option on most things. Weighing scales being one of them. I paid £3.99 for these beauties from Argos, what can go wrong I thought?
They are not the most attractive blue scales in the world but luckily the base actually fits into the bowl so when I put them away in my cupboard they don't take up much room really. On a scale of 1 - 10 (Scale did you see what I did there?? Ha ha ha) for what they are and what they do I would give them a 5. They are not the worst by any means but in terms of being wholly accurate, they don't do well there either. I do find if you drop ingredients into the bowl (like butter when you make a cake) the scales will jolt and register a much heavier weight than they should do. If however you take the other option of putting things in too lightly, it doesn't give a correct weight either. I find I have to weight something, take the bowl off and push down on the scale a couple of times, then put the bowl and ingredients back on to get a roughly accurate weight. While this can be a tad aggravating, I have done this routine for so long now that I am used to having to do it, it is not that big a deal anymore. At the end of the day they cost less than £4 so what do I expect?
In general they dont do a bad job, if you need very accurate measurements you need a better set of scales.
---Why I Got These---
Well at the risk of sounding a cheapskate we actually got given one when brother-in-law was upgrading his kitchen. Not one to refuse hand-ons and it was better than the one we curently used so we kept it rather than passing it on to the charity shop.
Argos Value Range.
Mechanical kitchen weighing scales.
Maximum capacity 5kg / 11lbs.
Graduations of 25g / 1oz.
1.2 litre bowl with curved corners.
Transparent blue plastic body and bowl.
White face with red pointer.
Adjustable black knob above the dial to re-set pointer to zero.
Bowl is 5.5 x 6.5 x 2.5 inches.
Base is 5 x 5 inches with the top protruding weighing section being about 2 inches.
The base is about three inches deep.
Quite a vivid blue clear plastic scales, but not unattractive.
The best thing about this scales is that it has quite a large bowl - the previous cheap scales we were using had a very small bowl which meant flour etc would have to be measured out in two goes, but not with this one.
Some reviews on the Argos website say that this is not very accurate but we have found it to be fine, and to be fair most of their reviews are complimentary. It may not be 100% accurate if you need complete accuracy but for our needs it works just fine.
It has an adjustable knob on the front to take the pointer to zero. We tend to use this scales quite often - for bread and pizza making mostly. Neither I nor my son has found any problem with it at all and at the price we would definitely recommend it. The bowl is good and large and with curved sorners which make washing up easy as you always tend to get some flour stuck in there. The base just needs a quite wipe with a damp cloth.
I also often use the scales for weighing small parcels or large envelopes as we live in the countryside with no post office and I will often work out the cost myself using the scales - and perhaps stick a small denomination stamp on as extra just in case.
This scales sits on our window sill as it is used so much we have not bothered to find a home for it in a cupboard. It may not be my favourite choice of colour but in the big scheme of things as long as it works that is all that matters.
A great basic scales which has a much larger and more useful bowl that the other cheap ones we have bough in the past.
I have never had a digital scales but the bother of needing batteries would annoy me and I much prefer the basic sort of mechanical scales - so this one suits me just fine.
Would be great for anyone starting out or on a budget.
---Would I Recommend?---
A few months ago my daughter started to take a keen interest in me cooking, so I decided to bite the bullet and start some basic baking with her. I personally haven't baked anything for almost 10 years (now I sound old!) so decided to just purchase cheap baking equipment until I was at an adequate level to get the most out of more expensive equipment. The first thing I needed was a set of scales.
* The scales *
The Argos Value Range mechanical scales are exactly like the picture above. They aren't going to win any awards for being the prettiest piece of equipment in your kitchen, but they are basic and do what all scales are meant to do, weigh. The scales are made so that the body of the scales can fit inside the tray when not in use so that the horrid blue plastic cheapness is easily stored away in a cupboard without taking up too much room.
When using the scales for the first time I had to turn the black dial on the top of the body of the scales to get the pointer to point at 0, this was quite easy to move as the pointer didn't move too fast as I was turning the dial so I didn't over turn. The only problem I had was getting my fingers in between the tray and the dial to be able to turn it, there wasn't much room to manoeuvre.
The scale pointer moves quite rapidly when ingredients are placed into the tray, they also swing back and forwards slightly for a couple of seconds until the pointer finally rests at the correct point, but once it has rested I'm pretty sure it's accurate. I'm not the worlds best baker but my biscuits always end up edible so that's a good sign that I'm getting the correct measurements.
* Useful information *
These scales are available from Argos for a fantastic price of £3.99. It measures in graduations of 25g or 1oz, and has a maximum weight of 5kg or 11lbs. The tray is dish washer safe.
* Overall *
When I first brought these scales I had the intention of going out and buying a more expensive set when my baking improved, but these do the job fantastically so there isn't any need. They do look cheap but if you have space to store them in a cupboard this doesn't matter in the slightest.
Weighing scales are weighing scales to be fair. As long as there accurate then theres nothing more to say... but I will say more ;-) In my 'poor days', there was a day when I wanted to bake a cake. So me and my partner went out and bought a few bits and we realised I needed some weighing scales. I saw these and thought great! Cheap! £4.
If you dont keep your scales on display then this is fantastic! Because after use you can just store them away, no one can see them and they store away very nicely. These are really accurate and can be used for loads of things not just food. When I sold some bits and had to weigh them to work out the postage I used these and they were great. There is a dial and there not digital.
I think these are great if your not bothered about what they look like. I personally would like to buy a nicer looking set but Ive never got round to it as I dont weigh much these days. These scales are really reliable and I dont really see any reason to need to buy more expensive ones if your not bothered about how cheap they look.
Very accurate! Very cheap!! Well worth every penny!
Having recently started a weight loss plan, I've been needing to weigh out certain ingredients in order to accurately keep track of what I'm eating. So, I needed to pick up some kitchen scales to help me do this, and picked up this pair for £3.99 from my local argos store .
These scales are quite small - and in fact the mechanical part of the scale fits nicely into the weighing tray to ensure this doesn't take up much room in a cupboard . This is a good thing in my mind, as the rather cheap looking blue scales are not an item I would choose to leave on display when not in use .
They're not the most attractive device after all- but then, I purchased them to weigh food, not to look at, and they have proven perfectly capable so far . The tray is quite large (1.2 litres) certainly large enough for all the weighing I have done so far, and the scales can weigh up to 11lbs/5kg.
The scale face is a nice size and easy to read, with the weight increments clearly marked, in both grams and ounces. I imagine people with bad sight problems may find the numbers a little small though .
The scales are easy to calibrate using a small wheel at the back of the device, and I find that they rarely go off tare during use. They are easy to wipe clean, with the tray just needing a quick wash in soapy water.
My one small complaint is that the tray part seems quite flimsy - I do worry that if I dropped it, it might crack , although so far this hasn't happened .
A very basic, but perfectly serviceable set of scales for occasional kitchen use .
I used to have an old fashioned set of weighing scales, the ones that had separate little brass weights and a large scale pan that came in very useful when you were intending to bake in larger quantities and one day in a sudden fit I gave the scales away and decided to buy a smaller and lighter set of weighing scales after a few weeks I was quite sad that I had parted with my old friend !
Since parting with my solid old set of weighing scales I have bought a couple of other sets and I have decided that as long as the scales work well and weigh my ingredients then that is all I can ask. Only recently I had a couple of Argos vouchers that needed using and I decided to splash out on a new set of scales for the Christmas baking bash.
The Argos Value range mechanical scales are basic but capable and they have one thing in their favour, they are lightweight, small and easy to store away.
These Argos Value weighing scales are only £3.99 so you have nothing to lose by trying them out.
The weighing scales are made in blue Perspex and the one thing that impresses me is the fact that the scale base will sit snugly into the scale tray so that they store away neatly.
The 1.2 litre scale tray is plenty big enough for my everyday requirements but if I bulk bake I sometimes have to weigh my ingredients in shifts.
These Argos weighing scales will hold up to eleven pounds in weight and they go up in ounces. If you are up to date and you prefer to work in metric measurements then the scales hold five kilograms and go up in 25gms.
The face of the kitchen scales is bright white, the measurements are marked off in black and the pointer is bright red. I wear glasses and I do find that I need to peer at the dial to make sure that I have the correct amount in the scale pan.
As far as I am concerned these Argos Value scales weigh quite accurately and the only one thing that I have noticed is that the needle sometimes goes slightly off balance if you have put a lot of weight in the scale pan but that is easily readjusted by turning the small wheel that sits to the rear of the scales.
The blue plastic scales will wipe over easily and I have got a few scratches on my plastic tray where I have been a little bit careless with a knife.
If you were just starting out and wanted to buy an inexpensive set of weighing scales then these Argos Value scales would be just the job. Because the scales are clear plastic you do have to be careful not to place them near the top of the cooker or the plastic will start to warp in the heat, I have already done this with one set of weighing scales so I don't want a repeat performance!
I don't use a dishwasher but the scale tray would surely go into the machine though the base would still have to be wiped over with the dishcloth.
I know that you can buy far more expensive sets of scales and if you felt so inclined then you could go wild and spend quite a tidy sum but weighing scales are more often that not one of those items that you take out of the cupboard, use, wash and then put into storage again, so they are never really put on show.
Since my little girl has started eating solids I have been following recipes out of a book that I was given and like all recipes you have to weigh food out so I needed a set of scales (yes believe it or not I have never owned a set).
All I needed was a basic set of scales that where nice and cheap so I had a look at Argos online to see which ones they had available in my local store and I found a set for a massive £3.99, ok so they didn't look that pretty but that didn't bother me as they where going to live in a cupboard until I needed them, so off I popped to pick them up.
On opening the box I was quite surprised to see that the scales actually felt a little more substantial than they looked in the picture, I expected them to be made of a cheap plastic that may break easily but they actually seem quite strong.
The scales are quite a good size (24cm tall, 14cm deep and 16cm wide, the tray on the top of the scales is also reasonably deep (7cm) so you can get quite a lot in it (1.2 litres), they have a 11lb weighing capacity (I only ever go up to 1lb though) and overall I would say they are quite accurate.
These scales also store away well, if you press down the bit that the tray sits on you can slot the scales inside the weighing tray so they are half the size & take up very little room in you cupboard.
The only problem I have with these scales is the tray on the top of the scales wobbles about a little bit so it can be hard to get the pointer to sit on zero before you start weighing but other that that for £3.99 these are great scales.
The other downside is that the scales are made out of a blue plastic (very cheap looking) definitely not something you would keep on you worktop for all to see, but if you just need something that you can just get out of the cupboard occasionally then these are great.