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Forgive the play on words but I just could not help myself. These Hanson Scales were on offer in my local supermarket last April and I just had to buy them as they were on an all time low price of £4.99. from £16.99. As I really needed new kitchen scales and liked the retro look of these particular ones I just could not resist it. Not only were they cheap but the looked the part too. They can be bought in a range of colours from Black, Red, Silver, or white. I chose to go for the Black as it went well with my kitchen.
The dial at the front is big enough to see the numbers clearly,which are marked with Imperial as well as Metric weights measurements. It has a Stainless steel dish scale on top which is very useful and is so much better than some others I have used in the past. I liked the style which is very old worldly. Like something you would have found in the old sweet shops when I was growing up but not on such a grand scale. (Forgive the pun).
The Dial is red with a white background and large black letters around the outer. The main body is Black or what ever colour you plump for, and the circumference around the dial and the dish style scale are Stainless steel. The scale goes up to 11lbs or 5kilograms in weight.
These scales are easy to keep clean as a wipe over is all that is generally needed, which can be done with a damp cloth or a preparatory wipe of the kitchen kind. Obviously the bowl will need a wash in the dishwasher or sink if it is used for cake baking and the like due to the usual sticky messes this produces. But it is very easy to keep clean and I am so happy with it.
Simple to use and very easy to assemble as it comes in a few parts with simple instructions on assembly.
Mine came in a simple box with a panel at the front with the item pictured on it.
Nothing to write home about this box.
So easy to use and mine is very accurate even today as I have had mine almost a year now. It sits proud on my work surface where I do most of my baking and looks really cool.
You could obviously put it away in a cupboard if you wanted, but why would you? I think it deserves a bit of look at me space, so I prefer to see mine out on the shelf and it looks like a nice addition to my retro kitchen. Blending in well with other items I have.
I think if you were looking for a new set of Kitchen Scales you would be hard pushed to get a better set than these ones, I love them and hope you will too.
Although I bought mine in my local supermarket for £4.99 I have since found them for sale on EBay as well for a hefty price of £16.99 but feel sure if you look around, you like myself will find them at a cheaper price elsewhere.
I do like to bake when I get time and over Christmas, with having visitors, I found myself baking a lot more than usual. On Christmas Eve, having used the weighing scales that I have had since I was married to make some scones, I left it out beside the sink to wash, and someone knocked it on the floor and smashed the plastic measuring bowl, leaving me with no choice other than buy a new set of scales. The only positive factor of the timing, was that despite it being Christmas, there were also the sales starting. I hate digital weighing scales and much prefer to see that little arrow moving on the scale and so I wanting mechanical scales. After researching a little online, I found that these Hanson scales were reasonably priced and were highly praised.
AFter deciding on these Hanson scales, I found Dunelm mill had them on offer at just over a tenner, which is brilliant value in my book, given that I have seen them priced nearer £20 on the likes of amazon. These scales come in a choice of colours, although sometimes this can also mean varying price tags, on some websites, this was not the case in Dunelm. I liked the cream version of these scales rather than the black of red, however, I wasn't going to pay extra just to have the colour, given they sit in a cupboard when not in use, but I was able to get the cream version for the same price as the others in Dunelm. If you have a traditional style kitchen these scales, particularly the cream version will look very apt.
These scales are easy to set up and it just takes a little bit of use with a screwdriver just to fit the base that you set the stainless steel bowl on. This bowl is also very easy to clean which is great when you using it for messy baking ingredients. It is easy to adjust the scales when they get knocked etc. I also think the face of the scales is very easy to read, and I know my mother, who now needs glasses for reading, was impressed with how big and clear the digits were even without having her glasses on.
Yes, there are other mechanical scales on the market that will cost you more than double the cost of these, however, in comparison I'm not sure why you pay the extra. These scales look the part, they work brillantly, and are at a great price, even if you don't get them in the sale. I am very happy with my purchase, and at least I can't break this bowl!
I picked these up a few months ago to replace some rather bulky, ugly ones as the bowl was getting a bit worse for wear. I do like the smart modern ones that are slimmer and digital, but for ease of having a bowl to put things in, I opted for these as I thought they'd look good in the kitchen - so far so good.
These scales are made by Hanson, a brand I hadn't heard of before but they were reasonably priced around the £15 mark. I believe they also make bathroom scales and having quickly Googled their products, they seem to make quite innovative and good quality products. These particular ones are traditional, mechanical kitchen scales with a bowl on top and needle to show the weight. The design is quite basic but classic and fairly timeless, being predominantly black with silver detailing on the dial and its trim, topped off by a circular to oval-ish shaped bowl on top. The first thing you notice about them, apart from the chic black and silver finish, is the large dial with all the weight measurements on as this takes dominance over the scales.
These have a max capacity of 5kg (11lbs) with a 1 litre silver bowl on top. The bowl itself is dishwasher safe, which is an added bonus. The scales are of medium weight because although they're good quality metal and plastic, they're neither so heavy that they're hard to move around, but nor are they so light you'd easily knock them over. As a result I find these to be, overall, good quality in terms of the design, build, appearance and also their accuracy.
The dial has both imperial and metric measurements in graduations of 20g (1/2oz) , which comes in useful because although I tend to use grams to weigh things out, if following ingredients using ounces I'd be stuck! I find the numbers relatively easy to read off because the dial is so large; admittedly there's lots of numbers and lots of lines, but the contrast of the white numbers against the black background makes them clearer to see. I find that the measurements seem to be accurate (as far as I can tell) and I rarely have to re-adjust the scale back to 0, though doing this is easy with a little switch. Overall, using these is a piece of cake as you'd expect and I've had no reason to fault them so far.
For added peace of mind these also come with a 10 year manufacturer guarantee, which is pretty good for what are quite basic scales.
All in all I would recommend these for being easy to use, effective, with a classic and chic design and for being good quality. They may not be digital, but they still fit well in my fairly modern-looking kitchen and I'm glad to have the bowl rather than a glass pate to put stuff on when wanting to quickly measure out some rice!
Selling at Argos for £14.99