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Salter offer a range of scales (bathroom and kitchen).
~Salter Kitchen Scales~
These scales are manual scales which are designed for use in your own kitchen (not suitable for trade etc). The scales measure 19 x 6 x 12.5cm and are made from ABS plastic. The scales are made up of a base unit and a plastic bowl (dishwasher but not microwave safe). These scales can measure out ingredients up to a maximum weight of 5kg or 11lbs.
These scales are presented in a white box. They are currently available from Asda priced at £7.00.
When we moved into our current home (18 months ago), my cheap Smart Price scales didn't survive the move. As I am a keen baker, I needed to buy another set. I remember these Salter scales being reduced in Asda at the time to under a fiver so I bought them. I don't mind using manual scales as they aren't used daily and are only used for my own personal baking. If using daily, eletronic scales may be a better option.
These scales don't look amazing or stylish but do the job. I keep my scales in the cupboard when they aren't in use anyway so appearance doesn't matter to me. The design of the scales is basic and they are white in colour. The base unit is quite bulky and round and the numbers are clearly marked in big writing - ideal for those with dodgy eye sight! The bowl is quite deep and much wider than my Smart Price bowl.
The bowl sits neatly but not overly steady on the push down part of the unit. The dial is located at the back of the unit and is a decent size - not too fiddly. Once the bowl is in place, it is easy to adjust the dial to ensure the 'pointer' is at 0 on the base units. The 'pointer' can be a little awkward and 'shakey' but settles fairly quickly and I can get on with adding my ingredients.
There is a good range of measurements on the scales and they are clear. I can measure in grams, kilograms, ounces and pounds. The various measurements are marked at certain stages with there being small lines to indicate the other measurements in between. An example of this is 200g, 400g, 600g etc up to the next kilogram with 5 small lines for each 20g and a larger line for the 100g in between if that makes sense. Not incredibly accurate when compared to electronic scales but its fine for me.
I only measure out 'dry' ingredients in my bowl and I can fit a lot in the bowl. I can accurately measure my flour, sugar, butter etc. The scales respond well under pressure. My normal baking activities require me to measure out 4ounces of different ingredients which is very easy to do. I have measured out more than this for my bread making ingredients and the scales cope well with heavier amounts. I don't need to measure out liquids as I do this in my measuring jug.
The scales have remained in decent condition. The plastic casing covering the 'face' of the scales has become a little scratched and is prone to falling off. The bowl is in great condition. We don't own a dishwasher but my bowl is washed in the sink and comes up well.
Overall I can recommend these scales if you need them for occasional use. I do intend to invest in an electronic set sometime soon but these are great as a back up as well.
Recommended - thanks for reading :)