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I've owned and used these kitchen scales for years, and they represent a surprising purchase for me for two reasons. Firstly, I'd never describe my style as particularly "retro", but I just really like the look of these. But secondly I'm most definitely not a 'clutter' person, I like everything to be put away rather than stored on top of worksurfaces, yet these scales are definitely an "on-show" item. The main body of my scales are black, made of metal, with a matt finish. The front dial has a shiny chrome-rim with a lovely clear white face with black measurement lines and numbers. There are numbers around the outside and inside of the main marked circle - pounds and ounces around the outside and grams and kilograms on the inner side. The lines are quite thin but the numbers are around 1cm tall and easy to read, with the added touch of being in a "retro"/old-fashioned font to keep the style going. The pointer is bright red and long and thin at the end to help read accurate measurements from the dial. The scales will weigh up to 5kg or 11lb. A simple lightweight metal tray sits on the top to hold your items to be weighed. The scales can be adjusted by turning a small dial on the top of the body, but in reality they maintain their accuracy well and I can barely recall the last time I needed to adjust them. Over time we have invested in a set of electronic scales for making perfectly accurate measurements, but these scales are still used every week when we are measuring out flour and fat for cakes, it's simply easier to use these than to use a separate bowl with the electronic ones, and 100% accuracy is not really a big deal. The feel of the scales is one of quality, in themselves they are quite heavy and robust and even though I've had them for years, the body hasn't become damaged or aged in any way. That isn't to say they aren't starting to show their age - the chrome trim to the dial is starting to look a bit tarnished in places. The main thing is, though, that their weight means that they don't move around when you are tipping weights onto the tray, they have a sure footing on the worktop. The only downside of these scales is that there are a lot of nooks and crannies to keep clean, especially when you're using them for flour and so on, they do need quite a bit of care. Overall they are well made and look great but just looking for their price, I'm surprised to see them on sale for around £18, which seems a bit excessive just for the sake of having a good looking set of kitchen scales as there are more accurate electronic versions for the same price.
The Price = = = = = I purchased my Premier Houseware Retro Kitchen Scale from ebay for around £11, however they are available to buy from Amazon in a range of colours as explained below: The Black colour is priced at £14.99 The Hot Pink colour is priced at £15.99 The White is priced at £14.30 The Red is coloured scale is priced at £14.99 I purchased the black coloured scales as it matched my kitchen colour scheme and well I guess I am a bit boring too! Specifications = = = = = = = = * 3kg kitchen scale * Matt black, Hot Pink, Red, White Colours Available. * Retro style with stainless steel bowl. * Maximum 3 kgs. * Measurement: 20 cm H x 16 cm W x 19 cm D, 0.81 kg. The Design = = = = = = The kitchen scale measures approx 19 x 16 x 20 cm in size and therefore is fairly compact in size, and weighs approx 0.80kg which makes it very easy to move around when needed as it is reasonably lightweight. The body and the measuring bowl of the scale is made from stainless steel material. The body is coloured in a glossy black colour while the bowl and the rim of the scale dial is a silver stainless steel colour. The centre of the scale displays a large circle dial that gives off the retro look thanks to its black and white colour scheme. It is a 3 kg scale and measures in both grams and kgs. Experience = = = = = = One of the reasons why opted for this kitchen scale was due to its retro appearance, it certainly gives off a nice old fashioned yet appealing design. The stainless steel body and bowl do make the scales slightly heavier than the plastic ones you can find in stores, but nothing that much notably different in terms of heaviness. It still is easy enough to move around without pulling any muscles! It has a very clear dial measuring entrapment that have the numbers and measurements displayed in large bold black stand out text. The centre dial hand is black coloured and clearly points at the weighed measurements. The scale is pretty straight forward to use, simply adjust the metal bowl that sits on top of the scale accordingly and then pour the contents into the stainless steel bowl. The adjuster is positioned just underneath the bowl it self and easy to adjust the height etc if needed, however I only had to adjust it once or twice. I find that they measure accurately and quickly, once contents are poured into the scales bowl the pointer instantly moves to the measurements to give off accurate readings. I find it great when measuring contents for cakes and puddings etc, however it is slightly limited due to only measuring up to 3 kg. I do personally prefer digital scales just because they do tend to measure and give readings a little faster and the measurements are easier to read, as with this dial reading it can be a little hard to read smaller measurements and make them out at times. However this is only a small quibble really, and overall they do the job well and give off accurate readings. This scale is very easy to clean, as the metal bowl is detachable. The body being made of stainless steel, also makes the cleaning a lot easier as a simple wipe with the cloth can easily get rid off any residue. The metal black colour also means it looks good as new even after years of use, unlike my other white plastic scale which has a few noticeable stains and marks on it. Sometimes however I find the areas just under the dial frame a little hard to wipe clean, so sometimes you can get some build up of crumbs and residue in there. Conclusion = = = = = = Overall these are good kitchen scales that add a little bit of a retro stylish design to the kitchen and give off accurate readings. It is however a little limited due to its 3kg measuring limit, but it still works great for measuring contents for day to day baking and cooking etc. I would therefore rate this a 5/5 as it does what its made to do.
I'm not much of a chef and don't do a lot of cooking, however I do like to bake my own cakes and pizzas when possible. Therefore when my old kitchen scales packed up a few months ago, I knew I'd need to replace them. I have a mainly pink kitchen so I set my sights on pink scales to match. I decided to go for Premier Housewares 'Hot Pink' 3kg scales. I bought them from Amazon for just £11.40 (with free delivery). They arrived in a box and the only thing I needed to set up was the part that the bowl sits on (a screwdriver is required), which was quick and easy enough. The scales are really attractive - bright pink, with a real retro feel. They look great in my kitchen. They were slightly smaller than I anticipated but I guess this means that they don't take up much space! They are made from metal and have a stainless steel bowl. The bowl is quite small but manages to hold everything that I need in it. They don't seem the best quality to be honest, maybe slightly on the flimsy side - I can imagine that they may get rusty in the future (I keep them on a shelf to avoid that happening). Another minor downside is that the bowl doesn't sit properly - this doesn't effect how it weighs and isn't too obvious to look at, although it does bother me slightly. They may not be suitable for somebody that is really serious about cooking/baking and may need to use them very often. I would say I use them about once a week and they're perfect for me. The scales weigh up to 3kg which is always enough for me. It seems very reliable and always gives me a accurate and clear reading. The clock face is really large and the digits are big too (the 1-3kg are the biggest numbers, the 500g/1500g/2500g are the next biggest and the 'smallest' are every 10g in between), which not only looks good but is good for those who may suffer with their sight! There is also a small knob on the top of the scales where you can easily adjust the dial if needed (I only needed to adjust it slightly before using it for the first time). I've used these scales for all sorts - usually flour, sugar and butter. The bowl is easy to clean in soapy water and I've run a damp cloth over the actual scales a few times too - they clean up well and I always make sure I dry them immediately to avoid rusting. Premier Housewares also do the very same scales in white, black and red (although I prefer the pink, obviously!). Overall I'm really pleased with these scales - I thought they might be too cheap to be any good but I've been pleasantly surprised. No they're not the best quality but for somebody like me who looks after them and doesn't use them every single day, then they're perfectly fine. In my opinion these scales are well worth the money and I'm happy to recommend them.
I purchased a black 'Premier Houseware' scale set several months ago with the intention of having it sit on the kitchen side, camouflaged in with other utensils and general appliance. I liked the idea of having a traditional looking analog weighing display, and thought £9.99 was a decent price for such a thing set, though now looking back I feel I should have gone for something a litter more expensive. The retro style of the product was really what attracted me to it - and I love the look of the thing. It's stylish without making too much of a statement in front of the cabinets. It's simplistic, but still adopts all the lines and curves associated with 'trendiness'. It's functional whilst retaining all the above qualities. I like how the analog clock face - which measures items up to 3Kg in weight - sticks out at the sides and seems to engulf the scales structure. I dislike how high the aluminium bowl sticks above the device slightly too high. Weighing up to 3Kg, these scales cover all the ground required within a standard kitchen environment. The accuracy however seems questionable. The clock sits at 0 when the bowl is empty and clean, but it doesn't seem to rise in weight as quickly as my other scales when ingredients are added. This might just be my model messing up, but I don't entirely trust the device to measure entirely correctly. This being said, the display is as clear as can be due to the sheer size of the clock, and clarity of the font. The metallic rim of the clock matches that of the bowl, creating a further level of style suited to all kitchens. The scales are easy to clean and maintain - the bowl is detachable and the metal body of the scales can be wiped down easily. The materials feel of good quality, like they would last. However, it isn't as water-proof as you would expect or wish to expect. Over time I sense the possibility of water penetration, causing interior rust - not what you want. Bits around the top of the scales are more difficult to clean, due to the metal framing holding up the bowl, and this can be quite annoying when you start getting a build up of stale margarine and sugar particles. Overall this little set isn't all that bad, and for £9.99 it's not something to sneer too heavily at. However, it does have its problems, and if you want the retro style with a little more durability, functionality and longevity, I'd shop around some more.