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The Typhoon Retro Scales that I have don't look exactly like the ones that are available to but now. I have owned these scales for over 5 years and styles do change, but in essence they are the same kitchen scales.
I can't remember how much I paid for my set of scales but I think it was around £20, at the time that seemed a lot of money for a set off kitchen scales but I really was sick of the battery powered digital scales. When I started looking for a new set I remembered that my mum owned a very old set of scales that she had been given as a wedding present back in 1973, these scales are still alive and kicking. So I turned my back on all that digital nonsense and started looking for traditional scales.
After looking at many scales my head finally got turned by the Retro Scales made by Typhoon, in beautiful Buick red they certainly were eye catching. The scales stand 13.5cm high with out the stainless steel bowl and 24cm high with the bowl in place. My scales are a trapezium shape, being 16.5cm wide on the base and 13.5cm wide at the top. They are 9.5cm in depth. While being quite cube shaped on the base the trapezium shape is pleasing on the eye. The base of my scales have 4 small rubber feet that work perfectly as I have never had any trouble with my scales skidding about the work surface.
The face of the scales is big, round and white. It is marked out both in pounds/ounces in 1oz increments up to 5lb and grams/ kilograms in 20g increments up to 2kg. The hand of the scales is big and bold in black and is very easy to see against the white background.
The bowl that came with my scales is stainless steel and has a width of 24.5cm and a depth of 7cm approximately. The bowl is round and sits nicely in its place on top of the scales. The bowl comfortably holds 1kg of flour, after this it becomes a bit of a balancing act as well as a weighing situation. The balance of the scales can be adjusted using a small ridged knob situated on the top of the scales. To ensure accuracy in your weighing you need to place the bowl on top of the scales and then use the ridged knob to adjust the scales back to zero.
The weighing mechanism of the scales is nice and smooth, the hand will move around the face of the scales as your pour flour, sugar or put in lumps of butter till you reach your desired weight. You then stop putting your ingredients in to the bowl, then remove the bowl and put your ingredients into whatever you are making. When the bowl is repositioned atop the scales the balance does not need adjusting. I find that these scales have stayed accurate with very little adjustment from me.
The storage of the scales is a little bit trickier as the bowl is not made to be stored neatly over the scales. I usually display these scales on my kitchen work surface or on top of the cupboard as they are attractive to look at.
To keep my scales clean I wipe them over with a soapy damp cloth before and after I use them each time, the paint has stayed the nice Buick red it was when I first got them out there box, and it has not chipped or cracked or aged in any way. The stainless steel bowl can easily be removed and washed in hot soapy water; the bowl has kept its original high shine. I would not recommend immersing the base of the scales in water as there is a mechanical mechanism inside and the unit is not water tight.
In conclusion I am more than happy with my Retro Scales by Typhoon and glad I turned my back on all that demanding digital rubbish that had always ran out of batteries each time I got it out. The Retro Scales work perfectly and smoothly every time and are pleasing to look at. They get 5 stars from me, I have no complaints and if they ever broke I would happily buy another set.