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LingsFire® Outdoor Waterproof Stainless Steel Solar Powered Deck Decking Light Solar Ground Light for Garden Landscape Lighting, Pathway, Stairway (white)
LingsFire® Outdoor Waterproof Stainless Steel Solar Powered Deck Decking Light Solar Ground Light for Garden Landscape Lighting, Pathway, Stairway (white)
Offered by LingsFire
Price: £23.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Lighting your way..., 2 July 2015
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The photo's of this LingsFire Outdoor Decking Light might be slightly deceptive - I'd expected something smaller and less substantial than the light that actually arrived. The lower casing is made from cast metal, the polished outer ring is thick stainless steel and the lamp cover is toughened glass - so the whole lamp feels hefty, well-made and tough enough to both brave the elements and to withstand someone actually standing on it. It's bigger than I'd imagined too with the outer diameter of the polished ring being 130mm and the light aperture 80mm. To fully recess it into a deck or walkway you'd need a hole about 55mm deep and be aware that there's a flange running around top edge of the base section that needs to be accommodated too. To fix it more permanently to a wooden deck or similar you can remove the polished ring (you'll need a 3.0 Allan key) to reveal a couple of countersunk screw-holes in that outer flange. Note that this also reveals the delicately-wired inner workings of the lamp so proceed with caution - it also reveals that the battery pack doesn't look to be easily replaceable, although it might be possible. The toughened glass which protects the light actually sits slightly proud of the polished ring, although only by about 1mm or so, which seems counter-intuitive but it is mounted in a silicon collar which both keeps the lamp watertight and also allows a little movement if the lamp gets stood on. To be honest in most home installations you'd just create the right sized hole and drop them into place and there would be nothing more to do.

One of the best things about them is that they don't really look like solar lights at all - most similar lights have a very obvious photo-voltaic panel with an equally obvious LED stuck on top - this lamp looks much more sophisticated with an attractive perforated filter that diffuses the light and conceals the PV cell beneath. There seem to be just 2 LED's mounted at opposite sides of the light housing and their light is diffused through the centre honeycomb panel. The light isn't particularly bright but it's enough to cast a soft pool up onto a nearby wall or plant and they'd be perfect laid along a walkway or path as it's bright enough to show the way without shining too bright directly into your eyes. However if you're trying to really illuminate the side of a building or structure these might not be quite bright enough for that. You also have to consider how much direct sunlight will fall onto them during the day to charge up the battery. We've been testing ours over a few recent sunny days and it's charged up enough to run all night without any problem - but in the duller Winter months you might only get a light that lasts until about bedtime, as with most solar lights. Note that there's no on/off switch on the lamp, it automatically switches itself on at dusk and off at dawn, so you can't easily turn them off if they're not needed.

The light arrives without any instructions, but you don't really need any, it just works. It also looks more professional than many similar lights and feels substantial enough to last for a good few years (battery-pack allowing) and although they might seem a bit pricey compared to the competition you probably get what you pay for, it certainly feels like a good quality product. (Disclosure: item was received for independent review)


LingsFire® Waterproof Ultra Bright 18 LED Solar Powered Column Light For Balcony Outdoor Lawn Yard Garden Pation Pathway (white)
LingsFire® Waterproof Ultra Bright 18 LED Solar Powered Column Light For Balcony Outdoor Lawn Yard Garden Pation Pathway (white)
Offered by LingsFire
Price: £28.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Artificial moonlight..., 2 July 2015
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Your first impression of the LingsFire Solar Column Light might be how lightweight (and a bit plastic-y) it is but to be fair it does seem to be made from decent quality materials. Your second big impression will probably be how bright it is in use, there's a cluster of 18 LED's on the centre column and they really do emit a very useful 360° pool of clear white light (we chose the 'White' option). Many outdoor solar lights are capable of picking out small features of your garden or marking out a path but few are bright enough to give general illumination to an entire area, like a patio or small lawn, but this light certainly is. The style is particularly suited to being mounted on a post - a standard 4"/100mm square post would fit underneath with the bottom ledge of the light overhanging the post slightly and there's a single screw-hole in the base of the light to secure it there (screw also supplied). Mounted on a low fence-post it would create a bright pool of localised light but you could even mount it quite high, above head height and more like a street-light, to give more general illumination to an area. It's difficult to describe how bright the light is but let's say if you were standing right by the light you could read by it, whereas the overall light level it produces is certainly enough for you to see your way around a significant area of your garden or outdoor space.

The top section of the light simply twist-locks onto the main body of the light and on the underside of this top section is an on/off switch - you generally don't need to access this because of course the light switches on automatically at dusk and off again at dawn. There's no seal between the removable top section and the main body of the light so in theory water could get in there -- although rain rarely falls upwards -- but to be fair we had a thunderstorm last night and it was fine. Even if it it did ever leak it's easy enough to twist the top off and give it a quick wipe out. We've been testing it for the past few days when it's been quite sunny and the light has charged itself up enough to run all night at pretty much full brightness - of course I'd expect it to be less effective on dull Winter days but so far it's been very impressive.

I'm not sure if the battery is replaceable, there is a screw-off cover in the top section but I haven't ventured behind there yet, so I'm guessing it's not easily replaceable. I also wonder if it might be better to make the inner top and bottom surfaces more reflective, maybe even foiled, to spread the light even more but that's a minor point. Overall the light's definitely more suited to providing general lighting over a whole area rather than picking out single architectural features -- the style of the light means it casts most light downwards and not upwards -- and it's easy to install and is virtually maintenance-free, at least as long as the battery pack lasts. I do feel it's slightly pricey, at full retail price, but it does deliver really good light output and of course it's free to run, sun permitting! (Disclosure: item was received for independent review)


TECEVO FX4 Bluetooth 4.0 Sport Headphones / Earphones With Handsfree Wireless Earbuds - Ideal for use with Apple iTouch, iPad 1 2 3 4 iPhone 3 4 4s 5 5s 6 6s , HTC, Samsung Galaxy, LG, Sony Xperia, Nokia etc (White & Orange)
TECEVO FX4 Bluetooth 4.0 Sport Headphones / Earphones With Handsfree Wireless Earbuds - Ideal for use with Apple iTouch, iPad 1 2 3 4 iPhone 3 4 4s 5 5s 6 6s , HTC, Samsung Galaxy, LG, Sony Xperia, Nokia etc (White & Orange)
Offered by DigiDirect
Price: £29.95

4.0 out of 5 stars The rhythm thief..., 1 July 2015
These FX4 Sports Earphones arrive nicely packaged and come with a full compliment of variously-sized earbuds and optional ear-fins, all packed in a sturdy zip-up carry-case. They're unusually small and relatively lightweight for Bluetooth earphones but still have a decent battery life (a full recharge takes about 2 hours) and an onboard microphone for making calls via your smartphone. The right earphone has the volume control and a single button which switches the headset on and off and then offers a bunch of hands-free commands depending on how you click it - including things like make/take call, mute, redial and initiate Bluetooth pairing. The volume control also offers a full compliment of music controls so you can play/pause, skip and replay tracks. The Bluetooth pairing was trouble free and once done my iPhone (and every other device I tried) finds them easily time after time and they just seem to work without any issue.

The ear-buds and ear-fins are each supplied in three sizes (S/M/L) and it's easy enough to swap them around to find your perfect fit. The ear-fins are made from the same soft silicon as the ear-buds and to be honest feel like they're too soft to do very much to keep the earphones in your ear - however they don't cause any discomfort either so it's no problem to leave them attached. Getting a tight fit into your ear-canal is always vital for any in-ear earphones to get a decent bass response - and this has been a problem for me with these earphones. I'm willing to admit the problem might be that I have oddly-shaped ear-canals but I've tried every pair of the included ear-buds and none of them gave me a fit tight enough to get any real bass from these earphones. The treble response is clear and reasonably detailed and mostly avoids any nasty sibilance, but there was no bass - really, none at all. In a moment of inspiration (or was it desperation) I tried using a set of memory-foam ear-buds from another set of earphones and suddenly there was the bass. There still wasn't a lot of it with the very deep bass still missing in action, but the sound was suddenly fuller and more balanced, as you'd expect it to be. I'm not exactly sure what's different about these earphones, I have other in-ear earphones that are fine, but something about the overall shape or the ear-buds is incompatible with my ears - your ear-canal-mileage may vary of course.

Thankfully they're lightweight and generally comfortable to wear, compared to some in-ear earphones, and the flat-style ribbon cable is a real success and curves itself very neatly against your neck and doesn't get too tangled up in clothing. It is tricky to adjust them in your ear without also pressing one or other of the controls, so maybe it's best to get them into position before actually switching them on, but that's only because they're such small Bluetooth earphones. Although I was a bit disappointed with the lack of bass to begin with I ended up liking the FX4's and they make a good pair of everyday earphones. They don't have the greatest sound ever but they're not bad and quite listenable and would especially suit music or other content which doesn't rely on the deepest bass, for example audiobooks or classical music. You might have to improvise to get the best fit but hopefully your ears are more FX4-compatible than mine seemed to be! (Disclosure: item was received for independent review)


SkinPep Hydra Sun Defence SPF 30 Day Cream 70ml - Safe And Natural Sun Screen Agent - Hypo-Allergenic + Paraben free + Alcohol Free + Best Sun Cream   - SkinPep Best Choice For Premium Quality Day Cream.
SkinPep Hydra Sun Defence SPF 30 Day Cream 70ml - Safe And Natural Sun Screen Agent - Hypo-Allergenic + Paraben free + Alcohol Free + Best Sun Cream - SkinPep Best Choice For Premium Quality Day Cream.
Offered by 123Hairandbeauty
Price: £34.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Premium sun protection..., 28 Jun. 2015
Being pale-skinned and a bit sun-sensitive I was particularly interested to try the SkinPep Hydra Sun Defence Day Cream and it's turned out to be well worthwhile. SkinPep use mineral sunscreens to protect you from UV rays and not the chemical sunscreens which are so often associated with negative reactions (Google it, if you dare) and it contains Zinc and Titanium salts. These mineral salts, being generally non-soluble, can leave the skin looking chalky-looking if not prepared correctly but I've had no chalky-faced problems with this cream at all. The first thing you notice is how far this cream goes, you really need a very modest amount to give complete coverage of your face and neck. It looks very white and chalky when you first start to apply it but very quickly absorbs into the skin and then leaves no visible residue. After a short time it also takes a colour, presumably through some clever oxidisation, and so becomes even more invisible as it blends itself to the shade of your skin. It doesn't have the coverage of a foundation, so you don't look like you're wearing make-up (this is a bloke speaking BTW) and although there's a slight sheen when first applied this mattes down quite quickly too. Then for the rest of the day, or most of it, you know your skin is being shielded from the worst aspects of the sun - assuming you can find any sun in the UK.

I have slightly sensitive skin which occasionally react to certain ingredients but I've had no problems with this cream at all, it has no noticeable fragrance and has triggered no reaction for me. However, you are left with a slight residue on the surface of the skin -- this is presumably the minerals themselves -- and although it's not really visible you can feel it when you touch your face. That residue also has a tint of colour too so you'd have to be slightly aware of white shirt collars or similar. I didn't feel my skin was particularly moisturised by the cream (you can apply a moisturiser on top if that's a real problem) and in fact it felt slightly the opposite while wearing it, but after removing it at the end of the day my skin did feel great. So maybe all that zinc, which is really important for healthy skin, was working its magic anyway. Although it's not a moisturiser I'd use every day I did like Hydra Sun Defence a lot and would absolutely reach for it on sunny days or days I planned to spend outdoors, it offers really worthwhile protection in a very clever self-concealing preparation and a little goes a long way. (Disclosure: item was received for independent review)


Oral-B Pro Vitality Plus Cross Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Oral-B Pro Vitality Plus Cross Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: £37.48

4.0 out of 5 stars The value of vitality..., 28 Jun. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Braun Oral-B seem to release so many different toothbrushes it's hard to keep up, or to tell the difference between them. This Vitality Plus CrossAction version is a one of Oral-B's more basic electric toothbrushes married with a couple of the newer CrossAction brush-heads, which makes for a perfectly serviceable combo. The brush itself is simple but effective and is quite lightweight with a good shape, wider at the top, which makes it easy to hold and manoeuvre. There are no indicator lights onboard, not even to show when it's charging or recharged, and there's just a single timer which gives a couple of pulses after 2 minutes to advise you that you've been brushing for the recommended time. The brush motor is quieter than some with a more high-pitched buzz than I'm used to hearing and it seems to run at a good speed and with sufficient strength - you can get a faster and more powerful brush if you spend a bit more but this is perfectly adequate and doesn't seem to be under any strain. A full battery charge takes 16 hours but should last a good few days before needing topped up again - Oral-B claim a full charge lasts 7 days but I suspect your brush would be very weakened by the end of that week, although it should last a long weekend away without any problem. Generally it's best to keep these brushes on the charging base all the time, if it's practical to do so, then you get a full-speed and full-strength clean every time.

The CrossAction brush-heads were are new variation to me, I hadn't tried them before, and they're much like the more standard standard Precision Toothbrush Heads except I think they're noticeably firmer and even more precise. If you like a firm toothbrush or have trouble navigating around all surfaces of your teeth then they'd probably work for you - the small precise head can be manoeuvred around even awkward areas pretty well. If you don't like harder brushes then you can still use this toothbrush with most of the other Oral-B brush-heads. I tried it with the TriZone Toothbrush Heads and it worked great and gave a gentler and more familiar-feeling, though still very effective, clean so if you, or anyone else in the family, are a bit wary of electric brushing they might like to try that option.

At its full retail price I'd say the Vitality Plus is a bit over-priced, but this is one of the style of brushes that are often available at significant discount from Amazon (or other retailers) and that could make it a much better buy. It's really nothing fancy and has very few features, but it's a competent and easy-to-use toothbrush from a very reliable brand, plus you can use it with various styles of widely-available brush-heads and so get something to suit every family member.


Philips GC2086/30 EasySpeed Plus Cordless Steam Iron with Compact Smart Charging Base, 2400 Watt, Purple
Philips GC2086/30 EasySpeed Plus Cordless Steam Iron with Compact Smart Charging Base, 2400 Watt, Purple
Price: £69.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Speed ironing..., 26 Jun. 2015
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Some years ago we had one of the earliest cordless irons (not a Philips) and it was a somewhat frustrating appliance because it repeatedly kept you waiting while it re-heated itself - not so this new Philips version which is in a different league altogether. In fact the first thing you notice about this GC2086/30 is how fast it heats up and it's actually much faster than our similarly-priced corded iron. The base is LED illuminated and flashes blue as the iron heats, switching to a constant blue light when it's ready to roll. There's also a flashing red light to remind you to place the iron back on the base to re-heat but this seems to be triggered on a timer, I don't think there's actually any kind of temperature sensor that communicates with the base, it just counts the moments since the iron left home and then reminds it to come back again. I found it was a bit of an over-anxious parent and flashes a bit too soon while the iron was actually still hot enough to continue on, well past its bedtime. Either way it just takes a few seconds to re-heat, just enough for you to rearrange your garment on the ironing board, and never really keeps you waiting - providing you actually get into the habit of returning the iron to its base between actions.

The iron itself is lightweight and nicely balanced, feels solid and well-made and you can lock the iron and base together to make carrying and storage easier. The iron fits onto the power base very intuitively, there's a flange around the outer edge to guide it home and you rarely have to struggle to get it reconnected. The water fill opening on the iron is large enough to fill straight from a tap and has a watertight snap-shut lid so you don't get drips or splashes on your garments while you work. The water spray works really well and gives and very fine and even spray but I've found the steam output a bit temperamental. The iron is certainly capable of producing a decent amount of steam but it's a bit fickle and sometimes when you pick up and tilt the iron forward, ready to work, you get a full steam jet and then the next time it's a bit half-hearted. Tipping the iron upright and then forward again usually restores the full steam output, but it's a slight annoyance if you don't notice the iron's having a mini-strop and carry on ironing regardless. However the steam boost button isn't so moody and gives a quick and powerful blast of steam nearly every time, so it's game-over for creases one way or another.

We already have a Philips corded iron which costs about the same as this cordless version so it's been interesting to directly compare the two - although I don't know if I'd declare either of them an outright winner. They're both very capable and well-designed irons but I think the final choice depends on your lifestyle and ironing habits. I'm tempted to call this the Batchelor Pad iron because it's really more suited to someone who irons occasionally and in a hurry - for example because you have to get a work shirt ready minutes before rushing out the door. For that person this is a great iron, it heats up super-quick and you can fly around the garment without getting tangled in cables, it'll even switch itself off after a few minutes of inactivity if you rush off and forget to. However if you usually iron in big family-sized bundles then I'd suggest a corded iron might be better - especially if you're an experienced speed-ironer because this cordless version might not be able to quite keep up with you and I think the slightly erratic steam output might be a bit of a frustration. However, if you just like the convenience of having no cable on your iron this is still a great little iron and there's no big performance-penalty anymore for going wireless.


Ekouaer Men's Stretch Cotton Fly Contour Pouch (Boxer) Brief Underwear
Ekouaer Men's Stretch Cotton Fly Contour Pouch (Boxer) Brief Underwear
Offered by avidlove
Price: £7.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Packing your trunks..., 17 Jun. 2015
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In some ways this Ekouaer underwear reminds me a lot of the compression base-layer gear that runners and athletes use - they're not quite that tight and the fabric is cotton-based rather than polyester but they certainly have a figure-hugging cut and the fabric has a lot of stretch, thanks to the 5% elastane content. The fabric is quite thin, lightweight and breathable and its stretch is mostly horizontal with less movement vertically, so they really do fit close and neat to the body while mostly remaining comfortable - so you're aware of them without really feeling restricted by them. The waistband is shallow and thinner than some so it sits quite flat to the body, I thought it might dig in a bit but it's actually fine. The waist is also cut slightly low especially with the briefs which are almost hipster style.

I've tried all three styles, both lengths of trunks and the briefs, and overall I found the sizing about right -- I've got around a 33" waist and chose the MED 32/34" size -- but they are quite a 'body-con' tight fit and if you don't enjoy that or you're on the borderline then you might want to go up a size to be comfortable. The longer trunks are my favourite and they really do feel like a sports base-layer garment with the tight-fit keeping them in place on your thighs without riding up as you move around - you probably could wear them under running shorts as a lightweight alternative to compression trunks but they do have an open-fly front. The shorter trunks have a pouch front with no open fly and also fit very comfortably, the simpler style means there are fewer seams and so less to dig-in or show through clothes. The briefs were the least successful to me, I was too conscious of the elasticated leg-holes and the lightweight fabric somehow seems less appropriate for briefs, but they're cut well and nicely made. Note that the blue color is especially dark, more an inky-blue than a navy. They launder well with minimal shrinkage and fading and feel noticeably softer after the first wash. Overall the quality seems good, although more like a quality high-street brand rather than a designer label, and at the current prices they seem a great deal and I'd certainly buy more in the future. (Disclosure: item was received for independent review).


LOHAS® E14 SES LED Bulb 5W,400lm,Warm White,40w Replacement,360 Degree Beam Angle,240V AC - Pack of 2[Energy Class A]
LOHAS® E14 SES LED Bulb 5W,400lm,Warm White,40w Replacement,360 Degree Beam Angle,240V AC - Pack of 2[Energy Class A]
Offered by LED-365BUY
Price: £15.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small and perfectly bright..., 15 Jun. 2015
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The first thing you notice about the LOHAS E14 LED bulbs is how small and neat they are, at least compared to most styles of SES lightbulb, so the should be usable in a whole variety of light fittings. The second thing you notice are the little slits around the clear casing, at first glance they might look like cracks but aren't, and I guess they're there to give a bit of ventilation and keep the lamp cooler. That's perhaps the third thing you notice - these get much warmer than some LED bulbs, probably because each little bulb is packed with so many individual LEDs. Note that there are 3 LEDs on the top surface of the bulb too, they might not be visible in the photo's, and so light gets emitted upwards too.

They cast a nice pool of warm white light, it's a very similar colour to traditional incandescent bulbs but maybe slightly more tinted than it needs to be. If you want bulbs for task lighting, like in a desk lamp, I'd suggest going for a pure white version but for background or ambient lighting this warm white is great - for example I'm using them in a pair of bedside lamps and they seem perfect for that. They claim to be a replacement for a 40W incandescent bulb but I felt they were slightly dimmer than that - but not by much. If your light fitting leaves the bulb visible then obviously these have a very different look to most traditional bulbs - switched on they actually look like little mini skyscrapers with all the windows lit up - so might not suit all uses.

As I mentioned they do get hotter than you might expect - not as hot as traditional bulbs, you'd never get a serious burn from them, but they get (just) too hot to touch comfortably in use. The heat might shorten their useful life too, LEDs can dim before their time if they aren't kept reasonably cool, but they should still vastly outlast traditional bulbs - obviously I haven't had them long enough to really judge. At their current price they seem a good deal too, our local supermarket charges the same kind of price for one and this pack gets you two. If the dinky size and shape suits your light fitting they're definitely worth a try. (Disclosure: item was received for independent review)


FSL Zinc Zn30i Earphones / Headset with Microphone and 3 Button Apple Remote (Made for iphone/ipad/ipod) - 3 YEAR WARRANTY - (Metallic Bronze)
FSL Zinc Zn30i Earphones / Headset with Microphone and 3 Button Apple Remote (Made for iphone/ipad/ipod) - 3 YEAR WARRANTY - (Metallic Bronze)
Offered by iHeadphones UK
Price: £39.99

3.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for effort..., 15 Jun. 2015
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The Zinc Zn30i earphones arrive in impressive-looking packaging and with a full compliment of good quality accessories to get the most comfortable and secure fit, plus a handy carry-case to stow it all. There's the ubiquitous set of silicon tips in various sizes together with a memory-foam tip-set so you can get the best seal in your ear canal. This is really important with any in-ear earphone to get the best bass response - and it's absolutely critical with these Zn30i earphones because they don't have that much bass in the first place. There are also 3 sizes of soft silicon ear fins which fit inside your ear and hold the earphones in place during more strenuous activities and these make a great alternative to the (also included) ear hooks which don't always work very well for spectacles wearers. So you've really got no excuse for a poor fitting pair of earphones and it's worth taking a bit of time to find the right combination of accessories for your ears - I went with the medium ear-fins and the memory-foam ear tips.

The earphones themselves, plus the little inline remote and the jack plug, are all encased in metal and the cable is a flattened ribbon-style and seems to be securely bonded to the jack plug and earbuds - which always seems to be the weakest element of any earphones. All together these earphones have a really solid feel and impressive style and they certainly seem like a cut above your average earphones - unfortunately they don't really sound it. To me the sound quality is decidedly average and that's a great shame when they look so good. There's very little overall bass with virtually no deep bass at all and a half-hearted mid-range. The treble response is reasonably clear at lower volumes but if you crank up the volume, perhaps to compensate for the lack of bass, then it becomes too strident and sibilant to endure. They aren't really much better than the earphones bundled with many of the better smartphones or media players, even if they look and feel a lot better.

If you're just looking to replace the (generally unimpressive) earphones that came with your device then you could probably do a lot worse - but you can also do a lot better, it just depends on your expectations. I wish I could be more positive about them because they really are a great-looking pair of earphones and FutureSoundLab got so much right - nice packaging, good design, great build-quality, great range of accessories - I just wish they sounded better and since that's the main reason you'd buy any set of earphones that has to be the deciding factor. They're 5-star earphones with a 3-star sound, which is a real shame... (Disclosure: item was received for independent review)


Smart Weigh Digital Kitchen Scale with Removable Glass Weighing Platform, High Precision Sensors, Click Confirmation Touch Buttons, Large Backlit LCD, Black
Smart Weigh Digital Kitchen Scale with Removable Glass Weighing Platform, High Precision Sensors, Click Confirmation Touch Buttons, Large Backlit LCD, Black
Offered by Five Star
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Slightly touchy and very sensitive..., 10 Jun. 2015
The SmartWeigh Touch Kitchen Scale is bigger than many digital kitchen scales but it looks good on your kitchen worktop, in fact you might even choose to leave it out all the time. The clear glass platform is nicely complimented by a curved black glass top on the base beneath. To be honest both show up the flour dust and fingermarks from your last bake more than you'd like them to but they also clean up very easily too. The weighing platform screws off for more thorough cleaning - although this takes a lot of turns so is not something you'll want to do all that often. The glass weighing platform also seems to be very securely bonded to the supporting column and altogether the unit feels well made and nicely finished.

There are only two touch-sensitive buttons, each seamlessly built into the surface of the glass, to operate the scales and it couldn't be much simpler - the M button sets the measurement scale and you can choose from grams, ounces, pounds and ounces, water in millilitres, water in cups, milk in millilitres and milk in cups - so you're pretty much covered whatever you're making or whatever kind of recipe you have. The T button switches the scales on or off and also resets the scale to zero so you can weigh consecutively, adding each ingredient to the same bowl if you like. The scales stay on for about a minute after your last action, so if you're adding things cumulatively you'll have to work reasonably fast to keep track of your current weight - once the scales switch off to save battery power, after their allotted 70 seconds, they reset the weight and you lose your current total. The maximum weight possible is 5 kilograms (about 11lbs) and the display is very clear with large numerals and a blue backlight.

My only negative would be that my particular scale rocks diagonally, the unit seems to be slightly off-square and doesn't sit completely flat on the tabletop. In truth it would be easily fixed (an extra non-slip pad underneath would do it) and it's probably just a quirk of my particular set. It doesn't affect the accuracy at all since the weight is measured by the central column pushing into the base but it's a slight disappointment in a scales that's otherwise so nicely presented. Apart from that, I can find nothing to complain about here as they're fast, responsive, accurate down to the gram and look good enough to be left out on view - and the current price seems pretty reasonable to me. Well worth considering, if you like their style. (Disclosure: item was received for independent review)


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