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Very nice scales, accurate and repeatable
on 26 June 2014
Ok - firstly I'm an electronics engineer, I'm also a keen cook.
I design electronic items that time,control and measure things and have worked with load cells before (the bits inside this that measure the weight) and know how tricky it can be to get decent results.
My wife bought me some "Olive" brand scales which were awful. On a slow incremental measure they could be out by up to 30%+ The distributor sent me another set which had the same problem so obviously a product fault. I have two sets of these sitting in boxes doing nothing now.
Here is a good test for scales - measure out 500g of rice, remove from the scale then remeasure - it should be within a couple of % of the 500g. Now place an empty container on the scales and chuck the rice in a bit at a time, by the time you have put all the rice in you should be back to the 500g. You can repeat the test with smaller quantities.
A lot of scales will overcompensate and also you'll also get temperature drift. Readings can vary wildly and until you've properly tested a set of scales you can never really trust them.
I have an old set of scales that I got from Aldi - they are accurate to around 5% and results are repeatable. I used these to measure out 500g of rice and then transferred it to the TZ5000 - it read 503g which is less than 1% difference to my old scales. A good start.
I then did the "little by little" rice test - it counted up properly and linearly until all the rice was on the scales - 502g. Again more than acceptable.
I then put the large container with the rest of the rice (around 3.5kg) on the scales and pressed the Tare button to zero it. Adding the 500g back into the large container resulted in a reading of 501g - almost spot on. This proves that the accuracy isn't just within the first few hundred grams of measurement but linear along the whole range of the scales.
Display is very clear and updates quickly. Personally I'd scrap the backlight in favour of battery life but that is a minor quibble.
If all the TZ5000 that come off the production line are as good as the set I've got then look no further - I'd have no problems recommending these to anyone who is serious about cooking.