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5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate to within 1 gramme, 26 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Smart Weigh CSB5KG Cuisine Digital Scale with Removable Bowl 11lbs / 5000g x 1g - Black (Kitchen & Home)
This is a perfectly ordinary looking set of kitchen scales. It's quite light, and made of hard black shiny plastic, with a smallish clear plastic bowl that doubles as a lid to keep it clean. What's unusual is that it can measure weights to within 1 gramme accuracy (it really can: I've been experimenting using stacks of pound coins, which weigh between 9.4 and 9.5 grammes). It's perhaps slightly unnecessary to be able to weigh kitchen ingredients to that level of accuracy, but it's nice to know it does! It's also consistent: the weight doesn't wander, as it does with my old Salter kitchen scales.

Using the scales is very easy: they need a couple of AA batteries (supplied), and the battery compartment has an easy-to-open clip door (no silly screws to undo). There are only two controls: an On/Off button, and a Mode button. When you turn on the scales it takes a few seconds to zero and you're ready to go. You don't have to use the supplied bowl, or any bowl at all, come to that: you can put your container of choice on scales, then press On/Off again to re-zero the display. If you prefer pounds and ounces, that's what the mode button is for - and guess what? It measures down to one-tenth of an ounce. It also remembers whether you're a metric or an imperial person, so you won't need to press the button again.

The scales turn themselves off after a couple of minutes, or you can press and hold the On/Off button for a few seconds to turn them off.

On the down side, I'm not sure the supplied bowl would survive a dishwasher; I prefer to use my own glass bowls anyway. The bowl holds about 1.2 kg of sugar, so if you want to make use of the 5 kg maximum weight you'll need to use a larger bowl anyway. The weighing platform doesn't have a lip, so if you're weighing something bulky you need to be careful.

These scales are nothing much to look at, although they're far from ugly. From a practical perspective, they work really well.

Note: SmartWeigh sent me one of these scales so I could write this review.
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