Salter 3013 Stainless Steel Aquatronic 22-Pound Scale (Silver)
- Aquatronic means you can measure both dry and liquid ingredients
- Food grade Stainless Steel platform
- High 22 pound capacity
- Automatically adjusts to most bowls or containers
- Add and weigh function
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The Salter Hi-Capacity Aquatronic scale weighs up to 22 pounds.The Aquatronic weighs both dry and liquid ingredients quickly and easily.Switch back and forth from dry measurement and liquid measurement at the touch of a button.The platform is made of food grade Stainless Steel and is very easy to clean.This unit automatically adjusts for use with most bowls and containers. The scale is shipped complete with batteries . Ten year warranty by Salter.
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This model seems to have one drawback, and I leave it to the prospective buyer to decide for themselves whether this is an issue: It is sensitive only to the 2-gram level. For example, if the recipe calls for 341 grams of flour, you must either settle for 340 or 342. The precision appears to go no further. Does one gram this way or that way truly matter?
The scientific answer is yes, but only rarely so. For measuring out small quantities, like 2.6 grams of yeast, I use a Salter pocket-sized scale that is also very accurate, travels well, and best of all, has a one decimal place display when weighing in grams. This scale, surprisingly, has no such sensitivity, so no decimal places. That is the one feature I had hoped it had that wasn't there. Unfortunately, the descriptions for the Salter kitchen scales shown on Amazon, across the board, are deficient in details most serious home bakers really want to know: One such feature is, "Does it have decimal places below one gram?"
In the end, I chose this scale for its versatility, reasonably small footprint, and ease of use. By the way, orders for this scale are fulfilled by Amazon, and whether these scales have been sitting around too long or whatever, mine was delivered with a dead battery. I had to go out and get a $1.79 Lithium at my local hardware store. Otherwise, this scale would be ready to go right out of the box. No fussing, calibrating, or assembly required.
Andiamo a la cucina!
A. C. Dittmann
Second, the repeatability is atrocious. I took about 15 measurements of the same item weighing about 10 lbs (about half the 22 lb capacity) and got readings spanning 5/8 oz, which is 0.04 lbs or 18 grams. This repeatability of +/- 0.02 lbs (9 grams) is very poor for a small kitchen scale. Ignore their accuracy or resolution claims, seeing how the repeatability is so bad.
I highly recommend against this scale.
I really like the scale:
- it is easy to clean, since it is a single uninterrupted surface (except for the LCD display)
- the two buttons are simple and intuitive, and work reliably
- it is very simple to re-tare the scale: just press "On" again
- you can use grams, kilograms, pounds and ounces, or decimal ounces
- the scale does not appear to drift: if you tare it, then weigh your ingredients, then take the ingredients away, you typically go back to 0 (rarely, if the items you weighed were heavy, you may go back to within 2g of 0)
- the weight posts for a long enough time that you can process your ingredients. I have not timed it, but it must be several minutes
- the scale remembers the units you use, and, when you turn it on, will use the same units as were used in the last session.
I cannot comment on the battery use, since i have not had to change it yet. But it has been a good 6 months, and I am still using the original set (I use the scale several times per day).
All in all, a solid, well-designed product so far. My only regret is that it could not go higher than 11 lbs - but, since I knew it when I bought it, I would have a hard time complaining about that.
If you use a large bowl or pan, however, it is sometimes hard to see the digital readout. But I can work around that.