So I’m going to be doing more reviews here, more home and family things as they don’t fit on my tech sites really, but I’m interested in them and I use them. My kids are also in scouting so I’m going to be doing outdoor related things too…
Up for review today I have a digital scale that features a touchscreen and is priced right now on Amazon for only $17 and I think it’s well worth it. I love to cook, I was a chef for many years so a scale come sin handy in the kitchen, but scales are just something that’s very useful to have around the house for other projects as well.
I mentioned scouting above, and they have the Pinewood Derby races where you have the make a race car out of a block of wood but there are weight limits and you just have to have an accurate scale for the weight or you could actually be disqualified from the races. So a scale is great to have for not only in the kitchen but around the house for various other things. Well that might need correcting, I should say ‘an accurate scale is great to have’, and the Fraser FS11 is very accurate from my testing of it.
Read on to learn more…
Product Name and Info:
The tempered reflective black glass surface of the Fraser FS11 Digital Kitchen Scale makes it an attractive, durable kitchen / food scale that is also compact and easy-to-store because of the slim design. You can even store the scale on it’s side if needed
Accurate measurements from 0 ounces to 11 lbs (0 to 5,000 grams) make the FS11 a precision scale you can use with the confidence that comes from using a premium culinary scale
Features touch sensitive Unit, Tare and Power buttons for easy operation. The Tare features calculates the net weight of the ingredients (container weight is automatically subtracted). The touch sensitive buttons work even when wearing food-service gloves!
Enhance your morning and get the perfect ratio of water to coffee grounds by using the FS11 as a pour over coffee scale
Includes 1 lithium battery (CR2032) and an easy-access battery compartment (no screwdriver needed). The 1 minute auto-off feature conserves battery life
With touch sensitive buttons and a tempered glass surface this FraserTM FS11 digital kitchen scale is one of the most advanced scales. The FraserTM FS11 scale is ideal for the home chef who desires accuracy and an elegant design. This scale also features an automatic Tare button that will quickly subtract the container weight, allowing you to weigh only the contents of your container.
The FraserTM FS11 scale has a capacity ranging from 0 ounces to 11 lbs (0 to 5,000 grams), and provides measurements in graduations of 1 g or 0.1 oz on its bright LCD screen. The scale also displays results in both the US and international metric systems (grams | ounces | pounds | kilograms). The large screen features a bright LCD with an improved viewing angle for the on-the-move chef, and provides Low Battery and Overload indicators. The FraserTM digital kitchen scale comes equipped with 1 lithium CR2032 removable battery for long life, and features a 1 minute automatic turn-off that preserves battery life.
Operation Instructions. ON/OFF Tap the TARE button to power scale ON. Hold down on TARE button for two seconds to power scale OFF.
Scale Size. 5.5" x 7" x .75"
The packaging for the Fraser FS11 scale is plain box with limited information on it. Inside of the box you’ll find the scale and user guide wrapped in plastic for protection.
The scale is black in color and has the Fraser brand logo at the top. On the bottom of the front you’ll find the display and the touch controls on each side of it. The scale is small at 5.5" x 7" x .75" but should be find for most uses around the kitchen. It’s small but it’s heavier than it looks, it does feel very well made overall and for the price I’m impressed.
The top of the FS11 is made of tempered glass which is colored black and very reflective. The glass makes the scale look great but, more importantly, it makes the scale easier to clean.
The bottom of the FS11 is rather plain, just an ID label, four rubber feet and the battery door. The scale uses small CR2032 batteries to power it and changing the battery if need be is very easy. The scale also has an auto off function that powers it down after one minute to save battery life.
To turn the scale on your touch the Tare button which is also the power button. The screen is bright and easily readable with nice large numbers.
The Tare button is used for weighing things in a container but not weighing the container itself. Let’s says your recipe calls for 1 1/4 lbs of blueberries, well they won’t stay on the scale, they’ll just roll off, so you need a container but you don’t include the container in the weight or your recipe will be off.
You put your container on the scale and it will show the weight of the container, then you press the Tare button and the scale will read zero meaning only what you put in the container will be weighed. It’s almost like magic, but it’s a very useful feature to have for sure.
The scale also has a Unit button on the left of the screen. The scale can measure in ounces, grams, pounds or kilograms all the way up to 11 pounds. To use it you just touch the button until you see the measurement you want and then add your item to the scale.
The great things about it is that it can convert measurements immediately for you. Let’s say weigh a chicken breast on the scale in ounce but want to know what it weighs in grams, you just touch the Unit button until grams in showing on the display and there you go, instant conversion.
So I was curious and I weighed a few things I had around on my desk just to test the scale out a bit.
My HTC One M7 phone weighs in at 143 grams stock, but there is a sim card in it and a screen protector on it which pushes it over the 143g and since the scale doesn’t show the decimals it reads as 144g.
To really check the accuracy though I grabbed a small 5g weight and the scale read it as 5 grams which is a very good thing.
Summary and Comments:
For $17 you get a very nice scale that seems to be very accurate and I know I’ll be keeping I handy for any weighing needs that might arise in the kitchen and out of it. The scale is very simple to use thanks to the touchscreen panel, and the display is easily readable.
I really like the glass top as it not only makes it look nice but it’s functional as it makes it very easy to clean.
A Tare button should be on any good scale as it just makes life that much easier when measuring smaller things that tend to not stay in one place.
I love the fact that the FS11 can convert measurements on the fly, I don’t know how much I’ll use it, but it’s nice to have that feature for sure.
The only complaint I might have about the FS11 is the size, it is a bit small, but the small size makes it portable and easy to find somewhere to store it in your kitchen out of the way when not in use.
As a side note I would have liked to have seen some sort of cover come with it for protection, I would have paid a few dollars extra if need be for a cover.
All in all I really like the Fraser FS11 scale, it’s great looking, it’s accurate and it’s simple to use and best of all it’s inexpensive. If you’re looing for a new scale, then I can recommend the the Fraser FS11.
+Easy clean glass
+Very well made
+Simple to use
-Might be too small from some tasks
Disclosure: This product was given to me for review by the company for review purposes only, and is not considered by us as payment for the review; we do not, never have, and never will, accept payment from companies to review their products.