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Kitchen gadget measures liquids, weighs solids in same container

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July 8, 2011

The Maxim 2 in 1 Jug and Scales measures both volume and weight in the same container (Pho...

The Maxim 2 in 1 Jug and Scales measures both volume and weight in the same container (Photo: Firebox)

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If you like to cook, and are just beginning the process of acquiring basic kitchen supplies, you're probably planning on getting a measuring cup and a kitchen scale. Should you need to maximize space, however, you can now get both devices in one unit. It's the Maxim 2 in 1 Jug and Scales, and it lets you measure both volume and weight.

To measure volume, you just pour the liquid into the cup, and take note of where the surface is on the side markings - just like with a regular clear measuring cup. It can hold up to one liter, or four cups.

To measure weight, you once again empty your ingredients into the cup, only this time in the form of solids. The built-in scale will display their weight on an LCD screen on the handle. It can handle up to 3 kilograms (6.6 lbs), and as with the volume markings on the cup, displays both metric and imperial measurements. It can also convert five commonly-used substances from weight to volume, should you need to know how many milliliters 500 grams of flour is.

The Maxim 2 in 1 Jug and Scales measures both volume and weight in the same container (Pho...

Unfortunately the Maxim isn't entirely waterproof, so it can't be fully immersed or placed in a dishwasher for cleaning. Because the cup is plastic, it also can't withstand liquids hotter than 70C (158F).

The 2 in 1 Jug and Scales is available from Firebox for GBP 21.49 (about US$34), which includes the one CR2032 battery it requires.

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5 Comments

Nice idea, but the price has to lower before I would buy one. It would also have to be marketed here in the States. I once bought some things from GB for a reasonable price and paid as much in shipping as I did for the items.

History Nut
11th July, 2011 @ 11:21 am PDT

Ditto!

Warren Gang
11th July, 2011 @ 01:29 pm PDT

The price actually isn't so bad IMHO, but I would rather pay a little more for something waterproof and heat/chemical resistant.

Charles Bosse
11th July, 2011 @ 03:22 pm PDT

Too gimmicky.

Slowburn
12th July, 2011 @ 12:22 am PDT

I found something on Amazon that appears to be the same or highly similar product, available in USA, for a better price:

http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Digital-Measuring-Cup-Scale/dp/B002E1AVTI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310710588&sr=8-1

Maybe they've licensed it to a U.S. manufacturer?

alcalde
14th July, 2011 @ 11:18 pm PDT
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