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Amco Advanced Performance Measuring Spoons
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- Set of 4 measuring spoons - 1 Tbsp, 1 Tsp, 1/2 Tsp, 1/4 Tsp
- 18/10 Stainless Steel
- Single-piece construction eliminates the weld for enhanced strength and hygiene
- Ergonomically designed for maximum comfort and to balance on the counter
- Attractive styling
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This set of 4 measuring spoons combine beauty with functionality. Single-piece construction of the heaviest gauge 18/10 stainless steel eliminates the weld for enhanced strength and hygiene. Each tool is ergonomically designed for maximum comfort and to balance on the counter. The set includes the four most commonly called-for measurements: 1 tbsp, 1 tsp, 1/2 tsp, and 1/4 tsp.
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But there are two issues that I have with these spoons:
* They are very shallow (at least compared to other measuring spoons I've owned). The "bowl" portion of the spoon isn't a hemisphere -- it's much "flatter" than that. To compensate, the diameters of the spoons are larger, making them harder to fit into small openings (e.g. spice bottles). In fact, the 1 tsp measure will not fit into most of my spice bottles, which is disappointing.
* The finish of these spoons is a bit rough around the edges. In fact, all of the edges on the spoon (in particular on the handle) can actually feel a bit sharp. Mind you, it's not sharp to the point that you'll cut yourself, but it's much less comfortable to hold than if they had polished those edges smooth.
In the end, I like my older, cheaper set of spoons better -- they're "rounder" and feel better in the hand even though they are thinner and bend more easily.
The AMCO Advanced measuring cups and spoons are great. They are made with high quality thick 18/10 stainless steel. The steel is more than 1 mm thick, so they are heavy and sturdy. Each cup or spoon is made from a single-piece steel (no weld nor seam), so it is very easy to clean - a simply wipe will do. The size/volume markings are engraved into the metal, so they will not fade. I have uploaded a picture of a 1-cup for customer image. These tools should last you a lifetime.
Comparing to typical measuring cups, these cups are shorter and wider, which allow them to balance nicely on a flat surface. The ends of the spoon handles are bended downward, so the spoons can sit nicely on a flat surface. This comes handy from time to time, more so for cooking than baking - in my experience.
I feel there is a need to address some of the negative reviews here. While I agree with many of them, I do not experience some of the more detrimental ones.
I find my cups and spoons to be reasonably accurate. I used a graduating cylinder to measure the 1 cup because its filled weight exceeds the limit of the analytical balance. For the 1 cup which should equal to 236mL, I measured a volume of ~222mL. This is a -6% deviation. For the rest of the cups and spoons, I filled them with water and poured the water into a container for weight measurement. The weight is then converted back to volume via "1 gram of water = 1 mL of water". (These measurements were acquired from an analytical scale in a laboratory. These analytical scales are routinely calibrated and are more accurate than the typical kitchen scales.)
For the ½ cup (118mL), I measured a volume of 111.5mL (a -6% deviation).
For the 1/3 cup (79mL), I measured 84.8mL (+7%).
For the ¼ cup (59mL), I measured 61.8mL (+5%).
For the 1 tablespoon (15 mL), I measured 14.0mL (-7%).
For the 1 teaspoon (5mL), I measured three times and the averaged volume is 4.7mL (-6%).
For the ½ teaspoon (2.5mL), I measured 2.5mL (0%).
For the ¼ teaspoon (1.25mL), I measured 1.4mL (+12%).
Specifically, the 1 teaspoon measurement was repeated three times. The individual results were: 5.2mL, 4.5mL, and 4.3mL. This illustrates the variability introduced by a user -- human error. These cups and spoons appear to be adequate for ~10% accuracy.
I find the cups and spoons have smooth surface, and did not find any rough edge or surface as mentioned by other reviewers.
Now I will confirm some of the negative reviews. Yes, these cups and spoons are heavier than any I have seen. They are about 2-3 times heavier. Due to the fact that the cups are wider, you may also have difficulty to get them into containers with small opening. This is especially so for the 1-cup, which is 3-7/8 inches wide (I have upload a customer picture of it). Because the cups are shorter and wider, the potential for measurement error is higher. Imagine you have a tall bottle and a flat bowl. If you are 1 cm off from filling up the tall bottle, the relative error will be minor. However, if you are 1 cm off from filling up the flat bowl, the relative error will be large. Since these cups are about ½ the height of other cups, the potential human error is about 2-fold higher. One may say, these cups and spoons are technically accurate, but the potential human error is magnified.
*Update on Jun 26, 2010* Everything is working fine. Nothing is broken.
Fact is that the Amco Advanced Performance measuring spoons are solid, sturdy and accurate. They have a comfortable handle and since the back of the handle is slightly bent you can set the spoon down without spilling the contents.
However I didn't think that they were THAT shallow which also means that they are a lot wider than my old spoons. The problem I am facing now is the that those darn spoons won't fit in any of my spice jars which never used to be an issue before.
So beware - if you usually stick your measuring spoons in the spice jars you won't be able to do that with those. You may want to order the narrower spice measuring spoons which are also sold here on Amazon.
Bottom line: I love them for their design and their quality but I can't use them the way I had intended on using them because they are way to wide to fit in my spice jars.
A good looking product, but not worth owning.
I also purchased the measuring cups that match these. They were a bit pricey and I usually don't buy matching sets, but the quality and looks sold me.
I research a lot of my kitchen tools before buying, but measuring cups and spoons are just not that special enough to nitpick over functionality. Buy these because they are high quality and good looking.