About

  • Type: Measures
  • Color: Silver
  • Weight: 2 lb 10 oz
  • Made In: China
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Dimensions: 7-3/4" x 4-1/4" (bowl); 7-1/2" x 3-1/2" x 2-1/2" (nested cups); 5-1/4" x 1-3/4" x 3/4" (nested spoons); 4-1/4" x 1/2" x 3/8" (nested specialty spoons)
  • Composition: stainless steel
  • Manufacturer: Cook's Choice

Ambitions

Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not especially neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ

Utility/Quality

Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet green
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket

Packaging

Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive

Economy

Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Beats the old way: worse no change better definitely entirely new
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop elsewhere

Summary

Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments: It’s like someone has done all the shopping for you. Technically this is three sets (measuring cups and two sets of measuring spoons) with one small addition (a 1.5-quart bowl), but sold as one collection, so you won’t have to shop for measures for a long, long time (unless you start losing pieces).

The measuring cups (1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/4 cup, and 1/8 cup) and the standard spoons (1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, 1/4 teaspoon, and 1/8 teaspoon) are particularly sturdy. Drop them on the floor and you’ll probably hurt the floor more than the cup or spoon. The 3-spoon set of dash, smidgen, and pinch are more substantial than many measuring spoons, but we doubt they’ll see much heavy duty action, anyway. The solid stainless steel mixing bowl measures from one-half through one to one-and-a-half in either quarts (2 cups, 4 cups, and 6 cups) or liters.

The spoons are shiny on both sides of the handle and the outside of the bowl, with a matte finish inside. We don’t know if this is meaningful in the rarefied world of measuring, but it looks and feels cool.

Stainless steel rings connect both sets of spoons, as well as the measuring cups, which you’ll want to ditch immediately. The cups are simply too heavy to be used effectively when linked to each other.

If you are furnishing a kitchen from scratch – or know someone else who is – this set will provide a great head start and keep you (them) measuring for many years.