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Jun 19, 2006 08:01 PM

Great kitchen timer?

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I have two kitchen timers and hate them both. I want big numbers, intuitive inteface, hour and minutes buttons, and I never want to have to hit "two buttons at the same time" to do anything. That is just dumb design. Thougths?

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  1. I agree with all your assertions...especially the two button thing...who thought that was a good idea?
    If you find a good one, please post...I haven't.

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    1. re: Aaron

      I've had an old, classic, blue plastic timer for years and it works fine.

      It has a big dial on the front and ticks down to the end and then dings. Not exactly high-tech or tres elegant, but it keeps on working.

      Of course, it only does an hour at a time.

      1. re: oakjoan

        I have three timers in my kitchen:

        One on the oven, which for some reason I never use unless the other two are in use. Too many buttons, and it has an annoying beep.

        One that's literaly an egg timer. As in it's shaped like an egg. It only goes up to one hour, but I find myself reaching for it all the time. It has a loud but short ding, which is perfect for reminding me about things like water boiling in the kitchen or rice on the burner. I almost always put five or ten minutes on it when I step out of the kitchen because I know I'll be distracted wandering around the apartment and forget I'm cooking. Very useful, $5 or less at Target, and cute (not that that matters).

        The third timer is the one that came with my Polder probe thermometer. I use it a lot for dishes that need to be in the oven for over an hour. It does have the push two at once feature, though, but I don't find it as annoying as others seem to.

        Long story short, I agree with oakjoan that the old fashioned, no frills, twist-to-set timers are the most handy.

    2. I have a Taylor timer. It is a clock, timer, and stopwatch. There are several buttons, but you only punch one at a time. It goes up to 23 hours and 59 minutes on the timer. It dings until you shut it off. I have a love/hate relationship with gadgets. This is very simple to use.

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      1. re: Janet
        Dave Westerberg

        Is this the one you have?--this looks like the ticket for me. Thanks. Though, I'm also going to get a wind-up timer too. I have not used on in years, but they ARE great, especially for the "roughly half an hour" and "remind me to check and see if the the water is boiling" kind off timing.
        Thanks everyone.


        1. re: Dave Westerberg

          This is a simpler version of mine. I have the clock and stopwatch also, which I have never used.

      2. It's not sold as a kitchen timer, but my little Radio Shack timer has held up surprisingly well particularly since I have a tendency to drop it. (Through no design fault or flaw, the battery's half held in with tape at this point but the timer still works fine.)

        It has a clock, two timers, times up 99 hrs + 59 minutes and will also function as a count-up timer/stopwatch timer. I don't know what you mean by big numbers, but these are about 3/4". The alarm is very noticeable without being unusually annoying.I don't know if the model numbers are still the same, but this one is 63-884A.