Kitchen Timers

Reach for these clocks when every second counts.

kitchen timers

1) OXO Good Grips Analog Timer
(For the budget cook who bakes lots of casseroles)
UPSIDE No battery required; easy-to-use dial; easy-to-read angled face; nonslip bottom.
DOWNSIDE Only clocks up to 1 hour; alarm only sounds for 15 seconds.

2) Polder Digital Rotary Timer
(For the cook who doesn't want to be tied to the kitchen)
UPSIDE Easy-to-read LCD display; easy-to-use dial; counts up after alarm sounds; neck strap for hands-free use.
DOWNSIDE Requires a magnetic surface to stand upright.

3) West Bend Triple Timer with Clock
(For the cook who has multiple burners going)
UPSIDE Also functions as a clock; three timers, each with a distinct alarm; programmable for hours, minutes and seconds; counts up after alarm sounds.
DOWNSIDE Expensive; small buttons can be inconvenient for big hands; magnet affixed to the back came unglued.

4) Orka Egg Timer
(For hard-boiled-egg fans)
UPSIDE Also functions as a clock; easy-to-use digital dial; counts up once alarm sounds.
DOWNSIDE Flimsy plastic construction; reset button is on bottom.

5) CDN Extra Big Digit Timer
(For the cook with less than 20/20 vision)
UPSIDE Large, easy-to-read display; counts up after alarm sounds; last-count recall.
DOWNSIDE Must hold minute or second key down for a while to set time.


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*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in March 2009.