Best Kitchen Timers

The 10 Best Kitchen Timers in 2019

Although an app could easily replace the humble kitchen timer, unlike our tablet or phone, the kitchen timer will usually survive a heavy coating of chicken fat or cookie dough. And even though most kitchen appliances now have built in timers, you do need to stay nearby to hear them go off, so at least by using a separate kitchen timer, you have freedom to move around the home while cooking. Kitchen timers are also multipurpose, useful for monitoring homework sessions, play times, photography or craft projects and many other tasks in or around the home.

There are two main types of timer, mechanical or digital and in this review, we will look at some of the bestsellers of both types. We also look at differences between the types and what some of the key features are that you should consider when choosing the best kitchen timer for your cooking needs and your home.

​Best Pick

Wrenwane Digital Kitchen Timer

Is the Wrenwane digital kitchen timer with its large LCD display and 99 minute count-up and countdown function.

​Budget Pick

Habor Digital Kitchen Timer

Is the Habor digital kitchen timer with its loud alarm and 24 hour count-up or countdown timer.


1. ​Wrenwane Digital Kitchen Timer  

Highlighted Features

  • 99 minute and 59 second countdown or count-up timer
  • Easy to read display visible from all angles

The Wrenwane digital kitchen timer has a large display visible from all angles. It has a count-up and countdown timer that can be set up to 99 minutes and 59 seconds. It has a fixed hook for hanging up, or it can be attached by its magnet to a surface. It is also freestanding by using its retractable stand. It takes one AAA battery (not included) and has an audible alarm when timing completes.

​Pros

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    Countdown or count-up timer
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    Large display
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    Freestanding or wall mountable

​Cons

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    Alarm speaker may too quiet if timer is hung up or fastened using magnet, as the speaker is on the rear of the product

2. Habor Digital Kitchen Timer 

Highlighted Features

  • 24 hour timer and clock with loud audible alarm
  • Freestanding, hanging or mountable blue timer

The large LCD display blue Habor digital kitchen timer has a 67-94 dB audible alarm. It can be set for either counting-up or counting down for a period of up to 24 hours. It comes ready to use with one AAA battery and it has a 12 hour or 24 hour clock mode. You can attach this timer to a surface by its magnet, hang up or leave freestanding. It also has a lifetime warranty with it.

​Pros

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    24 hour count-up or countdown timer
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    Lifetime warranty

​Cons

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    Takes time to set the timer for counting down as you need to hold down buttons until you reach the correct time

3. The Miracle TimeCube Timer

Highlighted Features

  • Cubed timer with preset times that activates by turning the cube
  • Flashing light marks countdown and audible alarm sounds when completed

The Miracle TimeCube timer is a cubed design that you turn to the time that you want the timer to run for. When the timer nears its countdown, its light blinks faster to act as a warning. An audible alarm also sounds when time is reached.

​Pros

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    Turn cube face upwards and timer starts

​Cons

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    ​Only has preset times so may not be fully functional as a precision kitchen timer

4. OXO Good Grips Triple Timer 

Highlighted Features

  • Triple timer and clock with soft and easy-press number buttons

With three 100 hour timers, the OXO Good Grips triple timer is designed for longer and multiple cooking timings. All three timings show on its angled LCD display and when timers are not in use, it functions as a clock. The buttons are soft and easy-press and it has non-slip feet to keep it in position on the countertop.

It has a quiet audible alarm and comes ready to use with two AAA batteries. Some users may find that this timer does not have as longer lifespan as expected; particularly with heavy use.

​Pros

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    Triple 100 hour timer
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    Timings set through number keys

​Cons

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    Alarm tone may be too quiet for some users

5. Taylor Precision Products Kitchen Timer 

Highlighted Features

  • Four timer 24 hour and 59 minute model with mini whiteboard
  • Each timer has a different alarm tone

The Taylor Precision Products Kitchen Timer has four 24 hour and 59 minute timers and a small whiteboard to allow you to jot down each cooking item next to its timer. This timer can either be freestanding or wall mounted. Each of the four timers has a different audible alarm.

This timer does have small buttons, which some people may struggle setting and the magnetic attachment has limited strength on a vertical surface. The timer comes with two AAA batteries, meaning that it is ready to use.

​Pros

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    Four timers with different alarms
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    Has a mini whiteboard to note down what foods are cooking

​Cons

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    Magnetic attachment is low strength

6. Senbowe Digital Kitchen Timer 

Highlighted Features

  • Five pack of large display 99 minutes and 59 seconds kitchen timers

This 5 pack of Senbow digital kitchen timers have large LCD displays and audible alarms. They can either attach to a magnetic surface or stand on the countertop. These timers count down from 99 minutes and 59 seconds or can count-up. These use AG13 batteries, which are included with the timers, although users may find buying new batteries costlier than the more traditional AAA batteries.

​Pros

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    Large LCD display and audible alarm
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    Five pack for multiuse

​Cons

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    Uses AG13 batteries instead of AAA

7. Browne (1929) 60 Minute Long Ring Timer

Highlighted Features

  • 60 minute white mechanical timer with audible ring

The Browne 60 minute mechanical timer has an audible ring that lasts for 18 seconds when timing is complete. It is a white timer designed to sit on the countertop.

​Pros

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    Mechanical timer

​Cons

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    Quiet ring

8. eT-26 Digital Kitchen Timer 

Highlighted Features

  • 99 minutes and 59 seconds count-up or down timer and clock

Counting up or down to 99 minutes and 59 seconds, the eT-26 digital kitchen timer has an audible alarm and a clock display. Suitable for free standing or magnetic attachment, it also has an unconditional lifetime guarantee and comes with one battery for use and a second, spare battery.

​Pros

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    99 minutes and 59 seconds digital timer
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    Comes with unconditional lifetime guarantee

​Cons

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    Loud beeping tone when you press keys to set timer

9. Chef’s Quad Timer 

Highlighted Features

  • Four 24 hours count-up or down timers and clock
  • Buttons and dial for easier setting

The Chef’s quad timer has four 24 hour timers and two of these show on the large LCD display at any one time. This model uses buttons and a dial for easy setting and has a batch cooking function for use with repeat timings, such as batches of cookies.

As well as an audible alarm, the four timers also have an LED and when timers count down these are red and when it reaches target time, the light changes to green. Although these lights are useful, they also help drain the two AAA batteries faster.

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    Batch cooking function for repeat timings
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    Four timers with audible alarm

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    Shorter battery life than comparable products

​10. Kikkerland Vintage Streamline Timer 

Highlighted Features

  • Vintage style blue mechanical kitchen timer

The blue Kikkerland Vintage Streamline timer is a 55 minute mechanical timer. When it reaches zero, it rings twice, although some users may find that the ring is too short or even too quiet. It also needs winding to 55 minutes before the actual time is set, otherwise it will not work properly.

​Pros

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    55 minute mechanical timer

​Cons

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    Ring may be too quiet for some users

Things to Consider Before Buying the Product

Mechanical and Digital Timers

Mechanical timers are the more traditional timer, which you work by turning part of the timer to the time needed. It then counts down, usually with an audible tick, until it reaches zero and then the ringer goes off.

These timers are sometimes available with larger digits for those with limited vision and this type of timer is much easier to use than programming a digital timer. The main disadvantage with mechanical timers is that their time limit is usually 60 minutes maximum.

Electronic timers usually have a longer time range than mechanical timers, often up to 24 hours, or some may even run to 99 hours. They tend to also have a clock function, but digital timers can be more awkward to program than a mechanical timer and batteries may sometimes run down during timing. They are usually freestanding or can be wall mounted.

Features of Kitchen Timers

Kitchen timers usually have greater resistance to moisture, are more durable than other electronics and easy to wipe clean after use.

They can also be more versatile, particularly those models which offer the ability to set multiple timers.

Having a large and bright LCD display makes reading easier when across the kitchen and a timer should have an audible alarm that is loud enough for your needs.

If the timer has buttons to set it with, then these should be easy to press and large enough for you to press comfortably.

The timer should remain stable when placed on the countertop or fastened to an appliance by a magnetic fastener. Some users also prefer models with a hanging hook, as you can pop it around your neck and not worry about leaving the timer at the end of the yard when taking out the trash.

Timing Ranges

Most kitchen timers measure hours and minutes, but if you do need precision timing, then it can be helpful to choose a timer with seconds also. Longer range digital timers may also be necessary for tasks such as slow smoking or slow cooking meats.

A timer will often count-up as well, which can be useful to see how long something takes to cook and it may also an auto count-up function. This means that if you have missed the alarm go off when the timer finished counting down, you can see how long ago it went off.

Many digital timers will require you to scroll through time by repeatedly pressing a button to get to the time you want. This can sometimes be a pain if you overshoot the time and so must start over.

Direct entry timers have numerical keypads which mean you can enter your timings precisely.

Conclusion

Whether you prefer the simplicity of the mechanical timer, or a multifunction digital timer, we hope that this review has given you some things to consider as to what is the best type of timer for you and your home.

Using a kitchen timer not only offers freedom from having to stay near the kitchen when cooking, but also means that you cannot accidently damage your phone or tablet when using your timer app. Having the best kitchen timer to hand – or hung around your neck – also ensures that your cookies will be in the oven for exactly the time that they should be.

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