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      23.08.2013 18:38
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      Not reliable enough for me to recommend this despite low price

      I love cooking but sometimes I don't get to spend as much time in the kitchen as I would like. So when I do get a chance to have a long baking session, I try to cram as much in as possible. This means I cook several things at once so in order for the whole experience not to descend into chaos, I banish all family members until washing up time, and secondly get out my kitchen timers so I can keep track of when I need to remove something from the oven e.t.c. I have several, because I often need to use more than one at once. My least favourite is the subject of today's review, because I have finally decided it must be retired permanently! This is the Kitchen Craft black and chrome wind up 60 minute timer which I have owned for approximately 2 years. I got it from an independent kitchenware shop. The same one is currently available on Amazon for £5.50 with free delivery at the time of looking.


      MECHANICAL MARVEL?

      The timer is a basic one that doesn't require batteries which in theory means it should last forever, or almost. Having said that, I have a Salter electronic digital timer too, and I don't think I have had to change the batteries in a couple of years. The Kitchen Craft timer is of the countdown type, as most are - in other words it shows you how much time is left before the bell will ring. It is what I would call slightly retro themed but it still looks modern. I think the black and chrome design would fit in with many kitchens which is just as well as I can't see any other colours listed. I wasn't bothered by the looks of my one as it stays in a cupboard when not in use. While it is out though, it takes up little room. It is round and tennis ball like in size. You do need to place it on a level surface to keep it working properly - I would pick somewhere at eye level if possible because if you pick it up to look at the dial, the timer can stop working briefly until it is back on the straight and narrow. There is a levelled off section on the base that stops it rolling away, providing you sit it down correctly. The dial is then turned slightly upwards which makes it easier to read. The numbers are clearly marked in periods of 5 minutes with lines in between to show 3 minutes, 2 minutes etc. It is very quick to set and starts working immediately, as you would hope!

      The case is black plastic, which does hide quite a few fingermarks. It is easy to wipe clean though and I wouldn't say that the timer looks anything less than good as new despite constant use. The dial you turn to set the time is chrome coloured but is still feels like it is made of plastic. The whole things feels a bit insubstantial and I have always felt that it wouldn't last long and sadly I was right.


      IS MY TIME UP?

      The timer ticks away like a slightly noisy clock but I wouldn't say it is loud enough to be seriously irritating. Recently, I have found the sound reassuring as I know it is still working. When things go well, the end of your time period is signalled by a clear ringing bell. This is quite loud but doesn't ring for more than a few seconds. If I am leaving something in the oven and not staying in the kitchen I use the long ringing electronic timer that I have which will wail for 20 seconds as there is a better chance I won't miss the ring.

      Now for when thins don't go well. I have found that this timer is not always reliable when counting down short periods of time - under 5 minutes. It sometimes fails to ring at all but makes a tiny buzz and then keep ticking for a few seconds before coming to a stop. This is liable to go unnoticed unless you are close to the timer, but when I am using the timer for such short periods of time, it is nearly always to time the removal of something like conditioner or a face mask rather than a cake so I am close to it. It doesn't inspire me with confidence despite the fact that up to recently, it has proved to be accurate over longer periods of time. Sometimes it just grinds to halt without even a buzz, typically at 2 minutes to go when it has been set for 3 or 4.

      The recent issues began when the timer was knocked to the floor by my dad's elbow. He caught it then dropped it again so it fell a total of about a metre onto a tiled floor. It didn't suffer any obvious outside damage - not even a crack which did impress me given how flimsy I thought it looked. Unfortunately, the timer has now ceased to work unless it is balanced at an angle tilting backwards. Placing it on its base means it will cease counting down so I have to wedge it in the right position.


      WOULD I RECOMMEND THE TIMER?

      I am not going to rate the timer down for working badly after we dropped it because I am sure that the makers would say they were not designed to be thrown to the floor and they are cheap. I do expect a timer to work accurately whether I want to time a period of 50 minutes or 3 minutes so as this one hasn't managed to do so with accuracy over the shorter timings, I don't feel I can rate it more than 2 stars. I wouldn't recommend that you purchase it, as I can see from browsing on Amazon and even in my local Tesco that there are other cheap timers available that must be worth a try.

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        10.09.2012 17:52
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        times to perfection

        I like to bake and used to guess the timing for my cakes and buns as they are roughly done in 15 to 20 mins for the buns or 45 mins for a fruit cake, but sometimes I would pop a cake into the oven then go off round the garden and forget about it.
        Then come back to a slightly over cooked cake, sometimes they would come out perfect and the family would say how good they were.

        When I saw this timer on Amazon I thought I'd buy it as then I could set the timer and it would go off at the right time and I could hear it in the garden if I put it on the windowsill of the kitchen, this way I now have perfect cakes timed to perfection every time I bake and my soft boiled eggs always turn out the way I want them.

        This costs £4.75 but you have to pay for postage but it's delivered to your door so you don't have to pay for petrol on a day trip out to buy one if you buy online, living rural I like to buy online, it's more convenient for me.

        This is a plastic timer and it times up to 60 minutes, which is ideal for my slow cooking of fruit cakes and soft ginger cakes that we all love.
        You just turn the dial to the number of minutes you want and the timer rings at the time to let you know its done.
        Simple as that.

        I have dropped this on the floor twice and it has survived and my grandson likes to turn the timer and play with this when he arrives and it has survived his little fingers more than once or twice , so I would say it's worth the money.

        I'm glad I bought it as it has saved me a few burned cakes in its time.

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        26.03.2012 10:37
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        Cheap and easy to break

        I bought this little timer because it was relatively inexpensive and I liked the way it looked. I already own quite a few kitchen craft products and have never had any problems with them so I assumed the same would be the case with this one. Unfortunately I only had the timer for a couple of weeks before it smashed into smithereens and had to be binned.

        The timer only cost me £4.99 so it wasn't a major buy but I was still disappointed with just how cheap and plasticky it actually felt.
        It is made from black plastic with a chrome wind up handle and it really does look stylish and the chrome against the black had a really nice modern look to it.

        The face of the timer has numbers which go up in increments of 5 from 0 to 60. In between each increment of 5 there are little dashes to indicate the minutes.
        To use the timer you just need to move the handle to the time you wish to measure and that's it. It will tick down until it reaches zero when it will buzz to tell you that it has finished its timing.

        The timer isn't the most practical item for timing anything intricate as it can be difficult to get it to an exact time and for this an electric timer would be much better but for measuring approximate times it does a fine job.

        The reason for my low score comes solely down to build quality. I had only had the timer for a couple of weeks when I dropped it. Now I didn't throw it and it was only a small drop which most things would be fine from but because it is made so cheaply it absolutely smashed to pieces and there was no saving it.

        Even though it was cheap I did expect a little better from kitchen craft so although it looks fantastic and does what it is supposed to because of this poor build quality I can't recommend it.

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        20.03.2012 01:56
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        Nice little timer for £5.

        Kitchen timers are not a necessary appliance in today's digitally minded world. In fact, most electronic devices from phones to cookers and fridges have digital displays displaying the time. Similarly, watches and clocks can be used within the cooking process just as easily as timers like this one to check when food should be taken out the oven or any other process is scheduled to occur. The advantage with this product is its reliability, and its stylish looks when sat on the kitchen work top. These items are more a novelty item now, but they still have their uses, aesthetic and functional.

        The device is made from a plastic material of decent quality. For just £5 you can have one of these small timers and for that you can't expect absolute solid quality and a durable/lasting material to match. The plastic does the trick, but if dropped onto a hard enough surface from waist height, I doubt this timer would survive. The revolving pointed is made from a medium quality chrome which gives off good light and spices up the device a bit, but again, it's not the best chrome in the world.
        The mechanism is smooth and allows for accurate pointing to specific minutes on the clock face.

        I have timed this device against a digital clock and it is 100% accurate. On the face are the minutes numbers 5 - 60, all the minutes in between are represented by little white dashes and these can be pointed to well by the pointer. The body of the timer sits nicely on any flat surface and doesn't roll very easily, but if it does roll and roll off the side onto a floor it might well smash under the pressure.

        All in all this is a very simple little device, more used as an ornament for the kitchen side than a useful item in today's kitchening world.

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        11.03.2012 21:42
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        A handy kitchen timer

        When I first moved out of my parents and lived on my own I discovered the daunting world of cooking for myself. For the first few weeks I lived off cereal and bread. After getting bored with that I turned to actual cooking. Unfortunately I was not very good. I either undercooked everything or nearly burnt my flat down. Due to this I thought it would be wise to get myself a timer.

        I found one on sale for just four pounds so I snapped it up. Kitchen Craft Wind-Up Timer appeared to be the ideal solution. It looked pretty snazzy as well. It is in a rounded shape with a sleek black casing. On the front is a large knob with a surrounding dial. The dial and the knob are in a shiny metallic colour and gleam against the black background. It is reasonable small in size and fits in ones palm. The size is good as it does not take up much space from my limited workspace. The device is quite light and the plastic feels a little flimsy. Saying that I have dropped it on a number of occasions and it still works fine two years down the line.

        The device is all done by a wind up mechanism. This is great as it does not have to be plugged in or run off batteries. I tend to not use battery powered devices after the battery dies as I am too lazy to replace them. All you have to do is wind the knob up to the desired time. The times are shown up the dial going up in increments of 5 minutes up to 60. I sometimes cook roast chicken and obviously the dial does not go up to enough time to cover the cooking time which is a bit annoying. Once the wound to you desired time the clock makes a slight ticking sound. A few minutes before the timer is up there will be a short ring which is great to alert you to check your food. When the time is back to zero a loud ringing sound will alert you to your food. The ring is of good volume and I can easily hear it from the next room.

        This was a great addition for me. Although my cooking is still shockingly bad at least I have not burnt my home down. At only four pounds this is a bargain and necessity for any forgetful cook.

        Ps. I also use this to wake me from power naps.

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        03.03.2012 19:32
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        A nice useful gadget

        I've never had a kitchen timer before, I never needed one or so I thought, but after a spell where I kept forgetting things in the oven or on the hob the last one resulting in me melting a small plastic saucepan I decided it was time to invest in one. I had a look on Amazon and added one to my last order. I didn't want to pay out a lot for one so in the end I bought the Kitchen Craft black and chrome timer. I was drawn to the colour of this one as it would blend into my colour scheme perfectly, I thought it looked quite stylish and at just under £5.00 the price was reasonable enough.

        The Kitchen Craft timer is made from black plastic and is approximately 6cm's wide and 6.5cm's high, it has a slightly rounded back and the front is flat. It looks a little bit like a tennis ball with the front taken off. The timer is mechanical so just need winding, there's no complicated digital settings to worry about. The winder is on the front of the timer and is a nice shiny silver colour, the timer goes up to 60 minuets and has a sort of clock face which is numbered every 5 minuets. The markings are clear and its easy to set any amount of time you want.

        The timer is very light and to be honest doesn't look that strong, in my opinion it wouldn't take much of a knock to break it but having said that mine has been rattling around in a drawer and hasn't come to any harm.

        I have been using my timer for a few weeks now and I have been really pleased with it. I have compared the timer to the actual time and it is accurate, so if I set it for 20 minuets it actually goes of in 20minuets. The timer has been such a useful little gadget for me, I'm always trying to do several things at once and often pop something in the oven and go of and do something else while its cooking, this is where the problem arises though as I often used to forget and only remember when a smell of burning crept around. With the timer I can do as many jobs as I like while cooking and be assured the timer will ring.

        Of course the timer doesn't have to be just for the kitchen, you can used it for anything you want to time, for example my Husband is doing a home course and had lots of revision to do. He used the timer to make sure he took a break. regularly while revising. Exercising is another thing where this may be useful too.

        If you are looking for a timer for any reason at all and want one that is easy to use and looks quite stylish too then I would certainly recommend the Kitchen Craft Timer, I've been really pleased with mine and no more melted pans!

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          25.02.2012 21:18
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          A cheap and stylish looking timer

          I am a little bit obsessed with kitchen items and my cupboards and drawers are full of things I buy thinking that they will make my life so much easier and then they just sit there never to be used again.
          My two favourite brands are Lakeland and Kitchencraft who both do load of useful and not so useful kitchen items and I own several products from the both of them.

          The wind-up timer costs around the £5 mark and for this you get a really stylish timer. There is nothing fancy about it but it does look good on my kitchen worktop and fits in well with my modern appliances.

          The timer is made from black plastic and the wind-up part is made from chrome. It does look quite expensive as long as you don't get too close to it because then you notice just how light and flimsy feeling it is. I wouldn't like it to drop on the floor as I am sure it would shatter into a thousand pieces.

          The face of the timer has the numbers 5 to 60 and in between them are little dashes to indicate the minutes so you can use it to time anything from one minute up to one hour.
          The wind-up timer part goes round the timer really smoothly.

          Other than looking good on my kitchen counter the thing I like best about this timer is just how loud the buzzer is. I can easily set the timer and go about my business and even if I am out of the room I know I am going to hear the timer. It actually buzzes for a short period before the specified end time so that you know that your food is going to be soon ready meaning that you can put down what you are doing and be ready to take it off the boil/out of the oven etc. This is a feature I really appreciate as it comes in really handy knowing that I have to be ready to go through and get my food especially if I haven't really been taking notice of the time.

          For me this kitchencraft wind-up timer is a great little product. It is cheap and yes the materials used in its construction show this but it does look good and as long as you are careful then it should last you a long time.

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          24.02.2012 17:57
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          A pretty decent timer from Kitchen Craft

          I used to have an egg timer in the shape of a chicken, it looked good, it was funky cheap and always worked well. I then dropped it and it smashed in to about 15 pieces which was a real shame! I wanted to replace it with something simple that fitted in well with my kitchen décor and this black & chrome timer was ideal for that.

          This is a black timer with a chrome dial. This is very simple to wind up and takes just a few seconds, it is a light timer which feels a little cheap. The timer does wind up well though and does not get stuck or stop at all, well it hasn't so far anyway. There is a rounded part to the back of this timer and the front is flat with an angle to it. The numbers are marked from 5 to 60 in increments of 5 and there are lines to mark each minute in between these increments. These numbers are well marked and have not begun to rub off despite several months usage. I also find the numbers quite simple to read even when I do not have my glasses on.

          This timer ticks quietly once it has been set which allows me to hear that the timer has been set and is working correctly. The ringer on this is very loud and I can hear it wherever I am in my home so I know when my pan has finished boiling. With five minutes to go there is a short bell that rings out to let me know that the timer is almost at its end and then once the timer has finished there is a longer burst that I always hear before it finishes.

          My oven has a clock on it and I use this to time how long something has been in the oven if I am going to be sitting in the room, however this is not much use if I am working around the home or doing some housework. This timer is loud enough for me to hear it wherever I am and while it feels flimsy it has not let me down so far. The price of this was just under £4.00 when I paid for it a few months back and I was very happy with this, it looks nice on the side in my kitchen and it works which really is all I need!

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          05.10.2011 22:00
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          This is a really simple timer but a really nice looking one that works well on my kitchen counter. We got it because it is black and matches my floor, workshop and cooker and I wanted something that was not too complicated or too big.

          The timer is round but has a flat front to it. The back part is the round part and this is what it sits on. The timer is wind up so it's incredibly easy to use, you do not have to plug times in or set it digitally, just just turn the nob to the desired time you need and off you go, it is set. THe knob on this timer is chrome and very easy to turn around, I have never had a problem with it getting stuck. To be honest the timer is a bit flimsy and plasticy feeling but it looks better than it feels and for just £5 what do you expect really.

          The timer has numbers on it, starting with 60 at the top and then it goes round in increments of 5 until it reaches the 60 at the top. The numbers then have little dashes in-between to indicate each minute so if you need to put the timer on for a specific number of minutes you can do so with this timer. THe numbers are clear and well written in a silver/chrome colour in keeping with the style of the timer and it stands out well against the black.

          ONce you have set the time the timer will make a ticking noise. It's a bit annoying if you are standing right next to it but it's not that loud. The nice thing is when the ringer does go off you can hear if from the other room so no buying the dinner. This timer will give you an approximate 5 minutes warning where it rings out to firstly tell you time is nearly up and then it will ring for longer once you have reached your specified time. I like this about the timer as the timer is always a good warning if I need to do something else before I get the food out of the oven.

          Overall, a cheap timer that looks nice and works well.

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