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At Christmas I was looking for stocking fillers for my daughters on Amazon, when I stumbled across this bedroom doorbell. Priced at £10, it was probably a little more than I wanted to spend on a stocking filler but I knew my eldest daughter would adore it and so I figured that for the novelty factor alone it would be worth it.
About to turn 7, my daughter seems to be swiftly moving from being my little baby girl, to wanting more independence and there are lots of 'I can do it myself now Mummy' (boo hoo!), so I like to make her feel grown up when I can. I occasionally (if I remember!) knock on her door before entering, so figured the doorbell would be a great novelty, and would allow her to feel grown up. As we were going on holiday on Boxing Day for a week, it wasn't until the New Year that we got chance to fit it and I must admit I was a little disappointed when we took it out of its packaging. The doorbell does look plasticky, but this was fine. The product itself was £10 and its aimed at fairly young children so I wouldn't have expected the earth quality wise, the problem for me, was the product design. It doesn't appear to have been very well thought out. Given that there was no product information on Amazon at all about the item, I had to take a chance on it and had assumed from the photo that the item was wireless. Unfortunately this isn't the case and has a wire connecting the bell to the speaker. Here lies the problem, I would assume using a little common sense, that the doorbell is to be used on the outside of the bedroom door, and the speaker is for use in the bedroom, but given that it has a wire connecting the two (and a short one at that), this option is pretty impossible as would require the wire to pass over the doorframe which then causes problems when trying to shut the door (and also poses safety issues with the weakening of the wire). Because of this design flaw, we had to opt for putting the doorbell and the speaker on the outside of the door which does look slightly unsightly I must admit (plus the wire).
So, the speaker and the doorbell are both on the outside of the door. This did annoy me slightly but hey ho, I'll have to deal with it. However, on top of this issue, you now have to deal with being absolutely deafened each and every time you press the bell! It's loud anyway but when it's right next to you, it's almost unbearable. I have been known to ration the amount of 'ding dongs'' each of my girls are allowed in one day (as you can imagine they were literally ringing it about 20 times an hour!).
Shaped as a flower, it is extremely girly, so the addition of the colours pink and purple only cement the fact that it is strictly for girls!
Requiring two AA batteries, I cannot wait for the day when the batteries run out!
I don't often dislike items of my daughters with so much venom, but this, I have to say, (along with the Furby that never shuts up), is one of them. Don't do it guys!
For Christmas 2012 like I do every year, I stalk Amazon for stocking fillers for my daughter for bits and bobs to go with her main presents. I came across this Bedroom Doorbell which I thought would be a great gift as she is forever having friends in and out of our house and would be fun for them all to use before entering her bedroom. However, with only one review commenting on how loud this is, I really didn't know what to expect in terms of quality due to its low price... but it looked a great novelty which I was sure my daughter would love and luckily for us the pink and purple shown on the online photo are the same colours as her bedroom.
The toy was delivered very quickly by a private seller on Amazon and arrived in the post well protected with no damage. The doorbell is protected by the same plastic covering on the picture and has 2 AA batteries included to use in this. I made the choice not to open this up to check if it was working and waited for my daughter opening this on Christmas morning - thankfully there was no issues and worked perfectly.
As previously mentioned there was very little information on the product information on Amazon and with only 1 customer review with again very little information I had no idea on what to expect with this. I did hope from looking at the picture the doorbell button was wireless to the speaker as this is what it seems to show in the picture. In actual fact the two are connected by a 1M white wire which was a bit of a let down in my opinion as I wanted to install the button outside her room and the speaker inside - due to the shortness of the wire and the fact it had a wire in the first place this was now impossible to do without overlapping the doorframe and causing issues opening the door itself. Due to this let down I had the doorbell installed on my daughters bedroom door itself with the button at the bottom for her to reach and connected to the speaker further up the door. You can easily hook up both to a wall or a door using hooks as there is an opening in the back of both parts to be held up this way.
In terms of appearance, as previously mentioned are primary pink and purple. When you look close up the plastic casings which protect the insides are actually transparant and you can see the wires inside. Some items the transparentness would look very cheap and nasty but in my opinion works well on this doorbell. The main part of the toy - the speaker - is shaped like a flower which is perfect for any little girl.
Both parts of the doorbell are made out of plastic and although not the thickest plastic in the world looks durable as long as its hung up and placed correctly as I suspect if someone was to stand on this / it drops off a bedroom door or wall it will be very easily broken. The doorbell button is quite firm to push and not flimsy like I expected it to be and to date we have had no issues of connectivity problems between the button section and the speaker... as the other review said on Amazon - this is a very loud door bell... which is either a good or bad thing depending on the person who has to listen to it... If like me, you have an overexcited child who continuously presses the button it can be very annoying! The sound which comes from it is a very high pitched "Ding Dong!" and with one press of a button it repeats this noise twice before stopping. The review on Amazon noted that due to the loudness of the device they had moved it outside to a garden playhouse so you can also use it for this purpose... however I can't comment on how it holds up in wet conditions as ours is indoor.
Terms of durability we have had this on her bedroom door over a month and its very much still alive and had no battery changes to date which is surprising as you are only sent cheap batteries with the purchase which you don't expect to last long and also when I take into account how often my daughter and her friends use this and how much I have been driven crackers by the noise!
The only thing that has really let this toy down for me is the fact that its wired and not wireless but due to the low price I think I was expecting too much and its really not that much of an issue! In all I would recommend this toy - if you feel you can cope with the noise!!
I havent seen this in any shops but you can buy this on Amazon for just £10 with free delivery.
I had this pink flower doorbell as a child for Christmas. I was really excited about it as it was from Father Christmas and I couldn't wait to get it up and show my family and friends.
It is an attractive looking doorbell which is made from plastic, it is a see through pink colour with a purple centre (both of my favourite colours). There is a large pink flower which is where the sound comes from and a small flower which has the button of the doorbell. These two flowers are attached by a short wire.
To attach these to a door is easy. You either hang it on a nail from the hook on the big flower or stick it using a sticky foam square. That is how the little flower is stuck on. As the two flowers are attached it means the wire will be between the door and door frame when closed. This didn't make it hard to shut my door but it may for others.
Often I found the little flower would fall off the door and so was hanging off the wire. In the end this broke off completely and the doorbell no longer worked. As this was years ago I am not sure how long it lasted but I don't think it was very long.
Although the smaller flower kept falling and hitting the door it never scratched or cracked the plastic. This shows that it is made of a strong good quality plastic which it may not look like from the picture.
I always used to like it when people would ring the doorbell before entering my room but even as a child I thought it was incredibly loud. If it was rung the whole house could hear (and i'm not joking). Everyone that heard it commented on the volume.
It was easy to ring as you just press the middle of the small flower. You don't even have to push it too hard, it is probably too easy too push and so sometimes it would ring a couple of times at once.
The doorbell requires two AA batteries which are provided. They are put into the back of the large flower which is easy to do but I think you need a screwdriver to get in to the battery compartment. I never needed to change these batteries when I had the doorbell which is good.
This is meant for a bedroom door but it could be on any, I suppose it doesn't even have to be on a door, but it states bedroom because I don't think it would be safe for outdoors.
This doorbell is very girly and is a nice idea but it could do with a volume control. The only other issue I have with the doorbell is the wire stuck between the door as I don't think it is practical.
It can be bought from amazon for £10 which is a reasonable price for a toy doorbell. If only it was quieter.