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Ding Dong = ding don't!
Pink Flower Bedroom Doorbell
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Pink Flower Bedroom Doorbell
Advantages: Girly, children love it
Disadvantages: Product design, extremely loud
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!
Summary: 2 stars
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