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Amco Color Alert Timer

by Amco
3.1 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews
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  • 3 Vibrant colors allow monitoring with one quick glance across the room
  • Turn on and timer blinks green; blinks yellow with 10 minutes remaining; blinks red with 1-minute remaining
  • 60-Minute timer
  • Audible alert
  • 2-AAA batteries included
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Product Description

Amco Houseworks, an award-winning brand, has been making cooking and cleaning easier since the 1970s. It's a commitment that's earned it the love and respect of professional and home cooks around the world. Amco Houseworks creates quality, innovative, stylishly designed kitchen tools and accessories that help people enhance the quality of their cooking and entertaining.  Amco Houseworks uses commercial grade stainless steel to craft its top quality kitchen utensils and accessories. We specialize in combining precision and performance to create stylishly designed premium kitchen tools. Our products are innovative, are intuitive and easy to use for the cooking enthusiast.  This Amco color alert timer has 3 vibrant colors that allow monitoring with one quick glance across the room. To use, turn on the timer and it blinks green. It blinks yellow with 10 minutes remaining and blinks red with 1-minute remaining. It features a 60 minute timer with an audible alert. 2-AAA batteries are included.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0053F7Y8S
  • Item model number: 8835
  • Batteries 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,298 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Customer Reviews

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I bought this to serve as a timer for our son's video gaming. He's a special needs kid and the visual cues on the timer were a great idea to help him realize the progress of the timer and to catch his attention. Unfortunately, it didn't work properly almost from the beginning. It would randomly stop counting down, then would sometimes start back or just quit entirely. After a short time, it even quit lighting up at all. I would definitely recommend looking elsewhere for a good (or even workable) timer which is a shame, because the color cues were such a great idea for our needs.
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The color changes help my 11 and 8 yr. old boys, but it only does a short ding and it's done. I like it. I just wish the bell was louder or longer.
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I love this timer. I'm a piano teacher and I set it and place the timer where my student can see it. It keeps the young ones from asking me every 30 seconds how much time is left! But, the thing is devouring batteries. Am I doing something wrong, is this a fluke, or does it really need new batteries every week? It's manual, so it's not coming on in the briefcase like some do. But after just a couple of days, the lights don't work...that pretty much negates the purpose of this timer. They work fine with a new battery. Other than that, I would give it five stars, because it does exactly what I want. I'd appreciate any insight anyone has to offer.

Update 6-20-2012
I replaced both batteries in this timer at the same time, and it has worked well for over four weeks now. I had never seen two separate battery compartments, and I could not get one of them opened, so I assumed it was one of those "Not to be opened by consumer" things. Eventually, I decided to force the second battery cover to open because the thing was useless as it was. After I started fresh with new batteries in both compartments, it worked well. The battery cover wasn't damaged when I opened it, it was just really stuck for some reason. I am very happy with this timer, and my piano students love it.
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If Apple made timers, it would be the color alert timer. I've always been a proponent of simplicity and this timer takes it to another level. I'm not the worlds greatest cook so having the yellow 10 minute warning and flashing red 2 minute light makes baking and cooking in the oven so much simpler for me. No more burnt dishes! I also appreciate the smooth and easy to clean design so food and smudges get wiped away easily. I recommend this product to anybody that wants to improve their kitchen skills.
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My son is having difficulty learning how to manage his time well so I bought him this timer to give him an obvious visual cue when he is running out of time to get something done. I tried standard kitchen timers before but he wouldn't really notice them running out. This one works wonders for him! The flashing light is just perfect for getting his attention and unlike other timers, this one makes it obvious when he's under 10 minutes and when he's under 1 minute. If I set this timer I can pretty much count on him finishing what he needs to do on time and he thinks it is fun to try to beat the timer and be done before it is red! I haven't used it in the kitchen at all but I highly recommend this timer to anyone with small children who need a little help with time management!

EDIT: I just noticed other reviewers talking about issues with the timer not turning back all the way to 60. I don't think mine does either (about 57 probably) but I've never worried about that because I don't tend to set it for longer than 45 minutes. I am pretty sure mine does stay yellow for the 10 minutes it is supposed to as well so perhaps the other reviewers got defective ones? I don't know about using it for cooking if you are concerned about that but for my purposes it has worked out perfectly!
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One of my daughters has attention deficit disorder and staying on track in the mornings is a nightmare. I gave her 3 options to choose from in ordering a timer "just for her". She chose this one, and we love it. The siblings love it as well. We use it in the mornings to pace themselves in 15 min increments for jobs, and again in the afternoon off the bus. Would like to have had a fourth color for five minute warning, but we will take what we can get. IT works well for our family of 6. We did already have to change the battery, so not sure how often we will have to do that, but if it keeps my very active crew on track, it is well worth it!! 10-2012, update... winding part of timer has quit working... guess it didn't hold up to my kids :(
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By Lirpa Leon on September 1, 2012
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Supposed to have a sound option. I used a timer to time this...doesn't keep actual time. Sending back! Very disappointed.
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By Sar on September 14, 2012
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I actually love this timer for our kids transitions. It eliminates argument for bed because it allows them to see the changing colors vs. verbal warnings. I wonder if the other reviews had problems because they did not change the battery. It does stop working when the battery gets low.
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