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Fox Run Retro Kitchen Timer with Magnet, Red
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- 60 Minute mechanical timer
- Retro Styling
- Magnetic back
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1 Turn Clockwise to 60
2 Turn counterclockwise to the number of minutes required
3 A bell will ring when the minutes have elapsed.
I suspect that all the previous negative reviews of this timer are from people that did not actually read the back of the package, simply assuming that you start by setting it clockwise to the minutes desired. It's an easy mistake to make, but hardly fair to dock the product rating due to user error.
The fox retro run timer that I received is solidly made, reliable, and rings clearly and pleasantly when the minutes are up. I love the magnetic backing that allows me to post it on the fridge or anywhere there's metal. It fits in perfectly with my 50s-themed kitchen. Well worth the price!
The first one I received from Amazon would stop ticking even though I followed directions for turning the dial past the 55-minute mark and then setting it to the number of minutes I wanted. I would set it at 30 minutes or 45 minutes and it would tick briefly, then stop. But it was accurate at shorter times of 5 or 10 minutes; it would tick down and the bell would go off.
Due to its unreliability, I returned it to Amazon for an exchange of the same model. That one had the same defect.
This time I contacted the manufacturer, Fox Run Craftsmen. They sent me a replacement that has worked beautifully!
My advice is, if you get one that doesn't work, contact Fox Run Craftsmen for a replacement.
Now that I have a working one, let me say it is the cutest kitchen gadget ever! I like the fire engine red color! The size is depicted accurately as "actual size" in the photo at just about 3 inches in diameter, so it is small. The magnet is strong. It looks great on my refrigerator!
Recommended. (With above caveats.)
To use this timer properly you must wind it ALL THE WAY TO 55 FIRST then dial it back to whatever time you want it to count down from. It says this on the back of the box, but it can be easy to miss.
EDIT (3/17/2013): I had to reduce the rating to 2 stars. The first reason was because the metal ring around the dial came off. It was glued on and the glue became weakened and wouldn't hold the ring on anymore. Second, the backing that displays the time remaining is made of paper. If the paper is exposed to steam it will wrinkle and deform, which is what has happened to my timer. If this were a higher-quality timer the manufacturer would have used better parts like a metal backing instead of paper. This still gets 2 stars because timer mechanism continues to work fine, but the ornamental parts are not good quality.
It works perfectly by keeping extrememly accurate time. It passed the cookie baking test with flying colors. The magnetic backing is perfect for sticking to any surface at any angle.
The ad for this timer isn't specific and pictures it in a way that implies it is much larger than it actually is. Be aware that it is small, which works for my tiny workspace.
Overall, I am very pleased with my cute little retro timer!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think it's unfair to the company that many store sell these clocks out of package already on display! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Benjamin Szafran
Love this little timer. Not durable if it falls, so be careful who handles it. Would replace it though if it breaks again, really comes in handy hanging on the fridge. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Leeandfam
This doesn't actually chime when the alarm is ready. I've made the mistake several times of setting it and forgetting about it and having food burn because the alarm doesn't go... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a nice looking timer, seems to work okay, but the clear plastic cover falls off. For a timer that is magnetic, so designed to be used in a vertical position, this is not... Read morePublished 1 month ago by NKM