Polder 898-90 Clock, Timer & Stopwatch, White
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- Easy to use intuitive keypad programming and functions
- 12/24-hour clock
- Magnetically mountable, freestanding, or hanging from 36-inch strap
- Overtime feature after reaching your desired time, clock automatically begins counting up
- Includes: magnet on back for wall mounting, battery & 36 inch long neck strap
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One VERY useful feature, at least for this cook: the beeper goes on forever (well, exactly one minute) until one physically stops it. No more hearing the oven timer alarm and then promptly forgetting it.
One LITTLE nuisance: the magnet is necessarily on one end (the right end, away from the display), so that very quickly the device is hanging by its end rather than horizontally. This results in the display and touch-button array turned perpendicular and a bit harder to read or manipulate. A slightly stronger and/or even more elongated magnet would probably solve that. Is the manufacturer listening?
I bought this for my mother for Christmas, but since I cook far more than she does....
(Ten years later, early in 2011, and Mother is long dead; both timers still hang from my refrigerator and are used at least daily. I've put a new battery in each, but otherwise I've had no problems whatsoever. I add this because I was delighted to find the timer still for sale in a cooking supply catalogue. This is without doubt one of the best tools in my kitchen! Honorable mention to the 40+ year old Oster blender.) --bc
Uses I have found for the timer so far:
1. I wear it when I garden to tell me that it is time to come inside or apply more sunscreen.
2. I put it around my neck when I go for a walk. I am a numbers geek and like to chart my progress (time to cover a specific distance) so that I can see improvement. It is also nice to have a clock with you that isn't on your sweaty wrist.
3. I use it when I throw a load of laundry in the washer and/or dryer so that it doesn't sit too long and wrinkle. Having the timer around my neck makes certain that I don't get away from the timer and miss hearing "the beep".
4. I use the timer when I am proofing bread dough (again great not to miss the beep).
5. I play games with myself to increase my productivity. I give myself a particular block of time to work on a project I have been avoiding. I use the timer to tell me that time is up and I can stop if I want. It is amazing how much easier it is to start a project you hate when you know that you can stop when the timer goes off if you want to. It makes it easier for me to get those dreaded tasks accomplished more quickly.
6. If you are self employed or a consultant that bills by time this item is great. You can easily track how much time you spend on each task for each client. It is very efficient for tracking your billable time.Read more ›
Carrying it around is a great idea, though the string could be a little longer. Being able to press 5 0 1 0 for 50 minutes and 10 seconds (called direct time entry), instead of pressing the minute button fifty times (as most timers require) is fabulous!
One thing not mentioned in most reviewes is that all three functions operate simultaenously, that is you can time two functions at once, as well as look at the clock.
Highly, highly recommended.
Update June 2013: I am a professional cook, in a moderate-sized kitchen (normally 6-8 people working in it at once) of a catering company.
In the past two years, we have gone through a LOT of timers. We purchased a pair of $80 timers, each of which is capable of timing four things at once. Both broke within 18 months. We bought a $25 timer that allows direct time input (like this one) and it broke with 6 months. The company did replace it, but still ....
We now use three of these timers-one in hot food, and two in the cold food section. While they could be a little louder, they have all been working perfectly for more than a year, and everyone loves the direct time entry system. Great little units.
2016 Update: All three of these units still function perfectly. We have found that when the battery starts to die, the volume on the beeper drops off, so we now replace them about once a year, instead of waiting another 6 months for the batteries to die.
This timer is great because of its portability. However, there are a few very small ergonomic details that could be improved.
1. The buttons are very tiny.
2. When the alarm sounds, you cannot simply mash down on any button to get the beeping to stop, you have to press the very small stop button.
3. The button numbers are written next to the buttons instead of directly on the buttons, which causes me to occasionally associate a number with the wrong button.
I would certainly recommend this timer to others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm really sorry I bought this. I wear hearing aids and have trouble hearing the kitchen stove timer unless I'm in the kitchen. I thought this would be of benefit. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
the new ones with the "lock and unlock" are a pain! we ordered 2 and hate them. i would think a refund is in order and hope they have some of the old ones hanging around. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
My first Amazon.com purchase of a Polder 898-90 clock/timer/stopwatch was in May of 2005. I had been using them for years before that, purchased at higher prices in kitchen stores. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Tom Donaldson
I carry this with me all the time. I use it to time myself while doing household tasks (for focus) and even when I go to the track and drill with my kids.Published 17 days ago by Catherine
Worthless item. Very cheaply made and it does not work. The buttons do not register anything. It has a "locked" vs "unlocked" setting and I tried both in case... Read morePublished 19 days ago by JK
I liked the functions, but now my old ears can no longer hear the high frequency of the beeper.Published 21 days ago by John F. Herbster
I love this product. It's one of my favorite hostess gifts! The timer is easy to use and stays with you even if you leave the kitchen and get involved. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Patricia R. Johnson
I am always forgetting my laundry. With this nifty item I simply place it around my neck, set it, and voila - no more wrinkled clothes. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Allan W. Miller