10 Best Timer Kitchens
for January 2023

Timer kitchens, also known as countdown kitchen, are kitchen gadgets that count down cooking times, and are great for cooks who tend to forget how long something takes to cook. Timer kitchens come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from digital countdown timers to analog timers, and can even be built into a stove or oven.

Timer kitchens work by counting down cooking times, and can be programmed to start cooking once a certain temperature is reached or a preset amount of time has passed. They're perfect for cooks who tend to forget about how long something takes to cook, and for when you're cooking a meal for a group of people. Timer kitchens are especially helpful for cooks who tend to overcook or undercook their food, and for cooks who tend to forget how long something takes to cook.

Our testers in the Different Guide have tested dozens of timer kitchens over the years, evaluating performance, ease of use, and price. Our top pick is Smart Kitchen, which features a digital display that can be programmed to count down from 0 to 99 minutes, and a timer that can be set to start cooking once a certain temperature is reached. This timer kitchen is also programmable, so you can set it to start cooking once a certain temperature is reached or a preset amount of time has passed.

These are the best timer kitchens you can buy in 2022:

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Kikkerland Vintage Streamline Kitchen Timer, Blue

Kikkerland Vintage Streamline Kitchen Timer

by Kikkerland
What We like

The Kikkerland vintage timer has sleek, vintage styling, but it offers accurate and easy-to-read timing settings.

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Zassenhaus Magnetic Retro Kitchen Timer, Classic Mechanical Cooking Timer (Red)

Zassenhaus Magnetic Retro Kitchen Timer

by Zassenhaus
What We like

This simple yet elegant retro kitchen timer features a traditional design with a time dial and a white face. Its bright, bold red exterior will complement most kitchen decor. Its durable metal construction will stand up to daily use and cleanup.

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Secura 60-Minute Visual Countdown Timer, 7.5-Inch Oversize Classroom Visual Timer for Kids and Adults, Durable Mechanical Kitchen Timer Clock with Magnetic Backing (Blue)

Secura 60-Minute Visual Countdown Timer

by Secura
What We like

The Secura countdown timer is one of the best mechanical, no batteries needed, large visual timers around. The small size and magnetic backing make it perfect for classrooms and homes.

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KitchenAid KQ900 Single Event Digital Timer, 2.5 inches, Black

KitchenAid KQ900 Single Event Digital Timer

by KitchenAid
What We like

Our pick for best single-function timer is a handy appliance for anyone in the kitchen who cooks multiple times per week. It does have a high price tag, but it's one of the few timers that contains a stand.

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Red Dollar 100% Mechanical Kitchen Timer, Christmas Holiday New Year 60-Minute Wind Up Dial 360° Rotating Kitten Countdown Egg Reminder, No Batteries Loud Ring, Cute Cooking Time Management(Cat)

Red Dollar 100% Mechanical Kitchen Timer

What We like

Red Dollar's mechanical kitchen timer is the best for kitchens that don't have a power outlet. The one we bought doesn't automatically start and stop, but a twist of your wrist turns it until you're ready to set the time for your meal.

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KTKUDY Digital Kitchen Timer with Mute/Loud Alarm Switch ON/Off Switch, 24 Hour Clock & Alarm, Memory Function Count Up & Count Down for Kids Teachers Cooking, Large LCD Display, Strong Magnet (Black)

KTKUDY Digital Kitchen Timer with Mute/Loud Alarm Switch ON/Off Switch

by KTKUDY
What We like

You can set the timer for up to 59 minutes, and the clock is accurate within 1 second. This kitchen timer turns on when you set the alarm, and goes off when the light turns off. The Digital Kitchen Timer has a mute and flash function, which is handy when you need to cook without any noise. Its memory function allows it to remember the previous settings, so you don't have to set up the time every time. You don't have to worry about losing or resetting the time. Its strong magnet makes it easy to hang anywhere in the kitchen or garage.

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2 Pack Digital Kitchen Timer for Cooking Big Digits Loud Alarm Magnetic Backing Stand Cooking Timers for Baking White

AOUCE 2 Pack Digital Kitchen Timer for Cooking Big Digits Loud Alarm Magnetic Backing Stand Cooking Timers for Baking White

by AOUCE
What We like

This kitchen timer is designed with very clear numbers to correct measurement, with 99 minutes and 59 seconds LCD display timer, easy to operate. Anti-slip base design, stable stand, with magnetic backing design, firmly fixed on the magnetic hooks, can be positioned on the table, refrigerator, dry erase board or wall hooks.

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Thermopro TM01 Kitchen Timers for Cooking with Count Up Countdown Timer, Digital Timer for Kids with Touch Backlit, Study Timers for Classroom Teacher Supplies

Thermopro TM01 Kitchen Timers for Cooking with Count Up Countdown Timer

by ThermoPro
What We like

This kitchen timer counts up to 99 hours and 59 minutes and is presented in a handy mini design, suitable for travelling and moving around the house.

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6 Pack Small Digital Kitchen Timer Magnetic Back and ON/Off Switch,Minute Second Count Up Countdown (Multicolored)

LinkDm 6 Pack Small Digital Kitchen Timer Magnetic Back and ON/Off Switch

by LinkDm
What We like

The Kitchen Timer's DT6-60MF model is the one you want. It's well designed, easy to use, and works well. It even has a powered-off setting to conserve battery life.

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KeeQii Timer Kitchen Timer 60 Minute Timing with 80dB Alarm Sound Magnetic Countdown Timer Home Baking Cooking Steaming Manual Timer Stainless Steel Face Mechanical Timer (New Timer)

KeeQii Timer Kitchen Timer 60 Minute Timing with 80dB Alarm Sound Magnetic Countdown Timer Home Baking Cooking Steaming Manual Timer Stainless Steel Face Mechanical Timer (New Timer)

by Goldluxury
What We like

Askew in our top picks for sheer value, this kitchen timer has an easy twist operation, and adds a scheduling feature for a more affordable kitchen timer.

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