Cooking and baking often require precision and accurate timing to result in recipes with textures and flavours to impress your guests.
A trustworthy cooking timer is the ultimate secret ingredient, and the great thing is there are a variety on the market from mechanical to digital, some are quiet whilst others are loud. There are some that are multifunctional but a simple model with an easy timer is just as useful. Trendy looking timers that fit your kitchen interior are available as well as others that are plain looking. Whatever style you choose, timers are invaluable and should be in every kitchen!
List of best kitchen cooking timers
- Best overall – OXO Good Grips Triple Timer
- Best mechanical – LAOPAO Kitchen Timer
- Best digital – ThermoPro dual Digital Kitchen Timer
- Most easy to use – Wrenwane Digital Kitchen Timer
- Best budget – Antoki Digital Kitchen Timer, 2-Pack
Things to consider before buying
Ease of use
We usually choose a timer with a minimum of buttons which is easy to set and read. We like it to be very noisy when the time is up even though we live in a small home because we are easily distracted and sometimes forget what’s on the stovetop.
The simplest kitchen timers measure minutes and hours, but consider having one that can be programmed down to the second, even if you don’t need this feature each time you cook. Remember, cooking and baking require precision and control to create the best results.
If something is cooking and you want to do something else in another part of your house, you most probably won’t hear your oven’s timer. A portable timer is convenient to avoid burning or overcooked food. Some even have a clip to attach to your clothes.
Most timers have a magnet to enable it to stick it on the fridge or any other magnetic surface to make it easily visible.
Some timers can keep track of multiple timings. A stopwatch function is interesting as it starts counting after the alarm goes off and it’s easy to know how much extra time your food has cooked.
Overview of best kitchen cooking timers
Best overall – OXO Good Grips Triple Timer
Three different 100 hour digital timers, each with unique alarm sounds which can be controlled individually in this model make this model the best overall. When not in use, this OXO kitchen timer functions as a clock but is ideal when braising or slow cooking dishes. The LCD display is angled and is easily readable and the non-slip feet protect the surface and keep the timer stable.
Best mechanical – LAOPAO Kitchen Timer
We love the retro look of this timer! It is environmentally friendly as it works without batteries! The magnets on the back allow you to stick it to iron surfaces. The maximum time is only 60 minutes and will only work for shorter recipes and the manufacturer suggests staying in the same room as the noise of the alarm is short and not loud. The corrosion and oxidation-resistant metal casing is easy to clean.
Best digital – ThermoPro dual Digital Kitchen Timer
The dual display can be set simultaneously and monitor 2-time settings at once for a maximum of 24-hour countdowns. The large LCD-screen is easy to read and the alarm has an adjustable volume between 70 and 105 decibels! For those who need quiet time, the device can also be muted.
The tabletop stand and magnetic back, allow for ideal placement either on the counter or fridge. When not in use, this model switches to calendar clock mode and displays the time and the date.
Most easy to use – Wrenwane Digital Kitchen Timer
It’s probably the simplest kitchen timer to use. The Wrenwane timer has a large LED display with bold digits. It counts up and down with a countdown timer and minute timer which can act as a stopwatch for all kinds of activities from cooking to sports. The maximum time is 100 minutes with a very loud alarm that can be heard everywhere in an average home.
There are three ways to mount the timer. The magnetic back lets you stick it to any metal surface, or you can choose to hook it. It also has a retractable stand for tabletop use and the on/off switch saves power when not in use.
Best budget – Antoki Digital Kitchen Timer, 2-Pack
It doesn’t only score asour best budget buy, but this timer is also the most popular, best-selling timer on Amazon!
The alarm can be loud if you need to hear it from another room or you can choose the silent function where only a red light will flash! The on/off switch and a large screen with clear buttons are easy to use with a maximum count up or down of 100 minutes.
Position this timer as you wish and choose between the magnetic function, hanging hole or the kickstand for tabletop use. This timer is available in plain white or fresh green!