I bought this timer as a Xmas gift for two hard to buy for people. One man and one woman, (my mother). The man, who does most of the cooking in his house, immediately wanted to see how loud the timer was, and wasn't particularly impressed. My mother, gracious as ever, said how good my timing was in that the timer on her stove had just stopped working. Then, as the gift opening continued, I discovered that my mother had bought timers for two of our guests, one being the same man I gave a timer. Well, these were digital timers with many functions and both men immediately took to playing with their timers and setting them off to much louder alarms. So, the ratings I gave above are based on these reactions.