I already had one of these to control my Christmas lights but needed another. Unlike digital timers, this type are ideal if you want to turn on appliances or lights at the same time every day, but no use if you want to set up different times each day. There is almost no limit to the combination of times that they can be set to tun on and off in a 24 hour period, however and are extremely simple to set up. For that reason, this mechanical timer is ideal for my purpose and is very well made. If a simple mechanical timer is what you want, I should have no hesitation in recommending one of these by Masterplug.