I bought the green apple, intending to use it for timing things that were cooking in the oven, particularly if I was in another part of the house where I mightn't hear the oven's alarm. I was pleased with the look of the product and the fact that it covers a large range of minutes but after a few uses I was ultimately very disappointed. The bell is very unreliable. Often it fails to ring. If you can't trust the alarm bell, there's no point in this product. It might as well just be a plastic apple.