In this guide we’ll look at the best plug in timers.
We’ve compared timer display, settings, childproof feature and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Plug in Timer?
More Detailed Plug in Timer Reviews
Oridget Digital Daily Programmable Timer Plug Socket Review
We consider the Digital Daily Programmable Timer Plug Socket the best plug in timer on the market because it has a clear LCD screen, has 3 daily on-off timers and is easy to use.
This plug socket features a lot of handy functions. It can be programmed as a daily on/off timer, a countdown timer and short on/off cycle timer. The timer plug is easy to set, is very quiet in use and also features a child lock function.
The daily on/off function allows you to set up to three daily timers each day, making it ideal for turning on your lamps, Christmas lights, heaters, fans etc…
The countdown timer can be set for any period from 1 minute to 24 hours. The plug will be on for the amount of time set and then turn off automatically. This is great for charging devices and appliances as it prevents overcharging which is not good for lithium batteries for example.
The short on/off cycle timer will turn an appliance off at pre-set intervals throughout the day. You can use this for any appliance that you want turned on periodically, such as a fish tank pump, fan, heater or dehumidifier. You can also set this to only operate during a certain part of the day. For example, you can set a heater to turn on for ten minutes every hour between the hours of 8 am and 11 pm.
This timer plug comes with clear instructions, is easy to set up and the LED display makes it easy to check what settings you have programmed. The socket timer also has a built in rechargeable battery back-up so it will save your setting in the case of a power outage.
Overall, this is the best plug in digital timer because it is so versatile and comes in a pack of two offering great value for money.
Ansmann AES-1 Zero Watt Energy Saving Timer Plug Socket Review
The Ansmann AES-1 Zero Watt Energy Saving Timer Plug Socket has a countdown timer, is easy to set and uses no power when in standby mode.
This timer socket features a countdown timer that can be set for 15 min / 30 min / 1 h / 2 hrs / 4 hrs or 8 hrs. The timer plug automatically disconnects the appliance when its time is up. This means that the standby by power consumption is equal to zero, saving you money and helping the environment.
To set the plug timer you simply press the button repeatedly until the required time is reached. The timer switch features an LCD display which shows the remaining time. The timer plug is silent apart from a small click when it turns on and off.
This is an easy to use timer plug that saves energy, money and the environment.
Maxcio Electrical Programmable Plug Timer Switch Review
The Maxcio Electrical Programmable Plug Timer Switch features 10 on/off programs that effectively means you can set the same appliance to turn on or off up to 10 times a day. It can be set for each day of the week or a group of days.
There is also a function that turns an appliance on and off randomly during the day (or night), which makes it a great anti-theft deterrent if used with a lamp, for instance.
The socket timer features a backup battery that backs up your settings in case of a power outage or if you unplug the appliance. The socket timer also has a handy override function in case you want to turn something on manually outside of the pre-set time period. The electronic timer is completely silent in use.
This is a very useful and versatile programmable plugin timer.
Defender 24 Hour Segment Timer Switch Review
The Defender 24 Hour Segment Timer Switch can be programmed in fifteen minute increments, is simple to programme and is a good low cost option.
This timer switch is very easy to set up. It’s easy to see the settings that have been chosen and the time remaining by simply viewing the dial. The timer plug has up to 24 on/off programs per day and includes a manual override. The timer switch is reliable and offers good value for money. The plug in timer does make a very soft clicking noise which you can’t generally hear during the day. The timer plug also has an indicator light to show when it is on at a glance.
This is a simple to use but versatile plug in timer that offers great value for money.
Pro Elec 3 Way Adaptor with Timer Review
The Pro Elec 3 Way Adaptor with Timer features three plug sockets with one of these being a timed socket.
This electric timer has individual switches for each plug and LED lights that clearly show which sockets are on. The electronic timer also comes with two sets of plastic screws that can be fitted at the back of the adaptor to avoid any wobbling when in use. The timed socket has a 12/24 hour selectable mode and an easy to read LCD display. The electronic timer also includes surge protection to protect your appliances.
This plug timer is ideal if you need to plug in several appliances in one socket but still want to use a timer.
Plug in Timer Buyer’s Guide
When choosing the best plug in timer switch it is important to consider the following features…
Digital or mechanical
As opposed to mechanical timers, digital timers or electrical plugin timers tend to be silent. They often have a clear LCD display and some electronic timers feature a battery back up to save your settings. Some electric timers like the Pro Elec 3 Way Adaptor have a surge protection feature too.
On the other hand mechanical timers such as the Defender 24 Hour Segment Timer are very easy to set. These timer plugs make a soft clicking sound when in use and do not fail in the case of a power outage.
Most timer plugs can be set for a range of times so you can, for example, turn lamps on and off twice a day. Some plug in timers like the Ansmann Energy Saving Timer also feature a countdown timer which is handy when you want something to turn off after a certain amount of time. This feature is great for charging appliances and devices.
Another setting available on the best plug in timers is an interval setting. This feature allows you to have an appliance come on for a certain amount of time periodically. This is great for fish tank pumps, grow lights, fans, heaters and anything else that you don’t want to run all day.
Some plug timers have a child lock feature so look out for this if you have inquisitive youngsters in the house.
Plug in timers are a really handy product to have in the home. They can save you money, deter burglars and ensure you come home to a warm, bright house on cold winter nights. Timer plugs are also ideal for specialised functions such as Christmas lights, greenhouse heaters, grow lamps, fish tank pumps and any other item that needs to be turned on for certain periods of time.
We would recommend the Oridget Digital Daily Programmable Timer Plug Socket as the best UK plug in timer because it has a daily on/off timer, a countdown timer and short on/off cycle timer, is silent in use and features a child lock.