Sure, you can watch the clock or use your phone to time a meal on the stove or in the oven. But it’s easy to forget to check the time, and you have to keep your phone in your pocket and constantly pull it out to see how much time is left for anything from a soft-boiled egg to a standing rib roast. That’s why a dedicated kitchen timer is a must for anyone who spends time in the kitchen. Most digital kitchen timers will count up—that is, you can use it as a stopwatch to see elapsed time—and can easily be paused and reset. That’s the good news. But not all kitchen timers are the same.