Back when I posted about my kitchen overhaul plans in November, I mentioned the poor reviews on Amazon for Karlsson’s Big Flip wall clock. A number of you commented here and on Twitter to let me know that you own the same clock (or the nearly-identical Flap clock from Habitat, also manufactured by Karlsson) and that it works just fine. I think people have a tendency to leave feedback for certain things only when they’re dissatisfied, so Amazon reviews aren’t always the best way to research the real-life quality of a product.
Anyway, a very kind D16 reader also emailed me about one that was listed on eBay (new, in box) for a very low price, so I took a chance and bought it. I’ve had it running for about four months now, and I haven’t had any issues at all. I realize that four months isn’t a very long time, but that is long enough for it to have cycled through a few months of varying lengths (I did have to make a manual adjustment at the end of February, which is understandable) and several hundred flip configurations, so I have a good feeling so far. I’ll let you know if it ever breaks down, but at this point my review is a thumbs-up.
(By the way, the price on Amazon seems to fluctuate pretty wildly. It’s listed for $164 today, but just a few days ago it was up around $200. There are few other US retailers, but they all seem to have it priced much higher. In short, keep your eye on the prices, shop around, and check eBay before buying!)
Here’s the Big Flip clock in my kitchen. Yes, it’s killing me that I still haven’t been able to tile that wall (we need the weather to warm up so we can have the radiators temporarily removed first!), and obviously the clock will look a lot better once there’s a bunch of shiny white subway tile and fancy black grout to set it off. Also, the nicer the rest of the kitchen gets, the more I hate that metal door. I can’t wait to replace it.
I took that second photo from the side so you can see how deep the plastic cover on the clock is. The whole thing extends about 6″ from the wall. It’s pretty huge — 17″ square — so it’s not really something you’d want to put on your desk. They do make a mini size, though, or you could just download the Fliqlo screensaver from 9031 and save time and money.
One last photo of the Big Flip in the wild, because I love this arrangement and especially that poster…