The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute's tests reveal the one Talking Watch that can, in its opinion, be called The Best. The Institute forwards its recommendation to Hammacher Schlemmer's buyers so they can procure the product for The Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, web site, and retail store. The Talking Watch that is currently The Best can be found here.
Before undertaking testing, The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute surveyed consumers to learn which attributes are most critical when purchasing a Talking Watch. They responded that Accuracy is by far their most important concern, followed by Ease of Use, Durability, and Features. These attribute rankings were applied to the data collected for this test.
Respondents were also asked which features matter most in a Talking Watch. Based on their answers, The Best model must be an analog watch in a metal casing with quartz movement.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute then researched the marketplace from a reasonably wide range of competing product and obtained Talking Watches that possess these desired attributes and features. Prior to testing, the Institute eliminated from consideration any models that did not have a required attribute or feature or if it had an obvious quality issue. Conversely, if a sample offered a unique benefit that distinguished it from other models, The Institute, at its discretion, may have included it in testing even though it may have been lacking a critical feature or attribute.
Testing involved evaluations by Institute analysts. Each Talking Watch was rated for its Accuracy, Ease of Use, Durability, and Features.
Each watch was set both manually and via the atomic clock. The following were then assessed:
Analysts then took the average of the scores and determined a final Accuracy score.
For each Talking Watch, analysts determined how easy it was to:
Analysts assigned a score each step, with lower scores indicating a process was very difficult and higher scores indicating it was very simple. After testing, analysts calculated an average ease-of-use score for each Talking Watch.
Institute analysts inspected each sample to determine whether it had any of the following features, which made a Talking Watch easier or more effective to use:
Analysts awarded points for each feature that a model had, weighted according to how important that feature was to consumers. After testing, they calculated an average features score for each sample.
Each unit was tested for Durability via the following methods:
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute recommends that you consider these features when shopping for a Talking Watch to ensure you will be completely satisfied with its performance:
If you struggle to read the tiny hands on your watch face-or if you spend a lot of time driving, for example, and it’s not convenient to look at your watch-a talking watch will be your perfect companion. These watches have the traditional hands and face. They also have a voice that clearly announces the time at the touch of a button. Look for a watch that is easy to se-some models are synchronized with an atomic clock, so the correct time is set automatically. The durable metal casing means the watch will keep ticking even after being dropped on the floor, banged on a table, or accidentally splashed with water. Additional features such as an hourly chime, an alarm, and a function announcing the day of the week and the date will help you keep to your busy schedule and never be late.
As with any product, customers must read and follow the product's user guide, marking and labeling prior to use.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. Although funded by Hammacher Schlemmer, the Institute functions independently of Hammacher Schlemmer. The Institute consults Hammacher Schlemmer and fulfills its mission statement without regard to product prices, brand names, margins, or other commercial considerations. Decisions on specific products to test, the types of test to perform and how to interpret the results lie exclusively with the Institute's research staff. In addition, the Institute's status as a separate entity from Hammacher Schlemmer prevents access to sensitive information, such as inventory levels or product cost, which might influence testing decisions. The Institute's independence assures products are researched, evaluated, and rated objectively without commercial bias.