Updated: Oct 12, 2016

Grandfather Clock Reviews:

I've always aspired to own a grandfather clock. Growing up in a wealthy city in California, I would go to my friends houses and see these huge floor clocks standing in their entryway. The sound they made, their sheer size, and the gorgeous wood made them appear bigger than they really were. I remember asking my parents if we could get one and the answer was always "No". At the time I didn't realize why, but as I've gotten older and looked into buying one, the price is probably the main reason why everyone doesn't own one. Grandfather clocks here can cost more than $10,000. Sure there are some cheaper ones for less than $1000, but watch out for repairs on those models that could cost more than the clock itself. We have included a basic buying guide with features to look, brands, and pricing. Keep reading to find out more.
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Choosing a Grandfather Clock - As we mentioned above, the high end clocks range from $5000 to $13000. That's a lot of money to spend on something that just tells time. Well, keep in mind that expensive grandfather clocks are just timekeepers. They are antiques, beautiful pieces of art, and heirlooms to many a family. Handcrafted for years by makers like Howard Miller and Hentschel, you are paying for quality craftsmanship and a product that will last generations. SIZE - Grandfather clocks are big, so don't try putting one in a small, cramped entryway if it's better suited for your larger living room. They range from roughly 6 feet to 8 feet in height, 10-21 inches deep, and 18-36" wide. A solidly built clock will be well over 100 pounds in weight. STYLES - Contemporary and traditional the 2 most common styles in grandfather clocks. Less common styles include curio, bookshelf, and storage designs. CROWNS - Split pediment, bonnet, flat, and arched. CLOCK MOVEMENTS - Cable, chain, quartz, and never wind. Cable driven grandfather clocks need to be wound by using a crank. Chain driven clocks need to have the weights pulled down about once a week. The "never winds" use synchronous movement which means you never need to wind anything. CHIMES - Do you want the chimes to go off every 30 minutes, on the hour, etc. Most clocks allow you to set the timing for the chimes. Common chimes played are St. Michael, Westminster, and Whittington. If you have ever heard the chimes on a grandfather clock, make sure you know how to stop it from sounding out at night. Automatic chime shut-off at nighttime is very important in any clock. FEATURES - Other things to consider and look for are beveled glass, locking door, brass pendulum, custom finishes and carvings, moon phases, and more. It's easy to see why some of the top end clocks go for $10,000+. The amount of custom design and work is evident. BRANDS - Although Hentschel and Howard Miller are the top 2 brands, take a look at Kieninger, Ridgeway, and Hermle too. A big responsbility of the owner will be caring for the clock to make sure it stays in good condition for decades. All the top manufacturers have well written manuals with instructions on this. Several even offer phone #'s that give out help. WHERE TO BUY - You have lots of choices from shopping online at Amazon.com, Clockway.com, or Howardmiller.com or you could try your local clock store. I must admit that there aren't a lot of retail shops carrying grandfather clocks, although we do have a decent clock store just 10 minutes down the road in a wealthier community. If you have the chance, stop into a store to see the intricate details and inner workings of a grandfather clock. Have the salesperson tell you about features, finishes, and prices. Buying online is still a great option if you know what you want. Choose from Howard Miller, Coaster, or Hermle. You can browse the best selling grandfather clocks here.

Best Grandfather Clocks:

With all the research we did, the one name that kept coming up in reviews and in conversations with store owners were the Howard Miller grandfather clocks. Pricing ranged from $1000 to $18,000. The amount of styles and designs they offer is impressive. The Howard Miller website is loaded with pictures, floor clock set-up videos, you can purchase parts, and find service centers near you if repairs are needed. They own the Ridgeway brand as well and the clock movements company, Kieninger, was also purchased by Howard Miller. They have compiled an excellent reputation over the years for quality craftsmanship and attention to detail like no other. Most of their clocks come with a 2 year limited warranty.


Classic Grandfather Clock:

One of our favorites is the Kieninger 0085-41-02 Annalisa Grandfather Clock which retails for over $8000. The Joseph Kieninger floor clock is simply beautiful. Features include maple inlays, beveled crystal glass, hand-milled Breguet-style hands, and a 10.6" enamel dial. The automatic nighttime shut-off (between 10PM and 7AM) will silence the Westminster chime. Comes with a 2 year warranty. The clock dimensions are 79 inches high, by 10" deep and 19" wide. The weight of the clock is just over 120 pounds. Another classic is the Vanderbilt LE Grandfather Clock which features an arched split pediment. The price tag is over $7500 and it's big, at 94 inches tall. There are touches of the famous Biltmore house in this clock. Check out the moon dial that shows the house and garden (on each half). The time ring features Roman numerals. There is a small, side door where you can keep the key and winding crank. The brushed pewter weight shells and pendulum highlight the mid cabinet.