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.
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.