“How many days until…?” – Online countdown timers reviewed

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Part of the excitement of planning a bucket list activity is the anticipation. I always find myself counting down to various events and activities, and impatiently watching the shrinking number of days makes me look forward to it more.

Today I’m reviewing several web-based countdown timers. I looked for timers that were…

  1. free online
  2. customizeable (to varying degrees)
  3. shareable/bookmarkable (most are also embeddable on websites)

(While the reviews are for the online timers, I’ve linked to the apps if they’re available, but please know that the apps may not be free and I haven’t tried them).

My favorites:

Time and Date 
Apps also available: iOS, Android
Share/Embed: share with URL/social media, no embed
Customization: moderate, for design, event name, countdown display
Visual appeal: high, for cute animated designs (that visually show you getting closer to the highly anticipated date, for example, a plane that travels until it lands when the countdown ends)
Editable after initial creation: yes
Example: Time and Date – Countdown Example

Are We There Yet?
Apps also available: none
Share/Embed: share with URL/social media, iframe embed
Customization: high, for event name/text, background (image, Youtube video, or GIF), color of title/text, display after date is reached
Visual appeal: high, for full page display and animated numbers
Editable after initial creation: yes with password chosen when countdown is made
Example: 
Are We There Yet – Countdown Example

Some others:

It’s Almost
Apps also available:
 none
Share/Embed: share with URL/social media, iframe embed
Customization: minimal, for event name only
Visual appeal: moderate, clean minimal design (stylized gray text on white background)
Editable after initial creation: no
Example: It’s Almost – Countdown Example

Counting Down To
Apps also available: none
Share/Embed: share with URL/social media, iframe embed
Customization: minimal in free version, for event name only
Visual appeal: low, basic design (black box with white text)
Editable after initial creation: no
Example:
 Counting Down To – Countdown Example

TickCounter
Apps also available: none
Share/Embed: share with URL/social media, Javascript embed
Customization: high, for event name, countdown display, and colors of background/text/numbers
Visual appeal: low, minimal design, lots of ads on web version (but embeddable widget is promised to have no ads)
Editable after initial creation: yes
Example:
TickCounter – Countdown Example

Date Countdown
Apps also available: none
Share/Embed: share with URL/social media, iframe embed
Customization: low, for event name, limited countdown display options (display in days or timer mode)
Visual appeal: low, basic design (black text on white background)
Editable after initial creation: no
Example:
Date Countdown – Countdown Example

There are many other options, but some of them wouldn’t load correctly or they’d let you change things but never kept preferences, instead changing themselves back to defaults every time. Oh well. This list should be more than enough for now, especially when you have Time and Date and Are We There Yet? as the top options!

Did I leave off a free online countdown timer that you love? Let me know!

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One thought on ““How many days until…?” – Online countdown timers reviewed

  1. Lara Krupicka (@amusingmom)

    This is great! I’m big on countdowns too, but I had never looked at online tools like these. I could see embedding one of these on my website for a big upcoming bucket list goal (like the day I send my eldest off to college, once we know the date). Thanks for this great list!

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