When it comes to home decor, there is nothing more basic or essential than a wall clock.
Nearly every home has at least one and for good reason.
Wall clocks keep us on time and prevent us from missing the important moments of our lives.
More than this, however, wall clocks are a simple and cost effective way to add a bit of your own personality to your home.
While photos and paintings work well in their own right, a clock can fill out an empty wall like nothing else.
Because people will be looking at the clock often, it's important that you choose from a quality manufacturer.
Although it's tempting, the last thing you want to do is to purchase a cheap $15 clock from a discount store only to have it break down later.
Trust me, I've been there recently and will not make the same mistake twice.
When searching for a wall clock it's important to find a retailer that has a large selection to choose from.
After all, nobody else will have the same preferences or home decor as you will, and you don't want to choose just any old clock.
Large online retailers such as Amazon are a great choice for shopping or browsing, since they will carry a large selection of clocks at great prices.
In addition, the clocks will be categorized appropriately, so that you can easily find a kitchen wall clock if that's what you're looking for.
Apart from the wide selection found through these sites, it's also quite simple to gauge the quality of the clocks through user reviews.
Amazon in particular has an extensive database of user reviews for the products they sell, and I personally find these to be extremely helpful in making my decision.
Perhaps the safest way to ensure that you're buying a quality clock is to stick with the leading manufacturers such as La Crosse, Bulova, Seiko and Henry Miller.
Each of these companies has been producing time pieces for dozens of years while maintaining a reputation for quality.
While the price is guaranteed to be higher than a bargain wall clock, you will end up with a clock that can potentially last you for a lifetime.
You should expect to spend between $50 and $75 for a basic, high quality clock from one of the leading manufacturers.
Prices go up quickly when shopping for large clocks or for those with chimes and pendulums.