I usually have my tea when I sit down at the computer. But I also have a habit of too often forgetting that it's steeping until 8-10 minutes (or longer) after the fact, then it's too strong, bitter, and possibly even too cool - but NO MORE!!! This timer is so easy to use and the magnet seems secure against the side of my microwave. (I never do tea in the microwave, its just a good place for my timer.) The workmanship feels like its made of good quality. I easily set it to 3 minutes and it lets me know when the time is up. (Or other times depending on which tea I'm using) I'm enjoying my tea SO MUCH more now that the steeping time is just right. If something happens to this timer, I'm getting another one.