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Dec 17, 2008 02:56 PM

Best probe thermometer?

My Polder ( probe thermometer just kicked the bucket (well I think the probe anyways) and considering the price of a replacement probe I wanted to see if there was something better out there.

Are there any brands of probe thermometers that are known to have long lasting, accurate, probes? I know Thermapen is highly rated but it doesn't look like they make a probe thermometer, only an instant read. Are the Pyrex or Taylor probe thermometers any better than Polder?


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    1. I don't think there are any real quality of construction issues with any of the regular brands like Pyrex, Polder, or Taylor. Different units might have some different features that you might want or like more than another, but ultimately these are semi-disposable units in my opinion. I would expect them to last about 5ish years and then it's time for a new one. At $20 it's not terribly expensive. Compare it to the $80+ for a Thermapen.

      1. Thermapen folks have lots of different devices including probes. I have five of them including the digital readout devices, not cheap, but they are the best. I leave them in my smoker.

        1. Thanks for the replies. Looks like as far as probes go they seem to be all more or less the same and should be considered semi-disposable as HaagenDazs mentioned. I did find one made by Thermoworks ( but it pretty much seems comparable to my Polder one.

          This CDN 2-in-1 instant read/probe thermometer sounds pretty nice:

          Anyone have any feedback on this one?

          1. Best thermometers, period (in my book) are made by Fluke.

            Okay, perhaps not the first company you'd think of for kitchen gadgets, but they've been making high quality, ruggedized, nearly bulletproof measuring devices for commercial and industrial usage for decades.

            That said, I have a Taylor digital, a Pelouze pocket 220 deg, and a Cooper infrared.