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Digital Instant Read Thermometers

RGC1982 Jan 21, 2009 05:38 PM

Well, my favorite finally died. It was a supermarket giveaway, and when I tried to replace the battery, the casing cracked. What is your favorite? What did you spend and where did you buy it? I really don't want to go back to using my old instant-reads,

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    wrenhunter Jan 21, 2009 05:53 PM

    Thermapen, $80 on sale at King Arthur online. Absolutely great and worth every penny.

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      duck833 Jan 21, 2009 05:55 PM

      Or directly at the source:


      I have bought many of these, absolutely the best


      1. Sarah Jan 21, 2009 06:06 PM

        I can only tell you that the Taylor DIRT is a piece of $#&* - didn't work from the get-go -- returned it to sur la table today for their house-brand non-digital model... don't know if I'll fare better yet.

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          wincountrygirl Jan 23, 2009 09:46 AM

          I have a Taylor digital and a regular. The temps are different on both. They are awful.

          1. re: Sarah
            Sarah Jan 24, 2009 07:16 PM

            Test results: I roasted some turkey thighs tonight and used my three thermometers: Same thigh, about 1/4" apart. The Taylor and Sur la Table non-digitals registered a (sadly overdone) 185; the Taylor DIRT registered 202+... ??? They were delicious anyway!

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            Kelli2006 Jan 22, 2009 08:20 AM

            I have a digital Polder that I purchased at BB&B for $15.00, but I agree that the Thermapens are the best if you want to invest $85.00 for a DIRT. I see that they now have a OXO thermo for a reasonable price.

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              CocoaNut Jan 22, 2009 09:46 AM

              My Weber is several years old and works perfectly BUT! the temps are preset** (to beep) for various meats (lamb, chicken, beef (rare, med, well), fish, veal, pork, turkey, even hamburger). So, if you want degrees varied, you have to "watch" the remote's display as the temp rises and gets close to your desired doneness. Not a huge problem.... unless you're busy and forget to monitor it.

              **The preset temps are for exact "prescibed" doneness, therefore, by the time carryover cook time/resting is achieved, the meat is over done.

              Other than that, it's right on the money and perhaps over the years, they've added custom temperature settings. I think I paid about $25.

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                geppetto Jan 22, 2009 07:46 PM

                Cast my vote for the Thermapen. The first bullet on the web page says it all for me -

                - Read temperature in less than 4 seconds!

                I've cooked the crap out of a lot less food since my wife and daughter bought me one of these thermometers. I got tired of waiting for the other instant read thermometers I have. It may be a little pricey, but mine has paid for itself in grilled chicken alone. Shrimp, steak and burgers are a bonus. With an upper limit of 572F, it will handle anything I cook.

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                  RGC1982 Jan 23, 2009 02:07 PM

                  Thanks for the tips, even the ones to avoid. I ordered a Thermopen in bright red just a few minutes ago. I'll let you know if I really like it.

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                  1. re: RGC1982
                    Autospirit Jan 23, 2009 04:52 PM

                    You don't have to let us know, we know you will like it :)
                    I bought one 2 months ago and do not regret paying full price buying directly from the company (they include complementary Jelly Belly's!). You may find yourself measuring the temperature of everything you cook because it is so fast.

                  2. kchurchill5 Jan 23, 2009 02:13 PM


                    I also have a digital Polder and it seems great. I refuse to pay 85 dollars for a thermometer. I'm pretty good at reading when something is done. I'm usually not too far off. $15-20 is plenty. I used at $4 dollar one for 10 years and it was always accurate.

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                      Mother of four Jan 23, 2009 03:49 PM

                      I got a Thermapens on sale last year for $49, and love it. Do a search, it's amazing what you can find!!

                      1. al b. darned Jan 24, 2009 06:25 PM

                        My first choice would be a Thermapen. That's the one I reach for on a daily basis. Simply unfold and your good to go.

                        If you have a more modest budget, you might want to consider a CDN ProAccurate. It has a wide range (-40 to 450 F) and is about $20.
                        I have the previous version of this model and it is almost as fast as the Thermapen. The little buttons aren't that bad, and I have ham hands.

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