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Digital Instant Read Thermometers

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

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      I have bought many of these, absolutely the best


      1. 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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        1. re: Sarah

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

          1. re: Sarah

            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!

          2. 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.

            1. 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.

              1. 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.

                1. 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

                    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. Kelli2006

                    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.

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

                      1. 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.