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Nov 13, 2009 07:56 PM

Probe Thermometers - Polder?

I'm looking for a probe thermometer. I have heard good and bad about Polder...the bad being that it can be inaccurate and the probes can fail.

Any experiences here or any other brands/models to consider?


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  1. Probe thermometers always seemed tenuous to me.

    I have a regular stick digital thermometer (not a probe) by Polder and it's been reliable even when I've mistreated it.

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    1. re: taos

      you can try this:
      this will be my next one I think... unless I get a laser thermometer!

    2. The best is by themapen. Also the most expensive (funny how that works).

      I have many of their instareads as well as smokehouse types.

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      1. re: duck833

        Agreed. I'm also really happy with my Comark PDT300. It's a stick, but they do probes as well.

        1. re: duck833

          ... just don't let your husband leave it outside at the barbecue to get rained on. (Not that mine did... or that I'm holding it against him or anything.)

          The first time it worked again after it dried out, the second time too. However after the third time it might be kaput for good, although we are going to try a fresh battery, which are a funky size and require some searching to find.

        2. I have a Polder remote that I've been happy with. The probe goes in what I'm cooking and it comes out the oven door and pugs into the receiving unit, when it hits the temperature I've set, the alarm goes off. I think it was $12

          1. I've used a Polder for many years and yes, there are good and bad aspects.

            The good - when it works it's fantastic, you can (nearly) forget about what you're roasting while you work on other stuff and the alarm goes off at just the right point.

            The bad - the probes easily die or go out of whack.

            The solution (for me at least) - I always keep a spare probe on hand and before using it I test the current probe by sticking it into a pot of boiling water without letting it touch the sides. If it reads reasonably close to 212°F I use it, if not I toss it and open the new one (and test it too - I've had at least one that was faulty right out of the package).

            Cost - about $40 to start, $10 each for the extra probes.

            1. I've had my Polder probe thermometer for about 8 years and it has never failed me.