Instant Read Digital Thermometer used on Americas Test Kitchen
I love the thermometer that they use for everything from testing oil, roasts, etc etc, seems to be the same on they use all the time. If anyone knows which one this is I would love to know. Thanks much
Although I own a Thermapen there are lower cost slightly slower alternatives. I personally don't see a need for a Thermapen especially in a home kitchen, but everyone's got their own needs. One of the ones below is more than serviceable.
I reviewed 4 models at this link.
I have a Thermopen only because Santa bought it for me a few years back. It's a nice product, but for my money I would (and did) buy this one for about 1/6 the price:
I've had one of these for at least 10 years. It's nearly as fast as the Thermopen, and, unlike the Thermopen, it has a "hold" feature. The buttons look small but I have hands of ham and I have no problem with them.
re: al b. darned
I own both the CDN thermometer (my first one) and then got a Thermapen when there was a closeout sale. (You can sign up on the Thermapen website and get email offers.)
The Thermapen is better in all respects for my purposes, but not so much that I'd say a person on a budget should feel hobbled with the CDN. What I like most about the thermapen, in addition to it's speed, is the smaller diameter of the hole that it creates.
For people really trying to budget, consider getting a timer with a probe thermometer, such as :
That allows you to instant read anything but also monitor a roast or chicken in the oven with the door closed. Those probe wires can wear out, esp. if you use high heat, but Taylor will replace one or two of them for free if you call them.
I also have an infrared surface temp thermometer. I guess I have to confess to being a temperature geek.
The Thermopen instant read thermometer is expensive but as Ferrari328 and others say, it's really good. It's used on other serious cooking shows too, such as Good Eats. Sure, it costs more, but while I won't splash the cash for expensive cookware like All-Clad, I don't regret a single $ I spent on my Thermopen. Still working fine after 4 years of constant use.
As others have said, cheaper instant-read thermometers do the job too. America's Test Kitchen recommends five priced below $35, with another Thermoworks product, the Super-Fast Waterproof Pocket Thermometer and the CDN ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer (al B. darned's choice), at the top of that heap.
bbqJohn, I clicked on your link but could only find reviews of three models by J Reyes: the DeltaTrak Flash Check 11061, HVAC Fieldpiece SPK1, and Comark Digital Thermometer model PDT300; what's the fourth?
For what it's worth, ATK recommends the Comark Waterproof Digital Thermometer though not as highly as its two top choices: "The side buttons were helpful, but the small screen was difficult to read. It also took a whopping four seconds for this thermometer to even turn on." Also, it's the most expensive of the cheap thermometers at $32.ATK doesn't review the other two that you do.
re: John Francis
When ours died after 6 yrs of frequent use, Thermoworks repaired it for $25. Their customer service is very responsive.
If I were buying one today, I'd buy the splash-proof model, as moisture was the culprit in our failure, and is the most common cause of failure, according to customer service.
Since I do a lot of tinkering, I bought a digital multi-meter which also reads temperature. I put together my own probe k-type thermocouple at omega, stainless steel shaft.