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Old 06-09-2008, 08:54 PM   #1
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Looking for thermometers

I am in search of a digital instant-read thermometer as well as a probe thermometer to use while foods are in the oven or on the grill. What are the best of both types?

From Cook's Illustrated, they recommend ThermoWorks' Thermapen, for $85. Is it worth it? Is it really the best?

As for the probe, Cook's Illustrated also recommends Thermoworks.

So it that the best route to go or does anyone else have any suggestions?

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Old 06-09-2008, 09:32 PM   #2
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You can buy a perfectly good and accurate digital thermometer for $10-$15. For a remote probe thermometer, look for a Polder. They're all you will need and cost about $25-$30.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:36 PM   #3
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Buck and I have a Polder remote probe thermometer, which has served us well. Can't remember how much we paid for it. Probably less than $20.

I think, if I remember correctly, our instant-read one is a Polder, too. Not too expensive either.

Bought both at either Linens 'n Things or Bed, Bath & Beyond and used coupons to reduce the cost.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:53 PM   #4
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ThermoWorks' Thermapen, for $85. Is it worth it?
I love mine. If you have the money to spend then it is worth it. If you don't then it is not.
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:16 PM   #5
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Thermapen is worth every penny! Polder Remotes work well too!

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Old 06-09-2008, 10:40 PM   #6
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When you say it's worth it, why is that? What makes it so much better? Is it just its speed or is there something more?
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I like the size of the probe. It is very thin so when I poke it in meat it does not leave a gaping hole. Also because of how thin it is I can get it into very thin items. it is very accurate and super fast. It only takes a few seconds instead of 30 or 40 seconds that other thermometers take to finally reach the temp.
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I picked up a type K meter and hypodermic type thermoprobe from Cole Parmer. Both pieces were something like $90 combined.
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When you say it's worth it, why is that? What makes it so much better? Is it just its speed or is there something more?
Everything GB said.....Speed, Accuracy, Quality.
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Old 06-13-2008, 08:55 PM   #10
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I just bought a Thermapen last week. I like that you just open it and it turns on automatically. It reads the temp almost instantly so that's all the less time you have to keep the oven or grill open allowing all your heat to escape.
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