Digital thermometer advice.

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  1. Dec 18, 2018 #1

    Nemo

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    I'm just sounding out the KKF brainstrust about digital thermometers.

    I'm using a $20 cheapie which does the job but it's a bit slow. Takes maybe 10 secs to equilibrate.

    I've heard that Thermapen is pretty good and equilibrates in about 3 secs. Is this correct?

    Any opinions on:
    1) What is a good rapid thermometer/ are there any alternatives to Thermapen?
    2) What features are useful/ what are gimmicks.
    3) Durability of the various options.

    Thanks everyone.
     
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    I bought a couple of Termopops when they were on sale. Not quite as quick as the Thermopen apparently, but I find them plenty quick and they were much better than the cheapies I was using before.
     
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    Thermopop works great. A lot cheaper than thermopen . Adequately fast. And no other features to get in the way.
     
  4. Dec 18, 2018 #4
    Thermapen rules. I've used some of the knockoffs at cooking demos - harder to read, slower, don't feel robust. But the store I do demos for sells the knockoffs so....

    For normal work and personal I use Thermapen.

    Right now the Mk-4 is on sale for about $70. Get the condom with it.
     
  5. Dec 18, 2018 #5

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    Wow. The mk4 is on sale in Oz for 160 AUD (down from 190). Importer making a big profit?
     
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    +1 Get a thermapen on sale -- they go on sale around USD$60-65 for the older model as well (which I've used and am happy with). The competing Javelin Pro is $50 for reference, the $10 seems worth it for the real thing.

    edit: US they are sold from the OEM and shipping is extra (around $4 domestically), not sure for international what the best alternative is.
     
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    Thermapen Classic is "the one". Worth every penny.
     
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    Thermapen Classic here, it just works. I've used it for years. I'm a home cook, but if I ran a pro kitchen I still wouldn't be looking for a cheaper option. A Thermapen just isn't that expensive.
     
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    +1 thermapen, there’s thermometers all over the place and everyone always wants to use mine... expensive but worth it.
     
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    Sounds like thermapen is pretty popular
     
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    Its one of those things, when you use it in pro kitchen. You won't live without it, ever again.
    When My first one broke, I ordered two more and The one that broke, was warranty replaced by new one, so now we got 3.
     
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    Great to have this sort of feedback from pros. Thanks.
     
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    the original thermapen is too big, you cant keep it on your jacket pen sleeve, but the one i linked to are the ones made specifically for that purpose.

    nemo try ebay
     
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    Ya like panda said that’s the main issue with the thermapen. I personally like having both smaller one in the pocket and bigger one with the magnetic glow in the dark condom on the line. We also have a probe style in the prep kitchen. The probe is great but way too big to live in on the line. The thermapen takes an amazing amount of abuse whereas the probe would easily get broken in a couple shifts. Plenty of cooks refuse to even bring a pen or sharpie so having the thermapen readily available is unbeatable for me.
     
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    Thermoworks advices against buying their stuff from Ebay and Amazon due to all fakes circulating there.
    And thermometers bought from unofficiell suppliers won't be covered buy guarantee.

    I don't know if would be cheaper to get one from the British manufacturer. https://thermapen.co.uk
     
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    If you're interested in anything ThermoWorks, sign up for their newsletter. They constantly run sales, and you can get some good pricing on open-box, etc.
     
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    I get the advantage of pocket-ability, but the problem I'd have with that model is it looks too small for some things. I use our Thermapen to measure oil temp in a Wok for deep fry, over a wide Wok burner. With the Thermapen's large handle size and long probe, I don't need to slip on a glove to hold it. The long probe on a Thermapen is also good for reaching the center of a big loaf of bread, or a big BBQ pork shoulder. From the pictures on the link, the probe on that smaller one looks a lot shorter than the Thermapen probe (unless the hand model has really big hands!).
     
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    I've got the thermopen and several other Thermoworks meters. This my favorite set up right now, I like the K-type plugs as it gives you more flexibility. I use it mostly with the sous vide needle.

    https://www.thermoworks.com/MTC-PC
     
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    Amazon's cheapie are bad
     
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    The thermoworks thermopop is a pretty great deal. Accurate, slightly slower to read than a thermopen, but costs 30 dollars. Like some above have pointed out with others, it's short, so for some applications it's not deal, you have to hold your hand over the heat to get a reading. But for things like taking oil temp, chocolate when tempering, or just checking doneness for meat, it's quite nice.
     
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    Ive tried quite a few of these. The Thermapen is the undisputed champion. Honestly, it’s one of those rare circumstances where there truly is no competition. The classic model seems to go on sale more frequently than the newer model MK4. The classic is great and, fortunately, quite durable, so you’re not replacing it every couple of months.
     
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    I ended up finding a retailer in Melbourne for Thermapen Mk 4 .

    Not cheap but works great. Super fast.

    Thanks for the advice everyone.
     
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    massdrop.com has the Javelin PT12 occasionally. I got mine for $25 there.
     
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    Thermapen mk 4 is the way to go, good choice. It's not like knives and stones, you just need one decent thermometer so just buy one good one and be done with it.
     
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