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CDN DTP482 Programmable Probe Thermometer/Timer
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2009
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I had the exact same experience as B. Davis. Once again the thermometer worked great for a few months, then suddenly it went in the opposite direction with an over-read of about 30 degrees, ruining a batch of caramels. The next time I used it was with beef, and by touch I knew I had a thermometer problem. I checked it with two other thermometers and the difference against both of them was 28 degrees. I hope to get a replacement on warranty, but certainly don't believe it will hold up. Not having faith in your thermometer is worse than not having a thermometer at all. Stay away.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2008
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When I bought this thermometer I really wasn't interested in the "programmable" features. It's not that complicated. Stick probe in meat. Watch for target temperature to be reached. Remove meat from oven. And this unit accomplished that just fine, chirping when the desired temperature is reached.

The reason I bought this was to monitor temperatures without opening the oven door, pure and simple. And that's what it does -- but only for about 12 roastings, in my case, before it stopped giving an accurate reading. And not just slightly off, but wildly wrong. Busted. I've trashed it and gone back to my old fashioned, reliable, not programmable, open the oven door and peek inside, meat thermometer. Oh well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2011
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I have used the Taylor Temperature probe for many successful holidays until it gave up the ghost this past Thanksgiving. I decided to try the CDN Digital Programmable Probe Thermometer this time which I found on Amazon. While the thermometer may work just fine, you cannot hear the alarm unless you are standing right at the oven. And then, why would you need a probe at all? Most holidays have people around, music and TV on, and the alarm needs to be loud and persistent in order to hear it above the din of the holiday. This one is not loud enough.

I am sending this back and going back to the trust Taylor probe thermometer
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2011
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I bought a CDN Digital Programmable Probe Thermometer to replace one of the three 'Pyrex Digital Probe Oven Thermometer/ Timer's (B00004RC4R) we've bought from Amazon in 2002, 2005 & 2007.

We loved the Pyrex models: They've served us amazingly well. The two magnets on the back are strong and stick to our steel-front fridge & stove. They're tough: they've been knocked repeatedly to our ceramic tile floor and still work year after year. They have a very simple and well-marked control interface. Neither my wife or I have ever had any trouble setting, clearing and starting or stopping the timer unctions. Finally they're flexible and useful: the tilt up back hinge means you can lay them back on their base, and still read the display vertically, by tilting it up. We routinely keep two of them on our fridge door for cooking.
Unfortunately, when one of the older Pyrex timers started to 'blank out' on the display, and I came back to Amazon to buy another, I found that they are no longer available.

So I dug through the alternatives and settled on the CDN Digitla Programmable Probe Thermometer. Unfortunately, starting from day one, the CDN offering is a long way from as useful as the earlier Pyrex models:
1) No seconds timer display - just hours and minutes. This one is huge for tracking and prepping the next stage of a process. Pretty tough to be ready to shift over when you can't tell at what point in the last minute the timer will go off
2) Related to the above, the only way you can tell these are timing down is a small blinking icon on the left side of the display. Much too small. Again a seconds time display would serve both functions.
3) The magnet that comes with this timer is completely worthless. It's a single approx. 1 x 3/4" magnet shipped unmounted along with a piece of double sided tape. But once you've stuck the magnet to the timer, the timer weight is too much for the magnet strength. Result is a timer that refuses to stay stuck to a vertical surface, and slides down the steel fridge right to the floor. It's so bad that I took one of our older non-functional Pyrex thermometers and pried both of the Pyrex magnets off and epoxied them on the back of the CDN to get it to stay on the fridge (next to the older Pyrexes).
4) The controls have very small markings that contrast poorly black on the silver case, and are almost unreadable from all but very close range.
5) I've got a meat-thermometer. It's a niche better served in dedicated products, and the space other thermometers devote to seconds-display and simpler controls on this timer is turned over to the meat-sensor features we never plan to use. When I use the probe on a thermometer/timer, I don't use it for testing meat done-ness, I use it for checking the cooking or prep temperature of an ingredient. Even that function is hampered by the need to switch the timer out of the default 'programmed-meat' mode and into non-programed mode.

Bottom line is we're sincerely unhappy with this purchase. As much as I don't look forward to it, it's likely we'll have to pick up one of the cheaper less-well-made alternatives.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Liked this unit when I bought it, but the fifth time I used it, it read the ambient temperature as 120 degrees when I took it out of the drawers. I live in Alaska; the aforementioned day was all of 65 degrees. With e-coli and heaven knows what else flying around the world, a good cook needs straight data, not electronics having hallucinations.

When I called for help the customer service number listed in the instruction pamphlet, I got a 'directory service' voice-mail offering redirection for $4.95. This, to me, smacks of a scam. The number is 800 338-5594. IT'S toll-free...dial it before you buy.

Don't buy this. It works great the first four times, but, if it is intended to be disposable, that should be included in the product description.

Again, DON'T BUY THIS. No customer support, no recourse when it fails.

MAB
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2010
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DO NOT BUY FOR RESTAURANT!!!

I ordered this and set it aside because I didn't need it right away. A week or two later I started using it, and within a few minutes it just started giving ridiculous and random readouts. Biggest waste of money I've ever had. Plus, it ended up in about $50 worth of lost product because we were unable to get accurate temperatures.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2011
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My dog thinks it sucks, too
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2011
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Junk.
Setting the timer is a drag, too many steps. It's impossible to tell when the timer has started because it doesn't show seconds.
I bought this one because a review had bad mouthed the Polder.

Features I would like that this doesn't do.
No alarm for boiling water,
Can't memorize a standard time,
Doesn't allow me to set my own alarm-temperature (it has the standard meat settings, not much choice)

Also, the bracket/holder that comes with it doesn't work with a pot or anything.

Like I said. Junk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
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First let me say a friend has this a loves it. My first time using it I got an error message of PP and sometimes LL but when calling the company no one knew what the codes meant. They sent me another probe at no charge. I used it one time without problems but ever since then the same error comes up. I will purchase another, I have let the time between orders lapse, and see if the problem is the unit itself. I want to love this as much as my friend does
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2013
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This thermometer was quite accurate when it worked. I tested it. In actual use, I was able to use it 4 times before it failed. Now it just flashes HH or LL. It will not report a temperature. I grilled 4 steaks on 4 different occasions. Nothing special, propane bbq. The included instructions are very brief. I did not do anything that was warned against. I put the probe in the steak with the probe tip at the thickest part, placed the steak on the grill and set the digital unit next to the bbq on the shelf. Pretty much what you would expect to do with a leave-in thermometer. That's the idea right???? Three minutes in, the unit just started flashing HH. This has been a real disappointment. I would seriously think twice about buying anything made by CDN.
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