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Component Design Stainless Steel Quick Read Thermometer - Programmable
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* Easy to read - large digits are easy to see even in low light and from an angle, unlike an analog dial model.
* Single button toggles between display of temp in English and metric units
* Wipes clean
* Flat edge on display keeps it from rolling off the counter
* Very accurate (Is 32.1 F for ice water accurate enough for you? Works for me.)
* Easy to calibrate (if ever necessary)
* Reasonable price
I've had this thermometer for several months and am quite pleased. I calibrated it when I opened the package [per the instructions], and have had very good results with my meats. I love that the sensor is in the tip; most instant-read thermometers want you to insert the probe an inch or more!
There is a "hold" button on the head, so the thermometer will retain the temperature for you to view in better light.
I've used it for chicken, pork, and steak. I haven't tried it yet with fish, but with the sensitive tip, I'm betting it will work great. I'm really hoping this thermometer is a helper in my kitchen for years to come!
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BTW, the calibration function doesn't seem to do anything unless you do it with ambient temps between 23-41 deg F, meaning you need to stick the whole thing in the freezer to try to recalibrate it.
When it worked it worked fine. Now that its screwed up it is useless. Good news is that it has a 5 year warranty, so I guess I'll be trying to contact CDN about fixing it.
UPDATE: I mailed in the bad one to CDN and they sent me a new one. So far it works as advertised.
My Proaccurate (DTQ450) thermometer started to give me problems. I would stick it in the meat and it would intermittently just show ---- dashes. This was very frustrating. I called CDN and spoke to Judy and they said that this sometimes happens if you chip the red paint on the end. I was not aware that this was that easily damaged. After speaking with Judy, I asked if they would exchange it for a more durable model. No problem, they recommended the q2-450x as more durable but it has a different shape and would not read quite as fast, maybe a few seconds slower. Note the "x" at the end of the pn, that is the one without the delicate paint. Got the new one, and I like the different shape OK but indeed it is a few seconds slower. Not a problem for me, it works just fine. While I am not happy that I had problems with the original thermometer, I was very impressed with how quickly CDN fixed it. It was a little rough without the thermometer for a week, but now we are back to perfectly cooked meat!
I wasn't the type to use a thermometer when grilling.....always just guessed by time and by how it looked on the outside. I was pretty good at it but is was still hit and miss. With this little device, you get the meat just how you like it. Great to ensure chops are not overcooked and tough. Gives the temp within seconds, I love it, wouldn't grill without it.
I've found a variety of uses beyond the normal "is this chicken done?" test. For example-- my reheated lasagna is hot on the surface-- is it hot in the middle? Is the water I'm heating for my Aeropress (coffee maker) too hot? How close is the pasta water to boiling? Has my bread dough reached the recommended proofing temperature of 77-81 degrees?
This tool is so fun to use that you'll find new things to do with thermometers in your kitchen.
Update, Dec 2009: Three+ years on and this thermometer continues to work flawlessly. I have not yet needed to replace the battery! This is a great deal and one of the best gifts you can get an aspiring cook. I've also had good luck with this probe thermometer: Polder Classic Cooking Thermometer/Timer, Graphite which is excellent for telling when a roast has hit medium rare, and then when it has rested long enough to slice.
Update, Dec 2011: Over the years I accumulated a couple of these thermometers. On one, the battery cover broke. On the second, the battery finally died but was easily replaced. Still an amazing product.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still have, still use. still works. I'd say after 7 years of regular use, that's an indication of good quality.Published 1 month ago by Sarge
Does the job.. Just wish it held in the holder better.Published 4 months ago by Charles J. Ferraris
So far it seems to work fine. The readings aren't as fast as I presumed, but it's not bad. I like the digital readout. It's very easy to see.Published 5 months ago by N. C. Walker
functional but not outstanding. seems to take longer then expected to get it to settle on a temp.Published 6 months ago by Little Goat Services LLC
Good thermometer. I bought mine about 6 years ago on Amazon and it has held up. Finally had to replace the batteries. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bob Dobbs