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Maverick CT-03 Digital Oil & Candy Thermomter
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- Digital thermometer with 14 pre-programmed settings for hot oil and candy
- Signals with beeps and flashes when ideal temperature is reached
- Large LCD monitor; splatter/heat shield; pivoting stainless-steel probe
- Automatic shut-off after 3-1/2 minutes
- Runs on AAA battery (included); wipes clean with damp cloth
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Sturdily built with a stainless-steel splatter/heat shield, the thermometer features a 10-1/2-inch pivoting probe and a large LCD monitor. Simple icons guide pre-set use, while a handy temperature guide on the back helps out with measurements. Readings can be displayed in either Fahrenheit or Celsius, and when the ideal temperature is reached, the monitor beeps and flashes. The unit comes with a sturdy clip for the side of the pot and wipes up clean with a damp cloth. Maverick also includes automatic shut-off and a low-battery indicator. The unit runs on a AAA battery, which is included. --Emily Bedard
Top Customer Reviews
The manufacturer got a the hardware design and functionally right. The temperature readings are very accurate. The view-screen tilts for easy reading, even on pots with sloping sides. And having the 14 most common candy and oil temperatures stored in the unit for easy selection is a nice addition, unfortunately it's also the Maverick's Achilles heel.
Because if you ever want to cook something at a temperature 'other' than those 14 presets, you may as well use a cheap analog thermometer. Unlike any other digital thermometer I've ever used, the Maverick does not permit setting of custom temperature alarms. You'll either use their 14 alarm presets or nothing at all.
Certainly the unit will display whatever temperature it is currently reading, but so can any $3 analog candy thermometer. In my mind, the primary purpose of a digital thermometer is to alert a cook when a specific temperature is reached. Not allowing the cook to set alarms at their chosen temperatures is a ridiculous and fatal defect.
The unit does have some issues even aside from that major flaw. The 14 available temperatures are selected from an LCD display, unfortunately the text on the display is very tiny it's awfully difficult to read. I have good eyesight, those suffering even moderate nearsightedness will be unable to read this display unassisted. This tiny-text problem seems also to a consequence of those 14 presets. If this thermometer worked like most other digital thermometers, the display would be more than big enough show 3 digit temperatures in huge lettering.Read more ›
The clip still works, though, and coupled with my wonderful Polder probe thermometer, I've got the best candy thermometer ever.
My first Maverick CT-03 was off by 7 degrees as measured by boiling water and comparing all my thermometers. Being near sea level, they all measured within 1 degree of 212 degrees F. The first CT-03 measured 205. Also, when cooking bubbling candy, the bubbles and evaporation gave it a lot of trouble, the temperature was wild and often went down! I did keep the tip off the bottom and used a narrow pot to keep it properly submerged. Needless to say, the first batch of fudge was overcooked and ruined.
Other major limitations:
You can not set the temp alarm to a value you choose, you can only select from the small presets that some might find difficult to read. With carry over, you often want an alarm that is a few degrees below a certain temperature.
The presets just say things like "soft ball" instead of also listing the temp. If you want to know what they think "soft ball" is, you have to consult a sticker on the back.
There is a "max temperature reached" alarm, but no "minimum temperature reached".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it stopped working the 1st time I used i had to pull out battery and put it back in to start working againPublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
The first time I used this thermometer it started off OK but as the oil began to heat up the display went to all 8s with an error indication. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Charlie
Used the thermometer for making caramel and fudge. Both turned out great.
The product is faulty, it just turns itself off for now reason. I didn't use it until recently, so I missed the timeframe to return it. Grrr! Not worth it!!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I have owned one of these for 3 years and it works perfectly. I ordered another one from Amazon and it didn't work properly. I was
able to return it and had it replaced. Read more
If I could give this item less than 1 star I would. from the time I purchased this item I had nothing but trouble. I thought it was turning itself off because of batteries, Nope. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David McClure
I bought this thermometer to make divinty. The Maverick CT-03 is fabulous! My divinity came out okay for a first attempt. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Liz C.
Top heavy. Tipped pots of hot sugar and hot oil over. Couldn't read thermometer because it still steamed overPublished 2 months ago by shopper girl