Top positive review
on December 30, 2014
This thermometer is amazing. There are a few downsides however, but please don't let these deter you from buying this, they are all superficial. This is one of the best purchases I have ever made on Amazon and I would buy it again in a heartbeat. The first downside is that the probes are somewhat fragile. This whole unit is water resistant and will work in the rain just fine, but if you completely submerge the probes in water you WILL ruin them. That means you can only clean them by wiping them off. My original probes still work over a year later though, and I have accidentally left them outside in adverse weather on a couple occasions so i wouldn't worry too much. The second downside is that the transmitter and receiver themselves have a cheap plastic feel to them. They don't feel like they would break easily or anything, they just are very lightweight and made of plastic. Not any more so than any other kitchen thermometer you would buy in a store though. This doesn't bother me at all, but I know that it will bother some people so I thought I would mention it. The third downside is that every time you press a button it makes a somewhat loud and annoying "beep" sound. There is no way to turn this off. It really is not that bad though, you just have to deal with it when you are setting the temperature and time, and after that you don't have to touch it again for the rest of the cook.
Now for the good stuff. This is VERY accurate, and has a very good range... I even went over to the park on the next block over and I could still read the temperature of my smoker. It is water resistant, so you can use it in rain or shine. You can set a "temperature range" for your smoker, and if your smoker goes outside that range the device will beep and notify you... This is VERY useful, and means that once you get your smoker dialed in, you don't have to worry about constantly checking the temperature. I use this feature for overnight cooks. I keep the device next to me while i sleep and if my smoker gets too hot or cold it beeps and I get up and make the necessary adjustments. This makes those long 12-14 hour cooks so much less stressful. It also has a back light feature so you can read the temperature in the dark. It will notify you when the internal temperature of whatever you are cooking reaches whatever you set it at, eliminating the worry of over/under cooked food. Also, the battery life is pretty good. I usually get five or six 12+ hour cooks out of it before I have to swap out the batteries.
I highly recommend this product. You will not regret buying this.