The Original Cooking Thermometer/Timer by ThermoWorks
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- Rated #1 by Cook's Illustrated
- Extremely easy to set
- Digital display of food temperature, alarm temperature and countdown timer
- Put the probe into food and close oven door. Set the temp and alarm will ring when done
- Set any alarm temperature between 32 F and 392 F
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Top Customer Reviews
Before buying this model, I went through 2 other brands / models, and this one is best. I generally use it several times a week. For example, I insert it in my whole-wheat bread loaves after they've baked for 15 minutes; the alarm enables me to remove them from my baking stone at the perfect time, when the interior temp is 194. Keeping the probe in the loaf for a few minutes after removing the latter from the oven has enabled me to determine that residual heat causes the interior temp to rise to the desired 200 degrees. People compliment me on these loaves all the time, and I've never had a failure since I started using this tool.
My probe has been dropped numerous times, but I've never had to replace any parts and it's still working great.
I suspect the negative reviews are due to one of the following:
1) Some people appear to have been writing about the OLDER model, not the new and improved Model TW362B.
2) Maybe people have been using it at temps that are too high. Like ALL other probe-and-cable type thermometers that I've seen, this one can't be used in ovens that have been heated to high temps, and I wouldn't think it could tolerate the high heat of a grill, for instance. That may explain many of the failures people have written about!Read more ›
Then I heard from ThermoWorks!
After posting the review above, I received an email, followed by a phone call from the company. The person who contacted me was very sincere and seemed to really believe in his product and wanted to help me figure out what I was doing to cause it to fail. He offered me a new unit for free if I would give it another try. I said no, I didn't have time to be testing it.
But he asked me some questions about how I used it and suggested what might be the problem. It seems that you have to be careful not to let the wire from the probe to the unit touch the oven rack or the roasting pan. He asked me if I had been careful to keep the wire taught to avoid this contact. I had to admit I had not, I do not remember this being part of the written instructions that came with the unit I bought, because as I said in my original post, I read and follow instructions carefully. (I wonder if such instructions now come with the unit!)
So I agreed to try again and he quickly sent me another unit with an extra probe. It was months before I finally tested it.Read more ›
I would recommend buying a replacement probe as well. For under $10 it is your best insurance against an inaccurate probe - especially when you're stuck at the bottom of the planet. My probe was spot on for both the ice water and boiling water (corrected for altitude) tests.
One thing which the thermometer does not have (and would have been nice for our purposes) is the ability to sound the alarm when the temperature drops to a certain set temperature. The alarm only sounds when the temperature rises to a specific temperature from below (i.e. heats up). A cool down alarm would be especially nice to warn us when our warm milk had cooled to the correct temperature to add the yoghurt starter. Though I can understand that this is missing, as this is not the intended use for the thermometer.
All in all, I am very happy with this thermometer and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this thermometer and I often recommend it. I've had mine for about 4 years now and I use it for soaping, so it REALLY takes a beating. Read morePublished 1 day ago by William A. Warren
If aren't using a thermometer to cook your meat you are probably over cooking your meat. This work great and is very responsive.Published 1 month ago by Justin Ackerman
My wife loves and swears by this thermometer and she is quite the chef.Published 2 months ago by cgwhites
Love, love, love this product. I purchased one for my daughter and she told me, "This is one of the best things you ever got us!"Published 4 months ago by Lady Irish
I liked this until the batteries died but now want to know why I can buy an assault weapon easier than I can change the batteries in this critter. Read morePublished 6 months ago by OldBay