Polder THM-515 Stainless Steel Candy/Jelly/Deep Fry Thermometer
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- Easy-to-read, large temperature zones printed directly on unit
- Solid construction is made from rust-proof stainless steel
- Insulated handle does not retain heat
- Range: 90°F to 400°F (30°C to 200°C)
- Dishwasher safe
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For the past 40 years Polder has been building on our reputation as a leading brand, supplying consumers with well designed, high quality home goods. The core aspiration of the brand is to offer products that make daily tasks easier while offering quality, value and elegant design. We create items that employ only worthy innovation and user centered benefits as the hallmarks.
As a company we are passionate about products, design, and the evolution of how people use items in the home every day. At Polder, life meets style.
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|Item Dimensions||4.75 x 6.75 x 15.25 in||0.88 x 3.75 x 15.31 in||6 x 4.5 x 1 in||0.85 x 2.13 x 12 in||4.25 x 16.5 x 1.5 in||5 x 9.7 x 1.8 in|
Polder has been offering everyday products with extraordinary design since its launch. The company was established in 1976, delivering better quality European-styled housewares to the U.S. market. Throughout the years, Polder has built an eclectic collection of core home categories, including kitchen timers and thermometers, laundry and ironing products, kitchen scales, and a variety of other storage solutions. Polder products are tested and certified for their consistent high quality by independent standards labs. This thermometer is a perfect example of the high standard product.
Top Customer Reviews
I wanted it to make toffee, which needs to reach around 305 F. The one we got worked pretty well until it got to around 250 F, slowly increasing to point to around 270 F - and then not rising above that, no matter how hot the sugar got.
The first time I tried it, I noticed that the toffee started getting really dark and the thermometer was stuck at 270. The second time, I used another (different model) thermometer for comparison. While the other thermometer had reached 310, this one was still at 270 F. The toffee was indeed around 310, as when I emptied it onto the tray it was a dark caramel color and it was the right toffee consistency. I uploaded a graph showing the real temperature vs the temperature read by this thermometer (see under customer images).
I was sad that this thermometer didn't work.
I should have realized they had a limited life by the inordinate amount of probe replacements that are for sale on amazon and other suppliers.
This is your first clue, and the cost is nearly the same as the thermometer itself.
This bulb thermometer is outstanding. A reviewer wrote that the bulb is an inch above the bottom safety guard . On mine it is only a fraction of an inch. Perhaps his/hers was an isolated case. Being that it is low allows you to work with very little liquid and unlike probes the sensitive part of the thermometer doesn't rest on the bottom of the pan thereby giving you a more accurate reading.
The printed numbers are large enough to see well and the glass doesn't become fogged with condensate like most vial type round glass thermometers.
The handle at the top makes for easy removal from your pan and a clip on the top back allows you to not lose your precious reader in your pot of goodies, which has happened to me on occasion with thermometers that have no way to hold them to a container. I highly recommend this for candy making, jams, jellies and other liquids. Great for deep frying. Obviously, if you are roasting meat a probe will serve you better. I guess the right tool for the job is the adage here.
Lesson learned: You get what you pay for. This thermometer is cheap... and *very* inaccurate. This is a dangerous item to own, and it boggles my mind that Amazon allows it to be sold like this. It's downright reckless. These things are going to burn down someone's house someday. Mine is going in the trash.
July 17 update -- I contacted Polder and said the thermometer was off by several degrees, so they sent me a new one. This one registered too high! I had both Polder thermometers and my digital thermometer in one pot of water. At temperatures below 150, the readings on the Polder thermometers differed by 15 degrees! Once the temperature reached 180 on the digital thermometer, the replacement one tracked the digital one pretty well. But the original one I bought registered low by about 6 degrees.
I think I'll try a Wilton one again. Eventually the numbers wear off, but at least it is accurate!