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ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen (Black) Professional Thermocouple Cooking Thermometer

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  • True 3-second readings, World's fastest cooking thermometer, Rated #1 by leading Cook's Magazine
  • 4.5 inch probe reaches center of roasts, turkeys, etc. Safely measure BBQ, boiling sugars, fryers
  • Range -58 to 572°F covers all cooking and chilling temperatures including deep frying
  • Accuracy better than ±0.7°F Traceable to National Standards, calibration certificate with test data
  • Can be calibrated with digital Trim-Adjust, pro instrument technology superior to cheap housewares
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Product Description

Color: Black

Read food temps in 3 seconds or less! Thermocouple needle senses real-time temperature changes more precisely than low-cost thermistor units. The 4.5 inch probe reaches the center of large roasts and turkeys. On the BBQ, probe length keeps you and the electronics further from the heat. Popular with pastry chefs, it reaches into pots for boiling sugars and into the center of baked goods. Deep fryers safely measured where competing short probes would expose you to splattering oil. Each Super-Fast® Thermapen® comes with a NIST-Traceable certificate of calibration giving actual test data to prove its accuracy relative to National Temperature Standards. NSF listed. No buttons to confuse you or trap grime. Open the probe, Thermapen turns on. Close it, it turns off. Battery compartment settings personalize your unit. Disable the Auto-Off so the Thermapen is always ready when the probe is open. Change display from °F to °C. Select 1 degree or 0.1 degree. Use Trim-Adjust with an ice bath to calibrate for even better accuracy. Thermapen is the most highly recommended food thermometer in the world. Preferred by celebrity chefs, health inspectors, pro BBQ teams and restaurant chains. The Super-Fast speed and accuracy tell you more than any other thermometer about what's actually happening in food while it cooks. Hand made in a professional instrument factory in England, the Thermapen's measurement technology is faster and more accurate than mass-produced houseware thermometers. Splash-Proof industrial design with molded-in seals, high-temp plastics, and minimal food traps survives wet and messy commercial kitchens in demanding ops worldwide. Knock-offs don't use the same instrument technology, therefore don't perform the same or last as long. Comes with a guidebook explaining how to use a Super-Fast thermometer for accurate readings and better food. Includes a 2-year warranty backed by ThermoWorks Tech Support center and NIST-traceable calibration laboratory.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.9 x 5 x 1.1 inches
Item Weight 3.5 ounces
Shipping Weight 7.8 ounces
Department mens, womens
Manufacturer ThermoWorks
Item model number 231-277
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4.9 out of 5 stars 1,192 customer reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #113,377 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#204 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Utensils & Gadgets > Thermometers & Timers > Instant-Read
Date first available at Amazon.com July 6, 2009

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By C. G. King TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 12, 2009
I've tried other thermometers, but got frustrated waiting endlessly while they slowly ticked upward. I don't have that problem with the Thermapen. With the others, I spent too much time with my head in the oven (and the heat getting out) and it finally occurred to me that I'd be better off paying for a really good FAST thermometer that would work in a variety of settings. I bake bread and like to check the internal temperature of large loaves to ensure proper doneness, but don't much want a big hole in the bottom. The probe on the Thermapen is very slender so the hole is significantly smaller than when I've used the others.

Another thing I like is that when you open the Thermapen, it's instant on, close it and it's off. The changeable battery is easily accessible when, and if, you need to change it, ensuring a very long life.

One bonus for me is that I may be cooking a single serving of something so there isn't much space to insert a thermometer. The sensor in this probe is quite near the end so you don't have to insert it very far to get a good reading. The only thing I don't like is that being left-handed, the display is on the wrong side for me, so I have to consciously think to hold it in my right hand in order to read it.

I ended up with my multitude of probe thermometers because none of them really did the job satisfactorily. Happily, this thermometer is really effective. While I don't plan to get it wet, who knows, the kitchen is a volatile place, so I decided to spend a little more for the water resistant version to ensure that wouldn't be a problem. It doesn't clip on to a pan so doesn't work for candy, but I've used it for just about everything else and am very satisfied.
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I have the prior model but the comments still apply.

Very simply, there are two things to say about the Thermapen.

1. A hundred bucks for a thermometer?!

2. It's the best kitchen thermometer, with no competition.

So, yes, $100 means that you need to be a serious cook to need this. If you're not, there are perfectly able "instant-read" thermometers for $10-20 and you should get one of those, try it in boiling water to confirm that it's accurate (it probably will be) and use it. It will be perfectly fine.

But if you are a serious cook, you will appreciate that instant read for this product means under ten seconds (I think the new model is faster) but for the $15 ones, it means more like 30.

This product is fast, dead-accurate, and has a tiny probe that lets you take pinpoint readings.

You don't HAVE to have this. Unless you're like me, and you HAVE to have it.

Update: Do shop around and look at Thermoworks' website. They have various models and sometimes have sales.

Further update: I agree with the comments people like Kimberly have added -- get it at Thermoworks' own website, as the sellers here seem to be profiteering.
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This is a fantastic Thermometer but I am placing this review at 1 star because for some reason Amazon is selling this at a 50% premium to the price you can find elsewhere (even the Thermoworks site is way cheaper) which I find completely unacceptable. Batteries lasted for years before I replaced them and my cooking has improved in amazing ways now that I can just get an accurate temp quickly. This probe is so fast to react, I can even get an accurate temperature gradient across something very thick by pushing it through slowly. Buy it but beware, it should only be costing you around a hundred or less.
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I bought one of these just over a year ago now. My wife thought I was nuts when she found out how much it was. I have to say I am SERIOUSLY impressed - no waiting on temperature reads. Stick it in and "BAM!" it tells you in under a second what the temp. is. I've used it for making mochas/lattes, meats on the grill, breads, just about anything I can poke with it.

Well worth the money.
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One of my favorite kitchen gadgets, period. Worth every penny. I had a previous model, but eventually water seepage did it in. I just bought the new water-resistant model. So my comments are about the pen in general.

Get it. It's worth it! I'm not wasting as much meat and foods, from over or undercooking. It's paid for itself. And we're getting more enjoyment from our meals--tender, perfectly done roast or chicken, custard, fish, whatever. Yes, it will work with small thicknesses of fish. I know when my oil is ready, and when what temp my water bath is. Grilling is so much easier. And I don't have to hold my oven door open long at all when taking a reading, so there's less up and down heat cycling.

The digital display has large numbers which are easy to read. It's highly accurate, time after time, and dead simple to use. Flip it out, take a reading, clean, and close.

Tip: instead of buying an expensive case, I got a 50 cent vinyl and lined eyeglasses sleeve-style case at the thrift store. That's enough protection for it in my kitchen drawer.

Also, I wash my tip after use, and set the pen's base across the little cutlery holder in my dish drain, being sure to angle the metal probe downwards, so that water doesn't migrate back towards the electronics, if I was busy and didn't have the time to dry it right that second. I believe that my husband using damp hands once too often might've been my first one's demise. I'm excited to be getting a new water-resistant one. But I'll still take that precaution when washing and drying it.

I can't recommend this tool highly enough. Wish I'd had it decades ago.
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