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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a digital probe thermometer that can take the heat!, February 3, 2005
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This review is from: CDN DTP482 Digital Programmable Probe Thermometer/Timer (Kitchen)
Having burned out, drenched, accidentally kinked, and destroyed enough Polder probes to fill an oven, I finally threw in the towel and went elsewhere for a digital probe thermometer. CDN's Proaccurate may finally be the end of my search for a worthy successor.

Digital probe thermometers are a godsend for cooks who like to set it and forget it when cooking. You want that steak done to exactly 145 degrees? The probe thermometer will tell you. Just stick it in the meat, set the finished temp, and let the beep tell you when it's exactly medium rare. When it works, this kind of thermometer is indispensable.

Therein lies the rub, though. "When it works...." Most of the digital probe thermometers on the market suffer from the same chink in the armor--their probes are flimsy. Not only are the wires inside the probe itself thin when compared with the braided metal housing that holds them, but they can't take the heat, either. Most probes top out at a little over 380 degrees. You run the risk of burning it out when checking oil temperatures, something every probe should be able to do. And if your oven cycles its heat on and off, you could have it set for 350 but it may vary between 300 and 400 while cooking for twenty minutes or more. The result is a cooked probe.

But not with the CDN Proaccurate. The probe cord itself is significantly thicker (fifty percent or more, from my guess) and the temperature tops out almost a hundred degrees higher than the other guys at 482. Plus, unlike the other guys, this unit carries a full five year warranty--including the probe. You can't find that in any other digital probe thermometer I've seen.


* Probe withstands highest heat I've seen offered--482 degrees F--and is far more hefty than competitors

* Meat selector settings (Chicken, Beef, Lamb, Turkey, Pork, Veal) with doneness levels

* Accurate. Approved for Food Service Industry usage

* Twenty-four hour count down and up timer

* Large display

* Includes wall mount, magnetic attachment to metal surfaces, and is free-standing

* Good price point

* Five year warranty

* CDN was swift in answering e-mailed questions I had about the unit


* No seconds displayed on timer

* Design won't be confused with anything coming out of Europe :-)

* Non-intuitive operation on a couple functions

* Plastic case is not heat-resistant

* Tiny indicator makes it hard to tell if the unit is running when using timer

* Alarm is not as loud as other units out there

* Probe still prone to water damage (no dishwasher)

* Hard to read times less than ten minutes due to shadow of case on digits near the right side

Overall, as a new user my review is positive. Time will tell concerning ruggedness, but I am hopeful given the clear difference in probes between the CDN and other units out there. This CDN model is almost worthy of five stars, but the lack of seconds on the timer is a bad design decision from my point of view. I know from experience with other units that watching those seconds roll by gave me some assurance from a distance that the timer was running.

So for all you Polder and Taylor users who are exasperated with probe failures on your thermometers, this CDN may be what you've been looking for.
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Initial post: Oct 25, 2007 8:35:51 PM PDT
ADP803 says:
So, is your review still positive after almost 3 years?
Thanks for your time, AP

Posted on Oct 26, 2007 9:54:01 PM PDT
Yes, I'm still positive. The unit still works. It withstands temps that fry other units. I had the original probe fail after about sixteen months, so I contacted the company. They promptly sent a replacement free of charge. Interestingly, after a couple months, the failed probe (which I kept) started working again. So now I have two. I have no idea what caused the failed probe to fail, nor can I explain why it started working again. I suspect some water was trapped inside it and very gradually evaporated.

Thumbs up on this product!

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 7:53:54 AM PST
It's December 2008 and this unit still works great four years after my purchase. After going through numerous competitors' thermometers, I found one that will last.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008 7:06:29 AM PST
SheTurtle says:
Is this thermometer manufactured in the US?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2009 8:06:28 AM PST
No, China.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009 2:48:48 PM PDT
NoahBody says:
Excelent review.

It would be nice if amazon included "Max Temp" and "Probe diameter" in their data on the products.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2010 11:25:29 AM PST
MCRS says:
Does the thremometer (alarm) also work for cooling? I'm looking for a probe thermometer to use for making things like yogurt so I need to know when the milk has cooled to the right temperature after being heated. Thank you.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 8:15:13 AM PST
Joseph Owen says:

How long is the probe cable, I want to use it with my smoker and I'd like to have an idea how far it can reach to the inside of the cabinet.



In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2011 6:19:07 PM PST


In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2011 8:52:29 AM PST
Joseph Owen says:
Long enough, thanks Daniel.
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