An Instant Read Thermometer for under $20?

Can you get a quality instant read thermometer under $20? Yes, you can! But It can be difficult to figure out which instant read thermometer has the best features and is really the best buy for the money.In order to figure out what are the top 5 instant read thermometers under $20 I determined what features are the most important in buying a quality thermometer.

Number 1 CDN DTQ450X Instant Read Thermometer

cdn instant read thermometerIt was no surprise that the CDN DQT450X instant read thermometer is the Number 1 best seller on amazon and is my number 1 pick for the best instant read thermometer. It is hard to find an instant read thermometer which offers a recalibrate feature, along with a maximum temperature range of -40 to 450, and an almost unheard of 5 year warranty. The only drawback which received a low mark on my rating scale was how fast a reading could be taken, which was between 6 to 8 seconds. Granted 6 to 8 seconds is super fast, but there are thermometers out there that give readings in the 3 to 5 second range, but they simply do not compare to the excellent features the CDN DTQ 450X has.

  • reading in 6-8 seconds
  • great for measuring temp in thin cuts of meat
  • 5-inch stainless steel stem
  • data-hold capabilities
  • 10-minute auto-off
  • Can be calibrated
  • Temperature range of -40 to 450 degrees F (-40 to 230 degrees C)
  • backed by 5-year limited warranty

Number 2 Taylor 9842 Instant Read Thermometer

taylor 9842 instant read thermometer 7Feature for feature, these two instant read thermometers are in a dead heat for the number one spot. The only reason the Taylor9842 came in second place is because they couldn’t beat the 5 year warranty of the CDN and the price point was a few dollars cheaper. Taylor offers a 1 year warranty on this thermometer.

  • Temperature range is from -40 to 450 degrees
  • Stem Measures 5- inches long
  • on/off button protects the life of the battery
  • easy-to-read 1-inch LCD dial
  • can be calibrated
  • Response time-6 seconds with 2 second updates
  • 1 year warranty

Number 3 Taylor Weekend Warrior 806E4L Instant Read Thermometer

taylor instant read thermometer weekend warriorAnother product by Taylor is the Weekend Warrior 806E4L. This is a great thermometer that competes with the top 2 thermometers on my list. Under $20 and has some great features such as temperature range of -40 to 450F.

  • Waterproof
  • backlit LCD screen
  • Can be recalibrated
  • one year warranty

Number 4 CDN DT450X Instant Read Thermometer

CDN DT450X Instant Read ThermometerRounding out the number 4 spot on my list of the top 5 instant read thermometers is another product by CDN. The CDN DT450X also has a a 5 year warranty which is simply hard to beat, but other features puts this instant read thermometer right where it belongs on this list such as a temperature range of -40 to 450F and 6 second readings. Why is it number 4? The thermometer is calibrated at the factory and there is no recalibration feature.

  • reading in 6-8 seconds
  • Factory calibrated/can not be calibrated
  • 5 year manufacturers warranty

Number 5 Comark PDT300 Instant Read Thermometer

comark instant read thermometerThe Comark PDT300 Instant Read Thermometer rounds out my list of the top 5 instant read thermometers under $20. With a 6 second reading result, and a recalibration feature, this thermometer is a great buy for under $20. It features a 6 second response time, 1 year warranty,and it has the re-calibration feature. Why is it number 5. The temperature range is only -58 to 300F

  • Waterproof
  • 6 second response time
  • calibrateable
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty
  • LCD Display
  • temperature range -58 to 300F

How the Ratings Were Assigned

My criteria in determining the top 5 instant read thermometers under $20 were , how fast does the thermometer deliver an accurate reading, minimum and maximum temperature levels, calibration, warranty, reviews, number of stars,and finally price. How did I come up with the most important things a consumer wants in a thermometer? I read reviews online, from Amazon, to Walmart, and went to the manufacturers of the thermometers to help me determine what a consumer wants in these products and what the differences are in the thermometers.

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Reviewed Item
CDN DTQ450X Instant Read Thermometer,Taylor 9842 Instant Read Thermometer, Taylor Weekend Warrior 806E4L, CDN DT450X Instant Read Thermometer,Comark PDT300 Instant Read Thermometer
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