Barbecue Thermometers Take a Look

I’d like to think that Barbecue thermometers will last forever. After all, I pay good money for a product and I expect that. The reality is that most products today do not have a long life expectancy. What to do? Pick your product carefully. Check to see what the warranty is. Is the manufacturer a name that you have heard before and you can trust? Where is the product produced? Most likely China. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Manufacturers who have plants overseas have strict production guidelines and they produce quality products. If I am familiar with a manufacturer of a barbecue thermometer and feel it is well made, I will purchase it, but I never expect it to last a lifetime.

The biggest killer of Barbecue thermometers is water and heat. Digital styles have a motherboard, with lots of tiny wires and connections. Just like a smart phone, if it gets wet, more than likely it’s ruined. At that point, you can always try to immerse the digital barbecue thermometer in rice for a few days to help dry it out. It might work if you are lucky enough to catch thermometer before it is totally drenched. I say it’s always worth a try!

Heat can cook your digital thermometer too! If you see that you have melted the exterior thermometer casing, imagine what it may have done to the interior wires and motherboard? If you find that your barbecue thermometer isn’t working due to excessive temperatures, I am afraid there isn’t much you can do to resurrect it! Time for a new barbecue thermometer.

Treat your thermometer like you treat your smart phone. With care. Always keep it away from extreme heat and water. Never immerse the unit in water when cleaning. After use, just use paper towels to clean the exterior and probes. Remove the batteries when not in use. Batteries that are kept in the thermometer, can leak causing corrosion to the interior battery compartment and could leak onto the mother board.

Here are a few of the barbecue thermometers that I think are worth taking a look at:

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ChefAlarm (Blue)ChefAlarm (Blue)Grill Kings Bluetooth Barbecue Thermometer, Set of 2 ProbesGrill Kings Bluetooth Barbecue Thermometer, Set of 2 ProbesIvation Long Range Wireless Meat Thermometer w/ Bonus Probe - Remote BBQ Cooking Thermometer - Monitors Up To 325 Feet Away - 3 Probes IncludedIvation Long Range Wireless Meat Thermometer w/ Bonus Probe – Remote BBQ Cooking Thermometer – Monitors Up To 325 Feet Away – 3 Probes IncludedInkbird 150ft Digital Cooking Bluetooth Wireless Grill Meat Oven BBQ Thermometer with Stainless Steel Probe (Thermometer w/ Two Sensors)Inkbird 150ft Digital Cooking Bluetooth Wireless Grill Meat Oven BBQ Thermometer with Stainless Steel Probe (Thermometer w/ Two Sensors)ThermoPro TP08 Wireless Remote Digital Kitchen Cooking Meat Thermometer - Dual Probe for BBQ Smoker Grill Oven - Monitors Food from 300 Feet AwayThermoPro TP08 Wireless Remote Digital Kitchen Cooking Meat Thermometer – Dual Probe for BBQ Smoker Grill Oven – Monitors Food from 300 Feet AwayThermoPro TP20 Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with Dual Probe for Smoker Grill Oven BBQThermoPro TP20 Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with Dual Probe for Smoker Grill Oven BBQ

 

Five Instant Read Thermometers Under $20

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.

Maverick ET-733 Barbecue Smoker Meat Thermometer Review

maverick et733 barbecue thermometer

Maverick ET-733 Barbecue Smoker Meat Thermometer

The Maverick ET-733 Barbecue Smoker Meat Thermometer comes equipped with great new features and upgrades that every Grillmaster won’t be able to live without. Touting a larger orange backlit screen on the receiver,and a wireless range of 300 Feet. Add New Hybrid probes to the mix gives the Grillmaster flexibility and ease of use. The controls are easy to use with 15 new preset temperatures for your standard meats, plus 9 bonus preset temps for game meats- the ET-733 barbecue smoker thermometer does just about everything except put the rub on the meat!

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Comparison Table for Maverick ET-73, Maverick ET-732, Maverick  ET-733 Barbecue Thermometers

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Check the Comparison table to see side by side differences between these 3 barbecue thermometers from Maverick.The Maverick ET-73 was replaced by the new Maverick ET-732. The major differences between the et-73 and the et-732 thermometers are the range, due to exterior reconfiguring of the antennas on the Maverick ET-732. The probes for the ET-732 and ET-73 are the same, however, they can’t be interchanged.The Et-73 probes are rated for 410 Degrees while the et-732 is rated to 572 degrees. If you want to get the new Maverick ET-732 barbecue thermometer, you won’t be able to use the probes from your old Maverick ET-73. The Maverick ET-733 thermometer was introduced in October 2013, so I added the features to the comparison table. It has many of the same features as the ET-732, along with some very nice updated features listed below

 

Maverick ET-73Maverick ET-732Maverick ET-733 Barbecue Smoker Thermometer
interior antenna has range of 100 feetexterior antenna has range of 300 feetexterior antenna has range of 300 ft
temperature alarm for above and below programmed tempstemperature alarm for above and below programmed tempstemperature alarm for above and below programmed temps
out of range alarmout of range alarmout or range alarm
backlight for night usebacklight for night usebacklight for night use/ plus larger LCD Display
temperature range 140F to 410Ftemperature range 32F to 572FTemperature range 32F to 572F
no loss link alertloss link alert when out of 300 ft rangeloss link alert when out of 300 ft range
2 probes rated to 716 degrees replacement probes available2 probes rated to 716 degrees replacement probes available2 hybrid probes rated to 716 degrees replacement probes available
count up and down timercount up and down timercount up and down timer
no resync buttonresync button allows quick re-registering of transmitter signalresync button allows quick re-registering of transmitter signal
no pre-set meat Temperatures no pre-set meat Temperatures 15 New Preset Temperatures for types of meat
no bonus preset temperaturesno bonus preset temperatures9 BONUS preset temperatures for Game
1 meat probe and 1 smoker probe1 meat probe and 1 smoker probe2 meat probes best for grilling