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.

Taylor 9842 Instant Read Thermometer Review

taylor 9842 instant read thermometer

The Taylor 9842 instant read thermometer has a lot going for it besides it’s pretty yellow color.One of the best sellers on amazon,this instant read thermometer is part of Taylor’s Commercial line which has set high standards in thermometers. The heavy duty construction holds up extremely well in the most exacting conditions. It has a very wide range when it comes to reading temperatures, from hot to cold. The taylor instant read thermometer features large dials for easy readability and complies with the USDA requirements, and is certified by NFS. Both organizations set the standards for the safety of our meat and quality control of the products that are used to test them. So if you are looking for an accurate, multipurpose instant read thermometer that can be recalibrated to give you dead on temperature readings, this instant read thermometer by Taylor deserves a look.

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CDN DTQ450X Instant Read Thermometer Review

CDN instant read thermometer
The CDN ProAccurate DTQ450X instant read thermometer promises to deliver accurate temperature readings in 6 seconds. Add an attractive price to the mix and and its many wonderful features, this thermometer will become a vital part of your cooking arsenal.
Talk about versatility, the CDN ProAccurate Quick Read Thermometer is a must have tool for making beer, candy making, roasting meat, smoking meat, tempering chocolate and baking bread. And, with its thin sensor tip this instant read thermometer is great for checking the temperature of super thin cuts of meat too.
The thermometer is easy to use, with its large digital display and because of its many features and great price point, the CDN 450X instant read thermometer is a popular choice for people who demand performance, accuracy and quality.

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Maverick ET732 Barbecue Thermometer Review

BBQ Meat Thermometer
Maverick ET732 Barbecue Thermometer
When I first saw theMaverick ET-732 wireless Barbecue Thermometer Set, I didn’t think it was much different from other Barbecue thermometers on the market today, but after a thorough review of this thermometer, I’ve changed my mind.This barbecue thermometer is the perfect tool for anyone who loves to barbecue, smoke or cook and wants their food to turn out perfectly every time. You know how expensive cuts of meat are today and you don’t want to over or under cook you food. Using this barbecue thermometer makes the job easier than you ever thought possible, so you will want to familiarize yourself with the great benefits and features of the Maverick ET-732 Barbecue Thermometer

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Thermapen Instant Read Thermometer Review

Thermapen Instant Read Thermometer Review

  • alt tagThe Splash-Proof, Super Fast Thermapen is a precision, instant read thermometer that was originally designed for commercial kitchens labratories, and manufacturing plants. The thermapen has now crossed from industrial use and into the kitchen to become the top cooking thermometer for home use. Thermapen instant read thermometer is an essential tool for your kitchen because it can be used for virtually anything that you want a temperature on, from hot to cold. It has more fans than the Beetles (well, sort of…),and is highly recommended by Alton Brown’s Good Eats, America’s Test Kitchen, and the New Cooks Catalogue, just to name a few of the over 80 magazines, TV shows, celebrity and professional chefs worldwide.

With over 13 dazzling colors to choose from, the instant read thermometer by Thermapen is more than just a pretty gadget! Thermapen is the fastest and most accurate cooking instant read thermometer on the market today. Competitors have tried and failed to copy the thermapen without success, by using mass produced products from China. But don’t be fooled, the thermapen uses commercial thermocouple technology with traceable National Standards, making the thermapen instant read thermometr fast and accurate. Once you begin using this thermometer you are never going to want to cook, bake, make candy, or Barbecue without one!

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