Instant Read Thermometer Advice

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by callahan4life, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. Alright it is time to squeeze some knowledge and advice from the great folks here at SMF.

    I know some of you use the “Thermopen” by “Thermoworks”. It costs $94.99 (with shipping - for me).


    My Brother-In-Law, “Fife”, has found what we believe is a pretty good deal.

    He ran across this “Extech 39272 Thermometer” for $39.99 (with free shipping).


    The only difference that I can see is the “Thermopen” is advertised as “Splash Proof” with a quick 3 second read time. The “Extech” says nothing about being “Splash Proof” but says it has a 1 second read time. By appearance the "Thermopen" looks to be a better built piece of equipment but at a $55 difference.

    How well built does it really need to be? How often does someone ruin this type of thermometer from a "Splash"?

    Has anyone here used the “Extech” or have any advice/opinions as to which one to go with?  

  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I think you should buy one & let us know how good it is. I would own a Thermopen if  they weren't so pricey.
  3. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If it works that is a good fine, 2 of them are less then 1 so you have to figure that too
  4. I would go with the $40 one.

    There is NO WAY I would pay $100 for a thermometer. But if you want to, go for it and knock yourself out.
  5. Quote:
    I think I am, Al. Just wanted some other opinions first.

    That was my thoughts also, RDKnB.

    Ben, I would but I was going to wait about a year (when I start doing competitions) because it is so expensive. But now with Fife's find I am thinking of giving this one a shot now.
  6. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    I have one on order so it should be here this week. We will keep everyone posted as to how well it works. Happy Smoking............Fife out
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have a Thermopen, and I love it, but if your test proves good, I might wish I had found that cheap one too.

  8. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    I was sitting around the station and just doing searches for different items and came across it thought it could be good so sometime on my hands does pay off I( I hope ) We will see
  9. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    There are other instant read alternatives to the thermapen.  I love my thermoworks hand held with instant read k-type probe:
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     so the handheld unit plus probe right now would come to $84.00, but they run specials that frequently include a probe.  It's great because I don't have to get as close to the heat source and since I can read the results right in my hand, it's always super easy to read.  I think it's a great alternative to the thermapen, and wouldn't trade it for one. 

    A cheap alternative that I have several of is this one:   on sale for $19.00 each, results in 6 seconds!  It is a nice long probe, so again, I don't have to stick my head in the oven or smoker to read it!   I love my thermoworks gadgets. Also got an infrared on sale a while back, just for fun - used it last time I grilled and it worked great to let me know my searing side was hot enough. 
  10. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I too have the thermapen and multiple others, thermometers are like smokers, you can never have too many... JMHO
  11. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I own a "Super Fast Red Thermopen"

    Yes, it's a lot of money, but 10 seconds on my old one was too long to get an accurate temp.  If the Extech is accurate and fairly quick on it's readings, it's a great buy.

    The Thermopen is NSF Certified and I do not see that the Extech is NSF Certified.  This DOES NOT mean it is less accurate!

    I'll be interested in the comparison!!!


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