Well my elcheapo walmart thermometer took a dump on me and I had a decision to make. Should I cheap out again or go with something a little more reliable? As you can tell from the title of this thread I went a little overboard. If you would have told me a year ago that I would spend that kind of money on a meat thermometer I'd of thought you were nuts. After much research it was pretty apparent which one was the best. Hundreds of reviews on Amazon giving the Thermapen 5 starts made up my mind. This thing is incredible! Pulling it from the box and opening the probe instantly gave me a 68 degree reading...exactly the temp in my house. A quick check in some ice water was also spot on. I can't wait to actually use it!