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...between the $70+ instant read thermometers like the Thermapen and say all the $15 - $20 instant read knock offs on Amazon? Has anyone tried any of the cheaper ones?
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Originally Posted by gixxerfrk View Post

...between the $70+ instant read thermometers like the Thermapen and say all the $15 - $20 instant read knock offs on Amazon? Has anyone tried any of the cheaper ones?

I have the lava tools therowand It is less then halve the price takes maybe a sec longer to read.

Richie

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The difference is Probe type and speed. Only a few seconds though. Kind of like, a Vette ZR1 or a Challenger? Both go A to B fast, one just a few seconds faster, but cost a lot more...JJ 

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I just bought the javelin pro px1 for 54 dollars. I wanted the thermoworks thermapen mk4 but had gift cards from amazon and the price was double for one at amazon so I went with the px1. Did a test and worked fine.. good enough for my application and I'm happy with it as of now

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/238397/thermoworks-thermapen-mk4

post #5 of 11
I've been using my Thermowand from lavatools for a year and a half now. It has performed flawlessly. It is accurate and I get the reading in 3-4 seconds. That's fast enough for me.

I gave one to my father in law and brother in law for Father's Day. Both of there's work perfect too. Paid $24.99 w/ free shipping. Used the extra money to fill the freezer with meat for smoking.
post #6 of 11
As usual, Ritchie and Case are right on. I have used a Thermowand for several years as well and it works great and tests accurate every time I check it. A reading is fast enough for me. Also, if you need any gauges, I use the River Country instead of the Tel Tru. Again, very accurate and much more economical.

Good luck and keep on smokin', Joe
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I've had a Thermowand for over a year. After 6 months, the sleeve where the probe is attached cracked. I sent it back and got a prompt replacement. Having handled a Thermopen I would say that it has a better build quality than the Thermowand, but not enough for me to justify spending the extra $$ and you don't get a lifetime warranty (whatever that is worth).

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I can't speak about other thermometers, but my vote (albeit, biased) goes to the Thermapen Mk4! I had the Thermapen Classic for roughly four years and it served me well. I used the heck out of it and never had to change the battery. Being a southpaw, though, it was a bit of an inconvenience to have to read the temperature upside down.

 

Recently, Thermoworks had their yearly "lowest price of the year" sale and I received one of their advertising e-mails. I had really never paid much attention to their upgraded model, the Mk4, because I was satisfied with the Thermapen Classic. Well.....I was very happy to read that the display on the Mk4 rotated! No more reading temperatures upside down! Not only that, but the LCD display of the Mk4 is also backlit, which is a major plus when taking temperature readings at night. The motion-sensing wake mode was just the icing on the cake, in case I ever forgot to close the wand after taking a reading. Finally, I don't know if it's a mental thing, but the Mk4 reads the temperature as soon as it goes into the meat. The Thermapen Classic that I had took a couple of seconds to give me a reading, so either my Classic was defective during the whole time in which I owned it or the Mk4 has been improved. Regardless, I'm in love with my new Thermapen all over again. LOL! :icon_mrgreen:

 

Another reason to love the Thermapen is the resale value. I actually sold my Classic for more than what I originally paid, so the upgrade to the Mk4 was literally a no-brainer!

 

One final point that I'd like to make before I submit my post, whatever you decide to do, do yourself a favor and purchase the fastest reading thermometer that you can get your hands on and can afford. I have long-handled tongs and a long-handled spatula for my grill and smoker for a reason; I don't want to burn my hand! The faster you can get in there, take your temperature and get out, the better. That's worth a few more dollars, in my opinion.

 

Best of luck to you!

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Originally Posted by Luv2Q View Post
 

I can't speak about other thermometers, but my vote (albeit, biased) goes to the Thermapen Mk4! I had the Thermapen Classic for roughly four years and it served me well. I used the heck out of it and never had to change the battery. Being a southpaw, though, it was a bit of an inconvenience to have to read the temperature upside down.

 

Recently, Thermoworks had their yearly "lowest price of the year" sale and I received one of their advertising e-mails. I had really never paid much attention to their upgraded model, the Mk4, because I was satisfied with the Thermapen Classic. Well.....I was very happy to read that the display on the Mk4 rotated! No more reading temperatures upside down! Not only that, but the LCD display of the Mk4 is also backlit, which is a major plus when taking temperature readings at night. The motion-sensing wake mode was just the icing on the cake, in case I ever forgot to close the wand after taking a reading. Finally, I don't know if it's a mental thing, but the Mk4 reads the temperature as soon as it goes into the meat. The Thermapen Classic that I had took a couple of seconds to give me a reading, so either my Classic was defective during the whole time in which I owned it or the Mk4 has been improved. Regardless, I'm in love with my new Thermapen all over again. LOL! :icon_mrgreen:

 

Another reason to love the Thermapen is the resale value. I actually sold my Classic for more than what I originally paid, so the upgrade to the Mk4 was literally a no-brainer!

 

One final point that I'd like to make before I submit my post, whatever you decide to do, do yourself a favor and purchase the fastest reading thermometer that you can get your hands on and can afford. I have long-handled tongs and a long-handled spatula for my grill and smoker for a reason; I don't want to burn my hand! The faster you can get in there, take your temperature and get out, the better. That's worth a few more dollars, in my opinion.

 

Best of luck to you!

 

Due to gift cards I went with the javelin px1 pro instead of the regular javelin because it  does have the back light which is nice...... what puzzles me is the cheaper therm has a lifetime warranty and the pro has a 3 year............th_dunno-1[1].gif

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Originally Posted by gixxerfrk View Post

...between the $70+ instant read thermometers like the Thermapen and say all the $15 - $20 instant read knock offs on Amazon? Has anyone tried any of the cheaper ones?


I bought a CDN knockoff that cost $60. It works great.

post #11 of 11
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Thanks for all the good replies. I probably need to do a little more research to help me decide which one I want as the Thermapen is a little pricey for me right now.
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