Reviewers say the CDN ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer is accurate and registers a temperature range of -40 to 450 degrees F in about 10 seconds. Unlike many thermometers, it is waterproof and can be recalibrated. It has an "on/off" switch and automatically turns off after 10 minutes to preserve the life of the 1.5-volt battery. The limited warranty is five years, which is a lot longer than other thermometers covered in this report. If you need a thermometer that registers higher than 450 degrees F, the Thermoworks Super-Fast Thermapen (Est. $95) has a range up to 572 degrees and gets excellent reviews.
We found the best professional review at Cook's Illustrated magazine where a video explains how to choose an instant-read thermometer. We also consult nearly 100 owner-written reviews at Amazon.com.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
This video explains the important characteristics of instant-read thermometers, such as a broad range of temperatures and long probe to reach the interior of large cuts of meat. They prefer digital thermometers to dial because they are faster and easier to read. It names the favorite instant-read thermometer and the best inexpensive alternative.
Review: Choosing an Instant-Read Thermometer, Jan. 2008
The 95 owners posting reviews at Amazon.com give it an average rating of 4.4 stars out of five. Owners say it's exceptionally fast and they like the sensor in the tip. Approximately seven owners say it quit working after as few as one use. The limited warranty is five years, which is a lot longer than other thermometers covered in this report.
Review: CDN Proaccurate Stainless Digital Thermometer, Contributors to Amazon.com