For an estimated $20, the CDN ProAccurate Thermometer DTQ450X measures temperatures as swiftly as some models twice its price. This easy-to-use and versatile thermometer is a popular choice for many uses from grilling and baking to home brewing.
Versatile temperature measurement at an attractive price. The CDN ProAccurate DTQ450X takes exact readings of anything you're cooking in the kitchen or on the grill -- from meat roasts to homebrew mash. Testers say it's accurate within two degrees Fahrenheit, and they report that it often measures temperature faster than the six seconds touted by the manufacturer. The DTQ450X is recommended by experts and consumers as a staple kitchen tool; however, durability may be an issue. The handful of user complaints on Amazon.com and NorthernBrewer.com mention digital malfunctions and inaccurate readings after a few uses. However, at this price, the slim chance of needing to cash in on CDN's five-year warranty may be worth the risk.
Calibrates and cleans easily. The head-and-stick design of the DTQ450X makes it easy to use and store, and because it's waterproof and has no moving parts, cleaning it is easier than water-sensitive models. However, users say the sheath that protects the probe doesn't fit well. On the upside, users can easily calibrate the thermometer in ice water, so it's ideal for camping or traveling without the fear of elevation changing the temperature readings. The CDN DTQ450X has an automatic shutoff to help save battery life, and the batteries are replaceable by users. "This is now my go-to safety-checker," writes one satisfied user on Amazon.com.
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In more than 420 Amazon.com reviews, users give the CDN DTQ450X a solid 4-star overall rating out of 5 stars. They cite the unit's speed and accuracy as its best points. In the handful of negative reviews, users mention the slim sheath as an issue.
Review: CDN DTQ450X ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer, Contributors of Amazon.com, As of August 2013
2. Cook's Country
In this roundup of inexpensive instant-read meat thermometers, CooksCountry.com editors give the CDN ProAccurate DTQ450X a tie for first place. Tested in hot and cold water and cooked chicken, the DTQ450X is speedy and accurate, and it has a good range of temperatures.
Review: Inexpensive Instant-Read Thermometers, Editors of CooksCountry.com, Not Dated
After testing with roast chicken and hot and cold water, reviewer Kevin Purdy at TheSweetHome.com finds the CDN ProAccurate DTQ450X to be an easy-to-use, sturdy and efficient tool.
Review: The Best Instant-Read Thermometer for the Home Cook, Kevin Purdy, June 3, 2013
In this roundup of good quality kitchen tools at ManMadeDIY.com, reviewer Chris Gardner recommends the CDN ProAccurate DTQ450X because of its price and versatility. He recommends using it when preparing meat, fish, coffee, cheese, jellies and candy.
Review: The Essential Kitchen: Your 15-Tool Culinary Arsenal, Chris Gardner, March 28, 2013
In 23 reviews, NorthernBrewer.com users give the CDN ProAccurate DTQ450X an overall rating of 3 stars out of 5. Although it's a meat thermometer, users say it works well for calculating measurements for home-brewing beer. They like the waterproof design, speed and accuracy, but they question its durability.
Review: ProAccurate Digital Thermometer, Contributors to NorthernBrewer.com, As of August 2013
In this ReluctantGourmet.com guide to kitchen thermometers, reviewer G. Stephen Jones recommends just three instant-read models, including the CDN ProAccurate Digital Thermometer and two Taylor models.
Review: Instant Thermometers -- An Important Kitchen Tool to Have on Hand, G. Stephen Jones, Aug. 17, 2012