The large display but overall compact size and the convenient price of the Oxo Good Grips Digital Instant Read Thermometer make it a sensible choice for cooks who want a no-fuss digital thermometer small enough to slip into a pocket when not in use. However, it's slower to register temperatures than other devices in the "instant-read" category, and users report that the lower price also signals diminished durability when compared to other models.
Fairly accurate and quick. In tests by Good Housekeeping, the Oxo Digital Thermometer was found to be "uncomplicated but highly accurate," and consistently recorded "dead-on" temperature readings. Contributors to retail sites Amazon.com and CrateandBarrel.com place it in the middle of the pack, with overall ratings of 3 and 4-stars for accuracy and speed. Users and experts report it takes between five and 30 seconds to pinpoint temperature. This was fast enough for some users, but too slow for others worried about losing heat from the oven while measuring. As with other thermometers in this price range, there are also reports of measurement malfunction and display errors.
Large display. Users love the Oxo Good Grips' large, clear display on the sturdy head, and say the thermometer's settings are easy to navigate and use. The device's thin probe gets top marks from reviewers, who say it won't damage a piece of meat or leave unsightly holes in baked goods. The Oxo Good Grips Digital Instant Read Thermometer is also easy to clean, though at least one expert reviewer wishes it were dishwasher-safe. Owners can replace the battery, but many complain about the process. Also, the battery compartment is difficult to open without damaging the plastic backing. Oxo's website offers a "satisfaction guarantee" but no warranty.
1. Good Housekeeping
In this review, editors test 20 thermometers and rank them from best on down. The Oxo Good Grips comes in at No. 4 because of its accurate temperature readings.
Review: Best Food Thermometers, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not Dated
About 25 Amazon.com contributors give the Oxo Good Grips Digital Instant Read Thermometer an overall rating of 3 stars out of a possible 5. They praise the device's large, easy-to-read display and delicate temperature probe but cite durability issues as a main reason for less-than-perfect ratings.
Review: OXO Good Grips Digital Instant Read Thermometer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
About 25 users on retail site CrateandBarrel.com award this thermometer an overall rating of 4 stars (out of 5) for its ease of use, speed, versatility and durability. However, the main complaints mentioned are due to device malfunction after a few months of use.
Review: OXO Digital Instant Read Thermometer, Contributors to CrateandBarrel.com, As of August 2013
In this review, L.D. Ray compares popular meat thermometers on the market and uses specifications and customer feedback to rank the Bestcovery.com reviews. The Oxo Good Grips Digital Instant Read Thermometer receives a score of 4 out of 5.
Review: Best Meat Thermometer, L.D. Ray, March 1, 2010