Efficient and easy to use out of the box, the Polder Classic Digital Thermometer/Timer gives cooks the accuracy of an instant-read meat thermometer without having to open the oven door, which is ideal for slow-cooking roasts and stews. Some users report temperature inconsistencies after a few months of use.
Versatile and convenient. Polder recommends using its Classic Digital Thermometer/Timer with oven-cooked meats, but users say it is suited to a variety of other applications. A handful of unhappy reviewers complain that the probe's readings can become erratic after a few months of use and that the cord leading to the probe sometimes melts or gets damaged -- though this may be due to user error. It is not waterproof, and using it for barbecuing or monitoring liquids is not recommended. The built-in timer is an added feature many cooks praise, saying they use this function more often than the thermometer itself.
Ready to use out of the box. Reviewers find the button controls for the thermometer and timer intuitive and easily navigated. The magnetic backing on the unit's body allows users to keep the thermometer at a handy eye-level when cooking. The Polder Classic has a large, easily read display screen, and at least one person finds the alarm loud enough to wake up a sleepy cook. The biggest complaints about this thermometer are that it sometimes malfunctions and that the connection between the probe and the cord becomes damaged from water or pulling. However, users say the company's one-year warranty on the body of the thermometer is easy to claim, and the wired probe is user-replaceable.
More than 330 Amazon.com shoppers give the thermometer a 4-star overall rating. Overall, they say it provides easy, hassle-free temperature monitoring.
Review: Polder Digital In-Oven Thermometer Graphite, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
Food and cooking website Epicurious.com readers write 44 reviews of the Polder Classic Thermometer/Timer, giving it an overall 4.5 "forks" out of a possible 5. Users laud the device for its versatility in the kitchen and mention very few complaints.
Review: Classic Thermometer/Timer: Graphite by Polder, Contributors to Epicurious.com, As of August 2013
In a roundup of popular meat thermometers, reviewer L. D. Ray gives the Polder Classic 4.5 out of 5 points for its versatility. Other thermometers recommended here include the Oxo Good Grips Digital Thermometer, the Brookstone Grill Alert and the ThermoWorks Thermapen.
Review: Best Meat Thermometer, L.D. Ray, March 1, 2010
This cooking retail website allows readers to comment on popular kitchen appliances and cooking tools they've used. About 40 users give the Polder Classic an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, and they praise its speed and ease of use.
Review: Graphite Classic Thermometer/Timer by Polder, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of August 2013