Cooks who like simple solutions in the kitchen, or who would like an old-school backup for a digital thermometer, will love the Taylor Classic 1-inch Instant-Read Thermometer 5989N. Its 1-inch dial can be hard to read, and it's slower than other instant-reads on the market, but the price is so attractive, most users say they're happy they've given it a chance.
Longer reading time. While many digital instant-read thermometers serve up the interior temperatures of a roast within 10 seconds, analog units like the Taylor Classic are a bit slower. Depending on the type of food or substance being monitored, the Taylor Classic might take up to a half minute to render its reading. The trade-off is durability. The Taylor Classic will never need a battery change, is less likely to malfunction after getting wet and rarely has problems with its dial display. If the temperature reading falls off a few degrees, users can recalibrate it in a matter of minutes.
Simply insert and read. With no buttons or settings to alter, the Taylor Classic is one of the most intuitive meat thermometers on the market today. Just insert the probe up to the first dimple and take a reading. Users say that although it's marketed as a meat thermometer, the Taylor Classic is so easy to use, they have repurposed it for crafts, maintenance, gardening and scientific use. It's also a breeze to clean, reviewers say. The stainless-steel probe takes a simple wipe, or it can be washed carefully with water before it's inserted in the sheath. However, the sheath does not always fit on the probe well-a minor complaint
In more than 260 reviews on Amazon.com, users give the Taylor Classic 1-inch Instant-Read Pocket Thermometer an overall rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. The device wins points for being inexpensive, easy to use and simple to recalibrate.
Review: Taylor Classic Instant -Read Pocket Thermometer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
The editors of foodie website Epicurious.com recommend the Taylor Classic for first-time kitchen owners but provide few details as to why they chose it.
Review: Your First Kitchen, Editors of Epicurious.com, Not Dated
3. Bon Appetit
The website for food magazine Bon Appétit, which is dedicated to news, reviews and advice on cooking and entertaining at home, mentions the Taylor Classic Thermometer in its roundup of recommended kitchen tools.
Review: Thermometers, Editors of BonAppetit.com, April 2008
Reviewer Bonnette McNichol purchases the Taylor Classic as her first meat thermometer and finds it easy to use, calibrate and clean. She likes the sheath and the price, but says that the needle "takes time to settle." Although she's the only contributor who posted about this model, her review is lengthy and thorough.
Review: Easy Read -- Taylor Classic Instant-Read Pocket Thermometer, Bonnette McNichol, Jan. 13, 2012