Lightning fast and waterproof, the ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen gives trustworthy temperature readings of solid food, liquids or even air temperature in mere seconds. Fold in the probe, and the thermometer slips easily and safely into an apron pocket or kitchen drawer. The only reason an amateur chef might shy away from the Thermapen is its relatively high price.
Reliable, durable and fast. Reviewers find the Thermapen unfailingly accurate when measuring the temperature of meats and breads, and even the air inside a barbecue. "I highly recommend it for anyone serious about cooking meat or baking bread properly," writes AmazingRibs.com editor Craig Goldwyn. Because the interior temperature of meat can vary from surface to center, the Thermapen sensor is located near the very tip of the probe to provide a more accurate idea of overall doneness. Another bonus is its wide temperature range, from -58 degrees to 572 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a safe tool for checking frying oil.
Automatic on/off saves power and time. The Thermapen automatically turns on when the probe folds out, making it a swift process. When folded in, the device shuts off, saving battery life. Need to cook at a higher altitude than usual? The sensor can quickly recalibrate to both boiling and freezing points of water. Additionally, the handle display is easy to read in a hurry, and the user-replaceable batteries can be changed easily. Professional chefs and avid cooks say they use the Thermapen because it doesn't distract from cooking. "We love its simple streamlined design," write the editors of Saveur.com. Moreover, ThermoWorks maintains an excellent after-sales service reputation.
In this single-product review, editors of Saveur.com say the Thermapen is their "favorite thermometer" among those they've tested, and they praise its ease of use, speedy accuracy and simple design.
Review: Thermapen Meat Thermometer, Editors of Saveur.com, Oct. 23, 2102
Barbecue and grilling interest site AmazingRibs.com provides meat-loving cooks with news and reviews about grills, smokers, thermometers and outdoor cooking accessories. Reviewer Craig Goldwyn calls the ThermoWorks Thermapen the "gold standard" of meat thermometers. He praises its accuracy and versatility.
Review: Cooking Thermometers: Buying Guide, Reviews, and Ratings. The Most Important Page on This Website, Craig Goldwyn, Not Dated
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In this comparative review Michael Chu measures the speed and accuracy of five popular thermometers. He finds the Thermapen to be the fastest and most accurate of the group. Although the review was written several years ago, in November 2012 the author said, "The Thermapen is still the best kitchen thermometer available."
Review: Kitchen Thermometers, Michael Chu, March 9, 2005
In this single product review, Faith Durand examines the reasons why the ThermoWorks Thermapen is worth buying. When compared to cheaper versions, she says the Thermapen is more accurate, reliable and durable.
Review: A $93 Thermometer? Why the Thermapen Is Worth It., Faith Durand, April 21, 2011
In a roundup of popular meat thermometers, reviewer L.D. Ray gives the Thermoworks Thermapen 5 out of 5 stars due to its accuracy and ease of use.
Review: Best Meat Thermometer, L.D. Ray, March 1, 2010