The ThermoWorks RT600C Super-Fast Digital Thermometer has a temperature range wide enough for most food usages and very rapid response times. It cannot be left in the oven/grill while cooking.
There are two virtually identical units from ThermoWorks: the RT600B and the RT600C. Don't confuse them! The B unit is relatively slow to respond, but has a wider temperature range. The C unit is very quick with a temperature range more suited to food measurement.
This unit, the C version, has a rapid response time, a min/max feature, can be switched between F and C scales, and will shut itself off after 1 hour of inactivity. It is also dishwasher safe to 190ºF, according to the manufacturer.
The manufacturer's contact info, including telephone number, e-mail and website, is found on the instruction sheet. There is no explicit warranty stated, although the packaging gives a number to call if warranty service is needed. This company stands behind its products.
We give this unit a Gold medal for its low price, features, high performance and resistance to water.
Meathead's Notes from the Field:
"More than once I have dropped a thermometer in a pot of custard or bowl of chocolate, and then I get to lick it off before I throw it away. Not this one. Best of all, it is only about $20!"
Here is a review from a reader "jimqpublic" from our comments below "I love the RT600- the fine sharp point [0.06"], spot reading, and quick response has dramatically improved my steaks. My old digital thermometer was accurate, but makes big holes in the meat, reads the temperature over about 1 1/2" of the tip of the probe, and takes 25 seconds for a true reading. Now I can test a couple spots on a steak, or test all the steaks on the grill, and do it quickly. My wife likes 124°F, daughter 135°F, son and I like 128-130°F. I can do that now."
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Thermometer, probe sheath
Length: 4.8" (12.0cm), diameter: 0.1" (2.5mm), tip: 0.062" (1.6mm)
Min / Max:
-40 to 302ºF (-40 to 150ºC)
At 32ºF it actually reads:
At 130°F it actually reads:
At 225°F it actually reads:
At 325°F it actually reads:
Speed from 32°F to 212°F:
Speed from 212°F to 32°F:
Size of numbers in display: