Norpro 5985 Review

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This inexpensive thermometer has good accuracy but a slow response time. It cannot be left in the oven while cooking. It appears to be nicely made with a well-sealed battery compartment. There is only an on/off and a F/C switch, both of which are recessed on the rear to prevent inadvertent activation. If the unit shuts itself off automatically, it exceeded my patience to find out how long it would take. Although the manufacturer's name is on the unit and the packaging, there is no warranty nor contact info given. There is also no operating manual of any kind, nor are there directions for use. The slow response, lack of contact info and no warranty make this probe difficult to recommend, despite its low price.
Thermometer Function: 
Hand-held
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: 
$14.74
Included: 
Thermometer, tip cap
Probes: 
Length: 5.75" (14.6cm), diameter: 0.158" (4mm)
Accessories: 
none
Battery type: 
LR44 (included)
Battery life: 
not specified
Min / Max: 
-60 to 580ºF (-50 to 300ºC)
Ambient operating temperatures: 
not specified
Display precision: 
0.1º
At 32ºF it actually reads: 
33.1
At 130°F it actually reads: 
130.5
At 225°F it actually reads: 
225.0
At 325°F it actually reads: 
326
Speed from 32°F to 212°F: 
22
Speed from 212°F to 32°F: 
30
Size of numbers in display: 
0.275" (7mm)
Water resistance rating: 
not specified
Alarms: 
none
Weight: 
~2 oz (60g)
Logging: 
No
C/F Switch: 
Yes
Backlight: 
No
Adjustable: 
No
Auto shutoff: 
No
App: 
No
Colors: 
Silver

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Bill McGrath

Bill McGrath is AmazingRibs.com's Thermometer Maven. He has sophisticated equipment, an electrical engineering degree from Cornell University, and an MBA (almost) from UC Berkeley. Despite being mostly retired, he is still the person responsible for developing and updating all of ExxonMobil's electricians' training modules.

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