The OXO Chef’s Precision Thermocouple Thermometer is a high-end instant read thermometer that is waterproof to IP66 standards (excellent protection) and incorporates some features that make it attractive for left-handed users.
The probe unfolds like a pocket knife blade, a style that has become popular in this type of instrument. It has a button at the probe pivot point that allows you to open the probe by squeezing and turning the circular white button seen in the photo. This feature allows you to extend the probe without touching the probe itself, reducing the risk of cross-contamination. Unlike most folding thermometers, the probe can rotate out 45º beyond straight, making it easy to use in the left hand. The display will also flip over so that it can be read without mentally inverting the numbers.
The IP66 rating means that the thermometer can be rinsed off under running water without damage, making this unit easy to clean. The plastic housing is devoid of nooks and crannies where food residue can hide, further reducing the risk of food contamination.
There are two switches inside the waterproof battery compartment. One allows the user to select either the Fahrenheit or Celsius scale. The other selects the resolution, either 0.1º or 1º. After three minutes of inactivity, it will shut off the display. While asleep, moving the thermometer will revive it. After ten minutes, it will shut off completely, requiring the user to fold the probe in and out to turn it back on.
The thermometer’s accuracy is excellent and its response time is on par with the fastest units available. It also comes with a microfiber pouch with a draw string.
The warranty is two years from date of purchase. The instruction manual provides contact information for the manufacturer in case of problems.
This is a nicely-made thermometer with excellent performance and solid construction. We like that it’s waterproof and designed to avoid cross-contamination. A solid Platinum Medal.
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