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Polder 362-86 Digital In-Oven Thermometer with Timer Review

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Polder 362-86 Digital In-Oven Thermometer with Timer Review

This in-oven/in-food thermometer/timer has basic features and good accuracy. The unit comes with a probe whose cable is sheathed in silicone and a pot clip is supplied as well.

The thermometer does not have any preprogrammed meat/doneness combinations. The user sets the desired temp and an alarm sounds when that temp is reached. There is also a count-down timer that can be set to the desired hours and minutes. When it reaches zero, an alarm sounds, the display flashes, and it switches to a count-up mode so the user can see how far past the set time he/she is. The timer can be stopped and restarted at will. Curiously, the instruction manual says that there is no on/off switch, but this is not true, it is located on the rear of the unit. There is an F/C switch on the bottom, and magnets to attach the unit to a metal surface. The instruction sheet has recommended temperatures that conform to USDA standards for a variety of meat types.

The manufacturer’s contact info, including address, telephone number, website and e-mail address, is found on the instruction sheet. The unit is covered by a one-year limited warranty.

This is a reasonable choice for a cook who wants to make her/his own decisions on cooking temperatures without wading through a menu structure to select meat/doneness combinations that are invariably too conservative. This unit does that it says with good accuracy and an easy-to-master user interface. We give it a Bronze medal as a good buy.

  • Thermometer Function:
    Leave in Food, Leave in Cooker
  • Item Price:
    $ 24.99
  • Where to buy (buying from this supplier supports this website):
  • Probe:
    Length: 6" (15cm), diameter: 0.16" (4mm), cable: 4' (1.2m)
  • Battery Type:
    1xAAA (included)
  • Battery Life:
    not specified
  • Safe Operating Range:
    Not Specified
  • Min & Max Temp:
    32 to 392ºF (0 to 200ºC)
  • Display Precision:
  • Actual Temp at 32 Degrees:
    Lo
  • Actual Temp at 130 Degrees:
    129
  • Actual Temp at 225 Degrees:
    225
  • Actual Temp at 325 Degrees:
    327
  • Speed from 32 to 212 Degrees:
    28
  • Speed from 32 to 212 Degrees:
    28
  • Numbers Display Size:
    Temp: 0.44" (11mm), Time: 0.69" (17mm)
  • Water Resistance Rating:
    No
  • Weight:
    3.5oz (100g)
  • C/F Switch:
    Built in CF switch
  • Backlight:
    No Backlight
  • Color Options:
    Silver/Black
  • App:
    No
  • Logging:
    No
  • Included:
    Probe, readout, probe clip, instructions
  • Available Accessories:
    None
  • Alarms:
    Audible/Visible

Published On: 5/7/2014 Last Modified: 1/28/2021

  • 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 training modules.

 

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