YOU ARE HERE >> AmazingRibs » Ratings & Reviews » Ratings Reviews And Buying Guides » Best Thermometers For Food And Cooking » How to Buy the Best Instant Read Thermometer » ThermoWorks Reference Thermapen Review
By: Bill McGrath
This high-accuracy temperature probe is designed to be used as a temperature reference instrument more than as a food thermometer, although it can be employed that way if you’re really particular about temperatures. (You should seek professional help!) This Thermapen is accurate to 0.07ºF, and I use it to set up all my calibration tests here at AmazingRibs.com. It has mediocre response times, but it’s not designed to be used for quick measurements. As you can see from the data, it would be in the middle of the pack on speed. It has the same configurable settings that the standard Thermapen has: auto-off can be disabled, precision can be set between 0.1º or 0.01º, Fahrenheit or Celsius can be selected, and an offset can be dialed in if you have an even more accurate temperature reference.
Since this is the instrument I use to set up my tests, the accuracy data should be taken with a grain of salt. I set the temperature reference to this thermometer, so of course it will agree completely. The ice water test and the speed measurements are trustworthy.
This unit comes with a faux leather zippered case, instructions, and a five-point calibration certificate.
The manufacturer’s contact info is readily available, and it stands behind its products.
I’m giving this only a Silver medal because it’s not really a food thermometer, but rather a lab instrument, so it’s optimized differently from the standard Thermapen, a much better choice for cooking. This unit is also twice the price of the standard unit, so take that into consideration.
Published On: 7/6/2014 Last Modified: 1/25/2021
These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.
A big part of this site is our unbiased equipment and product reviews. We love playing with toys and we have no problem calling them the way we see them. Some companies pay a finder’s fee if a reader clicks a link on AmazingRibs.com and buys a product. It has zero impact on our reviews, zero impact on the price you pay, and the sites never tell us what you bought, but it has a major impact on our ability to keep this site alive! So before you buy, please click our links. Here’s a link that takes you to a page on Amazon that has some of our favorite tools and toys: https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs
Fireboard Labs Product Photo Shoot. Kansas City Commercial Portrait and Wedding Photographers ©Kevin Ashley Photography
With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.
Click here to read our detailed review
The FireBoard Spark is a hybrid combining instant-read capability, a cabled temperature probe, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. We gave Spark a Platinum Medal for pushing the envelope of product capability while maintaining high standards of design and workmanship.
Napoleon’s 22″ Pro Cart Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the 22″ Pro Cart a viable alternative.
GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.
The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.
Green Mountain’s portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.
Char-Broil’s Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you’re off to the party! Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.