This well-made and attractive leave-in thermometer exhibited excellent accuracy and nice features. The probe is designed to be inserted into food or a smoker/oven.
This single-probe thermometer has a large, easy-to-read display and intuitive controls. The user selects the type of meat and the degree of doneness to set the audible and visual alarm trigger point. You can override the factory-programmed setting to any temperature in its range, which goes up to 392ºF/200ºC. This upper limit might not be high enough for some applications. There is a circular graph that shows how close to the set point the current temperature is.
There is also a timer that will operate in a count-up or count-down mode. The timer’s range is 24 hours, settable to the nearest minute. In count-down mode, the alarm will sound when zero time remains. Pressing any button illuminates an attractive blue backlight that self-extinguishes after about 5 seconds. There are cleats on the rear of the unit around which you can wrap the probe cable when the unit is not in use – a nice touch.
The manufacturer’s contact information is found in the owner’s manual. There is no explicitly stated warranty, but the unit is from Weber, a well-respected company.
We give this unit a Silver rating for its solid construction, accuracy, ease of use, and feature set. The price is attractive as well.
Leave in Food, Leave in Cooker
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Weber-Stephen is one of the oldest and most respected manufacturers of BBQ equipment and related accessories in the world. Weber grills and smokers cook beautifully and have great features that are clever, effective and easy to use. As popularity and demand for BBQ gear grows worldwide, Weber continues to earn their long standing reputation for quality, durability and outstanding customer service and support, (7 days a week from 7am to 8pm CST), in an increasingly competitive environment. Even in this crowded marketplace, many consumers are still willing to pay more for the Weber name and they are rarely disappointed. They make a variety of cookers and smokers. Their iconic black charcoal kettles are known throughout the world. Indeed Weber is expanding globally.
Weber-Stephen was family owned since it was founded in 1952 by George Stephen. At the end of 2010 the Stephen family sold a majority stake to Chicago investment group BDT Capital Partners. In 2012, Weber settled a class action suit out of court regarding their use of the phrase, “Made in USA”. Weber previously qualified the “Made in USA” statement by specifying their products are assembled in the USA with some components that are sourced globally. Here is an excerpt from Weber’s statement “Weber believes that because all Weber grills and the disputed accessories are designed and engineered in the USA, and all grills save for one line [Spirit]* are manufactured and assembled in the USA using component parts primarily made in the USA, it did nothing wrong and therefore has valid defenses to plaintiff’s claims. The court has not held a trial or ruled in favor of either party on any disputed issues. Weber and the plaintiff have agreed to settle the matter to avoid the costs of continued litigation.” As a result of this suit, Weber can no longer claim to be made in America.
Since then Weber, like many others, has outsourced manufacturing of more product lines. Things change, but we believe Weber’s commitment to quality and innovation has not.
The biggest barrier for many folks is price. Webers are not cheap, but when you consider that they last decades, the price is easy to justify. Many some cheap grills fall apart after three years or so.
Our main complaint: All Webers have the obligatory bi-metal dial thermometer in the hood that gives you a ballpark reading of what the temperature is high above the meat. Since we cook on the grates, though, it’s always better to bring your own digital thermometer and place a probe there. It appears this is beginning to change as Weber enters a new era of digital technology and software based products.
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.