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ThermoWorks Thermapen MK4 Instant Read Probe Meat Thermometer 20% Off - $79.20 +$3.99 S&H

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Totally agreed, I bought one for $7 3 years back, never lost accuracy still working fine, I dont understand spending $80 on a thermopen
Once you use this you'll never want to use a regular thermometer again.

If you're grilling/smoking and want an instant, accurate temp. this is an essential item.
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While I agree that instant and accurate temps are important, that doesn't immediately mean spending $80 is the only answer. I bought a ThermoPro for $14 off Amazon which also promises instant reads, and it get the temp within 3 seconds. I have done accuracy tests against my much more expensive BBQGuru system as well as boil tests, and it's as near as I can tell accurate to within a degree or two, which is perfectly serviceable.

The only reason I can see to go this route is that these pens are made in England, unlike the ThermoPro which I am pretty sure is just made in bulk in China. I am all for supporting small businesses that have dedicated operations outside of China, and that alone is enough for me to consider going that route despite having a good thermometer already. But to say you need to spend that money to get speed and accuracy is misleading.
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I've used numerous meat thermometers, and the Thermoworks ones have been the only consistently reliable ones I've used (thermopop and thermopen). The accuracy and quick reads on both have been a big step up from others I've "saved money" on in the past.

Their products are absolutely worth the money in my opinion and experience, and the 20% off is terrific for this one. But I know this is Slickdeals, so this price isn't for everyone.
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It's like the old saying" You get what you pay for" this thermometer is all about quality. You will feel the difference when you pick it up and feel how sturdy and well built it is plus the speed and accuracy. Not a must for everyone but if you have the spare cash could be a great kitchen tool.
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I totally get paying extra for quality, but what's the major plus of this vs their cheaper thermopop.... 1 second faster, 0.7 degrees (F) accuracy vs 2 degrees... Just doesn't seem worth double the cost unless you're a professional chef or something.
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I totally get paying extra for quality, but what's the major plus of this vs their cheaper thermopop.... 1 second faster, 0.7 degrees (F) accuracy vs 2 degrees... Just doesn't seem worth double the cost unless you're a professional chef or something.
What's the difference between a Mercedes and a Hyundai? They both are used for transportation. Some people just prefer the little extras if the budget is there. With COVID going on right now more people are cooking than ever before so any advantage to make food turn out better is a plus for me.
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I have one and use to nearly every day. Super nice, and I trust it.
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Being one second faster is not about saving one second each time you cook meat. When you use a cheap thermometer, you stick the probe into a thick part of the meat, wait five seconds, and hope you put it in the right place. You could then try another spot if you are being careful.

With a Thermapen (or similar high-end device) you can slowly slide the probe from one side of your meat to the other and track the gradient of temperature along the way. Rarely is my first guess for where to put the probe actually the lowest temperature reading when I do it this way.
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Once you use this you'll never want to use a regular thermometer again.

If you're grilling/smoking and want an instant, accurate temp. this is an essential item.
I get an instant read from the one I got for $12 and have been using it for almost 10 years now.
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Being one second faster is not about saving one second each time you cook meat. When you use a cheap thermometer, you stick the probe into a thick part of the meat, wait five seconds, and hope you put it in the right place. You could then try another spot if you are being careful.

With a Thermapen (or similar high-end device) you can slowly slide the probe from one side of your meat to the other and track the gradient of temperature along the way. Rarely is my first guess for where to put the probe actually the lowest temperature reading when I do it this way.
My 15 dollar Thermapro is just as accurate
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Once you use this you'll never want to use a regular thermometer again.

If you're grilling/smoking and want an instant, accurate temp. this is an essential item.
There really is no difference. I own a $12 pen for over 5 years now and my brother owns this one. Neither one of us can tell a difference and both work as intended. Why pay the extra $70 for one?????
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My 15 dollar Thermapro is just as accurate
Yes, it is just as accurate, but it's much slower.

This is from the Wirecutter's article on instant read thermometers: "The Javelin Pro Duo got within 1 degree of our sous vide–controlled 130 °F water in an average of 2.8 seconds after three tests, right in between the ThermoPop (3.49 seconds) and the Thermapen Mk4 (1.8 seconds)."

I suspect your $15 Thermapro is closer to 3.5 seconds than the Thermapen's 1.8 seconds.
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