- Pro: Temp ranges are 0° F to 220° F
- Pro: Stainless Steel Construction
- Pro: Durable Plastic Sleeve
- Cons: Plastic screen scratchs easily
- Cons: Some people have claimed inconsistent results
Taylor Precision Products Classic Instant Read Pocket Thermometer Review
The Taylor Classic Instant Read Pocket Thermometer is an analogue thermometer which can make quick and accurate readings in the kitchen. The temperature range is mostly suited for meats, which isn’t a bad thing since you can know whether your food is rare or well done within seconds.
The Good Stuff
Let’s get this out of the way: this one is a meat thermometer. The temperature range can read from 0 to 220°F, so there’s not too much dial that’s not going to be in use if you’re frequently checking to make sure your meat is cooked to perfection.
It comes with a handy sheathe and a pocket clip which makes it easy to carry while you’re in the process.
It can easily be recalibrated with something like ice which has a known temperature if you’re worried that it’s not giving you the exact readings you want as well. Even better, the sheathe itself acts as a tool so you can recalibrate it without having to go digging in your tool bag.
Since the thermometer is analogue, you won’t have to worry about replacing batteries or mucking up the electronics if you accidentally drop one in a pot. You’ll have to remember to correct for parallax, however, and look at it dead on to make sure you can get the correct reading.
The dial is easy to read, coming in white with black print and large enough that most people should be able to get their reading without having to grab their glasses. This is impressive, since the head is fairly small so it’ll fit in your pocket with the clip quite easily.
It’s made of stainless steel, so you know it’ll hold up to the drops and falls which occasionally happen in a busy kitchen. It’s shock-resistant, which means you shouldn’t have to worry about the calibration coming off from a minor mishap although you may need to correct it if it takes too hard of a whack.
It’s quite cheap as well, allowing you to have multiples of it around without breaking the bank. Add in the fact that it’s approved by the NSF and you’ve got a great little product for reading meat temperatures no matter what kind of kitchen you’re working in.
The Bad Stuff
With any bargain priced thermometer, you know there’s going to be an issue or two along the way.
Despite the large print, some people find the 1-inch dial to be simply too small for them, this means getting closer to the dial in order to get your reading or make sure that the temperature has become stable.
Speaking of which, the temperature takes about ten seconds to stabilize. It’s not a super slow thermometer, but the “instant-read” name is just that. You’ll have to invest in something more expensive if you need that ten seconds.
While the overall construction is quite solid, the face of the dial is made of hard plastic. This means it’s unsuitable to stick it in the oven and leave it there. You might even want to take any meat you’re measuring out, to avoid issues with melting or warping in the face. That also means you don’t want to run it through the dishwasher.
And, let’s get this out of the way, this is a meat thermometer. The temperature range means that things like frying and making candy are a bit outside of the range of what it can do without any issues and the lens means you probably shouldn’t really try either.
There also appears to be some general quality control issues with this one. The complaints are vast in range, but some people have received them with the internal thermostat already broken. Taylor is quite good about replacing them, but it’s probably not something you want to order if you’re already in a pinch.
If you want a cheap and handy meat thermometer, the Taylor Precision Products Classic is a good buy. It’s not really suitable for much else, however, due to the low temperature range and some of the flaws in its construction.
That said, the price is right on this one if you don’t have to deal with any quality control issues and most people who complained they stopped working did so after a year or more. Pick it up and give it a shot if you need a cheap meat thermometer, but you might want to pass it up if you’re looking for something super precise and with a wide temperature range.