- Pro: Industrial Grade Thermometer with Domesticated Ease
- Pro: Waterproof and Shatterproof glass
- Pro: Meat Cooking Temps on Face of Thermometer
- Cons: Analogous
- Cons: Temp range doesn’t go less than 120° F
CDN IRM200-Glow ProAccurate Review
The CDN IRM200-Glow ProAccurate is a great little meat thermometer, particularly if you need to maintain visibility and aren’t working with a good oven light. It’s a stand out meat thermometer, and might be just the thing you want to add to your home kitchen.
The Good Stuff
The first thing most people will notice once they get this thermometer in their hands is the large dial. Measuring two inches across, it’s easily readable and actually has just the right measurements for you to be able to find the perfect heat for the perfect cut of meat.
The glass lens is sealed to the dial of the thermometer to keep it completely waterproof as well. Inferior thermometers have a tendency to use plastic lenses which can warp or even melt when they’re exposed to heat for too long and this seemingly small touch has some big implications when it comes to using it in your kitchen.
The dial is good looking, that’s a definite plus and a depature from the usual red and white face. More than that, however, is the fact that it’s functional and will tell you with a quick glance where the meat is at in both temperature and how well cooked it is since it’s all right there on the dial.
The thermometer is backed by a manufacturer’s five year limited warranty as well, so you know that CDN has their consumer’s best interests at heart. That’s a long time for such a small device to be covered.
It can also be calibrated by the user, unlike a lot of meat thermometers, so if you have a feeling it’s doing something funny then you can test it in boiling water to make sure that it’s accuracy is never an issue.
Then, of course, there’s the fact that the dial is glow in the dark. This makes it easy to keep a reading without having to keep switching the oven light off and on and even allows you to check the temperatures while you’re grilling without having to grab a flash light. Late night barbecues? Yes, please!
In addition to facilitating midnight snacks, the glow-in-the-dark on the thermometer’s dial is also bright enough to be read through the glass front of most ovens.
The large face, high-quality construction, and easy to check on readings all add up to one thing: a superior thermometer for most people’s kitchens or patios that will let you keep your meat at just the right temperature.
The Bad Stuff
There’s a few drawbacks to this one, but for most people they’re relatively minor.
Despite the tough exterior of this meat thermometer, it’s really not suitable to be left in meat for the whole time it’s cooking. This can be a pain if you’re cooking a roast, since you’ll have to keep sticking it in or you’ll risk cracking the face of the thermometer.
Some people have also reported that the numbers on the dial get “cooked” and stop glowing at times. That should be covered under the warranty unless you stuck it in a blast furnace, however, so it’s more of an inconvenience than anything.
It’s a bit slow on the reading as well, but that’s a problem with any kind of analogue thermometer for food and not inherent to the design. It’ll take about fifteen seconds to get up to temp and stable enough for you to take your reading.
It also doesn’t seem to come perfectly calibrated from the factory in all cases, which is something of a bummer but easily undone. Just make sure that you check the calibration before you begin to use it and you’ll be fine.
If you notice that it’s quite a bit off when cooking, then make sure to recalibrate it. Ideally, you’d take the time to boil a pot of water and make sure that everything is perfect before you start using it on expensive roasts or anything.
It’s also a little bit expensive for an analogue meat thermometer, you can get a cheap wireless one for around the same price if you look hard enough. It’s definitely not prohibitively expensive but if you don’t need the glow-in-the-dark feature then you might be better off investing your money in something else.
It’s a great meat thermometer and the large, glowing dial makes up for the few flaws it has. As long as you’re careful not to add any extra user error to the process, you’ll be satisfied with your investment. The unique part here is definitely the dial, the rest of it is pretty much standard issue as far as a high build-quality thermometer goes.
Give it a shot if you think it’s what you’re looking for, but if you want truly hands-free cooking you may be better off with spending a little bit more money and getting a wireless transmitting digital thermometer instead.