My Brewing, Grilling, and Cooking Thermometer of Choice
I've gone through quite a few $15-$20 digital thermometers. Some just fail. Some are accurate (paid link), but take an incredibly long time to get an accurate read. For some, I always question how accurate they are. I figured why continue this cycle and look into getting a solid thermometer I can trust that gives me a close as possible to instant read.
I did some looking around and came up with the Thermapen by ThermoWorks. It's by far the most expensive thermometer I've ever purchased. There appear to be some emerging competitors for this specific thermometer, but I couldn't really find one I trusted and at best I would save a couple dollars.
When you use this thermometer, one major things stands out and it stands out immediately. It's fast. Actual time is a couple seconds to get a perfect read.
The thermometer automatically turns on when opened and immediately turns off when closed. Apparently it will also turn off after a timeout, but I've never actually allowed that to happen. The point is sharp and I'm likely to accidentally take my internal body temperature if I leave it open.
The back contains a bit of information and the opening to the replaceable battery. Note that this baby goes up to 572 degrees Fahrenheit.