Review: Thermoworks 24 Inch Waterproof Thermometer
Thermoworks is one of the most recognized brands in both commercial kitchens and labs. They make a wide variety of thermometers and other temperature control tools. The thermometers read accurately at a very quick speed. Reliability is their best quality as no one has a better track record for their durability. Unfortunately, most of their thermometers are quite expensive so only a few are good for most homebrewers.
The Thermoworks 24 inch waterproof thermometer is the best long probe digital thermometer for the money. It typically runs around $50 on the Thermoworks website but is on sale for $29.99 quite often. You can find many cheaper thermometers on Amazon but many just seem to be cheap knockoffs. Thermoworks is apparently notorious for being counterfeited so try to buy one from their homepage.
Accuracy and speed are amazing with the Thermoworks thermometers. Technically the model I bought is slow (compared to their high-end ones) but I find it gets a reading within just a few seconds. As far as accuracy it has passed the boiling water test flawlessly. I have both a candy thermometer and meat thermometer that was matched when tested.
The build quality is really nice. The structure consists of a plastic shell and a sturdy stainless steel probe. The buttons are really durable with a nice responsive feel when pressed. Both the shell and probe don’t get hot quickly when taking a reading. Best of all the thermometer is waterproof with an IP66/67 rating. I have no idea if that is any good but I’ve spilled wort on it without problems. Finally, a cap comes with it for covering up the probe for when not in use.
The features are good enough for my brewing. It is quick and easy to switch from Fahrenheit to Celsius. A hold feature is available for saving the temperature. There is also a minimum and maximum memory setting. Battery life is supposedly rated at 5,000 hours. I haven’t had it on that long but my first batch of batteries are still ticking.
Overall I’m really happy with this thermometer. Digital is really the only way to go and this is honestly the best. The size is perfect for my 16 gallon Bayou pot and could easily work on a bigger pot. Make sure to get the 24 inch for your big brew pot and smaller one for your stove batches. Remember try to buy from their website to make sure you get the legit thing.
- Will work for most big pots
- Stainless steel
- Long 5,000 hour battery life
- Very tall/long so storage can be a pain