GDEALER DT2 Digital Instant Read Foldable Probe Food Thermometer

Last updated date: June 29, 2020

DWYM Score
8.9

GDEALER DT2 Digital Instant Read Foldable Probe Food Thermometer

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 132 expert reviews, the GDEALER GDEALER Digital Instant Read Foldable Probe Food Thermometer placed 13th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 6, 2020:
Checkout The Best Food Thermometer for a detailed review of all the top food thermometers.

Expert Summarized Score
9.2
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
3,200 user reviews
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What experts liked
It features 180 degrees rotation design to enable your hands safe and away from the heat. This thermometer is easy to clean as it is designed with water repellent materials.
- 5 Product Reviews
July 31, 2019 | Full review
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From The Manufacturer

GDEALER DT2 Instant Read Thermometer meat thermometer To prepare a meal for family and don't need to worry about it overcooked or undercooked. That’s why proper temperature monitoring is critical. GDEALER Instant Read Thermometer create a more accurate and faster meat thermometer for you and will give your great assistance when cooking. meat thermometer meat thermometer Package Included: 1 x Food Thermometer 1 x Battery Cover Opener 1 x CR2032 Battery 1 x Temperature Guide 1 x Manual -°F/°C switchable -Response Time:3-5 seconds -Power 10 mins Auto-off How to use the button:: -Press "ON/OFF" to turn it on and switch the ℃/℉ -Long press "ON/OFF" to turn the thermometer off -Press "HOLD" to light the screen up and press it again to lock the temp to prevent you scalding. -Backlight display, easy to read at night -Measurement range:58~572°F(-50~300°C) -Food-safe ABS plastic case and stainless probe -Calibration function adjusts and brings your instant read thermometer back to the correct accuracy, making this a purchase which lasts a lifetime! Perfect for bbq, Grill, Cooking, Meat, Kitchen, Candy meat thermometer meat thermometer meat thermometer Fast Readings This meat Thermometer equip with 3-5 Seconds reading out speed brings you accurate and healthy temp, prevent you from eating undercooked meat. Accurate Readings Equipped with an advanced micro sensor to allow the meat thermometer to retrieve result within 3-5seconds while still being highly accurate to ±2°F. Stay Safe Lock the temp reading on the display even when you remove the probe from the food. No more dangerously peering inside your cooking appliance to read the temperature! Friendly and Handy Feature meat thermometer meat thermometer meat thermometer meat thermometer Backlight Function The LIGHT button help you to see the temp clearly on your BBQ Night-Party. Long Probe 4.5" super long stainless-steel food grade probe and 180 rotation design keeps your hands safe away from the heat when cooking. Easy to clean It is not waterproof. You could wash the metal probe in soapy water. Please clean thermometer with a wet cloth. Do not completely immerse in water. CalibrateMagnetic and Hook function With strong magnet in the back of folding thermometer, it’s easy to keep it on the fridge door cupboard or any iron surface where you can easily and quickly access. How to Calibrate: meat meat meat Step 1 PREPARE A CUP OF ICE WATER Prepare a cup of freezing water with 40% water and 60% ice.Test the freezing water to get a close and stable temperature. Note: Make sure the ice water coldest and the probe touches the ice. Otherwise, you may get an "ERR" message as the temperature is not at freezing. Step 2 PRESS "HOLD" KEY FOR 5 S When the temp reading reaches a stable temperature, hold down “Hold” key for 5 sec. Then the display will flash “CALL”, and flash the temp reading. Step 3 CALIBRATION IS DONE Use the "ON/OFF" key to increase or the “HOLD” key to decrease until it reaches at 0°C or 32°F. When it show "PASS", the calibratin is done.

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An Overview On Food Thermometers

If you routinely cook meats, a food thermometer is a must-have kitchen item. You can test the doneness of everything from steaks to whole turkeys without having to cut into them. But if you haven’t shopped for a food thermometer lately, you may not realize how much they’ve evolved from their earliest days.

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Before you start shopping, consider whether you want a probe-based thermometer or one of the newer types that works using infrared laser technology. With the latter, you’ll simply point and click to determine doneness. If you opt for a probe type, consider the kinds of food you’ll be cooking. For cooking large meats in your oven or smoker, you’ll need a probe long enough to reach all the way into the center of something, like a chicken or pork roast.

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“If you’re a novice cook, an instant-read thermometer is the way to go,” says Colleen Janke. She’s our resident culinary expert and the owner of Savory Kitchen, a cooking school in San Jose, California. “With other thermometers, you’ll remove the probe too quickly to get an accurate reading. An instant read will prevent that from happening.”

Newer thermometers also come with food presets, which means no more looking up what temperature your meat needs to be to reach a safe level of doneness. For grilling and smoking, you may also want to consider a type of thermometer that attaches to your grill and communicates with a receiver that you can take around the house with you.

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Accuracy is probably one of the most important factors in a meat thermometer. If you’re using a laser-based thermometer, you’ll probably need to be fairly close to the food to get the most accurate reading. Some probe-based thermometers now come with two probes that you can use as verification for the temperature you’re seeing.

If you’re using a food probe, you’ll need to wash it after each use to avoid contamination the next time you use it to test. This can be tricky, though.

“Don’t put your thermometer through the dishwasher!” says Janke. “For cleaning, always use hot, soapy water and let it air-dry.”

Thermometers with extra features like digital readers or receivers need additional care. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to determine exactly what you’ll need to do to clean your thermometer between uses.

DWYM Fun Fact

If you don’t have a meat thermometer on hand — or the batteries on yours run out — you could always go by how a steak feels when you touch it. Professional chefs learn the exact level of sponginess based on the cut of meat. One easy way to do this yourself is to use the face test, which involves comparing the resistance you get when you press on the meat to how different areas of your face feel. The resistance of a medium-well steak compares to pressing on your forehead, while medium feels more like your chin. A medium-rare steak will compare to pressing on your cheeks — soft and with little resistance.

The Food Thermometer Buying Guide

  • Historically, food thermometers have operated by inserting a probe into the item being cooked. You can then check the temperature based on what the probe finds. However, a newer type of thermometer has emerged that uses infrared laser technology to test the meat merely by aiming it at the item being cooked. These point-and-shoot models eliminate messy probes.
  • Among digital thermometers, some models stand out for their receiver setup. The receiver communicates with a device you clamp onto your grill or smoker. You then stick the two probes into the meat and step away. They can have a reach of several hundred feet, so you can keep an eye on your food from a safe distance.
  • Preset recommendations can be a big help. Some thermometers come with preset programs for five USDA-approved doneness levels for nine different meats. Others come with recommended cooking levels for beef, veal, pork, poultry and fish.
  • Timers are an essential part of a food thermometer. Look for a thermometer with both a countdown and reverse-countdown feature, allowing you to either monitor how long your food has been cooking or insert a specific time. The reverse-countdown feature is especially ideal for those with smokers who need to slow cook a large piece of meat.
  • When using a probe-based thermometer, pay close attention to the length of the probe if you routinely cook big items like ham, turkey or pork shoulders. Any probe that’s more than 4.5 inches is considered very long.
  • When it comes to accuracy, laser infrared thermometers boast the closest accuracy ranges. However, as you move further away, the laser can lose that accuracy.
  • Food thermometers are typically battery-powered, so make sure you have the right batteries in stock if they aren’t included. Some models shut off automatically when not in use to save battery power. They may also come with a low-battery indicator to ensure you aren’t stranded without extra batteries when you’re ready to start cooking.
  • If you’ve ever waited for a food thermometer to give you a reading, you know it can be frustrating. Some laser thermometers can give you results within 500 milliseconds of pulling the trigger. Thermometers that use something called a step-down tip give almost instant readings.
  • Thermometers that stay attached to your grill need to have a higher heat tolerance than those you only use when it’s time to test doneness. Make sure the wires and probe on any digital thermometer can withstand your grill’s heat when it’s clamped on during the cooking process.