Warning regarding ThermoWorks products at Amazon, eBay and other sites More info
The lowest internet prices for ThermoWorks products are available at thermoworks.com and through special offers received by subscribers to ThermoWorks emails.
Amazon, eBay, walmart.com, sears.com and their sellers are NOT Authorized Dealers. There are unscrupulous sellers at those sites who have purchased ThermoWorks products at retail prices and are then re-selling them at significantly elevated prices, sometimes 2 to 4 times the Authorized List Price. After receiving numerous complaints from customers who were victimized by those listings, we felt it was important to do what we could to warn unsuspecting consumers.
Furthermore, we have received a growing number of complaints that such sellers are offering counterfeit, copycat, stolen units, and "Open-Box" units as authentic NEW ThermoWorks products. Thus, from January 1st of 2016, technical support and warranty coverage are only available on ThermoWorks products that are purchased direct from ThermoWorks or from ThermoWorks' Authorized Dealers. In this way we know the consumer is fully protected and we can protect our reputation for treating customers fairly. Extended Info
I purchased this thermometer in 2012 when I decided I needed one for frying and checking meat temperatures. After watching Cooks Illustrated's video, I was in love with the Thermapen. However, I chose the RT600B after seeing this less-expensive model and its impressive temperature range. I do not regret my decision!
I love the simplicity of this thermometer. While it is not super-fast, it is accurate and works well for all the tasks that we throw its way. We use it 3-4 times a week for checking food temperatures, but it is also used regularly for our "jam sessions", grilling, and frying. It does require some patience, but given its low price, I never expected it to be instant-read and you get your temperature in a few seconds. Quite simply, it is great thermometer with a long life and is accurate.
In my humble opinion, this unit is basically the same as my RT616... It reads the temps as fast as the RT616 but to turn it off you have an on/off button... The RT616 automatically shuts off when you put it back in its sleeve...