5 reasons not to use a cheap thermometer

Friday, September 23, 2016

As anyone in the Food Service or Catering industry will know, a food thermometer is a day to day tool you can’t go without. Whether it is for checking the temperature of meat, poultry, or egg products, using a thermometer is the only sure way of ensuring both safety and the food is cooked to the desired taste (i.e. rare, medium, well done etc.).

From a food safety perspective these types of foods must be cooked at a minimum internal temperature in order to remove any harmful bacteria. A food thermometer is also required to make certain prepared food is kept at the appropriate temperature prior to being served.


5 reasons you shouldn't use cheap thermometers

Since a food thermometer is such an important tool in food preparation, making sure you have a fully functioning, reliable thermometer available at all times is crucial. There are a number of factors which differentiate a high quality thermometer from their cheap and nasty counterparts. Below we outline the 5 key reasons you shouldn’t be tempted by the low price point, and encourage you to stay well clear of the poorly manufactured brands.


  1. Lack robustness – cheap models are flimsy and often break easily leaving you without an instrument and putting you and your customers at risk.


  1. Not accurate – by using a cheap thermometer you can’t be certain you are even getting the correct measurements and of course when using a measurement device accuracy can be critical.


  1. Not user-friendly – as anyone who’s used a low quality thermometer will know, they can be a real pain to use, not offering much in terms of usability such as a poor display making the readings hard to see.


  1. Low functionality – cheap thermometers will only offer very basic functions whilst top quality thermometers can offer more than one measuring function, for example infrared for non-contact measurement as well as a penetration probe for core temperatures.


  1. More expensive in the long term – if you have to replace your thermometer every couple of months because of it being dropped or getting wet, it may make sense to buy a robust waterproof thermometer which could last 3 to 4 times longer.


Only by using a top quality thermometer like those from testo can you guarantee both accuracy and longevity


We hope the above reasons help you understand the importance of a top quality thermometer when preparing food. As with so many things in life, in essence you get what you pay for!


About testo Food Safety

Testo offer a wide range of equipment for food safety which will help you meet your HACCP requirements and give you the reassurance you are storing and cooking your food safely. Our instruments include temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, cooking oil testers, thermal cameras, PH meters and much more.

Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, from farm to fork, Testo has the right instrument for the job. Want to find out more about testo food safety equipment? Why not visit our website www.testolimited.com or give us a call on 01420 544433

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