- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 3.6 x 1.9 cm ; 49.9 g
- Shipping Weight: 90.7 g
- Item model number: PT12
- ASIN: B00GRFHXVQ
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Feb. 27 2015
- Average Customer Review: 461 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #567 in Home (See Top 100 in Home)
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Lavatools Thermowand High-Performance Digital Food/BBQ Thermometer (Chipotle)
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- 3-4 second ultra-fast response time with an accuracy better than 0.9°F.
- Large 1.4" easy-to-read display and splash-proof construction.
- Integrated magnet for convenient storage on refrigerators or ovens.
- Meat thermometer also perfect for fryers, bread, candy, coffee, and homebrews.
- Lifetime warranty backed by Lavatools.
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Color Name: Chipotle
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Javelin is the gold standard for all food thermometers. It’s 2.75" probe is able to achieve an ultra-fast 4 second response time at all typical cooking/roasting temperatures. With an accuracy of 0.9°F, it is the best performing thermometer in it’s price range.
Our product is NSF approved for commercial and professional use. We use high-quality impact-resistant thermoplastics to prevent warping and cracking. The Javelin can survive 4,000+ hours of continuous use on a single change of battery. Screw-less design prevents buildup of dirt and grime. Feature Packed
A tiny 1.6mm tapered probe minimizes the puncture footprint on your food. It’s magnetic, which means you can attach it onto the refrigerator or oven instead of having it lost in your utensils drawer. An anti-microbial thermoplastic shell prevents bacterial growth. Cheap & Dangerous Imitators
Cheap imitators have flooded the market with slower and inaccurate products that aren’t approved by any food-safety agencies. Why take the risk? Specifications
- Response Time: 4-5 seconds to within 1°F of final temperature in moving boiling water (212°F)
- Accuracy: 0.9°F @ -4 ~ 302°F (0.5°C @ -20 ~ 150°C)
- Range: -40 ~ 482°F (-40 ~ 250°C)
- Battery: 1x CR2032
- Battery Life: 4,000+ hours
- Auto-Off: 60 min
- °F/°C Configurable: Yes Limited lifetime warranty against all technical and firmware defects. Lavatools is a proud Californian company and our products are certified by NSF, CE, and RoHS.
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The journey begins.
I'm currently renting a small apartment. The kitchen is complete with tilted electric stove, no ventilation, and a dozen other culinary irritations. Before the Lavatools Thermowand, I had a cheap, analog thermometer. Not only would it take upwards of 15 seconds to “hit” a temperature, it was horribly inaccurate and, moreover, a complete pain in the ass.
I love to cook, but I often overcook different meats due to a lack of repetition. It's easy to get a steak’s timing down when you're cooking its type over and over again, but for me, something like strip-loin or rib-eye comes few and far between. Due to long absences between ingredients, it's difficult to remember the proper timings. Different sizes are a problem, too, as any online recipe reader can attest. Sure, I could meticulously write everything down, and sure I could channel my inner Chef Ramsay, and spend years learning to touch-test virtually every meat on the planet... OR I could buy a meat thermometer that functions well, looks great, and is liquid resistant.
That's exactly why I bought the Thermowand. I wanted something that was fast, accurate, and DURABLE. That's why I spent $40 rather than $10. I wanted a product that wouldn't succumb to electronic failure if it was splashed or suffered a minor condensation buildup. I honestly couldn't be happier with it. It's makes cooking meat fun. After a couple of practice sessions, I'm already nailing the formerly impossible Medium hamburger. I can't restate enough how I love taking the guess work out of cooking different sized meats.
PROS, CONS, AND CRITICISMS:
Speed - Takes maybe 4 seconds to hit the temp. Anyone complaining about how it isn't 3 seconds or what not can sod off. It's a simple cost benefit analysis. Am I willing to spend $60 more for a "professional grade" thermometer that offers me 1-2 seconds speedier? No thanks.
Accuracy – Thus far, it’s been super accurate and consistent. I’ve retested many pieces of meat several times, and the readings are always the same. Additionally, mid rare at 145 degrees has been mid rare. Medium at 160 has been medium. Well done at 170 and, let’s be honest, way higher… has been Well done. I’ve had my share of screw ups, but none are owed to the Thermowand.
Construction - Feels thick and plasticky but not cheap. In other words, it won’t fall apart in your hands like [insert $10 product from China here]. It's a little bulkier than most, but I have small hands, and I have zero issues using it. I'd take the bulk any day for the moisture resistance, which I assume is why it's thicker in the first place.
Battery Life – Takes a single watch-ish battery. Says it’ll last 4000+ hours. I’ve only been using it for two months, so I’ll update in the future.
LIFETIME WARRANTY – Yes, I had to capitalize it. $40 includes a built-in lifetime warranty. I bought it without even knowing that, so it’s icing on the cake for me. Read several reviews (out of thousands) where people had to return their product and did so without issue. Electronic failure happens… Doesn’t matter if it’s Lavatools or Microsoft.
Magnetized – Sits on my fridge door when it’s not in use. See attached photo.
Easy To Clean – Check meat temp, dip wand in soapy water, and wipe off. Presto… It’s clean! So difficult!
No on/off switch – This is both a pro and a con. I can see some people not liking this, but I think it’s rather intuitive. The thermometer is always off until you unfold the wand. Once unfolded, it powers up. It also has an auto-off after 60 minutes. This, I think, could easily be tuned down to 5-10 minutes, but it’ll still save you significant battery life if you forget to leave the wand out.
Probe Length – For steaks, chicken breasts, fat porkchops, small roasts, whole chickens and other similar ingredients, the 2.75 inch probe length is great. However, for super dense roasts, hams, or large turkeys, you could have a problem reaching the center. If this is an issue for you, I’d recommend another product. Lavatools sells the Javelin PRO Probe Thermometer on Amazon, and its probe is 4”. It also comes with the same lifetime warranty.
For as many glowing reviews as I saw of other cheaper products on Amazon, I saw a significant number of "it died suddenly and without warning." Out of thousands of reviews on Amazon.com, you DO see that with the Thermowand, but that’s where the lifetime warranty combats or negates the complaints. Most of the cheaper units seem to have significantly more failures, but they don’t have a similar warranty.
REGARDING THE CELSIUS TO FAHRENHEIT ISSUE: In my opinion, it’s not an issue at all. It breaks down like this: the Thermowand comes factory preset to Celsius, and the switch to change to Fahrenheit is located behind/beside the battery depending on your perspective (not underneath). Now, I’ll agree that the switch is quite small, but you don’t have to remove the battery to flip it. Simply open the back of the Thermowand using a Quarter. Then use a toothpick, skewer, paperclip (you get the idea) to click the white switch over to the left. Easy. Total time? ~1 minute. See my attached photo for visual clarification.
Overall, I’d buy it again. I’m extremely happy with the Thermowand, as it fits my everyday cooking needs. Thanks for reading, and happy Meating… er, cooking.
Update 12/02/2017: It's been a year and few months since I bought the Thermowand. It works like brand new. Still same accurate temperatures, no diminishing performance. Haven't had to touch the battery, and I use it a lot. I remain satisfied :)
One thing I've been measuring a LOT is proteins in my Instant Pot pressure cooker. The Thermowand is absolutely invaluable. I never have to guess at timing in that regard, either. Is it slightly under? Way under? I just bring the pressure back for a couple of extra minutes (or whatever it needs). Eventually, you'll learn how many degrees different proteins gain after 1 minute of pressure cooking. Makes me so happy.
The build quality is great, and it works. Readings take about 3 seconds. I do wish it had a hold function, but it's not a deal breaker.
If you're cooking meat (and not only) you need one. Absolutely recommended!
The magnet could be stronger, as it slides down our fridge.
I really don't see the point of having a faster thermometer than this one. As an example, if you are checking the temperature of chicken on the grill, as soon as you poke the probe into the meat, you will instantly get a reading that is about 95% accurate and if you wait another second or two, you will get 100% accuracy.
I basically check each piece of chicken on the grill to see if it's in the range of being Completely cooked, so if I get a reading of 140 Fahrenheit, I move onto the next piece only when I get into the 150s do I wait to see the exact temperature.
The Chipotle colour is Is more of a salmon colour then the red that you see on the screen, I'm just saying…
The funny thing is, this is a thermometer, and it's fast,And of good quality…There are some naysayers about the Celsius and Fahrenheit settings, as one should realize that most of the world runs on Celsius so therefore this device was set to Celsius by default (makes perfect sense to me). To fix this, you pop out the battery and slide the microswitch to Fahrenheit put battery back in and you're done.Not sure what all the hubbub is about :-)
I printed a temperature meat guide from Health Canada and have in easily access in the inside of one of my cabinet. I really have nothing bad to say.
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