Sometimes I think it might be worth it to share a few toys from my kitchen. I’ve wanted a solid infrared thermometer for a long time. At least as long as I’ve been making pizza and bread. Because lets face it, your oven is lying to you. The overall temperature might be in the ballpark, but likely it has hot and cold spots. That’s where an infrared thermometer comes in handy. Well, that and a million other places. Thermoworks has been on my list of top products for a long time. I think it was Alton Brown that first turned me on to the brand, and now I’ve gifted more Thermapen’s than I can remember. A high quality, digital thermometer is one of the best kitchen gadgets you can have. I use my Thermapen 5-6 days a week. It’s just that easy and that handy.
So when I went look for an infrared thermometer, I used ThermoWorks as my base and compared their offerings to everything from kitchen stores to hardware stores. Without getting into some crazy price category, I decided to compare offerings to the ThermoWorks Industrial Infrared Thermometer. It is equipped with an 8-point circle laser, which allows you to better approximate your target area without the guesswork of a single laser. This infrared thermometer has an adjustable emissivity feature, which allows you to measure a variety of surface types. For poorly lit areas, the infrared thermometer’s backlit display can be toggled on (or off) for easy reading of surface temperatures. After a week of building comparison spreadsheets I pulled the trigger and couldn’t be happier.
The accuracy is fantastic for the price, it’s easy to use, it’s lightweight and the display includes Min/Max, Diff. Mode, Avg. Mode, Hi/Low alarms, and continuous scan mode with a large main temperature display, which reads in °F or °C. Importantly it does one key thing really well, it measures a wide range of temperatures; -76 to 1400°F (-60 to 760°C). Even without the fun factor of randomly checking temperatures (toilet water, my cat, bicycle tyres), this infrared thermometer has done amazing things for my oven temps and grill temps. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with cooking on my grill with my Baking Steel, and knowing the exact temperature of the steel is a big advantage to consistency. So, if you’re in the market for a sweet kitchen toy I’d give this bad boy two thumbs up. Just don’t blame me when you bring it to work and start taking temperatures of your co-workers.