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Pros / The cord for the included probe is 43 inches long, which is longer than most.

Cons / This digital grill thermometer lacks an illuminated display and auto-off feature.

 Verdict / This digital grill thermometer is accurate and easy to use, but it doesn't have any built-in presets to help you monitor temperature.

Polder’s Classic Digital Thermometer and Timer is an easy-to-use BBQ thermometer that anyone can operate. It does an excellent job at not only measuring temperature, but keeping track of the time as well.

During a cookout, it’s easy to get caught up with friends and loved ones, but you may not want to walk away from the grill for fear of overcooking meat. Let’s face it, nobody wants to eat a hockey puck for dinner. Polder’s digital BBQ thermometer solves this problem. You can set a desired time, grilling temperature, or both. The alarm beeps before your steak is charred. This digital grilling thermometer has a display similar to that of a smart watch. It has large numbers that you can read from a distance. However, the display isn’t illuminated, making it hard to read at night. The unit has two strong magnets on its back that you can fasten to your grill.

Many digital grill thermometers are designed to sit on a stand, but Polder made its display flexible – it can bend 180 degrees. If you don’t want to mount the unit to your grill, you can bend the screen to its original 90-degree viewing angle and set it on a surface.

Polder says its thermometer is accurate within 2 degrees Fahrenheit, which we found to be true. When grilling four steaks, we were able to set timers and maximum temperatures in order to grill a rare, medium-rare, medium and medium-well steak.

Some BBQ thermometers have built-in presets so you know what the ideal temperatures are for grilling certain meats. With this thermometer, though, you’ll have to do your research beforehand. In addition, when checking temperature, we had an average response time of 25 seconds.

The included probe for this thermometer measures 3.75 inches, and its cord is 43 inches long, which is above average. Unfortunately, this thermometer only supports a single probe, so if you're cooking for a large group, you’ll have to keep reading the temperature individually for each piece of meat with its single probe.

This thermometer comes with an AAA battery. It doesn't come with an auto-shutoff feature, so you'll have to be sure to power it off once you're done with it. An additional disadvantage is that the thermometer is not water resistant. Very few thermometers are entirely waterproof, but most are splash proof and can handle the rain.

Polder offers a one-year warranty. The company also provides email and telephone support. There is an FAQ page on the Polder website as well. However, keep your instruction manual since the site doesn’t offer a downloadable manual.

  • Accuracy
  • Response Time
  • Highest Temperature
  • Length of Probe
  • Number of Probes Included
  1. The degree to which a measurement of temperature conforms to the correct value.
    Smaller range is better.
  2. 10  Polder
    ±2.0 °F
  3. ±1.0 °F
  4. ±2.0 °F
  5. ±2.0 °F
  6. Category Average
    ±1.5 °F

Summary

The Polder Classic Digital Thermometer is reliable and easy to use. However, it lacks some features like an illuminated display and water resistance, which could be a deal-breaker for some.

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