I had an old oven thermometer my mom used that hangs on one of my oven racks. I knew it was not efficient or accurate, but that old thermometer had sentimental value. After moving into our new home and overcooking my food in our brand new oven countless times ,knew I had to replace my temperature gauge. It just wasn’t working, and I was spending too much money, time, and effort on keeping something that (although it brought back memories) didn’t do its job anymore.
I set out on a mission to find not only the perfect oven temperature gauge, but a roasting thermometer as well. I tried the manual route, the instant route, and even used the probe that came with the oven. None worked to my satisfaction. Either they weren’t accurate, only read one reading, or broke after one usage.
But now my search is over. I have been using the Maverick Dual Sensor Oven & Roasting Digital Thermometer with Timer (Model #ET-85). Now is the time for my little old disclaimer again; I am not a Maverick representative and therefore this review is my opinion only. I am not paid for this review and have no other vested interest other than sharing what I think of this digital thermometer.
This thermometer has all that I need. This model has settings for the food temperature, oven temperature, and timer. There are alert signals for oven, food, timer, and even an overtime alert. Readings can switch from Fahrenheit to Celsius. The probe cable is long enough to be able to set it almost wherever you might need to set it down in the kitchen.
I knew my oven temperature was higher than it read on the actual oven display board, but I didn’t know by how much. My goodness, the gauge consistently read that the oven was 30 degrees higher than what I set for the temperature! Unfortunately, the alert button kept letting me know this every 2 minutes. When I finally shut the alert off, I shut the food temperature alert off too. My cook time alert was still on but you can’t always go by the cook time.
Today I set the oven temperature on my digital thermometer 30 degrees below what I want my oven to be at. It works out perfectly. Another suggestion would be if you want to use the food temperature (which is one of the reasons I bought it in the first place) set the oven temperature way beyond the setting you want so that you still get the alert for the food temp. The food temperature display on this model is very accurate. I no longer worry about my timing or that I may overcook my food. There is still a need to personally check your meat or whatever you may be cooking, as nothing is infallible.
This Maverick model is easy to use, pretty accurate, and has all the bells and whistles you might need (maybe even beyond what you want). I definitely know that for me, this is a great buy.