Jon I do really like the looks of that thermpro you posted the pic and link for. It looks really well made for 22 bucks. It uses a commonly available AAA battery as well.
Larry,I just ordered that one Jon recommended. Honestly not discounting that Thermapen is a very good product but 4x or more better?! Nah...............nothing is that good or that worth it to me. First off we're talking meat temps here. Even if it's off by 5% big whoopin deal. And whether it reads in 2 seconds or 5 again big deal. It won't make one iota of difference in your steak, or whatever you're cooking. The only time REALLY accurate temps are necessary is making candy and sorry this fat old diabetic boy doesn't even eat candy let alone make it
Knives are an interesting subject. I own some expensive knives. But I also own a number of very inexpensive old hickory brand knives. And those are the ones I reach for 99% of the time. They are just so easy to sharpen and hold their edge so well and also feel good in the hand to me. Being carbon steel they do require a bit more care but that's ok by me.Debate as old as time...substitute "headphones", "knife", "smartphone", "wine", "cigar", "shoes", "necktie", or millions of other products for "thermometer". Is any product that costs 4X more than another product worth it? It's all in the eye of the beholder.
I feel this way about knives. Why spend a lot on knives when there are so many good, inexpensive knives?