Puna Inc.: Pico Digital Thermometer #Review

It should be no secret now that cooking and baking are passions of mine. I do them both almost daily, for myself, my husband, my friends, my family, my dog, even the adopted squirrels that call our yard home. One thing that is an absolute necessity is a good thermometer. Puna, Inc. offered me a thermometer to test, one they boasted read in just 4 seconds! Count me in!


This foldable pen thermometer has a wide temperature range, from -58° all the way up to 572°. I didn’t test to see if those extremes were possible, but it’s nice to see a thermometer safe to use at such high temperatures. It has a good form factor for holding and keeping a good grip on it, and it folds up for easy storage. It has a nice slim probe so you’re not poking huge, gaping holes in your food, which I appreciate. And it runs on a single AAA battery, so you know you’ve always got one on hand. It has an auto-shutoff that is either 10 minutes or 60 depending on which version of the instructions you use, but it’s still a nice feature.


Now, there are some major issues with this item. One is a takeaway from one of the major pluses, and that’s the folding probe. It locks into place and shuts the thermometer off, but it snaps into place and locks there, and I nearly chipped the paint off my nails trying to get it open. Hubby had to pry it open for me. Another minor quibble is that it defaults back to Celsius readings every time. Here in the U.S. we use Fahrenheit readings. So it has to be reset every time. Next up in the point deduction department is it’s time to read and temperature reading. The time to read varies greatly, and was mostly not inside the 4 seconds advertised. Sometimes upwards of ten seconds. No bueno. Then, it wasn’t as accurate. It tended to be off by a few degrees or so from my other thermometers. While that usually won’t make a world of difference in the majority of cooking and baking, it’s still worth noting.


Overall, if your home is lacking in a thermometer, you could do much worse for the money. I don’t know how long it will last with the difficulty I have opening it, but I think there’s probably better made thermometers out there for the discerning shopper.


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