Tea Thermometer Recommendations
I’ve been wrestling with which thermometer to buy myself (surprisingly hard to find many that fit all the requirements—beeps when ready to steep, FAST read, digital, maintains accuracy, not wildly expensive, won’t fall apart immediately, battery life decent) and David’s was high on the list because it beeps and it’s decently priced. I appreciate the details you’ve provided Rachel (they don’t have much in the way of specs on the website, alas). What kind of battery does it take, do you know?
Bought an OXO thermometer today and am happy with it:
I tested it against the Davids and the Upton analog one on boiling water. Only the OXO registered 212. The Davids was 5 degrees under and the Upton was 10 degrees under! (Could be why I was finding all my teas too astringent. Yikes.)
The OXO is simple, no fancy features. Has silicone around the screen so you don’t burn your fingers taking it out of the kettle. Nice big display. The reviews on Amazon are pretty bad, so we shall see how long it lasts me, but my first impression is that it’s great.
I decided that a thermometer/timer with presets for tea was overkill for me. I just want a quick temp reading on my water so I can start steeping when it reaches the temp I want (which seems to be different for every tea). Then, since I’m always right by my microwave when brewing tea, I just punch in the time on the microwave timer, hit start, and pour. Simple. I’m happy now.
I think these thermometers all tend to be somewhat inaccurate especially after some time. I’m gonna try to remember to do an ice slurry and boiling water test with this one every few months.