Crofton Digital Meat Thermometer

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated 11/15/16 after further hands-on testing.

Anyone who has ever grilled, baked, broiled, or otherwise prepared meats knows that proper cooking temperature is crucial. Undercook a meat, and you risk any number of dangerous food-borne illnesses; overcook a meat, and you risk a meal that is dry and generally disappointing.

There are many styles of meat thermometers out there, from the old-school dial thermometers to the modern instant-read digital thermometers. Aldi has introduced a number that falls somewhere in between.

Crofton Digital Meat Thermometer

The Crofton Digital Meat Thermometer comes with the main device, an included AAA battery, a stainless steel probe attached to a 38 inch cord, and a small silicon cap to fit over the pointed end of the probe. The main device has several buttons on the front, as well as a few recessed buttons on the back.

Right away, it’s clear that this is more than just a thermometer. It is also a clock, a timer, and an alarm. (More on this last part in a second.) It can be folded to stand on a table, or can be hung on a refrigerator or metal surface using the back-mounted magnets. The probe, which plugs into a headphone-style jack on the side, can be detached and stored separately from the thermometer.

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Setting up the thermometer is pretty simple. The buttons are intuitive enough that I didn’t need to consult the manual, although it’s there if you need it. Taking a meat measurement is as straightforward as plugging in the probe, making sure the probe button on the back is on, and sticking the probe into the desired meat or poultry. The back helpfully lists desired temperatures for a few products.

The thermometer includes a couple of features to assist with cooking. It has a temperature alarm you can set to go off when your food reaches the target temperature. The packaging boasts that the cord can be used to run the sensor inside the oven while the device is outside. The cord is both slim and, I think, plenty long for the task.

The display also has a timer you can set if you need it. We wish it also included a stopwatch feature, but the timer does the job.

As for drawbacks? Well, there are a few.

One, this is not an instant read thermometer. I’ve worked in the past with thermometers that give a temperature within a second or two. This one does not. On the low end, it took me a good 15-20 seconds of watching the temperature display slowly climb from air temperature to the temperature of the pork I was cooking. When I tested it on beef, it was more like 30-60 seconds.  That’s a long time, and while that isn’t much of an issue if you’re using this in an oven, it’s not at all ideal for someone on a grill trying to make a snap judgement about a meat’s current state. The packaging doesn’t say instant read and you probably wouldn’t expect it for this price, but know that this is not a speedy device, digital or not.

Two, the display stays on all the time. There is a button to turn off the temperature sensor, but the clock is always on and always showing. Some may not consider this a drawback, but I do wonder what this means for battery life.

Finally, I did not see any mention of a warranty on the packaging. This might be the first Aldi electronic device I’ve ever purchased that didn’t have some sort of warranty. Not even 30 or 60 days. There is an after-sales support number, but that seems of small comfort when they can’t do much other than tell you what the manual already said. Granted, the price is cheap and a warranty might not matter, but it’s a consideration … especially that past versions of the Crofton meat thermometer has had either a one or two-year warranty.

The Verdict:

The Crofton Digital Read Thermometer has several cool features, including a clock and a thermometer alarm. If you need something for oven cooking, like keeping the temperature on a Thanksgiving turkey, this is your product. The long read time probably makes it less than ideal as a grilling tool, though. Also be aware that it doesn’t appear to come with a warranty.


About Joshua

Joshua is the Editor-in-Chief of Aldi Reviewer. He is also a writer and novelist. You can learn more about him at www.joshuaajohnston.com.

11 Comments

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  2. It’s my first probe, digital thermometer and I am very pleased. I’ve been using it for about a year, now.
    If I can locate another one I’m going to get it for my daughter.

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  5. Packages says over, is it also compatible for grill useage

  6. BOUGHT THIS AT ALDIs.
    USED IT TO CHECK TURKEY BREAST, IT WENT FROM ROOM TEMP
    TO ‘HHH’. NEVER GAVE CORRECT TEMP, ALWAYS AT ‘HHH’
    DEFECTIVE UNIT, NO WARRANTY.

    • I’ve looked at the Aldi website concerning this product. It states there that there is a One Year Warranty on this item. Also, the wonderful thing about Aldi is that you can return anything with nary a problem. With or without a receipt! Go on and bring that defective thermometer back.

  7. Mine has given up after a few months, it thinks my room temperature is 138f …. I dont have the receipt and even if I didn’t I know it was on sale when I bought it and can’t remember how much for. I’m more irritated than upset …

  8. Jennifer Petrus

    Thanks, this is the information I needed. Packaging and instructions in 2019 are not completely clear that the probe can remain in the oven while the cord goes to the base outside. I was pretty sure, but it’s good to have confirmation!

  9. Way out of calibration
    Reading 91deg room temperature
    Should be 71
    Ice water reading 72 degree Fahrenheit
    Should be 32 degree

  10. Have been married for 58 years & never had a meat thermometer. Recently bought a Crofton & can’t imagine how I ever lived w/o it! Want to gift my daughter one but not sure where to get a deal on it.

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