Polder Dual Sensor Thermometer and Timer Model 894-90
The Polder Dual Sensor Thermometer and Timer takes cooking to an easy level with a dual reading device that combines a single probe into a reading for your food and the oven temperature.
Ease of Use/Performance: 22/25
How much I enjoy 23/25
The Polder Dual Sensor Thermometer/Timer is a great kitchen tool for cooking and baking to ensure the proper temperature of your oven and food. To make sure your food reaches a safe temperature and to ensure the proper doneness you prefer temperature is a great indicator.
The Polder 894-90 Dual Sensor Thermometer Timer comes with the timer itself, the dual sensor probe, a AAA battery, instruction manual and cooking chart. The cooking chart has the desired temperatures for meat and a couple of other foods to help you tell when they are cooked sufficiently for a healthy meal.
The chart has the breakdown of rare, medium and well done for the foods appropriate for varying amounts of doneness like steaks and veal. Foods like poultry just have different temperatures according to the parts you’re cooking like thighs or whole birds.
The Polder Dual Sensor probe uses the probe end for the food temperature and the larger metal section of the probe where the wire goes in has the oven temperature sensor. The probe end can be inserted into food and then the whole thing can go into the oven to keep track of both the food and the ovens temperature.
The probe is six and a half inches long and has a 40 inch cable that allows for enough length to have the probe in the oven and the timer on a counter next to the oven. You can even use the magnetic pad on the back of the battery compartment to hang the timer on the oven side or door.
The wire braided cable allows you to safely use the temperature probe in the oven and close the oven door without damage to the cable. Using the temperature probe continuously in your oven makes for better cooking by being able to measure both the oven temperature and a direct measurement of the food temperature.
I have used this two different ways, in a roast or other meat in an open pan with the probe reading the oven temperature and in a covered pot or pan. You can use the temperature probe for a meat or roast while inside a Dutch oven or other covered pot inside the oven.
Using the Polder Dual Sensor inside a Dutch Oven or other covered cooker you will not get an accurate temperature like you would in the oven. The meat temperature will be accurate just like your cooking inside the oven in a pan or other uncovered dish.
The Polder Temperature Timer also has the timer function that can be used in conjunction with the temperature probe or on its own just like a normal timer. The timer goes up to ten hours either as a countdown or stop watch feature with overtime counting.
The timer works well and the beep the timer and temperature uses to notify when the time is up or the probe has reached the desired temperature is decently loud. I can hear the timer go off when I am in my living room or office through my dining room but not if I have my TV or computer turned up in volume.
The timers work just fine and the overtime feature allows you to see how long after the timer has gone off so you know how long ago it went off if you missed it. The features of the Polder Dual Sensor Thermometer/Timer are ones you would expect for a simple kitchen gadget and this one worked fine for me during the couple of months I have had it for reviewing.
While performing reviews I check out other reviews of the same product along with the company to see what others are saying about the product and who made them. I found an interesting slew of reviews for the Polder model 894-90 thermometer and timer that I might be able to at least partially explain.
I am not trying to defend the company in any way but while reading the reviews on Amazon for this product I did notice several were using the thermometer and probe in smokers or barbecues. The instruction for the 984-90 reads continuous thermometers are not to be used in smokers or barbecues, I think this is a reasonable limitation.
My guess is the temp probe is getting burned because of too high temperatures or something else like smoke or fumes getting into the probe that is messing it up. I have had no problems with the probe and timer/thermometer during a couple of months of using the gadget at least four or five times a week.
The Polder Dual Sensor Thermometer/Timer works well and costs only about $30 from Polder or other websites and in stores. Polder has a wide range of timers, cooking thermometers and other kitchen gadgets and the Dual Sensor Thermometer/Timer is a great kitchen tool.