Battle of the cheap instant read therms....Thermowand vs Palermo

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by fwismoker, Apr 16, 2015.

  1. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit


    I bought the Palermo with the coupon code on Amazon for 10 dollars and change.  I will say I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it though it isn't too bad for a back up.

    The Palermo does have the bigger probe but I haven't had anything the Thermowand really doesn't work for.   

    Both are accurate therms but speed goes the the thermowand hands down.  3-4 seconds will get you in the ball park with the Palermo but it'll take 5-6 to be accurate. The thermowand on the other hand reads fairly accurate in the 3-4 second.   The Palermo reads ambient air faster but last time i checked we're using these things for meat so that doesn't matter. The Palermo automatically opens to celcius so you have to hit a button to get fharenheit which isn't a deal breaker just an inconvenience. 

    The build quality is much better with the Thermowand and the magnet is nice. The Palermo feels very light and cheap, also the probe clips tightly into a plastic clip which doesn't make it too easy to open.

    Verdict:  Don't pay full price for the Palermo unless you're needing a longer probe compared to the Thermwand. The wand is a great value for $25 compared to the Palermo for 18-20 dollars. 

    Speed- Thermowand

    Probe length- Palermo

    Build Quality- Thermowand
     
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You really should buy a lightning fast Thermapen, :D
     
  3. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Ditto , Case.
     
  4. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Ok but that means i'm dissing the ultra ultra fast indigo blue thermowand!   Not sure I can do that. [​IMG]
     
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well as we both know, there's no reason to buy a Lamborghini when a Toyota will get you to the same place and cost way less in more ways than one! I'd rather buy 4 thermowand a than one Thermopen!!!!!
     
  6. I'm more of a Corvette guy myself, so where does that leave me in getting an instant read thermometer?
     
  7. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I got my Palermo yesterday after ordering it for $10 on Amazon. I have not tested it yet but I do have to agree with @FWIsmoker  that it feels cheap and having to change it from Celsius every time is a pain. having to wait 2-3 seconds longer than a Thermopen is not a problem when it was $80 cheaper.
     
  8. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Thermopen open box special
     
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well if you like your corvette in British racing green they have those on sale for 18% off.
     
  10. IMHO   I think any Thermometer that is accurate, reads within several seconds and is affordable is Fine.  Back years ago before I retired and was making plenty of money I always went for the best Any more I shop for bargains and look at reviews.  Lot more conservative now.  Just Sayin 
     
  11. ernesttbass

    ernesttbass Smoke Blower

    My Thermowand has not let me down yet.    Like Dirtsailor2003  said, 4 for the price of one.  
     
  12. FW, thanks for reviewing it. I got mine yesterday also, but I was to busy to even do anything with it. It indeed is a little light but reads fast. I'm with Gary's thinking that for $10 and reading accurate within 5-6 seconds is A OK with me. The C thing I didn't realize because I never messed with it, but it's already in my hand to flip the probe out so hitting the button with my thumb while I'm walking to the meat is a non issue. 

    Hope everyone that ended up with one gets some use out it! Enjoy your Friday!
     
  13. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Oh I'll get use for mine...plus it'll be good backup I think.   I'll probably use it more with one of my smokers that I have to get readings over a fire which gets pretty hot and the Palermo has a longer reach. 
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2015
  14. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Good info thanks. 
     
  15. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have the Thermowand it boil tested on the money.I check all my probes every 3 or 4 smokes.
     
  16. If you're having to change mode every time, I suggest emailing the company. After the first use, the auto-off feature stopped working and would switch to Celsius when it came back on. I emailed the company and they sent out a brand new one first thing Monday morning. I've used the replacement a few times now with no issue. The lifetime warranty would be well worth paying regular price for, but for $10 and change it was a no brainer. 
     
  17. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    I'm looking into getting another Thermowand to leave at my girlfriend's house.  I'm getting 3-4 second reads consistently.  The You Tube video on the Thermapen, Thermapop vs. Thermowand has been edited from a month ago or so.  Thermoworks showed 4 Thermapens and their speed ranged from 3-6 seconds!?  Only the fastest green Thermapen is used in the edited comparison.  Thermoworks inadvertently compromised their integrity on the original video.  LOL  I would like to see a comparison of going from room temp to boiling because that's the direction I use my therms.

    -Dr K
     

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