ChefAlarm Cooking Thermometer and Timer - Review

The ChefAlarm from ETI (Electronic Temperature Instruments) is a professional cooking thermometer. It has a count up and down timer which simultaneously displays the count up and down time. The current temperature or your food item is displayed and it has high and low alarms which you can set to display the minimum and maximum temperature you want before the alarm sounds.

ChefAlarm Cooking Thermometer

The timer is fully programmable and you can set the count up/down time to 99 hours, and 59 minutes. 
The ChefAlarm also includes a calibration function allowing the user to fine-tune the accuracy of the thermometer (±2.2 °C).  The unit is housed in a water resistant casing and is designed to either sit on a worktop or attach to an appliance using the magnetic pads at the rear of the instrument.

Having recently been sent the ChefAlarm - here's how I found it:
 It comes with a nice padded zipped wallet in which you can store your ChefAlarm and probe when not in use.  It can read temperatures from -50 to 300°C and comes supplied with 2 x 1.5 volt AAA batteries.

Yes the instructions easy to follow and does the job perfectly of letting you know when your meat or poultry is cooked to the temperature you selected.  It has a nice big easy to read LCD display which you can select a back-light if you wish.   The alarm is really quite loud which is excellent - so many products with alarms have feeble alarms which you can hardly hear - it has adjustable volume to 92dB.

The ChefAlarm is perfect for knowing when the Sunday roast is done without keep taking it out of the oven to manually check the temperature.  At the start of cooking, just put the probe into the meat/poultry or of course fish too, set the temperature to the minimum you'd like it cooked too (or if you want to check on how it's doing at a certain temperature) and then you can also set the preferred temperature you want it cooked to.  For example, you might be cooking a whole chicken as I was and so I set it to 75C at which point the chicken would be cooked properly cooked through.

ChefAlarm Cooking Thermometer and Timer

I also set a time at 1 hour 30 minutes so I could baste my chicken and turn it around in the oven.
The probe is connected to the ChefAlarm and as the wire is quite thin, it doesn't affect the oven door from closing properly.  I could get on with the vegetables whilst knowing the temperature of my chicken - all without opening the oven door. 

All in all, the ChefAlarm is in my opinion a great product and I'd recommended it to anyone.  I found it to be accurate, easy to use and the alarm can be easily heard from another room or upstairs and would be great too in a busy profession kitchen.    

For more details on this and other products please visit ETI - by the way, if you're looking for a probe thermometer but you don't necessarily need it to be able to stay in the oven during cooking then I can't recommended the Thermapen enough and it's also supplied by  ETI.  You can read my review of the Thermapen here.

Many thanks to Luisa at ETI for sending me the ChefAlarm to review. All opinions and thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.  I only ever post reviews on products I like the look of and therefore would buy myself.


  1. What a nifty gadget Jan. I love that you can have it actually in the oven so you don't have to keep opening the door up!

  2. Get you Jan with your fancy gadgets and it looks like a good one too :)

  3. Really useful gadget. I use mine all the time when making any form of sugar syrup. As long as I am in the kitchen and keeping an eye on it I do not need to watch the thermometer all the time.


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