|Thermoworks RT600C Digital Thermometer|
Since I started making all of our breads at home, I've always wanted a quick-read digital thermometer that would replace our analog (and very slow) thermometer. A quick-reading thermometer is crucial when you've got the oven door open.
Early in my bread-making I found that all ovens are different and can be several (if not a lot) of degrees off from where you set it. Rather than depending on the baking time a recipe suggests, the internal temperature test is the most accurate (190 degrees for standard wheat breads and 200-210 degrees for gluten free).
However, the best thermometer (the Thermopen) is nearly $100 and I had a hard time justifying that expense. If you can, by all means go for the best. I compromised on a separate Thermoworks model (RT600C) that cost under $20 and reads only slightly slower (about 6 seconds) than their top model. It's water resistant and dishwasher safe to 190 degrees. It can be switched from Celsius to Fahrenheit measurements. I have found it meets all of our needs.
I use this for baking, but also on the grill. Meat should only be flipped only once while grilling, so having a quick and easy temperature read lets me know when the meat is ready.
If you are still messing with an analog thermometer or are fighting with one that takes a long time for a reading, you might consider this option. It's size makes it convenient to carry and use.