I had the smaller digital thermometers, which worked OK in small pour pots, but always fell over in large pots. This thermometer is well worth the money. I set the alarm, and when it beeps, I'm good! I can easily have 5 separate pots going and don't need to run around checking temperatures. The only down side, in a larger 4lb melt pot the thermometer shaft doesn't get close to the bottom, maybe 2" away. On a small melting pot, it's perfect. It would be nice if it was a little longer, but overall, my favorite thermometer thus far. I'll be getting a few more.