I've looked into buying one on the net and prices and brands vary. Is there a brand that's better than others- like it lasts longer or is more accurate or what have you. I'm also leaning towards a digital one that I saw for $40. Any input would be appreciated before I waste $40. Before I finish, yes, I know a thermometer is no excuse for knowing how chocolate behaves and yadda yadda yadda. But before I get the speach, here's the deal... I used to be really good at tempering chocolate when I was in school. Then I did my externship and at both places I worked at, they used the microwave to temper. Then I forgot/get very rusty how to do it the non-microwave ways (I used do the seeding method and also use a bowl of ice), but that was ok since I had a microwave to temper at home. Well... we moved into a new place 2 years ago and while packing, I was going to bring our ancient microwave which looked horrible, but it worked just fine. My husband told me to throw it out since our new place had a slick new microwave. I reasoned that we wouldn't rent forever and we should save the old one for when we bought a house, but he said when we buy a house, he would just buy a nice new microwave. Fair enough. It was tossed out. THEN, we move into the new place and I want to temper chocolate. I press the button to reduce the power and it won't let me! It's eternally stuck on "HIGH". So I've gone back to tempering the old fashioned way and I still can't get the hang of it. I'm always off by a few degrees here and there because the chocolate usually comes "ok", but not as perfect as before. Hence, the need for some help from a thermometer. So for those of you who use a thermometer, send some buying advice my way. Thanks.