I love my thermo. It was money well spent for us. I know they're not for everyone, that's cool. I don't understand the antagonism/derision though. Your post is one example- " I don't need one, I won't sacrifice my cooking experience, it's ugly, someone is making lots of money off them and sucking people in- but I don't understand them much!" If you don't want one, that's totally fine. Just because others do it doesn't mean they were sucked in, wasted their money or miss out on some "cooking experience"- you can actually just say it's not something you own or are thinking about buying without the negativity towards others who feel differently.