My experience with the floating ones (I use digital now) is that the rubber part at the top is not nearly as hot as the water. I could grab it with my fingers... even from a boiling pot. That being said, plus one on the cheapy digital. But be careful about the ones that have the remote probe. You can't let the part of where the wire goes into the probe get wet. If you do, it will read WAY off. Granted you can dry them out usually, but you could end up doing something stupid too-like I did last weekend. I was drunk brewing and decided to dry out the probe in the toaster oven, but I put the whole thing in the oven (wire and all) and melted the connector. Ohwell.