Best Cooking Thermometers for Accurate and Precise Temperature Monitoring

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 31, 2017
Temperature is one of the most important criteria during the cooking. A thermometer is something that can save your culinary experiment from failure. Our top-5 cooking thermometer review will help you to pick the perfect one! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Temperature Range / Accuracy
Where to Use
Usability
Probe Length
 
PROS

This cooking thermometer can be used to monitor the internal temperature of food from the distance of up to 300 feet. As it comes with two probes, it can measure the temperature of two types of meat simultaneously. The timer and temperature settings are stored in the memory of the device.

CONS

No indication on the thermometer which plug port is for probe 1 and which one for probe 2.

OUR VERDICT

The ThermoPro TP20 is an outstanding, professional-grade cooking thermometer. It's accurate, convenient to use, and ergonomically designed. This versatile thermometer can be used not only for grilling but also for smoking, roasting, baking, and even making candy. Suitable for both home and professional cooking.

detailed parameters
Type

Digital (with step-down dual probe)

Temperature Range / Accuracy

32°F ~ 572°F (0°C to 300°C) / ±1.8°F (±1°C)

Where to Use

Inside and outside an oven (grill)

Usability

Backlit LCD display, Countdown timer, °F or °C selector, Hook to hang on an oven door or use as a stand, Receiver belt clip, Receiver pullout countertop stand, Alarm alert

Probe Length

6.5 inches

PROS
You can use this thermometer for measuring literally anything - water in the bath or cookies in the oven.
CONS
Might fail to show the exact temperature when used for transparent objects.
OUR VERDICT
A cross-functional infrared thermometer that is convenient to hold and easy to use. Just direct to an object, pull the trigger and get the right temperature.
detailed parameters
Type
Digital infrared
Temperature Range / Accuracy

- 58°F ~ 716°F (- 50°C ~ 380°C), Accuracy: ±2°C/°F

Where to Use
Inside and outside an oven (grill)
Usability
Auto Shut-off in 10 seconds, LCD backlight display
Probe Length
There is no probe. It operates at a distance
PROS
Protection against water ingress. Fast speed of determining the temperature.
CONS
Due to a short probe, it might be quite tricky to hold it right above the steam.
OUR VERDICT
It is very handy and compact digital thermometer which is comfortable to keep in the kitchen or to take it with you during the trip.
detailed parameters
Type
Digital
Temperature Range / Accuracy
- 40°F ~ 482°F (- 40°C ~ 250°C), Accuracy: ±0.9°C/℉
Where to Use
Just for outside use
Usability
Magnetic refrigerator attachment, Auto-Off in 60 minutes
Probe Length
2.75 inches
PROS

Measures the internal temperature of food quickly and accurately. Can be placed on a countertop and attached to a metal surface - on an oven, microwave, or BBQ. Includes the USDA approved preset temperatures for six types of meat.

CONS

It can't show the temperature and timer at the same time.

OUR VERDICT

If you are a steak lover, then the Thermopro TP-16 is worth consideration. The thermometer can also be used to monitor the temperature of hot beverages and sauces.

detailed parameters
Type

Digital (with step-down probe)

Temperature Range / Accuracy

32°F ~ 482°F (0°C to 250°C) / ±1.8°F (±1°C)

Where to Use

Inside and outside an oven (grill)

Usability

Large LCD display, Countdown timer and alarm, Magnet, Flip-out countertop stand, Programmable alert with preset temperatures, °F or °C selector

Probe Length

6.5 inches

PROS
Thanks to a long probe, you'll never run a risk of burning your hand while taking measurements yet will be able to dip it down in a boiling stew.
CONS
A very small display. It is not convenient for people with poor eyesight.
OUR VERDICT
An irreplaceable cooking thermometer to keep at hand for taking measurements of food and liquids inside and outside the oven. Small, compact and easy to use.
detailed parameters
Type
Digital
Temperature Range / Accuracy

- 58ºF ~ 572ºF (-50°C ~ 300°C), Accuracy: ±2°C/°F

Where to Use
Inside and outside an oven (grill)
Usability
Auto-off in 10 minutes
Probe Length
5.9 inches

What Is a Cooking Thermometer?

A cooking thermometer is surely an irreplaceable tool in the kitchen. If you’ve never used one or/and believe it’s a useless device, you need to read our review. cooking thermometers are designed to facilitate the cooking process and help you achieve the best results. Upon using a cooking thermometer, you’ll know for definite whether your meal is done or it still needs a few minutes in the oven. cooking thermometers are also widely used for grilling steaks. Taking the temperature of the cooked meat will tell you exactly if your steak is rare, medium or well-done so that you enjoy a delicious meal. cooking thermometers ideally suit young parents who often have to heat baby food. Knowing the right temperature, you wouldn’t need to sip at the milk but give it right to your little one. These thermometers are used to take both, above and below-zero temperatures. Hung from the rack in the fridge or in the oven, it will help you cook and preserve food in a perfect way!

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What Features to Compare

Type

There are two main types of thermometers: digital and analog. The latter has a more limited scope of application. The accuracy of these thermometers is quite relative, so when choosing this model you should take into account only approximate result. Also, you should note that analog thermometers have slow response time, so you won't be able to see the exact temperature in few seconds.

Digital thermometers are more precise and have lots of other advantages over analog devices. You can choose among three digital thermometers:

  • Standard digital thermometers have a metal probe that is attached to the unit. They display the temperature right on the screen.
  • Thermometers with STEP-DOWN probe are very much alike to standard digital thermometers. They only differ in the length of the probe that allows for taking the temperature of the meal whilst it's still in the oven yet, hold the thermometer right before your eyes. These cooking thermometers usually offer a rich bundle of other options for extra convenience - timers, audio signals, various indicators, etc.
  • Infrared digital thermometers are capable of taking the temperature at a distance. Their distinctive advantage is that they don't get to be stuck right into the food, hence extra cleaning is not required. Infrared cooking thermometers are merely directed to the objects to get the instant results on the screen. However, they won't sense the inside temperature of the meal so you still may miscalculate the time required for cooking.

Temperature Range

All thermometers have their own temperature amplitude that ranges from -58℉ (-50°C) to +400℉ (250°C). For example, a suitable temperature for boiling milk is 212℉ (100.5°C). Steaks, ham or fish are considered to be well done if their temperature reaches +392℉ (200°C); if you are baking bread, the ideal temperature for it to crust should reach 572℉ (300°C). As we've mentioned above, cooking thermometers are often used in the fridges too. The optimal temperature to maintain in the refrigerator can vary between +35°F (+1.6°C) to -11.2℉ (-24°C).

Usability

We highly recommend you to pay attention to the usability of the device. If you are going to use a thermometer for dipping it into hot or boiled food, it's got to have a long probe, otherwise, you may get burnt. Most thermometers are just as well equipped with other features for convenience of use - magnets, stands, hooks, backlit displays. They are not as important but surely desirable for comfortable usage. 

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ThermoPro TP20

Monitor Internal Temperature of Your Meat Remotely

Knowing the internal temperature of food is essential to cook it perfectly. For this particular purpose, a lot of cooks use a cooking thermometer. If you haven't got one yet and look to buy a high-end thermometer, the P20 Wireless Digital Cooking Meat Thermometer can become your best investment. Comprising two units, a transmitter and a digital thermometer receiver, it allows for accurate measurement of food temperature from up to 300-foot distance. The P20 weighs 12 ounces and has quite a small diameter of 6 inches. It is equipped with a dual-probe technology which allows it to measure the temperature of two types of meat or other dishes simultaneously. You do not need to carry it in your hands. The option to measure the temperature remotely and to clip the receiver to your belt or pocket makes its use incredibly convenient and virtually hands-free. With the P20, you'll be able to have a barbecue party while not being bound to a charcoal grill. The LCD display installed on the receiver will show you the exact temperature of the meat wherever you are in the yard. Furthermore, the P20 features USDA approved preset temperatures allowing you to cook just about any type of meat to perfection.

Review of ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Digital Cooking Meat Thermometer

How to Use the ThermoPro TP20

The ThermoPro TP 20 thermometer can be used right out-of-the-box. Insert batteries, turn on the receiver and thermometer, plug in the probes, and off you go. The TP 20 features two stainless steel probes, one for checking the food temperature and the other one for checking the temperature of the oven or grill. Insert one probe into the food and place the other one against the grill grate. Both the receiver and the transmitter are pre-matched wirelessly. You can choose from nine USDA approved temperature settings and rest assured that the meal you cook is going to turn out well cooked, due to alarm sound notifications. In addition to the preset settings, the TP 20 allows for setting up the temperature manually by clicking the up and down buttons on the unit. The temperature can be output both in Celsius and Fahrenheit. Push the button marked with °F/°C to switch between the two and use those settings that are more convenient for you.

ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Digital Cooking Meat Thermometer in the use

Useful Features

The Thermopro wireless cooking thermometer has a number of useful features that make its use very convenient. Installed on the transmitter of the thermometer is a wire, which can be used as a stand or a hook for placing the thermometer over the door of the oven. Owing to the belt clip attached to the receiver, it's possible to measure the food temperature hands-free. While the rubber sleeve case included in the kit allows for its safe transportation and storage. 

Detailed review of ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Digital Cooking Meat Thermometer

ThermoPro TP20
ThermoPro TP20
 

Etekcity Lasergrip 774

Type

The Etekcity Lasergrip 774 is a digital infrared thermometer capable of taking the temperature of various objects at a distance. Without direct digging it into the food, you'll know exactly what temperature it's reached. This allows for versatility of use. The Etekcity Lasergrip 774 thermometer can be used for different needs - day-to-day cooking, car service, and living wants. It's powered by a durable 9 V battery (included in the package) to provide flexibility and comortable use.

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Temperature Range

This infrared cooking thermometer boasts a very impressive temperature amplitude, ranging from -58℉ ~ 716℉ (-50℃ ~ 380℃), that allows for taking more than accurate temperatures of both frozen and cooked food. Even though most infrared thermometers aren't able to come up with the highest level of accuracy, this particular thermometer outstands them most, giving only ± 2% inexactitude from the truthful result. The temperature is shown in both Fahrenheit and Celsius degrees for the extra convenience.
Etekcity Lasergrip 774 Non-contact Digital Infrared Thermometer in the use

Usability

Designed for taking a temperature at a distance, this cooking thermometer requires direct guiding at the object. This way a laser beam can hit it and make the most precise measurements. The recommended distance shouldn't exceed 14.17 inches (36 cm), otherwise, the given data may deviate from the truthful result. This is also the safest distance to minimize the risks of scalds. The thermometer has a large backlit display to show the measurements in an instant. It also automatically shuts off in 10 seconds after the measurement is done. On a whole, it's a very simple-to-use cooking thermometer (just like it's got to be) that will do all the job for you. Cleaning, remeasuring and any extra installations aren't required at all.
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Etekcity Lasergrip 774
Etekcity Lasergrip 774
 

Lavatools Chipotle

Type

The Lavatools Chipotle is a standard digital thermometer, delivering 4 seconds of response time; that's quite a lot for taking a temperature of the cooked food in a flash. Powered by a CR2032 battery, it's good for continuous use of up to 4,000 hours without a change. The battery life is saved owing to the auto shut off function that turns the thermometer off after 60 minutes. A long thin probe can reach in the center of most ingredients and leave no visible marks on the surface. It also allows you to stay further from the heat and steam. Actually, this is the way how you turn the unit on - drag the probe out at its full length. Easy like that!

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Temperature Range

Capable of taking the temperature in the range of -40°F ~ 482°F (-40°C ~ 250°C), this cooking thermometer is perfectly suited for liquids, baking, and grilling. The accuracy of ± 0,9°F makes it extremely precise so that you'll never make a muff of your meal. Temperature measurements are configurable and can be shown in both Fahrenheit and Celsius; set the preferable option with a single press on the button beneath the battery unit.
Lavatools Chipotle in the use

Usability

Compared with the other cooking thermometers on our shortlist, the Lavatools Chipotle is the smallest in size. You can easily put it away in a pocket and set off for a journey. You shouldn't have problems when using it for most cooking, however, we do recommend you to be more cautioned when dealing with boiling and hot food. Wearing protective gloves will surely eliminate the risks of burns. Rather than that, it's a super convenient cooking thermometer that can find its place in any kitchen. Attach it to the door of the fridge and keep it always within quick reach. 

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Lavatools Chipotle
Lavatools Chipotle
 

ThermoPro TP16

Cook Your Meat Thoroughly

Any cook knows that meat should be cooked thoroughly. In this regard, monitoring its temperature can be of great importance, especially if you aren't a seasoned cook. And the TP-16 cooking thermometer, which is offered at such an attractive price, can become a great option. Though it is a single-channel unit it is very accurate and efficient. Even if you weren't a proficient cook and cooked steaks for the first time in your life, with the TP-16 you'd be able to come up with fantastic results. Whenever the food reaches the optimal/preset temperature, the TP-16 will notify you about it with a sound alarm. You can also use preset meat temperature guides to cook steaks of the doneness degree (rare, medium, and well done) you like best. More to that, the TP-16 boasts an alarm setting making it possible to track the cooking progress without having to stay in the kitchen.

Review of ThermoPro TP16 Digital Cooking Thermometer

A Leave-in Digital Cooking Thermometer

Are you not feeling comfortable cooking meat? Worry it may turn out rare or undone? Check this with a food thermometer! The Thermopro TP 16 is a leave-in digital meat thermometer, meaning you can leave it right in the oven. Whether you're baking mince pies or cooking your Sunday roast, you can probe the Thermopro TP 16 into the food and monitor its internal temperature while being in another room. The good thing about the TP 16 is that it's got a long 6.5-inch probe with a step-down tip design and that it provides very accurate measurements that deviate only slightly within 1.8°F (1°C). For the TP to display the temperature, you only need to switch the base unit on, while in order to place it in the oven, you may also need to attach the probe to a 40-inch stainless steel mesh cable which comes included in the kit. Both the probe and the cable are designed to withstand high oven heat of up to 716°F (380°C), which allows use of this thermometer with just about any cooking source. Though the TP 16 is named a meat thermometer, it can be used like any other cooking thermometer we've reviewed.

ThermoPro TP16 Digital Cooking Thermometer in the use

Important Recommendations for Use

  • The ThermoPro TP16 thermometer is not waterproof. Don’t expose the plug-in hole of the transmitter or plug of the probe to the water.
  • Don’t submerge the base unit into the water or use any corrosive cleaning materials. Wipe it clean with a damp cloth only.
  • The cable and probe are not dishwasher-safe and should be hand washed with hot soapy water. Thoroughly rinse and dry the probe prior to storing.
  • Don’t touch a hot wire or probe during cooking. Wear heat-resistant gloves to protect your hands.
Detailed review of ThermoPro TP16 Digital Cooking Thermometer

ThermoPro TP16
ThermoPro TP16
 

Habor PT-1

Type

Habor is a standard digital thermometer, powered by Ir44 batteries. It features an ultra-long stainless-steel probe with a silicone tip at the end to keep your hands away from vapor and steam. This makes it also suitable for measuring the temperature of boiling water and hot food. Habor thermometer is a universal little tool, used both inside and outside the oven. It’s also good for young parents. You can use it to take the temperature of baby food as well as dip it in the bath and measure the water.
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Temperature Range

It is a perfect device for culinary lovers. The temperature range of this thermometer varies from -58ºF to 572ºF (-50°C ~ 300°C) that means the ability to indicate the exact temperature of both hot and cold food. Thus, you can check your refrigerator and understand whether the temperature for the food storage is set correctly. For instance, quick-frozen foods are better to keep at the temperature of -58ºF.
Habor PT-1 in the use

Usability

A long probe (5.9 inches) provides convenient usage of this unit. It is able to measure the temperature at a sufficient distance from steam and boiling water thus, protecting you from burns. Another advantage of the probe, it is very thin and does not leave large holes through which juice can flow out of meat. The device has 4 buttons beside the display: On and off (automatically shuts off in 10 minutes), a button that switches a measurement unit (ºF / °C). Since the display is not so big, it has a HOLD button to lock the temperature on the display and a button to see the minimum and maximum temperature.
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Habor PT-1
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1. How to Choose a Food Thermometer, wikiHow.

2. Meat Thermometer, Wikipedia. September 27, 2017.

3. How to Use a Meat Thermometer When Grilling, eBay. March 10, 2 016.

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