Best Cooking Thermometers

Last update December 30, 2016
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
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Temperature Range / Accuracy
Where to Use
Probe Length
Usability
 
PROS
A wireless receiver allows you to control the temperature at a distance of up to 300 feet from an oven. If you are beyond the reach of a signal for more than 60 seconds, you will hear a beep. At the same time, the transmitter will save all settings and as soon as you re-establish the connection, it will synchronize them with a receiver.
CONS
Temperature settings change in ascending order. If you want to decrease the temperature, you will have to pass the whole cycle to 0 before you set the right setting.
OUR VERDICT
It is a perfect pick for any homemaker. The model is very handy and functional. Thanks to the 2 probes, you can control the temperature of both an oven and a dish at the same time.
detailed parameters
Type
Digital with remote probe
Temperature Range / Accuracy
Food - 32ºF ~ 572ºF (0℃ ~ 300℃), BBQ max - 140ºF ~ 572ºF (60℃ ~ 300℃), BBQ min - 32ºF ~ 554ºF (0℃ ~ 290℃), Accuracy: ±2°F
Where to Use
Inside and outside an oven (grill)
Probe Length
Food Probe - 6 inches, BBQ Probe - 3 inches
Usability
Receiver flashes and makes a beeping sound when the temperature exceeds the set one, Timer 'Count up' and 'Count down' (1 min - 24 h), 2 LCD displays, Removable wire for hanging, Clip and Stand on the receiver
PROS
Apart from regular food, this thermometer allows for checking the temperature of the cooked meat. Set the needed setting and prepare your perfect steak!
CONS
Keeping this thermometer fixed aweigh might be awkward due to rather small magnets.
OUR VERDICT
This is a perfect fit for all steak lovers. Rare, medium or well-done meat will always be of the best quality owing to the pre-set settings.
detailed parameters
Type
Digital with remote probe
Temperature Range / Accuracy
32°F ~ 482°F (0°C ~ 250°C), Accuracy: ±1°C/1.8°F
Where to Use
Inside and outside an oven (grill)
Probe Length
40 inches
Usability
Programmable alert! There are a stand and 2 magnets for mounting the device, a sound indicator, a large LCD display
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
Probe Length
2.75 inches
Usability
Magnetic refrigerator attachment, Auto-Off in 60 minutes
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℉ ~ 716℉ (- 50℃ ~ 380℃), Accuracy: ±2℃/℉
Where to Use
Inside and outside an oven (grill)
Probe Length
There is no probe. It operates at a distance
Usability
Auto Shut-off in 10 seconds, LCD backlight display
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℃/℉
Where to Use
Inside and outside an oven (grill)
Probe Length
5.9 inches
Usability
Auto-off in 10 minutes

What Is It

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 To Look For

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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Review of Ivation Long Range Wireless Thermometer

Ivation Long Range Wireless Thermometer

Ivation Long Range Wireless Thermometer

Type

This device comes in 2 separate modules. One of them is a digital thermometer with dual heat-resistant probes, and the second one is a wireless receiver, which allows you to control the cooking of a dish at a distance up to 300 feet. The unit boasts excellent functionality because of having 2 stainless steel probes, thanks to which you can measure the temperature of a dish and the temperature inside the oven. Both modules work from 4 AAA batteries (2 per each unit) that need to be purchased separately. You can buy a model in black and white colors.

Temperature Range

The temperature range of this device differs depending on the probe being used. The one for measuring the temperature of food has the following range: from 32º F to 572º F (0º C ~ 300º C). While the probe for measuring the oven temperature has 2 main positions: MAX - from 140º F to 572º F (60º C ~ 300º C) and MIN - from 32º F up to 554º F (0º C ~ 290º C). Using both probes, you will know when your dish reaches the necessary temperature and if the oven is hot enough to start cooking.

Usability

Ivation Long Range Wireless Thermometer is extremely convenient in usage. The controls are simple and intuitively clear. If the temperature of meat or another dish reaches the programmed temperature, a receiver will begin to flash and you will hear a beeping sound. In case the oven temperature differs from the one you have set, you will also hear an audible signal. You can deactivate this function, though. Moreover, this thermometer boasts a timer that you can set count-up and count-down. An LCD display on the receiver has the built-in backlighting that simplifies the use of the thermometer even at night. A transmitter can be hung up on a special peg whereas a receiver can be put on a stand or clipped to your belt (or another garment). This way, you'll always be aware of the temperature you need to know.


Ivation Long Range Wireless Thermometer
Ivation Long Range Wireless Thermometer
 
Review of ThermoPro TP-04 Digital Kitchen Food Meat Cooking Thermometer

ThermoPro TP-04 Digital Kitchen Food Meat Cooking Thermometer

ThermoPro TP-04 Digital Kitchen Food Meat Cooking Thermometer

Type

ThermoPro TP-04 is a digital remote thermometer with a STEP-DOWN probe, attached to the base via a durable stainless steel cable. On a par with infrared thermometers, it's used to measure food at a distance of up to 40 inches. Typically, the thermometer is attached to the oven or grilling rack while the tip of the probe is put in the food. By doing this way, there's no chance of being burnt through carelessness at all. The ThermoPro thermometer comes with an AAA battery and lifetime warranty. A worthy buy, isn't it?

Temperature Range

This thermometer is used for taking above-zero temperatures only. If you've been thinking about purchasing of an all-purpose digital device to use for both fridge and oven, this thermometer isn't going to be good. Yet for measuring boiling water, grilling, baking and barbecue it's a true piece of cake. The temperature amplitude varies between 32°F to 482°F (0°C to 250°C), allowing for making measurements of most daily meals. Both Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature settings are available and calibrated to the desired presets.

Usability

ThermoPro TP-04 digital cooking thermometer will never let you down. Equipped with a rich feature set, it will make your life considerably easier. A configurable timer with preset temperatures for various food will tell you exactly when the meal is done by a beep alert. You can vary temperature settings for different dishes and totally rely on it. ThermoPro TP-04 features a large LCD screen with big, well-readable display information, and 2 magnets for refrigerator attachment. This doesn't actually constrain you from choosing a different place. The device won't take a lot of space on the countertop or in a drawer.


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Review of Lavatools Chipotle Javelin Digital Instant Read Food and Meat Thermometer

Lavatools Chipotle Javelin Digital Instant Read Food and Meat Thermometer

Lavatools Chipotle Javelin Digital Instant Read Food and Meat Thermometer

Type

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!

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.

Usability

Compared with the other cooking thermometers on our shortlist, 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 and a must to keep in the kitchen. Magnet it to the fridge and always have within quick reach.


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Review of Etekcity Lasergrip 774 Non-contact Digital Infrared Thermometer

Etekcity Lasergrip 774 Non-contact Digital Infrared Thermometer

Etekcity Lasergrip 774 Non-contact Digital Infrared Thermometer

Type

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. 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.

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.

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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Review of Habor PT-1 Digital Stainless Cooking Thermometer

Habor PT-1 Digital Stainless Cooking Thermometer

Habor PT-1 Digital Stainless Cooking Thermometer

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.

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.

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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