Best Meat Thermometers for Ideally Cooked Roasts

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 28, 2018
Still test the doneness of your steaks by sight and vainly try to duplicate a mouth-watering succulent steak you’ve tasted in a restaurant? Drop this hit-or-miss strategy and get yourself a meat thermometer to precisely measure meat cooking temperature and achieve ideal roasting and grilling results time and again. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
TEMPERATURE RANGE
PROBE
POWER SOURCE
EXTRAS
WARRANTY
 
PROS

Featuring the IP67 water protection rate this model is waterproof and can be safely immersed into any liquid. Not only is it convenient but also it makes the unit maintenance times easier.

CONS

Pretty slow temperature reading. 

OUR VERDICT

Distinguished by a wide temperature range and a long ultra thin steel probe and ensuring maximum fast and precise measurement, the GDEALER is hands down the best cooking thermometer you can find on the modern market. It will help you tailor your cooking skills to perfection and quickly become a pro griller.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Digital 

TEMPERATURE RANGE

Minus 58°F - 572°F (±2℉)

PROBE

4.5" stainless steel probe (foldable)

POWER SOURCE

1 x "CR2032" battery

EXTRAS

Backlit LCD display, IP67 waterproof housing, Hanging hole, Built-in magnets, Min/Max feature with an alarm, Hold feature, Auto shut-off feature

WARRANTY

2 years 

PROS

The battery resource is over 4000 hours of unit operation that means you won't have to replace batteries too often. Meanwhile, a 60-minute automatic shut-off option is an important energy-saving feature. 

CONS

Somewhat short cooking probe. 

OUR VERDICT

This digital meat thermometer from Lavatools is a compact and highly accurate unit that will become an irreplaceable kitchen assistant for any home cook. Irrespective of your culinary proficiency and cooking experience, it will help you determine the cooking temperature without an error to always achieve the desired cooking results.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Digital

TEMPERATURE RANGE

Minus 40°F - 482°F (±0.9℉)

PROBE

2.8" stainless steel probe (foldable)

POWER SOURCE

1 x "CR2032" battery

EXTRAS

LCD display, IP65 splash-resistant housing with Zeomic antimicrobial impregnation, Hanging hole, Built-in magnets, Auto shut-off feature

WARRANTY

Limited lifetime warranty 

PROS

Made of super durable stainless steel and securely fixed on the body, the probe is not prone to deformation and allows safely checking the temperature of solid foods. Meanwhile, a sheath ensures convenient and protected unit storage. 

CONS

A bit short operation time. 

OUR VERDICT

If you are a kind of enthusiastic cook building up your culinary tools arsenal or a beginner griller striving to cook restaurant-quality roasts, the Harbor is the best meat thermometer for your needs. Affordable, simple, and functional, it will help you experiment with recipes and obtain perfect results from the first time. 

detailed parameters
TYPE

Digital

TEMPERATURE RANGE

Minus 58°F - 572°F (±2℉)

PROBE

4.7" stainless steel probe with a protective cover

POWER SOURCE

1 x "AG13" battery

EXTRAS

LCD display, Hanging hole, Auto shut-off feature

WARRANTY

3 years

PROS

Rubberized protective sleeves on transmitter and receiver units make them shock-resistant, while a 2-in-1 wire allows either placing the transmitter on an even surface or hanging it on the oven door.

CONS

The cords for the temperature probes kink very easily.

OUR VERDICT

The ThermoPro is a truly revolutionary meat thermometer from a reputed brand, able not only to measure the cooking temperature inside an oven, grill or smoker or BBQ but also to transmit the measurements at a distance up to 300 feet. It's an ideal option for outdoor cooking and for even professional use.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Digital 

TEMPERATURE RANGE

Minus 58°F - 572°F (±1.8℉)

PROBE

Food probe: 6.5" stainless steel probe with a 40" mesh cable

BBQ / Oven probe: 3" stainless steel probe with a 40" mesh cable

POWER SOURCE

Transmitter: 2 x "AAA" batteries

Receiver: 2 x "AAA" batteries

EXTRAS

Backlit LCD display, Rubberized shock-proof housing, Min/Max feature with alarm, Count-up and count-down timer, lost-link alert, Belt clip and a pullout stand on the receiver, Wire stand/hook on the transmitter

WARRANTY

1 year ( 2 more years for product registration)

PROS

A tilting LCD display will let you easily adjust the tilt angle for better visibility. Besides, a high contrast ratio ensures excellent readability even from a pretty long distance. 

CONS

The magnets on the back are fixed not securely enough. 

OUR VERDICT

What sets this model apart from the rivals is the ultimate ease of use. Featuring intuitive controls and a built-in timer, it will come in handy for all beginner cooks with little or no cooking experience. Meanwhile, a detailed temperature guide will help attain excellent results whatever you cook. 

detailed parameters
TYPE

Digital 

TEMPERATURE RANGE

32°F - 392°F (±2℉)

PROBE

6” stainless steel probe with a 48" silicone cord

POWER SOURCE

2 x "AAA" batteries

EXTRAS

Angle-adjustable LCD display, Min/Max feature with alarm, Count-down timer, Built-in magnets

WARRANTY

1 year

GDEALER DT14

Designed With All Possible Details in Mind

At a certain stage all home cooks come to a certain degree of proficiency when they are pretty close to professionals, yet, still need some assistance. Let’s be honest, professional chefs also need assistance pretty often. For this sort of cooks with some kind of experience behind them, the GDEALER has created its top-rated instant-read meat thermometer. In this model, the manufacturer has encompassed all functions and features you could possibly expect from this type of kitchen tool. See for yourself.

Let’s start with the design. A dolphin-shaped unit body will fit any palm-size and provide a convenient and secure grip. Meanwhile, a hanging loop and strong magnets on the back panel offer a number of storing options. You can either hang the unit on one of the cookware hooks or simply attach it to a fridge or an oven door to have it within easy reach. A sharp probe can be folded when not in use for a compact storage and safe handling.

All controls are conveniently placed on the front panel to the right from a digital display showing the temperature readings. Unlike many other models in this range, the Gdealer equipped their thermometer with a backlit display that is a really great option for checking temperature under low-light conditions, for example, for evening BBQs. Moreover, all numbers are rather big and clearly readable. An ultra-thin probe 4.7” long can go deep enough into the food without leaving marks on the surface that can spoil an appetizing look of your dish or channels for the juices to come out. Meanwhile, a wide temperature range (from minus 58°F to 572°F) with a 2°F accuracy makes this model suitable for all kinds of food, be it meat, candy, cheese or any liquids. And featuring the IP67 water protection rate, this model can be easily washed under running water.

All the above considered, the Gdealer is by far the best meat thermometer you can find on the modern market. It’s a real find for a skilled and learning griller as well as for an experienced cook.

Review of GDEALER DT14 Digital Meat Thermometer Instant Read Thermometer with Calibration Function

 

Lavatools Chipotle

For Maximum Accurate Readings

Many home cooks rather cook haphazardly than stick to the cooking instructions for a certain recipe. And while this method might work just fine for some habitual simple domestic meals you’ve cooked a hundred times, it is not the best way to go with the roasts and some fanciful dishes like bread or pastries unless you want to get unpredictable results. This is where a digital food thermometer from Lavatools will come in handy.

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 4.7” long probe can reach to 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!

Taking the temperature in the range of -40°F ~ 482°F, this cooking thermometer is perfectly suited for grilling, roasting, and barbecuing as well as for liquids and baking. Yet, what really makes this model stand out is the ultimate measuring accuracy with a tiny error margin of ± 0.9°F. So, the unit is extremely precise and you'll never make a muff of your meal. Besides, temperature measurements are configurable and you can set Fahrenheit or Celsius with a single press on the button beneath the battery unit.

Compact and highly accurate, the Lavatools meat thermometer will find its place in any kitchen. Irrespective of your culinary proficiency and experience, it will help you always achieve perfect cooking results.

Review of Lavatools Chipotle

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

The unit turns on when you extend the probe. Once the probe is inserted the temperature is displayed in large, easy to read (code, you can see it without your readers!) digital display. When you are done and fold in the probe, the unit turns off.

Size & Weight

For an inexpensive tool, it comes in nice packaging which is a plus!

Features

The build quality seems good, nothing feels loose or cheap about it. There's a switch inside the battery compartment for switching between F and C. It's not the easiest thing to get to, but I imagine most people will only set it once.
 

Habor Digital

A Solid Choice for a Home Cook

While earlier cooking thermometers were regarded rather as a professional tool used by restaurant chefs, today, it’s a pretty much common appliance for a domestic kitchen as well. However, many people still use thermometers predominantly for meat. But they are also handy for a variety of other cooking tasks as well. A meat thermometer from Harbor is just that kind of model.

Fitted with a probe made of super durable stainless steel and securely fixed on the body, this tool is undoubtedly a great option for checking meat temperature. Not prone to deformations and really long (4.7”) probe will let you easily check the temperature of whole-cooked poultry, steaks, larger meat chunks, and burgers. Aside from checking the meat doneness, you can use it to determine the internal temperature of literally any food when cooking, be it a loaf of bread, puffy muffins, homemade yogurt, chocolate or cheese melt for fondue, and much more. The temperature range from minus 58°F to 572°F makes the tool highly versatile and suitable even for measuring low temperatures of frozen foods. So, your homemade ice-cream and chilled desserts will come out just great. Meanwhile, an error margin of only 1.8 °F and fast reading speed of 4-6 seconds ensure quick and accurate cooking temperature measurement every time.

Functional and accurate, the Harbor thermometer is a breeze to use. Actually, it is as easy as a push of a button. All you need is to turn the unit on, stick it into the food you cook on the stove or in the oven and let it read out the temperature that will be shown on the LCD display in a few seconds. A simple manipulation that will help you cook like a pro at home. The measurement finished, clean the probe and put the tool in a protective storage sheath it comes complete with.

To round things up, if you're looking for the best meat thermometer for home use, look no further. The Harbor will meet the needs of beginners and the most exacting cooks as well.

Review of Habor Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer

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ThermoPro TP-08

Enjoy Remote Temperature Measurement

As a rule, you need to stay close to the oven to check on the meal you cook. However, if the ThermoPro TP-08 cooking thermometer is used, this necessity isn't as acute. The set includes a transmitter and a receiver that will enable you to control the cooking process from a different room or even from outdoors while doing some chores in the garden. All in all, the transmitter can transfer the measurements from the distance up to 300 feet.

To start using a thermometer, all you need is to attach the transmitter to the oven and keep the receiver at hand. On the display of the receiver, you'll be able to see what happens there in the oven and whether it's time to get back to the kitchen. A long 6” food probe included in the package will let you safely check the temperature of grilled steaks, whole oven roasted chicken or turkey, smoked lamb leg, pork ribs, and other larger and thicker chunks of meat. Meanwhile, a high accuracy of the thermometer allows using it not only for cooking but for many other household purposes as well.

In addition to a remote temperature control, this model comes complete with an alert system notify you with a sound signal or lights about the slightest temperature drop or raise that is a very helpful option both for home cooks and for cafe and restaurant chefs.

All features considered, the ThermoPro TP-08 is by far the best meat thermometer for every sophisticated kitchen. It will also be definitely appreciated by people who like cooking in electric or charcoal stoves or smokers.

Review of ThermoPro TP-08 Remote Digital Wireless Kitchen Cooking Thermometer

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Taylor Precision Products 1470N

An Optimal Starter Model

At a glance, cooking doesn’t look like anything special. However, in practice, it often turns out a kind of science, especially for those who have little to no cooking experience. To successfully start up your culinary journey and easily master complex recipes, you definitely need a cooking thermometer. And for a newbie, a simple easy-to-use model will be the best option. Just like a meat thermometer from Taylor.

Designed with the needs of an inexperienced culinary enthusiast in mind, this appliance offers all the necessary basics and some helpful extras to eliminate any guesswork and make the cooking process rather a breeze than a mess. Intuitive controls will enable you to easily adjust cooking time and temperature under a recipe while all settings will be shown on an LCD display. Notably, the display can be tilted for better visibility and a high contrast ratio ensures excellent readability even from a pretty long distance.

The temperature range from 32°F to 392°F is ideal for cooking all sorts of meats, be it a roast, stew, BBQ or grilled meat. A 6” stainless steel probe is suitable for thin and thick, small and large chops and chunks alike and will keep your hands at a safe distance from piping hot foods. Other than that, a 48” long silicone cord will let you leave the probe in an oven or smoker and monitor the entire cooking process. What’s more, an automatic time and temperature alarm function will inform you when the set cooking temperature is achieved and the cooking time is over. Finally, to help beginners cope with any recipe and properly cook any ingredients, the thermometer comes complete with a detailed temperature guide and instructions on how to get the accurate readings.

Summing up, if your cooking skills leave much to be desired and you are not quite sure of yourself, go for the Taylor meat thermometer and it will give you more confidence making cooking a lot easier.

Review of Taylor Precision Products 1470N Digital Cooking Probe Thermometer and Timer

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What Is a Meat Thermometer?

Today, any more or less experienced home griller knows that a quality chunk of meat is only a halfway to a perfect roast. An ideal cooking temperature is another secret to success when roasting, grilling, broiling or barbecuing meat. This is where a good meat thermometer will come to help. It is the fastest, safest, and easiest way to check food temperature. Not only will it ensure your meat being properly cooked and prevent foodborne illnesses but also it will help you avoid a disappointing culinary experience and simply wasting ingredients.

A meat thermometer is a pretty simple device that normally consists of a long metal probe with a sharp point and a measuring unit with a digital display to show the readouts. The probe should be inserted in the meat and a temperature sensor will determine the internal temperature in mere seconds. Usually, probes are pretty long (up to 6”) to get to the core of a large piece of meat or easily check the temperature of an entire chicken or turkey. There is a great variety of meat thermometer models available on the modern market ranging from simple compact units with a fixed probe and only displaying the cooking temperature to more advanced devices with dual probes, remote measurement options, time and temperature alarms, and timers. They can be used for grill smokers, electric stoves, and ovens. What will suit you best totally depends on your cooking needs and the level of your culinary skills.

Another irreplaceable tool for any kitchen is a small food scale. It will help you precisely weigh ingredients under recipes and cook any first-tested recipes with ease.

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Publish Date: 2018-12-28 12:41:47