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If you are worried about occasionally providing uncooked meat to your friends and family, please buy an excellent digital meat thermometer to eliminate your worries. It is one of the few tools that can immediately increase your confidence in the kitchen. After testing more than 35 digital instant readings and probe thermometers, we think

Is the best instant reading thermometer,

It is the best probe thermometer for home kitchen. Both thermometers are fast, accurate, reasonably priced, and have a clear and easy-to-read display.

Other thermometers under $50 cannot be combined with the speed, coverage, reliability, and easy-to-read display of ThermoPop.

In addition to being fast and accurate,

It is also waterproof and designed for left-handers and left-handers. It can read temperatures from -58°F to 572°F and can easily switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit. The ThermoPop's backlit display has large numbers and rotates in four directions, so you can quickly read it from any angle. Although it is not the fastest thermometer we have tested, it can comfortably meet the needs of most home kitchens. It is far better than most digital thermometers that sell for less than $30.


The point probe thermometer stays in your meat during cooking, allowing you to easily monitor the degree of cookedness. It also has sturdy magnets that can be firmly fixed on the oven door.

If you want a thermometer that can be left in the oven while baking, or you can install it on a grill or smoker, we recommend you

. Dot is accurate, affordable and easy to use. It has the same wide temperature range as ThermoPop and has one of the longest probe cables of all thermometers we have considered. The digital display on the ThermoWorks Dot is easy to read, and you can quickly set an alarm to sound when the meat reaches a certain temperature. We also like the backlit screen, which is perfect for outdoor barbecues at night.

This thermometer provides a higher speed, in addition to temperature alarms, temperature holding and folding probes, which can be easily read at odd angles.

*At the time of publication, the price was




The instant-read thermometer is the midpoint option between ThermoPop and the best-in-class $100 ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4. In our test, the Javelin Pro Duo reaches the true temperature nearly one second faster than ThermoPop, and its foldable probe allows you to read from an odd angle. It has some features that ThermoPop lacks, such as a beep that reminds you when to fix it on temperature, a button to keep the reading, and the ability to track the minimum and maximum temperature. It also shows temperatures as low as one-tenth of a degree. Unlike ThermoPop or Thermopen, Javelin Pro Duo has a magnet that allows you to stick it to the refrigerator or stove without having to place it loosely in a drawer.

Loved by professionals, this is the fastest and most accurate instant-reading thermometer we have tested. It also provides a rotating screen with backlight, wide temperature range and strict waterproof function.

Price includes shipping

Most people don’t need to spend $100 on a thermometer. However, if you care about speed very much, or your cooking project needs a certain degree of accuracy,

It is a simple choice. This buttonless thermometer is fully automatic-when you unplug the probe, it will power on, and the backlight and rotating screen are motion activated. At the reading temperature in the mid-100s (Fahrenheit), the average speed is 1 second faster than the Javelin Pro Duo, where the cooking is the most. Thanks to the long probe of the thermometer, you can be confident that you are getting a reading from the depths of the food, and almost every serious culinary critic recommends this.

This single probe thermometer has more functions, including timer and volume adjustment.

If you are looking for other useful functions of a probe-free thermometer,

Including timer and volume adjustment. Although in our test, ChefAlarm was a few seconds slower than Dot in reading temperature, it was still as accurate. We particularly like the convenience of this type of timer. The digital unit is also connected with a hinge, so you can lay it flat or adjust it to a specific angle. Unlike our other products, the ChefAlarm thermometer comes with a housing for fixing the probe and digital unit.

To figure out what makes an excellent meat thermometer, I talked to various food professionals, including grilling and grilling expert Rick Browne, the creator, host and executive producer of PBS

Series and published more than ten cookbooks;

, Is a personal chef, formerly the company’s executive chef and chief butcher

In Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, a butcher

,as well as

; Robert D. Edman, Assistant Director, Food Safety and Community Health Bureau, New York City Department of Health.

I also consulted with respected test publications such as


, with

As a senior writer at Wirecutter, I have written all articles about:


. I have also worked in the food and restaurant industry for 10 years. My research is based on the work of Kevin Purdy, a former senior writer at Wirecutter, who wrote the first edition of this guide in 2013.

Every chef should be equipped with a reliable meat thermometer to ensure food safety and help you get the best results. The more common one is

, Stick it in the food for a few seconds to quickly check its cookedness. The other type is

, Designed to remain in the meat during cooking. A thermal safety cable connects the probe to a digital unit outside the oven, which displays the temperature reading.

Most of the experts we talked to recommend placing an instant-reading thermometer on top of the probe thermometer. The initial reading of the probe thermometer is much slower, so you cannot easily use it instead of an instant-reading thermometer (our instant reading preferably takes 2 to 3 seconds, while our probe preferably takes 8 to 10). They also have a higher failure rate because they often endure high heat.

However, the advantage of the probe thermometer is that as soon as your meat reaches the set temperature, it will immediately sound an alarm without having to open the oven door. This is particularly useful for monitoring the cookedness of large pieces of meat during long grilling, so you won't be accidentally cooked. Just remember that different parts of a large piece of meat will cook at different speeds, so even with a probe thermometer, it is a good idea to use an instant-reading thermometer to check the roast in several different places. As grilling expert Rick Browne told us: "This kind of probe lets people know the temperature, which is a good guideline...then you can refine it by instant reading and get multiple readings."

Most of the experts we talked to recommend placing an instant-reading thermometer on top of the probe thermometer.

If you are an experienced chef and have good instincts, then you don't need a real instant thermometer. However, even professional chefs like to eliminate guesswork from dishes, especially meat. For beginners in the kitchen, it is necessary to have a good thermometer to avoid overcooking steak or undercooked fish or chicken, and to understand the base time of stove and oven.

If there is only a slow analog (dial) thermometer, you need to upgrade. The analog thermometer is

, And them

. The probes of these older tools also tend to be thicker than their digital cousins. This means that every time you use an analog thermometer to stab roast, you lose more juice than you lose with a digital thermometer.

If you use

In general, you may find that the electromagnetic field above the cooking surface will cause any digital thermometer that is not specially shielded to read inaccurately or simply "crash" and not work at all. A Wirecutter reader and a pastry chef at

All have witnessed this impact, and the problem has also been mentioned elsewhere in the Internet search. ThermoWorks, the manufacturer of our two select products, told us that induction cookers are known to destroy their equipment. Thermometer manufacturer CDN

One solution: You can temporarily turn off the induction cooker while reading; by temporarily stopping the induction cooker, you will lose very little heat and power. Another option is to use analog thermometers, but as we mentioned before, these thermometers are slow and difficult to read. We believe that this is more likely to have an adverse effect on food than turning off the induction cooker to use one of our selected products.

In this guide, we tested the following types of thermometers, with prices ranging from $10 to $100:

In the end, we found that digital instant-reading thermometers and basic probe thermometers are by far the easiest to read and operate thermometers. The dual channel thermometer is specially designed for barbecue and smoking enthusiasts who want to monitor their barbecue temperature or multiple pieces of meat at the same time. The remote probe thermometer is used to check the progress of the meat on the barbecue grill at home. But we think these extra features are not useful for most people.

After testing more than 35 meat thermometers and talking with many experts since 2013, we listed the most important features to look for when choosing a high-quality instant-reading or probe thermometer:

The most important thing about a good kitchen thermometer is speed and clarity, that is, how fast you can turn it on and see a stable reading of the temperature inside the dish. A thermometer that can quickly rise to the final temperature is much better than a thermometer that allows you to guess that the temperature gradually rises. The instantaneous temperature reading of the thermometer is usually a few seconds faster than the probe thermometer. In our test, our preferred instant-reading thermometer ThermoPop reached temperature in about 2 to 3 seconds, while our preferred probe thermometer Dot took about 5 to 8 seconds. A good thermometer should also cover the entire temperature range of home cooking, from below freezing temperature (32°F) to very hot frying oil (400°F).

The probe on the thermometer should be thin to minimize juice leakage and long enough to reach the center of a large oven or deep pot. Longer probes also help keep your hands a safe distance from heat and steam.

The durability of the thermometer depends on the degree to which its electronic equipment is protected from dust and water. The standard is measured by the thermometer

. The IP rating consists of two numbers, indicating the degree of abuse that an item can withstand. The first number (between 0 and 6) is related to solids, and the second number (between 0 and 8) is related to liquids. For example, ThermoPop instantly reads that the protection level of the thermometer is IP66, which tells you "completely dustproof" and "prevent strong water spray". The protection level of the point probe thermometer is IP65, which means that the main body of the instrument is protected from dust and "low-pressure water jets".

We prefer thermometers that display a large number of numbers on the digital screen to make it easier to read the temperature quickly. The backlit display is also convenient when you are cooking in a dimly lit kitchen or grilling outdoors at night.

With very few exceptions, we found that thermometers with a retail price of $20 or less are slow, of poor quality and often difficult to distinguish from each other, so for many years, we have focused on thermometers with prices ranging from $30 to $100. You can find some very useful thermometers for around $30, which are much faster and more durable than cheap thermometers. We believe that paying the extra $10 or $15 for accurate, high-quality musical instruments is worth it, but for most people, paying more is not necessary.

In addition to the basic criteria outlined above, we also looked for many other functions that we thought a good instant reading and probe thermometer should have.

In order to read the thermometer instantly, we look for:

For probe thermometers, we look for:

In order to test and calibrate the thermometer,


Both recommend filling a thick ceramic cup on ice, adding water, and then checking the temperature. Therefore, we did this and timed the speed of each instant reading and probe thermometer from the starting temperature of 65°F to 32°F of ice water within 1 degree. After discarding the least common time (fast or slow), we performed this operation four times and averaged the three results.

We also timed the time for each thermometer to measure the temperature of the rapeseed oil heated to 365°F in the cast iron pot. For the instant-read thermometers we tested, these timings were much slower and more unpredictable (10 to 20 seconds instead of 2 to 5 seconds), but measuring hot oil did make us feel which thermometer would best protect us Hands.

The most useful test is to use water

In a high stock pot and keep at 130°F. A good circulator can keep the water in the entire pot at a constant temperature (no hot or cold spots), so it is an excellent tool for controlling accuracy. The precise temperature and cycle also seem to create the ideal environment for fast readings, because in our tests, all thermometers reached their targets faster than in ice water or frying oil.

We use each thermometer to monitor or check the temperature of the chicken nuggets baked in the oven (depending on the type of thermometer) to understand the availability of each person. For our original guide, we also used an instant-reading thermometer to find the internal temperature of the pork chops of the cooked pork chops and measure the water temperature in the electric tea kettle. However, because these tests did not give us more insight, we chose not to repeat these tests in future updates.

We performed two other tests on the probe thermometer. To test its cables at high temperatures, we used our finalists in a screaming hot grill from 650°F to 700°F. We also evaluated the strength of the magnets on the back of the digital receiver to understand how well they adhere to the side of the oven or grill. Finally, we measured the distance that the remote probe thermometer can still work before losing the wireless connection.

Since 2015, it has been our first choice because it can read the temperature quickly and accurately, and it is inexpensive. In our tests, it took less than 4 seconds for ThermoPop to drop to within 1 degree of most cooking temperatures. The large rotating backlit display can be seen from almost any angle, and the slender probe can enter most baked goods and liquids without contacting your hands with heat. In addition, ThermoPop has a large range (-58°F to 572°F), a splash-proof body, a one-button switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius, and an easily accessible battery box.

In our test, ThermoPop measured the temperature of 130 degrees water in an average of 3.49 seconds, which is usually within a few degrees of this temperature in 2-3 seconds. For most people who only want to prepare meat and delicate dishes safely and correctly without over-cooking, ThermoPop can do the job. Getting a read speed of 1-2 seconds from our more expensive option is not worth the extra money.

In addition to speed, the ThermoPop screen is the most powerful feature of this thermometer. The numbers are large and easy to read, because the displayed content will not be filled with decimal points. Just press the button on the back and the numbers will rotate in four directions, which is helpful when inserting the probe into a hot pot or splash pan sideways or diagonally. Rotating the screen also makes ThermoPop equally suitable for left-handed and right-handed use. This is not the case for many side-reading units, which prefer right-handed people (although our other options also have rotating screens). The backlight of the screen can be easily activated by pressing a button, which is convenient for grilling at night or reading in the dark corner of the stove.

Compared to most thermometers we have tested, ThermoPop’s 4½-inch probe is relatively generous. The round head is also easy to hold, allowing you to hold it firmly. Even if you can't adjust the angle of the probe, we have found that it is long enough to penetrate many parts of the bakeware or dishes without the risk of burning your fingertips.

Whole thermometer rating

: It is completely unaffected by dust and can withstand "high-pressure water spray from any direction". This means you don't have to worry about getting the probe wet during cleaning, you should do it, but you shouldn't worry about sticking the probe in the dishwasher. The automatic shutdown function of the backlight and the thermometer itself helps to extend battery life. Compared to the battery replacement on most cheap thermometers, it is easy on ThermoPop: put the regular-sized screwdriver back on the back and tighten it, insert the new watch battery (CR2032), then reopen the lid, and continue.

The ThermoPop has a temperature range from -58°F to 572°F (-50°C to 300°C), which is the largest range we have found for any instant-reading thermometer under $50. You can choose from the following 9 colors of ThermoPop. Each color comes with a layered cooking temperature guide. This guide not only covers food safety temperature, but also the sugar stage of candy making and the various degrees of maturation of beef and pork (you can

). It is convenient to stick it on the refrigerator or put it in the drawer.

You cannot adjust the angle of the ThermoPop wand probe like using a lateral thermometer.

. Although we don’t think this design will ruin the deal, we have encountered certain situations, such as measuring the temperature of the meat on a hot grill, and we hope we can tilt it to put our hands farther away from the heat. .

On the device itself, the waterproof button is a bit small and difficult to press, especially for those with larger fingertips. Sometimes we have to press the button twice to make sure it is activated.

Not like

, ThermoPop lacks magnets and cannot stick it on metal surfaces or electrical appliances. Although this is a feature that many people will not miss, without it, you will need to put the thermometer in a drawer, which may be difficult to find.

As we mentioned earlier, ThermoPop reads whole numbers, not one-tenths of most competing products above $20. However, the accuracy level of this model should be sufficient for most chefs, and this is a compromise for rotating clear numbers.

If you want to monitor the maturity of a piece of meat while cooking, we recommend that you buy it at an affordable price

The probe thermometer has excellent accuracy and the ability to quickly read the temperature. Compared with other probe thermometers we have tested, it has a simple, intuitive design and large digital display, making it the easiest to use. The Dot's wide temperature range makes it ideal for use in ovens and grills, and its backlit screen makes it easy to read in any light.

In our test, Dot is the fastest probe thermometer that can accurately read temperature. On average, it can read 32°F in about 8½ seconds and 212°F in about 5.5 seconds. Its thermistor sensor has an excellent temperature range of -58°F to 572°F (and the cable can withstand 700°F for a short period of time), and its range is wider than that of many other probe thermometers. In a 130°F water bath with a vacuum circulator, Dot is accurate to a certain degree.

Dot also has one of the longest cables (approximately 48 inches) in the probe model we tested. When we put it under the high temperature of the grill, the cable will be slightly discolored and hardened, but this has no effect on the performance of the thermometer. In addition, there is no problem with the dotted 4½-inch probe reaching the center of the large bakeware.

Dot's simple design and intuitive controls make it easier to use than the competition. This model has an on/off switch on the back and an arrow button on the side of the digital screen that allows you to set the desired temperature. After inserting the probe into the food, the alarm will beep to inform you when the set temperature is reached. You can press any button on the interface to stop the alarm. To completely disable the alarm, simply press and hold both arrows at the same time. You can also switch from Fahrenheit to Celsius by pressing and holding the power button for 6 seconds while powering on. Of the probe thermometers we have tested, Dot has some of the strongest magnets that can be firmly attached to the side of the oven.

ThermoWorks Dot has a

IP65 protection rating, which means that the main body of the device is protected from dust and "low-pressure water jets" from entering. Like ThermoPop, Dot has a variety of colors to choose from. It also has a two-year warranty, and

This model can also be purchased via Bluetooth under the name

, But pay about 26 dollars more. It has the same controls as a regular point thermometer, but it can also be connected to an app on your phone, allowing you to monitor the food being cooked within a short distance. This is a nice additional feature, but we think most people will be satisfied with it.

ThermoWorks Dot does not come with a metal clip to fix the probe on the side of the pan to complete tasks such as frying or candy making, but all ThermoWorks accessories (including

) Sold separately.

This point also lacks timers and pre-programmed temperature settings for certain types of meat. However, since the professionals we talked to always do not recommend the use of preset temperatures, we do not believe that this omission will ruin the transaction.

Some people may wish to have more thermometers that can be read instantly than ThermoPop offers-a foldable probe that allows more angles to enter the smoker or very hot pot, and has a heat preservation function, minimum and maximum operating temperature and 10% One function. The accuracy has been tested face to face and we believe


. In our test, it always reached a stable temperature reading, only a little faster than ThermoPop, and compared with

(Our upgrade option).

After three tests, Javelin Pro Duo reached an average of 2.8 seconds to within 1 degree of the 130°F Soviet water temperature controlled by the video, which happened to be between ThermoPop (3.49 seconds) and Thermomapen Mk4 (1.8 seconds). The Javelin Pro Duo will beep when it reaches a stable temperature. The reading can be maintained, so you can see it after removing the thermometer from the oven or smoker; and you can track the minimum and maximum temperature during use.

Javelin Pro Duo turns on automatically (unlike ThermoPop), and its backlit display (activated by a motion sensor) is clear and sharp at any angle. These numbers will also be automatically flipped to accommodate upside-down insertion or left- or right-handed use. With ThermoPop and

, But the display will not rotate 90 degrees vertically.

Finally, this model has some minor details that we like. One is the final loop, which allows you to hold it with only one or two fingers. The other is the magnet on the body, which allows you to store the thermometer on a metal surface (such as a refrigerator) instead of in a drawer.

Javelin Pro Duo was named

(It is completely impervious to dust and "prevents low-pressure water spray from any direction"), so its water resistance is slightly worse than ThermoPop. Like ThermoPop, it uses CR2032 coin-shaped batteries, but compared to ThermoPop, Javelin Pro Duo requires you to open the battery box to switch the display between Fahrenheit and Celsius (the same is true for ThermoPop).

What makes

Is the $100 shipping cost plus shipping cost worth it? Mainly it is the fastest instant-reading thermometer we have tested. The average speed is 1.8 seconds, which is 1 second faster than the standard speed

In our test, when the water temperature is 130°F, it is difficult to obtain a full second in such a short time frame. The Thermapen's sharp probe can easily slide into the thinnest fillet or mashed chicken breast. When removed, the bright backlight display of the thermometer will automatically turn on, and when you change the angle of the thermometer, it will rotate in four directions. Thermapen is by no means necessary for most chefs, but it is an indispensable tool for those who love cooking science or pursue the perfection of the kitchen.

The most impressive thing about Thermapen is how close it is to the final temperature in the early stages of reading. It almost immediately knows that your 160°F chicken is at least 140°F. At the 1 second mark, you know it is at least 150°F. Before 2 seconds, it almost had a reading, and it was definitely 1 or 2 degrees within 3 seconds. This speed means that if you know that the food has gone too far, you can remove the food from the fire faster, or you can be sure to reduce the speed of the frying oil. This gradual accuracy was not reflected in the original speed tests, but even in those speed tests, Thermapen won the race. The range is -58°F to 572°F (approximately -50°C to 300°C), the same as ThermoPop.

Thermapen's folding probe is 4.5 inches long, which is 1 mm thinner than ThermoPop's 3 mm probe. When fully extended, the distance between it and any hot object will reach 10½ inches. The frosted plastic body and the grooves with rubber edges at the end make it comfortable to hold, even when extended to the maximum. Moreover, if you slip and fall, Thermapen’s IP66/67 protection rating means that it is dust-proof and can withstand up to 30 minutes of immersion, as long as you don’t twist it while immersed in the water. It certainly survived some splashes of barbecue sauce or spilled drinks.

There is an AAA battery inside Thermapen, which can be used for a long time (at least one year in our kitchen). The battery compartment also contains some switches that allow you to disable the automatic shutdown function, switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius, choose whether the Thermapen displays a decimal point and calibrate the thermometer. Or you can use ThermoWorks

There is a charge for calibrating the thermometer.

If you need to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit more than once, putting these switches in the battery compartment will cause some inconvenience:

, You need to unscrew the battery cover, press the menu button, press the setup button, and then press the menu button again until "End" is displayed on the screen to save the changes.

Most importantly, if ThermoWorks has a magnet to hang it, that would be an improvement-even though ThermoWorks is indeed selling

, If you want to store Thermapen on the refrigerator.

The main technical difference between Thermapen and its competitors is

. Most instant reading thermometers (including our intermediate upgrade product Lavatools Javelin Pro Duo) are used

, A smaller, relatively inexpensive but accurate resistor bundle, stored at the tip of the probe. Thermapen

There is a thin sensor wire on the entire probe, and the thermometer retains a wider set of reading and calibration electronics in its larger body. Since the quality of the wire is less than the weight of the thermistor module, temperature changes can be recorded faster. Thin wires can also make the probe thinner, which helps to pierce the fillet and reduce the size of the juice puncture.

If you want to save about $20, you can buy

. It has the same core technology as Mk4, but lacks rotation and display upgrade functions, and can only use button batteries. We think that the convenience of Mk4 is worth all the costs.

If you need more functions of the probe thermometer (such as timer and volume adjustment), we recommend you

. It is very accurate in our test and is better than

, But we found that it is slightly slower at reading temperature. ChefAlarm offers the same excellent temperature range as Dot, the temperature range of the probe is from -58°F to 572°F, and the temperature range of the cable is up to 700°F.

In our test, ChefAlarm took a few seconds longer than Dot to read the temperature, but it was equally accurate. The timer of this model is a good choice (it can handle a countdown of up to 99 hours and 59 minutes), and the backlit screen is perfect for outdoor barbecues at night. ChefAlarm also allows you to set minimum and maximum temperatures and has corresponding alarms to alert you when the temperature is reached.

When the two powerful magnets on the back of the device fix it on the side of the oven or grill, it can be fixed in place. The digital unit is also hinged, so you can lay it flat or adjust it to a specific angle. We like that the ChefAlarm thermometer comes with a housing for fixing the probe and digital unit. However, despite the many benefits of ChefAlarm, we think most people will like Dot.

No matter which type of meat thermometer is used, remember that the probe only measures the area of ​​meat it touches. You need to know where to place the probe to correctly measure the internal temperature of the meat, which is a challenge, especially for beginners.

Robert D. Edman, Assistant Director of the New York City Department of Food Safety and Community Health, said: “The probe should be inserted into the thickest part of meat, poultry or poultry, away from bones, fat or piercings. When measuring beef, pork or When the temperature of lamb is roasted, the probe should be inserted in the middle of the roast to avoid bone piercing. The core temperature is being determined.” (Chef Janet Crandall told us that bones conduct more heat and will give you Brings a higher temperature reading.)

For thinner proteins (such as fish fillets), insert the probe sideways. If you are not sure about the correct placement or final temperature of the meat being cooked, most of the experts we talk to recommend using an instant-reading thermometer to take multiple readings.

Crandall said that before using any thermometer, "you should always make sure that it is calibrated." "The thermometer should read 32°F in ice water and 212°F in boiling water." Most thermometers are calibrated, but it is still a good thing to check carefully before use.

Do not place the digital unit of the thermometer in an oven, grill or smoker, and do not install it on the grill lid, because the grill lid may exceed 700°F and melt. Although the ThermoWorks probe thermometer cable can heat up to 700°F, please avoid placing it directly on a grill grate or oven rack, as doing so will damage its internal insulation. In addition, straighten any kinks in the cable, and if left alone, it may break the internal wires. Do not put the probe directly in hot coal or fire. To remove the probe thermometer from the oven or grill, always use a hot pad or oven gloves.

To prevent cross-contamination, please make sure to clean the probe correctly after each use, and wash it thoroughly with detergent and hot water.


, This

It has a backlit screen and volume control. But compared to our other pickaxes, Smoke can be operated by a wireless receiver and has two channels to accommodate multiple probes: one probe is used to obtain the internal temperature of the meat, and an air probe is used to measure the oven, grill The ambient temperature or smoker. Smoke also allows you to set the minimum and maximum temperature of each probe, and send a corresponding alarm when the set temperature is reached. In our test, Smoke maintains an obstacle-free distance of 350 feet for its wireless connection, which is more than twice the distance from the chimney

. But considering that this thermometer is also $60 more than the thermometer

, We think it only makes sense for barbecues and smokers.

If you want to monitor smoke detectors from any distance, ThermoWorks also offers expensive products.

, Paired with Wi-Fi, allows you to get alarms from the smoke on your phone. We tried Smoke Gateway and thought it would work, but we thought it was an expensive convenience item that most people couldn't do.

It used to be our runner-up choice, but after some consideration, we came to the conclusion that it did not give us any hope.

In terms of the most useful features. The javelin probe is significantly shorter and not as waterproof as ThermoPop. Similarly, its display will not rotate or light up.

, Its cost is the same as

, Performed well in our test and read the temperature within 2 seconds. Because its digital screen is always lit, it is particularly easy to read, but the numbers only rotate in two directions (while the numbers on ThermoPop and ThermoPopen rotate in four directions). At 4 inches, the probe of OXO is slightly shorter than the probes of ThermoPop and Thermopen, so it cannot penetrate into large pieces of meat. OXO's protection level is IP66 (Thermapen's protection level is IP67). If you are willing to spend $100 on a thermometer, we think you'd better replace the Thermapen Mk4 with OXO, because Mk4 performed better in our overall test and has an excellent track record.

We encountered a problem in understanding the reading material we obtained

. We use the calibration button to set it to ice water (a standard calibration method), but its speed is still not as fast as the speed we selected. After that, it refused to rise near the temperature of 130°F water, so we ruled it out.

Factory calibrated, similar to Thermapen

It took glacial time (approximately 11 seconds) to test the ice water, and its reading was lower than all the other thermometers in our soud vide test. In addition to readings, Maverick PT-100 does not provide many useful functions, and its dust and water resistance (IP44) is far lower than most thermometers we have tested.

There is an interesting design, but it falls in the middle between our choice and the cheaper model. Its display is very bright, and the probe tip is only 1.5 mm, which is thinner than Thermapen. It is not a bad thermometer, but its digital screen does not rotate, which is different from ThermoPop. In order to facilitate this feature, we think it is worth spending a few dollars on ThermoPop.

, Is a Thermapen style model, very fast in our first chicken test, but still half a second behind Thermapen. In the second test, CDN lags behind all our picks.

Our previous runner-up choice

, To keep pace with our choices in the test in early 2016. When a stable reading is reached (or at least when a reading is confirmed), it emits a beneficial beep and is cheaper than ThermoPop. But this is not common on Amazon. If you like stick thermometers, this is a good choice, but ThermoPop can suit more people.

, The best instant-reading thermometer that we initially selected, is still a wide range of accurate thermometers. It has one of the thinnest probes of 1.5 mm, and has calibration options and many convenient temperature maintenance and alarm functions, and the price is relatively low. but

The operation is much slower than ThermoPop and Javelin, and,

, Will always break slightly.

It is the most affordable folding thermometer we have found. It has a very wide range (up to 572°F) and has an accuracy of 0.9 degrees. However, as the company said, it did not reach within 1 degree of boiling water within 4 to 5 seconds. We found that it took at least 12 seconds in three different trials.

It claims a response time of 6 seconds on its Amazon page, and in our first chicken test, the response time averaged 6.13 seconds. It has an 8-inch probe, and its length is so long that we have been worried that it will break.

In our chicken test

Ranked last, it took an average of 8.3 seconds to reach within 3 degrees. Once, it takes 13 seconds.

It has a good range (-40°F to 450°F), a basically medium speed rating (although significantly slower on ice and water), and calibration screws. It's the best thermometer you can buy for about $10, but it's not what most people want.

In our test, ice water is the slowest, while boiling water is the slowest.

It is a Thermomapen foldable cheap thermometer. It feels cheap to use-the buttons seem to need to be mashed, and the probe is not particularly thin. Moreover, this thermometer always takes at least 10 seconds to obtain high or low temperatures-sometimes as long as 19 seconds.

Reading the temperature is very slow, in some cases it may take 15 seconds. The temperature reading also does not gradually increase, jumping from one number to another, which makes it difficult to predict temperature changes. Its digital controls are not as intuitive and easy to use as our choices, and the buttons are difficult to press.

We found

It is difficult to read because it alternately displays the temperature of the two probes and we are confused. After only a few uses, the membrane sealing button on the receiver has also worn out.


So lightweight and the cable is so hard, so when we open and close the oven door, the equipment moves around the counter. We also found that the stand puts the digital screen at an awkward angle for reading.

The temperature reading is significantly delayed. In one case, the thermometer jumped from 73°F to 214°F, during which there was no temperature display. This model also has a negligible 90-day warranty.


With intuitive buttons and simple design, reading temperature is very slow. It also cannot work on a hot grill, because the heat-resistant temperature of the cables and probes is only 392°F.


Essentially, it is the next step of ThermoWorks Smoke. It is equipped with four probes (one is an air probe) instead of two, and you can use them at the same time. It can also connect to apps on your phone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, which is very useful if you are smoking and want to monitor its progress from the inside. However, unless you are a competitive barbecue team, or you often cook a few pieces of meat at a time, the price of this four-channel thermometer is $230, which is too much.

It is the same as the ThermoWorks Dot we recommend, but the difference is that it can be connected to the application on the phone via Bluetooth, so that the food can be monitored from a distance. ThermoWorks ads show that BlueDot can keep the connection 95 feet unimpeded, but in our test, BlueDot lost about 75 feet of connection. We think that most people will be satisfied with Dot, the current price of Dot is about $20 lower.

Use Bluetooth to connect to the app on the phone, but unlike other models we tested, it lacks manual control. At the reading temperature, this model is much slower than our choice. Although the preset temperature on the app is helpful for beginners, we found the layout to be confusing when setting a custom temperature. In our test, the maximum distance that the thermometer stays connected is 250 feet, which is 100 feet lower than the thermometer.

. Its temperature range is also narrower than our recommended ThermoWorks thermometer.

Reading the temperature is very slow, and the probe is the shortest among all the models we tested. We found that it started to lose wireless connection at about 125 feet.

Specially designed for Weber Genesis II and Genesis II LX gas grills

Not suitable for most people. In addition, since there is no digital display on the device of this model, you can only view the temperature reading of the thermometer through the app on your phone.

We did not test

Thermometer, because it can only read the internal temperature up to 212°F, which means it is not suitable for high-temperature cooking. Moreover, its probe is so thick, it's like sticking a Sharpie to your flesh.

We choose not to test

Because it is very expensive, and the temperature range is smaller than the temperature range we currently choose. The model can hold up to four probes at a time, but this is too large for most people.


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