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Thermometers Buying Guide

Make quick work of your outdoor cooking experience with a thermometer that's designed to provide accuracy when you're grilling. These fairly low-cost items are a great addition to everyone's outdoor tool set.

Types of Thermometers

Types of Thermometers

Is it done yet? When it comes to outdoor mealtime, that question has to be the most common refrain from friends and family. The easiest way to determine the answer is through the use of a reliable thermometer. But one thermometer might not perform like another. As you think through how you'll use a thermometer and what outdoor cooking needs you have, review the various types, which include digital, dial, thermometer fork, disposable, pop-up, and oven probe with cord. Use this guide to help you buy.

Digital

While digital thermometers typically cannot be left in food while it's cooking, this type is much faster at providing temperature readings and works no matter the thickness of the food. Many digital thermometers have extra features, such as calibration.

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Essick Air Products

Shop for Heating, Venting & Cooling at The Home Depot. The Essick Air 1990SS hygrometer/thermometer displays indoor temperature an...d humidity which is shown simultaneously on one easy-to-read display. Great for home use or in green houses, wine cellars and climate controlled computer/equipment rooms. read more

Accurite

Designer edition indoor & outdoor thermometer. A perfect thermometer for indoor or outdoor use where easy reading from a distance ...is important. Great for patios, playgrounds, yards, stores, game rooms, and More!Disclaimer: Descriptions and dimensions are subject to change. read more

Acu-Rite

Acu-Rite 00603A1 Suction Cup Thermometer The Acu-Rite Suction Cup Thermometer features a strong dual-suction cup cling to mount on... outside windows. The sensor displays the outdoor temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit with a daily minimum and maximum temperature reading and current temperature reading. Powered by button cell battery, the Suction Cup Thermometer is for someone interested in a basic digital thermometer. This indoor or outdoor thermometer gives you the temperature with daily high/low information in an easy to read, digital display. The swiveling bar makes this unit easy to mount at home, in your car, or on your boat. read more

Dial

More traditional in style and function, dial thermometers take much longer to provide a temperature reading and are generally best for food that's several inches thick. However, these thermometers can typically stay in food while it's cooking.

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Taylor
$5.69 $5.99
at Target

Find kitchen thermometers at Target.com! Taylor meat dial has an easy-to-read 2" dial. roasting scale with usda guidelines. adjust...able temperature indicator. accurate from 130 degrees f to 190 degrees f. stainless steel 4.5" stem. nsf listed. read more

Headwind Consumer Products

HWP1022: Features: -Hi Resolution Photo on dial to add beauty to your home and garden.--60 degrees F to 120 degrees F is the tempe...rature range. read more

Taylor Precision Products

Easy read - 13-1/2in molded dial design with bold, clean, silkscreened graphics. Attractively framed in a glossy black bezel. Shat...terproof and weather-resistant. No. 6700: Type: Dial, Diameter: 13-1/2in, Scale: Fahrenheit and Celsius, Temperature Rating: -60 To 120 F, -50 To 50 C, Color: White, Black Rim & Numbers, Design: Easy Read read more

Taylor Precision Products

Trumpet Hummingbirds - 13-1/2in molded dial design with stylish, contemporary silkscreened graphics. Attractively framed in a glos...sy black bezel. Shatterproof and weather-resistant. No. 6708N: Type: Dial, Diameter: 13-1/2in, Scale: Fahrenheit, Temperature Rating: -60 To 120, Color: Gray, Design: Humming Bird read more

Thermometer Fork

These combination thermometers offer two-in-one functionality but typically cannot remain in food while it's still cooking. They are best used when the dish is almost done and a great tool for grilling. However, the sensor needs to be properly inserted to provide an accurate reading.

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ELECTRONICS TOMORROW LTD

Lets you know when food is perfectly done. Simply select food type and desired level of doneness and insert the tines Color-changi...ng backlit display lets you know when your is ready All settings based on USDA-approved doneness temperatures Two-minute... read more

Brookstone

Lets you know when food is perfectly done. Simply select food type and desired level of doneness and insert the tines Color-changi...ng backlit display lets you know when your is ready All settings based on USDA-approved doneness temperatures Two-minute auto shut off Uses four AAA batteries (not included) Brookstone's exclusive digital meat thermometer takes the guesswork out of grilling meat, poultry and more, making it easy to grill perfectly every time. The Always Perfect Chef's Fork combines a digital meat thermometer with a color-changing backlit display and simple push-button operation. The built-in thermometer measures food temperature and doneness based on USDA-approved temperatures for nine popular types of food. This grill-specific meat thermometer is easy to use, even at night. Simply turn on, select the desired doneness, then insert the tines. In seconds, the temperature/doneness level is shown on the digital meat thermometer's easy-to-read backlit display. The built-in auto shutoff ensures the batteries won't run down during dinner. The easy-grip, heat-resistant handle makes it safe to use. The Always Perfect Chefs Fork is the one tool every grill master needs. Orders yours today! * Free Ground shipping to 48 contiguous U.S. states only. read more

Charcoal Companion

The Charcoal Companion stainless steel Digital Fork Thermometer features an on-off button switch and an instant-read digital displ...ay for quick, accurate temperature reading. There's an LED spotlight on the handle and a Fahrenheit or Celsius operation. It uses two AAA batteries. read more

Disposable

Disposable thermometers are one-time-use tools that have quick read times. However, these are designed for foods indicated on the label, and they change color when the temperature is reached.

Pop-Up

A pop-up thermometer usually comes with the piece of meat -- think of the gauges that come with turkeys. They provide an internal read of the temperature and alert doneness by popping up. However, they should be supplemented by another thermometer to ensure an accurate reading.

Oven Probe with Cord

Some newer ovens offer a thermometer utility: A cord connects to a unit outside the oven that provides a temperature reading. The thermometer can also be used outside the oven.

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Kitchenaid

This 27 Combination Wall Oven with Even-Heat True Convection provides consistent heating and even cooking. A unique bow-tie shaped... design and convection fan helps ensure there are no burnt edges or undercooked centers. Its upper Microwave Convection Cooking Oven combines a 900 watt microwave with a 1600 watt convection element for high speed cooking. Bold design details are the perfect balance of elegance and functionality. Even-Heat True Convection Oven Provides consistent heating and even cooking on all racks with a unique bow-tie shaped design and convection fan that helps ensure the most even baking. Microwave Convection Cooking Increases the speed of cooking and provides a secondary convection cooking option. Professionally-Inspired Design Combines a bold blend of professionally-inspired styling with sleek touches for the home. This beautiful built-in wall oven features Satin Textured Handles and the KitchenAid Badge a symbol of uncompromised quality. Additional Features Temperature Probe Allows accurate measurement of internal temperatures of meats poultry and casseroles without having to open the oven so that food can be cooked perfectly. Fit System Guarantee Allows for customization of wall oven instillation to match the height of existing cabinets through flexible design elements. EasyConvect Conversion System Takes guesswork out of convection cooking by ensuring you can get exceptional results when experimenting with new or familiar recipes. 4.3 Cu. Ft. Capacity Gives you an extra-large capacity for holding your largest turkeys and roasts. It also lets you prepare multiple dishes at the same time. 1.4 Cu. Ft. Capacity The upper microwave oven gives you family-size capacity that complements the lower convection oven. Crispwave Microwave Technology and Crisper Pan Allows the microwave oven to be used for grilling frying and convection cooking. The specially designed crisper pan can be used to brown crisp and pan-fry foods. SatinGlide Roll-Out Extension Rack Allows easy loading and features an easy-grip handle giving you the confidence when cooking with large or heavy dishes. read more

Kitchenaid

This 27 Combination Wall Oven with Even-Heat True Convection provides consistent heating and even cooking. A unique bow-tie shaped... design and convection fan helps ensure there are no burnt edges or undercooked centers. Its upper Microwave Convection Cooking Oven combines a 900 watt microwave with a 1600 watt convection element for high speed cooking. Bold design details are the perfect balance of elegance and functionality. Even-Heat True Convection Oven Provides consistent heating and even cooking on all racks with a unique bow-tie shaped design and convection fan that helps ensure the most even baking. Microwave Convection Cooking Increases the speed of cooking and provides a secondary convection cooking option. Professionally-Inspired Design Combines a bold blend of professionally-inspired styling with sleek touches for the home. This beautiful built-in wall oven features Satin Textured Handles and the KitchenAid Badge a symbol of uncompromised quality. Additional Features Temperature Probe Allows accurate measurement of internal temperatures of meats poultry and casseroles without having to open the oven so that food can be cooked perfectly. Fit System Guarantee Allows for customization of wall oven instillation to match the height of existing cabinets through flexible design elements. EasyConvect Conversion System Takes guesswork out of convection cooking by ensuring you can get exceptional results when experimenting with new or familiar recipes. 4.3 Cu. Ft. Capacity Gives you an extra-large capacity for holding your largest turkeys and roasts. It also lets you prepare multiple dishes at the same time. 1.4 Cu. Ft. Capacity The upper microwave oven gives you family-size capacity that complements the lower convection oven. Crispwave Microwave Technology and Crisper Pan Allows the microwave oven to be used for grilling frying and convection cooking. The specially designed crisper pan can be used to brown crisp and pan-fry foods. SatinGlide Roll-Out Extension Rack Allows easy loading and features an easy-grip handle giving you the confidence when cooking with large or heavy dishes. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Most of the differences in thermometers that you can use for cooking both indoors and out stem from the way they operate and how quickly they provide readings. For some people, more functionality -- which typically adds to the cost -- may be important. For others, basics work best. Before you buy a thermometer, review the following purchase considerations: oven-safe, food-appropriateness, reading time, and calibration. This short guide will help you make a selection that works best for you in every situation.

Oven-Safe

Some food thermometers must be inserted into the food, read, and then removed. Others may be left in the oven during cooking. Check the utility of yours to determine how you can use it.

Food-Appropriateness

Thermometers indicate what kind of food they are appropriate for, as well as the thickness of food they will read.

Reading Time

Typically digital thermometers provide a temperature reading much faster -- in about 10 seconds -- than traditional dial-read thermometers.

Calibration

Sometimes oven temperatures differ from the setting of the oven in the actual heat generated. If you know the exact temperature of your oven, you will be able to set your thermometer to match that.

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Taylor
$7.99 $9.99
at Target

Find kitchen thermometers at Target.com! Taylor gourmet meat thermometer has an easy-to-read oversized dial with rapid & accurate ...response. Quality stainless steel construction with a temperature range or 120 degrees f to 200 degrees f. safe cooking reference on dial. read more

Taylor Gourmet Meat Thermometer
Maverick Industries
$59.95 $99.99
at CHEFS Catalog

Timers & Thermometers - Cook to absolute perfection, talk on your phone hands-free or listen to music while multitasking, Maverick... Chef Tunes Digital Thermometer and high-quality Bluetooth speaker. A friendly voice tells you when food is done! Works with iPhone, iPad, Android or any Bluetooth-equipped device, as a hands-free phone, Bluetooth speaker, LCD clock and roasting thermometer all in one. Cordless and completely portable to use anywhere. Digital kitchen thermometer with probe features +/-2 F accuracy. This all-in-one cooking thermometer is pre-programmed for beef, pork, poultry, lamb and fish standard cooking temperatures and is programmable. Temperature range: 32 F to 212 F. Stainless-steel 6 1/4?L probe and extra-long 40? cord. Control volume from phone, tablet or the unit; last outgoing call redial, plus auto mute. Includes adaptor, USB charging cord and rechargeable lithium battery.Product Features Hands-free Bluetooth speaker to talk or listen to music with your smart phone or tablet - Specifications Model: ST-100 Material: stainless-steel, plastic, rechargeable batteries Size: 7 1/4?L x 2?D x 2 1/4?H Probe: 6 1/4?L Cord: 40?L Weight: 10-oz. Made in China Care and Use Hand wash probe Bluetooth speaker transmission range: 30 feet Dynamic range: 1 x 45mm 3W Neodymium speaker Lithium battery charge time: 2.5-3 hours Lithium battery playing time: 4 hours (medium volume) read more

Maverick Chef Tunes Bluetooth Kitchen Speaker & Roasting Thermometer, ST-100 - White
Comark

This Comark KM28-KIT Food Thermometer with Probe will perform to perfection with every food item you prepare taking all the guessw...ork out of cooking. The Comark KM28-KIT Food Thermometer with Probe can operate from -40F to 1000F and has a K-Type hand held digital thermocouple that is also designed to meet the U.S. Food code. A Comark KM28-KIT Food Thermometer with Probe is easy enough to use, cooks of any level can use it effectively to bake or grill to receive the best results every time. read more

Comark Food Thermometer with Probe -40F to 1000F KM28-KIT
Eforcity

1X Cook Food BBQ Digital Thermometer cooking thermometer probe Very easy to measure the temperature of your foods the Highest and ...lowest temperature Digital LCD display for easy reading Celsius and Fahrenheit displays Measuring range: -50 to +300 C and -58 to +572 F Memory of last measure 10 minute auto shutdown for power saving(option) The button battery(1 x LR44 or AG13) is included Ideal for household, profession and leisure, also for temperature checks of food Please refer to the instructions before use Accessory Only read more

Cook Food BBQ Digital Thermometer
AcuRite
$41.99 $59.99
at Kohl's

Beef up your culinary skills with help from this AcuRite digital meat thermometer. Product Features: Stainless steel probe measure...s internal food temperature during cooking. Wireless pager alerts you when target food temperature or time limit is reached. Themometer estimates the time left to cook, up to 9 hours and 59 minutes. Backlit display allows for temperature viewing in low-light conditions. USDA presets include rare, medium rare, medium, medium well and well done. What's Included: Digital meat thermometer display 3-ft. cord with probe Wireless pager Instruction manual Product Care: Manufacturer's 1-year limited warranty Product Details: Thermometer display: 4.2H x 2.5W x 1.9D 1 lb. Wireless range: 200 feet Temperature range: -40 F to 450 F (-40 to 232 C) Thermometer requires 3 AA batteries Wireless pager requires 2 AAA batteries Model no. 00278 Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

AcuRite Digital Meat Thermometer
Conair
$19.99 $29.99
at Walmart.com

Grill it to perfection with the Cuisinart Digital Temperature Fork. Cook all your favorite meats, poultry and seafood with gourmet...-like precision and never serve undercooked food again. Set your desired cooking level - Well Done, Medium, Medium Rare or Rare - and take the guesswork out of grilling. The audible alarm alerts you when your food is done. And when it gets too dark to see your food on the grill, the integrated LED light helps illuminate your grilling space. read more

Digital Thermometer (LED Backlight, Alarm, Durable - For Meat)
King Kooker
$11.89 $16.99
at Sears

Use the King Kooker meat thermometer to make sure your grilled and roasted meats are done to perfection!

King Kooker Meat Thermometer with 5" Probe Metallic
OXO
$11.99 $14.99
at Sears

Are you thoroughly cooking your meat to the desired and safe internal temperature? Make sure with the OXO GOOD GRIPS Instant Read ...Meat Thermometer. Insert the stainless steel probe into your meat away from the bone to get an accurate reading of the internal temperature. Large numbers and readings for poultry, beef, pork, veal and ham make this Thermometer easy to read and easy to use. A storage sleeve with USDA recommended cooking temperatures and Celsius conversions, plus a convenient alligator-style clip. Satisfaction Guarantee-return for replacement or refund. read more

OXO Good Grips Analog Instant Read Meat Thermometer
OXO
Cuisinart
$9.99 $16.99
at Sears

The Cuisinart Stainless Steel Meat Thermometer is perfect for roasting meats or poultry.

Cuisinart CTG-00-MTM Meat Thermometer Silver
Comark

With The Comark MT200K Meat Thermometer with Dial, 120F to 200F you will be able to check your roasts and birds with spot on accur...acy. The Comark Meat Thermometer has a large dial face that is easy to read. Dishwasher safe with an adjustable temperature indicator the Comark MT200K Meat Thermometer with Dial, 120F to 200F is easy to use, great for use in any kitchen. read more

Comark Meat Thermometer Dial 120F to 200F MT200K
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