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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$14.59

Ensure your meat entrees cook to a safe temperature with this meat thermometer. This thermometer features a digital readout for ea...sy visibility and an extra-long probe for safer use. Fast & Easy Readout: This cooking digital thermometer has an... read more

$14.59

Ensure your meat entrees cook to a safe temperature with this meat thermometer. This thermometer features a digital readout for ea...sy visibility and an extra-long probe for safer use. Fast & Easy Readout: This cooking digital thermometer has an... read more

CDN
$20.95 $17.95

Set this thermometer to any temperature between 32 to 392 degrees Fahrenheit (0 to 200 degrees Celsius), insert the 7 inch probe i...nto a roast or saucepan, and the timer will sound and lights flash when the desired temperature is reached. Oven doors and... read more

Taylor
$14.97 $14.46

The Taylor Pivoting Digital Food Thermometer's adjustable head allows for readings to be taken at multiple angles. The oversized L...CD screen makes it easy for you to read the temperature, and this thermometer records temperatures up to 450 degrees. This... 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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Ekco
$19.39

Meat thermometer Great to have on hand Use to measure the internal temperature of cooked meats Includes HACCP guidelines Large dia...l for easy reading Material: Plastic Color: Silver Color: Silver. read more

Ekco
$19.39

Meat thermometer Great to have on hand Use to measure the internal temperature of cooked meats Includes HACCP guidelines Large dia...l for easy reading Material: Plastic Color: Silver Color: Silver. read more

Taylor
$11.15

Lodge dial thermometer. Lodge design with silk screen technology. UV fade-resistant ink and weather-resistant. Scale: Fahrenheit, ...Outdoor Temperature Range:-60 Degrees F to 120 Degrees F, Type: Dial, Material: Plastic, Size: 13-1/4 Dia, Color: Brown... read more

Taylor
$23.22 $4.33

The real secret to great cooking is a Taylor thermometer. Thermometers are the only way to ensure that foods are cooked to the pro...per temperature, your oven is calibrated to the correct degree and that your refrigerator is keeping your food cold and... 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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Onward Manufacturing
$15.40 $13.56

This meat thermometer digital fork has a 4 piece mini thermometer set with Silicone Bezels2 calibrated for poultry, 2 calibrated f...or beef read more

GrillPro
$31.99

GRL1255 Features Internal thermometer instantly reads food temperature Accurate readings from rare to well done Material: High gra...de stainless steel LCD Digital display Easy to clean Assures that your meat is done Product Type: Digital Food Type: Meat... read more

CDN
$13.00

The food safety branch of the USDA advises cooking ground meat patties to an internal temperature of 160oF to assure a safely cook...ed product. Tests have shown the color of the patty is no indication of doneness. A thermometer must be used to assure that the correct temperature has been reached. The DBBQ212 is one of the best thermometers to use because the temperature is measured at the bottom. Measurement Range: +32 to +212°F/0 to +100°C. One-button operation-big digit- easy to see day or night. The stainless fork tines and sure-grip handle let you lift up to 8 lbs. Aaccurate temperature readings for thin cuts of meat, fish or poultry. read more

Grande Chef
$9.97

A perfect medium rare is sometimes hard to come by, at least if you're using the old finger poke method. With the Digital BBQ ther...mometer, it's easy to achieve the perfect rare, medium, or well-done cooking temp, every time! The thermometer features a 5" stainless steel fork that transfers temperature information instantly to the large blue LCD display. The Thermometer is preprogrammed with the USDA recommended temperatures for beef, veal, lamb, pork, chicken, and turkey, so you'll never have to guess on temps again. The controls include 'Meat' and 'Taste' buttons, as well as an internal °F/°C conversion switch. If you're serious about grilling the perfect steak, or chop, or chicken breast, then you've got to have the Digital BBQ Thermometer! 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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CDN
$30.00

This thermometer can do pretty much everything (save for cook your food for you). It measures from 32 to 572 degrees F, has an ove...rtime alert, a timer to count up or down, an alarm, large digital display, and 6.75" long probe with a 39" cable. The new dual sensing probe thermometer timer is the first in the CDN line to measure both the temperature of the oven and the temperature of the food being cooked -- so you can keep track of food and environment at once. Size: 10" x 5.5" x 1.5" (6.75" long probe and 39" long cable). read more

Twenty First Century
$23.79

Stainless Steel Meat Probe Thermometer. Features: Type: Thermometer. Stainless Steel. Meat Probe Thermometer.

$14.59

Ensure your meat entrees cook to a safe temperature with this meat thermometer. This thermometer features a digital readout for ea...sy visibility and an extra-long probe for safer use. Fast & Easy Readout: This cooking digital thermometer has an... read more

La Crosse Technology
$29.99

Handheld digital thermometer reads liquids, pastes, and semi-solids for household, business and hobby. Also measure food temperatu...res (according to HACCP.) Features maximum & minimum values and a hold feature for current reading. Adjustable in Celsius or Fahrenheit. 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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Mr. Bar.B.Q
$77.99 $38.95

Mr. Bar.B.Q 40145X Brand New Product # 40145X Handheld receiver with built-in timer. Programmable. Built in timer. Stainless steel... probe. 5 meat selections. 5 taste settings. Built in LED flashlight. Beeps when ready. Up to 10 foot range. 40145X... read more

iDevices
$106.65 $69.99

Features: The iDevices Kitchen Thermometer Mini is a smart thermometer that allows you to monitor your meals from nearly any Bluet...ooth enabled device Using the App available for iOS or Android you can monitor the temperature of your food, set custom alarms and timers and even share recipes with other users The App will send notifications to your phone or tablet when your food is perfectly cooked With 150 feet of Bluetooth Smart range you don't have to stay in your kitchen to monitor your food Easy to read illuminated LED display lets you know the temperature of your food at a glance Supports two probes (included) so you can monitor the temperature of two separate items simultaneously Proximity Wake-up saves battery life by turning off the display when you are out of Bluetooth range and automatically turns back on when you are back in range Magnetic mounting and two viewing angles allow you keep the device nearby without cluttering up valuable counter space Allows up to 200 hours of read more

Crate&Barrel
$14.95 $9.97

Retro-styled kitchen timer in bright red has a magnetic back to stick directly to a stovetop or refrigerator. Dial times up to 60 ...minutes. • Enameled steel with magnetic back • Wipe clean with damp cloth read more

Charcoal Companion
$20.66 $17.69

Never fear the challenge of simultaneously cooking multiple steaks to different temperatures again. With the Charcoal Companion St...eak Station Digital Meat Thermometer, you can monitor the temperatures of up to four steaks at once. The battery-operated... read more

Bull Outdoor Products
$34.55 $28.60

Monitor 4 steaks at once Range of 115-170 degrees Fahrenheit Works great on the grill or the oven Digital display 4 easy to read l...ight-up blocks Cook 4 steaks to perfection at one time using the Bull Steak Station Digital Meat Thermometer. An... read more

Maverick
$45.43 $19.12

The Maverick Digital Kitchen Thermometer is designed for ease of use with a clear LCD temperature display. This Maverick Digital T...hermometer can show readings in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. Designed to be an oil and candy thermometer, this product has... read more

Maverick
$69.99 $59.89

Transmits temperature information up to 300 feet away, so long days chained to the grill are a thing of the past! Countdown timer ...helps prevent accidental overcooking Thermometer shows temperature of oven or smoker as well as internal temperature of... read more

Farberware
$11.99 $10.19

Cook meat to perfection with the help of this Farberware analog meat thermometer. Large, easy to-read dial face measures up to 190...¡F. Durable stainless steel construction promises lasting use. Stainless steel Hand wash Manufacturer's lifetime limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here 8.6-in. length Model no. 5153771 Size: One Size. Color: Silver. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Stainless Steel. read more

Bobby Flay
$19.99 $11.99

Glow-in-the-dark design allows for grilling at night. Stainless steel construction provides lasting use. Details: 4-piece set incl...udes: 2 beef thermometers, 1 poultry thermometer& 1 pork thermometer 2L x 1W (each) Hand wash Size: One Size. Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Stainless Steel. read more

Food Network
$14.99 $11.99

Cook meat worry-free, thanks to this efficient Food Network analog meat thermometer. Large, easy to-read dial face measures up to ...120°F for accurate cooking results. Food safety temperature indicators add convenience. Durable stainless steel construction promises lasting use. Stainless steel Wipe clean Imported 9-in. length Size: One Size. Color: Red. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Stainless Steel. read more

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