Food Thermometers Buying Guide

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Gone are the days when you stick a fork in meat to see if it’s done. Today’s accurate, easy-to-use food thermometers are gems for judging when food is done. There is no more dry meat or overbaked foods when you use a food thermometer to gauge your success. It’s the best way to ensure you’re serving a safe and thoroughly cooked meal to your family.

Types of Food Thermometers

Types of Food Thermometers

Food thermometers can be used for testing the doneness of various cuts and sizes of meat, poultry, egg dishes, candy mixtures, and more. Just like you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge meat by its exterior color. The only way to know if a dish is safely cooked to an optimal internal temperature is to use a food thermometer.

Meat thermometers

Dial-type: A dial-type meat thermometer is oven-safe and inserted into meat before roasting, where it will stay for the duration of the cook time. Marked with proper doneness temperatures for various types of meat and poultry, this thermometer helps in achieving accurate meat doneness. Digital probe: Used for larger cuts of meat, this stainless-steel probe is inserted into meat before roasting. Its cord leads to a digital monitor that remains outside the oven and displays the meat's doneness. Grill thermometers: Depending on the brand, these small meat thermometers are sold in sets and perfect for checking the doneness of individual cuts of meat on the grill. Some can be left in the meat for the duration of cooking, while others give an instant read and should not be left in the heat.

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Cuisinart
$15.54

Cuisinart's meat thermometers elevate home cooking to a science by taking the guesswork out of cooking. Ideal for poultry and roas...ts, the digital meat thermometer features a large, easy-to-read LCD digital display. The thermometer also makes cooking easy by displaying Fahrenheit and Celsius temperatures -- from -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 450 degrees Fahrenheit; from -40 degrees Celsius to 232 degrees Celsius. read more

Norpro
$16.53

Easy to use: 7 preprogrammed meat types and a user mode to set the temperature you desire. Audible alarm. Great for grilling or in... the kitchen. Extra long 8" probe helps keep fingers away from heat. Powered by 2 L1154f button batteries included. read more

Norpro
$6.22 $6.16

High quality, heavy duty thermometer. Easy to use. Accurate and dependable. Easy to read dial face. Stainless steel construction. ...Measures 5 inches/13cm long. read more

Ekco
$21.00 $9.03

Meat thermometer. Great to have on hand. Use to measure the internal temperature of cooked meats. Includes HACCP guidelines. Large... dial for easy reading. Made in China. read more

Instant-read

This type of dial or digital thermometer gives an immediate read of food temperature upon insertion outside the oven. It can be used for checking the temperature of meat, poultry, casseroles, egg dishes, yeast mixtures, and more.

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KitchenAid
$14.99

Quickly read food temperatures with the KitchenAid Instant Read Thermometer. Each thermometer is packaged individually. The hand-w...ash only thermometer is constructed of a steel probe with the dial in a plastic housing. The thermometer accurately reads food temperatures in seconds. The thermometer is suitable for use at the grill, oven, or stove top. The precision dial is easy to read. A protective sheath is included for safe storage. read more

OXO
$17.99

Large numbers and readings for poultry, beef, pork, veal and ham make this OXO thermometer easy to read and easy to use. Celsius c...onversions., At Home,Kitchen,Gadgets read more

KitchenAid®
$14.00 $9.99

KitchenAid Instant Thermometer - KC126OHOBA. This instant read thermometer accurately reads food temperature in seconds. Perfect f...or using on the grill, oven or stove top, it features an easy to read precision dial and includes a protective sheath for safe storage.2-piece set includes:1 Thermometer1 Protective sheath read more

Measupro
$24.99

MeasuPro has implemented the latest technologies to create the most precise instruments in the industry. The MeasuPro digital ther...mometer offers unique features to assist you in your cooking. To measure a food's temperature, the extendable handle will... read more

Candy

Marked with candy-making stages, these thermometers measure extra-high temperatures. Most have a clip that attaches to the side of a pan.

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Taylor Precision
$3.09 $1.92

This candy-deep fry kitchen thermometer provides handy cooking zones on easy-to-read Fahrenheit and Celsius scalesIt has a glass t...ube with adjustable pan clip read more

PBKay
$24.99 $11.99

Digital food thermometer lets you keep an eye on cooking foods' progress, such as meats and homemade candies; easy-to-read LCD scr...een Size: Large. Color: Clear. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Taylor
$11.15

For updated, accurate country of origin data, it is recommended that you rely on product packaging or manufacturer information. Fo...od Thermometer, Candy/Jelly/Fryer, 100 to 400 F Mechanical Food Service Thermometer, Candy/Jelly/Deep Fryer, Temp. Range... read more

ATB
$7.49

1 New Candy And Deep Frying Thermometer 57-400 Degrees, Glass, 8-Inch ! This tools is great addition when baking and, imagine usin...g it often for grandma's secret fudge. Hangs on pot very well. Easy to read numbers. Temperatures accurate. Easy to read... read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Different needs require different thermometers, so it’s important to know what food types you’ll be temperature-testing before you make a purchase. Factor in what foods you want to test for doneness and whether you’ll be testing during or after cooking. You may use a certain thermometer just a few times a year, but chances are that once you have a reliable way to check foods, you’ll become fairly dependent on the tool.

Purpose

Because some thermometers are designed to check the temperature of specific foods, be sure to know what type you are buying -- one specific to testing meats, steaks, poultry, or candies, or a multipurpose instant-read model.

Food thickness

Know whether the thermometer you are purchasing is designed to insert into thin or thick foods or both. There are thermometer types for each thickness, so make sure you are buying the type to best meet your needs. A thermometer with a long stem can be inserted sideways into a thin cut of meat, but one with a short stem will not reach the center of a thick cut of meat.

Cooking criteria

Besides temperature, details specific to certain donenesses are printed on meat thermometers, steak thermometers, poultry thermometers, and candy thermometers. Note whether the thermometer is to remain in the food while cooking or if it’s designed for use after cooking is complete.

Cleaning

While some thermometers can be immersed in water for washing, others cannot. Read the use-and-care directions to learn the specifics for each thermometer.

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Weber
$59.99 $41.99

This compact meat thermometer comes equipped with 2 probes and pre-programmed temperature and time settings for perfect steaks or ...burgers Size: Large. Color: Black. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Cuisinart
$39.99 $19.99

Wireless Meat Thermometer Size: Small. Color: Black. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult.

Oxo
$66.99 $45.99

Nice to meat you! Know what's in the oven with this digital thermometer and probe, which feature pre-set temperatures and a 10º wa...rning alert to prevent overcooking and promote delicious meals. Simply stick probe into meat, poultry or fish, cook and... read more

Martha Stewart Collection
$56.99 $39.99

Step away from cooking. A wireless thermometer for ovens, grills and smokers works with a portable pager to give a read of your me...at's temperature up to 100 feet away. Experience incredible flexibility to make even more meals or simply take your chef's... read more

Bull Outdoor Products
$32.59 $20.00

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

Maverick
$31.99 $23.20

Digital readout with 14 pre-programmed oil and candy settings. Large LCD monitor, heat shield, pivoting stainless steel probe. Ale...rt sounds when perfect temperature is achieved. Auto shut-off after 3.5 minutes. Requires 1 AAA battery, included. read more

BBQGuys
$19.99 $12.99

BBQGuys.com 4-Piece 2-Inch Steak Meat Thermometer Button . BBQ-1718. Grill Thermometers. Never worry about your steaks again. Just... leave this thermometer button in the meat while you cook and when reached your desired doneness pull your steak out and enjoy breath taking steaks. Then wash your thermometer for the next time you cook. read more

Weber
$10.99 $9.99

Weber 6743 Stainless Steel Replacement Thermometer Food Probe. 6743. Grill Thermometers. Exclusive accessories with a focus on sty...le, design and functionality, Weber Style accessories make grilling a total experience from start to finish. This stainless steel probe is compatible with Weber Style thermometer models 6741 and 6742. 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. read more

Food Network
$22.99 $18.39

Food Network puts you on the path to becoming a meat master with this digital thermometer.Why We Love It: Adjustable head and over...sized readout. Ultra thin stainless steel probe. Hold button saves temperature reading. What's Included: Protective sheath 1 L1154C button battery : Stainless steel Hand wash : 7-in. length Model no. 9836-32 What The Pros Know: Take food off the grill a couple of degrees below what you're aiming for, then let it rest before cutting init'll continue to cook off the heat, just enough to make up the difference. Size: One Size. Color: Red. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

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