Pick Your Thermometer Wisely

Reviews Of 8 Digital Thermometers for Amateurs to Professionals

Using thermometer while cooking your delicate food, smoking your meat, grilling your poultry is a must to do now-a-days. We do not realize how often we over cook or under cook our favorite food and waste our hard earned dollars and time and spoil our party time. People, mostly children even got sick due to foodborne illness as meats, poultry foods require a minimum temperature to kill the harmful bacteria which may cause a disease to the human body. For pitmasters, one needs to know the temperature of the oven/smoker/grill, meat’s inside temperature, and some time the temperature of the different section of the meat. But, it is not always possible to judge the temperature of the meat from outside , looking only at the color and texture of the meat, because there are various parameters on which these can vary, like different types of meat (beef, pork, game, poultry etc), different cuts/portion of meat and also depends on the doneness we require. So, to cook a perfect meat, you must need a thermometer. That’s why some people rightly say that thermometers are as important as knives and forks. There are 100s of different thermometers in the market which may confuse you to choose the right one. Here, we are gonna explain only 8 types of thermometers among them, their features and why they are unique and how they are gonna help you in your cooking.

1. ThermoPro TP 20 Professional Thermometer

 (Equipped with advanced dual-probe technology and 300 Feet wireless range) 

Main Features:

  • Display Size: Transmitter- 1”*0.55” & Receiver- 1.5”*1.3”, small enough to carry anywhere
  • Orange color, easily be recognized from distance
  • Stainless Steel Probe is 6 ½” long, enough to reach the middle of your meat and 3″ is the oven/bbq stainless steel probe
  • Stainless Steel Cable: 40 inches mesh cables, long enough to reach your meat, smoker, grill
  • Remote Range: Up to 300 feet, longer range gives you more flexibility to roam around
  • Probe and Wire can withstand -9°C to 380°C
  • It has Time Alarm & Temperature Alarm to get the perfect meat at busy hours
  • Count down and count up timer is available
  • Auto Off Feature to save the battery power for longer usage

Usage:

No more standing guard to your meat while it cooks! In fact, once you turn on this thermometer you can go about your usual work with no worries about the meat getting overcooked. You can resume your household chores or watch a movie or socialize with your friends and guests who have come to your party.

Price Range: $75 – $90

User Rating: 4.6 (out of 5)

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2.ThermoPro TP 07 Professional Thermometer

(300 feet Wireless Range Thermometer) 

Main Features:

  • Display Size: Transmitter- 1”*0.55”, Receiver- 1.5”*1.3”
  • Both Count-down and Count-up Timer available
  • Stainless Steel Probe: 5 inches
  • Stainless Steel Cable: 40 inches
  • Remote Range: Up to 300 feet
  • Temperature Range: -9°C to 250°C
  • LCD Display with Backlight, beeps and flashes red when the food is done
  • 7 Meat Selection Options
  • 5 Taste Selection Options
  • Auto Off Feature

Cons: It is a professional thermometer with long range wireless facility

Price Range: $35 – $50

User Rating: 4.3 (out of 5)

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3. LCD Backlight Wireless Thermometer

(With Probe, Timer, Temperature Gauge and Alert)

Main Features: 

  • Wireless Thermometer for Grills & Smokers, so you can monitor time & temperature of your meat while attending guests (30 – 45 meter Effective Distance of Wireless Signal)
  • Gives alerts while reaching the target temperature
  • Bright Backlight Display to see the temperature at low light
  • Can distinguish 8 different meats (Beef ,Veal, Lamb, Hamburger, Pork, Turkey, Chicken, Fish)
  • Can distinguish 4 cooking levels (Well Done, Medium Well, Medium Rare, Rare)
  • Heat-Resistant Range: 0°C(32°F) to 250°C (482°F)
  • Length of sensor cable: 1 meter
  • Power Consumption: 4 x AAA size 1.5v Batteries

Cons: It is a pocket-friendly wireless thermometer

Price Range: $25 – $40

User Rating: 4.2 (out of 5)

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4.  Fork + Thermometer (2 in 1)

(programmed digital fork thermometer perfect for your meat)

Main Features:

  • Material: ABS case & Stainless steel metal probes, easy to clean
  • Size: 3.8*2.7*35.4 cm
  • LCD Display with blue backlight, aids cooking outdoors or at night
  • Comes with two buttons:

      Meat Type – Veal, Lamb, Pork, Turkey, Chicken, Beef

      Taste Options – Well Done, Medium, Medium Rare, Rare

  • Temperature Display: Fahrenheit or Celsius Scale, flexibility in usage
  • Heat Resistant: -5°C to 110°C
  • Auto Power Off within 10 minutes when not used

Usage:

It’s perfect for novice grillers. Sometimes, it also happens that different family members like their meat done to different degrees. It’s a savior in such cases too.  It works well both on thin meat(chicken breast or steak) and thick meat.

Price Range: $15 – $25

User Rating: 4.1 (out of 5)

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5. Foldable Easy To Carry Thermometer 

Main Features:

  • Material: Stainless Steel Probe & ABS Plastic
  • Probe Length: 15 cm, long probe
  • 3 Buttons: On/Off – To switch it on or off

°C/°F – To switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit scale

Hold – Data hold function

  • Temperature Range: -50°C to 300°C or -58°F to 572°F
  • Accuracy: ±1°C or ±1°F
  • Auto Power  Off after 10 minutes
  • Power Supply: 1.5V AAA battery (not included)

Usage:

Now take better care of your baby with this thermometer! It not only lets you check your food temperature but also the temperature of your baby’s milk and bath!

Price Range: $15 – $25

User Rating: 3.9 (out of 5)

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6. Large LCD Display Thermometer

Main Features:

  • Material: Stainless Steel Probe & ABS Plastic grip
  • Total Length: 24.5 cm
  • Probe Length: 15 cm, long probe
  • 3 Buttons: On/Off – To switch it on or off

°C/°F – To switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit scale

Hold – Data hold function

  • Temperature Range: -50°C to 300°C or -58°F to 572°F
  • Accuracy: ±1°C or ±1°F
  • Auto Power Off after 15 minutes
  • Power Supply: 1.5V LR44/AG13 battery

Usage:

Now take better care of your baby with this thermometer! It not only lets you check your food temperature but also the temperature of your baby’s milk and bath!

Price Range: $10 – $20

User Rating: 3.6 (out of 5)

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7. Digital BBQ Thermometer

(Multipurpose food thermometer)

Main Features:

  • Multi-use thermometer: kitchen, laboratory, factory or bbq
  • Temperature Range: -50 °c~300 °c (-58°F-572°F) to serve your temperature requirement
  • Temperature accuracy:±1°C/°F which means pretty accurate
  • Power – saving mode:10minutes auto power off function

Cons: It is generally used for in-house food preparation, not heavily used for extensive usage, like smoking meats.

Price Range: $10 – $15

User Rating: 3.9 (out of 5)

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8. Best Selling Digital Thermometer

(Multipurpose food thermometer)

Main Features:

  1. Measuring Range: -50°C ? + 300°C ( -58°F? +572°F)
  2. Accuracy: 0.0°C to +80°C ( ±1°C or 2°F) , other range ( ±5°C – 10°C or 10°F – 20°F)
  3. Measuring Frequency: 1 Sec,10 sec, sleep, auto select On/off, °C/â and hold buttons
  4. Powered by 1.5 volt 1 x AG13 battery
  5. °C and °F display selectable
  6. Low battery sensation and display
  7. Memory of last measure
  8. 15 minutes auto shutdown for power saving (option)

Cons: It is generally used for in-house food preparation, not heavily used for extensive usage, like smoking meats.

Price Range: $10 – $15

User Rating: 4.9 (out of 5)

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Conclusion:

There are a variety of options available in the market to measure the temperature of your meat, oven, grill and other foods. It is really very difficult to chose the one what you require. So, as per our experience, if you are a Pro Pitmaster and need a wireless device, go for TP 20 otherwise go for the third one for less often BBQ smokers. Along with that, you can just buy a smaller probe, which will be very handy and perfect for measuring temperature for any other food, milk, coffee etc, cost friendly sixth one with large LCD display.

 

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