If you don’t have an instant-read digital thermometer in your kitchen, You miss. These handy gadgets are one of our most used kitchen tools, useful for everything from quickly checking the internal temperature of a piece of chicken in the pan to monitoring an oven roast or a few ribs raised on the grill.
But which digital instant read thermometer should you get? Whatever your budget, here is what we recommend.
Our best choices
At the low mid-range price of $ 34, it is difficult to surpass the ThermoPop!
It reads temperatures in 3 to 4 seconds with a temperature accuracy of ± 2.0 ° F, has large backlit digits perfect for checking temperatures in darker conditions, and has a rotating display for you to read. read at any angle!
It is also available in nine fun colors. It is a fantastic thermometer that will suit most amateur cooks perfectly.
ThermoPop, $ 34 at Thermoworks
When it comes to probe alarm thermometers, I’m a big fan of the Thermoworks DOT. (Thermoworks really makes some of the best thermometers on the market.)
While there are more expensive probe thermometers with lots of bells and whistles (we share a few upgrade choices below), the simplicity of the DOT is part of its appeal. Simply set your target temperature, stick the probe in your food in the oven and DOT beeps when it reaches this temperature. It reads temperatures up to 572 degrees Fahrenheit and has a 47-inch long cable so you can comfortably install the thermometer on the counter.
Use it for roasting, baking, smoking, making candy, preparing at home, sous vide, etc. It is a first-rate essential tool that will not break the bank.
DOT, $ 36 from Thermoworks (currently down from $ 43)
Economical digital thermometers for less than $ 20
When it comes to budget thermometers, what you sacrifice in speed and accuracy can be outweighed in dollars saved – and sometimes that matters.
Digital thermometers between $ 30 – $ 50
Our first two choices, the ThermoPOP ($ 34) and DOT probe thermometer ($ 36) fall into this intermediate category of digital thermometers. But there are also some other thermometers that are worth mentioning in this level!
The Javelin Lavatools has a very fast response time of 1 to 3 seconds with an accuracy better than ± 0.9 ° F, which makes it slightly faster than the Thermopop. Like the ThermoPop, the display automatically rotates so that you can read it in any position, but a nice added feature is that the Javelin will beep when it has finished reading the temperature.
Lavatools Javelin Digital Thermometer, $ 55 at Amazon
With more features and a longer probe, Thermoworks ChefAlarm is an advance over the DOT probe thermometer. It includes adjustable high and low alarms, a timer, and minimum and maximum temperatures always on, making it ideal when you need to know when food is going above or below the desired temperature range, such as when making yogurt or temperate chocolate.
Thermoworks ChefAlarm Cooking Alarm Thermometer, $ 54
High-end digital thermometers between $ 80 and $ 100
If you’re going to stack on a digital thermometer, those are the two to know.
The popular and exceptionally well rated Thermapen is the best digital thermometer in its class. It’s not cheap, but for that price, you get everything you want in an instant-read thermometer: super-fast speed (less than two seconds), unmatched accuracy at ± 0.7 ° F, display at automatic rotation, motion detection standby and alarm clock, all without any button to fear.
Thermapen is also one of my Something just great.
Thermapen MK4, $ 84 (regularly $ 99) on Thermoworks
For a high-end probe thermometer, Thermoworks smoke has all the characteristics of the ChefAlarm but allows you to use two probes: one to measure the internal temperature of the meat, and one to measure the temperature of the ambient air of the grill, smoker or oven. The Smoke also comes with a separate receiver, so you can monitor these temperatures and receive alerts from the comfort of your couch.
Thermoworks 2-channel smoke-free probe thermometer, $ 99