The 7 Best Instant Read Meat Thermometers

Before purchasing your next instant read meat thermometer, check out this list of our favorites!

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been using a dial-read meat thermometer for years. They’re reliable, and you know what you’re getting into when you use them. 

checking chicken temperature with meat thermometer

But can I tell you something? My entire cooking experience changed when I upgraded to instant read meat thermometers. That sounds corny, but it’s true.

With an instant read meat thermometer, you can get the temperature of your food in a second. That means no more standing there, potentially with your arm in the oven or over the grill waiting for the dial to read the temperature as your arm grows increasingly hotter.

Fast, highly accurate, and easy to read. These instant read meat thermometers are a vast improvement.

Lavatools Javelin PRO Duo

The Javelin PRO Duo is a fantastic instant read meat thermometer. Its ambidextrous display will automatically orient itself for easy reading.

Lavatools Javelin PRO Duo

It also has a motion-activated backlight, so you just need to give it a little shake to get it to turn on when you’re wearing gloves.

In addition to having an auto-sleep and motion-wake, this thermometer can last on a single battery for up to 4,000 hours.

The display is excellent, the rendering is clear, and the numbers are large and easy to read.

Available in eight flashy colors, you’ll be able to use this on anything in your kitchen, just as well as a shoulder of lamb or roast chicken. 

ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE

The Thermapen ONE is a highly accurate thermometer with super fast reading speeds, picking up the temperature in one second or less.

ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE

An improved backlight makes the Thermapen much easier to read inside a dim oven.

This thermometer comes with an auto-rotating screen, easy access settings compartment by the battery, and a 5-year warranty.

The outer case is also waterproof up to IP67. With a clear display and comfortable grip, I enjoyed this one a lot.

It’s somewhat pricier than other models on the list, but this is where you get what you pay for in terms of quality and utility. 

ThermoWorks ThermoPop

The ThermoPop is another excellent instant read meat thermometer from Thermoworks.

ThermoWorks ThermoPop

Some other styles are larger, which isn’t necessarily a negative. But when you’re a professional chef, this can be cumbersome.

With the ThermoPop, you have a slimmer model but with all the same features that make other models great.

A fast read, has big digits, and a nice backlight that makes it easier to read when you’re arm-deep in the oven.

This thermometer will fit neatly in your chef’s jacket and is also splash-proof with durable construction.

If you’re a busy food specialist, you’ll appreciate this efficient and cost-effective model.

Habor Instant Read Thermometer

The Harbor Instant Read Thermometer is inexpensive, but you wouldn’t know it.

Habor Instant Read Thermometer
Source: Amazon

This thermometer is slim, well-made, and can hold its own in the kitchen. Its read time is slower than the ThermoWorks or LavaTools, but five seconds is decent.

If you’re a budding culinary enthusiast and you’re reluctant to lay out the money for a more expensive model, the Harbor is one I recommend.

It will get you a similar utility to the upper-range thermometers, but it won’t break the bank.

The one downside that you’ll want to look out for is that the Harbor is not water or splash-proof, and it’s possible for liquid to get in past the buttons.

OXO Good Grips Instant Read Thermometer

The OXO Good Grips is a sturdy thermometer at a reasonable price. What makes this one different from the others is the pivoting head.

OXO Good Grips Instant Read Thermometer

You’ll be able to quickly turn it this way or that to read the clear digital display. 

Overall, this thermometer is quick and delivers accurate measurements.

Like others on this list, it has a slimmer profile and works for food service professionals who want a thermometer they can keep in their jacket.

The Good Grips also provides a handy list of recommended temperatures.

Though as of this writing, the USDA does recommend you cook all poultry to 165 ºF.

Taylor Thermocouple Thermometer

The Taylor Thermocouple is a more pricey model than some others. However, with this thermometer, you get the best of both worlds. 

Taylor Thermocouple Thermometer

It has the slimmer profile that some less expensive models sport, but it has a larger display than them.

These two combined features are great together. It means you can easily keep your thermometer on you in the kitchen, but you won’t be hampered by trying to read tiny digital numbers. 

The Thermocouple has an easy-to-use calibration feature, which is fantastic; you’ll never have to worry or question that your digital thermometer isn’t working because you’ll be able to check.

ThermoPro Digital Wireless Meat Thermometer

Now, if you’ve made it this far? You’re ready to read about the most fabulous instant read meat thermometer I’ve had the pleasure of testing out- introducing the ThermoPro Digital Wireless Meat Thermometer. 

ThermoPro Digital Wireless Meat Thermometer

Pairing all the features you like with new technology, this reasonably priced thermometer allows you to insert a slim probe into your meat as it cooks.

It’s stunningly accurate, and the probe tracks the temperature through the cooking process.

You can set up an alarm that goes off once it’s reached the desired temperature. Tada! Food cooked to the perfect internal temperature every time. 

The wireless receiver makes it so that you aren’t tethered to your oven; you can attend to other tasks while waiting for your meat to finish.

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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin is an editor and food writer who loves traveling and trying new foods and fun cocktails. Erin has been writing and editing professionally for 5 years since graduating from Temple University, and has been on the Restaurant Clicks team for 3 years. She has a long background working in the restaurant industry, and is an avid home chef and baker. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.