The Best Instant-Read Meat Thermometers

Monitor the temperature of your food with this essential kitchen tool. Here are our top picks

Perhaps one of the most underrated kitchen tools, an instant-read thermometer takes the guesswork out of cooking any meat—whether you’re grilling, roasting, or deep-frying. Hosting a dinner party and simply want the peace of mind that your main dish adheres to food-safety recommendations? Checking the temperature of your frying oil before adding your battered chicken? Or forget meat altogether—churning a batch of ice cream and need to make sure your custard base is the right temperature? These speedy and accurate food thermometers have got you covered.

Thermapen Mk4 Instant-Read Thermometer

Thermapen Mk4 Instant-Read Thermometer
Popular for a reason, this digital instant-read thermometer can measure the temperature in just 2 seconds.Amazon

A top choice for both home cooks and professional chefs, Thermapen’s instant-read digital thermometer can measure the temperature in just 2 seconds. Other key features include a fold-in probe for easy storage, a long battery life, an auto-rotating display, and a handy backlight. It’s also designed for use in either the right or left hand and comes in 10 different colors.

OXO Good Grips Chef’s Precision Analog Instant-Read Thermometer

OXO Good Grips Chef’s Precision Analog Instant-Read Thermometer
It’s analog and affordable.Amazon

If you’d rather go old-school or are looking for a more budget-friendly option, OXO’s analog thermometer is a solid choice. Thought not digital, this thermometer is still fast-reading and has a clearly labeled display. It is a little bulkier than other models, as the probe can’t be tucked in, but we love that the probe is marked so you know exactly how far to insert it.

MEATER wireless thermometer

MEATER wireless thermometer
Link it to your phone via an app.Amazon

Another digital instant-read thermometer, this one comes with a futuristic twist: it’s wireless. The MEATER thermometer allows you to monitor your meats on the grill or in the oven from up to 33 feet away. Once you download the MEATER app on your phone, it’ll work in conjunction with the thermometer’s sensors and metallic probe to deliver accurate temperature readings every time.