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Best Digital Meat Thermometer of 2019 [Feb 2019]

"I would go so far to say that the thermometer that you use is just as important as the cut of meat, the rubs and even the smoker or BBQ that you are using. Without the guarantee of your meats internal temperature, you are running the gauntlet"


My Top Picks For The Best Digital Meat Thermometer of 2019 

Name

Image (clickable)

Temp Range (°F)

Probe Length (in)

Closer Look

ThermoPro
TP-07

The best digital meat thermometer

32 to 572

6.5 

Lavatools Javelin

Lavatools Javelin second best digital meat thermometer

-40 - 482

2.7

Maverick ET-733

Maverick ET-733 digital thermometer

Up to 716

6.0 

Thermapen MK4

Thermapen MK4 digital meat thermometer

-58 to 572

4.3

ThermoPro
TP-08

ThermoPro
TP-08 thermometer

32 to 572

6.5

The Best Digital Meat Thermometer Overview

The Best Digital Meat Thermometer of 2019

Im going to put it out there and say thermometers are an essential part of any barbecue.

It is an essential part of making the perfect brisket, turkey or tri tip. Using a meat thermometer is the only way to guarantee your meats cooked to perfection.

Forget about the 'poke test' and the strict heat to time ratios you have been trying to master. Using these methods you are putting yourself, your family and your guests at serious risk. (not to mention not getting the result you want).

My reviews of the best digital meat thermometers are designed to help you choose the right one, so you can start to create juicy, tender and mouthwatering meals in no time!

The way I look at it, if your going to spend money on getting on one of the best propane smokers and meats you might as well get a good thermometer!

I hope this list of the best digital meat thermometers can help you pick the perfect one for you.


Digital Meat Thermometer Reviews

Best Digital Meat Thermometers (2)

The ThermoPro TP-07 Wireless Thermometer

ThermoPro TOP-07 Specifications

  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.6 x 6.1 inches
  • Waterproof: No, however it is splash proof
  • Accuracy: +/- 1.8 °F
  • Temperature Range: 32 - 572°F
  • Reading: Both celsius and fahrenheit
  • Bluetooth / Wifi: Wireless
  • Remote Range: 300 Feet
  • Probe length: 6.5 inches
  • Receiver Display: 1.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Transmitter Display: 1 x 0.5 inches

ThermoPro TOP-07 Key Features

  • LCD Display: The large, smart backlit LCD display changes color during the cooking process (blue->green->red)
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    Auto Off Feature: The auto off feature means the receiver will turn off automatically if it hasn't received the temperature signal from the transmitter for more than 30 minutes.
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    Pre Set Temperatures: The unit is programmed with preset temperatures for cooking beef, veal, chicken, pork, poultry, lamb, ground beef, ground poultry and fish.
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    Pre Set Doneness Levels: There are 5 preset doneness levels for programmed into the unit to perfectly cooked rare, medium rare, medium, medium well and well done meat.
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    Programmable Settings: You can also program your own temperature settings so you can have meat the exact way you like it. Program your own temperature settings manually.
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    Countdown and Count Up Timer and Alarm: Pre program your times and set an alarm so you never overcook your meat again. This is especially good for the longer cooks.

ThermoPro TP-07 Pros and Cons

What I Liked

  • Its has an auto off feature
  • The high quality build results in great life longevity
  • Pre-set cooking temps for beef, veal, lamb, pork, chicken and turkey
  • Accurate temperature readings
  • Great 300 foot range
  • The unit is ready to use right out of the box. No hassle or syncing required

What I Didn't Like

  • Throughout longer cooks the unit has been known to freeze. The only solution to this is to reset the unit by taking out the batteries
  • You have to be careful to always check the probe in the meat it can very easily go through to the grill surface and give a false reading

My Rating and Thoughts on the ThermoPro TOP-07 

The ThermoPro TP-07 is a thermometer loaded with features.

It comes with a large 6.5 inch probe. This is long enough to get into the centre of even the biggest pork butts or turkeys. 

The accuracy is second to none and the reading time is also very quick. These are the main reasons why I have picked this as my pick for the best digital meat thermometer.

It features lots of preset temperatures and meat doneness levels. This is great for set and forget style of cooking. 

The ability to add in your own preset levels is also a handy feature.

The device is one of the easiest devices to set up, you only need to insert the batteries and away you go. 

The construction of the unit is strong and durable. The included rubber sleeve ensures that you will have this thermometer for years to come. 

The Bottom Line: For the modest price, you get a well designed wireless unit. It is durable, functions well and and all the essential features you need in a thermometer.

Lavatools Thermowand Thermometer

Lavatools Thermowand Specifications

  • Battery Life: 4000 hours
  • Food probe Length: 2.75"
  • Temperature Range: -40 - 482ºF
  • Accuracy:  ± 0.9°F 
  • Water Resistant: Splash proof
  • Reading:  Celsius or fahrenheit
  • Warranty: Lifetime manufacturers warranty

Lavatools Thermowand Key Features

  • Auto Shut Off: After around 60 minutes this thermometer automatically shuts off. It also automatically shuts off when closed. This helps keep the battery life up - you get a total of 4000 hours worth of battery. That will last you years.
  • Magnetic Backing: This is just genius. Thy have lined the back with a magnetic strip so you will never loose it. Perfect for keeping on the fridge, on the bbq/smoker, around the camp site or on the side of your truck while tailgating.
  • Temperature Range: The temperature range of -40ºF - 482ºF in only seconds is more than enough range for this little guy. For a quick read back up you really are not going to need a higher temperature than that.
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    Lifetime Warranty: There is not a huge amount of features you on this thermometer you wouldn't expect a decent warranty. But Lavatools have given out a lifetime warranty on this little guy! 
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    Splash Resistant: This is another reason why I love this thermometer. you don't have to worry about getting this thermometer wet Obviously don't eave it outside in a downpour or run it through the dishwasher but for everyday splashes you will be fine. Most of the more expensive models are not splash proof.
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    Antimicrobial: The thermometer is coated with an antimicrobial additive to inhibit 99.9% of pathogen growth.

Lavatools Thermowand Pros and Cons

What I Liked

  • Accurate and fast readings
  • magnetic backing
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Auto shut off feature
  • Celsius and Fahrenheit feature
  • 4000 hour battery life

What I Didn't Like

  • The probe is a little small. This doesn't get right into the centre of bigger cuts of meat
  • The smaller probe also means that your hand does get closer to the grill so there is a higher chance of burns

My Rating and Thoughts on the Lavatools Thermowand

Why so I have such a small thermometer in the second position on my best digital meat thermometers list?

Because this thermometer is a little back up that everyone needs. It a very accurate, fast conveniently sized thermometer.

Everyone should have a backup like this in their tool kit... or RV or tailgating set up. 

For a thermometer of this size and feature count you wouldn't expect to pay much for this thermometer. And you don't For a little over 20 bucks this backup can be yours.

The Bottom Line: It does have a short probe and it is very small. But thats what you need in a good back up. It also has a long battery life, large easy to read display and its cheap.

This is the most reliable back up you are going to find. 

Maverick ET-733 Dual Probe Thermometer

Maverick ET-733 Specifications

  • Main Unit Dimensions: 2.5 x 1 x 4.7 inches
  • Transmitter Dimensions: 2.5 x 1 x 4.7 inches
  • Waterproof: No, however, splash resistant
  • Accuracy: ±2°F
  • Temperature Range: 32ºF to 572ºF
  • Reading: Both celsius and fahrenheit
  • Bluetooth / Wifi: Wireless
  • Remote Range: 300 foot
  • Meat Probe length: 6 inches
  • Secondary Probe Length: 6 inches

Maverick ET-733 Key Features

  • Dual Probes: The two 6 inch probes are extremely convenient. Most secondary probes are far smaller or only designed for the grill/ bbq temperature.
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    Pre Set Meats Settings: The ET-733 is loaded with pre programmed cooking temperatures as set by the FDA for beef, veal, lamb, pork, chicken, and turkey.
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    Bonus Game Meat settings: It even has additional settings for less-common meats like deer, elk, moose and rabbit for the really adventurous eaters out there.
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    Doneness Settings: You can also set your preferred doneness level for the presets to Rare, Medium Rare, Medium and Well done. This ensures you get your perfect piece of meat each time.
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    The LCD Screen: The wireless receiver has a nice large LCD screen, built-in stand and a backlight for use while cooking in the evening and afternoon.

Maverick ET-733 Pros and Cons

What I Liked

  • Large and easy to read LCD screen with backlights 
  • Has pre-set cooking temps for beef, veal, lamb, pork, chicken and turkey as well less common meats
  • Fantastic customer service team
  • Loud and accurate alarms
  • Great range at 300 feet
  • Two large meat probes

What I Didn't Like

  • Setting up is a little difficult because of the amount of features
  • Once out of range you have to re connect to the unit

My Rating and Thoughts on the Maverick ET-733 

Maverick ET733 digital meat thermometer

The ET-733 is an updated version of the classic Maverick ET-732.

It has the additional of a secondary 6 inch probe and a bigger base unit.

The extra large 6 inch probe is a welcomed design upgrade. Unlike the TP-08 it is not a lot more costly for these upgrades.

I feel the ET-733 has an advantage over other units that have a smaller secondary probe. Two large probes is a big bonus.

It has lots of features an pre set temperatures for even the most adventurous of meat eaters out there. 

The only real downfall that we would find was that the unit can be quite confusing to start with. This is because of its features. 

I would recommend that this thermometer is for the advanced bbqer, griller. Or smoker or for those who are tech savvy.

The Bottom Line: If you are looking at the Maverick ET 732 - go right ahead and spend a little more and go for this bad boy. You will not be disappointed

Thermoworks Thermapen MK4

Thermapen Mk4 Thermometer

Thermapen MK4 Specifications

  • Dimensions: 1.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Battery Life: 3000 hours (with AAA battery)
  • Stabilization time: 2 - 3 seconds
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Accuracy: ±0.7°F
  • Temperature Range: -58 to 572°F
  • Reading: Both celsius and fahrenheit
  • Bluetooth / Wifi: No
  • Probe length: 4.3 inches
  • Display: 1 x 1.5 inches with a 360° rotating LCD screen and intelligent backlight

Thermapen MK4 Key Features

  • The Temperature Spectrum: The MK4 has an impressive temperature range of -58.0 to 572.0°F. This is a really great all-round thermometer.
  • Ergonomic Shape: It has the classic Thermapen shape and operation.
  • Long Battery Life: The Thermapen MK4 is powered by one AAA battery and boasts an impressive 3000 hours of use.
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    Read Time: Consistently reads correct temperatures in 3 seconds or less.
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    The Smart Display: The display quality is second to none. It detects low light and automatically turns on for ease of use, which is very handy when you're outside cooking at night or put it into the oven.
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    Waterproof: The Thermapen MK4 is waterproof up to 1m fully submerged in water. Also waterproof against water jet sprays, due to a strong outer casing.
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    The Construction Quality: For a thermometer that is so cheap the quality is fantastic. Definitely one of the best thermometers to be manufactured in the United Kingdom. 
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    Easy To Read Display: You will find the display large and easy to read, which also rotates.

Thermapen MK4 Pros and Cons

What I Liked

  • The fantastic battery life
  • It is designed very well and has a great hand feel
  • The extremely wide temperature range 
  • Auto rotating display is great for getting the probe right into those hard to access cookers and cuts of meat, and for use with both the left and right hands
  • Autosleep function
  • High accuracy

What I Didn't Like

  • It is a very basic thermometer and doesn't have any high tech features such as wifi or bluetooth

My Rating and Thoughts on the Thermapen MK4 

Thermapen Mk4 Thermometer

The MK4 is one of the best basic thermometers on the market today.

It is durable, well constructed and waterproof. It has a great hand feel and is able to be used in both the left and right hand.

It has can read temperatures accurately within 2 - 3 seconds of inserting it.

Having the added security of it being waterproof is a huge bonus. Few digital thermometers are. This makes it good to have around the kitchen or barbecue area. Cleaning is also a real breeze. 

A great thermometer for those looking for a basic thermometer that does the job it was designed to do very well.

The Bottom Line: I would recommend the MK4 as a backup in the kitchen, bbq pit or in with your camping equipment. 

ThermoPro TP-08 Dual Probe Thermometer

ThermoPro TP-08 Specifications

  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.6 x 6.1 inches
  • Waterproof: No, however it is splash proof
  • Accuracy: +/- 1.8 °F
  • Temperature Range: 32 - 572°F
  • Reading: Both celsius and fahrenheit
  • Bluetooth / Wifi: Wireless
  • Meat Probe length: 6.5 inches
  • Secondary Probe Length: 3 inches
  • Receiver Display: 1.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Transmitter Display: 1 x 0.5 inches

ThermoPro TP-08 Key Features

  • LCD Display: The large, smart backlit LCD display changes color during the cooking process (blue->green->red)
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    Dual Probe: The dual probe system lets you simultaneously keep track of two different temperatures.  
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    Pre Set Temperatures: The unit is programmed with preset temperatures for cooking beef, veal, chicken, pork, poultry, lamb, ground beef, ground poultry and fish.
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    Pre Set Doneness Levels: There are 5 preset doneness levels for programmed into the unit to perfectly cooked rare, medium rare, medium, medium well and well done meat.
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    Programmable Settings: You can also program your own temperature settings so you can have meat the exact way you like it. Program your own temperature settings manually.
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    Countdown and Count Up Timer and Alarm: Pre program your times and set an alarm so you never overcook your meat again. This is especially good for the longer cooks.
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    Wireless Thermometer: Its allows you to accurately cook by monitoring both your meat and oven temperature remotely from 300 feet away. 

ThermoPro TP-08 Pros and Cons

What I Liked

  • The dual probes allow you to monitoring both your meat/s and oven temperature remotely
  • Appears to be waterproof and can handle being outside in heavy rain
  • Comes with very clear instructions on how to setup
  • The temperatures polls every 5 seconds or so, you can be confident that you're getting an accurate reading
  • The large LCD is easily read and has a great backlight 
  • Great value and features for the low price. This does not mean it lacks in quality

What I Didn't Like

  • The unit has no pre set temperature settings

My Rating and Thoughts on the ThermoPro TP-08 

The ThermoPro TP-08 is the big brother to the above TP-07.

It has an an extra probe which comes in very useful when cooking many meats. Or when you want to keen an eye on the internal temperature of your smoker or BBQ while cooking.

The TP-08 has some extra features than its predecessor and still does its number 1 job well.

The dual probe model has the same preset temperatures and meat doneness settings. The ability to add in your own preset levels is a must have feature in my eyes.

Like the TP-07, the TP-08 is one of the easiest devices to set up, insert the batteries and away you go.

The construction is the same as the TP-07, with the a addition of the extra probe.

It is a little more expensive that its younger brother, for the extra probe I think its a little too much.

The Bottom Line: The TP-08 is another great thermometer by ThermoPro. Its constructed well and has the essential features to set and forget cook. The addition of the extra probe is great and allows you to keep an eye on different meat simultaneously. It has a wide temperature range and can read temperature in under 2 seconds.

This thermometer would have been higher on my best digital meat thermometer list if it was a little cheaper.

Why Should You Buy A Digital Meat Thermometer?

The answer is quite simple really. You need a digital thermometer in your life because it is a low cost solution to significantly improve the quality and safety of the meat that you are preparing.

With a digital thermometer, you will have an accurate reading within seconds to the precise internal temperature of your meat. Removing any uncertainty and guesswork from your cooking experience.

ThermoPro TP-08

The answer is quite simple really. You need a digital thermometer in your life because it is a low cost solution to significantly improve the quality and safety of the meat that you are preparing.

With a digital thermometer, you will have an accurate reading within seconds to the precise internal temperature of your meat. Removing any uncertainty and guesswork from your cooking experience.


Analog Vs Digital Thermometers

Digital thermometers offer an extremely precise temperature reading. Traditionally, analog thermometers have been used in kitchens and backyards worldwide. These have worked in the past however, they have only been able to give you an approximate reading. Which makes it incredibly challenging to get that perfect, mouthwatering turkey breast.

The beauty of the digital thermometer is that you can receive an accurate, to the degree temperature reading, this is what you really need for getting perfectly cooked meat, making cheese or tempering chocolate. For me its an easy choice between the two.

It can be overwhelming when selecting a digital thermometer. Nowadays there are 1000's of features ranging from your standard thermometer with just a probe to high tech models that include Bluetooth and can be controlled from 100's of feet away via your smartphone. Pretty cool stuff, but not necessary for the vast majority of backyard chefs out there.

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The bottom line is that digital thermometers are far more accurate than the traditional analog thermometer, it just comes down to how many bells and whistles you need to get your meat to the perfect temperature.

​Charlies Smokin' Hot Tips!

​1. When checking the ​temperature of bone in meat, ensure that you don't have the end of the probe touching the bone. This will ​may give you an accurate reading.


​2.I have together a Genesis ii lx s-340 review​. This is the smoker I currently use. I always get asked by friends and family what smoker I ​prefer, so I ​put together a comphesaive answer for them and you! For temperature monitoring, ​I always use the Weber bluetooth thermometer. I think the products work really use together. 



Need Help Picking The Best Digital Meat Thermometer?

When choosing a digital thermometer you can be overwhelmed with features and additional bells and whistles. Who would have thought that something as simple as a temperature measuring device could be so confusing?

It doesn't matter what brand or model the thermometer is, when buying a digital thermometer there are six key factors that you should take into account:

  • Speed: Speed is a key factor in selecting a thermometer. You want a thermometer that can get in and out as fast as possible. Some thermometers claim to give an instant reading, this is a bold claim and something that you should watch out for. You should be looking for a thermometer that can stabilize within 3 - 10 seconds. For those who use overs, smokers, and closed grills it is important to get a thermometer with a faster stabilizing time so less heat escapes from the cooker while checking the temperature of your meat. 
  • Temperature Range: Selecting a thermometer with a large temperature range is important. You don't want to be limited to what you can cook, or the style of cooking because your thermometer cannot read the temperature you plan to use. A decent thermometer should run between 30°F to 400°F. However, it is possible to get an all-purpose thermometer with a broader temperature range.
  • Durability: Thermometers can be a delicate piece of equipment. Make sure that the thermometer that you buy can withstand the environment that you will be bringing it into. Think will you be taking your thermometer on a camping trip? Will it be staying in the kitchen utensil draw? Will it be left out with your BBQ until it is used next?
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    Warranty: A quality brand should provide you with a warranty against manufacturing faults, be wary of a brand that is not prepared to stand behind their product. After all, if it breaks due to a defect, that is not your fault.
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    Accuracy: Above all, your digital thermometer should be extremely accurate. Afterall that is the number one thing your thermometer was designed to do. The key to cooking the perfect cut of meat is getting the temperatures right.
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    Functionality: Do your research before buying. There are some features of a thermometer that you will and will not need:
  1. Do you need a thermometer that reads both Fahrenheit and Celsius?
  2. Do you need a thermometer that displays to the degree, or do you want a 10th of a degree?
  3. Do you need Bluetooth or smartphone capabilities?
  4. Do you need a screen that rotates?
  5. Do you need a thermometer that has preloaded temperatures, or that you can preset
  6. your own temperatures?
  7. Or do you just need a good old fashioned thermometer that reads temperature and has an easy to read display?

Final Thoughts on The Best Digital Thermometer

Like I mentioned earlier thermometers are essential to your BBQ! So it is important you have the best digital meat thermometer possible. 

It could mean the difference between your brisket being juicy and succulent or going in the bin! Not only that, you don't want to risk your friends and families health!

If you have any questions about any of my best digital meat thermometers, hit me up and I'll answer them as best I can!

Happy smoking

Charlie

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