The Best Digital Meat Thermometers of 2018 (Updated Dec. 2018)

A digital thermometer is a piece of equipment that every backyard smoker need in their arsenal of cooking tools. 


I believe a thermometer is a tool that can save time & money! It's essential to get the perfect result.

Using a meat thermometer is the only way to guarantee your meat is safely cooked. 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.

So I have put together a list of the best digital meat thermometers I can find!


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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 reviews 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 & meat, you might as well get a good thermometer!



My Top Picks For The ​Best Meat Thermometers of 2018 ​

Model

Thermoworks Thermapen MK4

Dimensions

6.5 x 2.6 x 6.1 inches

6.5 x 2.6 x 6.1 inches

2.5 x 1 x 4.7 inches

1.97x 6.2 x 0.7 inches

Tempreture Range

32 to 572°F

32 to 572°F

Up to 716°F

-58 to 572°F

Stabilization time

2 - 3 seconds

2 - 3 seconds

5 seconds

2 - 3 seconds

Hands Free

Built in Wireless

Built in Wireless

Built in Wireless

No

Probe Length

6.5 inches 

6.5 inch meat 3 inch secondary probe

2 x 6 inch probes

4.3 inches

Warranty

90 day manufacturers warranty

90 day manufacturers warranty

90 day manufacturers warranty

2 year manufacturers warranty


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.

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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.

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.

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​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 A 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.
    Do you need a thermometer that reads both Fahrenheit and Celsius?
    Do you need a thermometer that displays to the degree, or do you want a 10th of a degree?
    Do you need Bluetooth or smartphone capabilities?
    Do you need a screen that rotates?
    Do you need a thermometer that has preloaded temperatures, or that you can preset your own temperatures? 
    Or do you just need a good old fashioned thermometer that reads temperature and has an easy to read display?

The ThermoPro TP-07 Wireless Thermometer

  • 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

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.

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

Verdict

The ThermoPro TP-07 is a thermometer loaded with features. It is designed to take temperatures on multiple cooking surfaces and does its job really well. Just be sure to insert the probe into the meat correctly. 

It comes with a very large probe and features lots of preset temperatures and meat doneness levels. The ability to add in your own preset levels is also a really handy feature.

The device is one of the easiest devices to set up, just insert the batteries and away you go. The overall construction of the unit is good and the included rubber sleeve ensures that you will have this thermometer for years to come. 

For the modest price, you get a really well designed wireless unit and equal quality workmanship.

4 / 5 Stars

ThermoPro TP-08 Dual Probe Thermometer

  • 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
  • Probe length: 6.5 inches
  • Secondary Probe Length: 3 inches
  • Receiver Display: 1.3 x 1.5 inches
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    Transmitter Display: 1 x 0.5 inches

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. 

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

Verdict

The ThermoPro TP-08 is the big brother to the TP-07. It has an additional probe which comes in very useful when cooking multiple meats or when you want to keen an eye on the internal temperature of your smoker or BBQ. 


 The TP-08 is loaded with a few more features than its predecessor and does its number 1 job really well. However, again you will need to be sure to insert the probe into the meat correctly and check periodically to ensure the temperature of the meat is being taken.

The dual probe model also features the same preset temperatures and meat doneness levels.  The ability to add in your own preset levels which are all features that I really enjoy.

Just like the TP-07, the TP-08 is one of the easiest devices to set up, just insert the batteries and away you go. The overall construction of the unit is good and the included rubber sleeve ensures that you will have this thermometer for years to come.

For the modest price, you get a really well constructed and thought out thermometer with the added convenience of probes for multiple items. For this added convenience I have to add on another half star! 

4 / 5 Stars

  • 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

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.

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

Verdict

The ET-733 is an updated version of the classic Maverick ET-732. It has the additional of an extra 6 inch probe and a bigger unit. The additional large 6 inch probe is a welcomed design upgrade, I feel that this has an advantage over other units that have a smaller secondary probe for the grill or bbq. These upgrades and the general quality makes this one of the best units you can get in its price point. I still think that the Maverick ET-732 is a good option for anyone BBQing.

It has lots of features and a whole load of pre set temperatures for even the most adventurous of meat eaters out there. I would recommend giving my Maverick ET 733 review a read if you are keen on purchasing this one!

The only real downfall that we would find was that the unit can be quite confusing to start with because of all of its features. ​Therefore I would recommend that this thermometer is for the advanced bbqer, griller or smoker.

4.5 / 5 Stars

Thermoworks Thermapen MK4

Thermapen Mk4 Thermometer
  • 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

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.

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

Verdict

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 the ability to read temperatures very accurately while maintaining a second to none temperature read time. Having the added security of it being waterproof is a huge bonus, this makes cleaning a breeze and great peace of mind when using it in the kitchen and outdoor set up.

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

4.5 / 5 Stars

Final Thoughts

Like I mentioned earlier thermometers are bloody essential to your BBQ & smoking! It could mean the difference between a bit of 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 my favorite meat thermometers, hit me up and I'll answer them as best I can!

Happy smoking

Charlie

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