Both home cooks and professional chefs can greatly benefit from using one of these best digital meat thermometers of 2020.
Many people use unreliable tips to gauge how cooked the meat is, are the juices clear? How firm does it feel when you press down on it? Or even eyeballing it and deciding based on colour.
Monitoring the temperature can prevent you from overcooking, running the risk of serving and consuming a dry piece of meat.
Or more importantly, it can avoid under-cooking the meat and exposing consumers to a range of illnesses and types of food poisoning.
To ensure you are getting the leading digital meat thermometers on the market, take a look at our list of the 5 top picks below, for the most delectable, perfectly cooked meat!
Best Digital Meat Thermometers
1. ThermoPro TP01A
Well priced at not much more than an expensive cup of coffee the ThermoPro TP01A meat thermometer is excellent value for money.
It does what a meat thermometer should do and it does it fairly quickly. Ideal for making sure that your meat is cooked to a safe temperature throughout, and to your preferred readiness. You can use the thermometer for all sorts of foods including meats, soups, gravy, milk, and even for baby’s bath water.
The design is simple, compact and practical.
There is an LCD display with blue back-light for easy reading in darker environments such as inside the oven or outside at night.
You can hold the temperature reading for 15 seconds by pressing the lock button. The thermometer easily switches between Celsius and Fahrenheit and has a temperature reading range of -58-572 degrees Fahrenheit or -50-300 degrees Celsius.
The 5.35” probe is made from safe food-grade stainless steel and is waterproof. The length of the probe ensures that your hand is kept well away from the heat source.
The Thermopro also has a very useful list of the ideal temperatures for common types of meats on its side for reference
The thermometer has handy magnets on the back so it can be easily stuck to the oven or barbecue. It is battery powered and batteries are included with purchase.
2. ThermoPro TP20
Who would have thought of making a wireless remote cooking thermometer? Well, ThermoPro have and it’s a brilliant idea which works.
The TP20 has two probes for independently measuring the temperatures of one piece of meat in two places or two separate pieces of meat or food being cooked in the oven or on the barbecue. These probes transmit their readings wirelessly to the digital handheld unit.
This is a great idea for smokers and charcoal barbecues, or when you’re entertaining and don’t want to be a slave to the cooking. The Christmas turkey will be so beautifully cooked right through with this ThermoPro device.
The wireless remote thermometer allows you to be up to 300 feet away from the oven or barbecue. The transmitter is not dependent on a smart device or WiFi so you don’t have the hassle of syncing or tedious setups.
The digital receiver has a large LCD display which shows you the temperatures of both the food and the outside cooking environment.
It also has a timer so you know where you are in the cooking process. The display also has preset recommended temperatures for 9 different types of meat and their ideal cooked levels.
The interface allows you to programme your own temperatures to replace the recommended ones, and to programme new ones.
The probes are made from food-grade stainless steel and rated for temperatures up to 716 degrees Fahrenheit.
The product comes with a 1-year Manufacturer’s Warranty (upgraded to 3 years upon registration).
3. Keelsio Waterproof
Australian company Keelsio’s budget friendly waterproof meat thermometer is a very high-quality kitchen appliance at such a surprisingly affordable price.
The thermometer has a read time of 3 seconds and an accuracy of +/- 1 degree Celsius. It reads both Fahrenheit and Celsius.
The bright blue backlit LCD display is very clear and easy to read whilst in the oven or kettle barbecue or smoker.
Being waterproof you don’t need to worry about damaging the electronics if the thermometer gets wet. And it means that you can wash the unit after its been in contact with foods. The thermometer turns itself on and off when it’s opened and closed by folding the probe in on itself.
The body of the unit is made from sturdy ABS plastic so it’s very durable and eco-friendly, and the probe is a food-safe stainless steel.
The thermometer is battery operated by a 3V button battery (supplied with purchase) and it has a 10-minute auto off function for power saving.
The backside has a handy magnet for sticking the probe to the oven or barbecue.
Keelsio have also thought to include a guide for safe food temperatures on the box.
4. 4 Probes Red Inkbird IBT6XS
The Bluetooth digital meat thermometer from Inkbird is a cooking appliance which will free you from the confines of the kitchen or barbecue by giving you temperature readings of the food you’re cooking via Bluetooth connectivity.
Spend more time actually enjoying your friends’ company when you’re entertaining or doing other things when you’ve got something in the oven in everyday cooking.
The Bluetooth syncs to your smartphone and gives you about 150 feet of freedom which is plenty when you’re at home anyway.
The unit has 4 long thin flexible wire probes which provide incredible flexibility around how much food you can monitor all at the same time.
They also can be run through a closed oven or barbecue door. In other words, you don’t have to insert the probe every time you want a temperature reading.
The probes do need to be inserted into the ports in the thermometer unit itself before being put into the food being cooked.
The temperature range of the thermometer is 0-300 degrees Celsius (32-572 degrees Fahrenheit).
The portable reading unit has a magnetic design on it’s back for sticking to an appropriate surface (not suitable for any surface which heats up above 80 degrees C or 176 degrees F).
The screen is rotatable so it doesn’t matter which way up you put it on the surface. It will still read the right way up. And it has a timer to allow timed monitoring of the cooking process. And as mentioned above there is the Bluetooth connectivity to see the readings on your phone.
The Inkbird Bluetooth thermometer comes in 2 and 6 probe as well. It’s powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (supplied).
5. ThermoPro+ TP18 Digital
Wanting to ensure that your meat is not only cooked to a safe eating level right through but also to the level you personally like?
The ThermoPro TP18 digital meat thermometer will let you do that quickly and easily, whether it’s the Christmas turkey or your favourite cut of steak.
With a very quick read time of just 3 seconds and a wide temperature range of 14 degrees Farenheit to 572degrees Fahrenheit (-10degrees Celsius to 300degrees Celsius) this digital thermometer will suit any occasion.
It features an LED display with well sized numbers for easy reading. The operational buttons are touchscreen for easy use.
The thermometer has a temperature reading lock function so that you can remove it from the food and still read the displayed temperature. To save battery life there is an auto off function after 90 seconds.
The probe is made from 304 food safe stainless steel, and the body from sturdy and durable ABS plastic.
The unit folds for ease of storage into a utensil drawer and has a magnet on the backside for sticking to your oven or fridge for easy access. There is a hanging hole as well for a lanyard or hook.
The TP18 is battery powered (2 x AAA batteries supplied with purchase). The ThermoPro TP18 is a good quality budget range meat thermometer. No bells and whistles but it does the job!
Wether you're cooking a BBQ or something in the kitchen, rather than risking your health (and others), you can insert a digital meat thermometer to ensure you're at the right temperature. These cheap gadgets, should be a staple in every household in Australia. Be sure to get yours today.