Eating undercooked meat may pose health risks and overcooked takes the joy out of eating, so it’s surprising that instinct often trumps a reliable meat thermometer. It takes seconds to use, but can potentially save you from food poisoning by ensuring that food is cooked enough to kill disease-causing Salmonella, E. coli, and other bugs.
Most meat thermometers we tested were accurate within 2 to 4°F of the reference thermometer and none was more than 5° off. Digital thermometers generally performed better, were more accurate, consistent, and convenient to use than analog. Analog thermometers were often more difficult to read, had the longest response times, and have few features. Go digital.
Leave-In Digital Meat Thermometers
The probe remains in the meat while cooking, monitoring the temperature without your having to open the oven door, and can also be used as an instant read. A long cord connects the probe to a base unit with a digital screen. This unit can be placed on the counter and some can be attached to the oven door by a magnet. These pack the most features, including timers, audible alerts, and programmable temperatures. Some are wireless, allowing you to keep an eye on the temperature while you’re more than 100 feet away, using a smartphone or the wireless device that’s part of the unit.
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Audible Alarm/Alert: Indicates the meat has reached the preset temperature.
Preset Meat Temperature: Allows you to preset the temperature and is usually based on USDA-recommended temperatures.
Programmable Temperature: Lets you set the target temperature and monitor the meat, whether you’re cooking on high heat and fast, or lower heat and slow cook.
Temperature Hold: Displays the reading for 5 minutes or longer.
Timer: Allows you to set how long you want to cook the meat.
Digital thermometers generally performed better, were more accurate, consistent, and convenient to use than analog.