I cook meat often and being able to take readings quickly without hassle is a huge benefit. How many times have you been over a hot stove or an outdoor grill with an old analog meat thermometer, your hair melting and face burning. 20-30 seconds for an accurate reading is just too long. If your cooking seafood or fish that can be the difference between success and failure.

I use two different instant read thermometers. The OXO thermometer has a large read out which is great for filming and being outside in lower light. It’s also a bargain at $20. However my go to thermometer is from ThermoWorks who makes professional grade tools. I paid $50 for my ThermoWorks and I get quick readings that are accurate however the readout is small.

OXO instant read thermometer

OXO Good Grips Digital Instant Read Thermometer currently $20

Simply turn the thermometer on and insert the probe into cooked meat. The probe has a thin tip to quickly read temperatures and the display has large numbers of easy readability. I find the time it takes to get a reading acceptable but some reviews on Amazon do complain on how long it takes.

The thermometer has a temperature range from -40-degrees to 302-degrees and the battery is included and very common to replace when needed. I find it easy to handle with the familiar rubber housing and buttons. The build quality is very good.

ThermoWorks RT600 Instant Read Thermometer

ThermoWorks RT600C-N Instant Read Thermometer $50 [BUY ON AMAZON]

This is a great thermometer. I get solid readings in just a few seconds. It’s small and fits in a pocket easily. The readout is quite small which requires reading glasses which is a pain. Overall I’m very happy with this tool and if you can afford the cost this is the one to go with.

It is worth noting that ThermoWorks make many different instant read thermometers. Many of these have large readouts which you’ll recognize from a variety of TV shows. Those are mostly over $100 and meant for the professional kitchen. If cost is no object then checkout the following.

ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4 (Red) Professional Thermocouple Cooking Thermometer $135 [BUY ON AMAZON]

This a professional’s tool. The famous Thermapen has a large readout that rotates and is backlit. There are no buttons, it turns on when you unfold the probe. I haven’t used this because it’s rich for my blood. Given the company’s reputation and the reviews you would be happy with this one.

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