Cheap meat thermometer that actually works?

Kristen HallockNovember 20, 2013

I need a meat thermometer to use when I cook in my new BlueStar range. I dont want to spend alot of money though. Can anyone recommend one that works consistently and doesnt cost too much? I would only use it a few times a year, Thankgiving for turkey, Christmas for a roast, maybe a couple of more times throughout the year.

The real cheapies that I end up running out to the grocery store for at the last minute almost never work!


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I use an instant-read thermometer like this one and find it to be very accurate.

Here is a link that might be useful: Instant Read thermometer

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 11:37AM
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Consumer reports tested them and I'll post the results chart below.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 12:45PM
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If you are looking for an instant-read thermometer, Cooks Illustrated tested less expensive ones and liked these best:

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 12:47PM
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I had several CDN and Taylor thermometers that all died within a year. My waterproof thermapen, while not cheap, has paid for itself over the 5 years I've had it. I'd highly recommend it.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2013 at 8:14PM
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My Taylor Thrutemp Digital timer thermometer has worked fine since 2006.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2013 at 9:11PM
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I'm not the most gentle cook so maybe that's why my Taylor thermometers never lasted?!

    Bookmark   November 26, 2013 at 10:30PM
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