In a great article over at Grilling with Rich, Richard wrote about how your finger is not a good thermometer. Put simply, getting yourself a good REAL grill thermometer is a must for any BBQ enthusiast. Luckily for you, a whole host of different thermometers are available out there. But where to start? There are a whole host of grill thermometer reviews to sift through.
When searching, the criteria for the best grill thermometers heavily focus on:
- Speed of reading
With these criteria in mind, enjoy my list of the Top 10 Best Grill Thermometers…
I’m kicking off my list with probably perhaps the most modern grill thermometer available: The Ivation Wireless.
This great thermometer features two temperature readings, with one for the grill and one for the meat. The Ivation is incredibly accurate, letting you get on with cooking your meat to perfection. Nowhere is this accuracy seen better than in its speed in recalibrating meat temperature once moved or placed on a new piece of meat.
The Ivation’s wireless capabilities enable you to read the temperature of your meat within a radius of up to a staggering 300 feet. If you do happen to stand outside of that area, the thermometer features an alarm that’ll let you know that you’re out of range. The alarm will even know when your BBQ temperature is too high or too low!
Featuring a meat temperature guide, Ivation really have thought of everything to help this grill thermometer become a vital tool in enhancing your grilling experience.
Another quick-read thermometer boasting a reading time of just three seconds, the Maverick Pro Temp PT 100 will know when your meat is ready before you do. Don’t be put off by the small size of this thermometer, as by no means does its unimposing size mean a compromise in reliability. Reviews have praised its durability and reading accuracy, as well as its excellent value for money. I love added bonus features, especially on small unassuming items like this, and the Maverick PT 100 scores points with me as it features a meat temperature guide on its body, so you really will have no excuse for overcooking your food ever again.
Quick-read thermometers are proving evermore popular, and top of the pile is the CDN. Giving an accurate reading within three seconds, this thermometer will help you cook your food to the temperature that you want without any fuss. Its stem goes into meat easily, and features a good temperature range of -40 to 450F. The CDN has received acclaim from reviewers for its lightning-quick response time and ease of use. What’s more, the CDN Thermometer comes with a five-year warranty. If CDN are this confident in their product, then why shouldn’t you be?
Just in case any of you think that I don’t think of those of you on a budget, next in my list is the Polder Grill Surface Thermometer.
At just $7.99, it is great value for money and the cheapest thermometer on my list. But does this really low cost mean really low quality?
In short, no.
While the Polder is solely a grill surface thermometer and does not include a meat temperature reading component, unlike the Ivation above, it is often praised for its reading accuracy and for how well it adapts to open top grilling.
Its durability should be called into question, but would it be fair to expect much more from a $7.99 thermometer?
Have I missed any thermometers that are even better than what’s on this list? Leave your comments below and I’ll throw them into my next list of must-have BBQ accessories!