A meat thermometer is a very useful tool for checking that your meat is cooked through. Raw meat can carry pathogens, which are only killed when the meat is cooked to the right temperature.
A meat thermometer takes the guesswork out and gives you peace of mind. The recommended internal temperature for cooked meat varies—beef should be cooked to at least 63 °C, while chicken needs to be cooked to a higher temperature of 74 °C or above. Some meat thermometers have handy annotations to show you if the temperature is cooked to the minimum temperature.
As well as improving food safety, thermometers can also be used to get the right temperature when you want to serve a steak well done, medium or rare, or used to check that a loaf of bread has finished baking.
Meat thermometers consist of a metal probe that is pushed into the thickest part of the meat, and a digital display or dial that shows the temperature.
Things to Look For in a Meat Thermometer
- Good temperature range: Depending on what you’re planning to use the thermometer for, you might not need a very big temperature range. Some thermometers have a huge range, meaning they can be used to check the temperature of anything from frozen food to oven-baked bread.
- Preset meat settings: Many meat thermometers have preset meat settings so you don’t need to remember or look up the recommended temperatures for different meats.
- Oven safe: Some meat thermometers can be kept in the oven or placed on the barbeque grill so you can monitor the temperature of your meat without having to remove it.
If choosing a thermometer seems confusing, don’t worry! Here’s a roundup of the best meat thermometers currently available in the UK.
Best Meat Thermometers
1. Habor Kitchen Digital Meat Thermometer
If a lot of the meat thermometers on this list sound a bit too complicated or gadgety for you, then this Habor meat thermometer may be right up your street. It is still a digital thermometer, but is way easier to use than some of the flashier products reviewed below. It is a simple LCD screen attached to a sharp piece of metal. Simply poke the pokey end into your meat, and the screen will tell you the temperature of your meat.
- Back-lit LCD screen
- Auto on/off
- Made of high-quality stainless steel
- Battery included
- Gives an accurate reading in 5 seconds
- Very simple
- Accurate and well made
- Comes with a sleek storage case too
- Exceptional value for money
- Not too useful for checking water, but works great on bread, meat and more.
For a quick and simple way of test that your meat is at the temperature you like it, this meat thermometer is hard to beat. It just works. This meat thermometer is made really well. It’s easy to use and has presets to make temperature testing for meat, baby milk, fried food, coffee and more, simple!
2. ThermoPro TP17
This fantastic thermometer from ThermoPro offers you a lot bang for your buck. Its large LCD screen allows you to see exactly what temperature your meat is at with a quick glance. Plus, the dual probes mean that you can take two readings at once from different parts of the meat. So, if you’re looking for precision from your meat thermometer, this is a great choice.
- 2-year warranty
- Dual probes
- Large LCD screen
- Temperature range of 10-300 degrees Celsius
- Brilliant build quality
- Very accurate
- Can be fixed to your BBQ
- Read time is quick
- On/off switch is a bit fiddly
- Will not turn off automatically
With the ability to set temperature ranges and a great alarm, this meat thermometer really offers a lot of control. Plus, it is built very well and is nice and simple to use. The presets for different meats also provide a nice and easy way of ensuring that your steaks, chicken, pork and even BBQed meats are cooked to perfection.
3. Meater Wireless Meat Thermometer
The Meater meat thermometer is a fantastic kitchen gadget that makes testing the temperature of meat easy, wireless and fuss-free. You can monitor your meat from the free app, so you don’t even need to leave your sofa to check how your meat is cooking. But there is way more to this thermometer that gets us kitchen nerds very excited!
- The guided cooking system helps you cook meat perfectly every time
- An advanced estimator algorithm can predict how long to cook your meat for
- Control the thermometer from your phone, tablet, computer, Alexa and more.
- Two sensors, one probe
- Totally wireless
- Custom alarm alerts and notifications
- Takes 1 x AAA battery (supplied)
- Very easy to use app and interface
- Simple controls for repeatable results
- Connect more than one device
- A little more expensive than most meat thermometers
- The range isn’t great
The Meater is a slim, compact but powerful meat thermometer. It can help you guarantee that meat is cooked perfectly and even helps you if you’ve never cooked that meat or fish. This is way more than just a meat thermometer. It is designed to make cooking meat easy, simple and enjoyable.
4. Uzone Meat Thermometer
The Uzone wireless meat thermometer comes with four probes for monitoring different meats at the same time. You can use this wireless meat thermometer with your smartphone, but it comes with a handy LCD display for real-time monitoring too.
- 11 presets and five taste choices
- Built-in alarm that you can preset
- 197ft range outdoors, 100ft range indoors
- Auto shut off
- Easy to use app
- Easy to use, insert the probe and look at the app, easy!
- Very accurate
- LCD screen is nice and bright
- Not truly wireless
We love this meat thermometer. It has all the kitchen gadget vibes about it that the Meater thermometer above has, but a far better range. Plus, it has an auto shut-off feature, unlike the ThermoPro thermometer.
This meat thermometer also has very easy to set presets and loads of other awesome features to make cooking meat fun and simple.
5. Amir Food Thermometer
The Amir Food Thermometer is one of the most popular meat thermometers in the UK. It has a bright red design and uses a digital display to show the temperature reading.
- Shows the temperature with 4-7 seconds
- Digital LCD display
- Collapsible tapered probe
- Shows temperature in Celsius and Fahrenheit
- Temperature range of -50 °C to 300 °C
- Accurate to ±1ºF (less than 1°C)
- Takes 1 AAA battery
- Switches off automatically after not being used for 10 minutes
- Takes an AAA battery, which should be easy to get hold of
- Very accurate
- Straightforward, no-frills product that is easy to use
- Auto shuts off when you’re not using it
- Battery isn’t included
- Quite large
If you’re looking for a cheap and straightforward meat thermometer, you can’t go wrong with the Amir Food Thermometer.
6. Habor Food Thermometer
The Harbor Food Thermometer is a digital thermometer that shows the temperature in just 3 seconds. The metal probe can be folded for storage, and the thermometer will automatically switch itself off after being left idle for ten minutes.
- LCD display
- 10-minute auto shut-off
- Stainless steel probe that can be extended for up to 10.3” (26 cm)
- Accurately measures temperatures between 45ºC and 200ºC
- Choice of seeing the temperature in either Celsius or Fahrenheit
- Gives a quick temperature reading (3 seconds)
- Lists the correct temperature for different meats on the back
- Good price
- It’s hard to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit as the switch is in the battery compartment
Like the Amir Food Thermometer, this product is a simple and affordable meat thermometer. The chart on the back showing the recommended temperatures for different meats is a very useful feature.
7. Master Class Wireless Stainless Steel Meat Thermometer
The Master Class Wireless Stainless Steel Meat Thermometer has an analogue dial that displays a rough temperature alongside the recommended temperature for different meats. It’s not as accurate as the digital thermometers reviewed here and doesn’t measure the same range of temperatures, but it should be enough for doing a Sunday roast.
- 7.5-cm dial with a needle pointing to the temperature
- Shows temperatures between 54 and 88 degrees Celsius
- Backed by a 5-year guarantee
- Strong stainless steel probe
- Simple and easy to use
- Lots of people like the analogue dial
- Can’t be put in the oven (it looks like an oven thermometer, so some people make this mistake)
- Only gives a rough reading—not very accurate
- Temperature markings don’t include chicken
We don’t recommend this thermometer to professional chefs, but it makes a good stocking filler for cooking lovers.
You can’t be careful enough when it comes to cooking meat. Whether you’re cooking in your home kitchen, on the barbecue or in a restaurant, a meat thermometer is a great tool to have. The thermometers reviewed here are all very affordable and easy to use, so there’s no excuse for not having one.