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The 10 Best Grill Thermometers to Buy in 2022

ThermoWorks Thermape One
ThermoWorks Thermapen One
Best Instant-Read
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FIREBOARD 2
Fireboard 2
Best Multi-Channel Thermometer
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Comark PDT300 Waterproof Food Meat Candy Digital Thermometer Blue
Comark PDT300 Digital Thermometer
Best Budget Quick-Read
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Meater Plus 165ft Long Range Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer
Meater Plus Smart Meat Thermometer
Best App-Connected
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ThermoPro Digital BBQ Thermometer
Thermopro TP07S Grill Thermometer
Best Wireless
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Cadence ENZOO Wireless Meat Thermometer
Enzoo Wireless Meat Thermometer
Best Long Range
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Oklahoma Joe's 3695528R06 Temperature Gauge , Silver
Oklahoma Joe's Temperature Gauge
Best For Ambient Heat
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Rubbermaid Instant Read Thermometer
Rubbermaid Instant-Read Thermometer
Best Battery-Free
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MeatStick X Set 260ft Wireless Meat Thermometer
MeatStick X Set
Best For Sous Vide Cooking:
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Alpha Grillers Instant Read Meat Thermometer
Alpha Grillers Meat Thermometer
Best Multipurpose
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Only the most skilled pitmasters and grillmasters can tell if a piece of meat is cooked to its optimal temperature by sight and touch alone. Still, the best always carry a grill thermometer because there is no point in guessing when it comes to a $150 brisket. When cooking anything, using the right tools for the job yield the most delicious results. In terms of grilling or smoking, besides having the best grill or a reliable smoker-grill combo, the most valuable tool in your arsenal to deliver pitmaster-level results is a meat thermometer.

In recent years, technology really has improved on the capabilities of the grill thermometer, providing more insights and aid to the griller than ever before. But that doesn't mean you must adopt that technology. An old-school analog thermometer can do the same job, only slower. So, for your next barbecue, make sure you have your favorite grilling accessories and at least one of these best grill thermometers at the ready.

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ThermoWorks Thermapen One

Best Instant-Read

ThermoWorks is known for having some of the most accurate thermometers on the market, and the new Thermapen One is one of the fastest instant-read thermometers available. The Thermapen is a favorite for use in commercial kitchens because they are water-resistant and durable. It's powered by a common AAA battery that boasts a normal run time of over 2,000 hours without needing to be replaced which is longer than most restaurant dishwashers stick around.

ThermoWorks Thermape One
ThermoWorks Thermapen One
Best Instant-Read
A Fireboard 2 showing a thermometer readout with graph.
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Fireboard 2

Best Multi-Channel Thermometer

Sometimes you need to monitor multiple food temperatures simultaneously. The Fireboard 2 boasts six channels, allowing you to take up to six temperature readings at the same time. You can also monitor the temperature readings remotely from your smart device using the FireBoard app. The Fireboard 2 Drive version of this thermometer allows you to connect to the FireBoard Drive Blower accessory that uses a fan to keep your charcoal at a set temperature by fanning the fire when necessary.

FIREBOARD 2
Fireboard 2
Best Multi-Channel Thermometer
A blue Comark PDT300 Digital Thermometer with its protective cover.
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Comark PDT300 Digital Thermometer

Best Budget Quick-Read

This compact and straightforward thermometer is trusted by chefs everywhere. It has a handy sheath and clothes clip for quick access and is waterproof (like most thermometers these days). It has a thin probe for temping thinner cuts of meat and is a very affordable option.

Comark PDT300 Waterproof Food Meat Candy Digital Thermometer Blue
Comark PDT300 Digital Thermometer
Best Budget Quick-Read
Meat slices beside a Meater Plus Smart Meat Thermometer on wooden table.
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Meater Plus Smart Meat Thermometer

Best App-Connected

Meater was one of the first to the wireless, app-connected meat thermometer party. Since then, dozens of other companies have imitated Meater's concept, but never quite replicated it. Meater allows you to set and forget your meat for a slow smoke and provides quick instant reads for grilling. The Meater Plus edition gives you up to 165 feet of freedom and the signal booster doubles as the probe charger. Meater has worked out many of the bugs of the smartphone-controlled app since its inception. The app offers a user-friendly cooking platform that provides an ambient temperature readout, accurate estimated time frames for target cooking temps, the ability to store/share your cooks, and a useful members section with discussion forums and recipes.

Meater Plus 165ft Long Range Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer
Meater Plus Smart Meat Thermometer
Best App-Connected
A Thermopro grill thermometer with two steel probes, clip, and transmitter on plain background.
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Thermopro TP07S Grill Thermometer

Best Wireless

If you like to put away the smartphone during your grilling sessions, but still want the tech of remote meat temping technology, the Thermopro TP07S is perfect. An alarm sounds when your food has reached its desired temp, and it offers dual probes and up to 300 feet of freedom. It's important to keep in mind that with any wireless technology, walls drastically cut down on connectivity. Another bonus of this device is a great warranty from Thermpro, which is three years when you register the product.

ThermoPro Digital BBQ Thermometer
Thermopro TP07S Grill Thermometer
Best Wireless
An Enzoo Wireless Meat Thermometer with transmitter, batteries, probes, clips, and a black carrying case on plain background.
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Enzoo Wireless Meat Thermometer

Best Long Range

This wireless meat thermometer for Enzoo is a 'roided-up version of the Thermopro model. The Enzoo offers 500 feet of connectivity and a nifty storage case. This model is perfect for the advanced griller or smoker who likes to cook multiple items for big crowds. Like the Thermopro, this thermometer also is backed by a three-year warranty.

Cadence ENZOO Wireless Meat Thermometer
Enzoo Wireless Meat Thermometer
Best Long Range
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Oklahoma Joe's Temperature Gauge

Best For Ambient Heat

For long, slow cooks, you need to be able to keep your grill or smoker at a consistent temp. Most grills and smokers already come equipped with a temperature gauge. But if yours happens to break or just isn't cutting it, this temperature gauge is an excellent option. It fits all grills with a 13- to 16-inch opening.

Oklahoma Joe's 3695528R06 Temperature Gauge , Silver
Oklahoma Joe's Temperature Gauge
Best For Ambient Heat
A Rubbermaid Thermometer on white background.
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Rubbermaid Instant-Read Thermometer

Best Battery-Free

If you're an old soul who's technology-averse, this OG instant-read thermometer from Rubbermaid will be your best friend at the barbecue. No frills, no apps, just straight-up temperature reads. At under $10, you can buy multiple in case you lose a couple. Keep in mind, this is not a leave-in thermometer.

Rubbermaid Instant Read Thermometer
Rubbermaid Instant-Read Thermometer
Best Battery-Free
MeatStick X Set with its packaging and steel probe on plain background.
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MeatStick X Set

Best For Sous Vide Cooking:

Sous vide cooking has gained as much, if not more, popularity as digital grilling thermometers. With this digital thermometer from Meatstick, you can insert it in your meat for lengthy sous vide cooks, then it can be directly transferred to the grill for a heavy sear without overcooking. It's the perfect tool for precision cooking.

MeatStick X Set 260ft Wireless Meat Thermometer
MeatStick X Set
Best For Sous Vide Cooking:
An Alpha Grillers Meat Thermometer with its packaging and a hand using it on a whole chicken in the background.
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Alpha Grillers Meat Thermometer

Best Multipurpose

Thermometers these days can do a lot more for you than just temp your food. But, can they open your beer? This waterproof meat thermometer from Alpha Grillers can! Its long probe can also read temps upward of 572 degrees Fahrenheit, in case you're planning on making candy or heating fry oil on your grill. Both of which are highly unadvisable, but you do you.

Alpha Grillers Instant Read Meat Thermometer
Alpha Grillers Meat Thermometer
Best Multipurpose
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Paul Sidoriak

Paul Sidoriak is a freelance writer who lives in western Montana and is an evangelist for the outdoor cooking lifestyle.

Named one of North America's Top 10 Barbecue Experts, Paul has written two cookbooks on outdoor cooking, including Exclusively Kamado and The Flippin' Awesome Backyard Griddle Cookbook: Tasty Recipes, Pro Tips and Bold Ideas for Outdoor Flat Top Grillin'. He's helped various manufacturers with product development and beta-tested many devices for grilling, smoking, air frying, and griddle cooking that you may already own.

Paul enjoys fly-fishing his home Montana waters and has been known to grow tomatoes out of spite. You can follow along with what Paul has been cooking at his website GrillingMontana, on Instagram, or Tik-Tok.

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