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If there’s one thing I’ve learned about creating a stress-free environment in the kitchen, it’s that the solution to many kitchen dilemmas is relatively simple. From easy weeknight dinners to elaborate meals for the family, the secret to perfecting any recipe is ensuring that you’ve got the right tools on hand.
Whether you’re looking to step up your cooking skills this year or are just perfecting your craft, a meat thermometer is one gadget that you’ll want to have on hand when cooking this summer, especially if you're planning to do lots of grilling. If you're in the market for one, the Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer by Smak is a hit among Amazon shoppers, and it's currently on sale for just $16 in time for grilling season.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $16 (originally $21)
What is it?
This easy-to-use thermometer ensures that your food reaches the correct temperature using precise measurements and a clear display, eliminating the guesswork when it comes to figuring out whether your food has fully cooked through.
It features a bright LCD screen that provides accurate temperature readings within just two to three seconds. You can choose between temperature display in either Celsius or Fahrenheit, and don't have to worry about draining the battery since this thermometer automatically shuts off after 10 minutes of inactivity.
As an added bonus, it also features a built-in magnet for easy storage — and easy access on the fridge or grill.
What shoppers are saying
Backed up by a near-perfect 4.7-star rating on more than 7,000 customer reviews, this meat thermometer is even a hit among professional chefs, with one saying they are "impressed."
With a clear, easy to read display, it's an ideal choice for grilling outdoors, even once the sun starts to set — reviewers have noted that it's "easy to read" and "works well in the dark."
However, one downside shoppers have found with this meat thermometer is that it doesn’t fully live up to its claims of being entirely waterproof. Reviewers say water-resistant seems to be a more accurate description, so if you do opt for this device, be sure to carefully hand wash the probe in order to ensure it continues to function well.
Whether you’re grilling, roasting, or sautéing, a meat thermometer is a must-have tool for any home cook — but if you're looking for a fully waterproof model, you'll want to give this one a pass.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.