No matter if you’re a bona fide professional or a newly minted quarantine cook, a digital thermometer is your best friend. The simple tool is incredibly versatile, ensuring that everything from slow roasts to sourdough loaves comes out exactly as it’s meant to. And with the holidays fast approaching, you’ll want a thermometer or two to take the guesswork out of whatever’s on your menu.
To buy: $12 (originally $30); amazon.com
Consistently ranked as a top-performing meat thermometer, this stainless steel probe has a precision sensor accurate within 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit and reads temperatures in an ideal frame of three to five seconds. Its 180-degree rotating probe measures 10.4 inches when fully extended, so it’s easy to reach foods inside hot ovens, but it also folds and locks into its magnetic-backed base for compact storage.
Like other digital thermometers, the ThermoPro is excellent for roasting and grilling meats like turkey, steak, and pork, but it’s just as helpful for bakers who don’t want to babysit their ovens. The device is a foolproof way to tell when your bake is done, and its tapered probe won’t leave gaping holes in your quick breads, scones, or pies.
The ThermoPro’s backlit LCD screen is a breeze to read in broad daylight or dark kitchens and displays temperatures in either Celsius or Fahrenheit. What’s more, the battery-powered device is designed to conserve power, automatically shutting off after 10 minutes of inactivity.
With an incredible 4.6-star rating and more than 49,000 reviews, the small-but-mighty tool is one of Amazon’s best-rated meat thermometers. Users rave about how quickly the device reads temperatures, even comparing it to much more expensive versions on the market.
“About three years ago I saved up and bought a Thermapen for about $100 because the reviews were excellent,” wrote a customer. “I tried it, side by side, on some bread just coming out of the oven. They showed the same temp within a second of each other. Tried it again this morning on boiling water for my tea. Exactly the same temp in exactly the same amount of time.”
Another added, “I tossed my other meat thermometers. This one is convenient, easy to store, fast, and accurate.”
Originally $30, the ThermoPro is just $12 during Amazon’s massive early Black Friday sale. Plus, Prime members can even get it before their Turkey Day feast with the service’s free one-day delivery. Not a Prime member? No sweat—anyone can score this perk by signing up for a free 30-day trial. But hurry, a deal this good won’t last!