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Thermometer Reviews

Fireboard 2 Drive FBX2D

By:

Bill McGrath

FireBoard Drive 2 is an updated version of a well-received product that sets the standard for performance and functionality in the wireless food thermometer/thermostatic controller class.

ThermoWorks Smoke X4 Four Channel Wireless Food Thermometer

By:

Bill McGrath

Read our review of the ThermoWorks Smoke X4, a long-range remote four-channel digital food thermometer that will satisfy the pickiest chef; a Platinum Medal easily.

FireBoard Drive Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The FireBoard Drive is an accessory for the FireBoard remote digital food thermometer that maintains temperature in charcoal and wood-fired cookers, and had received a top award for its performance and features.

ThermoPro TP-15 Instant Read Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The ThermoPro TP-15 is an excellent handheld instant read thermometer with a remarkably low price (under $20), a great warranty, and accurate readings within 4 seconds. It has features that many more expensive units lack. Highly recommended with a Platinum Medal.

ThermoWorks IR-IND Industrial Infrared Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The ThermoWorks IR-IND Infrared Thermometer is the company’s high-end unit in this category. It features a precise 30:1 measurement angle and will accept normal thermocouple temperature probes as well, so it can double as a conventional probe thermometer. It got our top rating for quality and performance.

Maverick XR-50 Remote Four-Probe Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The Maverick XR-50 is an extended-range, four-channel wireless remote food and cooker thermometer. It ships with two straight 6″ probes and two straight 3″ probes. It is well constructed with a robust case and heavy-duty probes, so it should stand up well. Wins a solid top rating for performance and construction.

ThermoWorks Thermapen IR Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The ThermoWorks Thermapen IR has both an instant-read temperature probe and an infrared sensor in one package. It features a rotating display to enable easy reading in any orientation. It is well constructed, as is usual for ThermoWorks products and exhibits excellent performance. A solid top rating!

Auber SYL-2615 Thermostatic Controller Review

By:

Bill McGrath

Auber Instrument’s latest entry into the barbecue temperature controller market is the SYL-2615. It adds to the features of its earlier model with a food probe and programmable steps. It communicates with the user either via its panel display and buttons or an app that runs on smart phones. It gets our top rating.

BBQ Guru CyberQ Cloud Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The CyberQ Cloud is BBQ Guru’s new entry into the remote thermostatic controller market intended for use on charcoal grills or smokers. It adds a cloud connection that allows monitoring and setting most control functions from anywhere an Internet connection is available, using a browser or app. It gets our top rating.

OXO Chef’s Precision Thermocouple Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The OXO Chef’s Precision Thermocouple Thermometer is a high-end instant read thermometer that is waterproof to IP66 standards (excellent protection) and incorporates some features that make it attractive for left-handed users. Its unique features and solid construction rate our top award.

FireBoard FBX11 Review

By:

Meathead

FireBoard has set a new standard in food thermometry. It is a remote read, cloud connected, data logger, with connections for up to six probes. It can communicate with a smart phone via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to monitor the temps of both cooker and food. It received our top rating for its full feature set and performance.

ThermoWorks Smoke Review

By:

Meathead

The ThermoWorks “Smoke,” is a two-channel, in-food/in-oven, wireless remote thermometer that is well made, easy to use, and performs very well. It has a transmitter attached to two probes and a remote receiver that you can put in your pocket. It can be operated over the Internet using the Gateway. A solid top rating!

ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk 4 Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The ThemoWorks Thermapen Mk 4 is the latest version of a product that has long been considered the gold standard thermometer. The Mk 4 has the original Thermapen’s shape and basic operation, but includes features that are common on high-end instruments: automatic backlight and rotating display. It gets our top rating.

ThermoWorks DOT TX-1200 Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The ThermoWorks DOT TX-1200 is intended for use in food while cooking. It has a large readout, an easily-set alarm temperature and a long probe cable. It has a rapid response time that would allow it to double as an instant-read thermometer if desired. We gave it a top rating for its build quality and performance.

CDN Refrigerator and Freezer Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

Read our quick review of the CDN Refrigerator and Freezer Thermometer that received a Gold Medal. Food safety is important, and spoilage and illness are a real risk if your refrigerator and freezer don’t maintain safe temperatures.

Fireboard 2 Drive FBX2D

By:

Bill McGrath

FireBoard Drive 2 is an updated version of a well-received product that sets the standard for performance and functionality in the wireless food thermometer/thermostatic controller class.

ThermoWorks Smoke X4 Four Channel Wireless Food Thermometer

By:

Bill McGrath

Read our review of the ThermoWorks Smoke X4, a long-range remote four-channel digital food thermometer that will satisfy the pickiest chef; a Platinum Medal easily.

FireBoard Drive Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The FireBoard Drive is an accessory for the FireBoard remote digital food thermometer that maintains temperature in charcoal and wood-fired cookers, and had received a top award for its performance and features.

ThermoPro TP-15 Instant Read Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The ThermoPro TP-15 is an excellent handheld instant read thermometer with a remarkably low price (under $20), a great warranty, and accurate readings within 4 seconds. It has features that many more expensive units lack. Highly recommended with a Platinum Medal.

ThermoWorks IR-IND Industrial Infrared Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The ThermoWorks IR-IND Infrared Thermometer is the company’s high-end unit in this category. It features a precise 30:1 measurement angle and will accept normal thermocouple temperature probes as well, so it can double as a conventional probe thermometer. It got our top rating for quality and performance.

Maverick XR-50 Remote Four-Probe Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The Maverick XR-50 is an extended-range, four-channel wireless remote food and cooker thermometer. It ships with two straight 6″ probes and two straight 3″ probes. It is well constructed with a robust case and heavy-duty probes, so it should stand up well. Wins a solid top rating for performance and construction.

ThermoWorks Thermapen IR Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The ThermoWorks Thermapen IR has both an instant-read temperature probe and an infrared sensor in one package. It features a rotating display to enable easy reading in any orientation. It is well constructed, as is usual for ThermoWorks products and exhibits excellent performance. A solid top rating!

Auber SYL-2615 Thermostatic Controller Review

By:

Bill McGrath

Auber Instrument’s latest entry into the barbecue temperature controller market is the SYL-2615. It adds to the features of its earlier model with a food probe and programmable steps. It communicates with the user either via its panel display and buttons or an app that runs on smart phones. It gets our top rating.

BBQ Guru CyberQ Cloud Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The CyberQ Cloud is BBQ Guru’s new entry into the remote thermostatic controller market intended for use on charcoal grills or smokers. It adds a cloud connection that allows monitoring and setting most control functions from anywhere an Internet connection is available, using a browser or app. It gets our top rating.

OXO Chef’s Precision Thermocouple Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The OXO Chef’s Precision Thermocouple Thermometer is a high-end instant read thermometer that is waterproof to IP66 standards (excellent protection) and incorporates some features that make it attractive for left-handed users. Its unique features and solid construction rate our top award.

FireBoard FBX11 Review

By:

Meathead

FireBoard has set a new standard in food thermometry. It is a remote read, cloud connected, data logger, with connections for up to six probes. It can communicate with a smart phone via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to monitor the temps of both cooker and food. It received our top rating for its full feature set and performance.

ThermoWorks Smoke Review

By:

Meathead

The ThermoWorks “Smoke,” is a two-channel, in-food/in-oven, wireless remote thermometer that is well made, easy to use, and performs very well. It has a transmitter attached to two probes and a remote receiver that you can put in your pocket. It can be operated over the Internet using the Gateway. A solid top rating!

ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk 4 Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The ThemoWorks Thermapen Mk 4 is the latest version of a product that has long been considered the gold standard thermometer. The Mk 4 has the original Thermapen’s shape and basic operation, but includes features that are common on high-end instruments: automatic backlight and rotating display. It gets our top rating.

ThermoWorks DOT TX-1200 Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The ThermoWorks DOT TX-1200 is intended for use in food while cooking. It has a large readout, an easily-set alarm temperature and a long probe cable. It has a rapid response time that would allow it to double as an instant-read thermometer if desired. We gave it a top rating for its build quality and performance.

CDN Refrigerator and Freezer Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

Read our quick review of the CDN Refrigerator and Freezer Thermometer that received a Gold Medal. Food safety is important, and spoilage and illness are a real risk if your refrigerator and freezer don’t maintain safe temperatures.

Published On: 9/2/2020 Last Modified: 12/12/2020


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