2021’s Best Meat Thermometer Options for Cooking and Grilling

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There's an art (and a science) to cooking meat to your desired levels of doneness, and sometimes it can feel like a guessing game to reach that perfect medium rare of a steak or the well done bake a succulent chicken breast requires. Fortunately, there's a great way to eliminate the "is it done yet?" questioning and put your mind (and stomach) at ease: a dependable meat thermometer.

Today's meat thermometers aren't the old-school gauge-style tools that were hard to read and took ages to display internal temperatures — instant-read and digital options abound for easy reading. Of course, it's essential to choose a meat thermometer that's accurate within 2 or 3 degrees, and it helps to choose several with different probe lengths for various cuts of meat. You'll also want to consider convenient extras, like programmable alarms that sound when your pork shoulder or rump roast reaches the correct internal temperature, and auto-shutoff and timer features that also remove some of the guesswork. To take even more guesstimating out of the equation, check out these tried-and-tested meat thermometers that do the job right.

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