A kitchen thermometer is an essential kitchen tool. You can pick up a super-inexpensive one at the grocery store if you need it, or splurge on the $100 instant-read thermometer, or you could take the middle ground. Right now on Amazon you can buy a ThermoPro digital thermometer for just $10. It normally costs $30, so that means it's close to 70 percent off right now.
Assistant Food Editor Kelli Foster says she loves this budget kitchen thermometer. "The first thing that drew me to it is that the probe folds into the thermometer. I also feel like it reads the temp faster than other ones I've used," she explains. "It's simple, doesn't take up a lot of space, and is super easy to find in a drawer full of gadgets because it's bright red."
This thermometer is a best-seller on Amazon. It has about 550 reviews, and close to a five-star rating. One of the reviewers said they compared it to their $100 Thermapen, and it had the same results. For a fraction of the price, that's hard to beat.