The Best Editor-Tested Oven Thermometers to Buy Right Now

published Apr 12, 2024
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In case you haven’t noticed, pretty much every oven is different. Some heat hotter while others are more drafty (especially old gas ovens), and every once in a while, you run into an oven that is totally off the rails with its temperature gauge. If you haven’t picked up what we’re getting at, basically, your oven’s temperature shouldn’t be trusted, no matter how old or new it is. Oven thermometers won’t cost you a heap of cash, and they guarantee your oven’s temperature reads correctly. Use it to determine hot spots and to ensure your dial is telling the truth. That way, you never have to throw out food after being burnt to a crisp — you know exactly how long to cook it. 

What Is the Best Oven Thermometer?

Honestly, these gadgets are so straightforward with their technology that we can’t pick just one for you to buy. However, we can tell you the Taylor Large Dial Kitchen Cooking Oven Thermometer is an editor favorite for its simple design, price, and durability. If you’re interested in unveiling the truth about your oven’s temperature, have a peek at the editor-approved thermometers ahead.

Do you have an oven thermometer you love? We want to hear all about it! Tell us about your favorite finds in the comments below.

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When you cook food, you want it to turn out as expected, and this large dial thermometer will reveal the accurate temperature of any oven you put it in. “My oven has always been a bit finicky and tends to run on the cooler side, so having a stand-alone oven thermometer has been great for determining what the actual temperature is inside,” says Food Editor Christine Gallary, who tested the thermometer herself. She likes that the thermometer is, at 3 inches wide, twice as large as regular ones, allowing her to read the dial easily. It measures temps of 100ºF to 600ºF and can hang from an oven rack or be placed directly on it or at the bottom of the oven.

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was $9.99

With over 42,000 five-star ratings on Amazon and a stamp of approval from our Contributor Editor Lish Steiling, this Rubbermaid thermometer is a great way to guarantee the temp inside your stove isn’t lying to you. “I spent a measly 10 bucks. And to this day, that’s some of the best money I’ve ever spent,” Steiling wrote in her review. “My little buddy checks my good intentions and helps me see when my oven is lying to me. I am totally comfortable asking its permission to see if it’s time for my chicken to go in.” This thermometer reads 60ºF to 580ºF and has a shatterproof lens that will last.

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Cooper-Atkins has been in the industry for over 135 years, so when it comes to its kitchen tools, we know we can count on them. This holds true for its stainless steel oven thermometer. “Even on good days, none of us want to waste food, and a too-hot or too-cold oven can send your food to the compost heap so fast,” says SVP of Content Faith Durand. ”Blink, and you’re burnt. So again, do yourself a favor. Pop a cheap thermometer in your oven, and see if your dial tells you the truth.” For $9, you really can’t beat it!