How to choose a temperature probe

If you are meticulous in cooking and like to bring everything to the ideal, then you definitely need a temperature probe. With it, you can control the readiness of a wide variety of dishes from meat to complex sauces and caramels with strict temperature control. The range offers dozens of models, so we will tell you more about how to choose a temperature probe for the kitchen.

What is a temperature probe and how it is useful in the kitchen, we told in this material . Here we will talk about the intricacies of choosing for various tasks.

Mechanical. It consists of a case-dial with an arrow, to which a pointed metal needle is attached. Using the device is as simple as possible – insert the probe into the dish and look at the arrow readings. Inside the spoke there are elements made of two different metals, which, when heated, due to different expansion characteristics, change the position of the arrow

Due to the absence of any electronics, the mechanical temperature probe boasts a reliable design, and you can even leave some models directly in the oven or on a grill gas pan with a glass lid.


The mechanical model is the perfect choice for outdoor cooking. You just need to insert it into a piece of meat or pork and follow the readings. Such a device will be indispensable for owners of outdoor grills or smokehouses. The success of smoking largely depends on compliance with a strict temperature regime, and with the use of firewood and coal, it is not so easy to control the heating process. This is where a mechanical temperature probe comes in handy.

Temperature probe Aceline A3OA019 240 *
However, keep in mind one caveat – not all temperature probes are suitable for use inside the oven. Usually stainless steel models with a scale of at least 300 ° C can boast of this. It is advisable that the manufacturer himself indicate that the use of the probe is safe inside ovens.

The disadvantages of mechanical devices include a small error in the readings. It is also not always convenient to determine the temperature on a small dial, especially if it is fogged up or contaminated with grease. These devices need periodic calibration, but the need for it usually appears with very intensive use.

A mechanical temperature probe is suitable for anyone who often cooks outdoors. The device is extremely easy to use and is not afraid of heating, so it is ideal for barbecues, barbecues and so on. A probe will also come in handy in everyday life – even despite the error in the readings, you can cook chicken, duck or pork in the oven without any problems.

Electronic. The device includes a metal spoke, which is connected directly or with the help of flexible wires to the body. The main difference is that a thermistor is used to measure the temperature, and the control board processes the readings. The results are displayed.


Electronic models are on average twice as expensive as mechanical ones. Whether they are worth the extra money depends on your needs. An important advantage is a larger operating temperature range (from -50 °C to 300 °C), as well as high measurement accuracy down to tenths of a degree. Working with a digital display is much more convenient than checking values ​​on an analog scale. The electronic device shows the best accuracy when measuring the temperature of various liquids, so it is the best choice for measuring infant formula or milk.

There are also several disadvantages. Devices with a built-in probe must not be used inside an oven or left over a fire as the plastic case and display will melt. To measure, you will have to take the dish out of the oven and put it back. That is why such models are best suited for cooking cutlets, steaks and sausages on an open grill or pan, when you can quickly insert the probe, measure the temperature and stick it out.

Temperature probe Redmond RAM-KT1

[-10 °C – 200 °C, probe – steel]
999 *
82In stores: in 21 stores

This drawback is deprived of devices in which the probe is connected separately. Thanks to the flexible cable, the sensor can be installed inside the oven, and the device can be placed next to it or fixed to the body with magnets. This is the best option for the oven. The main thing is to make sure that when closed, the door will not damage the cable.


Maintenance is limited to replacing batteries. Some models can work up to 250 hours.

An electronic temperature probe is more suitable for professionals who are not limited only to cooking meat. First, higher accuracy allows for tighter temperature control. For example, when fermenting fermented milk products, an error of even a couple of degrees can be critical.

Yogurt Kefir Ryazhenka Sour cream
Product Milk/cream Milk Baked milk Cream (10-30% fat)
Fermentation temperature, °C 38-42 28-30 38-42 34-36
Additional features such as sound alerts will also come in handy. Liquid caramel immediately after cooking must be quickly cooled from 125 ° C to 80-90 ° C, but how not to miss this moment? Very simple – set the desired temperature on the temperature probe, and when it is reached, the device will beep.

Temperature probe Gemlux GL-DT-11 1 299 *
Measurement scale
Mechanical household models are capable of showing temperatures from 0 to 110 ° C – this is enough for cooking most meat dishes. However, for baking, such models are impractical, since there you will already need to measure temperatures up to 180-200 ° C, so it makes sense to look for a probe with a large range.

For example, the temperature of the finished bread crust usually reaches 150 ° C, and the syrup for the preparation of Italian meringue must be boiled at a medium boil to a temperature of 117-118 ° C. Accordingly, the wider the range, the more recipes are available to you using the temperature probe.

Electronic temperature probes, unlike mechanical ones, can also measure negative temperatures. Taste qualities largely depend on the correctness of defrosting. For example, for meat, defrosting in the refrigerator is the best option, when the temperature rises smoothly from -18 ° C to 3-4 ° C. The temperature probe allows you to control this process with maximum convenience and even signals when the meat is defrosted.


Probe length
Many people neglect this parameter when choosing, but too long a probe will be difficult to place inside the oven, and too short will not allow you to measure the temperature inside the finished dish.

For chicken thighs, boiled pork, meatballs, steaks and schnitzel, a needle up to 10 cm is enough, and if you plan to cook whole large fish, goose or other voluminous dishes, then look for devices with a probe length of 15-20 cm.


A fork-shaped probe is useful for barbecuing, when you also have to turn the dishes during cooking.


Please note that temperature probes are commercially available, to which 2-3 knitting needles can be connected for measurement. Some ovens allow you to cook two different dishes at the same time – a gadget with a pair of probes is suitable for such cases. The device is also relevant for parallel monitoring of two pieces of chicken, pork or beef.


Additional functions
An electronic temperature probe is not just a kitchen thermometer, but a complete gadget with many useful functions:

Timer. You can set the time after which the probe will beep.
Ready temperature. Some probes allow you to accurately set a specific temperature in degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit. When the selected value is reached, the probe will beep.
Built-in memory. Allows you to save the set temperature limits, and not to specify them every time again.
Auto power off. The gadget turns itself off when the specified temperature is reached or after the time has elapsed.
Smartphone control. Allows you to check the temperature directly on your smartphone using a Bluetooth connection. And you don’t have to constantly run to the kitchen!
If there are a lot of things in the kitchen and you can’t keep track of everything, order probes with a timer or sound alert. But models with built-in memory and control from a smartphone are worth buying for those who cook a lot of a wide variety of dishes, when it is important to remember various settings and quickly check the status of readiness.