Classic Super-Fast® Thermapen® Limited Editions


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3-second readings!
High accuracy to ±0.7°F (±0.4°C)
Water-resistant design
°F to °C reconfigurable

NIST-TraceableNIST-TraceableMade in England

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Limited Editions
From time to time we offer Limited Edition Thermapens. A special digital printing process is applied directly to the Classic Super-Fast Thermapen housing. The additional decoration is permanent and will stand up to daily use. If you treat your Thermapen right, the Limited Edition printing should last a long time. The process is completed in a batch with a minimum of several hundred. There are set-up and printing costs so Limited Editions may be priced a little higher than a regular Thermapen. When the batch is gone, the Limited Edition is "sold out" and they will no longer be available. If a Limited Edition catches your eye, ORDER FAST. When they're gone, they're gone.

Thermapen ExtendedClassic Super-Fast Thermapen - Rattlesnake
The NEW Limited Edition Rattlesnake Thermapen promises to be as fast and accurate as a rattlesnake's bite. The hi-res rattlesnake print will make your guests think twice before picking it up. Get yours today before they all slither off.


Thermapen ExtendedSemper Fi FundClassic Super-Fast Thermapen - Tiger Stripe Camo with U.S. Flag
Paying homage to vets from an earlier era, this Limited Edition displays the classic Tiger Stripe Camo reminiscent of Southeast Asia and Green Berets. Tiger Stripe has influenced the designs of camo patterns in the USAF and some versions of MARPAT (Marine Corp). For each one sold, we will make a $9 donation to the Semper Fi Fund for injured Marines. One of the nation’s most respected charities. Follow the link to learn more about them.


Thermapen ExtendedThermapen Extended Classic Super-Fast Thermapen - Digi-Camo with U.S. Flag
Another Limited Edition dedicated to the men and women that serve. For each one sold, we will make a $9 donation to the Semper Fi Fund for injured Marines. One of the nation's most respected charities. Follow the link to learn more about them. Hurry! Experience tells us these will go very fast!


Thermapen Extended Classic Super-Fast Thermapen - Thermapen On Fire
What more can we say? Flaming fast? Order now before they're extinguished!


Thermapen ExtendedClassic Super-Fast Thermapen - Applewood
Apple wood is know for having the strongest smokey flavor of all the fruitwoods. The Super-Fast Thermapen is excellent for temping beef, poultry and pork, so to does apple wood pair perfectly with each respective meat. Get your Limited Edition Applewood Thermapen now! A must-have tool for anyone serious about their cooking.


Thermapen ExtendedOpeartion BBQ Relief FundClassic Super-Fast Thermapen - Operation BBQ Relief
Another Limited Edition dedicated to helping those who have been affected by natural disasters across the United States. For each one sold, we will make a $9 donation to the Operation BBQ Relief Fund. Follow the link to learn more about them. And don’t wait, these limited edition Thermapens won’t last long!


Thermapen Extended Classic Super-Fast Thermapen - Canadian Flag
Winter is coming, and along with it a newly designed Limited Edition Thermapen bearing the national symbol of Canada. We've washed the fields of white with Canadian Red and blazoned the "Canadian pale" with a large red Maple Leaf. Don’t wait! This Limited Edition will be gone before the first snow hits the ground.


Thermapen ExtendedClassic Super-Fast Thermapen - Camo
Every time we solicit feedback on possible new Thermapen colors, one of the most requested "colors" has been "camouflage". Since it's impossible to mold camouflage, we used our Limited Edition printing process to create our new Camo Thermapen. This will not be a permanent Thermapen color so our advice is to order it fast before they're gone.


Thermapen ExtendedClassic Super-Fast Thermapen - Hot Coals 2
Our first Hot Coals Thermapen (Sold Out!) was designed specifically for backyard bbq fans and featured charcoal briquettes. With the release of Hot Coals 2, featuring lump charcoal, we're adding fuel to the debate over which burns best. We don't know which one will be hotter, but they're both guaranteed to be lighting fast. A must have Thermapen for your chef's toolbox.


Thermapen ExtendedClassic Super-Fast Thermapen - Stars & Stripes
In celebration of baseball, apple pie and everything else that’s great about the USA, we have introduced the Stars and Stripes Thermapen. We are offering the Stars and Stripes in VERY limited quantities, and once they're gone we won't make anymore. Love the flag? Get yours today!


Thermapen ExtendedClassic Super-Fast Thermapen - Zebra
Credit for this one goes to Michelle in our Marketing Department. She worked previously as an interior designer and is still stuck on animal prints. We floated her suggestion to the factory design team and they came back with this fashion-forward Thermapen. Someone in your circle would love this one as a gift! Or treat yourself. Perfect for big game hunters. Zebras are pretty fast.


Thermapen ExtendedClassic Super-Fast Thermapen - Leopard
The New Limited Edition Leopard Thermapen really is as fast as it looks. Even sitting on the kitchen counter it looks like it's going Super-Fast. A leopard is renowned for its adaptability and can run at speeds approaching 36 mph. Add this Limited Edition Leopard Thermapen to your collection and temp any meat, poultry, fish, or confection that you hunt down and cook up. Don't wait. We guarantee these will go FAST!


Thermapen ExtendedClassic Super-Fast Thermapen - Hot Coals
For years, fans of the Super-Fast Thermapen have argued over which color Thermapen is the fastest. Some say blue. Others think it's red. A few even swear pink is the fastest. We don't know if the new Limited Edition Hot Coals Thermapen will be the fastest, but one thing is for sure - it will be the hottest! Specially designed for our backyard BBQ fans, the Hot Coals Thermapen is the must-have thermometer in every outdoor chef's tool box.


Thermapen ExtendedThermapen ExtendedClassic Super-Fast Thermapen - Desert Tan with U.S. Flag
It's Back! Our very first Limited Edition Thermapen was this "Desert Tan with U.S. Flag". Last year we sold out in just a couple weeks. Many Thermapen fans missed it and have asked for a second chance. This year, for each unit sold, we will make a $9 donation to the Semper Fi Fund for injured Marines.


Thermapen ExtendedClassic Super-Fast Thermapen - Maple Leaf
You wouldn't believe how many Thermapens we sell in Canada! So, after we offered a U.S. Flag and then a Union Jack Limited Editions; we were overwhelmed with requests for a Thermapen bearing the national symbol of Canada. So, in honor of Thermapen fans throughout the Great White North, here it is! Don't wait. Limited Edition means "limited".


Thermapen Extended Classic Super-Fast Thermapen - Flame
The suggestion for a Flame Thermapen actually came from Danielle Dimovski (Diva Q) and Wayne Brown (Big Wayner). Danielle is a prominent BBQ personality and a regular in the competition circuit. Danielle and Wayne got together at the Jack Daniel's and while chatting about Thermapens, Danielle said "They should do one with flames." Minutes later Wayne sent her a photoshopped picture. Diva Q posted that to her blog, Facebook and Twitter. We were swamped with requests to deliver on her wish. So, here it is. We can't promise that every Limited Edition dream will come true but when you have the kind of pull that these two have, you gotta listen.


Thermapen ExtendedUnion Jack Thermapen
If you didn't already know, the Thermapen is made by hand in Worthing, England. The Brits have a rich tradition of manufacturing scientific instrumentation. There are still more thermometer makers per capita in the U.K. than anywhere else in the world. Although nearly four out of five Thermapens come to the U.S.A., we never want to forget the rich heritage that brings us 3-second temperature readings! Now you can get a Thermapen with the Union Jack. We don't have very many of these - they sold most of them in the U.K. during the Queen's Jubilee. This one could end up a collector's item!


The Classic Super-Fast Thermapen is a professional tool (originally designed for commercial kitchens, labs and manufacturing plants) that has become the top consumer cooking thermometer for home use. It's popularity among celebrity chefs, cooking magazines, top foodies, bloggers and competition BBQ teams have made the Thermapen into an essential tool in the best-equipped home kitchens and backyard BBQ rigs.

Made by Hand in England, the Thermapen is faster and more accurate than any other cooking thermometer on the market. Competitors have tried to copy the Thermapen with mass-produced products made in China and have flooded the housewares market with slower, less-accurate knock-offs. However, when compared to true competing commercial thermocouple thermometers, the Thermapen is not only faster and more accurate, it's also less expensive!

The Classic Super-Fast Thermapen has been a favorite among restaurant chains, health inspectors and quality managers worldwide. Hundreds of thousands are in use. The clever fold-away probe and the simple pocket design replace more costly and bulky handheld thermometers while using the same professional thermocouple technology. This new generation Thermapen introduces a robust, splash-proof design with molded-in seals to protect the thermometer from wet hands and kitchen splashes.

Speed & Accuracy
Even more accurate than before and slightly faster! Our proprietary circuit yields accuracies better than ±0.7°F. That includes all errors! (many competitors don't include the probe error in their spec.) Each unit comes with a NIST-Traceable certificate of calibration showing test results for the individual thermometer. Resolution is now 0.1° over the full range. Improvements in the probe technology now yield a blazing fast speed of 3 seconds to a full temperature reading.

No Cables!
The components most likely to fail in a commercial thermometer are the cable and its connector. Also, the typical handheld meter and probe combination requires two hands. What do you do with the cable when you're through with it? The competition want you to wrap it around the meter, which is time consuming and a natural trap for grime and bacteria! The one-handed Thermapen eliminates frayed cables, snags, germ traps and wasted time while freeing your second hand.

Simple Operation
Just open the probe and the Thermapen comes on. Close it and it shuts off. No buttons or switches to catch germs, confuse staff and cause errors. Configuration settings in the battery compartment allow management to easily set the Thermapen for °C or °F, read in tenths or whole degrees (0.1° or 1°), and disable the auto-off for continuous readings till the probe is closed. Although likely to never be needed, a calibration trim button fine-tunes the Thermapen calibration at a single temperature such as an ice-bath.

Incredible Value
The closest commercial competition for the Thermapen sells for about $200. Other meter and probe combinations sell for up to $250! In most cases, you can buy a whole new Thermapen for about the price the competition charges for just a replacement probe. Compare speed, convenience, accuracy and the new durability of the Splash-Proof Super-Fast™ Thermapen and you'll see how you can save significant money while improving your own product quality.

Range -58.0 to 572.0°F (-49.9 to 299.9°C)
Accuracy ±0.7°F (±0.4°C) from -58 to 392°F (-49.9 to 199.9°C), ±1.8°F (±1.0°C) from 392 to 572°F (200 to 299.9°C)
Resolution 0.1°F/°C full range (user reconfigurable to 1.0°F/°C)
Response Time From 75°F to 32°F: ≤ 3 seconds to within 1°F
Probe 4.5 L inches, High Performance Type K Thermocouple
Display 0.55 inches (14mm) LCD
Auto Shutoff 10 Minutes (user reconfigurable to disable auto-off)
Environmental Range -4 to 122°F (-20 to 50°C)
Battery CR2032 (3V) lithium coin cell x 2, 1500 hours
Dimensions 1.85 H x 6.1 W x 0.75 D inches (47 H x 153 W x 19 D mm)
Weight 0.25 lbs (97g)
Certificate Includes NIST-Traceable calibration certificate

Complimentary Guidebook with every Thermapen Purchase

GuidebookOrder a Thermapen today and we'll throw in a copy of our new 20 page guidebook: "Using Your Thermapen: A Guide to Better Food Through the Proper Use and Care of Your Splash-Proof Thermapen" at no extra charge. The guide features basic cooking temperature principles, step-by-step instructions for customizing and cleaning your Thermapen, special considerations for getting just the right doneness with meat, poultry and fish, QuickTips, Frequently Asked Questions, diagrams, and more. Plus, there's a handy chart of food safety and chef-recommended temperatures on the back!

If you own a Thermapen and don't have a guidebook but would like one, Request a guidebook to have one mailed to you.

Available in Multiple Colors

ColorsOriginally, we manufactured the Thermapen in gray only. Later we added all the food-safety color-coding versions. Many people in the food industry use color coding to prevent cross contamination by dedicating tools to specific food products. That way, a knife, cutting board or thermometer that is used for say, raw poultry, won't end up contaminating fresh vegetables like salad greens.

That was the reason we did multiple colors for the Thermapen. Of course most people buy a color variety simply according to personal preference. Even in commercial applications it seems most people buy colors so they can quickly tell who belongs to which Thermapen (blue is Fred's, yellow is Cathy's, etc…)

In 2006 we added black and orange which aren't even on the color coding system. If you have a color preference that we don't make yet, email Randy and we'll keep track of your vote.

Standard Color Code:
Red = raw meat, raw beef and pork.
Blue = raw seafood
Yellow = raw poultry
Brown = cooked meats
Green = produce
White = dairy or bakery items


The Science of Melting Cheese: Game Day Nachos

The Science of Melting Cheese: Game Day Nachos

What game day spread is complete without a tray of loaded nachos? Well-suited for a snack or full meal, this no-silverware-required dish is a favorite for its lava-like, smooth-as-silk cheese sauce. When cheese is heated it often turns into a curdled mess with pools of grease. How can a full-flavor, liquid cheese sauce be made […]


Thermal Tips: Chicken Wings for the Big Game

Thermal Tips: Chicken Wings for the Big Game

Chicken wings are the quintessential game-day finger food. This spicy bar staple originates from the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. In 1964 Teressa Bellissimo gathered some chicken wings typically used for stock and deep-fried them for a group of her son Dominic’s friends who were at the bar. She flavored the crispy wings with […]


Why the New Warning on the ThermoWorks Website?

Why the New Warning on the ThermoWorks Website?

You may have noticed there is a new header banner on the ThermoWorks website saying something about a “warning” (see above). We admit that it’s a pretty drastic step to add a banner at the very top of our homepage and wanted to take a moment to explain why we feel compelled to warn you! […]



Thermapen Wallet

Protective Leather Wallet

Model: 830-110-LX

  • Real Leather
  • Fits with or without boot installed
  • Belt Strap
Real leather. Fits Thermapen (with or without silicone boot) snuggly with snap-down flap and belt strap. Protects Thermapen while stored.

Limited Time Price!
39% Off!

Normally $18.00

Zip Wallet

Protective Zipper Wallet

Model: 830-001

  • Vinyl pouch with zip closure
  • Light padding for storage
  • Carrying loop
Padded vinyl pouch with zip closure. Stores Thermapen nicely (with or without silicone boot) with light interior padding. Great value!

Limited Time Price!
50% Off!

Normally $9.00

Silicone Thermapen Boot

Classic Thermapen Silicone Boot

Model: THS-830-260

Snuggly fitting silicone rubber boot. Protects the Classic Thermapen from drops to concrete or hard surfaces. Provides protection from radiant heat. Fits Zipper Wallet, Leather Wallet and wall bracket. Use only for Classic Thermapen. The silicone boot is translucent. Silicone is not clear nor transparent so when the protective boot is installed the color of your Thermapen will seem muted. (Does not fit Thermapen Mk4)

Limited Time Price!
38% Off!

Normally $8.00

Silicone Thermapen Boot

Classic Thermapen Magnetic Glow-in-the-Dark Silicone Boot

Model: THS-830-265

  • Fits Classic Thermapen model
  • Protects from drops
  • Translucent Silicone
  • Glows in the dark
  • Magnetic back
Snuggly fitting silicone rubber boot. Provides a magnetic back and glows in the dark! Protects the Classic Thermapen from drops to concrete or hard surfaces. Provides protection from radiant heat. Fits Zipper Wallet, Leather Wallet. Does not fit wall bracket. Use only for Classic Thermapen. The silicone boot is translucent. Silicone is not clear nor transparent so when the protective boot is installed the color of your Thermapen will seem muted. (Does not fit Thermapen Mk4)

Limited Time Price!
36% Off!

Normally $11.00

Thermapen Wall Bracket

Wall Mount Bracket

Model: 10203

  • Hole for easy mounting
  • Mounts close to work area
  • Great for busy kitchens
Black acrylic wall bracket with wall-mount hole (screw not included). Great for storing Thermapen by grill/oven for daily use. New size fits Thermapen with silicone boot installed.

Limited Time Price!
53% Off!

Normally $19.00


CR2032 Batteries

Model: THS-839-195

  • CR2032 batteries x 2
Package of 2 batteries. Standard CR2032 size.

Mini Tub

Mini Tub Probe Wipes

Model: PW-200

  • Includes 70 wipes
  • 2.75" x 5" size
  • Odorless, doesn't taint food

More Wipes

Convenient for cleaning probes or equipment, counters, tables, and other smallwares.

Large Tub

Large Tub Probe Wipes

Model: TW-836-052

  • Includes 175 wipes
  • 5" x 5" size
  • Optional wall bracket for storage

More Wipes

Convenient for cleaning probes or equipment, counters, tables, and other smallwares. Optional wall bracket also available.

1. Where can I buy the Thermapen?
You can buy it right here online. There are only a few authorized dealers, (watch out for counterfeit Thermapen look-alikes). There are a few retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada that stock the Thermapen.

2. Why don't more retail outlets carry it?
Most retailers want to more than double their money. The big name chains want the most. If a product costs them $4, they want to charge you $10. The Thermapen is already priced at "Trade Pricing". Meaning, this is the price we sell it to commercial food service users and health departments. And, we offer it to the general public at the same price. Big retail chains would have to charge you much, much more and they'd still be mad that we would take your order at a lower price. The retailers that do carry the Thermapen are not making their normal mark-up so thank them if you buy there!

3. Where can I buy replacement batteries?
The Thermapen uses two coin cell batteries, CR2032, which are commonly found at Wal-Mart, Target, and other stores. You can also order spare batteries from us.

4. How long should the battery last?
The Thermapen batteries are rated for 1,500 hours of use (was 100 hours). In the battery compartment you can enable and disable the auto-off feature. The auto-off feature will extend the life of the batteries. See owner's manual for details.

5. Will the Thermapen tell me when my meat is done?
Not exactly. Instead it (very quickly) tells you the actual temperature and you decide if that is "done". We can give you the USDA guidelines for food safety but you should consult your favorite cookbooks, TV shows and recipes for advice not only on safe temperatures but the best cooking temperatures for flavor and texture. Also remember that individual preference is very important.

6. Other digital cooking thermometers are cheaper. Why pay more for a Thermapen?
In use there's a big difference. Don't take our word for it. Check our Reviews page to read the many reasons written by others. Cheaper thermometers are limited by the technology that they use. These can be mass produced for just a few dollars. On the other hand, the Thermapen is hand-assembled and hand-tested and uses a professional thermocouple circuit design. This design costs more to make than the cheap thermometers.

7. Why is the Thermapen so much faster than other cooking thermometers?
The main reason is the professional thermocouple technology that we use instead of mass-produced thermistor technology. Thermocouples are recommended by the USDA for measurement of cooked meat products and thin portions. Go here to see what a thermocouple means in performance vs. a thermistor. We also use a reduced-diameter needle tip on the probe. Comparable professional meters cost $140 to $300 for the electronics and a similar probe! Some improvements were made in the sensor manufacturing process and the probe assembly in the new Splash-Proof Thermapen to make it just slightly faster than the original Super-Fast™ Thermapen.

8. Why don't you have a left-handed Thermapen?
LeftyInteresting question. My wife Suzette is left-handed and she's always thought the opposite. She prefers to use her dominant hand to wield the roasting pan, grasp the food with tongs, stir, or whatever else she's doing in combination with the one-handed temperature measurement. Thus, in her opinion, it's best to hold the Thermapen in her right hand while she uses her dominant hand for the other tasks. Larger Image


Don't buy that? While the Thermapen isn't quite as ambidextrously switchable as a screwdriver or a hammer, it's pretty close. It can easily be gripped in a number of ways. I hold my Thermapen in both my left hand and right hand depending on what I'm doing. Still I empathize with anybody who's left-handed and wishes the Thermapen were reversed. So, if our engineers can ever figure out a no-cost way to do that in the next Thermapen, we'll consider doing it.

Don't take our word for it. Thermapen Reviews.
Independent Recommendations.

See how others review the Thermapen in books, magazines, product reviews, forums and blogs. The Thermapen has got to be the most written-about thermometer since Gabriel Fahrenheit first published a description of his thermometer. So, why knock ourselves out to write glowing sales copy on the Thermapen when all these well-qualified cooking experts can give you an opinion you're more likely to believe?


JoAnne Weir Essentials
"Joanne's Top Ten Favorite Tools" (Thermapen is #2);
(JoAnne has authored many books and articles and has several PBS shows.)

Alton Brown's Good Eats
The ultimate "science-guy-chef". If you've been a fan of Alton Brown you've seen the Thermapen in many episodes of "Good Eats". Here's what Alton says in his "GEAR" book: “The best instant-read I’ve used.” (pg. 166) “The thermometer I use most is the Thermapen by ThermoWorks, and, no, I’m not paid to say that. …edges out other (cheaper) digitals… …faster than any other model… My Thermapen can take a clear internal reading on a wafer-thin piece of sole; cheaper models are very unsure of themselves if the food is less than 1 inch thick.” (pg. 167)

In addition to Good Eats, Alton Brown also appears as the host of Iron Chef America and Feasting on Waves at the Food Network.

Check Alton's website for his appearance schedule or for your local TV schedule for "Good Eats".

NBC Today Show
Today's Kitchen Summer Gadgets
America’s Test Kitchen host, Chris Kimball recommends tools for summer grilling - including the new Splash-Proof Thermapen.

CBS Early Show
Jazz Up Your Grill’s Fare, Chris Kimball Offers Tips, Gadgets, Recipes
Chef Chris Kimball from Cook’s Illustrated magazine appears with Hannah Storm of the Early Show. The Thermapen is one of his recommended grilling gadgets.

CBS Early Show
Summer Grill: Beef & Pork
Chris Kimball uses a Thermapen to test a pork butt while smoking on a Weber grill.

CBS Early Show
America’s Test Kitchen Editor Chris Kimball Shares Tips on Preparing “The Perfect Steak”
Chris Kimball shares his views on selecting the best cut of meat, how to cook it to perfection, and adds a few recipes that we’re sure you’ll love from his TV spot on CBS’s The Early Show. Check out the video.
Chris Kimball on CBS's The Early Show

America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country (PBS)
Both programs are produced by the publishers of Cook’s Illustrated. We heartily recommend both shows. They frequently demonstrate the correct use of a thermometer in cooking.


Grilling With Rich
The new Thermapen Mk4 can almost read your mind, let alone check the temperature of your food.

Coastal Living Magazine
Cool Tools Slideshow “Thermapen. Grill meats to the proper temperature with no worries about under- or overcooking”

Rainy Day Magazine
“Having the Thermapen definitely took the guess work out of determining whether the chicken was ready. We expect to be using this tool everyday in the RainyDayKitchen. We just wished we had found it sooner!”
First Look
First Use
“My birthday wish came true and I got a thermapen™. Yes, A THERMAPEN™. After screaming for a few seconds, I ran around taking the temperature of the air, the ground and generally anything that was soft enough to poke a needle into. The thermapen is ridiculously expensive, but the fact that it can take a temperature reading IN 4 SECONDS FLAT is truly amazing. It even came with calibration papers. CALIBRATION PAPERS! I love it more than anyone in their right mind should love a thermometer. I kind of want to carry it around in my bag and whip it out at restaurants. Okay, not really.”

Cooking for Engineers
"As you can see from the results, there is no comparison between the Thermapen thermocouple thermometer and any of the others. The speed is amazing - about one second for a ballpark value and two more for dead accurate. Three seconds is such a short amount of time that the time it takes to position the probe in the middle of the roast is almost the same time it will take for the Thermapen to take a reading. ...If you only have space for one thermometer, save up and treat yourself to the ThermoWorks Thermapen. It's fast. Very fast. It also comes calibrated with documentation to prove it. ...The probe tip is very thin (like a thick needle), so measuring the temperature of a 1/4 in. steak is no problem at all. The temperature range is greater than most thermometers and it's also really easy to read."

Virtual Weber Bullet
"There is no better instant-read thermometer than the Thermapen. While other "instant-read" thermometers take 20-30 seconds to reach a full reading, the Thermapen is done in just 4 seconds! ...Can be recalibrated or repaired if damaged. ...worth every penny."

Roots and Grubs: Instant Karma
“The Thermapen lives up to the phrase “instant-read”: you stick it in, and it tell you the temperature in four seconds, max, and usually more like two seconds.”

Kevin Kelly Cool Tools
“…once you've got one, you'll wonder how you ever cooked without it. The Thermapen takes all the guesswork out of the proper time to cook things. …this is THE best kitchen tool I have…”   -- Barbara Young

Charles and Marie
“The best of the lot, the Thermapen by ThermoWorks, is truly instant, measuring the temperature inside your roast in seconds rather than minutes.”

Nerd Approved
“…it’s quick measurements and easy to read display make it a little easier than most. This product has been around for a while, and they are continuing to improve it. …Almost all comments from users are highly complimentary.”

Nelson’s Weblog
"Usually high tech gizmos are a failure in the kitchen, but the Thermapen is an exception. It's a true instant read thermometer: stick it in the food, wait two seconds, and you know the temperature to within one degree.
It's expensive at $85, but it's so much better than conventional cooking thermometers it's worth it. The difference is it uses a scientific quality thermocouple instead of a cheapo thermistor." Meathead’s Hot Stuff Award!!
“…get a really really accurate reading right now. …the probe is thin so it will not open a gusher when you pull it out. The heat sensor is extremely small, so you know you are reading just where you put it and not a lot of the meat around it. ...the only probe I use for ribs.”
"This is the best cooking thermometer I've ever used. It's wicked fast… The temp sensor is at the very end of the probe, so there's no guessing whether you have it placed right. And there are no complicated controls to figure out."

Braisin’ Hussy
“I also got a Thermapen! These things are incredible. I mean, I have a digital themometer from Polder, but it takes like thirty seconds to read a temperature. This thing takes less than five seconds. It's SO COOL.”

Apartment Therapy
“Called the ‘Rolls Royce’ of thermometers…  …the last one you’ll ever need…”

Splendid Table Radio Show
"One of the things Cook's Illustrated magazine is known for is the merciless testing they do with everything from recipes and ingredients to appliances and gadgets. As a result, their recipes work and their product picks are reliable. Here are some of the gadgets the folks in their test kitchens reach for again and again. We'd like to find one of them in our Christmas stocking."
Cook's Illustrated Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

Expat Chow
"Yes, it's expensive, but it's so worth it."
(Several pix of the Thermapen in different uses, under the entry for Saturday, February 9, 2008)

Dad Cooks Dinner
"The Thermapen Instant Read Thermometer by Thermoworks is the best instant read thermometer out there.  Many thermometers call themselves instant read, but the Thermapen is the only one that really is instant read."

Oshawa Ogre
"I love my Thermapen! It is Super Fast just as advertised and it is so easy to use since there are no buttons to fiddle with."

USA Today
"America's Test Kitchens best instant-read thermometer: ThermoWorks Thermapen."

Barbecue Master
"I'm really impressed with the Thermapen. It's super easy to use. You just snap the probe out, and the reading comes on."

Embracing Beauty
"I consider this tool indispensable for anyone who wants to take their cooking to the next level."

Three Kitcheneers
"This thing reads the temperature very accurately, and it does it really fast."

A Food Centric Life
"Every cook needs a digital thermometer. My choice is the Thermapen by ThermoWorks. It's fast, has a large numbers for easy reading and is splash proof. They come in lots of fun colors too. I have three of them!"

Paddio Daddio
"I've had my Thermapen for a few weeks and it is an absolute dream come true. The thing is dead-accurate and reads in three seconds with pinpoint precision, thanks to its narrow tapered probe."

The Dutchess Cooks
"I've already thrown my old thermometer in the box for the flea market! Two thumbs up for the Thermapen! I'd say it makes a perfect Christmas gift, for everybody who loves to cook, inside the house or outside, so why wait??!!"

LA Weekly
"This was one of the hottest items at a recent Master Food Preserver silent auction, and with good reason. The gel point in jams and jellies can be an elusive beast. But not when instantaneous accuracy is at your fingertips. Reaching the magical 220°F is much less painful, easier on the eyes, and involves way less clean up than the standard, bulky candy thermometer. Plate test, schmate test. Trust us, they will love it."

KK Cool Tools
"Over the past few years I've experienced everything from burnt caramel to undercooked turkeys and overdone steaks because of crappy thermometers. Most were either slow, inaccurate, or both, and it made for imprecise cooking.
I left that all behind a few months ago when I started using a Thermapen digital thermometer."

The Kitchn
"So, what is a Thermapen and why is it so great? A Thermapen is a different kind of thermometer; it uses a different technology to read temperatures. Unlike cheaper, more traditional thermometers (which use thermistor sensors) the Thermapen uses what's called a thermocouple sensor. These are used in professional kitchens and other places where getting faster, more accurate temperature readouts is very important. The Thermapen condenses this technology into a relatively small thermometer probe."

Q 4 Fun
"The Thermapen is great for BBQing. The less you open your lid when cooking the better and when you do open the lid the less time it is open the better. The Thermapen takes a reading in about three seconds so you only need to open the lid for about 10 to know how your meat is doing. This translates into smaller temperature swings and allows your temperatures to stay more even for better cooking.  The thermapen can also be used for other cooking like making jellies, jams and candy."

BBQ Sauce Reviews
"The Thermapen is one of the fastest, most accurate thermometers on the market today. It's a thermometer that's extremely popular for use by backyard grillers all the way up to competition BBQ teams."
"The Thermapen from ThermoWorks isn't new but it is to me. And I'm so glad I found it."

Kitchen Contraptions
"Just open the probe and the Thermapen comes on. Close it and it shuts off. No buttons or switches to catch germs, confuse you and cause errors. We used our Thermapen over the past weekend to test various brew temperatures in our coffee makers to seek a perfect brew. Temp readings from the Thermapen were almost instant unlike our older kitchen thermometers, and we loved how easy it was to hold and put away."

Grilling Companion
"I really recommend the Thermapen. Again, the instant reading it gives you allows you to probe around and ensure that you have a perfectly cooked piece of meat."

Seattle Times
"The Thermapen digital meat thermometer, for instance, is fast and accurate."

San Francisco Chronicle
"...test the internal temperature with a British-made Thermapen. They're available in a Crayola array of colors..."

"First of all, it's as sharp as an ice pick. It has a very slender needle, so it goes in easily. And it's digital, so it gives you an accurate read."

Food and Fire
"It gives you precise internal temperature readings in 3 seconds flat. There is no on or off button, swing the probe out and it's on (and yes, it was a hot one the day I got it).  The very thin tip slides right into the meat and gives you a reading at the center of the food."

"The Thermapen is the best instant read thermometer I've found."


Still not convinced? Read what these well-known authors have to say (these guys have actually been on TV). These opinions are now found in the Library of Congress, not just the internet. By the way, these are all must-have books for your own kitchen library.

Alton Brown’s GEAR For Your Kitchen by Alton Brown, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2003
“The best instant-read I’ve used.” (pg. 166)
“The thermometer I use most is the Thermapen by ThermoWorks, and, no, I’m not paid to say that. …edges out other (cheaper) digitals… …faster than any other model… My Thermapen can take a clear internal reading on a wafer-thin piece of sole; cheaper models are very unsure of themselves if the food is less than 1 inch thick.” (pg. 167)

Dr. BBQ’s “Barbecue All Year Long!” Cookbook by Ray Lampe, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2006
“Another temperature-taking tool that I have become really attached to is the Thermapen, made by a company named ThermoWorks. This thing is the ultimate hand-held food thermometer. …truly accurate. …well worth it.” (pg. 11)
“My all-time favorite is the Thermapen from ThermoWorks. These things are the greatest. …you’ll love it.” (pg. 274)

The New Cooks’ Catalogue, The Definitive Guide to Cooking Equipment by Burt Wolf, Emily Aronson, and Florence Fabricant, Alfred A. Knopf, 2000
“…one of the most capable tools for home thermometry. Use it to measure the internal temperature of just about anything--… Another notable feature: every Thermapen comes with a hand-signed and dated certificate of calibration to ensure that each one leaves the factory in mint condition.” (pg. 14)

Chocolate Chocolate by Lisa Yockelson, Wiley, 2005
“The Thermapen Digital Thermometer is an elegant tool…” (pg. 66)

A Guy’s Guide to Great Eating by Don Mauer, Houghton Mifflin, 1999
“The best of the best…” (Back Matter)

The Cook’s Illustrated Guide to Grilling and Barbecue by the Editors of Cook’s Illustrated, America’s Test Kitchen, 2005

The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook by Christopher Kimball, Little, Brown & Company, 2006

Baking for all Occasions by Flo Braker: Chronicle Books, 2008
“When I'm baking, an instant-read analog or digital thermometer is always within easy reach… I prefer a digital thermometer that gives me an instant readout so I don't overbake or overwarm. If you bake often, you may want to invest in the professional Super-Fast Thermapen instant-read thermometer, which gauges temperatures (from -58 to 572 degrees F) in just 4 seconds.” (page 40)

The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum: W.W. Norton & Company, 2003
“A quality probe thermometer is ideal for taking the temperature of raw dough, baked breads, and myriad other items. The one I find most reliable is the English battery-operated Thermapen…thermometer with a range of
-50°F to 550°F…” (page 579)

The Best Slow & Easy Recipes by the Editors of Cook's Illustrated: America's Test Kitchen, 2008
“In the test kitchen, we always use an instant-read thermometer to determine when meat is optimally cooked. (We also use it to check the temperature of bread, caramel sauce, and candy, and to the test the temperature of oil when frying.) Our favorite instant-read thermometer is the ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen, a test-kitchen workhorse that quickly provides accurate readings across a broad range of temperatures… The ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen is fast, accurate, and easy to use.” (page 73)

Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller, Sabastien Rouxel, 2012
"The Thermapen is an excellent instant-read thermometer that reads high temperatures. It's our thermometer of choice and what we recommend." (page 345)


Chile Pepper: "Tech Toys" March, 2010
"If you're looking for a surefire way to check the temperature of any spicy meat, turn to the granddaddy of all thermometers - ThermoWorks' Thermapen..." (page 20)

Entertaining Magazine: "Classic Pinapple-Glazed Ham," May, 2010
"Years back, we tested a handful of the most promising, and the Thermapen, produced by ThermoWorks, easily bested the rest for its speed and accuracy." (page 18)

Fast Company: "Tools of My Trade" by Alton Brown, October 2010
"'I'm a stickler on temp control,' says Brown, who relies on the Thermapen, a high-tech thermometer with a giant retractable needle. 'It's superfast and highly, highly accurate.'" (page 96)

Taste of Home Collector's Edition, "Stuff We Love!" December 2010
"TOH Food Editor Pat Schmeling swears by the Thermapen. 'This is the best instant-read thermometer I've ever used,' she says. 'It takes away all doubt of whether or not the food is fully cooked. It's made me a better cook.' She likes it so much she bought one for all of her kids for Christmas…" (page 14)

Esquire Magazine Best of 2010: "The Alternative Guide to Holiday Roasting" by Francine Maroukian, December, 2010
"Test the internal temperature with an instant-read meat thermometer, preferably with a large, digital readout, like the superlative Super-Fast Thermapen (three to four seconds and accurate to within 1 degree…)" (page 50)

Cook's Illustrated and America's Test Kitchen: Holiday Cookies, December, 2010
"Sight, touch, and instinct are age-old ways to gauge when food is done, but for consistent results, none is as reliable as taking the food's internal temperature… The test kitchen's go-to thermometer for any task is the ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen…" (page 15)

Make Magazine, "Toolbox," Volume 26, May 2011
"The tiny thermocouple sensor in the tip means that not only are the readings super-fast (about 3 seconds), you can check temperatures of even the thinnest of foodstuffs. Plus, the company's customer service is great…" (page 159)

GQ: "There's No Such Thing as 'Just a Dash'," July, 2011
" a thermometer (we like the simple Thermapen)..." (page 62)

Shape: "Sizzling Hot Tools," August, 2011
"Neither spilled barbecue sauce nor spray from your kid's cannonball can thwart the ThermoWorks Splash-Proof, Super-Fast Thermapen, which gauges the internal temperature of your meat in just three seconds." (page 133)

Food Safety Magazine: "Professional Thermocouple," February/March, 2012
"Each thermocouple is traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology and includes a certificate of calibration with actual test dates." (page 62)

Today's Parent: In the Kitchen - What's Cookin', March, 2012
"This pro-chef fave is accurate even with thin, delicate fish." (page 134)

Fine Cooking: In the Kitchen: Bruce's Must-Have Grill Tools, June/July, 2012
"My ThermoWorks instant-read thermometer has taken a lot of abuse. It's designed more for a commercial kitchen than a home kitchen; I've dropped mine and gotten it wet, and it still gives me an accurate reading quickly." (page 34)

Sunset: Meat Master Bruce Aidells shows you how to grill a Thanksgiving Bird, November, 2012
"The fastest and most accurate is the Super-Fast Thermapen.." (page 90)

Family Circle: What's Cooking, November, 2012
"...the right stuff to create a memorable meal" (page 145)

Saveur: Essential Equipment, June/July, 2011
"Injected like a needle into the meat, the [Thermapen] takes an extremely accurate and quick temperature" (page 100)

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