meat thermometers – Lavatools, 2017

The Lavatools Javelin, a meat thermometer originally known as the Thermowand, is the epitome of simplicity. It uses a buttons-free design to achieve its incredibly-portable size and reads a wide range of temperatures with less than 1 degree of variance from the actual temperature of food. It achieves readouts within seconds and is among the fastest of devices we tested. Although its small design can make it difficult to hold, it is small enough to easily fit on your keychain so that you???ll always have it handy to use, whether in the kitchen or out camping. For these reasons, this meat thermometer earns our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.


This instant-read thermometer doesn???t include any buttons, but it’s still fairly easy to use and highly accurate. The probe can read temperatures between -40 and 482 degrees Fahrenheit, or -20 to 150 degrees Celsius. The manufacturer indicates its initial response time is four seconds, though in our testing a full temperature readout took eight seconds, on average. Such delays are typical among thermometers because the manufacturer’s response time only indicate the time it takes for the thermometer to register a portion of the temperature. A full reading will take longer.

Most meat thermometers have a temperature variance of plus or minus two degrees Fahrenheit. This Lavatools thermometer is one of the best thermometers in terms of accuracy, touting final readouts within 0.9 degrees of the actual temperature. This accuracy was exceeded by one other thermometer in our testing, but only by a mere 0.2 degrees.

The probe of this instant-read thermometer is shorter than all other products we tested, measuring 2.75 inches long. While the portability of such a small device is attractive, there is a tradeoff. When a meat thermometer is so small, it becomes quite difficult to hold, and it’s hard to avoid potential burns to your hands you’re checking meat in the oven. This increases your risk of injury while using it around extremely hot food or things that might splatter or bubble.

The device is designed with a small handle so you can attach it to a keychain or lanyard for easy access between uses. This thermometer is even designed with a magnet so you can easily leave it on your fridge between uses. Despite its size, the numbers on the digital screen are still quite easy to read, even if the numbers don???t rotate and the screen isn???t backlit.

The probe itself is designed with a tapered tip that measures 1.6 millimeters wide, so little-to-no essential juices are lost when meat is punctured. Its CR2032 battery produces more than 4,000 hours of battery life, and there’s a battery-preserving auto-off functionality that takes effect after 60 minutes of inactivity.


Help and support through the thermometer???s manufacturer is restricted solely to email, which means responses may take upward of three days. This model is covered by a lifetime warranty. It is the only product we tested that is protected with anything longer than five years of coverage.

The Lavatools Javelin is a great meat thermometer, particularly if you’re looking for a device you can easily carry. Its simple fold-out probe, combined with a lifetime warranty, ensures the thermometer can withstand the rigors of use. There are no buttons, and its minimalist design doesn’t offer a lot of frill features. Instead, it focuses on accurate and speedy readouts with results that few other competing devices are able to surpass.

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