Top 10 Surface Thermometers
for October 2022

Whether you're baking a cake, grilling a steak, or cooking up some chili, a thermometer is a great tool to have on hand. Surface thermometers, which attach to your countertop, are easy-to-use and easy to read. Some thermometers even come with built-in timers, so you can easily monitor cooking progress.

In the Different Guide , we test surface thermometers to measure accuracy, ease of use, and temperature range. We evaluate each thermometer's temperature range, which ranges from -40 to 572°F. We also look at each thermometer's accuracy, which is measured by testing its accuracy to within 1°F. Our testers also evaluate each thermometer's ease of use, including how easy it was to position the thermometer, how easy to read the numbers on the display, and how easy it was to turn the temperature up or down. Here are the best surface thermometers to buy in 2022, according to Different Guide Reviews tests and popular reviews.

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9.7
SCORE
Baker 312FC Magnetic Surface Thermometer, 0 to 250°F (-20 to 120°C)

Baker Instruments Baker 312FC Magnetic Surface Thermometer

by Reed
What We like

Monitor the temperature of your surfaces, meats, and food. This thermometer is accurate, dependable, and an added bonus, also functions as a magnetic recipe box.

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9.6
SCORE
ennoLogic Temperature Gun (NOT for Body Temperature) - Dual Laser Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer -58°F to 1202°F - NIST Option Available - Accurate Digital Surface IR Thermometer eT650D

ennoLogic Temperature Gun (NOT for Body Temperature)

by Cascadia Innovations
What We like

This is a really nice and helpful tool for getting the temperature of things without having to pick up a thermometer.

3
9.3
SCORE
Etekcity Infrared Thermometer 774, Digital Temperature Gun for Cooking, Non Contact Electric Laser IR Temp Gauge, Home Repairs, Handmaking, Surface Measuring, -58 to 716 ℉, - 50 to 380 ℃, Yellow

Etekcity Infrared Thermometer 774, Digital Temperature Gun for Cooking, Non Contact Electric Laser IR Temp Gauge, Home Repairs, Handmaking, Surface Measuring, -58 to 716 ℉,

by Etekcity
What We like

The Taylor Precision Taylor 774 Infrared Cooking Thermometer can accurately measure temperatures up to 716 degrees (50 degrees below room temperature). It was the fastest thermometer we tested at reading temperatures and changing in temperatures.

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9
SCORE
Cuisinart CSG-625 Infrared Surface Thermometer, Silver/Black

Cuisinart Outdoor Grilling Cuisinart CSG-625 Infrared Surface Thermometer

by The Fulham Group
What We like

One of the best surface thermometers on the market, the Cuisinart CSG-625 works quietly and quickly to accurately read the temperature of up to four different spots at one time.

5
8.9
SCORE
LPOW Forehead Thermometer for Adults, The Non Contact Infrared Baby Thermometer for Fever, Body Thermometer and Surface Thermometer 2 in 1 Dual Mode Medical Thermometer

LPOW Forehead Thermometer for Adults

by LPOW
What We like

This cheap thermometer is the best overall value. It's simple to use, accurate, and comes with all of the features you need. It doesn't work for babies, but it does a great job tracking your fever for multiple family members.

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8.7
SCORE
PTC 572F Direct Contact Surface Thermometer 50° to 500°F

PTC 572F Direct Contact Surface Thermometer 50° to 500°F

by Pacific Transducer Corp
What We like

Instead of using a dial, the PTC 572F has a flat surface where you place the probe. You do have to calibrate the thermometer, but once that's done, it stays calibrated for its entire life.

7
8.7
SCORE
Stanbroil Wood Stove Top Surface Thermometer, Magnetic Stove Meter Thermometer for Wood Burning Stoves Top,Gas Stoves,Flues,Pellet Stove,Stove Pipe

Stanbroil Wood Stove Top Surface Thermometer

by Stanbroil
What We like

Thermometer is easy to read, accurate to 1 degree Fahrenheit, and works great on wood stoves, as well as gas, pellet, and flue stoves.

8
8.7
SCORE
PTC 315F Magnetic Surface Thermometer 0° to 150°F

PTC 315F Magnetic Surface Thermometer 0° to 150°F

by Pacific Transducer Corp
What We like

This folding digital thermometer is great for cooking, frying, and frying steaks. It's easy to read, has an extended temperature range, and is economical.

9
8.5
SCORE
Etekcity Infrared Thermometer 1080, Digital Temperature Gun for Cooking, Non Contact Electric Laser IR Temp Gauge, Home Repairs, Handmaking, Surface Measuring, -58 to 1022℉, -50 to 550℃, Yellow

Etekcity Infrared Thermometer 1080

by Etekcity
What We like

The lasergrip 1080 digital thermometer can read temperatures up to 1022°F, making it ideal for baking, barbecue, and other high heat cooking.

10
7.4
SCORE
Thermometer for Adults and Kids, No-Touch Baby Forehead Thermometer, 2 in 1 Body & Surface Mode, Medical Digital Thermometer with Fever Alarm, Accurate Instant Readings, Memory Function, Silent Mode

femometer Thermometer for Adults and Kids

by femometer
What We like

This digital forehead thermometer worked great to keep an eye on our 3-month-old son's temperature while he was fussy during his first fever. The backlight is great so you can use it at night without waking a baby.

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