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Typhur InstaProbe Review (Great Gift Idea!)

Typhur InstaProbe Review (Great Gift Idea!)

Let’s be frank. When it comes to cooking, the biggest faux pas is serving raw meat with shoe leather meat as a close second. Unless you’re a seasoned chef, well versed in the “touch” method to determine doneness, an instant read meat thermometer is a must-have kitchen tool.

We’ve had hit-or miss luck over the years when it comes to meat thermometers. As such, we have a love/hate relationship. But, everyone needs one in their kitchen arsenal, so when Typhur asked us to test their new Typhur InstaProbe Meat Thermometer, we jumped at the chance. Anything to help us and YOU, our cherished readers, in the kitchen is worth the effort.

After playing around with it for a few weeks, we strongly recommend this brand and thermometer. Here’s why:

5 Reasons We Love The Typhur InstaProbe

1. Accurate

A meat thermometer can feature all the latest bells and whistles, but if it’s not accurate, it defeats the purpose of using it. To confirm accuracy, we performed two tests: an ice bath and boiling water. The ice bath should clock in at 32°F while the boiling water should clock in at 212° F.

The Typhur Instaprobe is NIST certified at ±0.5°F. As you can see from the photos, it clocked in at 32.4° F during the ice bath test, within the certified accuracy range. The boiling water test clocked in at 211.5° F, also within the certified accuracy range.

Typhur Instaprobe in a bowl of ice water.

We LOVE the fact the temperature reading isn’t rounded up! 164.1°F is quite different than 164.9°F. Sure, it doesn’t sound like that big of a deal, but it affects the carry-over temperature. That .9°F could very well end up +/- 2-3°F in either direction.

Also- if you’re tempering a finicky ingredient like chocolate or even wax to make candles, the temperature needs to be exact. That extra decimal point is key to the final success.

2. Fast

The second “must have” feature is the quickness of the reading. When smoking the longer the lid is off, to take the temperature of the meat, the more the ambient temperature drops. The Typhur Instaprobe measures in 0.75 seconds, the industry leader. So, not only did we find it as accurate as claimed, but as fast as claimed as well.

Now that the two “must have” features passed with flying colors, we checked out the “nice to have” features.

3. OLED Display

The older we get, the more we appreciate a large and bright display! Not only were we able to easily read the display in the bright sun (and moonlight!), it works for both left and right handers. Lefties no longer have to read the temperature upside down. We checked our existing instant-read meat thermometer and it didn’t adjust when flipped around.

close up of digital face on meat thermometer.

4. Waterproof Rating

For those who grill/smoke, move quickly in the kitchen, or tend to “forget” to take their temperature gauge inside after using, we have good news; this thermometer has a IP67 waterproof rating! That number didn’t mean much to us when reading, so we looked into it:

IP67 is one of the highest ratings regarding environmental protection. In short, the Typhur InstaProbe protects against liquids (making it easy to wash), and protects against dust and other airborne particles (hello, smoker smoke!)

As a year-round outside cooker, this rating is key to longevity. Maybe this contributes to why our other instant-read temperature gauges die quickly?

5. Integrated Magnet

The magnet isn’t a “must have” feature, but it sure is an appreciated and heavily used feature. We personally connect it to the side of our smoker, or front of our grill, so we always know where to find it when cooking. For storage we store it on the side of or refrigerator – out of sight and not taking up valuable drawer space.

Meat thermometer attached to the leg of a smoking unit.


If you’re looking for a cheap thermometer that breaks in a month, this ain’t it. Sadly, we’ve purchased a few “high end” thermometers that didn’t deliver as promised and/or broke way too quickly to justify the price point. The Typhur InstaProbe, with its fast response and accurate reading, is a great value, even at the $109 price tag. You get what you pay for when it comes to digital thermometers.

Included in the price is the unit, 2 AAA batteries, a 12-month stress-free warranty, and a 30-day money back guarantee


When paying for a high-end thermometer, we want to get the most bang for our buck; usage isn’t limited to the kitchen. Here are some ways we use our instant-read thermometer around the house and kitchen:

  • Grilling
  • Sous Vide (Water Temp Accuracy)
  • Candy Making
  • Candle Making
  • Deep Frying

Typhur InstaProbe Meat Thermometer, takes the anxiety out of cooking, even when cooking an expensive piece of meat. Here are a few recipes that require a killer thermometer to make:

Smoked Tri Tip
Tender and juicy Smoked Tri Tip reverse seared to produce a deep brown crust. This smoked tri tip recipe starts with a flavorful California-inspired tri tip rub and is cooked low and slow on the grill.
Smoked Tri Tip cut into slices.
Prime Rib
Melt-in-your-mouth Prime Rib Recipe with 1,000 5-star reviews. You'll be a convert after using our recipe and cooking method. This is one of the most popular Prime Rib recipes online. Find out how to buy Prime Rib For Sale.
Cooked Prime Rib Recipe - with two slices of pink prime rib and roasted garlic next to it.
Picanha with Chimichurri
Picanha is an extremely tender and juicy cut of beef made popular by Brazilian steakhouses. Also referred to as Coulotte Steak, picanha steak is grilled low and slow and topped with a flavorful cilantro chimichurri.
Picanha roast on a silver baking sheet.

Smoked Whole Chicken
This is the BEST Smoked Whole Chicken recipe. When smoking chicken you’re left with extra crispy skins, juicy meat and an impressively easy dinner. Smoked chicken only requires 10 minutes prep time. See more chicken recipes.
Smoked whole chicken on a silver baking sheet.
3-2-1 Ribs
Utilizing the popular 3-2-1 method, ribs are coated in BBQ rub and sauce and smoked until they're fall-off-the-bone tender.
Rack of 3-2-1- ribs on a black cutting board.
Smoked London Broil
Learn how to smoke a London broil so it rivals even the most tender steaks. When cooked low and slow, smoked London broil produces tender and juicy slices of beef infused with a bold smoky flavor. 
Sliced smoked london broil on a dark baking sheet.
Bavette Steak
Change it up by grilling up a Bavette steak, an amazingly rich cut of beef. Beef Bavette features a beef-forward flavor, takes on any dry rub or marinade like a boss and is perfect for any recipe calling for steak.
Bavette steak with mushroom sauce.
Achiote Chicken
Achiote Chicken, also known as Pollo Pibil, is a rich and colorful Mexican recipe made with a unique blend of flavors from achiote paste or powder, citrus and spices.
Shockingly simple to make, this achiote chicken recipe pairs nicely with a side of Mexican Rice, Cilantro Lime Rice or Mexican Potatoes.
achiote chicken in a white baking dish.
Smoked Leg of Lamb
Smoked Leg of Lamb, with a flavorful garlic herb rub and smooth smokey flavor, makes the best addition to your Christmas dinner menu or Easter dinner menu. Just like Smoked Rack of Lamb, smoked lamb leg is cooked low and slow and finished with a quick sear to develop a perfectly seasoned crust and tender interior.
Smoked leg of lamb sliced on a silver baking sheet.

If you’re in the market for a new instant read digital thermometer, or are looking for a great gift idea for the chef in your life, the Typhur InstaProbe should be at the top of your consideration list; it receives two big thumbs up from the Foodie and Wine kitchen.

Disclosure: I partnered with Typhur (Typhur powered by cooking science) for this review; however, all opinions expressed here are my own.