Instant-read thermometers require pitmasters and chefs to hold the device close to the cooking meat while readings are taken. For this reason, how well the thermometer fits and feels in your hands is of great importance. All three products are small, light and easy to hold. Sometimes taking readings can be tricky and cooks need to position their hands at awkward angles to measure different parts of the meat and grill. The standout product in this category is the Finaltouch X10. Unlike the Thermapen Mk4 and One, both right and left-handed chefs can use the Finaltouch X10 easily. You heard that right! This is thanks to the product’s advanced rotation design, which allows rotation of 270 degrees. This is significantly more than the 180-degree rotation found in the Thermapen Mk4 and One. What this means in real terms is the Finaltouch X10 can be used at tighter angles and by both right and left handed chefs.
Another great function of the Finaltouch X10 is the hold function, this allows you to ‘hold’ the temperature shown on the screen after you have removed the probe from the meat. This great addition allows you to take a closer look at the readings. Unfortunately, both the Mk4 and One don’t have this function, and with a smaller screen, you may encounter difficulty seeing the readings without leading forward towards the hot grill.
Winner: Finaltouch X10