Kizen Instant Read Waterproof Alarm Food Thermometer

Last updated date: October 9, 2020

DWYM Score

8.9

Kizen Instant Read Waterproof Alarm Food Thermometer

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We looked at the top Food Thermometers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Food Thermometer you should buy.

Editor's Note October 14, 2020:
Checkout The Best Food Thermometer for a detailed review of all the top food thermometers.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 129 expert reviews, the Kizen Kizen Instant Read Waterproof Alarm Food Thermometer placed 11th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Tired of overcooking or undercooking your meats and food or waiting for your outdated thermometer to finally get a reading? That frustration can be no more with the Kizen ultra quick and accurate thermometer! Featuring a Ultra Fast Premium Probe - Capable of taking temperatures in as little as 2 seconds with an accuracy of +/-1, cook your meats, baked bread, deep fried foods, candy, soups, and beverages perfectly every time! The instant read temperature probe by itself would make a great buy, but the Kizen thermometer goes even further with several unique and innovative features that sets it apart. Waterproof Body - Do you frequently get your thermometer dirty and want a quick and easy way to wash it without fear? No worries, you can wash this Kizen thermometer under running water just like any of your dishes! Bright LCD Light - Do you just need a little visual assistance for the read? Don't bother fumbling with your phone, the LCD backlight has you covered. Convenient Alarm - Set an alarm that alerts you when the temperature is reached. Easy Storage Design - Enjoy all the benefits of a long temperature probe without all the storage hassles. The Kizen thermometer can fully retract, making for easy & safe storage. The thermometer also has a internal magnet and large hang hole so that it can be stored up on the refrigerator or hanged up on kitchen hooks. Auto-OFF - Featuring a convenient battery saving auto-off when probe is retracted or after 10 minutes have passed without activity Calibration - Comes expertly pre-calibrated, but can re-calibrated anytime to assure only the most accurate reads! FULLY BUNDLED PACKAGE INCLUDES: Gift box package. Makes a great gift for home chefs, bbq lovers, Mom, and Dad! Exclusive eCookBook "Modern Cooking" 2 3V CR2450 batteries(1 inside thermometer and 1 extra for later use) Meat temperature guide and easy to follow graphical user manual. 4 velcro dots to hang your meat temperature guide. Don't rob yourself of making perfectly cooked meals any longer, and cook like a pro!

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.7
8 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.2
1,277 user reviews

What experts liked

Produces temperature readings fast – as little as 2 seconds. "Speaks" temperatures by pressing the voice button. Compact with a food-grade stainless steel probe. Lifetime warranty.
- BestReviews
August 1, 2019 | Full review
Other features that really make up the amazing Kizen instant-read thermometer includes the amazing warranty services, with amazing packing of a sturdy box. You will really love this highly rated meat thermometer that actually among the best selling at Amazon.
- CTOP Reviews
Strong body construction; one-hand operation.
- Dotbeasts
July 28, 2019 | Full review
The probe is foldable for easy storage and it has an ultra-thin tip, making very easy to penetrate the meat.
- Furious Grill
May 21, 2019 | Full review
Kizen thermometer works pretty well with beverages, making candy and deep frying. What makes this product the best choice is that it is convenient and clear.
- 5 Product Reviews
July 31, 2019 | Full review
The design is foldable, and this makes its use and storage easy. Finally, this comes with a warranty for a secure purchase.
- Z7 Premium
April 14, 2019 | Full review
Kizen Waterproof Instant Read Meat Thermometer is covered with ABS plastic. So, even if it slips down off your hand, it doesn’t break.
- Meat Ballly
Turns on automatically when you open it up. Comes with an extra set of batteries.
- Wild Trend
August 6, 2019 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Occasional inaccuracies have been reported. Over time, casing may develop cracks. Some duds, but the warranty comes in handy in such cases.
- BestReviews
August 1, 2019 | Full review
Not the Most Durable Option
- Furious Grill
May 21, 2019 | Full review
Wearing a glove makes it difficult to press the “hold” button.
- Wild Trend
August 6, 2019 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Colleen Janke
Owner of Savory Kitchen, a cooking school and culinary events space

Colleen Janke is the owner of Savory Kitchen, a cooking school and culinary events space located in San Jose, California. Savory Kitchen offers cooking classes from kitchen basics like knife skills and baking to advanced classes that focus on regional specialty dishes. A trained sommelier, Colleen also loves finding local wines to incorporate into her cooking classes and instructing students on making divine food and wine pairings.

Outside of her business, Colleen loves spending almost all of her free time in her home kitchen, cooking and baking with her three children and her husband.

An Overview On Food Thermometers

If you routinely cook meats, a food thermometer is a must-have kitchen item. You can test the doneness of everything from steaks to whole turkeys without having to cut into them. But if you haven’t shopped for a food thermometer lately, you may not realize how much they’ve evolved from their earliest days.

Before you start shopping, consider whether you want a probe-based thermometer or one of the newer types that works using infrared laser technology. With the latter, you’ll simply point and click to determine doneness. If you opt for a probe type, consider the kinds of food you’ll be cooking. For cooking large meats in your oven or smoker, you’ll need a probe long enough to reach all the way into the center of something, like a chicken or pork roast.

“If you’re a novice cook, an instant-read thermometer is the way to go,” says Colleen Janke. She’s our resident culinary expert and the owner of Savory Kitchen, a cooking school in San Jose, California. “With other thermometers, you’ll remove the probe too quickly to get an accurate reading. An instant-read will prevent that from happening.”

Newer thermometers also come with food presets, which means no more looking up what temperature your meat needs to be to reach a safe level of doneness. For grilling and smoking, you may also want to consider a type of thermometer that attaches to your grill and communicates with a receiver that you can take around the house with you.

Accuracy is probably one of the most important factors in a meat thermometer. If you’re using a laser-based thermometer, you’ll probably need to be fairly close to the food to get the most accurate reading. Some probe-based thermometers now come with two probes that you can use as verification for the temperature you’re seeing.

If you’re using a food probe, you’ll need to wash it after each use to avoid contamination the next time you use it to test. This can be tricky, though.

“Don’t put your thermometer through the dishwasher!” says Janke. “For cleaning, always use hot, soapy water and let it air-dry.”

Thermometers with extra features like digital readers or receivers need additional care. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to determine exactly what you’ll need to do to clean your thermometer between uses.

The Food Thermometer Buying Guide

  • Historically, food thermometers have operated by inserting a probe into the item being cooked. You can then check the temperature based on what the probe finds. However, a newer type of thermometer has emerged that uses infrared laser technology to test the meat merely by aiming it at the item being cooked. These point-and-shoot models eliminate messy probes.
  • Among digital thermometers, some models stand out for their receiver setup. The receiver communicates with a device you clamp onto your grill or smoker. You then stick the two probes into the meat and step away. They can have a reach of several hundred feet, so you can keep an eye on your food from a safe distance.
  • Preset recommendations can be a big help. Some thermometers come with preset programs for five USDA-approved doneness levels for nine different types of meat. Others come with recommended cooking levels for beef, veal, pork, poultry and fish.
  • Timers are an essential part of a food thermometer. Look for a thermometer with both a countdown and reverse-countdown feature, allowing you to either monitor how long your food has been cooking or insert a specific time. The reverse-countdown feature is especially ideal for those with smokers who need to slow-cook a large piece of meat.
  • When using a probe-based thermometer, pay close attention to the length of the probe if you routinely cook big items like ham, turkey or pork shoulders. Any probe that’s more than 4.5 inches is considered very long.
  • When it comes to accuracy, laser infrared thermometers boast the closest accuracy ranges. However, as you move further away, the laser can lose that accuracy.
  • Food thermometers are typically battery-powered, so make sure you have the right batteries in stock if they aren’t included. Some models shut off automatically when not in use to save battery power. They may also come with a low-battery indicator to ensure you aren’t stranded without extra batteries when you’re ready to start cooking.
  • If you’ve ever waited for a food thermometer to give you a reading, you know it can be frustrating. Some laser thermometers can give you results within 500 milliseconds of pulling the trigger. Thermometers that use something called a step-down tip give almost instant readings.
  • Thermometers that stay attached to your grill need to have a higher heat tolerance than those you only use when it’s time to test doneness. Make sure the wires and probe on any digital thermometer can withstand your grill’s heat when it’s clamped on during the cooking process.