Lavatools PT12 NSF-Certified Magnetic Food Thermometer

Last updated: September 20, 2022


High-quality is the best way to describe this food thermometer. It features an 18/8 food-grade stainless steel probe and an antimicrobial body. You can purchase it in a variety of fun colors, or stick with a traditional black.

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.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: Add a little color to your kitchen with this food thermometer, which comes in purple, green, orange, pink, blue and red.

In our analysis of 115 expert reviews, the Lavatools NSF-Certified Magnetic Food Thermometer placed 12th when we looked at the top 20 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The Javelin is the gold standard for all digital meat thermometers. Ultra fast 3-4 second readings at all typical cooking temperatures makes this a truly instant read thermometer for meats, liquids, candy, and baked goods. With an accuracy of ±0.9°F, it’s one of the best performing digital instant read thermometer on the market today. Our product is NSF approved for commercial and professional use. We use high-quality impact-resistant polymers to prevent warping and cracking. The Javelin digital meat thermometer can survive 4,000+ hours of continuous use on a single change of battery.

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.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

It can withstand impacts that cause cracking and warping and you can enjoy over 4,000 hours of constant use on a single battery charge.
The tapered 18/8 stainless steel probe minimizes the damage each time you take the temperature.
Inexpensive, accurate readings, magnetized for convenient storage, lifetime warranty.
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This unit is splashproof, which is a big plus when working around water and other liquids when cooking.
This buttonless meat thermometer is the simplest of all thermometers that gives you highly accurate temperatures, and with the single battery, it can last for 4000+hrs.
Its sensor has a precision of ±0.9degF, construction that is heat resistant and splash-proof.
With a temperature range of -40 to 482°F, this meat thermometer is also effective to use in fryers or for making bread, candy, coffee, and homebrews.

What reviewers didn't like

However, the testers didn't like the short probe length, or the fact that the range topped out at 482 degrees.
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The probe is short – This could be a little annoying if you plan on cooking large cuts of meat like Boston butt or brisket.
Very bare bones with no real extra features to get excited about
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