Product Review: IKEA Thermometer

Photo Courtesy of IKEA

Photo Courtesy of IKEA

It doesn’t seem to matter which BBQ forum I’m on there is often a discussion of which thermometer people think is best.  The digital remotes are popular, but results on quality seem to abound.

A few months ago I came across the digital probe thermometer at IKEA.  At first glance I was little worried about quality.  At a cost of only $6.99 how could could it really be.  Well, let me tell you I can’t think of another thermometer on the market that will give you accuracy for under $7.00.  There isn’t a better value out there. I purchase one as a test and it worked so well I went back this week and bought five more.

How good are they?  I took the five I purchase this week, inserted a new battery in each one and stuck the probes in a pot of water on the stove.  Each and every one of them monitored the water temp exactly the same.  All five came to 212 degrees at exactly the same time.  I couldn’t believe it.

The thermometer can be set to Fahrenheit or Celsius along with a beeper that tells you when your meat comes to the desired temperature.  It also has a timer.

The downside is that the thermometer doesn’t have an on/off switch.  You have to take the battery out after each use.  Considering the accuracy and cost this is an easy thing to overlook.

The IKEA Fantast Meat Thermometer is available for mail order at

13 Comments on Product Review: IKEA Thermometer

  1. This Fantast is horrible. Faulty right out of the box.

    • Well I’ve got eight of them that have been working flawlessly for over a year now. Sounds like you’ve got bad luck.

  2. Thanks for the review Larry! I have one that has helped me to cook 3 flawless turkeys for the family and it hasn’t let me down yet. I will admit to niggling doubts about its accuracy but you’ve helped relieve those. Highly recommended for those looking for this functionality on the cheap.

  3. Got one. After 3 uses it displays 37C when in the room.
    And I am not living in a Sauna.
    No possibity to calibrate it. Too bad.
    Was happy otherwise. Cheap, accurate but now let me down.

  4. I bought two of these in Japan for around 950yen each. They worked fine – until today.
    The bummer is I threw away the reciept this morning!
    One shows the maximum temp (over 130C!), the other shows about 87C cnstantly.
    took them both apart. One has some faulty circuitry but I think both have fualty sensors in the probes.
    Used them in water though so maybe they aren’t waterproof. The tiny simply booklet didn’t say that.
    They were quite cheap though and I can’t find anything pike that so I may go and get one more and cover it with protective silicon tubing before testing it out in different temp water/fluids – I want to use it to mash malt for making beer.
    Your review made me go out and buy two.
    I hope it was just the faulty cable leaking fluid into the sensor. If it can be fixed, then that’s not so bad. If not, then the thing is a useless piece of junk.
    Will see if 3 times is a charm.

  5. I bought two of these about three years ago. One completely crapped out on me after a year and the other one became inaccurate just last week. While the first one was just faulty, I think the second one’s probe melted: the website says it’s ovenproof to 428 f, which is actually a little low, and the last use was in an oven that was preheated to 450 to crisp up a fat cap.

    It’s not the best long term investment, but heck it’s $7. Just keep it away from really high heat, and if (or when) the probe stops telling the true temp, it’ll still work as a timer.

  6. Thanks for the review. I’ll be picking one up on my next Ikea trip. I purchased a $15 similar product from Target and it told me my boiling water was $160. Gotta return it.

  7. I bought two of these in the last week, worked great at first, amazing in fact, now they won’t move from temps of over 125 degrees even in ice water. Wouldn’t get another.

    • Okay. Mine are years old and still work. I’d me more concerned about your ice water that is over 125 degrees.

    • I seem to remember the thermometers don’t go higher than 256 degrees Fahrenheit, which would be 125 degrees Celsius. You should check to make sure they are measuring the right standard.

  8. Hahaha. You know you are having a bad day when your ice water burns your mouth. I have a picture I can send you of it. Two ikea thermometers and a different brand with their probes in ice water. One at 204, 145 and 128. Weirdest thing. I was using them to gauge bread in a 450 oven, wonder if I wrecked them. I am looking at a thermoworks one right now. Alton Brown uses the instant read pen one so if its good enough for him….

  9. David J. Levendowski // March 4, 2013 at 11:19 am //

    I have had my Ikea thermometer/timer for 3 weeks.. it now says that my house is 205 degree’s and if i put the probe in the freezer it says my freezer is 105 degree’s.. and I haven’t found a way to reset it or calibrate it so I will have to say its junk..

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