For the more experienced cook, a meat thermometer allows you to get extremely granular with your roasting, baking, and grilling, narrowing in on your doneness preferences degree by degree. But for those who are more tentative or newer to the game, meat thermometers can also take the finicky guesswork out of making dinner. But a meat thermometer, if you ever plan to make a centerpiece cut of protein or just want to feel very sure about your weeknight chicken thighs, is an absolute must-add. Digital instant-read thermometersFor a quick (as the name says, nearly instant) read on your piece of meat, this style of thermometer can't be beat. A probe thermometer features, as you might guess, a long probe, which you can leave stuck into your piece of meat for the entirety of the cooking process.