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ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 Instant Read Meat Thermometer Review

A couple of weeks ago, I received the recently updated version of the ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 Instant Read Meat Thermometer.

While the prior model delivered precise temperature readings within 2-3 seconds, the revamped X10 now claims to match the speed of the Thermapen ONE, offering accurate readouts in just 1 second.

If you’re looking for the best instant read meat thermometer, you might want to check this thermometer out. Touted as the world’s fastest thermometer, the Finaltouch X10 has been making waves in the industry and earning accolades from cooking enthusiasts and professional chefs alike.

With its Red Dot Design Award and exceptional customer ratings, chefs have praised its speed, accuracy, and features. I aim to explore the features, advantages, and potential areas for improvement of this impressive thermometer in my review below.

Being eager to try it out to see if it lived up to its hype, I started putting it to the test right away. Now I’m ready to share my results with you.

Spoiler Alert: The ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 is a premium product that delivers on its promises.

ChefsTemp & Product History

ChefsTemp is a company that specializes in creating high-quality thermometers for cooking and baking. The company was founded in 2010 by a group of passionate chefs who wanted to make temperature measurement more accurate and easier.

  • Origin and Mission: In 2010, a team of chefs and engineers came together to create the best meat thermometers for cooking enthusiasts and professionals. Their mission was to provide professional-grade thermometers that were easy to use and accessible for home cooks and chefs alike. And thus, ChefsTemp was born.
  • Product Development: ChefsTemp developed their products based on customer feedback and market research. They listened to the needs of their customers and created the Finaltouch X10, a thermometer that combines advanced technology, design, and quality. This thermometer has received numerous awards and recognition, including the Red Dot Design Award, one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world.
  • Product History: ChefsTemp has developed several innovative products, such as the Pocket Pro, the Quad Xpro, and the Finaltouch X10. The Finaltouch X10 has quickly become a favorite among chefs worldwide, with features such as a 270-degree rotation probe, a big sharp display, a motion-activated wake-up mode, an intelligent backlight, an IP67 waterproof rating, and a lifetime warranty.

The ChefsTemp company is based in Los Angeles, California, and has a global presence with customers from over 20 countries. Their products have been recognized by some of the most reputable names in the industry, including the James Beard Foundation and the World Food Championships.

Pretty impressive!

Finaltouch X10 Unboxing & First Impressions

Packaging & Contents | First Impressions & Design | Finaltouch X10 Build Quality & Features | Easy-to-Follow Setup Instructions

I was excited to try out the Finaltouch X10 thermometer, which claims to be the most accurate and fastest thermometer on the market.

I love experimenting with innovative devices that can enhance my barbecuing adventures. And the ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 Instant Read Meat Thermometer definitely seems like it can do that.

Let’s jump right into my first impressions.

Packaging & Contents

After receiving the Finaltouch X10 thermometer I was impressed by the sleek and professional packaging. The thermometer comes in a cardboard box with a clear plastic window that allows you to see the thermometer inside.

Inside the box, I found the Finaltouch X10 thermometer with a stainless steel probe, a user manual, and two AAA batteries. The probe is permanently attached to the thermometer, and the batteries are already installed, so you can start using the thermometer right out of the box.

First Impressions & Design

At first glance, the Finaltouch X10 thermometer looks like a high-end piece of equipment. The thermometer is made of high-quality materials, including a sturdy plastic body and a stainless steel probe.

It’s also a decent size, measuring approximately 6.5 inches long and 1.5 inches wide, which makes it easy to hold and handle. It felt very comfortable and balanced in my hand.

The thermometer also had a simple and intuitive interface, with only one button for holding the temperature. The probe was long and thin, and it could easily penetrate any type of meat or food without leaving a large hole.

Finaltouch X10 Build Quality & Features

When it comes to build quality, the Finaltouch X10 thermometer feels top-notch. The plastic body feels sturdy and durable, and the stainless steel probe is well-made and built to last.

One of the first things you’ll notice about the Finaltouch X10 thermometer is the backlit display. The large and bright display is easy to read, even in low light conditions, and the numbers are large and clear, which was perfect for my old eyes. The thermometer also features a rotating probe, which makes it easy to use in any position.

The magnetic back is a nice touch, as it lets you attach the thermometer to any metal surface, so you can keep it within reach while you’re cooking. And the auto-off function is a great way to conserve battery life and ensure that the thermometer is always ready when you need it.

In terms of features, the Finaltouch X10 thermometer has everything you need in an instant read thermometer.

Easy-to-Follow Setup Instructions

I found the user manual that comes with the Finaltouch X10 thermometer to be easy to read and understand. The instructions are clear and concise, and the illustrations are helpful in guiding you through the setup process.

One thing to note is that the thermometer is intuitive and easy to use, even if you don’t read the user manual. Simply unfold the probe, insert it into your food, and wait for the temperature to display on the screen. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

Manufacturers Specs & Overview of The Finaltouch X10

Read Time | Extreme Accuracy | 270 Degrees Probe Rotation | Bright, Easy to Read Display | Auto-rotating Display | Intelligent Backlight | Motion-Activated Wake-up | Water Resistant | Temperature Hold Button | Auto-Off Function | Long Battery Life | Magnetic Backing

The ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 is a pretty impressive new entry in the world of instant-read thermometers. It feels and looks solidly built, it’s marketed as being highly accurate and comes loaded with a range of features.

Two of the main selling points of the Finaltouch X10 are its speed and accuracy. These features are what set it apart from cheaper versions and I was excited to see if it lived up to its hype.

The Finaltouch X10 boasts the following impressive specs:

  • Temperature Range: -22 to 572 °F (-30.0 to 300.0°C)
  • Accuracy: ±0.7°F (±0.4°C) from -22 to 392°F, (-30.0 to 199.9°C); otherwise ±1.8°F (±1.0°C)
  • Resolution: 0.1 °F/C (factory set)
  • Response Time: 1-second readout (slightly slower in oil than water)
  • Probe: 4.0 L Inches, high-performance Type K thermocouple
  • Display: 1.86H x 0.77W inch (47.3H x 19.5W mm), rotates 180°, intelligent backlight
  • Sleep Mode: Backlight turns off in 60 seconds
  • Waterproof: IP67 rating
  • Operating Range: -4 to 122°F (-20 to 50°C)
  • Battery: 2 x AAA batteries (not included)
  • Dimensions: 6.69H x 1.57W x 0.9 D inches ( 169H x 40W x 24D mm )
  • Weight: 0.27lbs (125g)
  • Units: Switchable between °C and °F
  • NSF certified by the National Sanitation Foundation

Let’s explore more of The Finaltouch X10’s claims and features next.

Read Time

Let’s start with the claim that the Finaltouch X10 is the fastest thermometer in the world, with a reading time of just one second. That’s a pretty bold statement, but is it true?

Marketed as the world’s fastest thermometer, it promises accurate temperature readings in one second or less. This speed in read time sets the Finaltouch X10 apart from many other thermometers in the market, providing home cooks and professional chefs alike with near-instant data.

Extreme Accuracy

But speed isn’t everything when it comes to thermometers. Accuracy is just as important, if not more so. So how does the Finaltouch X10 fare in this regard?

The Finaltouch X10 boasts an accuracy of ±0.7°F (±0.4°C) for temperatures ranging from -22 to 392°F (-30.0 to 199.9°C). For temperatures outside of this range, the accuracy is slightly less, ±1.8°F (±1.0°C), but still remarkably precise.

This accuracy level ensures you get an exact temperature reading, which is essential for cooking meat to the correct doneness and ensuring food safety.

ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 270 Degree Rotating Probe

270 Degrees Probe Rotation

The ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 Instant Read Meat Thermometer features a unique 270 degrees rotating probe, enhancing its usability and versatility.

This design allows you to insert the thermometer into food from various angles, useful for reaching the center of large cuts of meat and for accessing awkward or confined cooking spaces. This makes it perfect for left-handed cooks, providing an inclusive tool for all users.

Finaltouch X10 Rotating Probe

Bright, Easy to Read Display

The ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 makes temperature monitoring easy with its large, bright LCD display. The screen displays the temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius, and the digits are large enough to be viewed from any angle.

This feature is especially helpful when cooking in low-light or outdoor settings.

ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 Bright, Easy to Read Display

Auto-rotating Display

A unique feature of the Finaltouch X10 is its auto-rotating display. The device is equipped with built-in motion sensors that can detect the orientation of the thermometer and adjust the display accordingly.

Whether the thermometer is held upside down or at an awkward angle, the display rotates to ensure that the temperature reading is always right side up and easy to read.

Intelligent Backlight

Even when grilling in low light conditions or at night, the Finaltouch X10 has you covered. Its intelligent backlight feature is designed to automatically light up in dark conditions. The backlit motion-sensing display sleeps and wakes automatically and is bright enough for even the dimmest conditions.

This feature not only ensures that you can see the temperature reading clearly but also adds an element of convenience as it eliminates the need to find additional light sources when cooking in the dark.

Motion-Activated Wake-up Mode

Another great feature of the ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 is its motion-activated wake-up mode. The thermometer automatically turns on when you pick it up or move it, eliminating the need to press any buttons or switch on the thermometer manually.

Simply pick up the Finaltouch X10, and it will turn on instantly. Set it down to activate the battery-saving sleep mode.

Water Resistant

The Finaltouch X10 is rated IP67 for water resistance. The IP rating, or Ingress Protection rating, is a standard that denotes the level of protection an electronic device has against solid objects and liquids.

An IP67 rating means that the Finaltouch X10 can withstand being submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

I wouldn’t put it in the dishwasher but you can easily rinse it off when it’s time for a cleaning.

Temperature Hold Button

Now let’s talk about another feature that sets the Finaltouch X10 apart – the temperature hold button.

This feature allows you to lock the current temperature reading on the display. This proves handy when grilling over high heat, allowing you to quickly get a temperature reading and step away from the intense heat to easily view the result.

Auto-Off Function

The Finaltouch X10 thermometer features an auto-off function, which helps to conserve battery life.

After 10 minutes of inactivity, the thermometer will automatically turn off, which means you won’t have to worry about replacing the batteries as often.

Long Battery Life

The ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 comes with 2 triple-A (AAA) batteries pre-installed that can last up to 3,000 hours of continuous use or about 3-5 years of use time.

You read that right, no need to worry about the battery power.

The long battery life of the Finaltouch X10 can save you money and hassle from frequently replacing batteries.

Magnetic Backing

The ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 also has a magnetic backing that allows you to attach the thermometer to any metal surface.

This is convenient for storing and accessing the thermometer easily and safely, without taking up much space or risking damage.

How Does ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 Work?

One of the best things about the ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 is that it’s incredibly easy to use. There’s no setup needed, and it’s ready to go straight out of the box.

The ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 is a thermometer that uses a thermocouple sensor to measure the temperature difference between two metal wires at the tip of the probe. The temperature reading is then displayed on the digital screen of the thermometer.

The thermocouple sensor is incredibly accurate and can read temperatures very quickly. It’s also very sensitive, so you can get an accurate reading even if you only insert the probe only a tiny way into the meat.

Here’s how to use it:

Operating the ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 is incredibly easy.

To power it on, all you need to do is unfold the metal probe, and it automatically turns on. To power it off, simply fold the probe back in.

This clever design ensures effortless operation and eliminates the risk of accidental activation while the thermometer is being stored, saving precious battery life.

To use the X10, extract the four-inch stainless steel probe from its slot in the main body, rotate it to the most convenient orientation, and insert the tapered end into your food.

The large LCD on the front of the device displays the temperature, indicating whether your food is ready or if it requires more heat.

If you have any problems, you can easily reach out to ChefsTemp customer support.

Finaltouch X10 Performance & Testing

Ease of Use | Speed of Reading | Temperature Accuracy | Easy to Read & Auto-rotating Display

I tested the Finaltouch X10 with a variety of meats, including steaks, chicken, pork, and tri-tip.

I found that the Finaltouch X10 was a reliable, fast, and accurate instant read food thermometer, even when put to the test against my ThermoWorks Thermapen One instant read Thermometer.

Let’s dive into the testing and performance.

Ease of Use

I found that the ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 proved to be impressively easy to use, offering a user-friendly experience that should cater to both new cooks and experienced chefs alike.

I love the simplicity of its design, which is a key element in its ease of use. The Finaltouch X10 doesn’t overcomplicate the process of taking temperature readings. You simply need to insert the probe into the food and read the temperature almost instantly displayed on the screen.

The clarity of the display is another factor that makes the thermometer easy to use and the 270-degree rotating probe is a feature that enhances usability for a broad range of users.

Speed of Reading

ChefsTemp claims the Finaltouch X10 is the “world’s fastest thermometer.”

Upon personally testing this claim, I found that the time it takes for the thermometer to deliver a reading varies between 1 and 2 seconds. This variation is directly related to the difference between the starting temperature of the thermometer and the temperature of the item being taken.

For example, if the thermometer initially displays a temperature of 72 degrees before being inserted into the meat, and then registers 90 degrees after insertion, the reading time is a swift 1 second. But, if the starting temperature is 72 degrees and the food temperature reaches 140 degrees, the reading time extends to about two seconds or less.

The impressive speed of the Finaltouch X10 still stands out. It’s incredibly fast and competes with or even surpasses the speed of all other instant-read thermometers I’ve used. I have no criticisms in terms of the Finaltouch X10’s speed, and I believe others would share this view.

Its speed is truly a big plus!

Temperature Accuracy

Before testing out the accuracy of the FinalTouch X10, I followed the calibration instructions in the user manual to hopefully guarantee precise results.

The specs state that the FinalTouch X10 accuracy is ±0.7 °F between -22 and 392 °F.

To test this out, I performed the standard cold water and boiling water tests.

I found that during both tests, the results were remarkably close to the 32 °F for the ice water test and 212 °F for the boiling water test. Closer even than ±0.7 °F accuracy that ChefsTemp claims.

I was impressed and these results easily pass the accuracy test.

ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 Easy to Read & Auto-Rotating Display

Easy to Read & Auto-rotating Display

I find that one of the standout features of the ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 is its clear, large display that makes temperature reading a breeze, regardless of your angle or lighting conditions. The numbers are bold and large, making the temperature instantly legible. The dark background with the glowing numbers makes it super easy to read.

Even better is the auto-rotating display feature. The built-in motion sensors detect the orientation of the thermometer, rotating the display as needed. I found that whether you’re left-handed, right-handed, or need to reach into awkward angles while cooking, the display adjusted to provide an easy-to-read temperature.

Finaltouch X10 Easy to Read & Auto-Rotating Display

What We Like

The ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 comes packed with useful features that are easy to take for granted, but there are a few standout aspects that we particularly appreciate.

  • Speed and Accuracy: The Finaltouch X10 boasts impressive speed, providing temperature readings in as little as 1 second. Alongside its speed, the thermometer is incredibly accurate, which help can help you achieve perfect cooking results every time.
  • Large, Easy-To-Read Auto-rotating Display: The auto-rotating display is a very useful feature. It adjusts depending on how you hold the thermometer, making it easy to read from any angle.
  • Excellent Build Quality: Built to last with a balanced and comfortable feel in my hand.
  • Ease of Use: The Finaltouch X10 is designed with usability in mind. From turning on the device simply by unfolding the probe to the smart sleep mode that conserves battery life, every detail has been thought through to make it user-friendly.
  • Waterproof Design: The fact that it’s waterproof (with an IP67 rating) adds to its durability and makes it easy to clean after use.
  • Long Battery Life: With up to 3000 hours of battery life, it’s a device that you can depend on for years to come.
  • 270 Degrees Of Probe Rotation: The probe’s 270-degree rotation outperforms many other models that only offer 180 degrees, which makes it especially useful for those who are left-handed.

All these features come together to make the ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 an excellent cooking companion.

What Could Be Improved

There’s not much to find fault with the ChefsTemp FinalTouch X10. Given its quality construction and impressive battery longevity, it should serve you reliably for years to come.

One minor inconvenience of having to remove the back battery cover to switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius could be improved in future versions. I know, I am nitpicking at this point but I thought it was worth mentioning.

Priced at $69.99 at the time of this writing, its cost may be slightly above average, but you get what you pay for and the value it offers justifies the investment, in my humble opinion.

Finaltouch X10 Warranty & Support

ChefsTemp offers a solid 3-year limited warranty against any defects for the FinalTouch X10.

What sets them apart is their practical approach toward warranty claims. Once your claim is approved, they promptly send you a brand-new unit, eliminating the inconvenience of waiting for repairs or shipping the defective product back.

ChefsTemp gets high marks for their customer support in user reviews. They make it easy to get in touch by clearly displaying a telephone number and email address for support or questions. ChefsTemp also maintains official profiles on Facebook and Instagram, providing additional platforms for assistance and support.

ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 Review Final Verdict

Would I recommend the newest version of the ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10?

One Hundered percent I would! I’ve already made the X10 one of my go-to thermometers.

After a thorough review and extensive use, the ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10 has proven itself to be a worthy tool for both professional chefs and home cooks. Its fast and accurate readings, advanced features, and superior design set it apart from the competition.

The Finaltouch X10’s build quality is impressive. It feels robust and durable, and its IP67 waterproof rating adds to its longevity. Although it is slightly more expensive than other thermometers, the price is justified given its features, performance, and the peace of mind that comes with a generous 3-year warranty.

The minor inconvenience of having to remove the back cover to switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius could be improved in future versions. However, this minor setback is overshadowed by the thermometer’s overall performance and functionality.

If you’ve had any experiences with the ChefsTemp Finaltouch X10, positive or negative, don’t hesitate to share them in the comments below. Let’s keep the conversation going!


Pat G.

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Patrick Ginise

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I have a passion for cooking with live fire and smoke, no matter the weather. I’m a real person just like you, who loves outdoor cooking and BBQ. Food, fun, and time spent with family and friends are what it’s all about! It is my mission to take my passion and knowledge for outdoor cooking and all things BBQ and share this expertise in techniques and grilling equipment with you. In other words, Living The Grilling Life!

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