In this guide we’ll take a look at the best compost thermometers for the UK market.
I’ve compared accuracy, lens quality, build quality and cost
to give you my top recommendations.

What Is The Best Compost Thermometer?

  • Features
  • Clear, accurate dial with temperature ranges
  • High quality construction
  • Hermetically sealed lens blocks moisture
  • Cost
Rating
9.5/10
  • Features
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Accurate, reliable performance
  • Clear, easy to read display
  • Cost
Rating
8.9/10
  • Features
  • Excellent value for money
  • Accurate dial with temperature ranges
  • 50cm long probe
  • Cost
Rating
8.8/10

More Detailed Compost Thermometer Reviews

Cate's Garden Premium Stainless Steel Compost Thermometer

This Cate’s Garden Premium Compost Thermometer features a clear and easy to read dial that measures temperatures of between 40 – 180 Fahrenheit, in 2-degree increments and also has measurements in Celsius (4-80 °C).

The dial of this compost thermometer is colour coded, helping you see at a glance whether your heap is warm, active or hot. It also has a PC coated lens and is hermetically sealed to prevent condensation forming in the unit. To ensure many years of use, it has a water resistance rating of IP55.

The probe is 50 cm (20 inches) long and this allows you to get deep into the pile to measure the temperature at the hottest parts. The compost thermometer features a welded bolt between the dial and stem to keep the dial securely attached to the probe.

This compost thermometer is made from high quality 304 grade rust-resistant stainless steel.

I used this compost thermometer in a plastic compost bin and found it sturdy and well made. The thermometer was left in the pile over the course of a very damp week and I had no problems with condensation. This compost thermometer helped me to understand that my pile was too cold, and I was able to increase the heat by adding water and turning the pile at the correct times. Within a few days, the compost had already begun to warm up significantly.

The probe comes with clear instructions which explain the temperature zones and offer a great introduction to the technicalities of hot composting. It also includes a five-year warranty.

This is a durable compost thermometer that does the job really well. The excellent instructions also provide all the information you need to start hot composting. In my opinion it’s the best compost thermometer for the UK market.

Green Wash Compost Thermometer

This Green Wash Compost Thermometer is well made with a stainless-steel body and a 40 cm long probe. The 50mm dial is clear and easy to read. I did find that when left in the heap, the dial misted up a little with condensation and became difficult to read.

However, the measure does react quickly to changes in temperature, so you could just insert this compost thermometer when you needed to check the temperature and keep it in a dry place when not in use. The measurements are in Celsius only.

Overall this is an accurate and easy to use compost thermometer, and it’s the best compost thermometer to buy on a budget.

ETI Ltd Stainless Steel Compost Thermometer

This ETI Ltd Stainless Steel Compost Thermometer has a 50mm dial and a 50 cm probe allowing you to read it easily and test the temperature deep within the pile.

The dial of this compost thermometer is clear and easy to read and has a colour coded scale that measures from 0 – 100°C and also indicates when the pile is warm, active or hot. The measurements are shown in Celsius only. The probe and dial are securely attached and well made.  I left the unit in my compost bin over a week and found no problems with condensation.

This is a great value compost thermometer that works well, doesn’t mist up and is clear and easy to read.

Compost Thermometer Buying Guide

There are several key factors to take into consideration when choosing the best compost thermometer for your needs.

Firstly, check that the dial is clear and easy to read and that the measurements are in the unit you prefer.

Secondly, ensure that the compost thermometer is made from strong rust proof material such as stainless steel and that the dial is sealed to prevent water from seeping in. The best compost thermometers have an IP55 rating which guarantees against moisture getting into to the dial.

Bear in mind that the longer the probe, the closer to the centre of the heap you will be taking measurements from. Your measurements don’t need to be right at the centre but taking measurements close to the surface will not give accurate results.

FAQs

How do you use a compost thermometer?

Simply insert the compost thermometer into the pile as far as it will go. Wait until the hand on the dial stops moving and make a note of the temperature. It is advisable to check the reading in several areas of the compost heap as there is not always a uniform temperature across the pile and you may occasionally find cold or hot spots.

How often should I turn my compost and what temperature should my compost be at when I turn it?

Ideally, you should turn your compost after each burst of heat. When the temperature of your pile reaches 130-140°F (55-63°C) this is the ideal time to turn. You should then leave it until the temperature rises again, which usually takes between 5 and 7 days.

How do I know when my compost is ready for use?

To ensure that all diseases and weeds are killed you should monitor your compost pile carefully to ensure it has reached a temperature or between 140 – 150 °F (60 – 65°C) for three to four days. It is then safe to use. However, your compost will benefit from being left for a few days to cure and cool down before use. Do not allow your heap to remain at temperatures above 150°F (65°C) for more than a few hours as this could cause beneficial microbes to begin to die off.