The Best Wireless Meat Thermometers

The Best Wireless Meat Thermometers

Posted by Bearded Butcher Blend Seasoning Co. on 12th Jun 2020

The secret to a perfectly cooked steak is simple; cook it perfectly. Everyone has their own little trick for guessing how done a piece of meat is, but why leave it up to chance? One of the features our Traeger Smoker has is a built-in wireless meat thermometer. Now, we didn’t realize how vital this accessory was until we started using it.

So, of course the next thing we wanted to know was whether we could get a similar experience with an aftermarket BBQ/Smoker/Grill/Oven thermometer, for when we wanted to cook on something other than our Traeger. It turns out we could! These wireless meat thermometers are our favorites out there. They range in price from around $35 to nearly $200, and have numerous features you will fall in love with.

A Quick Note on Wireless Meat Thermometers

Almost all wireless meat thermometers are only sort-of wireless. Most have probes connected with wires to a transmitter that attaches to your grill or smoker. From there, the signal is sent to your phone or a dedicated receiver. Some people prefer to have the information on the phone, while others find the dedicated receiver to be more reliable.

The things that are most important for you to look at and consider when shopping for a wireless meat thermometer are:

  • Connectivity: Most are Bluetooth, and some are WiFi with extended range
  • Temperature Accuracy: Obviously the point of a thermometer is accurate measurement
  • Reliability: There is nothing worse than a tool you count on that fails and doesn’t meet expectations

Generally, this article covers wireless units with probes. For a simple, handheld wireless meat thermometer, check out our very own Bearded Butcher Instant Read Digital Meat Thermometer Here.

How We Chose Our Favorites

Leaning on our extensive grilling, smoking, and BBQing experiences, we researched a number of different types and styles of wireless meat thermometers. We contacted manufacturers and asked questions about the claims they made and the products they sell. Then, we reached out to our friends, family, and neighbors and asked what they were using. This got us the opportunity to try out lots of different thermometers for use in the smoker, grill, or oven. Once we picked our favorites, we went online and read forums and product reviews to narrow our picks down to the five best meat thermometers.

Our Top Five Wireless Meat Thermometers

  1. Best Overall ThermoPro TP28
  2. Best Budget ENZOO Meat Thermometer
  3. Best WiFi InkBird WiFi Thermometer
  4. Best Multi-Probe Thereye Meat Thermometer
  5. Best Wireless: Meater Plus

Best Overall: ThermoPro TP28

The ThermoPro TP28 is a recent upgrade of the TP20, one of our favorites from years gone by. The new model enhances the ability of the sending unit to communicate with the receiver, providing as much as 500 feet of range.

The thing that sets ThermoPro products apart from most others on the market is the fact that these tools are durable, reliable, and accurate. We’ve got an older model that melted and still works.

The TP28 has two stainless steel straight-tip probes that can monitor the temp of two cuts, two spots in one cut, or one cut of meat and the temperature of the grill. The transmitter is easy to read at a glance and has a kickstand and a magnetic backing to make placement convenient. The receiver is small but easy to read and shows current temp and a preset alarm temperature.

Key Features

  • Remote Range: Up to 500 feet
  • Smart Alarm Modes: Beep, Vibration, Beep & Vibration, Silent
  • Preset USDA-Recommended Temperatures
  • Temperature Accuracy: ±1.8°F (±1°C)
  • Temperature Range: 14°F to 572°F (-10°C to 300°C)
  • Backlit and Large LCD Screen
  • Countdown and Count Up Timer
  • Fahrenheit and Celsius readings
  • Low Battery Indicator

Pros

  • Excellent range and reliable connections make this one of the easiest thermometers to use
  • Proven durability means you’ll be using this tool for years

Cons

  • Probes can be overly sensitive to temperature changes, particularly when used for baking
  • Some buyers reported manufacturing defects with probes

Best Budget Option: ENZOO Meat Thermometer

Every once in a while, you’ll find a product that is both affordable and functions the way you want. That’s the case with this wireless meat thermometer from ENZOO. They’ve been the producer of our favorite budget models for years and this upgraded model keeps that streak going.

Some of the upgrades aren’t very noticeable between this model and the older design because the differences are on the inside. Better electronics, better technology, and a more robust case make this an ideal option. The new design increases the heat resistance and electromagnetic protection of the probes all the way up to 716-degrees.x

Functions are simple and easy to understand with clearly labeled options for 12 types of cooking and USDA internal temperature presets to simplify your cook-out. The range is advertised at 500 feet under ideal conditions.

Key Features

  • Temperature range: 32°F to 716°F (0°C to 380°C)
  • Temperature accuracy range :1℃/±1.8℉
  • Probe length : 4.7" food grade stainless steel probe
  • Cable Length: 43" stainless steel mesh cable
  • Probe wires: High heater wires rated to 716℉
  • Probe materials: 4 color-coded food grade stainless-steel probes
  • Powered by: 4* AAA batteries

Pros

  • The most accurate, affordable option we’ve found yet
  • Color coded probes help to keep your meat organized when cooking to different levels of doneness

Cons

  • Doesn’t include a storage case
  • Some buyers had to contact customer service to replace probes

Best WiFi: Inkbird IBBQ-4T

Inkbird has found a way to get around the frustrating lack of range that Bluetooth meat thermometers suffer from- a 2.4ghz WiFi connection. This device is simple to use and creates a WiFi connection with your phone. As long as you are connected to the internet, you can access your probes and see in real time how your meat is cooking.

This package includes four probes that are color coded. It uses an app to monitor cooking temps, each one identified by the color of the probe that is used. Not only is it highly accurate -and calibratable through the app- it is also waterproof.

Users of Inkbird thermometers rave about how reliable, accurate, and simple they are to use, and we fully agree. This is one of the best options you’ll find at any price point.

Key Features

  • WiFi Connectivity for Apple and Android
  • USDA-Approved presets for 12 proteins
  • Range: Anywhere you have WiFi
  • Temperature Accuracy: ±1℃/±1.8℉
  • Temperature Range: 32℉ to 482℉(0℃ to 250℃)
  • Black and White LCD Display
  • 2000 mAh rechargeable battery
  • Includes 4 Probes

Pros

  • WiFi eliminates the issues of dealing with limited range
  • Fantastic app that includes graphs and Cloud access so you can save and reference your most successful cook-outs

Cons

  • Some people don’t care for giving Inkbird access to permissions for seemingly unrelated information, like phone contacts, photos, and GPS data

Best Multi-Probe: Thereye Meat Thermometer

Not only does this four probe wireless meat thermometer look snazzy, it’s an affordable option and offers the key features you need to monitor several different pieces of meat simultaneously.

The unit works using a Bluetooth signal that will give you approximately 393ft of advertised range when there are no obstructions. While things like a smoker lid, oven door, or barbecue cover will reduce the range, we found that it was still pretty good up to about 150 feet.

The probes are straight designs with tapered tips that enhance accuracy and rapid response times. They connect to a transmitter that you will pair with your smartphone. The app is fairly basic, but does an excellent job of arranging information you need without a bunch of clutter or useless features.

Key Features

  • Includes four probes
  • Temperature accuracy: ±2°F in 1 second
  • Temp range: -22°F to 572°F
  • Bluetooth connection up to 393ft
  • App for monitoring on smartphone
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery

Pros

  • Accurate multi-probe meat thermometer
  • Attractive design with high-quality design and build

Cons

  • App is basic and somewhat limited
  • Probes are all one color

Best Tech: Meater Plus

This one is among our all-time favorites and the most recent version takes everything good about the original Meater and amps it up. This is the only meat thermometer on our list that is truly wireless. Simply insert the probe into the meat, close the door, and open the app.

The app is one of the things that sets Meater apart from everyone else. It uses incredibly accurate tech to let you know how long it will be before your meat hits a preset temp, gives you unending control over your cook, and simply works fantastic.

This is also one of the fanciest looking products out there. The new design incorporates a repeater in the bamboo charging base so that when you are out of Bluetooth range, it switches over to WiFi to keep you connected no matter where you are. The probe is insanely accurate and gives you both internal and ambient temps from one probe.

Key Features

  • Truly wireless technology
  • WiFi and Bluetooth using the bamboo charging station/ repeater
  • Up to 165ft range on Bluetooth
  • Measures internal temp up to 212-degrees and ambient temp up to 527-degrees
  • Rapid recharge rate

Pros

  • By far the most advanced app and best looking product and packaging of any of the products we’ve reviewed
  • Accurate and easy to use, no clutter, and gives dual readings from a single probe

Cons

  • Larger probe diameter isn’t appropriate for thin cuts of meat
  • Not waterproof

Final Thoughts

The meat thermometers on this list take advantage of modern technology to let you get away from the grill, smoker, or oven without compromising on the finished product. You get accurate readings, convenience, and the knowledge that your meal is perfectly cooked every time.

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