Best Smart Wireless Meat Thermometers TechnoBuffalo 2021
It's heart-breaking wasting good food by cooking it badly. Make sure you never serve up soggy salmon or tough tenderloin ever again by investing in a good quality meat thermometer. Probe-style versions are the most accurate, and nowadays, wireless versions are within the budget reach of most home cooks. However, if you can splash out exciting, next-gen products like the cord-free Meater+ option come highly recommended.
Best Overall: Meater+ Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer
The first genuinely wireless meat thermometer, the Meater cuts the cords completely with a cable-free probe. It communicates to a magnetic base unit which then sends info to a companion app on your iPhone or Android device. The probe boasts dual sensors, one at the tip to monitor the heat of the meat and one at the other end to keep an eye on the ambient temperature. The Meater+ model gives you 165 feet of wireless range and comes with just the one probe. Other -- obviously more expensive -- packs are available with multiple probes.
The Meater app offers a smart "Guided Cook" program that lets you select what type and cut of meat you're cooking. It then advises how long to prepare it, and crucially for some types of protein, how long to rest it for too. If you're a confident home chef, you can also fully customise the cooking and alert options to your own preference.
- Truly wireless
- Ambient temperature monitoring
- Great companion app
- Only one probe
- High price
Best for BBQs: ThermoPro TP-08S Smart Wireless Meat
Especially designed for use with BBQs, grills, and smokers, this is a slightly different option than the others we're featuring. This is because it only boasts one meat probe, but does get a second ambient temperature probe that you can monitor the temperature of the cooking environment. So you know when the heat levels are suitable to add your food, or when you need to add more fuel.
Boasting hassle-free set-up, the transmitter and receiver are pre-synchronized, so this will work instantly as soon as you insert batteries. This ThermoPro option will give you a 300-foot range and a handy independently controlled countdown and count up timer so you can keep an eye on timings of other food items too.
- Ambient temperature probe
- 300 foot range
- Separate timer
- Only one meat probe
- Clunky control unit
Best for Pro Probes: Inkbird Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer
The only product we're featuring with a rechargeable battery, juice this up via USB and you'll get over 40 hours' use. There are six no-nonsense steel probes that can all be monitored independently. The companion "BBQ Go" app offers all you'd expect with real-time temperature readouts, a countdown timer, presets for different types of meat and alerts if your food goes above or below a specified range.
Design-wise the central unit is unusual looking. It boasts some exciting functionality like a rotatable LED screen and a magnetised back so that you can stick it to something metallic nearby for at-a-glance monitoring. It's worth noting the sensor's cables are a perfect length at 115cm (about 3.8 feet), a practicality worth considering based on your cooking area.
- Rechargeable battery
- Magnetic design
- Rotatable LED display
- Long probe cords
- Only 150-foot range
Whether you're grilling, barbecuing, smoking, or simply cooking a roast in the oven, a meat thermometer allows you to manage and monitor the cooking process to help ensure you don't under- or overcook your meat.
Thanks to advances in wireless technology, and some handy companion apps, this is now possible from the comfort of the couch, or while you're entertaining guests around the dinner table.
All the solutions above are capable and stand out in one way or another. Still, our overall recommendation is to buy into the Meater+ system, a genuinely next-gen thermometer; this lets you cut the cords entirely for a contemporary culinary experience.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Amy-Mae Turner Amy-Mae's family and friends nominated her to write this roundup as they are totally fed up of her trying to serve them under-cooked lamb chops, pink chicken legs, and scorched steaks.
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