How many times have you just wanted to chill with your friends at your cookout without having to hover over the grill? Are you tired of opening and closing the BBQ grill lid to check to see if your steaks are done? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could monitor your chicken or ribs while sitting indoors? If you’re serious about grilling, bluetooth meat thermometers may be worth considering.
In this roundup, we will review the latest high tech meat thermometers that will help ensure that your steaks, burgers, and chicken wings are grilled to mouth watering perfection.
If you’re in a hurry and want to know our top pick among the best thermometers, it is the Inkbird IBT-4XS Bluetooth Wireless Grill BBQ Thermometer for Grilling.
Here is a list of bluetooth thermometers included in our roundup:
- Soraken Wireless Meat Thermometer for Grilling
- Nutrichef Smart Bluetooth BBQ Grill Thermometer
- Inkbird IBT-4XS Bluetooth Wireless Grill BBQ Thermometer for Grilling
- Weber iGrill 2 Thermometer
- Silipower Bluetooth Grilling Cooking Food Thermometer
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Bluetooth Meat Thermometer FAQs
Why use a meat thermometer for grilling?
Meat thermometers take the guesswork out of cooking. They make certain that your meat has cooked long enough to kill any harmful bacteria that may still lurking inside. In short, meat thermometers monitor the internal temperature of food during the cooking process. Since meat, poultry, and fish have different safe temperature markers, thermometers help you stay in the ‘safe to eat’ or ‘doneness’ zone.
How do meat thermometers work?
There are two basic types of meat thermometers: standard (dial) and digital. Standard thermometers basically consist of two components to operate — a rod and a display. The rod is actually made of two different types of metal materials that are sensitive to either low or high temperatures. When the rod is injected into the meat, heat will cause the metal inside to twist or bend. This action will display a temperature reading on the face of the thermometer dial.
Digital thermometers rely on probes and electrical current to measure meat temperature. A small current is sent through the probes and measures its flow rate. A microchip inside the thermometer calculates the rate of resistance and translates that into degrees of temperature you see displayed on a read-out.
What factors will affect the accuracy of a bluetooth digital thermometer?
The main factors to consider are the quality of the probes and channels that come with the unit. You will be relying on your probes to give you an accurate reading of true temperature.
A high-quality probe should be accurate plus or minus a degree Fahrenheit. Be cautious. Many cheaply made digital bluetooth thermometers have been known to be off by as much as 50 degrees. Readings this inaccurate will not only ruin your dinner party but can potentially set you back a couple hundred bucks because of over-cooked steaks or ribs.
The number of probes/channels are very important if you do a lot of grilling. If you’re cooking several pieces of meat – say about 4 or 6 – you will want at least that many probes for monitoring.
Next to probes, range is also an important consideration. The average distance for reliable readings is about 150 feet, with no obstructions. Some units claim signal strength distances of up to 300 feet.
What features should I look for in a bluetooth meat thermometer?
As mentioned before, the main features you want to look for are:
- Reliable probes
In addition to these three features, you will need to focus on the bells and whistles offered by the app that comes with your unit. Most bluetooth apps will have presets related to the types of meat you will be cooking. You will be able to customize the ‘doneness’ by applying your definition of say ‘rare’, ‘medium-rare’ or ‘well-done.’
There should also be settings for maximum cooking temperatures, with pop up alerts to tell you when the desired temperature has been reached.
Generally, apps will include a safe cooking chart, indicating the temperature at which meat or fish is safe to eat.
The social media sharing feature gives you the ability to create logs of your cooking sessions. You may also be able to export technical data to inform you of what went wrong or right during your last grill to save for later review.
The EasyBBQ app is included in many of the thermometers reviewed in this roundup. Here are screenshots from the app:
Our Top 5 Picks for the Best Bluetooth Meat Thermometers
|170FT||iOS, Android||32 – 572℉||4|
This handy little thermometer is easy to set up and easy to use. Download the EasyBBQ app to your Android or iOS smartphone, turn on the bluetooth function and with a few button touches you’re good to go.
You have 11 ‘meat modes’ of preset temperatures to handle a variety of foods such as lamb, chicken, turkey, beef and fish. Choose a high/low temperature range and set the timer for cooking. Or you can manually choose your own temperature and taste modes for degree of doneness that range from rare to well done. You will hear a beep and see a flash when cooking time is up or the desired temperature is reached.
The included LED thermometer is easy to read and is brightly back-lit. You can mount it to your grill via the magnet attached to the back of the unit. You get 4 color coded probes but the unit is capable of monitoring 6 different foods at the same time.
The stainless steel mesh wire attached to the probes can withstand heat up to 716℉ and are 4FT long. The probes come encased in wraps for easier storage.
The Soraken Wireless Meat Thermometer works just as well when using the smoker or cooking in the oven.
|✓ Bluetooth temperature monitoring||✗ Oven mitt need to remove probes|
|✓ Thermometer has magnetic back|
|✓ For grill, smoker or oven use|
|Up to 200FT||iOS, Android||up to 482℉||2*|
There is a lot to like about the Nutrichef Smart Bluetooth BBQ Grill Thermometer. The multi-probe model comes with 2 probes, but can monitor up to 6 at a time. This feature really comes in handy when you’re cooking for a large group of people and want to grill more than just burgers.
Getting started is as simple as downloading the EasyBBQ app to your smartphone, inserting the probes into your meat, and setting the target temperature. The probes are connected to the thermometer via 32″ braided stainless steel cables and can withstand temperatures of up to 482℉/250℃. It works in oven, smoker, gas, and charcoal BBQ environments. You can even monitor liquid temperatures like soups and milk. Candy too!
This unit has an incredible range: up to 200 feet outdoors and up to 100 feet indoors. After you set the target temperature, you can walk away from the grill (or oven) and hang out with your dinner guests. When the probe sensors detect that the meat temperatures you’ve set have been reached, you will get a notification alarm from your smartphone.
The display is backlit so the LED numeric readouts are clear and crisp. If you don’t want to hold it while monitoring, there is an adjustable surface stand included.
|✓ Probes handle high heat well||✗ Not good near open flames|
|✓ *Can handle up to 6 probes||✗ White casing on unit attracts soot|
|✓ Ambient temperature monitoring||✗ Not WiFI enabled|
|✓ Monitors liquids and candy|
|✓ Fahrenheit or Celcius readouts|
|150ft||iOS, Android||32℉ – 572℉*||4|
To get started, look for the QR code located in the user manual. Scan it with your smartphone to download the BBQ GO app. Be sure the probes are disconnected when you do this. Look for the BBQ GO icon on your screen and press start to pair your device via bluetooth.
You will need to make sure the thermometer probes are firmly inserted into the ports. When hear a ‘click’ sound it means they’re properly inserted. Otherwise you will get inaccurate temperature reading.
After you connect the probes, the app will display temperature readings. Scroll through the desired temperature and timer settings and program your desired cooking temperatures accordingly.
The Inkbird allows you to change the alarm intervals, ringtones, and add trigger alarms for high and low temperature range. The unit is programmed to send an alarm if you lose power or the connection is lost.
The monitor range is close to 150FT. The probe cables can reach close to 5 feet in length. The LCD screen on the display is easy to read, even in bright sunlight. If or when the probe wires get in the way of the screen you can easily flip the visual readout. Just tap the rotate button twice.
Oh, and you won’t ever have to worry about batteries dying in the middle of a cook. The Inkbird has a built-in lithium battery that is rechargeable via a USB cable. The charged battery can last up to 40 hours of use.
* Temperature range: 32° F ~ 572 ° F; (Short-time measurement); 32° F~ 482 ° F (continuous monitoring)
|✓ USB battery charging||✗ Inaccurate temp readings if probes improperly inserted|
|✓ Ambient temperature probe|
|✓ Built-in magnet for mounting base unit|
|✓ Range up to 150FT|
|✓ 5FT probe cable length|
|150FT||iOS, Android||-22℉ – 572℉||4*|
The Weber iGrill 2 is a ‘smart’ bluetooth meat thermometer that works with any type grill and comes bundled with 2 meat temperature probes, a digital temperature display monitor and batteries.
After you pair your Android or iPhone to the Weber iGrill 2 app and enter your settings, you’re good to go. The iGrill 2 can attach to your grill or metal surface via an included magnetic disc that attaches to the unit. That way you can monitor temps without having to carry it or hover over it.
The iGrill 2 can be used to monitor both the temperature of your food and ambient temperature of the smoker! You can position it near the smoker but should not be placed directly on the smoker while it is in use. Ambient Probe, this probe comes with a clip that allows the probe to rest above the cooking grates, however this is sold separate.
The app features are pretty standard. You can set temperature ranges and alarms. The biggest customer complaint is that the range is so limited that the bluetooth signal gets dropped….a lot. Hopefully Weber will add a WiFi feature in the future.
|✓Compatible with most grills||✗ Ambient temperature probe not included|
|✓Batteries included||✗ Limited range|
|✓Accurate ambient and meat temperature readings||✗ Signal connectivity loss|
|170ft||iOS, Android||32℉ – 572℉||6|
If you love to grilling and smoking, the Silipower Bluetooth thermometer doesn’t disappoint. It has a respectable grilling range of up to 170 feet and comes with a free app that works with your iOS or Android mobile device. Now you can hang out with your guests to watch the game instead of having to monitor the grill.
The LED display is large and intuitive. Timers and alarms stand at the ready to beep when the thermometer reaches the desired cooking temperature. Gone are the days when you have to worry about overcooked steaks or burgers.
When you’re ready to mix-it-up on the grill, feel free to throw on chicken, hamburger, lamb, fish, AND steaks. The 6 probes that come with the unit can be programmed with temperatures for 11 types of food and doneness levels. If you prefer, you can manually set the temperatures.
|✓ temperature accuracy||✗ thermometer is not waterproof|
|✓ great option for smokers|
|✓ easy setup|
Finally, My Personal Recommendation
Naturally, whatever bluetooth meat thermometer you choose will depend on your grilling style and grill or smoker. While all of the thermometers showcased here have admirable features, I chose the Inkbird IBT-4XS Bluetooth Wireless Grill BBQ Thermometer for Grilling as my personal favorite for the following reasons:
- Ambient temperature & meat probes
- Accurate temperature readings
- Rechargeable USB battery with indicator
- Reliable indoor/outdoor bluetooth range
- Magnetized mounting
- BBQ Go App features
If you are serious about using technology to improve your grilling skills, you should check out Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling by Meathead Goldwyn. In it you will discover, among other things, why the most important tool you can buy is a thermometer.
Goldwyn explains why poking and cutting into your meat are not reliable methods of choosing meat doneness. He discusses the difference between heat and temperature and why holding your hand over the grill is dumb if you want to judge the temperature of the grill.
This is one cookbook I highly recommend if you want to take your grilling street cred to the next level.