The IBT-6XS with its new design and added capabilities did it again. This product comes very well equipped right out of the box. Moreover, anyone who knows the InkBird Company knows it manufactures quality thermometers.
First, the battery included, at 1000mAh means it lasts longer, charges easily with the included USB type C cable. The device itself is not waterproof but has a solid build quality.
It is designed with a magnetic base that users have to remove from the display unit when they want to recharge it. It tilts the display to a nice angle for viewing and has a strong enough magnet to hold it in place well, so it is a well-made base unit.
The mobile app is available to android and IOS users who can download it from their respective online app store.
The designs of the cables and probes are where the InkBird begins to gain a superior edge over others again. The probes have solid metal grips, rough enough to grip well, even with hot mitts. However, they are not color coded, and maybe too heavy to leave in a thinner steak or chop.
Generally, they are well made as the braided stainless steel wrapped cables are both made of high quality and weight, they should have a long life span. Overall, the probes were not the fastest we tested, nor the slowest; they gave accurate readings in a reasonable amount of time.
Pros of the InkBird wireless Bluetooth IBT-6XS
- Rechargeable batteries
- Assorted probes of high quality
- Accurate and easy to read
Cons of the InkBird wireless Bluetooth IBT-6XS
- No color coding on probes
- Stiff port contact can be hard to fully connect
- Must remove the base to charge
- Users might hope this model would be water resistant but sadly, it is not
Note: Interestingly the directions on the owner’s manual make it a point to emphasize getting the probes fully inserted to get accurate reads. Good advice, because their ports are tight and it is very easy not to get full contact without making certain they click in place.
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Which Meat Thermometer Is Right for Me
Picking a cooking thermometer is a tricky business. Lots of products offer great and amazing features. Moreover, some offer a lot less than they are advertised. Naturally processing such large volumes of information about different thermometers might be straining on buyers. Hence, we have created a streamlined list to help anyone who loves a perfectly cooked meal.
- Accurate Temperature Readings: The most important feature of any thermometer is speed and accuracy. In other words, how quickly you can get a steady accurate reading of the temperature inside your dish once the thermometer is turned on. A thermometer that can quickly jump toward the final temperature is much better than one that leaves you guessing as it slowly rises. Instant-read thermometers typically reach temperatures a few seconds faster than probe thermometers. A good thermometer should also cover the whole temperature range of home cooking, from below freezing (32 °F) and well over hot frying oil (400 °F).
- Durability: A cooking thermometer’s durability depends on how well its electronics are protected from dust and water, as measured by its IP rating. The IP rating consists of two numbers that indicate how much abuse an item can withstand. The first number (ranging from 0–6) pertains to solids, and the second one (ranging from 0–8) pertains to liquids. An example is the ThermoPro TP27 wireless meat thermometer, which is rated IPx4, indicating that it is protected against strong jets of water such as splashes from a small amount of rain but isn’t entirely waterproof. While the TP28 wireless meat thermometer has a sturdy build, indicating that the body of the unit is protected against the entry of dust and can withstand an appreciable amount of impact force.
- Probe Length: The probe on a thermometer should be thin at its pointed end to minimize juice-leaking punctures, and long enough to reach the center of large roasts or deep pots. A longer probe also helps keep your hands at a safe distance from heat and steam. Depending on users’ cooking style and location of use, the probe length should be considered sufficiently long enough to suit usage.
- Easy to Read: Most users prefer cooking thermometers that display large numbers on their digital screens to make it easier to read temperatures quickly. Backlit displays are also convenient when cooking in a dimly lit kitchen or grilling outdoors at night. If you are considering buying a dial display thermometer, the dial should have legible temperature indicators. Some dials also include images of various meat sources and their corresponding recommended cooking temperatures.
- Price: The price of the thermometer will majorly determine if a buyer will purchase it or not based on his/her budget. We narrowed our focus to thermometers that cost from $30 to $100. You can find some perfectly good thermometers at around $30 that are much faster and more durable than the cheap ones. Most thermometers retailing for $20 or less are slow, have poor quality, and often barely distinguishable copies of one another, except on rare instances. So paying the extra $10 or $15 is worth it for an accurate, high-quality instrument, but paying a lot more is not necessary for most users.
- Ease of Use: This can range from adjustable probes that make it easier to insert the thermometer at various angles to rotating screens that let users see easily the temperature reading from different angles. Also, the use of heat-resistant cables of up to 700 °F should be considered. Cables should also be long enough so they do not snag on an oven door or grill lid when closed. Useful accessories, such as probe clips and a strong magnet for attachment to pots or oven doors should be factored in as well.