The Meater+ has an extended range of up to 165 feet unlike the Meater probe, which was limited in range to approximately 30 feet on open grills or ceramics and just 10 feet if in a metal grill with the lid closed. The added range is a big plus.
The probe is designed with two thermometers, one at each end, so a single probe is used to monitor both the internal temperature of your meat and the temperature of your grill or smoker.
It is a wireless probe that transmits via Bluetooth to an app in your smartphone, with no wires to be seen. The biggest benefit of this is it makes it possible to use a leave-in, remote monitoring thermometer during your rotisserie cooking. Of course, it also means no trail of wires to catch and snag on tools while you are cooking, no cables that will bend, fray, break and eventually fail. True wireless is win-win.
The Meater+ probe connects to its charging block, which is also a Bluetooth repeater extending up to 50 m. The block can connect to your phone up to 50 m away. An extra feature such as the ability to also connect to the cloud is available for users, so you can monitor and view your cooking from anywhere in the world, so long you have an internet connection.
The operating app, available to IOS and android users, is highly intuitive and feature-packed. It has settings for users to choose the type of meat (pork, beef, lamb) and then the exact cut (steak, rib, roast, etc.). Users can also set their personalized desired internal temperature for doneness level.
The app takes into account ‘carryover cooking’ and will alert you to remove the meat in time for carryover cooking to take the meat to the final few degrees up to target temp.
Pros of the Meater+ Wireless Meat Thermometer
- Genuine wireless functionality. No wire in use or during charging.
- The only thermometer you can use with rotisserie cooking
- Intelligent, easy to use and good-looking app
- Uses your smartphone as a receiver, which cuts costs compared to a dedicated receiver
- Guides you through all cooks for most common meat types and cuts, even taking into account carryover cooking
Cons of the Meater+ Wireless Meat Thermometer
- The probe battery cannot be replaced but is expected to work for 1000+ cycles
- A little more expensive than others on this list but worthy of every cent
- Requires an android or IOS device to work
Note: In general, the Meater+ Wireless Meat Thermometer is a highly functional, intuitive, good-looking bit of kitchen accessory that works excellently. You can do no wrong owning one of these beauties.
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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.