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
Meater+ Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer
This high-end option is an excellent investment for food-lovers who want the freedom of no wires and an excellent range to manage and monitor their meat remotely.
Best Value: NutriChef Smart Bluetooth BBQ Grill Thermometer
This is a capable wireless Bluetooth thermometer for a reasonable price. On the wireless side of things it will give you a range of 200 foot outdoors, and 100 foot indoors. The set comprises of the large LCD backlit display unit and two heavy-duty oven-proof probes for meat which can be controlled independently. This also means you can see the two different temperatures as the food cooks.
With the free companion “EasyBBQ” app, available for both iPhone and Android devices, if you leave your Bluetooth on, you’ll get a push notification and an audible alert when the food goes above or below the temperature range you’ve set. Within the app, you can create and customise 11 different pre-set cooking temperatures for specific types of protein.
- Push notifications
- Only comes with two probes
- Not the longest range
NutriChef Smart Bluetooth BBQ Grill Thermometer
A simple solution for monitoring the temperature of up to six probes, this has a decent range, a clear display, and a useful companion app.
Best Design: Bfour Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer
This attractive option has won a Red Dot Design award. The central unit has a clear, backlit display that offers more information than more basic models with both the current and preset temperatures shown. As well as the display unit, six stainless steel probes can all be set up and monitored separately. The probes can measure a temperature range from 33 degrees to 572 degrees to a ±1.8˚F/1˚C accuracy level.
With Bluetooth 5.0 the range is around 200-feet which means you can use the “Grill5.0” iPhone or Android app to control and monitor progress and get alerts as and when your food is cooked, or if it moves out of its temperature range. The app offers USDA recommendation for cooking 11 types of food which you can select, or set your own personal time and temperature preference.
- One button pairing
- Award-winning design
- ±1.8˚F/1˚C accuracy
- Not rechargeable
- No way to differentiate between probes
Bfour Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer
Hey good lookin’
Design-conscious meat-lovers should find a lot to love with this set that helps you monitor six different items from a distance.
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 BBQs
ThermoPro TP-08S Smart Wireless Meat
Outdoor cooks, avid BBQers, and home chefs that use smokers will get a lot of value from this option’s ambient temperature sensor.
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
Best for Pro Probes
Inkbird Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer
The Inkbird’s professional probes, extended cable length, and magnetic display unit will help many a home cook deliver perfect proteins.
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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