You want to focus on something other than monitoring the temperature when smoking or grilling?
A good wireless thermometer will enable you to remotely monitor the temperature inside the smoker and meat. In the meantime, you can focus on many other important things instead of worrying about the grill.
Convenience and confidence are the two most important benefits of having a wireless thermometer.
Most options make it possible to set custom alarms that will notify you when the meat reaches the right temperature.
Certain models make it possible to set alarms in case the temperature inside the smoker drops way too low – there’s a lot of possibilities depending on the brand.
This guide will help you pick the best wireless meat thermometer for your situation.
You will also find out about the most important upsides and downsides and learn about different types of wireless thermometers.
The Best Wireless Meat Thermometers: Most Recommended Picks
There are many brands available on the market which is why I only picked several proven options for you. Not every wireless thermometer works the same, there are different types which is why you should learn their pros and cons so you can avoid disappointment.
1. Best Overall ThermoPro TP20
This is my favorite option, which comes with a mix of all the essential features needed to properly control temperature for a reasonable price.
It includes a transmitter, receiver and two probes that make it possible to monitor temperature even from up to 300 feet away. It’s a real wireless thermometer that allows you to easily monitor cooking while away from the smoker.
ThermoPro TP20 is accurate, fast, easy to setup, comes with a clear display, zero problems with range and most important, it doesn’t cost a fortune.
The construction isn’t too heavy but it’s certainly solidly made and durable.
It allows to set an alarm in case the temperature inside the smoker is too high or too low.
On top of that, you get preset temperature settings for nine types of meat with ability to even choose several doneness levels. Of course you can manually enter settings based on your experience and needs.
The interface isn’t the best, but I think for most people it will be easy to use.
So as you can see, ThermoPro TP20 comes with all the essential features that allow you to remotely monitor the temperature. Meanwhile, you can focus on something else while being sure that the thermometer will notify you when the meat is ready.
The remote receiver is small enough for you to easily hide it in your pocket and conveniently carry around.
An alternative for those who don’t like the price is the slightly cheaper ThermoPro TP08 which mostly differs in that you have to enter the settings manually every time (it doesn’t come with preset temperature settings).
I will also mention the issue of warranty, after the purchase you can extend the warranty period for free from one year to three years.
ThermoPro is a solid and valuable brand and the TP20 thermometer is a solid option for those who treat barbecue seriously. For a reasonable price you get all that is essential for perfect temperature control.
2. Runner Up Maverick Et-733
Another great brand with quite a history, perfectly known by many barbecue enthusiasts. Just like the previous suggestion, Maverick Et-733 is a transmitter and a remote receiver.
You also get two probes included plus the ability to remotely monitor the temperature from up to 300 feet. Both probes can be used for any temperature measurement, it’s up to you whether you want to use two for meat or maybe 1 for food and other for the temperature inside the smoker.
I have seen comments about the manual being kind of poor but as someone experienced I believe that operation is quite simple and shouldn’t cause problems.
The transmitter comes with a big, clear and readable display although compared to modern standards it is not quite so big anymore. When it comes to the receiver, its size is pretty big whereas the display is very small, but what matters is that it’s readable.
It also comes with preset temperature settings for many types of meats with ability to enter your own.
Maverick is a brand that is trusted, which is why I couldn’t skip that option even though personally I prefer ThermoPro TP20 for example.
It gets huge thumbs down from me for such short warranty, 90 days at this kind of price is a mistake, especially compared to the competition.
I am also slightly disappointed with the parameters, which may not be quite as noticeable in practice but compared to the competition are quite behind. The probe read time is a little poor (just like the temperature reading accuracy ( 2-5 degrees F ).
Maverick Et-733 is a good wireless meat thermometer, but at this kind of price you can expect a little more in nearly every regard. Either way, it will easily prove itself in remote temperature monitoring.
3. Also great iGrill 2
A wireless thermometer from Weber that utilizes the bluetooth technology and an app as the receiver. If you want to try something different from a regular standard thermometer then this is a great opportunity.
Weber iGrill 2 connects to a smartphone or tablet instead of a regular, well-known receiver. All you have to do is install the app on any phone and you can start monitoring the temperature from a selected smartphone.
You get two probes included, but you can use up to four at the same time.
Together with the app you get a lot of interesting features not present in a standard thermometer.
First and foremost, you can freely name the probes, set non-standard alarms, analyze charts, use a recipe database, receive tips or select existing settings for many types of meats.
Of course you can also enter your own settings according to your preferences.
Why am I only talking about bluetooth style thermometers at the end? First and foremost, they are much more expensive if we’re talking about solid models. The second key reason, on the other hand, is frequent problems with the range of bluetooth, which is characterized by poor signal strength.
The exception right now is The Meater+, which connects bluetooth with the transmitter ( wifi ), getting much better reception. It’s all at the expense of high price, however, which only very active barbecue enthusiasts agree to.
Going back to iGrill 2, despite the bluetooth technology the manufacturer claims a range of up to 150 feet.
Besides possible problems with range depending on the surroundings and huge phone battery consumption, it is a great thermometer. The app provides a lot of interesting features so it’s no wonder that it’s growing so much in popularity.
4. The MEATER+
At first glance it looks impressive, and its app and functionality are even more inviting.
This is possibly the only wireless thermometer that comes with a probe without wires that also works as a transmitter.
The Meater+ keeps all of its technology inside the probe, which also makes it possible to monitor as many as two places at the same time.
Normally you need two probes for that, whereas in this case a single probe allows you to monitor temperature inside the meat and the surroundings.
The receiver is a smartphone or tablet where you have to install a dedicated app in order to connect to the probe. One has to admit that in terms of innovativeness and functionality the meater stands out very hard.
The app is the heart and brain of this thermometer (besides the probe). After pairing the phone with the probe you have many features available at your disposal in the app. Besides the standard temperature monitoring you can analyze charts and set different non-standard alarms.
An important downside is very limited range of bluetooth, but the manufacturer handled this situation perfectly. In the latest meater+ the wooden casing (charger) has a built-in wifi transmitter, which allows to extend the range to 165 feet.
Of course you can use it to connect to the home router and have reception all around the house.
A phenomenal app, no wires of any kind at probes, amplified range and good quality of workmanship are the greatest advantages. A downside is phone battery consumption of such app, especially during long cooking.
Sadly, another downside is the very high price for a wireless thermometer. For that kind of money you can buy as many as two solid thermometers that will make it possible to monitor temperature at the same level.
The Buyer's Guide
The diverse offer makes it even harder for you to choose a new thermometer ? That’s no problem, the below tips are the answer to the most common questions.
What to look for in a wireless thermometer
As you have noticed, the more manufacturers, the more different thermometers and solutions. No matter what model you pick, the below tips are universal and matching all types of wireless thermometers.
Number of probes – The recommended number is at least two so that you can monitor the temperature inside the meat and the grill at the same time. If you cook very often then a good solution will be a thermometer with a bigger number of probes (such as 4). There is also a manufacturer that offers temperature monitoring inside the meat and the smoker using the same probe.
Range – A wireless thermometer is nothing without a good range. Pay attention to the range and the type of connection, especially if you want to monitor cooking from a long distance. Bluetooth is characterized by much poorer signal strength than wifi, and take the surroundings into account as well (thick house walls, trees etc).
Temperature range – When it comes to smoking, every thermometer will live up to expectations. When it comes to hot grilling, however, it takes a larger temperature range. Especially in kamado grills where very high temperature of cooking is the norm.
Accuracy – Of course it is not an instant read style thermometer but the readout speed is still important. I have to admit that I was positively surprised seeing the readout within 3-4 seconds when it comes to certain models.
Resistance to splashes – Outdoor cooking means exposure to weather, which can often be unfavorable. No smartphone with a touchscreen likes rain, whereas for a thermometer with a remote it’s not a problem.
Warranty – Probes turn out to be defective soon after the purchase. The digital technology in the world of BBQ isn’t very high-level yet (besides some exceptions) and certain things don’t work the way they should. In such situations it turns out that a warranty is a must so it’s better to buy a product from a valued manufacturer who treats their customers right.
App vs. dedicated remote
A wireless thermometer can connect to a smartphone app or a dedicated remote.
Both solutions have their pros and cons that I suggest you check out.
First and foremost, an app makes it possible to monitor cooking on every device you can install it on. It usually comes with more interesting features, a recipe database, tips etc. The manufacturer has the ability to introduce updates that can add new features (all it takes in such case is updating the free app).
Sadly, the downside of an app is quite a battery consumption, which can be especially noticeable in case of long smoking. Add to that using wifi or bluetooth and the battery will be running out of power before your eyes.A dedicated remote uses much less energy and is characterized with better workmanship. Depending on the brand, it also offers many useful features. Most options are waterproof so it has no problems with weather conditions and limitations related to a touchscreen of a smartphone.
Bluetooth vs Wifi Thermometer
A wireless thermometer relies on Bluetooth or wifi to work (certain models offer a choice between them).
Back in the day, a wifi thermometer was a transmitter and a remote (receiver), these days technology is more advanced.
On top of the standard thermometers, they also started manufacturing ones that make it possible to connect to an app on your smartphone or tablet. The connection mainly utilizes the bluetooth technology, which sadly offers a very poor signal and this is the greatest downside.
However, some of the manufacturers have luckily introduced transmitters that allow to significantly improve the range thanks to the use of wifi.
Therefore, bluetooth makes it possible to connect to your receiver at small distances.
On the other hand, wifi makes it possible to connect to the home network which makes the signal stronger and allows it to reach all devices in the house.
So if you care a lot about the best possible range then look for a wireless thermometer that utilizes the wifi technology or a bluetooth+wifi connection.