It’s a blustery day outside, and you’re almost done with a 14-hour beef brisket smoking session. Wedged into your comfy chair and glued to the TV, there are only 2 minutes left on the clock for your favorite team to break the tie and win. Suddenly…
BEEP, BEEP, BEEP. Your kitchen timer goes off. You jump out of the chair, put on your rain boots, throw open the door, and get blasted by rain as you run out to the grill. You quickly peak under the lid and check the thermometer as rain seeps down your neck.
Everything’s OK. You run back inside just in time to hear the announcers tell you that you missed the play of the century.
If only you had a Bluetooth enabled remote read thermometer? You could have picked up your phone to know what was going on inside your grill or smoker, right from your chair.
In this article, we’ve put together some of the best Bluetooth BBQ thermometers on the market for your review.
These remote wireless thermometers connect to an app on your phone. They tell you when the meat needs attention due to internal temperature, not by time, so you’ll never miss a great play again.
At a Glance: The 6 models we’ve chosen as contenders for the best Bluetooth BBQ thermometer
- Meater+ , a TRULY Wireless BBQ Thermometer
- GrillEye Smart Bluetooth Grilling & Smoking Thermometer
- Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Digital Thermometer
- InkBird IBT-2X Bluetooth Wireless Thermometer
- iGrill2 Complete Master Kit with 4 Meat Probes
- Weber iGrill mini
Note: Clicking the above links will take you to further information, current prices and customer reviews on Amazon.
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Best Bluetooth BBQ Thermometer – A Detailed Look at Our Top Choices
Here are five of the most useful and practical Bluetooth thermometers you can buy so you can stay ensconced in your comfy chair, worry-free while your smoker works its magic.
I’ve owned two Meater thermometers for nearly a year now, and you can check out my full Meater review for an in-depth guide on it.
The Meater is the first TRULY wireless thermometer, relying on Bluetooth alone to transmit temperature information from the probe to a smartphone, with not a single wire in sight.
Why I jumped on the chance to buy is because I occasionally use a rotisserie. Of course, wire on a spinning spit is never going to work, so I loved the idea of a genuinely wireless thermometer.
And my verdict is: I love it! It’s accurate, with a highly intuitive, easy to use, and intelligent app that will help you cook meat to perfection every time with its multitude of settings and alarms.
- Number of probes: 1 (monitors grate and food temp. simultaneously)
- Temperature accuracy:
- Temperature range: up to 527F (275C) ambient / up to 212F (100C) internal
- Cable length: N/A
- Power: 1 AAA battery in the block/charger
- Remote range: 165 feet (Bluetooth), WiFi range will vary
- Display size: How big is your phone?
- Dimensions: 7.4” x 2.9” x 1.5”
- Weight: 6.4 oz.
- Warranty: 1 year
- Truly wireless, not a wire in sight.
- Accurate, intuitive and easy to use
- Information is displayed on your phone, an item you always carry with you anyhow
- Can use a rechargeable battery, making it environmentally friendly – just remember to recharge!
- Walks you through the cook with presets for different meat types, and alarms to tell you when to take food off.
- Accounts for carryover cooking! Alarms to take food off before target temp, so it rises to target during the rest.
- Only keeps tabs on one cut at a time
- Requires a smartphone, tablet, Alexa, or computer for connectivity
- Smaller range than others on this list, but still plenty far
- Battery cannot be replaced in probe, but is rated for 1000+ cycles
If you want an actual wireless thermometer, this is the only one on the market.
Other ‘wireless’ thermometers are only wireless from the transmitter to the receiver so that you can monitor remotely. There is still a wire from the probe to the transmitter.
What’s more, the single probe has two thermometers, one at each end of the Meater, one for monitoring the internal temperature of your meat, and the other end to measure and report the temp of your grill.
For the average pitmaster, this means no threading probes and wires through eyelets and holes, not having to use two probes, no frayed, bent and eventually broken wires. It’s good!
But where this really shines is if you rotisserie too. Wired probes cannot be used with a rotisserie, whereas the Meater can.
The Meater is also a good looking bit of kit! It looks like a high-end pen in silver and black, with the charging block carved from wood. It really does look stylish.
The ap is easy to use, and semi-automates cooks for you. You select the type of meat, how ‘done’ you’d like it, and it automatically tells you how long it will take and when to take the meat off the grill, so carryover cooking takes it to the target temp. It also saves information from previous cooks so you can compare and use this to improve.
It really is an impressive bit of kit, worth the price tag, and one that I am happy to recommend.
My only recommendation would be to make sure you buy the Meater+, and not the standard Meater. The standard one does lack a bit in range (sometimes as little as 10 foot), whereas the Meater+ has a range of over 150 feet.
Spend a little extra to enjoy the added range, and less occasional frustration, it’s definitely worth it. For more information and current price, please click the following link:
GrillEye Smart Bluetooth Grilling and Smoking Thermometer
The bright red GrillEye is the octopus of grilling thermometers enabling you to plug in six probes to monitor different meats cooking in the same smoker or grill. The temperatures display in a dark, round window on the front and there are three probe ports on each side.
It comes with two AA batteries, two probes, and clips. You must buy the additional four probes separately if you want to take advantage of all six ports.
The dimensions are 3.75 wide x 1 deep x 5 inches tall. It has an aluminum frame with a bracket that swings back as a stand.
They call their aluminum “Space Grade” whatever that is, haha.
Each probe comes with a removable clip, and the wire end has an easy to grip red bulb where the wire attaches. It runs on 2 AA batteries which are included.
If you would like to see the manual, download it here.
You can download the GrillEye app from either the App Store or the Google Play Store.
Once you download the app, it’s compatible with these models or newer:
- The iPad Mini
- iPad 3
- iPhone 4s
- iPod touch 5th gen.
- It also works with Android™ phones equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 and running 4.3 or later.
The app has many built-in presets for grilling meat, poultry, and fish. For example, you select “BEEF” from the preset on your phone. You’ll get a dropdown list of rare, medium-rare, etc. Just choose the doneness you want and hit save.
The app will inform you when it’s time to take the steaks off the grill.
You can customize it by adding High/Low temps on any meat or specific probes you use for grilling.
Functionality and Features
The best feature of the GrillEye is the six-probe capability. Watch world-famous pit master Malcom Reed give it a try in this video.
One issue with this is there is no unique identification for each probe, so you’ll have to use silicon sleeves, nail polish or some other means to identify each probe.
They claim to have a range of 100 meters (328 ft.) “measured in a space without obstacles.”
We don’t know many people who barbecue without obstacles like walls from the back deck to the inside of the house. You can expect a range of about 30 feet.
What We Like
- Use up to 6 probes
- Connects to the app right away
- Many presets provide quick, easy to use temperature options.
- 1 year limited warranty
What We Don’t Like
- A bit lightweight, so it tends to move or blow over easily.
- Could have used a mounting magnet.
- Probes hard to differentiate from one another because there is no color coding.
- You can’t soak the probes in water to clean them, or they will stop working.
The GrillEye works well monitoring up to 6 different types of meat or side dishes at once.
The case is too lightweight for a quality product, and the display is a bit hard to read because it is red digits under a dark screen. Black font on a white background would be a significant improvement.
They also say that the “probes are the 1st worldwide to receive FDA approval.” It makes you wonder how the millions of instant-read thermometers and probes got by without FDA approval.
If you simultaneously cook multiple proteins or other dishes on your grill, this system will work for you. The Grilleye has the most ports of any meat thermometer we looked at.
Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Digital Barbecue Thermometer
This bluetooth wireless meat thermometer is user friendly and accurate, has a compact case that’s weather-resistant, available in black or white. The Maverick ET-735 has a backlit display that is large and easy to read black on white. It runs on two AAA batteries, not included.
The unit is small at only 0.8 x 2.5 x 4 inches. It comes with two waterproof probes that are 36 inches long and heat resistant to 572 degrees fahrenheit (300⁰C).
The wire stand doubles as a hanger so you can attach it anywhere.
The Redi-Chek app converts any Bluetooth LE 4.0-capable device into a remote data receiver that monitors your grill or smoker.
The app lets you set cooking temps, timers and monitor up to four different probes remotely. The app will send you alerts for various stages of cooking.
Download the app from Google Play or the Apple App Store. It works with Android compatible devices including:
- Samsung Galaxy S4, S4 Mini, and Galaxy S5 or newer
- Samsung Note 2, 3, and newer
- Motorola Moto G
- Sony Xperia Z1
- LG Nexus 5
- LG G3
- HTC One M8
- iPhone – 4S, 5, 5S
Functionality and Features
The app has six preset temperatures for all types of meats plus nine presets for game meats like moose, elk, and buffalo. You can customize the temperatures for anything you cook and set four different timers. The unit is rainproof so that you can use indoors or outdoors.
You can see how the Maverick and the app work in this video.
What We Like
- Preset temperatures for eight favorite types of game
- Handles up to 4 probes.
- Choose ⁰F or ⁰C
- Alerts you if your BBQ temp goes over/under the user-set range.
What We Don’t Like
- The display on the unit continuously scrolls through the four probe temperatures, one-at-a-time, regardless if you have a probe inserted or not.
- The Bluetooth connectivity is a bit weak, depending upon placement. Reception can be a problem.
The Maverick is an excellent choice if you want to monitor up to 4 different items on your grill while enjoying your adult beverage poolside. The app alerts you when the meat’s ready, and you can custom program other alerts. It’s user friendly, highly regarded in the grilling community, and is for now, the model we recommend as best bluetooth grill thermometer.
Inkbird IBT-2X Digital Cooking Bluetooth Wireless Thermometer
The Inkbird bluetooth thermometer is a very compact thermometer at only 2.5×3.4×1.0 inches and it’s black with a black face.
The digital readout uses red numbers and letters, making it a bit difficult to read in some lighting situations.
The unit has openings for two probes, but only provides one cable with the unit. You must buy the extra cable, along with two AAA batteries to use the thermometer.
You can set three types of alarms,
- Over Temperature Alarm
- Range alarm
- Time count-down alarm
The black case has raised sides to wrap and hold the cable when not in use. The probe and cable are 3.8 ft. (115 cm) in length. They strongly caution about not getting the cable wet or it won’t function properly.
This seems to be a significant drawback since everyone can experience rain from time to time. The probe comes with a small tip cover to keep it from poking things when not in use.
The app is called “BBQ Go,” and you download it from the App Store or Google Play. It works with:
- iPhone 4S or later.
- iPad 3rd generation and later.
- iPad mini and
- iPod touch 5th generation and later.
- Requires iOS 7+.
- Android 4.4+ phone or tablet devices with Bluetooth 4.0 module.
Functionality and Features
As with most Bluetooth thermometers, they overstate their range. Expect to get about 30 feet, not 150, until it disconnects from your device.
It comes with one probe clip which you may miss as it does not show or mention it in the packaging.
You can download the user manual here. The Chinese to English translation is a bit confusing for some of the points.
What We Like
- Easy to use app for temperature and alarm settings
- You wrap the cord around the unit for secure storage
- 1 year warranty
What We Don’t Like
- The stainless-steel cable is not waterproof, so if it rains or you wash the probe, it could affect the readout. You must be sure the cable is completely dry before using it.
- You’ll only get about 30 feet of range.
The temperature range of the Inkbird IBT-2X is 0-250C (32-482 degrees fahrenheit) which is high enough for any smoking or grilling.
This is the perfect thermometer for someone who wants to monitor two separate dishes or one meat and the temperature of the grill.
iGrill2 Complete Master Kit with 3 Meat and 1 Ambient Probes
The Weber iGrill 2 Bluetooth thermometer has four probe ports, one for ambient grill temperature and three for meat. The thermometer handles temperatures between -22°F (-30°C) TO 572°F (300°C), which is the typical range for meat thermometers.
The master kit includes four probes plus a handy credit card-sized meat smoking guide. It’s a smoking cheat sheet that fits in your wallet.
The iGrill looks like an oversized wristwatch with a polished steel face, a red metal case on a black magnetic base. They also provide two AA batteries.
It has three digital number readouts, like a small scoreboard, LED indicators for Bluetooth connection and indicators for which probe that it’s currently showing.
It’s almost a cube with the dimensions of 2.2″H X 3.2″W X 2.2″D. The illuminated numbers are easy to read because they contrast with the black face. The master kit provides the three meat probes and one ambient probe. You don’t have to order separately.
It has an angled rubber base with a built-in magnet. You can turn the thermometer 180⁰ to enable the viewing better depending on where you mount it.
It uses two AA batteries which are included, and Weber claims 200 hours of battery life.
Here are the devices that work with the app. Weber listed devices that don’t work, and we’ve included those as well.
Apple: iOS 9 or higher required:
- iPhone 4S or later
- iPad 3rd generation or later
- iPad mini
- iPod touch 6th generation or later
Android devices: Most phones running Android 4.4 or higher and Bluetooth 4.0 or higher.
NOTE: The iGrill is not compatible with these devices: iPhone 4, iPad 1st or 2nd generation, Huawei phones.
This app has a temperature chart. It tracks each probe’s temperature and displays them as a chart. Unfortunately, it only gives you three-minute increments, so you don’t see the whole picture.
You can customize each probe with a unique name and different color in the app to help you keep track. To see how it works, watch this video.
You can pre-set minimum and maximum temperatures for each probe or use the handy presets. You’ll get an alerted if the temperature goes outside that range.
Functionality and Features
The iGrill2 has four ports, but one is for a probe that measures only the ambient temperature of the grill. This probe comes with a clip, and the point is rounded, not pointed. So, you can still monitor three separate items, and for most people, this is enough.
A nice feature is the color-coded probes that help you keep organized.
If open flames touch the probe wires that can affect the readings dramatically, so keep an eye on flare-ups.
You can go to Weber’s customer support page for more details, problem-solving or to download the manual.
What We Like
- The magnetic base keeps this unit from blowing around like other lightweight thermometers.
- The master kit comes complete with all the probes.
- Generous 48” probe cords.
- Two AA batteries included.
- One year limited manufacturer’s warranty
What We Don’t Like
- Short-range Bluetooth connectivity
- The graph view could have been a winner if it showed more than three minutes at a time.
- There is no mention of rain-proofing, although users have not reported a problem.
Weber iGrill Mini (Formerly idevices igrill)
iDevices created the iGrill mini, but the company sold its thermometer division to Weber in 2016. Now it’s called the Weber iGrill Mini and is a compact version of the Weber igrill 2 bluetooth thermometer.
The main difference is that it only has one probe and does not have a display. You’ll need to monitor everything through your phone.
This compact Bluetooth meat thermometer measures only 2h x 1.8w x 1.5d inches. The power source is one CR2032 coin cell battery which they include. Weber says you should get about 150 hours of use from one battery.
Instead of a temperature readout, they use a ring that slowly changes color from green, yellow, orange and red as the meat reaches the set temperature. However, to get any useful information, you’ll need to use the app on your phone.
There is a magnet in the base allowing you to attach it to any metal surface.
The app comes with a variety of meat and temperature presets. An interesting feature is the temperature chart that displays the temperature over time. Once the probe senses the desired temperature, it sends a “chirping” alarm and a text telling you the meat is done.
You set the temperature alarm by tapping “Set Up Cook.” The app pops up a list with dozens of preset temperature options. If you can’t find the preset you want, create your own. You’ll find almost any meat, fish or poultry plus options for hot smoke, cold smoke, and barbecue.
Functionality and Features
Once you set the desired temperature, insert the probe into the center of the meat and begin grilling. You can monitor the temperature graph on your phone, but the app will notify you when the food is ready.
Because the readout on the unit is small, they give you color-coded visual cues. The ring around the display window changes color as the temperature of your meat gets closer to the set temperature.
Start – (Green) Open the Weber iGrill App and start grilling.
Getting Close – (Yellow) 15° away from your meat’s target temperature
Almost Done – (Orange) 5°away from your meat’s target temperature
Done – (Red) The food has reached its target temperature.
What We Like
- The graphics display on the app and the large easy to read temperatures
- The compact size and magnet mean you can place this out of your way
What We Don’t Like
- Only one probe
- No display, just the color changing ring
This thermometer is an excellent choice for beginners and someone who cooks just one type of meat at a time.
What is a Bluetooth BBQ Thermometer?
Let’s start by understanding “Bluetooth” the technology. The Bluetooth website defines their invention as “a low-power wireless connectivity technology used to stream audio, transfer data and broadcast information between devices.”
Bluetooth technology allows us to cut the cord and go wireless on almost any device nowadays. For our discussion, we’re interested in the transfer of the temperature data from our smoked brisket to our cell phone as we watch the game.
(A side note: Click here if you’re interested in the Origin of the Bluetooth Name and logo.)
How Does a Bluetooth Thermometer Work?
There are three physical components to a Bluetooth thermometer: The probe, cable, and the transmitter.
The probe attaches inside of the grill or inserts into the meat. It sends the temperature information through the cable into the transmitter, which sends a signal to a receiver, usually your cell phone.
Typically, there is a readout display on the unit so you can see the temperature if you’re next to it.
Some applications allow two-way communication so that you can change settings to the thermometer remotely. Isn’t that the dream of any lazy pit-master? Now, if you only had someone to go outside and bring in the meat, you would never have to leave your chair.
The Good and Not-So-Good About Bluetooth Thermometers
These thermometers take advantage of existing technology. You just buy the thermometer, download the app to your phone, and you’re ready to start grilling.
The downside of Bluetooth is it tends to be “line of sight.” That means walls, trees, and even other devices can interfere with the signal.
Just because it says you can read it “150 feet away” doesn’t mean it will work that far unless you live in a field. Even the very best bluetooth meat thermometer will not reach it’s stated distance through multiple thick walls of your home.
Bluetooth vs. Radio Frequency
When we talk about Wi-Fi, it stands for wireless fidelity. Radio Frequency or RF has a wide range of frequencies from 3 KHz – 300 GHz while Wi-Fi’s signal is typically only 2.4 GHz.
RF or Wifi thermometers will have better range and less interference than Bluetooth. That doesn’t mean you need to give up on Bluetooth. It depends on how far you need to reach from your smoker to your comfy chair.
Another issue is the age and compatibility of the “receiver,” a.k.a. your cell phone.
A brand-new phone will work better than models that are 3 or 4-years old. Some of the poor reviews that you see online come from people with older, incompatible phones.
Radio/WiFi thermometers use both the transmitter and receiver built by the same manufacturer, removing these variables of compatibility.
You can learn more about the best wifi thermometers available today in our roundup.
Wi-Fi vs. Bluetooth BBQ Thermometers
Essentially, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work in the same frequency of 2.4 GHz. The difference is the purpose of each and the range.
Bluetooth connects wireless devices over short distances while Wi-Fi connects devices to the internet, so it has a broader range.
Wi-Fi thermometers can connect to the same network as your computer and smartphone, making it (potentially) viewable all over the house and beyond using your phone.
Maximizing Your Bluetooth Thermometer’s Performance
For best performance, try to reduce the number of obstacles between the grill and the phone.
You may have to place the phone closer to the grill, such as a hallway to avoid an extra wall, but close enough to where you can hear any alarms.
If you have other Bluetooth devices working nearby, turn them off to avoid interference.
As with any meat thermometer, keep the probe clean. Dirt or food build up can give false readings leading to overcooked food.
Be sure to check the accuracy of your thermometer by using the ice water or boiling water methods. Probes and cables have a way of wearing out, and you need to test before you start cooking.
Don’t burn up the probes by exceeding the maximum temperature, or the thermometer won’t be the only thing that’s burned.
Never Worry About What’s Happening on Your Grill Again
Bluetooth enabled thermometers are the way to go if you’re serious about grilling or smoking meat and getting it right the first time. They take the guesswork out of timing and alert you when the meat’s ready going by internal temperature, which is the best measurement, not time. You don’t have to babysit the grill anymore.
Our choice for the most versatile thermometer is the Maverick ET-735 and gets vote for best bluetooth thermometer.
You can have up to four probes, enough for most backyard grillers and competition smokers too.
The probes are water-proof, and the unit is rain-proof, making it durable for most applications. The Redi-Chek app has temperature presets for wild game, which is a big plus for hunters who smoke meat.
If you have any opinions about grilling thermometers, please do comment below as we’d love to hear your thoughts.
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