5 Best Wireless Bluetooth Grill Meat Thermometer [Grill + Oven]

5 Best wireless Bluetooth Meat Thermometer

A complete MeatGeek review of the best Bluetooth grill thermometers on the market. With extensive research and testing we bring you the pros, cons, and our favorite value pick for the best wireless digital meat thermometer money can buy. 

bluetooth vs wi-fi

WiFi Meat Thermometers are awesome. They let you monitor the internal temperature of your meat from virtually anywhere in the world – if both you and your thermometer have an internet connection. But what happens when you don’t? Ever tried taking a WiFi Thermometer camping? That’s when a Bluetooth Meat Thermometer comes in handy.

While Wi-Fi thermometers need a W-iFi signal in range, Bluetooth thermometers pair directly with your smartphone – via Bluetooth – no need for an internet connection. You can grill at the park, the beach or the campsite, without needing to carry around your WiFi router (who does that, anyway). And if your home Wi-FI doesn’t reach out to the grill well enough to work, just fire up the Bluetooth.

Range

Bluetooth won’t have as much range as WiFi thermometer, which works through the cloud. Most devices will top out at about 150 feet – line-of-sight, at least. That number will even less when walls and doors get in the way. (Some work better through walls than others).

One or two thermometers out there might get 300 feet, such as the GrillEye GE0001. But, 150 feet should be enough to do most tasks around the kitchen or campsite or let you relax on the deck, while the meat is on the grill out back.

Sound like something you’re interested in? Keep Reading to See our Top 5 Best Bluetooth Thermometers For 2018.

the top 5 reviews

#1
InkBird IBT-4XS
Wireless  Bluetooth Thermometer

After reviewing several digital Bluetooth grill thermometers we selected the Inkbird's 4XS as the value buy for #MeatGeeks.

First on our list of the Best Bluetooth Meat Thermometers is the Inkbird IBX4S. This is a relatively new thermometer but has already established itself as one of the best in the game – and the thermometer to beat when it comes to ease-of-use, quality and price in one unit. Why do we like it so much?

inkbird review

Every self-respecting chef and aspiring grillmaster has a reliable meat thermometer in their arsenal, but it’s no longer enough to just read temperatures accurately; a meat thermometer needs to be wireless-enabled and capable of many different smart functions, letting you monitor your meat conveniently from a distance, right on your phone. That’s the idea behind the myriad of WIFI meat thermometers.

While WiFi meat thermometers may offer more wireless range, there are some excellent Bluetooth grill thermometers out there as well. They also tend to be more affordable. We found many of our readers liked the idea of owning a WiFi thermometer but didn’t always want to spend the extra money. This is what lead us on a journey to discover the best Bluetooth thermometer that would provide #MeatGeeks with a true value buy.

This thermometer is the Inkbird IBT-4XS.

Our Value pick

bluetooth winner pick


The IBT-4XS is a wireless Bluetooth meat thermometer with four probe channels and compatibility with both iOs and Android phones, meant for use grilling and smoking, as well as cooking in the kitchen. Available for $59.99 on Amazon, it doesn’t offer the same features and sheer capability of more-expensive wireless thermometers (it’s not a digital temp controller, for example), but we did find it to be a smart, capable, and very easy-to-use device, that lets you skip any fancy setup and get right to the good stuff – grilling.

pros

- Simple, easy-to-use design
- 4 Probe Channels – 4 probes included
- Easy, intuitive app interface
- Accurate Temperature Readings
- Magnetic for mounting to grills, fridges
- Works with iPhone and Android
- 12 Month Warranty

Cons

- Not weatherproof
- Cables are long and have no way to wind them up neatly
- No color coding for probes

Inkbird reached out to us and asked if we would like to test out and review the IBT-4XS for them. While we knew they were a manufacture of temperature controllers we had our reservations. Several of the Bluetooth thermometers we had worked with in the past fell short; either they were too expensive or didn’t function as advertised. Frankly, they weren’t worth the write up or recommendation.

why we selected the inkbird over other bluetooth readers

Unboxing

The Inkbird IBT-4XS comes neatly packaged in small, but surprisingly high-quality, brown cardboard box, that gives it a quality feeling superior to most devices in a similar price range.  When you open it, you first see the device itself seated in plastic, and underneath will find 4 temperature probes, a USB charging cable, 2 metal probe clips for keeping them placed securely in the meat, and an instruction manual. Each of the temperature probes comes individually wrapped in plastic, with the cables neatly coiled, and a rubber cap protecting the pointed ends.

The device is small and sharp-looking and features only two buttons – an On/Off switch on the bottom and a touch-button on the front screen (kind of like the touch-button found on newer iPhone models). On the front, you’ll also find the 4 ports for attaching the meat probes, and on the back, a micro USB port for charging.

Upon turning the Inkbird on, you will see the current temperature reading (if any) displayed on the front in large red font, a probe indicator, battery level, Bluetooth indicator if your phone is paired, and a temperature unit display (C or F). You can even rotate the display by tapping the Power/Pairing button twice.

The Inkbird Thermometer has magnets on the back as well, so you can mount the device easily to the side of your grill or oven if you’re cooking inside. And they’re actually quite heavy-duty magnets; the device feels secure and shouldn’t go anywhere, freeing up some space on the counter.

device in box
inkbird in box
4xs inkbird top image
bottom of the inkbird 4xs

Charging

The Inkbird IBT-4XS runs off a 1000 MAH Lithium-Ion battery, which is charged via Micro USB. A USB charging cable is included, and Inkbird really talks up the 1.64 ft length in their marketing materials. Personally, I wish the cable was longer; it’s just a bit too short to charge comfortably on a wall outlet. The battery is supposed to last up to 60 hours of use, but we haven’t had a chance to try that just; the device will go into a sort of sleep mode if left on with no input from a probe. Charging the device fully takes about two hours, and you can’t charge it while it’s turned on and monitoring meat.

Bluetooth connectivity

Pairing the device to your phone via Bluetooth is exceedingly simple:

  1. Download the BBQ Go App from the App Store

  2. Turn your phone’s Bluetooth on

  3. Follow the instructions in the app – which is as easy as simply pressing the Connect button while the light is flashing.

The app recognized the device right away, and it took about 2 seconds to connect. In the future, your phone and the thermometer will automatically pair when you have the app open, so you can just fire up and go.

It works with both iOS and Android smartphones.

Inkbird says the device has a range of up to 150 feet, and while we didn't measure distance exactly, that appeared to be about right when taking a short walk away from the grill. That should be more than enough distance to head into the kitchen while the food is on the grill or smoker - unless you have a very large yard or live in an apartment complex (like some of us do). In which case we would recommend selecting one of these WIFI thermometers. 

app interface

Now for the part we've all been waiting for. Here's where most of the previous bluetooth devices we reviewed fall short – after all, you're only as good as data you receive.  

inkbird app interface

Temperature monitoring 

screen shot of app

Overcooked warning

preset settings on app

Preset options screen

When you open the app, you will see four different temperatures displayed – one for each of the four probes. There’s a selection of presets you can choose from – such as Beef, Chicken, Pork, Hot Smoke, etc – and several preset temperatures for each, e.g. Rare (125F), Medium-Rare (130F), and so on. You can delete these presets, customize them, and add your own temperature settings.

Each probe can be set differently, and you can set both timers and desired temperatures for each one; the app will alert you either when the temperature is reached, or the timer is up. You can even choose different colors for each of the probes to help keep track of them. 

probes in package

The small round icon (shown in the previous screenshots) keeps track of the progress of the meat as it gets closer to it’s target temperature.

At the top, there is also a menu that displays current Firmware version, lets you toggle between F and C as your preferred mode of temperature display, as well as turn off notifications if the device and phone become disconnected (out of range, dead battery, etc). You can set an Alarm Interval for repeating temperature alarms for the same probe and enable or disable the alarm ringtone or vibration. You can even change the language to German, Spanish, Italian, French or even Dutch.

Lastly, there is a Temperature Graph function, which lets you keep track of your grill and smoke sessions in a handy chart.

Overall, it shows that this device was manufactured by a company with experience in home automation technology.  The entire app interface is very simple and easy to use and should have you out on the grill with little in the way of setup.

Where the rubber [meats] the road: Putting the inkbird to use

grilling steaks kettle grill

So how does it fare on the grill? To test the Inkbird IBT-4XS out, we fired up the grill and threw on some top sirloin steak (but not before seasoning them with gratuitous amounts of salt and pepper). Inserting the probes was as easy as it should be; the probes are about 5” long, which makes them perfect for sliding into the center of a thick steak and still large enough for larger pieces of meat such as brisket or a whole chicken. Be methodical when inserting though; the probe poked through the side of one of our steaks, giving an inaccurate temperature reading and saying it was done long before the center of the steak had reached the desire temperature. (That goes all for thermometers and meats, of course).

The probe cables are about 4.9 feet long each, which is great when using very large grills and smokers where your thermometer needs to be far away from the heat.

For regular grilling, however, we found that they are just too long, and tangle with each other easily, especially when flipping the steaks. This would be less of an issue when smoking for long periods of time but was quite frustrating. There isn’t necessarily much any thermometer could do to prevent this issue, but some kind of cordwrap, or organizer would be nice. 

prob ports
probes plugged in

The quality of the braided cables, however, seems more than adequate for a thermometer in this price range.

Included in the package are two metal clips in the same style as many other meat thermometers. These clips can be used to mount the probes to the grill and take its ambient temperature reading. Doing so is very simple and gave a steady reading that matched the grill’s own.

With the temperature probes firmly planted in the thickest part of the steak, the Inkbird gave us a pretty accurate internal temperature; Inkbird says it’s accurate to +/- 2F, and using a regular kitchen meat thermometer to judge, we’d say that’s pretty accurate.

We set each the probes in each of our steaks to the Beef preset, to a 120F Rare. We had a few problems getting the readings right on our first steak, as the probe was not correctly inserted and was poking out the other side into the grill. The IBT-4XS promptly let us know that the steak was well-overdone, flashing and buzzing until we removed the steak and fixed the probe. From there it was relative smooth grilling.

For some reason, however, the device only alerted us when one of the steaks had reached its desired temperature of 120F. While my phone vibrated and the device itself beeped quite loudly with that steak, it was completely silent when the second steak reached 120F, even letting the temperature creep past the target. After playing with the settings, we couldn’t figure out whether this was human error or a glitch, but after testing out the device a few more times, we couldn't recreate this issue. Perhaps there was a setting we had forgotten to customize.

And how did the steaks turn out? Upon removing them from the heat and letting them sit for several minutes, we sliced into some perfectly rare steaks – seared on the outside but still juicy and red all the way through.

rare steak for eating

Seeing as how easy it is to overdo steak – getting it a bit too late and eating it medium or medium-well – Inkbird does its job.

Complete Summery

Pros
  • It can handle up to 4 probes at once, with 4 prone channels. 4 food probes are included, as well as two clips for mounting some of the probes as ambient probes to monitor the grill temperature. The probes are accurate within +/- 1F of the true temperature and work very well. The probe cables are also very long – 4.9 feet each. That makes working with them on the grill easy (but also makes them hard to store neatly, which we’ll get to).

  • Temperature range is from 32F to 572F – more than enough for most smoking and grilling jobs.

  • The device itself is compact and durable. You can fit the thermometer in your hand and it feels well put-together. On the back are magnets for mounting to the side of the grill or even the fridge.
    On that note, the probe cables are also durable, made of braided metal cable. We have no reservations on their ability to withstand heavy use.
  • It runs off an internal 1000Mah Li-ion battery, which can be charged via Micro USB. The battery is rated to last 60 hours of use – more than enough for several grilling sessions, or even several long smoking sessions. It also comes with a 1.64-foot-long Micro USB charging cable (Inkbird is very particular about that range, for some reason…)

  • Bluetooth range is 150 feet. We find the Inkbird really does get about that much range, even with some walls and doors in the way. And 150 feet of range put it squarely in typical territory for Bluetooth thermometers, as almost all of them get that much range.

  • The app is super easy to setup, intuitive to use, and displays all four probe temps at once. There’s a host of smart features available, and you can set min/max temperatures for each piece of meat individually. There’s also a whole host of preset options to choose from (Beef, Chicken, Hot Smoke, etc) and you can customize each of these presets precisely to your liking.

  • When the target temperature is reached, the app will let you know – setting off an alarm that rings and vibrates your phone – quite loudly – until you turn it off and attend to your meat.

  • And, don’t forget the graphs and logs. Want to see exactly how long it took to that piece of meat, and how hot the temperature got and when? The app will let you do that. You can even export them via .csv to archive and learn from later.

  • There’s a 12-month warranty. Inkbird believes in their product and wants you to, too – and to be totally confident in using it.
Cons

Yeah, there are a few things we don’t like. These include…

  • The body is not waterproof or weatherproof. When you’re planning on leaving your thermometer outside all day while smoking a massive piece of meat, it’s nice to not have to worry about it getting wet from unexpected rain or thunderstorms. It’s also nice to have it protected against splashing grease and water when cooking. That would be a welcome improvement.

  • The Cables are long, but hard to wind up. They get tangled easily when cooking with several of them at once. It’s great to have this extra length when you’re doing a lot smoking on a huge pit, but the extra length is a bit frustrating when you’re not. And there’s no convenient way to wind them up.

  • The probes are not color-coded. This would be a huge, welcome addition to the kit – and many others – and would make telling the difference between probes so much easier. As it stands, there’s no way to tell which probeis which while it’s on the grill and when you’re glancing at your phone from inside the kitchen.

final thoughts

For the price,  the Inkbird IBT-4XS provides an excellent value for a wireless Bluetooth meat thermometer. Most grilling fanatics and amateur smokers may never need the quality, features and robustness of the more expensive thermometers out there (like our #1 overall pick in wireless thermometers The Fireboard). In that case, the InkBird fits the bill perfectly. It’s easy to setup and use, it reads temperatures quite accurately, and while not bombproof, is well-built and durable enough for everyday use.

There are a few things we would like to see, such as weatherproofing and impact-resistance. And the cables are a bit long, becoming easily tangled when dealing with multiple pieces of meat. It would also be nice to have some kind of color coding so you can more easily keep track of which probe is plugged into which port at a glance. You can set different colors for each probe on the app, but there is nothing included to mark the physical probes.

For the price, however, the Inkbird IBT-4XS is a solid meat thermometer. While there are other similar Bluetooth thermometers available at comparable prices, the Inkbird offers more probes than most, and has a much simpler interface.

Overall, the Inkbird IBX4S is an awesome Bluetooth meat thermometer. It’s durable, quality and compact. The temperature probes are accurate and consistent. The internal battery is powerful and easy to charge, with a long life of 60 hours.  Inkbird offers more probes than most, and the user friendly app provides a whole host of features. It’s also reasonably-priced, making it the benchmark to which we compare the other top Bluetooth thermometers.

#2
ThermaQ Blue
Wireless TEMPERATURE reader

The ThermaQ Blue is the most expensive Bluetooth meat thermometer on our list, but it is also one of the best. Much like the original ThermaQ, but designed for use with Bluetooth – hence the name Blue -, it’s a serious thermometer meant for using in serious smoking sessions, and even in competitions.  It looks a bit different than its WifI cousin, but many of the specs and features are much the same . . .

thermaq blue

the Good, The bad, and The features 

Pros

  • Bluetooth range is 150 feet within line-of-sight. This is almost as much as the Uvistare, for example, and roughly the same as the Inkbird IBX4S. That should be more than enough distance to walk to the kitchen from the grill, without losing signal. No WiFi required. Bring it to an outdoor cookout, or even a camping trip, for perfectly grilled meat every time.
     
  • It comes with 2 Type K Thermocouple Probes and is compatible with hundreds of other probe types and options out there. You can opt for tough, braided cables or some specifically designed for high temperatures (above 600F.)  The included probes are accurate within ±0.7°F of true temperature.

  • The ThermaQ Blue has a temperature range of up to 2500 F. We can’t think of a single grill or smoker on which you’ll ever reach those temperatures, but it’s nice to know you can if you ever need to.
     
  • The body is rated to IP55, making it splashproofand ultra-durable.ThermaQ designed this device to be competition-grade, ultra-tough and ready for anything.  You should have no fear of a little rain, a few splashes of hot grease, or even dropping it a few feet.
     
  • The ThermaQ app tracks meat temperature and sends alerts and alarms when min/max temperatures are reached. It also hascooking logs and graphs, which can be saved and exported for historical records of every smoke session.A backlit LCD screen on the front of the device lets you monitor temperature with a quick glance.
     
  • It runs off AA batteries, and claims to get over 4000 hours of battery life from a single battery. Not bad, not bad…

  • The ThermaQ Blue kit includes a mini tripod stand for the device.

Cons

  • It only has room for two probes. Compared to the 4 or 6 found on a lot of other devices, this is nothing. You could do two pieces of meat, but if you want to monitor the ambient temperature – you can only do one piece of meat.
     
  • Some people find the app clunky. This is a problem with the regular ThermaQ as well, and hopefully something they’ll fix in future updates.
     
  • It doesn’t come with magnets for mounting on the back, like the regular ThermaQthermometer. You’ll have to use the tripod, hold it, or prop it up.

  • It’s pricey.At almost 4 times the price of the Inkbird, it’s an investment – though we think it’s worth the investment.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall, there isn’t much not to like about the ThermaQ Blue. It’s a high-quality, robust and dependable Bluetooth thermometer meant for serious pitmasters, and will likely hold up to years of abuse and insanely high temperatures.

The IGrill2 is a compact, stylish Bluetooth thermometer that tends to fly under the radar but packs a punch in its small size and mid-range price.

igrill2 review

the Good, The bad, and The features 

the good

  • It’s compact. Only about 2” by 2”, it fits in the palm of your hand and weighs practically nothing.

  • It works with up to 4 probes at once. Not as much as the Uvistare, sure, but as many as the Inkbird and twice as many as the ThermaQ Blue. It come with two meat probes, which IDevices touts as “pro-level” and ready to withstand high temperatures and steam. You can purchase an optional ambient probe and clip, as well as more meat probes, for a full setup. Probes cables are 48” long.
     
  • The Probes are consistent and accurate. IDevices says they’re correct up to within 1 degree of true temperature. Tests have shown that to be accurate.

  • Bluetooth range tops out at 150 feet. This competes with virtually every other Bluetooth thermometer in this price range, and the Bluetooth signal is consistent, unlike a lot of cheaper options.
     
  • The app has preset and custom settings for alarms and alerts. The Minimum possible temperature you can set is -22F, while the maximum is 572F. Alarms and alerts pop up on your phone, and you can of course create cooking logs and graphs and export them as spreadsheets. The app is available for both iOs and Android.
     
  • The app can pair to more than one iGrill at once. This is handy if you’re having a super-big-BBQ, and want to use more than 4 probes simultaneously.
     
  • There are magnets on the back panel for mounting.  You can stick it on the side of your grill, on the fridge – anywhere metallic that is convenient for you while you grill.
    - Battery life is touted as 200 hours. While that’s not nearly as much as the ThermaQ’s 4000, it’s more than enough for most of us. You’ll get many grilling sessions out of the 2 AA batteries included. Auto Shut Off turns it off after a period of inactivity, preserving that battery life and ensuring you get 200 hours of good use.
     
  • The illuminated display on the front makes reading the probes at a glance, easy.

The Bad 

  • The Bluetooth doesn’t go through walls. Yes, range is 150 feet – but that’s with a clear line of sight and no obstructions. Try walking around the house while the thermometer is attached to the grill, and you’ll have some issues.

  • The body is not the most durable. Compared to other thermometers – the Inkbird and ThermaQ, especially – the IGrill 2 feels kind of cheap and lightweight. We’ve heard from some people that it doesn’t hold well over the long run.

Final Thoughts

Overall, it’s another great device with a lot of capability and features, accurate readings and 4 probe channels. But the Bluetooth signal can be weak, and the build isn’t as heavy-duty as we would like.

#4
grilleye
bbq meat THERMOMETER

Looking for a Bluetooth thermometer with some serious range? Perhaps the GrillEye is what you’re looking for, thanks to its impressive 300’ foot range – twice what any other thermometer offers. Let’s see what else this bad boy can do…

grilleye review

the Good, The bad, and The features 

Pros

  • The GrillEye has 6 probe ports, allowing you to monitor quite a bit of meat at once, and mix in an ambient probe or two. Two meat probes are included with the package, as are two ambient probes.
     
  • GrillEye probes are FDA-certified for use with food. Made with space-grade aluminum, they’re the first in the world to claim that honor. We’re not exactly sure what benefit that lends over non-certified probes, but it certainly sounds cool.

  • The LED screen shows two temperature readings – target and current. The screen is coated in an anti-glare polymer coating reflects sunlight and keeps things easy to read. It’s actually quite glossy and stylish to look at in person.
     
  • The body is compact, lightweight, yet durable. An adjustable stand, made of space-grade aluminum, lets you determine its angle and height so you can stand it up and read it easily.
     
  • The GrillEye app lets you set target temperatures and alarms, and both sound and vibration will go off. It essentially uses the same app as the Firebird and other devices, meaning you have all the same functionality – charts, graphs, logs, etc.
     
  •  And of course – Bluetooth range is up to 300 feet. This is twice what any other thermometer offers and perhaps the GrillEye’s main selling point. The Bluetooth signal is consistent and works through walls – though those will affect the overall total range.

Cons

  • The probes are not consistent or accurate. They tend to be off and sometimes they even wildly fluctuate – showing as far as 34F off what they should be. This discrepancy is even noted in the documentation, and surprising for a meat thermometer of any quality. It’s a great way to accidentally ruin some chicken or expensive steak.

  • The build quality really could be better. The device looks great, as we mentioned, but it just doesn’t hold up the way we’d expect from a thermometer this expensive. It’s also not waterproof, which would be most welcome and boost our opinion of this thermometer significantly.

Final Thoughts

Overall, we like the GrillEye. It has powerful Bluetooth capabilities and range and can work with up to 6 probes at once. But it’s not accurate in its temperature readings, and the build feels cheap and flimsy, which knock it a bit lower down the list.

#5
Uvistare 
bbq meat THERMOMETER

The Budget choice on our list, the Uvistare BBQ Meat Thermometer is very similar to the Inkbird.

the Good, The bad, and The features 

the good

  • Bluetooth connectivity has a range of 164 feet. This isn’t quite as you might get from a WiFi thermometer but is pretty solid range if you really think about it.

  • There are two probes included, made of stainless steel.They are high-high resistant and can withstand temperatures up to 572 degrees. This makes them good for cooking meat, but not always a good choice for functioning as ambient probes. They do throw in a third bonus probe for reading ambient temps, too. Accuracy is rated as within ±1% of true temperature.

  • The probes feature “flameproof grips,” which the manufacturer claims read help it read faster and more accurately than silicone grips. An ambient probe clip is included, as is a small winding device for winding the probe cords up easily – something we wish all thermometers had.

  • The Uvistare device supports up to 6 probes at a time – 2 more than the Inkbird, for example. Grill or smoke 6 different pieces of meat at once or use one or two of them as an ambient probe for monitoring the pit temperature.

  • The app works with iOS and Android, andis easy and intuitive to use. It has11 presets target temperatures for meat, all of which can be customized to your own like – medium-rare, well-done, rare, etc. There are timers and alerts letting you know when the meat is done, and the app has graphic and logging features, so you can keep track of your smoking sessions and learn from them for the future.

  • The LCD on the front gives quick temperature readings. It also shows the current target temperature, battery life, and Bluetooth connectivity.

  • Battery life is rated at a mega 200 hours. It runs off AA batteries, which are not included.

The Bad 

Sounds like a mega deal, right? As with all thermometers – especially the more affordable ones – there are a few problems, however.

  • The Bluetooth connection is unreliable. It will often drop the signal between the device and your phone, for no apparent reason, even in short range.

  • Temperature probe readings can swing widely. Especially on the ambient probe, this device has a knack for reading inaccurately – a sign of poor quality control, and the perfect way to ruin your otherwise perfectly good meat on the grill. Even when sticking it right on the hot grill, users have reported the temperature as never raising above 350F.

  • The app isn’t available in all countries. Many users have reported being unable to find the app for download on iOs – check to see if you can before purchasing.

FINAL THOUGHTS

, The Uvistare is a decent Bluetooth thermometer if you’re on a strict budget. But for just a little bit more, you could get something nicer – like the Inkbird – that is more reliable, more accurate, and doesn’t have all the same quality control issues that the Uvistare does. It’s also strange that the app is not available in all places and for all phones.

Buyer's guide to bluetooth meat THERMOMETERS 

What To Look For When Choosing A Device For Your Meat
What exactly are you looking for when choosing a Bluetooth meat thermometer? Ask yourself these questions when looking at your next device….

How Many Probes/Channels Does It Have? Are There Ambient Probes?

This should probably be your main consideration. How many probe channels does the thermometer have, and how many probes does it come with? Most will come with about 4 probe channels. Ideally – if you do a lot of grilling – you’ll have about 6, so you can monitor several pieces of meat and the pit temperature. Some thermometers, on the other hand, only have 2 channels.

How Consistent and Accurate Are The Probes?

Most thermometer devices come with high-quality probes (Thermistors or RTD probes) that are very accurate, often within +/- 1F of the true temperature. Others…not so much. Many probes are just inconsistent and poor, and will report widely swinging, inaccurate temperatures – sometimes as much as 30 or 50 degrees off! Be sure to read some reviews and make sure the device you pick has reliable, quality probes that will report the right temperature and prevent ruining your brisket by accident.

How Much Range Does It Get? How Strong is the Bluetooth?

Most Bluetooth thermometers offer about 150 feet of range, line-of-sight, meaning that walls and other obstructions will severely affect the range. A few devices – such as the Inkbird – have stronger signals that we find are less affected by walls, while others get even less than the advertised 150 feet. A few devices boast ranges of 300’.

How Smart Is It?

You wouldn’t be getting a Bluetooth thermometer if it weren’t for the smart features and the app. Most thermometer apps will have a variety of presets for different meats (Steak, BBQ, Chicken, Pork) that can all be customized to your own definition of “Medium-Rare.” They’ll all have minimum and maximum temperatures you can set, and alerts, alarms and notifications that pop up on your phone when those temperatures are reached.

And, most will also have cooking graphs and charts, so you can create logs of your smoking and grilling sessions, see what went wrong, and export them to go over later. Some even let you share these logs with your grilling buddies on social media!

Battery Life

Nobody wants their thermometer to die while the meat is on the grill. Make sure the device gets good battery life, and that the battery (or two) can be easily recharged or replaced. Some devices even claim to get 3000 hours of life off two AA’s….

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