Best Wireless Meat Thermometer for Smoker Reviews and Buying Guide 2019

Best Wireless Meat Thermometer for Smoker Reviews 2019

Even if you have the most impressive grill on the market, there are still a multitude of ways to mess up cooking meat. By far the biggest thing to look out for when cooking meat is making sure you cook it to the right temperature– not too hot or too cold. That is why we put together a list of the 5 best wireless meat thermometer reviews of 2019. We also provide a thorough buyer’s guide and helpful FAQ, so you know how to spot a winner. While we think the MEATER+ and Veken are the best options, you have to keep reading to see our best value.

New MEATER+165ft Long Range Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer for the Oven Grill Kitchen BBQ Smoker Rotisserie with Bluetooth and WiFi Digital Connectivity – Best Seller
The MEATER+ is made by Apption Labs, a relatively small company founded a little under half a decade ago. While that may not necessarily seem like a long time, it is actually the oldest and most experienced company on our list. On top of that, Apption Labs specializes exclusively on this single product line, so you know they have to make it great or their entire company goes under. Aside from providing a generally solid meat thermometer, Apption Labs takes their approach a step further by heavily investing in technological R&D. This investment really paid off for the MEATER+ wireless meat thermometer as it is our best seller option despite being the most expensive product by far.

Superior Connectivity
When it comes to wireless meat thermometers, there are a couple of ways that they can connect to the receiver system. However, rather than simply relying on a dedicated receiver unit or potentially unstable Bluetooth protocols, the MEATER+ wireless thermometer offers a fairly novel approach. Specifically, this is the only wireless meat thermometer that we reviewed which can connect both through Bluetooth and WiFi. With the Bluetooth connection, you get a fairly standard connection which is not terribly impressive and has a shorter range than many of the other options on our list. However, when you connect to the MEATER+ wireless meat thermometer using a WiFi network, the range becomes virtually limitless. This is because the MEATER+ system allows you to upload the data from the thermometer to a cloud service which can then be accessed by any PC or smart device anywhere in the world.

Solid Design
It is worth noting that the absence of a dedicated receiver unit means that you do need a smart device to use the MEATER+ meat thermometer. That said, the company employs a dedicated app software specialist to ensure that this is not an issue. For instance, this is actually one of the few wireless meat thermometers that we found which has zero latency. To be fair, it needs to be connected by WiFi to achieve this, but it is still impressive nonetheless. On top of that, the app uses a clean and easy to read user interface with connection working with only a single pairing. This may be one of the easiest app-based wireless meat thermometers to use. Even better, the app works flawlessly with both Apple’s iOS 10.3 and later and Android 5.0 and later. It is worth noting that the app does not offer quite as many premade settings, but it provides more custom options. This is because all of the relevant components and circuitry are actually placed inside of the MEATER+ thermometer’s single prong. To be fair, this ultimately limits the amount of food you can watch at one time, but it also means that this is the only truly wireless meat thermometer on our list. The real potential issue with the prong is that it is fairly thick which may be an issue for certain meat purists out there.

— Pros
Only requires a single prong
Does not use wires
Can connect through WiFi
Is iOS and Android compatible
Connects to your smartphone or PC
Has zero signal latency

— Cons
Is a more expensive thermometer
Is a thicker thermometer

– Top Pick
— Veken Meat Thermometer for Grilling, BBQ Wireless 4 Probe Remote, Instant Read Digital Cooking Grill Thermometer, Food Thermometer for Oven & Smoker & Roasting, 490 Feet
Veken can be a bit tough to get a handle on as this is only a small part of the conglomerate company’s business model. In fact, Veken focuses far more on making high-end battery systems with innovative technology than they do electronics. On top of that, the consumer line of Veken does not even specialize in cooking or kitchen products, let alone wireless meat thermometers. That said, the parent company has won numerous awards for their technological innovations and it seems the Veken wireless meat thermometer follows suit. When you consider that this wireless meat thermometer tops our list in some of the most relevant categories, it is easy to see why we ranked it as our top pick.

Particular Arrangement
One thing that truly sets the Veken meat thermometer apart from most of the pack is that it does not connect to a smart device. While this might seem like a disadvantage, it also means that the Veken thermometer is free to provide a dedicated direct connection. While most wireless meat thermometers that connect to a smart device do so through Bluetooth, that inherently limits their signal range. With the Veken wireless meat thermometer opting instead for a direct connection, this allows the company to boast a 490 ft range— easily the farthest on our list. While you are unlikely to find yourself almost 500 ft away from your cooking food, this means that the signal itself is stronger than most. To be fair, there is a reasonable chance that the connection might be a bit iffy with a given unit, but Veken customer service responds quickly with replacements. Once you do get a properly wired unit, you will not have to worry about connectivity issues anymore. The use of a dedicated unit also has the added advantage of lowering latency with the Veken meat thermometer sporting a refresh rate of 2 to 3 seconds.

Good Functions
As nice as the quick readouts and long-range is, a wireless meat thermometer is only as good as it allows you to use it. In this regard, the Veken thermometer may not necessarily top our list, but it provides everything you need for a robust experience. For example, the Veken meat thermometer comes with 4 food-grade stainless steel prongs that are attached to the longest wires on our list at 49”. These prongs provide solid readings that are accurate to 1.8-degrees Fahrenheit or 1-degree Celsius. One thing to note is that the prongs do not come with handles, so be careful when taking them out of the meat. On the plus side, this means that you do not have to worry about a plastic or rubber handle accidentally melting. Another great feature is that the prongs are able to keep track of the meat’s temperature individually, allowing you to watch 4 separate pieces of meat simultaneously. In terms of preset functions, the Veken wireless meat thermometer does not have the most, but it has all of the main meat and taste settings. One potential concern is the absence of a low heat heating which can be a major flaw if you try to use the Veken meat thermometer to cook with a slow smoker.

— Pros
Is a less expensive thermometer
Has a 490 ft range
Updates every 2 to 3 seconds
Is accurate to 1.8-degrees Fahrenheit or 1-degree Celsius
Each probe can monitor individually
Has numerous settings

— Cons
Does not have a low-temperature alarm
The connection can be iffy

– Best Value
— ThermoPro TP-07 Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Turkey Food Meat Thermometer for Grilling Oven Kitchen Smoker BBQ Grill Thermometer with Probe, 300 Feet Range
ThermoPro is actually the oldest manufacturer of wireless meat thermometers on our list, they also have one of the better reputations. To be fair, ThermoPro is actually one of the brands owned by the iTronics company which has been around longer than the other companies reviewed. That said, the company does not specialize exclusively in meat thermometers, though they do place a focus on both cooking implements and temperature reading apparati. To be fair, this is also one of the lower grades of the ThermoPro wireless meat thermometer products with the company offering a wide range of different meat thermometers.

Solid Settings
Where the TP-07 wireless meat thermometer lacks in some of the raw specs that other ThermoPro products offer, they make up for it with some of the better settings we saw. For example, the ThermoPro meat thermometer offers both a high temperature and a low temperature setting. This is important for slow cookers at low temperatures to make sure that the temperature of their smoker does not dip too low. Beyond the low temperature alarm, the ThermoPro wireless meat thermometer also provides a color-coded temperature alarm system. Essentially, the ThermoPro thermometer receiver flashes blue every time the temperature rises by 10-degrees. Then, when the meat is within 15-degrees of the preset temperature, the receiver will flash green. Finally, once the meat achieves the desired preset temperature, the receiver will flash red, letting you it is time to take the meat out.

So-So Build
The ThermoPro TP-07 wireless meat thermometer is another product that relies on a dedicated transmitter and receiver system as opposed to Bluetooth. While this is not inherently a bad thing, it does not support the same kind of range that other wireless meat thermometers with this arrangement. That said, the TP-07 meat thermometer is no slouch in this department with a fairly robust range of 300 ft. Still, one of the more disappointing aspects of the ThermoPro TP-07 meat thermometer is the fact that it only comes with a single prong. This will definitely limit some of the cooking evenness benefits that wireless meat thermometers generally provide when cooking multiple pieces of meat. On top of that, the TP-07 is not noted for being quite as durable as some of the other options we reviewed. That said, the ThermoPro wireless meat thermometer is still accurate to 1.8-degrees Fahrenheit or 1-degree Celsius. It also provides an adequate, if not quite as comprehensive, list of pre-settings set by the USDA’s cooking guidelines.

— Pros
Is a less expensive thermometer
Has a 300 ft range
Has 3 different temperature alarms
Has numerous settings
Is accurate to 1.8-degrees Fahrenheit or 1-degree Celsius
Has a better timer than some

— Cons
Only comes with one probe
Not the most durable

– Runner Up
— Wireless Meat Thermometer for Grilling, Bluetooth Meat Thermometer Digital BBQ Cooking Thermometer with 4 Probes, Alarm Monitor Cooking Thermometer for Barbecue Oven Kitchen, Support IOS & Android
Soraken is likely not the most well-known wireless meat thermometer manufacturer, though they are still fairly well-rated. Part of this is almost certainly due to the fact that their products are manufactured in Japan as opposed to China. While Chinese factories are not inherently bad, Japanese manufacturing is noted for being some of the best in the world. Another point of emphasis is the fact that this wireless meat thermometer and replacement prongs are the only products the company makes. This provides some assurance that they put the necessary time and attention to detail into the construction of their products. To be fair, the only reason that the Soraken wireless meat thermometer is not rated higher on our list is that it is a bit more expensive than many comparable products reviewed.

Decent Connection
The Soraken meat thermometer may not be a completely wireless model, but it does get rid of the two-receiver arrangement. Instead, the Soraken thermometer connects directly to your smart device using Bluetooth. That said, the Soraken meat thermometer uses the older 4.0 Bluetooth protocol which the unwanted effect of limiting its range. In fact, the Soraken thermometer has one of the shortest ranges that we reviewed at 100 ft indoors and 176 ft outdoors. Though, this Bluetooth connection is noted for being more stable than some of the others that we came across. While it is not strictly the fastest, the Soraken wireless meat thermometer updates its readings every 5 to 6 seconds which is more than enough for cooking. On top of that, the Soraken meat thermometer also works with a wider range of Apple and Android smart devices than most of the Bluetooth thermometers we saw.

Good Settings
Arguably one of the better qualities of the Soraken wireless meat thermometer comes in the form of their app. For example, the Easy BBQ app is, as the name implies, easy to use and offers a wide range of features. In fact, the Easy BBQ app is tied for first on our list with the most preset settings which include multiple types of smoking methods. As one would expect for a slow smoking thermometer the Soraken meat thermometer also provides a low temperature alarm to help prevent too low of a temperature. The Soraken wireless meat thermometer also comes with 4 different prongs and can be upgraded to 6 different prongs. Even better, each of the prongs is able to take individual readings which allows for keeping track of multiple pieces of meat simultaneously.

— Pros
Is iOS and Android compatible
Connects to your smartphone
Each probe can monitor individually
Has the most settings reviewed
Has better alarm systems than most
Updates every 5 to 6 seconds

— Cons
Is a more expensive thermometer
Not the best range

– Also Consider
— Wireless Meat Thermometer, Te-Rich Bluetooth Digital Food Grill Thermometer [Oven Safe/Timer/App Connected/] with 6 Temperature Probe for Smoker Grilling BBQ Turkey Kitchen Cooking Thermometer
Te-Rich is definitely not the most experienced or prestigious company on our list. On top of that, they also do not specialize in thermometers or cooking implements exclusively, instead offering a wider range of general convenience products– some of which are not even electronic. That said, the Te-Rich wireless meat thermometer is not a bad product and even expands on the offerings of other similar arrangements. However, it is also not the easiest wireless meat thermometer to use which kind of defeats the purpose of a convenience product.

Decent Connection
The Te-Rich wireless meat thermometer is another product that eschews the dual-unit, direct connection system in favor of Bluetooth only. Even better, the Te-Rich wireless thermometer also employs the superior Bluetooth 5.0 protocol. This is largely what allows the Te-Rich meat thermometer to use a Bluetooth connection and still achieve an impressive 300 ft range. On the other hand, this does mean that you will need to use a newer smart device to take advantage of this feature. To be fair, the Te-Rich is actually compatible with older iOS and Android devices, but they do not use Bluetooth 5.0.

Okay Use
One area where the Te-Rich wireless meat thermometer saw a way to stand out is in its prongs. Specifically, the Te-Rich meat thermometer is the only product we reviewed which comes with 6 different prongs, though some competitors can be expanded to that number. Still, with 6 different prongs, you can keep track of 6 different pieces of meat simultaneously– assuming everything works as desired. We say that because the CloudBBQ app that the Te-Rich wireless thermometer uses is noted for issues. For one, the app itself is not the easiest or most intuitive to use, but it also has issues with certain phone brands– especially Samsung.

— Pros
Is a less expensive thermometer
Has a 300 ft range
Is iOS and Android compatible
Connects to your smartphone
Each probe can monitor individually
Comes with 6 probes

— Cons
Not as easy to use
Not the best app

– Best Wireless Meat Thermometer for Smoker Buying Guide 2019
— Connectivity
Even though our list focuses exclusively on wireless meat thermometers, that does not mean that every thermometer transmits wirelessly in the same way. In fact, depending on the thermometer in question, there are actually 3 different ways that they can connect. Each of these different methods has its strengths and weaknesses with no connection necessarily being the absolute best. The three types of connections are direct, Bluetooth, and the far less common WiFi.

Direct – This was once the most common type of connection method for wireless meat thermometers but has recently fallen out of favor. To be fair, there are actually a couple of different ways that this connection can be arranged, but they all amount to a fairly similar setup. Essentially, you have a unit that takes in the data from the actual prongs and then transmits that data to a dedicated receiver. With this kind of arrangement, you ultimately have to keep track of two different units that link directly to one another with no intermediary. What can make things a bit trickier is how the transmitter actually sends the data which can technically occur through a dedicated Bluetooth signal. On the other hand, some wireless meat thermometers will actually use radio waves to transmit directly.

Bluetooth – Whereas this was once seen as a lesser form of connection, it is beginning to rise in prominence. In fact, Bluetooth is arguably the most common and popular type of connection for a wireless meat thermometer. A big part of the reason for this comes down to availability with most people owning a Bluetooth compatible device. This allows the manufacturer to use only a single unit for the transmission of data with your smartphone or other device serving as the receiver. While this may be fairly convenient, it is also important to remember that your smart device Bluetooth signal is not always the most reliable. On top of that, you also need to be careful that the meat thermometer is compatible with the Bluetooth protocol your device uses. While most meat thermometers hover within the 4.x Bluetooth protocol, some are actually starting to use the 5.0 protocol which generally requires newer smart devices to receive.

WiFi – This is easily the least common type of connection used, though there are good reasons for it. Essentially, WiFi transmitters and receivers are far more complicated than Bluetooth models and require far better programming to utilize. In fact, even the wireless meat thermometers that use WiFi will still generally need to be connected to a device through Bluetooth. This means that WiFi-connected wireless meat thermometers will generally require 2 different smart devices to be used that way. However, one advantage of a WiFi connection presents is the ability to send data to multiple devices simultaneously. This is a feature Bluetooth and direct connections cannot achieve and carries some additional implications. For instance, connecting through WiFi will usually allow a wireless meat thermometer to send the data to a PC. On top of that, this also allows WiFi-connected wireless meat thermometers to upload the data to a cloud service which further extends the effective range of the signal.

— Type
This is not really that common of a distinction, but chances are it will become more common as technology progresses. Basically, even though our list is ostensibly about wireless meat thermometers, most of the models still use wires. This is because the prongs themselves use a wire to transmit the data from the reader to the base unit which then transmits the data to a receiver or smart device. However, some wireless meat thermometers put all of the transmitting technology in the probe itself. In this instance, the wireless meat thermometer embodies the name in the truest sense with no wires being used at all. While this is clearly more convenient and potentially more durable, it is also currently much more expensive.

— Range
This is likely one of the most important factors to consider, though it may not necessarily be for the reason you expect. While a number of different wireless meat thermometers provide ranges of several hundred feet, you are not likely to stray that far away from the food you cook. Instead of looking at the maximum range as the distance you can receive data about the food, it is better to think of the range as the intensity of the transmission signal. For example, you may not ever stand more than 100 or 200 ft away from the food, but there might be walls in between you and the stove, grill, etc. Generally, a wireless meat thermometer that provides a longer range sends out a stronger signal which is able to penetrate deeper through more obstacles before being lost.

– FAQ’s
Why Choose a Wireless Meat Thermometer?
While the ease and convenience that a wireless meat thermometer provides may seem like an obvious benefit, there is actually a wide range of reasons to use this product. Granted, the ability to keep track of the food you are cooking without having to get up and constantly check on it is nice, but a wireless meat thermometer will actually help you cook food better. For example, every time you get up to check on the meat, you also usually have to open whatever you are cooking the meat in. When you do, the heat built up in the cooking appliance is released which ultimately affects how the meat cooks from that point on.
That said, there are also a number of other reasons that a wireless meat thermometer can help you cook better. For instance, if you slow cook something, you need to leave it in the cooking appliance for hours on end. On top of that, you also need to keep the temperature as consistent as possible to avoid uneven cooking. Depending on the thermometer in question, a wireless meat thermometer can help make sure the temperature remains consistent for the duration of the cook. Finally, a wireless meat thermometer can also help make sure that entire meals flow with ease and accuracy. In this case, the use of numerous timers all located on a single device allows you to properly plan the different stages of a multiple course meal.

Which Arrangement to Get?
This can definitely be a bit tricky as many of the specs different wireless meat thermometers advertise all fall close together. As such, figuring out which arrangement is best for you often comes down to the particular circumstances of where you use it. For instance, if you have a tendency to cook with a closed appliance at extremely high temperatures, then the thermometers that use silicone or plastic covers may not be ideal. On the other hand, if you do not own or do not want to use a smart device, you should probably get a direct connection wireless meat thermometer.
Speaking of connections, while some of the stronger protocols will work through numerous walls, most of the lower protocols struggle in this situation. As such, Bluetooth connections are generally best used in outdoor grilling situations where walls are not a problem. On the other hand, WiFi offers some truly unique opportunities, especially with its cloud data transfer. This can even allow you to travel large distances, like to a store to pick up ingredients and supplies, and still keep a close eye on your cooking meat.

What to Look for?
As suggested prior, the connection may be your most important choice and will hinge heavily on where you will be cooking. That said, the connection only tells how well the readings reach you in a given circumstance, not how good the readings are. In this instance, you are going to want to look for a wireless meat thermometer that is accurate to within about 1.8-degrees Fahrenheit or 1-degree Celsius. To be fair, while most wireless meat thermometers advertise this level of accuracy, a number of factors can heavily influence it.
For instance, the wiring of a meat thermometer that uses a transmitter unit can influence the accuracy of the readings. This is especially true for wireless meat thermometers that read the temperature signal from inside the prong handle. Should the prong handle get too hot, it can provide an inaccurate reading or ruin the temperature reading circuitry altogether. It is also important to consider how durable any transmitting unit itself is with most not being able to handle even minimal exposure to liquids.

– Conclusion
As we can see, there are a wide range of different types of wireless meat thermometers available, even if they might seem similar at first glance. If you are looking for a product that really pushes the boundaries of progress, the MEATER+ is the only completely wireless option on our list. Of course, Veken checks all the boxes in terms of raw specs and comes in at the top of our list in most of the important ones. If you are not looking to spend quite as much for a wireless meat thermometer, ThermoPro is a solid option but not the longest lasting. The Soraken might be one of the better performing Bluetooth wireless meat thermometers, but it does have a shorter range. Finally, the Te-Rich wireless meat thermometer has all of the Bluetooth hardware down but could be a bit better in the software department.

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