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Most Wi-Fi devices aren’t worth the trouble. Automatically closing shutters! Toaster with bread notifications! Get today’s weather on your mirror! But there are some things that are better when connected to a network. A Wi-Fi thermometer effectively uses the power and familiarity of your phone to manage the complexity of temperature control and monitoring, and can help you be a better cook. Unlike that smart hairbrush that’ll report when you’re brushing wrong, a Wi-Fi thermometer is worth your while.

What You Need to Know Before You Buy a Wi-Fi Thermometer

One thing that makes it tough to buy a good thermometer is the number of terms that get thrown around. Also, while we’re well past the bleeding edge of tech here, these thermometers are still a developing technology, and different manufactures have different ideas about how the whole thing should work. Let’s try to break down the words and the concepts a little bit.

The Probes

Thermistor, Resistance Temperature Detector (RTD), and Thermocouple are all types of electronic thermometer probe. Each has a particular type of material that changes its electrical properties when its temperature changes. A base station measures those electrical properties and converts that data into a temperature. Each of these three technologies has its ups and downs, mostly in effective temperature range, accuracy, and the amount of time it takes to get a reading.

Thermistor, Resistance Temperature Detector (RTD), and Thermocouple
For the purpose of a meat thermometer that’s going to be working continuously in an ordinary oven or grill, all three are perfectly reasonable choices, and it doesn’t make a difference which one you pick. It is important, though, that you keep thermometer probes matched up with their base station. Different manufacturers do different things on the electrical side that can make mix-and-match readings wrong.

A probe thermometer has an electronic thermometer attached by a wire to a base station where you can read the temperature from the probe. The probe and wire are safe for high temperatures, and will usually be stuck into meat while it cooks.

ambient and meat probeMeat probe on the left and ambient probe with a click to monitor internal (pit) temperature of the grill.

The base station will sit outside the heat so you can continually monitor the temperature as your meat cooks. Probes are usually long and thin with a curve on the wire-end so you can manipulate them. A multi-probe thermometer is a system where multiple probes plug into one base station. Most probe thermometers allow you to set alerts, which trigger an alarm of some sort when the temperature goes over or under the setpoints that you define.

testing two thermometers side by sideHooking up the Flame Boss 500 on the left and Signals on the right to barrel smokers for side-by-side testing.Remote monitoring is the ability to read the thermometer(s) from a portable device other than the base station. Remote control is the ability to program alerts, thermometer names, and more from a portable device other than the base station.

Connectivity

Remote monitoring and control will usually be accomplished by one of a few technologies. Direct RF is a radio connection directly to a dedicated remote. You’ll buy the base station and remote as a set, already paired together. This is the simplest way to do things, but is usually a one-way system, so you don’t get remote control. Range depends on the product, but can be quite long (1¼ miles for our favorite). Bluetooth is a radio connection between the thermometer and your cell phone for remote control and monitoring. The thermometer will be paired with one phone at a time and be controlled through an app from the iTunes/Google Play store. Range is about 130 feet. Wi-Fi is a radio connection between your thermometer and a wireless router, with a range of about 400 feet. Other devices connected to the same router (usually your phone) can monitor and control the thermometer with an app.

It’s worth noting that all of the distances in the last paragraph are extremely optimistic, and you’ll likely only be able to get them outside with perfect line-of-sight with nothing around to interfere with the signals. Buildings, fences, walls and other obstructions will reduce the effective range.

If the router is connected to the internet (for Wi-Fi) or your phone is connected to the internet (for Bluetooth), a cloud-connected thermometer will send your temperature readings to an internet server. This lets you monitor the thermometer from any internet connection and save the temperature logs for later use. Why would you want that? To get better at cooking. These logs, plus notes, let you remember what you did so you can repeat it or improve on it later.

Pit Fans (Thermostatic Controllers)

temperature control fanController fan connected to a barrel smoker to control the ambient temperature of the smoker throughout the cooking session.
A pit fan is a device for the barbecue fans that controls the temperature of a grill/smoker by adding more air to the fire as needed. One of these fans will connect to your thermometer, where it’s controlled like the thermostat in your house, speeding up as the temperature falls and slowing down as the temperature rises to maintain your chosen temperature.

Buyer’s Guide

There’s a lot going on with a good Wi-Fi thermometer, so we ask for a lot out of them. They should be accurate and feature at least two probes, though more is better. You should be able to set alerts for low and high temperatures for every probe channel, and you should be able to do that easily from the base unit or the phone. It should be easy to read the temperature readings from both the base unit and remotely.

Setup should be easy, and not require a computer expert or a whole afternoon. It ought to be easy to access the data the thermometer produces, and it’s nice to be able to annotate that temperature data for future reference. You should also be able to use the thermometer effectively without a cloud connection if you want to take it on the road.

A good Wi-Fi thermometer should be tough enough to survive the bumps and bruises common to the kitchen or grill. Accidents like spills or falls shouldn’t put it out of commission. Battery powered devices should hold a charge for a reasonable amount of time.

The pit fan control should effectively hold the temperature in a narrow band. It should react intelligently to unusual situations instead of making the problem worse.

BEST WI-FI THERMOMETERS

TESTED, RANKED & REVIEWED

1. Fireboard 2 | ★★★★★

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The Fireboard 2 is our top choice for Wi-Fi thermometers. It does everything you need at a reasonable price, and features great attention to all the little details that take a thermometer from good to excellent.

Probes

ice water bath test resultsIce water bath test using a reference thermometer shows accuracy readings of ±0.2°It supports six probes (the basic set comes with three) with a claimed accuracy of ±0.7°, though our testing showed them even more accurate than that. The base unit has a big, easy-to-read screen that displays your choice of the temperature of all the probes, the graph of temperature over time of one probe, or more.

Connectivity

The Fireboard 2 works with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which makes setup easy. Bluetooth pairing is quick and easy, and once you’re paired with Bluetooth it’s easy to set up the Wi-Fi through the phone app. The app is the best in the field.

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You see all the temperatures at a glance, plus hot and cold alerts are easy to set up on every channel. All alerts are programmed and received through the app and not at the base station, which is a bit of a minus. The cloud-connected app saves all of your data, including the best annotation features in the field.

Quality

The Fireboard 2 runs off an onboard battery advertising about 30 hours of life, which matches our testing. It runs fine all-day under the desert sun and is weatherproof. Our testing (spraying it with a hose for 75 seconds) shows that it’ll stand up to a spilled drink or a little rain.

wetting the fireboard device

Fan Controller

The pit fan controller (requiring either an add-on cable, or the Drive model) works great, holding our test grill at a nice steady 245° for a great no-effort roast.

thermostatic fan for grill

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It’s got some smarts to it too, with lid detection so it doesn’t kick the fan up to max when you open the lid. You can also go deeper on programming and automatically change the pit temperature in response to time or temperature targets (for example, cook at 245° until the meat reaches 200°, then drop the temperature to 210° to keep it warm). Fan does not come with Fireboard 2 (FBX2) or Fireboard 2 Drive (FBX2D).

What We Like

  • Six channels, each of which can accept any of three different electrical style of probe for doing different jobs.
  • Easy-to-use app with cloud features worth using.
  • Serious battery life with fast charging.

We Don’t Like

  • No alerts on the device itself, so you’ve got to use the app all the time.

2. Thermoworks Signals | ★★★★★

Thermoworks Signals four channel

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Thermoworks makes great thermometers, including our favorite instant-read, and the Signals is right up at the top of the Wi-Fi thermometer field. The Signals supports and comes with four probes (with color-coded rings to make sense of all the wires), advertising ±1.8° accuracy. Our tests called it closer to 0.7° in the usual cooking range.

Design

The base station is the Signals’s best feature. It shows you everything — temperatures and high/low setpoints for all four channels. You can set those alerts right on the base unit, plus adjust the volume on those alerts up to a 90 dB level that will get your attention from anywhere in the house. If you want to keep things simple, you can run everything from the base station without connecting to your phone at all.

Application

The phone app is solid, and connects through both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for easy setup. The app shows you everything the base station does, with the option to add labels so things make more sense.

screenshots of app

There’s no note-taking on the temperature graphs, so that’s a minus for building your knowledge. The Signals is cloud-connected, and you can save 10 sessions to the cloud or download all the data for your own storage.

Durability

The Signals is rock-solid, and sits up for easy reading on a base that grips the counter well. It’s rated IP66 — completely dust-resistant and water-resistant “against powerful jets”. I don’t know if a hose counts as a “powerful jet”, but it shrugged that off with no ill effects. The battery is rated for 16 hours (we got a little more out of ours), but takes a long time to charge.

Fan

The pit fan works, but isn’t integrated too well into the rest of the unit.

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It runs pretty independently with acceptable temperature control, but it throws up some pretty spurious alerts. Thermoworks added lid detection with a software update, which is good on its own, but also shows a nice willingness to improve the product even when its already in the field.

What We Like

  • The base station is everything you could want, with full monitoring and control.
  • Durability is tops. You don’t have to worry about this one.
  • Easy setup in the app.

We Don’t Like

  • Cloud storage is limited to 10 sessions.
  • The pit fan is not well-integrated into the larger system.

3. BBQ Guru UltraQ | ★★★☆

3- BBQ Guru UltraQ

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The BBQ Guru UltraQ tells you in its name what the expected application is for this unit. While there’s no rule saying you can’t take it in the house, the pit fan is the best feature of the UltraQ. The basic set comes with two probes; the system supports four. The company rates the probes at a pretty awful ±5° accuracy in normal cooking ranges, and while we found they were better than that, they weren’t amazingly accurate.

Design

The base station does a great job at displaying information when running the pit fan.

defining display screen modes

The big LED ring on the outside is red when the pit is at the right cooking temperature, blue when it’s too low, flashing red when it’s too high, and pulsing when the fan is running. Inside the ring is a display for any of the temperature channels, with the color of the tail of the Q indicating what channel you’re looking at. Alerts are only present for when the temperature exceeds the setpoint — no low-temperature alerts available. You can set the alerts from the base station, but it’s like programming an 80s VCR. I wouldn’t recommend it.

Application

The app connects easily with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and gives you all the information you’d expect plus easy-to-use controls for alerts and pit fan settings. Data syncs automatically to the cloud, but there’s no way to name the probes, reducing the value of your data.

Durability

Durability on the UltraQ is solid. The probes are dishwasher-safe, which is a nice feature most units don’t offer. The UltraQ comes with an excellent mount that adjusts for easy reading. It’s water-resistant (but not waterproof) and doesn’t do great in the Arizona sun. There’s no internal battery, so you’ll need either an external battery pack or an electrical outlet.

Pit Fan

The pit fan is the best reason to get the UltraQ. BBQ Guru has two different fans for different situations and a wide variety of mounting kits for different grills/smokers so it’s much easier to install than the other fans we’ve reviewed.

bbq guru fan on kettle grill

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Temperature control is great, and they’ve got some nice smarts in the controller, including lid detection and ramp mode. Ramp mode gradually lowers the pit temperature as the food approaches its target temperature for an easy finish with less risk of overcooking.

What We Like

  • Mounting kits make the fan easy to mount.
  • Ramp mode makes finishing a cook easy and less chancy.
  • The LED ring is great for displaying the basic information in a simple way that’s easy to read at a glance.

We Don’t Like

  • The controls on the base unit are a real pain to use.
  • No low-temperature alerts
  • All of the best points are for the pit fan, so you’re left with the average bits when using the UltraQ indoors.

 

4. Tappecue Touch | ★★★

4 Tappecue Touch thermometer

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The Tappecue Touch is the latest version of one of the first Wi-Fi thermometers on the market. It’s got four inputs, but can run up to 8 channels using splitters or their intriguing dual probe that measures both ambient temperature and meat temperature on one probe. Probes are rated to ±1°, which matches our test results. The Touch comes with two to six probes, depending on what package you pick.

Functionality

The base unit has a touch screen display to show all of your temperatures on a well laid-out color-coded grid. The touch screen uses a stylus for control, but there’s a little bit of delay when selecting things, so while I’m glad control is there on the base, it’s better in the app.

Connectivity

The Tappecue is Wi-Fi only, so you’ve got to punch in your password on the touch screen (ick). It has an internal router so you can connect directly to it if you take it on the road in Offline Mode. The app has good displays and controls, including a nice library of meats so you can set automatic alerts by meat type for easy setup. There is a cloud service attached to the Tappecue, but they charge for more than a few trial sessions. Better to take your data, including a nice notes feature, by email for yourself.

Design

The Tappecue has a battery rated for 25 hours of operation, which seems about accurate. The base unit is water-resistant, and held up to some bashing without problems. The overall quality, though, is spotty. The splitters work, but throw up crazy temperature readings if you touch them the wrong way. The manual is badly written. According to that manual, you might need to slice out a little bit of gasket with a razor to make a splitter fit right, which is pretty appalling for a retail product. A unique plus for the Tappecue is the public API. If you’re a programmer, you can expand and refine the Tappecue’s capabilities for your own (delicious) purposes.

Pit Fan

The pit fan is a bare-bones add-on, with adequate temperature control. Control is pretty rudimentary, with no lid detection or any other refinements. I can’t think of a situation where you’d want to, but you can run four fan controls at once.

What We Like

  • Broad range of capabilities, with the ability to experiment and grow.
  • Probes are high quality; the dual probe simplifies setting up a smoker.

What We Don’t Like

  • The touch screen isn’t very good.
  • The manuals are not written with an inexperienced user in mind.
  • Cloud services are surprisingly expensive

5. Flame Boss 500 | ★★★

5-Flame Boss 500 wifi meat thermometer

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Like the UltraQ, the Flame Boss 500 is built around its pit fan control capabilities. This is more true than you might expect: the previous version advertised itself as a pit controller with just enough thermometer capability to run the fan effectively. The Flame Boss 500 supports four probes (and comes with two). Flame Boss does not specify an accuracy on its probes, but they appear to be ±2°, maybe a little better.

Usability

The base unit has a small display showing current temperatures on all channels and the setpoint for the fan controller. You can set high alerts for each channel (no low alerts), but we’re back with the 80s-style VCR controls here. The app is clearly the way to go.

Connectivity

That app and the Flame Boss are Wi-Fi only, and with the limited controls on the base unit, it’s a bit of a pain to get it set up right. Once you do, the app is solid, with well laid out controls and displays. The cloud data storage works pretty well for someone who wants to refer to old sessions later down the road. The Flame Boss also has its own router so you can connect to it away from home in Direct Mode. Setup on that is a little rough, but it works well once you get it cooking.

Design

Build quality on the Flame Boss 500 is excellent, and the magnetic mount is a great feature for planting it where it’s useful. There’s no internal battery, so you’ll need an outlet or external pack for this one.

Pit Fan

The pit fan is extremely good, as you’d hope for a thermometer that grew out of a pit fan. It holds an amazingly tight range of temperatures. It has lid detection, and sends good notifications for when something unusual happens to your fire so you can fix it.

What We Like

  • That fan controller is extremely good, and makes BBQ a breeze.
  • Good graphs in the app and cloud service.

What We Don’t Like

  • This is a pit controller first and a thermometer second.
  • Wi-Fi setup is tough, and you really need to use the app for everything.

Why Get a Wi-Fi Smart Thermometer?

After all that, let’s put it together. The Wi-Fi thermometers we’re reviewing here are multi-probe thermometers with remote monitoring and control via Wi-Fi. They’re all cloud-connected and can (sometimes with an add-on cable) control a pit fan.

Benefits

A probe thermometer is good for monitoring the temperature of something that needs to cook for a long time, usually a large piece of meat. A Wi-Fi thermometer is good for situations where you need to monitor multiple things at once and will be walking away from the cooking for substantial periods of time, but still want to keep an eye on things.

Indoor Cooking Use

Signal probes in turkey on table
A great candidate for a Wi-Fi thermometer is a large Thanksgiving turkey. Put one probe in the breast, one in the leg, and a third in the stuffing, then sit back and watch some football while the turkey roasts. You can keep an eye on your phone to see the progress on dinner and program alerts to know when to flip the turkey or if it’s cooking too fast.

Outdoor Grilling & BBQ

grilling steaks with three probes
Smoking meat low and slow is where the Wi-Fi thermometer really shines. Put one probe on the top of a whole pork butt, one in the bottom, and clip one to the grill. Use the two pork probes to monitor the progress of your cook so the butt gets done all the way without overcooking and use the grill probe to monitor the ambient temperature and drive a pit fan to maintain the perfect temperature. Once you get it set up, including alerts for too much or too little heat, and you can keep an eye on everything from inside the house.

Summarizing Our Top Selections

A Wi-Fi thermometer can be a useful addition to your kitchen, and especially to your grill table. Our first choice is the Fireboard 2, featuring easy setup, a great app, and excellent attention to details. For those who don’t see themselves ever running a smoker, you might be happier with the Thermoworks Signals. It’s extremely easy to use and features the best base station in the lineup so you can run it without the app if you like. Both are great products that can help you step up your food.

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Most Wi-Fi devices are no problem. Close the automatic blinds! Toaster with a hint of bread! Look at today’s weather on the mirror! But some things are better when they’re connected to the grid. The Wi-Fi thermometer effectively uses the power and knowledge of your phone to manage the complexity of temperature control and monitoring and can help you become a better cook. Unlike the smart comb that tells you when you’ve done your hair wrong, the Wi-Fi thermometer is worth it.

What do you need to know before you buy aWi-Fi Thermometer?

One thing that makes it difficult to buy a good thermometer is the number of terms you scatter around. Moreover, although we have passed the stage of advanced technology, these thermometers are still an evolving technology and different manufacturers have different ideas about how it should work. Let’s try to split up the words and terms a little.

Probes

The thermistor, resistance thermometer and thermocouple are all types of electronic temperature sensors. Each of them has its own kind of material, which changes its electrical properties as the temperature changes. The base station measures these electrical properties and converts these data into temperature. Each of these three technologies has its own ups and downs, especially in terms of the effective temperature range, the accuracy and the time required to obtain the measurements.

Thermistor, RTD and
Thermocouple For a meat thermometer that operates continuously in a conventional oven or grill, all three are a perfectly reasonable choice, whichever you choose. However, it is important that the temperature sensors are coordinated with their base station. Different manufacturers do different things on the electrical side, which can lead to confusion and mismatches.

The probe thermometer is an electronic thermometer attached to the base station with a wire where you can read the temperature on the probe. The probe and wire are safe at high temperatures and usually get stuck in the meat during cooking.

Environmental and meat probe The meat probe on the left and the external click probe monitor the internal (stone) temperature of the grid.

The base station is protected from the heat, so you can control the temperature while your meat is being cooked. The probes are usually long and thin, with a curvature at the end of the wire so that they can be manipulated. A multi-probe thermometer is a system where multiple probes are connected to a base station. Most probe thermometers allow you to set alarms that are triggered when the temperature you set is exceeded or fallen below.

Test two adjacent thermometers Connect the flame connector 500 on the left side and the signals on the right side to the smoke chamber for a side test. Remote monitoring is the ability to read the thermometer(s) from a portable device other than the base station. Remote control is the ability to program alarms, thermometer names and more from another handheld device than the base station.

Communication

Remote monitoring and control is usually carried out using one or more technologies. A direct radio frequency connection is a radio connection with a special remote control. You buy a base station and a remote control in one package, already in pairs. It’s the easiest way to do things, but it’s usually a one-way system, so you don’t have a remote control. The range depends on the product, but can be quite large (1¼ miles for our favorite). Bluetooth is a radio connection between your thermometer and your mobile phone for remote control and monitoring. The thermometer is simultaneously linked to a single phone and is managed by an application in the iTunes/Google Play Store. Distance about 130 feet. Wi-Fi is a wireless connection between a thermometer and a wireless router with a range of approximately 400 feet. Other devices connected to the same router (usually your phone) can monitor and control the thermometer using an application.

It should be noted that all the distances mentioned in the last paragraph are extremely optimistic, and that you can probably only get them in a perfect line of sight, with nothing nearby that could interfere with the signals. Buildings, fences, walls and other obstacles will reduce the range.

If your router is connected to the Internet (for Wi-Fi) or your phone is connected to the Internet (for Bluetooth), the thermometer connected to the cloud sends your temperature reading to an Internet server. This allows you to monitor the thermometer via any internet connection and save the temperature readings for later use. Why would you do that? To cook better. These magazines, together with the notes, allow you to remember what you have done so that you can repeat or improve it later.

Pit fans (thermostatic controls)

Temperature control fan The control fan is connected to the drum smoker to control the ambient temperature of the smoker throughout the cooking process.
A well fan is a grill blower that regulates the temperature of the grill/smoker and adds air to the fire if necessary. One of these fans is connected to your thermometer, where it is controlled as a thermostat in your home. It accelerates when the temperature drops and slows down when the temperature rises to maintain your chosen temperature.

Purchasing guide

A lot happens with a good wifi-thermometer, so we ask a lot. They must be accurate and have at least two probes, although it is preferable to have more. You should be able to set low and high temperature alarms for each sensor channel, and you should be able to do this easily with the base station or phone. Temperature readings should be easy to read, both from the base station and remotely.

Installation should be simple and should not take a computer technician or a whole day. It should be easy to access the thermometer data and it should be fun to annotate the temperature data for future reference. You need to be able to use the thermometer effectively, even without cloud cover, if you want to take it with you on the road.

A good Wi-Fi thermometer should be strong enough to withstand the bumps and bruises typical of a kitchen or grill. It must not be taken out of service in the event of an accident such as a leak or fall. Battery-operated devices must remain charged for a reasonable period of time.

The pit blower control must effectively keep the temperature within a narrow range. It must respond intelligently to unusual situations and not exacerbate the problem.

BEST WI-FI THERMOMETERS

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1. Fire Table 2 | ★★★★

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Fireboard 2 is our best choice for Wi-Fi thermometers. It makes everything you need at a reasonable price and pays a lot of attention to all the small details that make a thermometer from good to excellent.

Probes

Ice bath test results The results of the ice bath test with a reference thermometer show an accuracy of ±0.2°Il with six probes (the main set is supplied with three probes) with a stated accuracy of ±0.7°, although our tests have shown that they are even more accurate. The base station has a large, easy-to-read display that shows the temperature of all selected sensors and a graphical display of the temperature during the operation of one or more sensors.

Communication

Fireboard 2 works with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, making it easy to install. Bluetooth pairing is quick and easy, and once you’re paired, it’s easy to set up Wi-Fi from within your phone application. The application is the best in this field.

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screenshots of the application allow you to see all temperatures at a glance, plus cold warnings and alarms are easily set on each channel. All alarms are programmed and received through the application, not through the base station, which is a negative point. A cloud-linked application stores all your data, including the best annotation functions in the field.

Quality

The Fireboard 2 runs on batteries and has a lifespan of about 30 hours, which corresponds to our test. It works perfectly all day long under the desert sun and is weatherproof. Our test (75-second sprays) shows that it can withstand a spilled drink or light rain.

Wet firefighter

Fan control

The pit fan controller (which requires an additional cable or drive model) works perfectly and holds our test grid at an angle of 245° for excellent, shockproof frying.

Grillfan

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It also has smart features, with lid detection, so you don’t have to lift the fan to the maximum when you open the lid. You can also go deeper into the programming and automatically adjust the well temperature according to time or temperature (e.g. cook at 245° until the meat reaches 200° and then lower the temperature to 210° to keep the meat warm). The fan is not included with the Fireboard 2 (FBX2) or Fireboard 2 (FBX2D) player.

What we like

  • Six channels, each of which can accept one of three types of electrical sensors to perform different tasks.
  • An easy to use application with cloud computing capabilities.
  • Long battery life with fast charging.

We don’t like.

  • There are no warnings on the device itself, so you must use the application at all times.

2. Signals for thermal systems | ★

The thermal system signals four channels

Pay attention: ThermoWorks’ Signals are not for sale on Amazon.com.

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Thermoworks produces excellent thermometers, including our favorite instant readers, and the signals are above the realm of Wi-Fi thermometers. The signals are supported and supplied by four probes (with coloured rings to detect all wires) with a display accuracy of ±1.8°. In our tests it was close to 0.7° in the normal firing range.

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The base station is the best function of the signal. It shows all temperatures and preset high/low values for all four channels. You can set these alarms directly on the base station and also set the volume of these alarms to 90 dB, which will attract your attention from anywhere in the house. If you want to make it easy, you can start everything from the base station without even connecting to the phone.

Application

The phone application works securely and connects via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for easy installation. The application shows you everything the base does, with the ability to add tags to make things more meaningful.

Screenshots of the application

There is no registration on the temperature curves, which means a minus for the accumulation of knowledge. The signals are connected to the cloud and you can store 10 sessions in the cloud or download all your data for your own storage.

Sustainability

The signals are made of stone and rest on a base for easy reading, which holds the meter in place. It has a protection class of IP66 – completely sealed against dust and strong radiation. I don’t know if a snake is considered a powerful beam, but he shrugged his shoulders without consequence. The battery is designed to last 16 hours (we have a little more), but charging takes a long time.

Fan

The box fan works, but is not very well integrated with the rest of the unit.

Close-up of the holds

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It works quite independently with an acceptable temperature control, but instead gives a false alarm. Thermoworks has added coverage recognition with software updates, which is a good thing in itself, but also shows the willingness to improve the product, even if it is already in use.

What we like

  • A base station is everything you could wish for, with full monitoring and control.
  • Sustainability is the crowning glory. You don’t have to worry about that.
  • Simple configuration in the application.

We don’t like.

  • Storage in the cloud is limited to 10 sessions.
  • The well fan is not well integrated in a larger system.

3. UltraQ Guru BBQ | ★ ★ ☆

3-BBQ Guru UltraQ

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The UltraQ Guru Barbecue will tell you on its behalf which application is intended for this device. Although there are no rules against taking it into the house, UltraQ’s best feature is the pit fan. The basic set comes with two sensors; the system supports four. The company evaluated the sensors with a fairly high accuracy of ±5° in the normal range, and although we found them better, they were not surprisingly accurate.

Model

The Base Station is very well able to display information when the pit fan is running.

The large outer LED ring is red when the well is at the correct boiling temperature, blue when it is too low, blinking red when it is too high and pulsating when the fan is running. Inside the ring there is an indicator for one of the temperature channels, the tail colour Q indicates which channel you are watching at that moment. Alarms are only available if the temperature is higher than the preset value – no alarms are available in case of low temperature. You can set the alarms from the base station, but it’s like programming a VCR from the eighties. I don’t recommend it.

Application

The application connects easily via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and gives you all the information you need, as well as easy-to-use controls for alarms and pit fan settings. The data is automatically synchronized with the cloud, but there is no way to name the probes, which reduces the value of your data.

Sustainability

UltraQ hardness. The probes are dishwasher safe, which is a good feature that most appliances do not offer. UltraQ comes with an excellent standard that can be customized for easy reading. It is waterproof (but not waterproof) and does not work well in the sun of Arizona. There is no internal battery, so you need an external battery or an electrical outlet.

Fan

Pit Fan is the best reason to buy UltraQ. BBQ Guru has two different fans for different situations and a wide range of installation kits for different grills/smokers, which makes it much easier to install than the other fans we have considered.

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The temperature control is excellent and they have some good weaknesses in the controller, including the coverage detection and slope mode. The slope mode gradually lowers the temperature in the well as the product approaches the set temperature, making it easy to grind with less risk of digestion.

What we like

  • Mounting kits facilitate the installation of the fan.
  • Disaster mode makes cooking easier and less intensive.
  • The LED ring is ideal for displaying basic information in a simple and easy-to-read way at a glance.

We don’t like.

  • Controlling the base unit causes real headaches.
  • No low temperature alarm
  • The best points are awarded for the box fan, so if you use UltraQ indoors, you stick to the average of the points.

 

4. Tap | ★

4-sensor thermometer

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Tappecue Touch is the latest version of one of the first wifi-thermometers on the market. It has four inputs, but can control up to 8 channels via separators or its fascinating double probe, which uses a single probe to measure both room and meat temperature. The probes are evaluated at ±1°, which corresponds to our test results. The Touch is equipped with two or six sensors, depending on the package you choose.

Characteristic

The base station is equipped with a touch screen that displays all your temperatures on a light-coloured grid. The touch screen is operated with a stylus, but there is a slight delay in selecting items, so while I’m happy that the controls are based on that, they are better used.

Communication

So you have to type your password on the touch screen (ick). It has an internal router that you can connect to directly when you take it offline on the go. The application has good displays and controls, including a good meat library, allowing automatic alerts per meat type to be set for easy adjustment. Tappecue has a cloud computing service, but this is not limited to a few test sessions. It is best to send your data, including a nice note function, to yourself by e-mail.

Model

The Tappecue has a battery that is designed for 25 hours use, which seems to be about right. The base unit is waterproof and can easily withstand certain shocks. However, the overall quality is uneven. The splinters work, but if you touch them the wrong way, the crazy temperature indicators will be ripped off. The manual is not well written. According to this manual, you may need to cut a small joint with your razor blade to make the splinter fit properly, which is pretty awful for a retail product. A unique advantage for Tappecue is the public API. If you are a programmer, you can expand and improve the capabilities of Tappecue for your own (tasty) needs.

Fan

The well fan is a bare structure with adequate temperature control. Controls are quite primitive, without recognition of coverage or other improvements. I can’t imagine a situation where you’d want that, but you can control four fans at the same time.

What we like

  • A wide range of possibilities to experiment and grow with the ability to experiment and grow.
  • High quality probes; the double probe facilitates the installation of the smoker.

What we don’t like is.

  • The touch screen isn’t very good.
  • The manuals are not written for an inexperienced user.
  • Cloud services are surprisingly expensive

5. Main flame 500 | ★ ★ ¢

5 Flame Boss 500 Wi-Fi Carving Thermometer

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Just like the UltraQ, the Flame Boss 500 is based on the capabilities of the pitblower. It’s truer than it sounds: The previous version announced itself as a pit stop controller with enough thermometers to run the fan efficiently. The Flame Boss 500 supports four probes (and comes with two). Flame Boss doesn’t give any accuracy on his sensors, but they seem to be within ±2°, maybe a little better.

Ease of use

The base station has a small display that shows the current temperature on all channels and the fan control setting value. You can set high alarms per channel (no low alarms), but again we are at the control of the VCR in the style of the 80s. The proposal is clearly the road to success.

Communication

It is an application and only Flame Boss Wi-Fi, and with limited control over the base station it is a bit annoying to configure it properly. Once you’ve done that, the application becomes robust, with well-placed controls and displays. Cloud storage works well enough for someone who wants to access older sessions later. Flame Boss also has its own router, so you can connect to it directly from home. The decor is a bit rough, but it works well once you’ve cooked it.

Model

The mounting quality of the Flame Boss 500 is excellent and the magnet holder is an excellent feature for landing where it is needed. There is no internal battery, so you need a power outlet or external packaging.

Fan

The pit fan is very good, as one would expect from a thermometer pushed out of the pit fan. It maintains a surprisingly narrow temperature range. It has detection range and sends good news when something unusual happens to your fire, so you can fix it.

What we like

  • This fan control is very good and makes the grill a bit fresh.
  • Good graphics in your cloud computing application and service.

What we don’t like is.

  • This is well controller 1 and thermometer 2.
  • Setting up Wi-Fi is complicated, and you really need to use the application for everything.

Why do I need a Wi-Fi Smart Thermometer?

After all this, we want to put it together. The Wi-Fi thermometers we are looking at here are multi-sensor thermometers with Wi-Fi remote control. They are all connected to the cloud and can (sometimes with an extra cable) control the pit fan.

Services

A probe thermometer is good for keeping an eye on the temperature of what you need to cook for a long time, usually a large piece of meat. The Wi-Fi thermometer is ideal for situations where you need to keep an eye on several things at once and want to interrupt cooking for a while while while keeping an eye on your activities.

Kitchen use in room

Signals in the turkey on the table
An excellent candidate for a wifi-thermometer is a large turkey for Thanksgiving. Insert a probe in the chest, one in the leg and one in the stuffing, then sit and watch the football while the turkey roasts. You can monitor your phone to see the progress of dinner and alarm programs to know when to rotate the turkey or when it is being prepared too quickly.

Outdoor grill and barbecue

grilled steaks with three probes
smoke the meat slowly and in low doses where the Wi-Fi thermometer really shines Place one probe on a whole sea bass, one down and attach one to the grill. Use two pig probes to control the cooking process so that the wort does not overflow and use a grill probe to control the room temperature and also to control the fan to maintain a perfect temperature. Once you’ve installed it, including warnings about too much or too little heat, you can keep an eye on everything in the house.

Summary of our best samples

The Wi-Fi thermometer can be a useful addition to your kitchen and especially to your barbecue. Our first choice is the Fireboard 2, which is characterized by easy installation, great application and attention to detail. Those who do not consider themselves smokers may be more satisfied with the signal heating system. It is extremely easy to use and comes with the best base station, so you can use it without any application if you wish. Both are excellent products that can help you improve your diet.

Fire department 2

A SOLID CHOICE FOR ANY BARBECUE ENTHUSIAST. THIS DEVICE HAS ALL THE GADGETS. ONLY ON THE REAR PANEL YOU CANNOT SET OFF AN ALARM FROM THE UNIT ITSELF.

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Fireworks 2 Wi-Fi meat thermometers
Signals for thermal systems

THE BEST UNIVERSAL THERMOMETER. FROM THE GRILL TO THE HOME KITCHEN, YOU HAVE A DEVICE THAT IS EASY TO USE AND DESIGNED TO WORK AS INTENDED.

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