This MEATER Thermometer Review was sponsored by Apption Labs. I was sent a MEATER unit to test and review for the site. All opinions and images are my own. They have also been generous enough to give away a MEATER unit to one of my readers! Don’t forget to read through the post and enter at the end!
I first found out about the MEATER on Instagram, after I saw a couple of friends who were backing the product on Kickstarter and excited about the potential technology jump for the BBQ community. After over a year in developing the product to get it just right, all of the original backers are receiving their MEATERS and new orders from the public are available for shipping on September 30th, 2017. The single MEATER unit costs $69 and that’s what I’m featuring for my MEATER thermometer review today!
What is a MEATER thermometer?
MEATER is advertised as the first truly wireless meat thermometer. There are literally NO cords, plugs, or wires. The thermometer comes in the most minimalist styled packaging I’ve ever seen. No frills or novel-length instruction manual. Simply open the back of the wood charging case and connect the battery. I let my MEATER charge while I downloaded and familiarized myself with the app, and I was ready to rock and roll. I used the MEATER thermometer on a simple smoked pork shoulder for my first cook. I figured this would give me the opportunity to test the MEATER’s battery life, the Bluetooth range, as well as the major advertised point of being able to remotely monitor both the internal temperature of the meat and the ambient temperature of my smoker with a single probe.
First thing I noticed was the ease in setting up and connecting the app to the thermometer. What the packaging lacked in instructions was made up for in the app itself. The app walks you through step by step of connecting your MEATER and beginning temperature monitoring. The connection was strong and the Bluetooth range was decent when I was just testing out the thermometer in my house. I was able to set alarms and temperature ranges for my long smoke session so I could track the temps of my meat and the grill at the same time. So far so good!
So how was it in action? Once I got the pork shoulder in the smoker, I realized the Bluetooth range was significantly shortened. I have pretty thick steel on my smoker and having the MEATER inside that metal shell seemed to inhibit it’s ability to broadcast to my phone (where the app was installed). I found a pretty quick fix, and this gave me the ability to test out the MEATER’s wi-fi and cloud features. After signing into the cloud in the MEATER app, I was able to leave my phone in the kitchen, closer to the smoker, to be within range of the Bluetooth. Then, we connected my husband’s phone (with the app installed) to the wi-fi and get a crystal clear and up to date reading with an extensive range. The best part was the cloud feature, so we could actually leave the house and still have up to date readings! The only bummer was having to leave my phone in the kitchen, but if you have an extra tablet laying around the house, it could be great to use that as your wi-fi or cloud conductor.
As far as the temperature readings, I felt like the internal temperature was really accurate. I tested a few times with other thermometers I have and the readings seemed to be really consistent. The external thermometer seemed to be influenced slightly by the temperature of the meat. When the meat was colder, the readings seemed to be a little cooler than the temperature of the smoker (probably due to the proximity of the external thermometer to the big hunk of meat). I think if you were using the thermometer on a smaller piece of meat, like chicken or steak, this wouldn’t be an issue. At the end of the day, the readings overall appeared consistent and the pulled pork turned out awesome! One of the features I thought was really cool was the MEATER app’s predictions for when my meat would be done.
MEATER Pros & Cons
-Minimalist design, sleek packaging
-App design and usability
-Truly wireless, no plugs or cords hanging out of my grill
-Accurate internal temperature readings
-Wi-Fi and cloud monitoring capabilities
-Long battery life on a single charge (lasted through an entire 12 hour smoke session)
-Limited Bluetooth range inside of my steel smoker (made up for by wi-fi and cloud work-around)
-External temperature reading variances on large cuts of meat
Final thoughts for my MEATER thermometer review, would I buy it? Absolutely. If you are into tasty meats AND tech, this is a pretty awesome marriage of the two worlds. It is for sure the most advanced thermometer I have tested in terms of functionality and design. I have an entire drawer full of thermometer bodies and cords (I test a lot of thermometers) and I sincerely appreciated the slim design, the self contained charger, and the magnet on the charging dock. I’ll never give up my stick thermometers for instant reads, but I do love the MEATER as a thermometer than can monitor both low and slow and hot and fast grilling styles with a correct internal temp.
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