Most family chefs, if they are honest, will admit that they’ve overcooked steaks at least a time or two. In fact, overcooking is probably the biggest problem leading to steaks not being as good as they should. But how are you supposed to tell how done they are when they’re on the grill sizzling? A top-quality wireless meat thermometer is just the tool to help you avoid being that guy who always gets steaks too done, leaving friends and family members chomping on a shoe-leather ribeye. When shopping for a wireless meat thermometer, consider the following factors.
- Connectivity: Many people have been there—sitting in their recliner watching a ballgame and forgetting to get up to check the meat on the grill. By the time they go out to check, the steaks have already cooked to a higher temperature than they had intended. A wireless meat thermometer can help ensure that never happens again. Most connect via Bluetooth or some proprietary app to the user’s smartphone so he or she can monitor the temperature of meat on the grill from hundreds of feet away. Aside from the convenience, another great advantage is you’re not always opening the grill to check the meat, letting the temperature fall lower than you want it to stay.
- Number of Probes: Sometimes one meat thermometer just won’t do the job. Many times, different family members like their steak cooked to a different temperature. To compound the difficulty, varying thickness of cuts on the grill, or hotspots on different parts of the grill, can lead to one steak being 135 degrees Fahrenheit and another, only inches away, cooking to 150. The best way to ensure that doesn’t happen is to buy a wireless meat thermometer with multiple probes. Some come with two, while some include four or more. Simply push one in each steak, pop a cold beverage, sit in your recliner, and monitor each steak while you wait for them to hit the perfect temperature.
- Manual Models: Some family chefs aren’t ready to jump into the high-tech age of Bluetooth monitoring of their steaks. Good news for them: Handheld wireless meat thermometers, while a little less convenient, can also bring cooking the perfect steak within grasp. A few things to look for when choosing a manual meat thermometer is a quick read time (so you don’t have to keep the grill top open forever waiting to know how done the steaks are) and a large, easy-to-see readout area—preferably backlit—so you don’t have to reach for your readers every time you want to check the temperature of your steaks. Also, look for a thermometer that is guaranteed to be accurate within a degree or two, because precision is important for cooking perfectly done meat.
Our Picks for the Best Wireless Meat Thermometers on Amazon
Top Pick Overall: MEATER Plus
With this model, you can conveniently monitor your steaks from over 50 yards away. With dual probes, you can monitor two pieces of meat independently. Plus, they’re dishwasher safe.
Runner Up: ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Meat Thermometer
This hands-free option allows you to keep track of anything you’re cooking from a distance with the included monitor. Use the built-in timer for an audio reminder of when to check your meal.
Budget Pick: Kizen Instant Read Meat Thermometer
Built-In Mounting Magnet
This choice has proper temperature readings printed right on it—no more having to look up when your meat is ready to be served. It features a light-up screen for easy viewing.
Also Consider: ThermoPro TP25 500ft Wireless Bluetooth Meat Thermometer
Get up to four individual readings at once and, using the company’s program for smartphones, set your desired temp and type of meat for optimal results.
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