Pros & Cons
- 2 sensors in 1 probe
- Accurate within 1°F
- Presets for different meat types and cuts
- Cook and rest time estimates
- Temperature and time alerts
- Limited communication range
- Low heat resistance
MEATER Thermometer Ratings
The amount of time and effort required to understand all the functions of the thermometer and use it properly.
The characteristics that enhance the thermometer’s functionality, usability, and reliability.
The meat thermometer’s precision and margin of error.
The amount of time necessary to obtain a full reading and display the temperature.
The meat thermometer’s average lifespan with proper use and maintenance.
The affordability of the meat thermometer in relation to its quality and in comparison with similar meat thermometers.
MEATER Design & Durability
MEATER meat thermometer features a truly innovative design. It comes with zero wires and consists of only 1 element, a pencil-like probe with sensors at both ends. Its metallic-black color scheme makes it look sleek and elegant.
The thermometer measures 5 inches in length and 0.3 inches in width. At the front end, it features a pointy tip and an internal temperature sensor and the back end features a ceramic handle and an ambient temperature sensor. A safety notch is located at the middle of the probe. The thermometer is made of stainless steel (the probe) and ceramics (the handle).
Overall, MEATER is rather compact and durable, although its heat tolerance is somewhat underwhelming. It comes in a wooden box that serves as a charger but can also be used for storage.
At the beginning of this MEATER review, we stated that this meat thermometer communicates with your smartphone instead of a base station. In order to monitor meat and ambient temperatures and make use of all the available tools and options, you need to install the free MEATER app for Android or iOS (be sure to use the latest version of your chosen operating system).
To help you get a sense of what this thermometer offers, we will now provide a quick overview of MEATER’s top features.
Meat thermometers that measure both meat and ambient temperatures normally come with 2 probes. By contrast, MEATER consists of only 1 probe equipped with 2 sensors. This unusual design is meant to facilitate use and indeed it does, unless you are cooking a large piece of meat. We will explain what we mean by this in the following section of this MEATER review.
Remote Temperature Monitoring
MEATER is designed for remote temperature monitoring. However, its communication range is not huge. It is limited to 33 feet if you are cooking in an oven, kamado or gas grill and 10 feet if you are using a kettle grill or smoker. With pans and rotisseries, the range may be greater than 33 feet, but it is rarely the case. Note that these are maximum values and the actual range may vary depending on the surroundings (the presence of obstacles).
If you have more than 1 mobile device, you can extend your thermometer’s range over your home WiFi by using the MEATER Link feature. By enabling this feature in the Settings section of the MEATER app, you can use 1 mobile device to act as a thermometer-to-WiFi link and monitor the cooking process from a greater distance using 1 or multiple additional devices connected to the same home WiFi.
MEATER comes with temperature presets for beef, poultry, pork, lamb, and fish. You can choose from different cuts and levels of doneness to receive more precise temperature recommendations and optimize your cooking results. When the meat reaches the select temperature, the thermometer provides an alert informing you that it is time to stop cooking.
In addition to alerts for preset temperatures, you can set custom time and temperature alerts to be sounded at any point before the meat reaches the chosen preset temperature.
Advanced Estimator Algorithm
Thanks to the advanced estimator algorithm, MEATER can provide rather accurate estimates of how long you should cook the meat and how long you should let it rest before serving.
Guided Cook System
Designed to guarantee optimal cooking results regardless of the user’s experience and skills, MEATER comes with the useful Guided Cook System that walks you through the entire cooking process, from selecting a target temperature to choosing the perfect moment to dig in.
MEATER Performance & Accuracy
MEATER does fairly well in the performance and accuracy department, with certain exceptions. Namely, the ambient sensor can be exposed to temperatures up to 527°F, which is enough for most uses. However, the internal probe can break or suffer significant damage if exposed to temperatures over 212°F for a time period longer than 10 minutes. This is a significant drawback since the internal temperature of meat can easily exceed 210°F during low and slow cooking.
The internal temperature sensor is usually accurate within 1°F, which is pretty great. Furthermore, the temperature is read every second and temperature updates are constantly provided in the app.
On the downside, the ambient temperature sensor can often provide inaccurate readings. The problem is that ambient temperature readings tend to be affected by the internal meat temperature, especially when cooking large chunks of meat. The manufacturer recommends leaving 2 inches of free space between the ambient temperature sensor and the meat, which is hard to achieve with large cuts. This is another issue you need to be aware of when using MEATER.
As far the battery is concerned, MEATER uses a rechargeable battery that needs to be replaced after a year or so, depending on use. A fully charged battery can last for 24 to 72 hours, thus easily satisfying the requirements for virtually all meat cooking projects.
Previously in this MEATER review, we mentioned that you can use this thermometer in pans, slow cookers, ovens, smokers, rotisseries, kamados, and all kinds of grills, provided that the temperatures do not exceed the abovementioned recommendations. Based on its heat tolerance and communication range, MEATER is best suited for oven roasting.
The thermometer can only be used for meat and fish. Using it for other purposes may void your warranty. More importantly, it may cause considerable damage and malfunctions, as the internal probe is not waterproof and it cannot withstand high temperatures, which makes it unsuitable for substances like boiling liquids, candy, and oil.
|Temperature Range||?-212°F (?-100°C)|
|Battery Life||24-72 hours|