iDevices iGrill Wireless Cooking Thermometer

Published July 1, 2011. From Cook's Illustrated.

What could be better than a remote thermometer that talks to your iPhone, transmitting constant readouts of your meat’s temperature and even predicting when it will be done?

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Update: June 2013

About a year ago, we tested the iGrill Wireless Cooking Thermometer, which lets you monitor your food’s temperature on the grill from your smartphone via a base unit attached with two meat probes that communicates temperature readings wirelessly via Bluetooth. While we loved the concept, we couldn’t recommend the product wholeheartedly at $99.99 because of a few flaws. We’re happy to report that an updated version has arrived, for $79.99, minus earlier glitches and sporting a few new, useful features. As we grill-roasted a pork shoulder, temperature readings from the brighter, easier-to-read display on the new iGrill matched (within a degree or two) what we got from our most reliable instant-read thermometer. We liked a new graph function that plots the meat’s progress and downloads to a laptop for reference. The device’s signal is now stronger and didn’t lose touch through the two thick walls between our grilling area and the test kitchen. Switching the connection between two users now requires fewer steps.… read more

Update: June 2013

About a year ago, we tested the iGrill Wireless Cooking Thermometer, which lets you monitor your food’s temperature on the grill from your smartphone via a base unit attached with two meat probes that communicates temperature readings wirelessly via Bluetooth. While we loved the concept, we couldn’t recommend the product wholeheartedly at $99.99 because of a few flaws. We’re happy to report that an updated version has arrived, for $79.99, minus earlier glitches and sporting a few new, useful features. As we grill-roasted a pork shoulder, temperature readings from the brighter, easier-to-read display on the new iGrill matched (within a degree or two) what we got from our most reliable instant-read thermometer. We liked a new graph function that plots the meat’s progress and downloads to a laptop for reference. The device’s signal is now stronger and didn’t lose touch through the two thick walls between our grilling area and the test kitchen. Switching the connection between two users now requires fewer steps. And the device now works with Android phones (not just iPhones). Our only gripe is with an add-on: a new ambient temperature probe ($19.99), which monitors air temperature just above the grates. It worked only when the temperature stayed below 400 degrees.
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We put steaks on the grill and monitored them with the iGrill ($99.99), a two-part device that communicates via Bluetooth with the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, along with our favorite (and far cheaper) remote thermometer. The latter beeps when food is within 10 degrees of a target. The good news: The iGrill offers a range comparable to our favorite remote thermometer, letting us wander 200 feet from the base unit while still receiving readouts. Even when our phone went into “sleep’’ mode, the iGrill stayed in touch, waking up to report when a target temperature had been reached. What’s more, we could even reset the temperature remotely via our phone. The bad news: The iGrill occasionally gave us readouts that were 2 to 3 degrees cooler than measurements taken directly with our gold standard instant-read thermometer. It also communicates with just one Bluetooth device at a time, and switching to another one is an involved process. Finally, the digital readout of the temperature on the base unit was too faint to be visible in daylight, so using it during the day without a Bluetooth device isn’t feasible. With these flaws, and at this price, we can’t wholeheartedly recommend the iGrill. We’ll be on the lookout for version 2.0.

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    iDevices iGrill Wireless Cooking Thermometer

    This new version of the iGrill, which lets you monitor your food’s temperature on the grill using your phone or tablet, offers some key improvements: a brighter, easier-to-read digital display; a stronger signal that didn’t lose touch through two thick walls between the grill and our phone; and a streamlined, simpler process for switching between one user’s phone and another’s. It also offers a new graph function; we used it to chart the temperature of a pork shoulder as it cooked, and it let us download data onto a laptop. An ambient probe, sold separately for $19.99, isn’t worth the extra expense: It stopped working at temperatures above 400 degrees.

    • Ease of Use ★★★
    • Performance ★★★

    $79.99

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