Review: MEATER Smart Wireless Food Thermometer

If you've been following the debacle at Chipotle, you know how important it is to measure the temperature of your food. And if you don't want to ruin an expensive piece of meat, you'll want to use the MEATER Wireless Thermometer ($69). The MEATER is to be inserted in the meat you're preparing and it connects, wirelessly, to your smartphone for accurate cooking time.

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The MEATER looks like a stainless steel Apple Pencil. There is a beautiful companion charging base made with real wood. It uses one AAA battery (included, which is a nice touch) and that battery can charge the MEATER up to 100 times.

 

The unit is reasonably priced, given the quality of the design and materials. It uses Bluetooth 4.0, which mean it should be reliable and can save you from hovering near your grill. The MEATER is water resistant and easy to clean. Just remember to charge it after you use (and clean) it. MEATER also comes in a four pack with a larger charger that uses four AA batteries.

Pros

  • Elegant design
  • Reasonably priced
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Stainless steel, water resistant, easy to clean
  • Smart app

Cons

  • Need to remember to charge

Final Verdict

If you grill a lot, the MEATER Wireless Thermometer could pay for itself with added free time and less wasted, burned, or undercooked food. 

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.