Apption Labs Meater review: This smart thermometer changed the way I grill

When I first heard about Meater, a wireless smart meat thermometer, I thought perhaps this whole smart home thing was going too far. It seemed the latest in a line of products I didn’t need turned “smart” with an app.

But after I tried it, I completely changed my opinion.

Like a conventional meat thermometer, Meater will monitor the internal temperature of a piece of meat while it’s being cooked. The smarts come from the app, which has a series of pre-programmed cooks that take the guesswork out of cooking meat.

Editors’ note: Our review of the Meater was first published on February 19, 2018. We updated our review on October 15, 2018 to add our opinion of the Meater+, which has a Bluetooth signal repeater to deliver longer wireless range. 

The gadget, and its charging block and box, are all very well designed. It’s easy to use, and it delivered perfectly cooked meat.

If you’re handy at the grill or in the kitchen, but can never quite get consistency with your cooking, this could be the gadget for you.

The basics

Meater has a short, thin body (5.1 by 0.27 inches / 130 by 7mm) made from Type 304 food-grade stainless steel and ceramic.

The probe has two temperature sensors. One is about a third of the way up and is used to measure the internal temperature of the meat. The second is on the end of the probe and sits outside the meat to measure the ambient temperature.

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