The Weber iGrill 2 Thermometer Review
Weber iGrill 2 Thermometer
|Number of Probes||4 probe capacity, 2 included|
It is very important that you can check on the internal temperature of your meat while you are grilling it. That helps you determine the exact level of doneness without making any guesses. It means that you can stop using any of the common techniques for testing doneness such as poking your hand, which are simply not precise enough.
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much anyone could say about such a simple thing like a thermometer. You stick it into your meat as you cook it, and it displays the internal temperature. You then consult the suggested internal temperature for the level of doneness you want, and that’s it. However, the rise of smart technology pervades everything we do these days, and even thermometers have benefitted from this trend.
In this review, we will be taking a look at quite a special meat thermometer which uses precisely this sort of new technology, the Weber iGrill 2 Thermometer.
Firstly, let us take a look at some of the things this thermometer can do. It is important to point out at the very beginning that this thermometer can support up to 4 probes at a time, with two probes included in the package itself.
The distinguishing feature of this thermometer, however, is the fact that uses Bluetooth technology to connect to your mobile devices, such as a smartphone or tablet, to display the internal temperature of each of the four probes in real time.That means you can track the rise in internal temperature constantly, and even set alarms for when the internal temperature reaches the desired level.
It also means you can leave your meat and your thermometer, and do something else instead of monitoring it. If you have your mobile device with you, it will ring out when it is time for you to take the meat out.
To unlock this functionality, all you have to do is download the free Weber iGrill App off the Play Store or the Apple Store, depending on the type of device you are using. It will allow you to track all four of your probes at once by simply scrolling through them. The temperature level will be displayed in the form of a graph for each probe.
The thermometer itself also has a Smart Display which can show a progress bar and a temperature, so that you know exactly how far along the meat is at a glance, if your mobile device is not handy, or you happen to be passing by the grill.
As far as other features go, this thermometer can be mounted magnetically to any metal surface, which makes it particularly handy. It runs on two AA batteries, and the manufacturer claims it has a 200-hour battery life.
The Pros and Cons
No matter how technologically advanced, every product has both good and bad sides. We aim to provide our readers with an impartial view of the products, so we list both the pros and the cons at the end of each review, for clarity and easier perusal.
- New technology: Although it may seem silly to attach complex technological features to an item as simple as a thermometer, in this case, it has a clear purpose. It allows you to monitor your roast remotely, and more precisely than with conventional thermometers, which is a big plus.
- The construction: In addition to the technology this thermometer brings to the table, it still covers the basic requirements of any good grilling product – it is solidly built, and will last a long time through many uses.
- Range: Some users have complained that the thermometer loses connection when they exit a certain range, and they can’t interface wit it digitally anymore. Furthermore, some users couldn’t get the thermometer to link up to their phone at all. If you experience any of these issues, you should contact Weber’s support service.