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Oregon Scientific AW131 Review

Oregon Scientific's Grill-Right Talking Thermometer is a digital grill thermometer that keeps you from being confined to your grill. It uses a wireless transmitter that has a range of 330 feet, longer than all the BBQ thermometers we tested.

Our Verdict

The Oregon Scientific Grill-Right Talking Thermometer isn't just a novelty talking product – it is an accurate cooking tool that can help prevent your food from overcooking.

For

  • This grill thermometer has a unique talking feature that provides regular alerts announcing when your food is almost ready, finished or overcooked.

Against

  • There is only one probe.
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The Oregon Scientific AW131 Thermometer can read temperatures ranging from 32 to 572 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Oregon Scientific AW131 Thermometer can read temperatures ranging from 32 to 572 degrees Fahrenheit.
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The probe for this Oregon Scientific thermometer sends all temperature information wirelessly to the digital display.

The probe for this Oregon Scientific thermometer sends all temperature information wirelessly to the digital display.
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A single probe is included when you buy this Oregon Scientific thermometer, which measures 5.75 inches.

A single probe is included when you buy this Oregon Scientific thermometer, which measures 5.75 inches.
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The wireless signal for the Oregon Scientific AW131 Thermometer can reach 300 feet.

The wireless signal for the Oregon Scientific AW131 Thermometer can reach 300 feet.

Oregon Scientific's Grill-Right Talking Thermometer is a digital grill thermometer that keeps you from being confined to your grill. It uses a wireless transmitter that has a range of 330 feet, longer than all the BBQ thermometers we tested. The receiver's large display constantly updates you, so you can see the temperature of your grill without physically being at the grill to monitor it. When your meat is finished cooking, it will alert you with a vocal communication.

That’s right, the Oregon Scientific's Grill-Right Talking Thermometer actually talks. While you can't have conversations with it like you can with Siri or Cortana, it offers alerts in five different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French and Danish, telling you when your meat is almost ready, ready and overcooked.

This grill thermometer can read temperatures ranging from 32 to 572 degrees Fahrenheit, which is standard in this industry. You can also switch to Celsius, if you prefer. The included probe measures 5.75 inches, which is about average. Unlike many digital grill thermometers, this model supports only a single probe to check meat while it’s cooking. Other devices support multiple probes to monitor different steaks at once. The cord on this Oregon Scientific model is 40 inches long, which is plenty long if you have a larger grill.

The transmitter for this thermometer lacks a display of its own, so all temperature information is relayed to the display on the wireless receiver. One benefit with this display is that it is backlit, which makes it a good choice if you are grilling at night. You can select from eight different types of meat – pork, beef, lamb, veal, turkey, chicken, fish and other – and which doneness level you want – rare, medium-rare, medium and well-done. You are not given the choice of medium-well, but you can add your own temperature presets and create one to indicate medium-well if you like your meat cooked that way.

Oregon Scientific offers a one-year warranty with its grill thermometer, which is the typical length for a good-quality digital grill thermometer. If you have any questions, the company offers telephone and email support. You can also find a downloadable manual and FAQs on its website.