The iGrill Mini is small but mighty. This digital grill thermometer provides you with precise temperature readings, features loud alarms, and since it pairs with your smartphone or tablet, it has a nifty app that has built-in temperature presets and recipes.
We found the Weber app to be a helpful tool when testing it on four steaks, which we cooked to rare, medium-rare, medium and medium-well levels of doneness. Depending on what you are grilling, the app alerts you when your meat has finished cooking according to the doneness level you set. In our case, we grilled four steaks without any problems, but when we grilled a pork chop, the suggested setting of 160 degrees was a little overdone to our liking. The app is simple to navigate, and pairing the iGrill Mini to an iPhone and iPad is easy. If you have an Android device, you can get the app on the Google Play store.
This BBQ thermometer can read temperatures as low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 572 degrees Fahrenheit, which is a wider range than most digital grill thermometers offer. If you prefer to use the metric system, the app has a Celsius setting that can be reconfigured with just a couple taps of your finger.
This digital grill thermometer does not feature any display. Instead, it relies on your smartphone or tablet’s screen. This is a potential drawback for some consumers since there’s always a risk of getting your smartphone covered in BBQ juices. To compensate for this, to a degree, Weber included a thin, circular LED indicator that rests on top of the thermometer. The light goes from green to yellow, orange and finally red when the thermometer reaches the target temperature. Once your meat is done, both the device and your phone beep and, if you phone is on silent, it will vibrate instead.
Because of the iGrill Mini’s small size, it is easy to misplace, but luckily, you get an included magnet so you can attach it to your grill, refrigerator or knife rack. The small size also means this thermometer only supports one probe. A single 3.75-inch probe is included, and it has a 48-inch long cord.
We found the probe to be pretty accurate, but not as accurate as other thermometers. Weber says it will read temperatures within two degrees of accuracy. As far as its speediness, it has a response time four seconds. To get a full reading, it took us an average of 17.5 seconds when grilling steaks.
The iGrill Mini digital BBQ thermometer comes with a 90-day warranty, which is slightly shorter than most. You can reach Weber by telephone or email, and they have FAQs and downloadable manual on the website.