Best Digital Grill Thermometers of 2018

Linda Thomson ·
Writer/Reviewer
Updated
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We have been reviewing digital grill thermometers since 2014. In that time, we have spent more than 90 hours researching and testing to find the best grill thermometers on the market. The best digital grill thermometer we found was the Weber iGrill2. The Weber iGrill2 pairs with your smartphone or tablet so you can track temperature changes and receive notifications when the meat is cooked according to your presets.       

Best Overall
Weber iGrill2
The Weber iGrill2 lets you monitor up to four steaks at a time and keeps accurate temperature readings. Using this thermometer, the steaks we grilled during testing were cooked to our exact specifications.
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Best Value
Ivation Long Range Wireless
The Ivation Long Range Wireless thermometer has a nice feature package at a reasonable price. It has the longest range of any thermometer we tested, which gives you freedom to do other things while your meat cooks.
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Easiest to Use
Weber iGrill Mini
Weber iGrill Mini is a digital grill thermometer with a wide temperature range that displays its information exclusively on your smartphone or device. The convenient phone app makes it easy to monitor your meat, from up to 150 feet away, so it cooks the way you want it.
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Product
Price
Overall Rating
Performance
Features
Warranty & Support
Accuracy
Temperature Range
Response Time (seconds)
Average Reading Time (seconds)
Wireless Range (feet)
Ease of Use
Number of Probes Included
Number of Probes Supported
Length of Probe (inches)
Length of Cord (inches)
Wireless Connectivity
Battery
Batteries Included
Automatic Shutoff
Temperature Reconfiguration
Android App
iOS App
Illuminated Display
Temperature Presets
Timer & Alarm
Water-and Splash-Resistant
Warranty
Telephone & Email
FAQs
$79.11 Amazon
9.8 10 10 8.8
±1°F
-22 to 572
3
16.25
150
100%
2
4
3.75
48
2AA
1 Year
$49.99 Amazon
9.1 9.5 9 8.3
±2°F
-22 to 572
4
17.5
150
100%
1
1
3.75
48
CR2032
-
90 Days
$18.99 Amazon
8.6 9 8 8.8
±1°F
32 to 572
7
-
330
89%
1
1
6
40
2AA
-
-
-
1 Year
$69.99 Amazon
8.5 9.5 7.5 8.3
±2°F
32 to 572
5
24.5
300
89%
2
2
6
39
2AAA
-
-
-
90 Days
$79.99 Amazon
8.4 8.8 8 8.3
±2°F
32 to 572
3
-
160
93%
2
4
7
42
2AAA
-
-
-
90 Days
$34.99 Amazon
7.6 9.3 6 7
±2°F
32 to 572
3
26.5
300
89%
2
2
6
30
4AAA
-
-
-
-
-
1 Year
-
$43.32 Amazon
7.5 8.8 5.3 10
±1°F
32 to 572
8
-
250
89%
2
2
5.75
48
-
2AA
-
-
-
-
-
2 Years
$17.99 Amazon
6.8 8.5 4 8.8
±2°F
32 to 392
6
25
-
92%
1
1
3.75
43
-
1AA
-
-
-
-
-
-
1 Year
Best Overall
The Weber iGrill2 does more than most digital grill thermometers. It has a wide temperature range and an impressive response time of just three seconds. However, the time it took during our tests to get a full reading when cooking four steaks to different rarity averaged at 16.25 seconds. This is fast, but the fastest reading thermometer, the Supermechanical Coal Range Smart Thermometer, took about half that time.
The Weber iGrill2 doesn’t have to be paired with your smartphone to tell you the temperature of your meat, but the app works with both Android and iOS devices, and it’s a handy tool. Simply use the app to select the type of meat you’re grilling and your preferred level of doneness, insert the probes, tap the start button, and your part is done. The iGrill2 has a wireless range of 150 feet, which is far enough for most tasks you’re likely to engage in while grilling, though some wireless thermometers have a range of up to 300 feet. In our tests, we confirmed the manufacturer’s claim that the temperature readings are accurate within 1 degree Fahrenheit. Using the presets, we grilled our steaks to rare, medium-rare, medium and medium-well perfection.
Pros
  • It has an impressive response time of just three seconds.
  • It supports up to four probes so you can monitor many cuts of meat at once.
  • Its readings are accurate to within 1 degree Fahrenheit.
Cons
  • The wireless range of this thermometer is an average 150 feet.
  • It costs more than other thermostats we tested.
  • While it supports four probes, only two are included.
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Best Value
The Ivation Long Range Wireless thermometer supports two hybrid probes so you can simultaneously monitor the temperature of either two cuts of meat or your food and the grill's temperature.
Its temperature readings were extremely accurate in our tests, where we monitored four steaks to different specifications from rare to medium-well. This thermometer is a nice value, offering a great feature package at an affordable price. Since it connects to an included wireless receiver, it doesn't require smartphone pairing. The Ivation has the best wireless range we found, up to 325 feet, allowing you a wide radius indoors while your food is grilling outdoors. A wireless receiver will beep if you are out of range for more than a minute so you won’t accidentally burn your meat by straying out of range. This thermometer includes preprogrammed temperatures for 15 meat and poultry types, and will accurately monitor your meat to within 2 degrees Fahrenheit. The wireless receiver will beep and flash to let you know if your meat exceeds the preprogrammed temperature. Ivation's digital BBQ thermometer is water-resistant. However, the two included 6-inch probes are not waterproof and need to be washed by hand with a slightly damp cloth. This grill thermometer isn’t quite as fast as some of the others in our lineup, but it is very accurate. The receiver refreshes the temperature normally in 10- to 15-second increments. But if you just want an immediate reading, it takes slightly longer for the display to refresh.
Pros
  • The thermometer’s range of 325 feet more than doubles the range of most of the products we tested.
  • It comes with two hybrid probes that let you monitor two cuts of meat at a time.
  • It will alert you if you are out of range for more than a minute.
Cons
  • No smartphone app is available with this thermometer.
  • The thermometer is water-resistant, but the probes are not.
  • Its readings aren’t quite as fast as others we tested.
$34.99Amazon
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Easiest to Use
The Weber iGrill Mini is a small but powerful digital grill thermometer that provides you with precise temperature readings and features loud alarms. This BBQ thermometer has a wide temperature range that reads temperatures as low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 572 degrees Fahrenheit.
The thermometer’s readings are displayed exclusively on your smartphone, since there’s no digital display on the thermometer itself. To compensate, a circular LED indicator rests on top of the thermometer. The light goes from green to yellow, orange and finally red when the thermometer reaches the target temperature. Both the device and your phone beep when the meat is done. It has a range of 150 feet, which should give you plenty of space between your grill and whatever you’re doing while the food cooks, although some thermometers we tested had ranges of 300 feet or more. This is an extremely easy thermometer to use. We found the Weber app to be incredibly helpful. Pairing the iGrill Mini to an iPhone and iPad was easy, and the app is simple to navigate. The app is also available for Android devices through the Google Play Store. This thermometer’s probe was accurate but not quite as accurate as the best digital thermometers we tested. The app alerts you when your meat has finished cooking according to the doneness level you set. The four steaks we cooked came out just as we wanted. The pork chop we grilled, however, with a setting of 160 degrees, was a little overdone.
Pros
  • This thermometer has a very wide temperature range.
  • Its accompanying smartphone app lets you monitor all of its activities.
  • Its basic design makes it simple to use.
Cons
  • The thermometer itself doesn’t have a display of any kind.
  • It only includes and supports one probe.
  • Its small size makes it easy to misplace.
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Best for Wild Game
The multifaceted Maverick ET-735 BBQ thermometer can help you cook wild game with its preset temperatures for meats like deer, buffalo, elk and moose. This Maverick model also has preset temperatures for pork, chicken, turkey, fish, lamb and veal.
This digital grill thermometer uses Bluetooth to connect a transmitter to your Android or iOS device. Using its free mobile app, you can monitor your food’s temperature and set timers as well as receive notifications about how your food is faring on the grill. This thermometer comes with two 7-inch waterproof probes, and you can buy two more to simultaneously monitor the temperatures of different cuts of meat on the grill.
Pros
  • Includes two probes and can expand to four
Cons
  • Warranty lasts only 90 days
US$67.00Amazon
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Best for Verbal Alerts
This modestly priced digital grill thermometer actually speaks, telling you when your food is nearly ready, when it’s done and when it’s overcooked. What’s more, it speaks in five languages: English, Spanish, German, French and Danish.
It communicates via a wireless transmitter that can connect as far as 330 feet away from your grill. As such, you can stay updated on your food’s temperature without standing next to the grill, freeing you to make other food or talk to guests. The transmitter’s display is backlit, so you can see what’s happening with your food after the sun goes down. The Oregon Scientific AW131 Grill-Right Talking Thermometer reads temperatures between 32 degrees and 572 degrees Fahrenheit, which is typical for the industry. It comes with a 5.75-inch probe. However, there’s only one probe, unlike with some higher-end thermometers.
Pros
  • Wireless transmitter untethers you from your grill
Cons
  • Comes with only one probe
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Why Trust Us?

Since we started reviewing digital thermometers in 2014, we have spent more than 90 hours doing online research to find the best digital thermometers on the market, developing a testing methodology and then putting them to the test according to the same criteria. The results of our tests are presented in our side-by-side comparison chart and in-depth reviews. We contacted manufacturers, professionals and industry insiders to get informed opinions and gather information that would lend authority to our recommendations and ensure that we didn't overlook essential features.

How We Tested

To help you choose the best digital grill thermometer, we performed several tests while grilling steaks on a gas grill. We used a stopwatch to measure how long it took each thermometer to register a change in temperature. When grilling a steak, every second counts and leaving a slab of meat on for just a bit too long can mean the difference between a medium-rare and medium steak.

Many digital grill thermometers have built-in temperature presets and doneness levels for several types of meat. We tested the functionality of these presets by grilling four steaks to four degrees of doneness: rare, medium-rare, medium and medium-well.

Although instant-read thermometers are extremely accurate and fast at reading temperatures, they did not fit our ranking criteria. We instead focused on wireless probe thermometers, which allow you to step away from the grill while your meat is cooking.

Manufacturers provide their own specifications and data, such as response time, battery life and accuracy. Response time is measured after the thermometer calculates 62.3 percent of the temperature. As we discovered, this means it actually takes longer to get a true reading than the response time manufacturers advertise. If a manufacturer offers a downloadable app to complement the thermometer, we downloaded it and assessed its usefulness and how easy it is to navigate.

What Do Digital Grill Thermometers Cost?

You can buy a fine-quality digital grill thermometer for under $20, though prices vary considerably for these products, going as high as $70. However, even those in the low to mid-price range can do a good job if they are well designed.

Further Information

Using a thermometer for food safety is "just common sense," said Mark Lambert, president of the National BBQ and Grillers Association.  He believes people love digital grill thermometers for another reason: Convenience.

"Barbeque has gone mainstream, and many people like to participate, but don't always like the time commitment that comes with it," Lambert said. "They're busy and they don't have all day to sit by the grill. They like to be able to monitor the temperature and still go on about their lives. They can go inside, help their kids with homework, go to the store."

Lambert said digital grill thermometers also give BBQ enthusiasts confidence in their grilling so they don't overcook food to the point of dryness in an effort to avoid making anyone sick. When cooking meat, it gives people another measure of doneness rather than just gauging by how it feels to the touch or how it looks. "People know that it's properly cooked," Lambert said.

Scott Radmall is a Utah CPA whose career is in corporate finance, but as a self-taught cook, loves grilling at home because this combines his love of family and good food.  He, too, depends on a top-quality thermometer because he wants the best results. “I typically use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of meats that I'm cooking. To some extent I use them for food safety, but it's really a matter of monitoring so I get the meat to the right level of cooking: safe, but not overcooked," he said.

Radmall said he strives for "restaurant-quality" food at home, and an excellent thermometer is one of the tools that helps him achieve that.  "I'm someone who really cares how things turn out, especially when it comes to food."

What Is Important in a Digital Grill Thermometer?

When it comes to cooking on an open flame, there is plenty of room for error. With a digital BBQ thermometer and some practice, you can cook juicy, flavorful meat that is of restaurant quality. Whether you are cooking chicken, steak or a slab of ribs, the internal temperature of food directly correlates with its level of doneness. For instance, when cooking poultry, its internal temperature should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Pork, on the other hand, has to be 145 degrees Fahrenheit before it’s safe to eat.