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Maybe you're an aspiring grill master or a barbecue enthusiast or perhaps you're looking to develop your meat-cooking skills. Whatever your reason for lighting up the grill, it's important to have a good wireless grill thermometer handy. Just like with other forms of cooking, grilling and smoking meat require accuracy, particularly when it comes to temperature. A wireless meat thermometer will not only help you get the precise temperature you need to cook your meat evenly and thoroughly without drying it out, but this gadget will also allow you to monitor temperatures from afar so you don't have to hover over your grill the entire time.
When it comes to choosing a meat thermometer, you'll want to factor in probe length, wireless range, temperature range, and other handy features. While basic models will get the job done, perhaps you want an app that sends you alerts or tracks the ambient temperature over the course of your grilling session. There are options in a variety of price ranges and styles for every type of griller.
Whether you're new to grilling or a pro, we list the best wireless grill thermometers to help you cook your meat to perfection.
Best Overall: MEATER Plus Wireless Smart Thermometer
Calculates time to completion
Presets for a wide range of foods
No official approval for sous vide
Minimum depth required
MEATER, a relatively new brand that markets itself as the "first truly wireless smart meat thermometer," improved upon its original model with the MEATER Plus. Many wireless grill thermometers aren't totally wireless—there's often still a wire from the thermometer to the base unit—but the MEATER Plus is completely wire-free. Plus, it's really two thermometers in one: It will measure the internal temperature of your meat as well as the ambient temperature and can be safely used in the oven up to 527 degrees Fahrenheit.
As you prep your meat, you can pick from different cuts and specify whether you'd like your meat cooked rare, medium-rare, medium, or well-done. The MEATER Plus guides you through every step, including giving you an estimate of how much longer your meat will need to cook to reach your desired doneness and how long to let it rest after you've removed it from the grill or oven. Our tester found the app incredibly easy to use and appreciated that it tracked the cook and that the results could be saved for the future. The alerts can be customized to your preferences, too.
Most importantly, our reviewer found it to be accurate in all of her temperature tests, and the fact that it makes grilling "nearly foolproof" justifies its price tag, she reported. So whether you are a novice griller and need a little extra help or you are a grill master looking for precise results and a convenient design, this meat thermometer will not disappoint. If one probe isn't enough for you, the MEATER Block features four probes, a block to hold them, and a touchscreen standalone mode if you don't want to use an app.
The brand still does offer its original MEATER thermometer, but it has a much shorter wireless range of just 33 feet.
Probes: 1 | Range: Up to 212°F | Wireless Range: 165 feet | Max Ambient Temperature: 527°F
"A truly wireless thermometer, the MEATER Plus smart wireless meat thermometer makes cooking nearly foolproof, and it’s easy to use, too." — Donna Currie, Product Tester
Runner-Up, Best Overall: ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Meat Thermometer
Dual probes with multiple programming options
Impressive wireless range
Lost connection alarm
Count up/down timer
Grill/BBQ temperature check
Probes aren’t physically labeled
No button/control lock
ThermoPro is a trusted name in meat thermometers and offers a wide range of models, including four-probe models and ones with extensive wireless ranges. The TP20 features two probes and a wireless range of up to 300 feet, so you can wander far from the grill while still monitoring the steaks and chops. It includes a base unit and wireless remote, so you won’t need to add an app to your phone, and the large LCD displays on the base and remote are backlit so you’ll be able to read them in low light conditions.
The TP20 has presets for nine types of meats using USDA recommendations, and all of the presets can be reset to your preferences, which are saved when the unit is turned off. It also has a timer function. The timer can be set for two different functions, either to count up or to count down for longer cooking sessions. The probe wires are rated to 716 degrees, but if your probe fails, the company will replace it at no charge. The thermometer can read from 32 to 572 degrees Fahrenheit.
Our tester, who had used previous wireless ThermoPro models appreciated the TP20's upgrades: The probe ports on the transmitter are labeled so you don't have to remember which one is in the steak and which one is in the chicken (although she still wished the probes themselves were color-coded) and the upgraded straight probe design ensures they don't slip up or down during cooking. Between its accuracy and functionality, our tester dubbed the TP20 "well worth the price tag."
If you're willing to give up some of the TP20's more advanced features, such as presets, ThermoPro also offers its TP08S Digital Wireless Meat Thermometer, which has the same wireless range and temperature range but costs a little less.
Probes: 2 | Range: 32 to 572°F | Wireless Range: 300 feet | Max Ambient Temperature: 716°F
"A thermometer is only good as it is accurate, so that’s the first thing I checked with the TP20. Using boiling water—which I know boils at 212° F at sea level—I dipped the TP20 in and got a reading of 211° F." — Stacey L. Nash, Product Tester
Best Budget: NutriChef Smart Wireless Grill Thermometer
Maybe too insistent beeping
Color-coded beads are loose
Not entirely wireless
This NutriChef Bluetooth thermometer is an affordable option that has everything you might need for basic grilling and monitoring remotely. It connects to your phone with an indoor range of 100 feet and an outdoor range of 200 feet. If you wander outside the range, you’ll get a push notification on your phone, so you won’t accidentally go too far from the grill or oven. The stainless steel probes on the PWIRBBQ60 model can withstand up to 482 degrees, while the upgraded stainless steel cables can withstand up to 716 degrees.
This has two probes to monitor two foods at the same time, and the app will alert you when the proper temperature has been reached. You can use the included preset cooking temperatures or set your own. The base unit has a backlit LCD so you can read it in any light, and the display cycles between the two temperatures being monitored.
Our reviewer found the temperature reading to be accurate in all of her tests and thought the app was convenient and user-friendly. As with all meat thermometers of this kind with wired probes, we expect that the wires will eventually fail—which is why we appreciate the more modest price tag.
NutriChef offers several other models in a similar price range as well. If you want to monitor up to six probes at a time (although it only comes with two), opt for the PWIRBBQ80.
Probes: 2 | Range: Up to 482°F | Wireless Range: 100 feet indoors; 200 feet outdoors | Max Ambient Temperature: 716°F
"One thing I appreciated was that the probes are color-coded on both ends, with two beads that slide along the wire to rest near the probe or near the base." — Donna Currie, Product Tester
Best for Multiple Pieces of Meat: Soraken Wireless Meat Thermometer
Can monitor four items at once
Clip for monitoring air temperature
Six sockets, only four probes included
Customer support is sluggish
The Soraken thermometer comes with four probes, and you can add two more to monitor up to six different portions of meat, or use one probe to monitor the grill or oven temperature while the rest monitor the food. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth and has a range of about 100 feet indoors and 170 outdoors, depending on interference. It has 11 preset temperatures for different meats based on USDA recommendations or you can manually set your preferred temperature. It also has a timer feature. When time is up or the cooking temperature has been reached, the app will beep and flash to alert you.
This reads from 32 to 572 degrees Fahrenheit. The wire is designed to withstand temperatures up to 716 degrees, while the silicone handle can withstand up to 482 degrees. The base unit has a magnet back, so you can attach it to a convenient metal surface. The silicone probe handles are color-coded, but our reviewer wished the opposite ends were as well because the wires did tend to get tangled and confusing when monitoring multiple food items. Overall, our tester thought the app worked well and found some of the design details useful. If you're looking to grill lots of different meat at the same, this is a solid option at a moderate price.
Probes: 4 included; max 6 | Range: 32 to 572°F | Wireless Range: 100 feet indoors; 170 feet outdoors | Max Ambient Temperature: 482°F
"A small clip is included to attach a probe to the grill or oven grate. We found it useful to keep track of the internal temperature of our grill when we were smoking a meatloaf since we wanted it to cook at a moderate temperature." — Donna Currie, Product Tester
Best High-End: Thermoworks Signals™ BBQ Alarm Thermometer with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
Uses both Bluetooth and WiFi
Can be used with or without app
Only works with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi
Thermoworks, the makers of the incredibly popular instant-read Thermapen thermometer, also have a very popular grilling thermometer that can handle multiple types of meat, plus air temperature, all at the same time. It’s great for the grill, the smoker, and the oven, so it will get plenty of use all year long. The Signals thermometer includes four probes—three are high-temperature cooking probes and the fourth is for measuring air temperature inside the grill or other cooking chamber. The app allows remote monitoring of the temperatures using both Bluetooth and WiFi, so there are no worries about getting out of range of the base.
Meanwhile, the base unit also shows the information, so it’s simple to glance at it when the cook is near the grill. The included color-coded probe rings make it easy to see which probe belongs to each temperature reading on the base. For cooks who don’t like apps, the base unit can easily be used without the app. This is available in multiple colors to match the décor or stand out from the crowd.
Probes: 4 | Range: -58 to 572°F | Wireless Range: 95 feet | Max Ambient Temperature: 700°F
Best for Thick Pieces of Meat: Bfour Bluetooth Meat Thermometer
Includes six probes
Great for thick pieces of meat
Range could be longer
Works better with iOS than Android
Not only does this digital thermometer look sleek—it won the 2019 Red Dot Design Award—but with six stainless steel probes, it's also perfect for monitoring large quantities of food, whether that's different items simultaneously (there are 11 presets for types of food and doneness levels) or one big Thanksgiving turkey. That's the beauty of this Bluetooth thermometer. With six probes, you get exactly what you need to cover the varying thickness of your meat, so you can make sure everything is fully cooked to the core.
The setup is super easy, too. All you have to do is download an app on your smartphone or tablet to get the temperature and time display—complete with an alarm function for promptly alerting you when your meal is done. The transmission distance stretches 196 feet outdoors or 100 feet indoor, and the temperature ranges from 33 degrees to 572 degrees, making it ideal for ovens and grills alike.
Probes: 6 | Range: 33 to 572°F | Wireless Range: 100 feet indoors; 196 feet outdoors | Max Ambient Temperature: 662°F
"My go-to is actually using two thermometers: a digital probe thermometer and an instant-read thermometer. Digital probe thermometers are left in the food during the cook and help me gauge the food’s doneness from start to finish. Instant read thermometers on the other hand are ideal for checking thicker areas of the food for doneness." – Paul Sidoriak of Grilling Montana
Best Waterproof: Inkbird IBT-4XP Grill Thermometer
Battery drains when not in use
Limited Bluetooth range
This meat thermometer by Inkbird is waterproof, so you can safely use it outside in any weather—and it's magnetic, so it sticks right to the side of your grill. Another cool feature that this product has is a built-in rechargeable battery, which comes with its own USB charging cable, so you'll never have to run to the store for replacement batteries. It takes about three hours to get a full charge that lasts 40 hours before it needs to be plugged in again.
With three meat probes and one ambient probe, pair the IBT-4XP Grill Thermometer to your smartphone to read your cooking temperature anywhere (distance ranges up to 150 feet). This item can withstand heat up to 572 degrees for short-term cooking or 482 degrees for meals that cook much longer. An alarm will sound on your device and phone when it's time to remove your meat.
Probes: 4 | Range: 32 to 572°F | Wireless Range: 150 feet | Max Ambient Temperature: 572°F
Most Versatile: The MeatStick X Wireless Grill Thermometer
App assists with cooking
Ambient temperature not always accurate
Of course, you want your thermometer to perform well on the grill, but the MeatStick can do much, much more. Because it’s truly wireless, it can be used with a rotisserie, and because it’s waterproof, it can be used inside a sous vide bag. It can also handle high temperatures with ease. The internal sensor can handle up to 212 degrees—which is the maximum it will encounter when it’s fully inserted in meat. The ceramic handle sensor that measures the ambient temperature can handle up to a whopping 572 degrees. Thanks to that high threshold, not only can it handle oven and grill temperatures with ease, but it can also be used in a deep fryer.
It’s hard to imagine a situation this thermometer can’t handle. The MeatStick X builds on the original MeatStick and also includes an app that not only monitors the temperature and sends alerts, but also helps with cooking. The stick’s battery can operate for up to 24 hours before it needs to recharge in its holder, so you'll be set for long cooks. And when the job is done, it’s dishwasher safe so it’s ready for its next job.
For everyday use, MeatStick recently launched "the world's smallest meat thermometer": The Mini.
Probes: 1 | Range: Up to 212°F | Wireless Range: 100 feet indoors; 260 feet outdoors | Max Ambient Temperature: 572°F
The MEATER Plus earns our top spot because of its design, which is truly wire-free. It allows you to specify meat cuts and desired doneness and tells you time estimates as well as how long to let the meat rest after cooking. If you're looking for a budget option, the NutriChef Smart Wireless Grill Thermometer performed accurately in our tests and has a user-friendly app for monitoring—but comes with a more modest price tag.
What to Look for When Buying a Meat Thermometer
By Emily Farris
Most grilling thermometer probes look pretty similar—basically, a pokey metal stick that's about 2.5 millimeters in diameter—but how, when, and sometimes where you use the probe will depend on the type of device you choose and the probe that comes with it.
Whether you’re using an instant-read, wired, or wireless thermometer, probe length is important if you’re cooking big cuts of meat. That’s because in order to gauge the true internal temperature, the probe must reach the actual center of the thickest part of whatever it is you’re cooking. So, if you regularly cook large pork shoulders, briskets, or whole poultry, look for a probe length of at least 5 inches.
There’s also some variation in probe shape. While straight probes are standard, if you’re cooking multiple items or using a small smoker or second rack, a curved probe can help create a more compact setup, because the entire thing stays closer to the meat, especially on smaller cuts. Additionally, many probes feature a “step down” probe, which means a portion of the tip is smaller in diameter than the rest of the probe to prevent juices from escaping when you first poke the meat.
Finally, if you’re cooking more than one piece of meat or a large cut (or bird) that doesn’t necessarily cook evenly, multiple probes can be beneficial. On a multi-probe device, each probe creates a “channel” to display those temperatures separately. Some models even let you name the channels (e.g., top, side, thigh, breast, etc.).
There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to grill thermometer display. The first, of course, is preference. Would you rather read the temperature remotely or open the grill to see and touch the meat while checking the temperature? If you’d prefer to keep the grill closed, a wireless thermometer or corded thermometer is the way to go. But if you’d rather get a good look at the meat, and perhaps even feel it for doneness, a standard instant-read thermometer will do.
If you do most of your grilling at night, a back-lit display will be important. And if you’re purchasing a multi-probe unit, you can decide between a transmitter display that rotates between the various channels’ temperatures or shows them all at once.
Perhaps the most important feature of a wireless thermometer is its wireless range. After all, if you’re buying a wireless thermometer, it’s likely because you don’t want to be glued to the grill for the duration of your cook—no matter how short or long. And the range can vary widely among devices, from around 100 feet to more than 300 feet. Keep in mind, too, that a device’s range is variable depending on whether it’s indoors or outdoors because walls and structures can weaken a signal. Some advanced wireless thermometers (like the MEATER) allow the charging box to be used as a signal repeater, nearly doubling the wireless range, though it’s not always as strong as a direct signal.
How much information do you actually need—or even want—when you’re grilling? If you only need to know the internal temperature of your meat, just about any grilling thermometer will do. But for some grillmasters, tracking the ambient temperature is important. Some grilling thermometers (especially those that connect to apps) even keep a detailed history of every cook, including internal and ambient temperatures.
While this additional information may seem like overkill, it can be helpful to reference it if a cook doesn’t quite turn out as planned, or if you made the best brisket of your life and hope to repeat it step by step, degree by degree. The detailed recording is also helpful when it comes to planning your future cooks. For example, if you want to eat pulled pork for dinner at 6 p.m., you can reference your last cook to see that it took 10 hours (even if the recipe said it would only take eight), so you know that it needs to be on the smoker by 8 a.m. so it can be off at 5 p.m. and cooled and pulled by 6 p.m.
Think about the highest and lowest temperatures you use when grilling (or, say, cold smoking) and check to make sure the thermometer you buy covers that full range. If you want to monitor a meat’s internal temperature when thawing or brining, you’ll certainly need a thermometer that goes as low as it does high.
If you’re using a wireless grill thermometer, you’ll obviously want to be alerted when your meat has reached the target internal temperature. But think about what other alerts you may need, like temperature drops or even drastic ambient temperature changes. The latter is especially helpful if you are smoking meat overnight and actually want to sleep. It’s also helpful to get an alert if you take the transmitter out of range or otherwise lose the signal from the probe. And, last but not least, it should be easy to turn off an alert once you acknowledge it (is there anything more annoying than an alarm that won’t stop?), so look for a clear and accessible way to silence the beeping.
When it comes to wireless grill thermometers, there are two options. The first is a remote device that connects to the probe. The second is an app that connects to the thermometer and sends information to your phone. While an app is convenient—and eliminates the need to keep your eye on an additional device while grilling—there’s also the risk of your phone dropping a Bluetooth or wireless connection. If you regularly find apps or Bluetooth-enabled devices frustrating, a wireless thermometer with an included transmitter might spare you some stress while cooking.
Wireless grill thermometers will require some sort of battery power, and each is a matter of preference. Most take AAA or AA batteries, while some have rechargeable lithium batteries. Both have benefits and drawbacks. With a rechargeable battery, you never need to worry about having disposable batteries available, but if it’s not charged when you need it, you’re out of luck. If your unit requires disposable batteries, you’re only a battery change (or a quick trip to the nearest store) away from a working thermometer.
Most grill thermometers fall in the $10 to $80 range, with a handful of higher-end, feature-heavy models coming in around at $100 or more. Basic instant-read digital thermometers are usually the most affordable, but for another $10 to $20, it’s possible to upgrade to a decent wired or wireless thermometer. With a few exceptions, price is usually less indicative of quality and is based more on features. The more probes, the longer the range, etc., the more a grilling thermometer will cost. That said, if you find a model that boasts a ton of features and has a really low price, the tradeoff might come in the form of durability, reliability, or accuracy, so be sure to read the reviews before purchasing.
The options are seemingly endless when it comes to grill thermometer brands, but ThermoPro offers a nice range of reliable, durable devices at an accessible price point. The brand's most recognizable product is probably its foldable red instant-read thermometer, which can usually be found for around $10 to $15. And for less than $50, you can get a wireless model with a range of up to 300 feet.
Like ThermoPro, ThermoWorks offers a broad range of grill thermometers and even has its own foldable red instant-read device as part of its Thermapen line. The price point is much higher on this brand, which is known for its super-fast temperature readings, accuracy, features, and reliability. ThermoWorks also offers a line of highly specialized and commercial devices with features that include incredible wireless and temperature ranges.
Fairly new to the market, MEATER improved the category with a truly smart wireless meat thermometer that's great for grilling and smoking. The brand's three models center on a stylish, minimalist probe that syncs with a free app. The app does what every other meat thermometer does—reads the internal temperature and alerts you when it's reached—but it also estimates cook time, tracks the ambient temperature of the grill or smoker, records an incredibly detailed history of every cook, and even tells you how long to rest your meat before cutting into it. The probe is stored in a sleek wooden case that doubles as the charger (powered by disposable batteries), as well as a Bluetooth signal repeater to nearly double the wireless range.
While some parts of some grill thermometers are billed as dishwasher-safe, for the most part, thermometers should always be hand-washed, taking care to avoid submerging the transmitter or display. If you’re able to carefully wash just the probe with soap and hot water without getting the digital components wet, that’s fine. Otherwise, wipe everything with a clean, damp cloth to remove any debris, then sterilize the entire thermometer with an alcohol or bleach wipe. Alternatively, you can use a paper towel with rubbing alcohol or a sanitizing bleach solution (1 tablespoon of bleach to one gallon of water). Once clean, be sure to immediately and thoroughly dry all parts of the thermometer before putting it away.
If you’re using a thermometer with a rechargeable battery (like the MEATER), it’s important to always return it to the charger when after each use. The last thing you want is to reach for your meat thermometer when you need it most, only to find the battery has died. For thermometers that require disposable batteries, be sure you always have extra so you don’t run out mid-cook. And, as with all gadgets (especially ones you use for cooking), store all of the components together.
Are meat thermometers accurate?
Meat thermometers are not always accurate, which is why it's important to calibrate your thermometer a few times a year or at the frequency recommended by the manufacturer. To test if your meat thermometer is accurate, stick the probe into a glass of ice water and hold it there for a minute. It should read 32°F or 0°C. If it doesn't, you'll want to recalibrate it as directed in the user manual.
How deep should you insert a meat thermometer?
Most meat thermometers need to be inserted at least 1/2 inch into the meat for a proper reading, but double-check with your owner's manual for more precise guidance. When cooking steak or red meat, you'll want to insert the thermometer in the center of the thickest part, not near the bone or fat/gristle, and when cooking ground meat, insert it in the thickest part or sideways in thin items like hamburgers.
Can you leave a meat thermometer in the meat while it's cooking?
One of the main appeals of wireless meat thermometers is that you can leave the probes in while your food in on the grill or oven. This allows you to constantly monitor the inner temperature without having to open the grill and insert the thermometer. However, most wireless thermometers do have a max temperature at which they can safely operate, and you'll need to be careful not to exceed it.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Donna Currie is a freelance food writer who specializes in product reviews and recipes. She's tested over 100 products for The Spruce Eats and is no stranger to grilling. From gas to charcoal to kamado and indoor electric grills, Donna has cooked meat on all types and personally tested three of the wireless grill thermometers featured on this roundup.
This article was updated by Camryn Rabideau, a freelance writer and product tester for The Spruce Eats. She's written close to a dozen pieces on all styles of grills and done firsthand testing of smokers and grills featured in her articles. She interviewed Paul Sidoriak, author of The Flippin’ Awesome Backyard Griddle Cookbook and website Grilling Montana, while researching for this rounudp.