When reviewing the best oven thermometers, one of the products I tried was the MEATER Plus Wireless Meat Thermometer. I really enjoyed using it, and I think many home cooks would find it to be a useful (and fun) addition to their cooking appliances.
What Is the MEATER Plus Wireless Meat Thermometer?
The MEATER Plus is a device you use with its associated app on your smartphone. The probe goes into the meat you're cooking, whether you're using it on the grill, in the smoker, or in the oven. It will let you know the internal meat temperature throughout the cooking process, and it will also tell you the ambient temperature of the oven or grill.
Why You Might Want a Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer
If you're a home cook, you've undoubtedly had the experience of not knowing whether your meat was fully cooked. There are, of course, tricks. For example, you might feel the outside of a steak or roast and, if you're an experienced cook, you may be able to tell how "done" it is.
Using standard meat thermometers is always an option. The trick here is knowing when to use it. If you test too early, it's easy to miss that perfect window of doneness. And if you test too late, your meat is overcooked.
The MEATER Plus is a wireless smart meat thermometer that keeps track of the internal and external temperature of the meat, allowing you to catch it right when it's ready to come out and start resting. This results in the perfect and consistent results everyone wants.
The Testing Process for the MEATER Plus
I was happy to try out the MEATER Plus wireless meat thermometer in various applications. For the oven thermometer review piece, I used it in a pork butt roast. Then, I tried it in an oven-roasted chicken, then in steaks on the grill.
I watched both the internal and ambient temperatures rise as the meat cooked and pulled it when the MEATER told me to. I only used the cook time displayed on the app; I didn't use any other measure.
My first impression was that this was a cool device, but I was concerned that connecting the app to the MEATER Plus would be difficult. It was not, thankfully! I was also excited to find out whether it would be accurate in detecting the temperature and doneness of various types of meat.
This little device certainly met and exceeded my expectations. Each time I used it, the meat came out perfectly. The app told me when to remove it from the oven/grill and for how long to let it rest. This functioned as a guided cook system, which would be great for anyone cooking meat.
The only thing that gave me pause is that you can't open the oven and see the temperature on the probe itself, so you can only use it with your smartphone or other smart device.
For someone who doesn't want another app or who isn't comfortable using apps, no matter how user-friendly, this might not be the right product for them.
The MEATER app was easy to use and self-explanatory. It pairs quickly with the MEATER, and it will tell you everything you need to know, including the cooking time, the internal temperature, and how long it needs to rest.
Also, the MEATER Plus sits in a magnetic case that will stick to your refrigerator. This case also includes the charger, which uses a AAA battery and should last one year.
There's a safety notch on the probe that shows how far it should be inserted into the meat; this makes it easy to feel secure that you're using it properly.
What We Like
- Simple, easy-to-use app
- Shows both internal and ambient temperature
- Includes a magnetic charger
- Uses a AAA battery, which has a long lifespan
- Leads to excellent results when you cook meat
- Shows a precise cooking time
- Functions as a fully guided cook system
What We Don't Like
- Must be used with the MEATER app; there's no option to use it without an app
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Wireless Meat Thermometer
How Will You Be Cooking Your Meat?
With the MEATER Plus, you can use the probe and app for a variety of cooking methods. It will do as well in a smoker or on the grill as it will do in the oven or air fryer.
Do You Want to Use an App?
Keep in mind that you have to use the smart device app when using this wireless smart meat thermometer. If you want the type of thermometer that you can read by looking at it, this isn't the right choice for your needs.
How Many Sensors Do You Want?
The MEATER Plus comes in varieties that offer one sensor or dual temperature sensors. There is also an option to get four temperature sensors if you plan to cook a lot of meat at once.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the MEATER Plus have any wires?
No. This is a wireless smart meat thermometer; there are no wires to worry about.
How high of a temperature can the MEATER tolerate?
Ambient temperatures can go up to 527 degrees, and internal temperatures can go up to 212 degrees.
Final Thoughts on the MEATER Plus Wireless Meat Thermometer
My verdict is that anyone who has a smartphone and who wants to create perfectly cooked meat dishes should invest in the MEATER Plus Wireless Meat Thermometer. It takes the guesswork out of roasting, smoking, or baking meat, and it is also fun to use.
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