At Cookware Junkies, we love cooking – no matter what form that takes. And if your idea of cooking is low-and-slow on your backyard grill or smoker, a WiFi Thermometer is the ultimate wireless cooking thermometer. While your everyday instant read meat thermometer will suffice in the kitchen, when you’ve got a brisket or pile of ribs on the back smoker for anywhere from 8-16 hours, you’re going to want something that lets you step away from the grill for extended periods of time without ever losing track of your food’s internal temperature.
Why Buy A WiFi Meat Thermometer?
As a Cookware Junkie, you know that cooking gourmet foods (and simple everyday staples) requires precision and utmost attention-to-detail. That’s what a WiFi Meat Thermometer is for – letting you know the exact temperature your food is at remotely on your phone, from virtually anywhere.
While you can use it for virtually anything – steaks on the cast-iron or roasting a turkey – WiFi Meat Thermometers are most at home as a smoker meat thermometer for smoking large cuts of meat. Whether it’s baby back ribs or pork butt, you need to maintain a steady, even temperature inside your grill or cooking surface for hours on end, avoiding heat spikes and dips. A good smart meat thermometer will allow you to monitor both the meat’s internal temperature and that of the grill or smoker remotely on your phone from virtually anywhere and set temperature alerts sending notifications straight to your phone when the temperature spikes too high, dips too low or reaches your desired doneness.
Higher-end WiFi Smart Thermometers even let you control the pit temperature from the app, using a PID-controlled blower. This you some extra peace of mind, knowing you have complete control over your food from afar. See our reviews below to see which devices on our list can control pit temp.
WiFi vs Bluetooth Smart Thermometers
Bluetooth Smart Thermometers are excellent tools, and they’re usually less expensive than WiFi Meat Thermometers. The biggest difference is the range they give you to wander and still be connected; while Bluetooth thermometers are usually limited to somewhere between 100 and 200 feet of effective range, a WiFi thermometer is virtually limitless, as it connects to WiFi and then to your phone through the cloud. In other words, as long as you have internet reception on your phone, you can know exactly how your meat is doing from anywhere in the world.
Want to run some errands while food is on the smoker? No problem. Go the beach while the ribs cook? Go for it. With the right device, you can even control the pit temperature from the other side of the country.
How cool is that?
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Ready to take a look at the Top 5 Best WiFi Meat Thermometers out there? Here’s our take.
Replacing the ThermoWorks ThermaQ for 2020 is the Thermoworks Signals – the best WiFi Thermometer on the market. The Signals is an easy-to-use, all-in-one device that can be used by any barbecue enthusiast or barbecue beginner, regardless of skill level.
It’s also an extremely durable and built-to-last device.
And, unlike most of the other WiFi thermometers on our list, it connects to your phone or device via both WiFi AND Bluetooth.
WHAT WE LIKE
Awesome Thermometer Probes
Probe quality and accuracy is of utmost importance to the usefulness of any WiFi thermometer. The Signals can handle a total of 4 probes at once, and even comes with 4 included: 3 Pro-Series meat probes, for putting in the roast or chicken you’re slow-cooking, and a Pro-Series ambient probe for monitoring the ambient temperature of the oven or barbecue.
The probes included are all thermistors, and they are capable of reading temperatures accurately anywhere from -58°F to 572°F. And they’ll read those temps accurately to within 1.8F – ensuring you know exactly when your food is done (or reaching done).
Super Easy App THERMOWORKS APP
Probably the single best thing about the ThermoWorks Signals is just how easy it is to use.
Download the ThermoWorks app via the App or Play Store and install to your phone or device. Enter your WiFi network and password, and you’ll be able to find and connect with the Signals.
That’s pretty much it – it should only take a couple of minutes to accomplish.
When it comes to actual use, the ThermoWorks app is about as easy as can be. You’ll get to see the Current Temp readings displayed nice and large in the center of the screen, where they can’t be missed. And there’s a huge host of customizable features – like Temperature Alerts (minimum and maximum).
You’ll even get the ability to customize probe names exactly as you’d like them so you can keep an eye on that “CHICKEN” or that “BBQ ROAST” at a quick glance.
If you’re the kind of BBQ chef who likes to chart their cooks and come back to them later for reference, ThermoWorks also gives you the ability to look at temperature graphs and cook times, and even export that graph data.
The Tough Build Quality
We like the solid durability of a lot of WiFi thermometers, but this one really stands out; you can just feel how rock-solid it is when you pick it up.
If you’re a messy chef, there’s no need to worry: it’s IP66-rated, which means it’s splashproof from spills and messes as well as dust and dirt-proof.
The flat bottom is solid on a flat surface, and has a solid grip to keep it from sliding off easily.
Long Battery Life
Long battery life is important when it comes to WiFi thermometers, and the Signals checks that box with ease. It has a built-in rechargeable battery that charges via USB-C – and can last up to 16 hours on a single charge. That’s pretty impressive!
WHAT WE DON’T LIKE
It would be nice to mute the Signals entirely; as far as we can tell, you can only mute the alarms, and not the buttons and functions.
Get the Signals. It’s easily our pick for the best WiFI Thermometer of 2020, and will be helping you cook delicious roasts and slow-cooked barbecue meats for years to come. It’s compact, easy to use, and built to last – and even comes with the added bonus of working with Bluetooth! A perfect addition to any Cookware Junkies’ arsenal.
- Rock-solid build (waterproof and dustproof)
- Long Battery Life
- Large, useable LCD screen
- Wicked easy setup
- Easy-use app
- Super Accurate Thermometer Probes
- Works with Bluetooth, too!
- Can’t mute device
- Long charge time
The Fireboard is small, durable and easy to use, and rocks all the latest smart features; it’s everything you could ask for in a thermometer. It’s also one of the most versatile smart thermometers out there, thanks to its 6 probes and channels for keeping an eye on a lot of food at once.
WHAT WE LIKE
With 6 different probe channels, you can use the Fireboard in a variety of different ways; monitor 5 pieces of meat at once while still monitoring the pit temperature, or cook 6 large hunks of meat all at once, or do whatever you want, really. These probes are RTD PT-100’s, which are accurate to +/- .7F and can read temperatures anywhere from a bone-chilling -94F to a whopping hot 752F. May your brisket never see such unseemly temperatures.
If you buy the Extreme BBQ version, you get 2 ambient probes, 6 food probes, and 2 grill clips. Using the grill clips, you can set up 2 the 2 ambient probes to monitor the pit temperature, and still have 4 channels left for meat. The probes are connected by 6-foot-long wire braided cables for plenty of reach and length.
And while RTD probes are included, you can actually swap them out for different kinds of probes, including thermistor, so you can use the Fireboard with your preferred tools. Thermistors don’t get the insane temperature ranges that RTD’s do, but they allow for finer precision and tuning.
The App and Smart Features
For easy monitoring, simply glance at the built-in LCD display, which shows real-time temperatures, battery life, and whether the app is connected. If you’d like to break out the WiFi and remote monitoring features, however, that’s where this bad boy shines. You can connect to either your smartphone or tablet through both WiFi and cloud connection, or even use your laptop, connecting through the browser and logging into the Fireboard app. And of course, WiFi and cloud connectivity mean you have virtually unlimited range.
One thing the Fireboard has that other WiFi thermometers don’t is Bluetooth. Bluetooth connectivity gives you up to 100 feet of range in places where WiFi isn’t available (so feel free to bring your thermometer camping or to the beach).
Smart features are pretty standard; temperature threshold alerts for each probe, and graphs, which can be exported to .csv files. You can select the minimum and maximum temperature for each probe as well as customize alarms to your liking, such as with timers. Also, the Fireboard will alert you by text message if you prefer. You can even use it through Alexa, asking her to check your meat temperature for you.
You Can Control Pit Temperature, Too
If you purchase an additional blower and Fireboard’s specially-designed cable, you can actually control how hot your smoker get straight from the Fireboard app. Being PID-enabled means the Drive Fan cable (as Fireboard calls it) lets you customize the fan settings and will “learn” the smoker’s settings by itself, even automatically adjusting itself to maintain a precise temperature.
WHAT WE DON’T LIKE
Our biggest complaint with the Fireboard is that it is not waterproof; it’ll handle some minor moisture and splashes but not rain or accidental dunkings. It’s also not supposed to be left out in cold weather.
Apart from the lack of weatherproofing, the Fireboard is a convenient, versatile smart device with a host of nice smart features. We like that you can switch out temperature probes (very versatile) and being able to pair with your phone via Bluetooth is great when you don’t have WiFi. Furthermore, it can control your pit temperature, making it an all-in-one solution for monitoring and smoking good meats. We love it.
- 6 probe channels
- Compatible with a variety of probe types
- Tons of smart features, alerts
- WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity options
- Can control pit temperature with separate fan/cable setup
- Not waterproof or impact-resistant
Like smoking meat? Then you’ve probably heard about the Flame Boss 500 – the latest rendition of the one the barbecue world’s best WiFi thermometers.
It’s a more expensive choice than many of the WiFi thermometers on our list, but definitely one of the more reliable ones – and has a host of good features, including the ability to control a fan blower.
Flame Boss 400 VS 500?
The biggest difference between the 500 and the 400 is that the FB 400 is essentially a standalone blower and integrated thermometer that connects directly to the app – without any LCD screen. The Flame Boss 500, on the other hand, comes with an external controller that can be directly controlled from the device itself – without the need to use your smartphone. The FB400 can only monitor one meat probe at a time, in addition to the ambient pit temperature.
WHAT WE LIKE
The Tough Build
Flame Boss’s are traditionally known for their tough construction. This one is a little bit different; it’s a bit larger than its predecessors, but doesn’t seem quite as heavy-duty as some of the older models.
You can feel the heft – it weighs a solid 2+ pounds – but there isn’t any word on whether it’s IP-rated for waterproofness or dustproofness, or even impact resistance.
The base has magnets for attaching firmly to the side of your smoker or grill, and there’s a number of attachments for attaching to you smoker; it’ll fit most Komodo-style grills, ugly drum smokers, and more.
The new 2.5” LCD screen is bigger and easier to read than older models, too, and displays the live temp readings for all 4 probes channels at once, too.
Lots of Probes: The Flame Boss 500 has room for 4 probes, compared to 2 on older Flame Bosses. You can purchase these probes with the device in a single package, or buy them separately and in the combination you desire. The package deal includes one ambient temp probe and one meat temp probe. The cables are 6 feet long, which is more than enough for easy cooking in any kitchen or patio; a cable organizer is included to keep things neat and organized.
And yes, you can set individual alarms and target temperatures for all 4 probes.
Lots of Smart Features + Handy App
Setting up the Flame Boss and connecting it to your phone can be done in three ways:
- Local connect – WiFI
- Direct Connect – directly to your phone
- Cloud Connect – where it uses WiFi to access the Flame Boss cloud, which then communicates to your phone.
Setting up any of these is pretty easy; just make sure that the thermometer device is within range of your WiFi – or the phone, if you’re using the direct connect mode.
The app itself is full of handy features; you can of course monitor the temperatures remotely, but you can also do things like set up text notifications, set timers, and minimum and maximum temperature alerts. Additionally, you can also share updates and stats from your cooks on social media.
If you have the fan blower set up, you can control that from the app.
Want to control the Flame Boss 500 by voice? Just ask Alexa how that cook it doing; it’s compatible with the Amazon Echo and Google Home, too!
Fan Blower Control
One of the best features of the Flame Boss is definitely its ability to control the pit temperature via fan blower.
The kit-included blower itself is well-built and durable, with a metal casing that easily attaches to the outside of your grill/smoker.
The variable speed goes anywhere from 0% to 100%, allowing for some seriously precise control. The Flame Boss can automatically detect and control air intake to match your desired temperature; they call it “cruise control” for your smoker.
The ability to detect when the lid is open is a nice feature that keeps the pit temperature from spiking each time you open the lid. Some other thermistatic pit controllers on the market do not have this feature so each time you remove the lid the fan runs constantly until you put the lid back on; which means, the coals have become so ignited that it take a good while for the pit temperature to fall back down to the set temperature.
There’s even a “Keep Warm” mode – which will keep the pit temperature low enough to keep your food warm without further cooking. No other WiFi thermometer (we’ve seen) can do that.
WHAT WE DON’T LIKE
There’s a couple things about the Flame Boss 500 that could be improved – such as a waterproof and more durable build. We’ve also heard complaints about the reliability and durability of the probes over the long-term, which isn’t really normal for a Flame Boss device.
On top of that, it’s a little expensive – clocking in at about $350 for the device alone, and even more for their probes included.
Whether or not the price tag is worth it for the Flame Boss 500 is up to you, but it’s easily one of the better ones on this roundup: it takes a #2 to the ThermoWorks Signals.
- Durable metal construction
- Smart, hands-off, precise fan blower controller
- Ample smart features
- Magnets for attaching to grill
- 4 probe channels – 3 meat, 1 ambient
- ‘Keep warm’ blower mode
- Reported durability issues
The CyberQ Cloud Thermometer delivers all the goodies you could ask for in a WiFi Meat Thermometer plus some cool new ones – like cloud storage and social media sharing.
WHAT WE LIKE
The Pit Viper Built-in Blower
The CyberQ comes integrated with a blower to control your pit temperature, called the Pit Viper. Keeping an eye on your meat remotely becomes a whole lot easier when you can just adjust the temperature accordingly, wherever you are. The automatic temperature control lets you set your desired temperature and will do all the work for you, too.
You’ll need to attach it to the grill using an included adapter and features an adjustable metal plate that lets you determine the amount of air intake and customize the blower to different smokers/grills.
All The Smart Features You Need
Setup minimum and maximum temperatures, audio, text and even email smart alerts, and even connect the CyberQ to your Amazon Echo and ask Alexa what temperature your smoker currently sits at.
The CyberQ has one really cool built-in feature that we like: Ramp Mode. Ramp Mode senses that your food is reaching the desired temperature (that you set) and then slowly “ramps” the heat down, preventing your food from overcooking and giving you an even juicier, tender hunk of meat.
Social Media Sharing
All the Wifi thermometers on our list let you take graphs and logs and export them, but the CyberQactually lets you share them directly on social media. Log on to Sharemycook.com, record your smoking/grilling sessions and share them with other barbecue lovers. Don’t forget to share some recipes and pictures of your latest smoke with some of your friends, too.
WHAT WE DON’T LIKE
We really wish the CyberQ was waterproof. That would make a huge difference in overall durability and usability, especially since it’s supposed to be used outside. We also wish it was easier to setup the WiFi connection and use the app; it’s a bit buggy and clunky, and BBQGuru could update it.
- Built-in Viper Fan Blower for controlling pit temperature
- Smart features like open lid detection, Ramp Mode, text and email alerts
- Integrated Social Media and Sharing options; Sharemycook.com, etc.
- WiFi and App are clunky
- It’s not waterproof or weatherproof
The Tappecue is simple and easy. It’s durable, weatherproof and versatile, and has 4 probe ports for providing accurate temperatures that make smoking a breeze. The new model – the Touch – is also has a touchscreen interface for easier setup and cooking.
WHAT WE LIKE
The Weatherproof Build
Built from thick and sturdy polycarbonate the Tappecue is waterproof, weatherproof and dustproof, capable of withstanding almost any conditions you can throw at it. It has two small but stable feet on the bottom for standing up straight.
It Has Four Probe Channels
The Tappecue has 4 different probe channels and comes with 4 probes, allowing you to monitor the internal temperature of several pieces of food at once. The Thermocouple probes are capable of reading temperatures up to 572F and are accurate to within +/- 1F. They’re even color-coded so you can keep track of which probe goes where and are attached with 6ft long braided cables.
Large Touchscreen Display
The Tappecue Touch now has a color touchscreen display, and it’s a big improvement over the original screen, which displayed everything in plain text. This new screen makes it easier to setup and makes it easy to quick glancing at probes while cooking, without pulling out your phone. It’s also nice to see battery life and connectivity displayed front and center.
Long Battery Life
While the old Tappecue needed AC power to run, the Touch now has a 2400 MAh battery inside; that’s enough for at least 12 hours of use. Tappecue is working on stretching that to around 25 hours with a firmware update.
Four Probe Channels
The Tappecue has 4 different probe channels and comes with 4 probes, allowing you to monitor the internal temperature of several pieces of food at once.
The thermistor probes are capable of reading temperatures up to 572F and are accurate to within +/- 1F. They’re color-coded so you can keep track of which probe goes where and attached with 6ft long metal-braided cables.
Tappecue is also creating a firmware update that will allow you to double the number of probes to 8 using splitters.
The Tappecue Touch connects to your phone via WiFi and the cloud, but also has Offline Mode. This uses an internal antenna and radio frequency to connect with your phone up to 180 feet away. Great for taking places where there’s no WiFi connection.
WHAT WE DON’T LIKE
Our main complaint with the Tappecue Touch is how unresponsive and inaccurate the touchscreen is. Even when using the included stylus, hitting the right buttons on the screen can be difficult, and it took us several tries to set up. We also found Offline Mode confusing to setup.
Once you’ve got it setup, however, the device is straightforward, and the app is relatively easy to use – though not as streamlined as some of its competitors.
- Durable, weatherproof build
- Large, visible screen for reading temperatures
- Offline mode lets you check temperatures up to 180 feet away
- Four probe channels
- Accurate up to 572F
- All the smart features you need
- Touchscreen is clunky, unresponsive
- Can’t turn screen off during use
What To Look For In A WiFi Thermometer?
What Smart Features Does It Have? What Does The App Do?
In addition to letting you see what temperature your food is from wherever you are, a good smart thermometer will let you set minimum and maximum temperatures and alarms, send alerts via the app or text message – or in some cases, email – and alert you when your food is done or close to being done. With an ambient probe, you’ll be able to monitor the temperature inside the grill as well.
Furthermore, most apps will let you create graphs and logs of your cook, so you can pore over them at a later date and learn how to improve for the next time. Some apps even let you share these graphs on social media, along with pictures and recipes from your cookout.
Durability and Weatherproofness
Whenever possible, look for the highest-quality, most-durable WiFi thermometer you can get your hands on – for obvious reasons. If it has a durable rubber casing on the outside, fantastic; if it’s made of metal, even better.
It’ll also preferably be waterproof. Some thermometers will be IP-rated for waterproofness, impact-resistance and dustproofness, but most will just be splashproof and weatherproof. You want your thermometer to withstand both bad weather and accidental drops and spills.
Does It Control The Pit Temperature, Too?
Knowing the precise temperature your meat sits at (down to within +/- 1F) is great, but it’s even better to be able to adjust the smoker/grill accordingly. Some WiFi thermometers are able to control blower fans, and often have PID to automatically adjust itself to how your smoker responds.
How Accurate Is It?
Most WiFi Thermometers have probes that accurate to about +/- 1F of real temperature. You might find a few high-end models that are rated to within .7F, while others may only be within 2F. But the more accurate, the better. Also pay attention to the temperature range that it is capable of reading accurately; many can go from -40F or below up to 572F.
How Many Probes Can It Work With?
Finally, how many temperature probes is your WiFI thermometer capable of handling? Most have 4 to 6 channels, allowing you to use any combination of ambient and food probes, but some only have 2 or 3.