According to toptenreviews.com the iGrill2 took the gold, the Ivation Wireless BBQ Thermometer took silver, and the Maverick ET-735 took the bronze. They put these 3 different thermometers, among many others, through several tests to determine, that in their opinion, these were the 3 best BBQ smoker thermometers that you can buy.
The iGrill2 has an easy to use rating of 100%. It comes with 2 included probes and has the capability to use 4 probes. The probes are 3.75 inches long and the cord is 48 inches long. It has wireless capabilities and uses 2 AA batteries which are included.
It has automatic shutoff features. It also can be ran off an android or IOS app. It comes with temperature pre-sets, allowing you to be able to cook to the perfect temp without guessing or having to do any research. It also has a timer with sound alerts and alarms. It comes with a 1 year warranty.
The Ivation Wireless BBQ Thermometer has an easy to use rating of 89%. It supports 2 probes and comes with 2 probes included. The probes are 6 inches long and the cord is 30 inches long. It has wireless capabilities and requires 4 AAA batteries which are not included. It has a timer with sound alerts and alarms. It comes with a one year warranty.
The Maverick ET-735 has an easy to use rating of 93%. It has 2 includes probes and can support up to 4 probes. The probe length is 7 inches and the cord length is 42 inches. It has wireless capabilities and requires 2 AAA batteries which are not included. It can also be ran off of an android app or IOS app. It has a timer with sound alerts and alarms. It comes with a 90-day warranty.
They tested all of the thermometers to determine which ones were the best of the best. By using a stop watch, they determined how long it took each of the thermometers to register a change in temperature. When you grill a steak, every moment counts, and leaving the meat on for a moment too long can make the difference between a medium rare steak and a medium steak.
Many of the digital grill thermometers have different pre-sets for temperatures of certain meats as well as doneness levels. The functionality of the thermometers was tested to grill 4 steaks to the four degrees of doneness (rare, medium-rare, medium, and medium well.
If the thermometer offered the ability to pair the device with a phone or tablet, they downloaded each of the apps and analyzed them, making sure everything work properly and how it was meant to.
Overall, it is determined that there are some thermometers that are better than others. However, using any thermometer made for BBQ or grilling is the best way to cook on a grill or smoker. It doesn’t matter if the thermometer has one probe or four probes, what matters is its ability to read the temperature of the meat correctly, preventing you from overcooked or undercooked meat.
However, if you are only using one that has one probe, you want to make sure that all of your meat is cut to the same thickness level. This helps when you are checking the temperature of one piece of meat, there is a higher probability that the other meats are close in temperature.
Grills do have hot spots though, so having multiple probes can be more beneficial when cooking larger quantities of meat. A thermometer may not seem like something that is as important as silverware or grilling tongs, however, a thermometer not only helps with perfecting your meat every time, but it can also make sure you don’t undercook your meat which can prevent you or your family from getting ill.