Having a reliable and accurate thermometer goes a long way to making barbecue that much easier. One, you know it’s safe to eat, two, you know it’s not overdone, and, three, because you’re using a device, you can confidently recreate the same results time and time again.
These days they’re not even that expensive. So, adding one to your kit is definitely a no-brainer. Plus, they’re the perfect gift for your barbecue-loving family member.
But, when it comes to buying a meat thermometer for smoking, there’s a LOT of choice these days.
Bluetooth, WiFi, wireless, presets, alarms and different numbers of probes can make it seem a bit overwhelming. So, instead of shooting in the dark, we’ve made it easy by reviewing and compiling a list of the best wireless meat thermometer for smokers.
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ThermoPro TP20 - Best Overall
Topping our list of the best wireless meat thermometers is one of the bestsellers from the popular ThermoPro, the TP20.
Now, this meat thermometer isn’t the most flash out there (or in our list – check out the next entry, the ThermoWorks Smoke). But, it’s got a lot going for it bundled into an attractive price.
With 2 meat probes built into a rugged design that can handle a bit of abuse thrown at it, the TP20 claims 1.8°F accuracy, and, it does live up to it’s promise. It’s easy to use, gives a reliable reading and has built-in USDA presets so you don’t even need to think when setting it up at the start of a cook.
Once you’ve plugged the probes in, the wireless remote has a range of up to about 300 feet. Compared to most, it reaches a good distance and should be far enough for most people to use around home.
If you’re not a fan of preset temperatures, you can change from the default to whatever custom setting you’d like. It does save even when you turn the unit off. And, there’s an alarm to tell you once you’ve reached your target temperature.
Easy and no-fuss with all the basics you need, the ThermoPro TP20 is really great for anyone who wants to watch the game, chat to guests or get stuff done around the house.
Pros of the ThermoPro TP20:
- Option of using USDA preset target temperatures or setting your own manually
- Good range of up to 300 feet
- Wireless monitor beeps when your target temperature is reached so you don’t need to keep checking the unit
- Accurate temperature readings
- 2 meat probes let you check multiple pieces of meat without changing your setup
Cons of the ThermoPro TP20:
- The probes aren’t the best quality, so, while they should last longer than the warranty, I wouldn’t expect to get years and years from this unit. Still not bad for the price.
MEATER Plus Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer - Best Wireless Technology
If you’ve got the budget to spend a little bit more, the MEATER Plus has a lot going for it!
This completely wireless thermometer uses Bluetooth to connect the probe to the unit you hang near your barbecue. That then links to your smart phone giving you more information for better control. If you know what you’re doing, you can program it to do what you want. But, if you’re a newbie, there’s even a guided cook system that walks you through everything you need to do for consistently great results. It even estimates your remaining cook time which is impressively accurate.
But, apart from having actually no wires at all, the MEATER Plus is also different from others on the market because it gives you 2 sensors in the 1 probe. The first gets inserted into the meat for an internal temperature and the second sits at the end giving you an ambient temperature reading that’s more reliable than the gauge on your smoker.
Because there’s no wires, you can also just put the stainless steel probe in the dishwasher which is a huge plus (have you tried cleaning those probe wires before?!?).
If you want more than 1 probe, you can get the MEATER Block that comes with 4 at a discounted price per probe.
Simple, smart and stylish, it’s our favorite.
Pros of the MEATER Plus:
- 100% wire-free makes it easier to use and easier to clean
- 2 sensors per probe gives you the ambient and internal temperatures
- Connects to your phone using bluetooth giving you real-time updates, pre-programmed settings and alarms
- Algorithm predicts how much longer it’ll take to reach your internal temperature based on the ambient temperature, type of meat and your target
- Guided cook system
- Stainless steel probes are dishwasher safe
- Range extender available if needed
ThermoWorks Smoke Remote BBQ Alarm Thermometer - Best Professional Quality
To put it simply, ThermoWorks have pretty much taken what everyone else has been doing and have done it better. Marketed to competitive pitmasters and chefs, the ThermoWorks Smoke is more expensive than most. But, works just as well for any at-home enthusiast.
What makes the Smoke worth the extra cost? Just holding it you’ll be able to feel the extra quality. It’s rugged, the probes are well-made and durable, and, it’s splashproof to be able to handle a bit of whatever being thrown at it.
It’s easy to use, the large LCD screen is easy to read, and, the probes are definitely accurate to the 1.8°F they’re advertised as being good for.
Because of the extra quality, for the price of the Smoke, you only get 1 meat probe and 1 ambient temperature probe for the pit. If you need to monitor more than one type of meat at a time, you’ll need another separate unit. Hence, the price might be a bit of an issue for some.
Regardless, there’s a decent 300 feet range on the already paired receiver. Plus, it’s got great battery life, lasting 1,800 hours on 2 x AA batteries.
Does the extra quality justify the price? Definitely. The ThermoWorks Smoke should well outlast any of the more ‘amateur’ options, saving you money and headaches in the long run.
Pros of the ThermoWorks Smoke:
- Professional quality device with commercial grade stainless steel probes
- The high-quality, rugged unit and remote are splashproof rated IP65 giving you some protection while you cook
- Accurate within 1.8°F
- Comes pre-paired so it’s pretty much ready to use out of the box
- Decent 300 feet range
- Really long battery life
- Available in 9 colors
Cons of the ThermoWorks Smoke:
- Only has 1 meat probe and 1 pit probe so you’ll need a separate unit to monitor more cuts of meat
- You can’t make adjustments from the remote itself. It just shows you what’s going on – not a major for us as you shouldn’t have to change your target that often
ENZOO Wireless Meat Thermometer - Best Value for Money
If like me, on a budget but also want a lot of features, the ENZOO Wireless Meat Thermometer gives you just that.
For a very competitive price you get a rugged unit with wireless remote, 4 highly accurate stainless steel meat probes, an impressive 500 feet range, and, a strong carry case which means it’s always stored somewhere safe.
It’s easy to setup, reads within 3 seconds, boasts 1.8℉ accuracy and has alarms so you’ll know the meat’s done even if you’re not paying attention. Just like some of the more expensive units, there’s preset USDA target temperatures. But, you can re-program them to be exactly what you like if they don’t quite suit.
Although the ENZOO isn’t anything too fancy, it does what you need it to and it does it really well. With more probes for a lower price, it’s without a doubt a top product with some of the best reviews and customer service feedback out there.
Oh, and it comes in more colors than orange if bright’s not your thing.
Pros of the ENZOO Wireless Meat Thermometer:
- Highly accurate temperature readings
- Reads fast
- Impressive 500 feet range that’s on it’s own frequency – no WiFi or bluetooth
- Quality stainless steel probes
- 4 color coded probes included so you can monitor more meat
- Pre-programmed target temperatures
- Ability to set custom temperature targets
- Alarm options so you’re notified when your food is ready
- Comes with a solid carry case
- Available in a range of colors
- ENZOO has a reputation for good customer service
Cons of the ENZOO Wireless Meat Thermometer:
- It’d be nice if you could change the title of custom programmed targets but the only option is PROG
NutriChef Smart Bluetooth Barbecue Thermometer - Best Budget
Our choice of a budget-friendly option that still does the job well is this one, the NutriChef Smart Bluetooth Meat Thermometer.
The cheapest option on this list, the NutriChef includes 2 stainless steel probes and a wireless remote that links to your smartphone using Bluetooth as well. It’s got 11 temperature presets, can take custom programming and sends notifications to your phone with alarms sounding when your target temperature is reached.
Because cheaper usually means some sort of compromise, there is one big downside to the NutriChef. The range is on the lower end, handling 200 feet outdoors or 100 feet indoors. If you’re in a smaller space then great, go ahead. But, if you do need the longer range, we’d recommend moving up to the ThermoPro TP08S. It is a bit more expensive. But, if you need that range, there’s no point in getting something that won’t work in your situation.
Pros of the NutriChef Smart Bluetooth Meat Thermometer:
- Great price
- Stainless steel meat probes are durable and can handle the high heat
- 11 preset temperature targets with the choice to set your own
- Links to your smartphone for push to notifications and alarms
Cons of the NutriChef Smart Bluetooth Meat Thermometer:
- Limited range of 200 feet outdoors or 100 feet indoors
ThermoPro TP27 - Best Longer Range
With a reliably strong and long range of 500 feet, the ThermoPro TP27 uses the latest generation of radio frequency wireless technology so you can get a good signal through walls and floors, and, over greater distances.
But, it’s not lacking in the rest of it’s performance either. Being a ThermoPro, you’ve got accurate probes that measure within 1.8°F of the actual temperature. They’re stainless steal to ensure food grade and durability. And, the color coded probes and ports make it easy to know which is for which meat.
Using the included metal stands, you can set the probes up to read the ambient temperature as well. A handy little bonus.
The potentially only read downside worth mentioning is that there’s no pre-programmed settings. Not a major in our opinion. But, if you do want something that does the job for you, look at the ENZOO instead that’s good for longer ranges as well.
Pros of the ThermoPro TP27:
- Uses next generation RF wireless technology to give it reliably long range for larger homes or properties
- Comes with 4 stainless steel color coded probes so you can manage more meat easily
- Accurate within +/-1.8°F
- Probes an be set up to measure ambient temperature as well using the included stands
- Easy to set up
Cons of the ThermoPro TP27:
- Quite basic functionality – there is an alarm
- No pre-programmed settings
Inkbird IBT-4XP Grill Thermometer - Best Waterproof
Live somewhere that’s rainy? If your smoker isn’t undercover, having the extra protection from the IPX5-rated waterproof Inkbird IBT-4XP gives you peace of mind as the clouds roll by all day long. That’s been us many times and we feel your pain…
But, this wireless meat thermometer is the answer with 3 meat probes and 1 ambient temperature probe. It’s Bluetooth enabled to pair with your smartphone so you can set target temperatures, see how your cook is progressing and easily hear the alarm when it’s all done.
The only real negative is the limited 150 foot range. We’ve just made it work by leaving the phone on the kitchen bench and it’s great not to have an extra remote to carry around. But, not so ideal if you’ve got a larger property. You’ll know…
Accurate to within 2°F, the Inkbird IBT-4XP performs well. The other great thing is that the battery is rechargeable. It takes about 4 hours to charge fully and will last 20 hours, long enough for most smokes.
Easy and effective to use, even if you don’t need the rain protection, it’s a good device.
Pros of the Inkbird IBT-4XP:
- Rated class IPX5 waterproof to handle sitting outside in the rain
- Comes with 3 meat probes and 1 ambient temperature probe to monitor more cuts
- Bluetooth enabled to link directly to your smartphone for real-time updates, settings and alarms
- Rechargeable battery lasts up to 20 hours
- Accurate measurement within 2°F
Cons of the Inkbird IBT-4XP:
- Range limited to 150 feet
- Not really a negative but be sure to fit the port covers not in use properly before using the device in the rain. And, note that you can’t submerge the unit in water