iDevices iGrill 2 Bluetooth Thermometer Review
Who doesn’t love a good barbecue? The wonderfully grilled meat, delectably prepared to perfection. Perhaps it’s the smoky flavor of your prime cut stake. It all just gets you salivating, doesn’t it? However, it can all just as easily go south. The meat could get burnt, leaving you with a mass of black, undesirable food and a deflated ego. And we don’t want that, right? So let me introduce you to a tiny little device that can prevent the latter scenario. It’s the iDevices iGrill 2 Bluetooth Thermometer a handy little tool for you if you want perfectly cooked meat, just the way you like it. You need the heat to be just right, you need to withdraw your food from the heat at the perfect moment. The iGrill 2 has got your back. Let’s see what it can do.
It’s small. With dimensions of 8.5 inches by 8.8 inches by 2.7 inches, it doesn’t jostle for space. It snugly sits next to the grill. And weighing in at only 0.75 pounds, this device is the perfect cooking accessory. But it doesn’t just sit there, no way. It talks to you. Using the two probes that it comes with, this thermometer measures the temperature of your meat. Slide one probe into one cut and the second probe into another cut. It will measure the temperature in both, giving you separate readings. The front face has a large LED illuminated display. It glares right at you. You can’t miss the reading. Maybe the two probes aren’t enough. Maybe you need to get the temperature from more cuts on the grill. Don’t worry you don’t need to buy a second thermometer. The iGrill 2 thermometer has two more probe slots so you can monitor the temperature of up to four different pieces of meat. Isn’t that amazing? You’ll have to buy the extra probes though because iDevices will provide only two. And oh, the iGrill Bluetooth thermometer costs $109.95 on Amazon.
iDevices iGrill 2 Bluetooth Thermometer Style and Design
Right, the main feature of the iGrill is of course, the Bluetooth connectivity. Just think, you leave the side of the grill for some reason but you know there’s someone out there watching it for you. Except in this case it’s not a someone but a something. The iGrill connects to your phone and relays information to you direct to your phone, right where you are. It will then alert you to be by the grill side once the food is ready because, of course, it can’t remove the food for you. The Bluetooth range is 150 feet. That’s about 45 meters. It’s how far you can go before it loses connection with your phone. Not too bad, right? And it’s compatible with both iOS and Android so it doesn’t matter what smart phone you own, simply download the iDevices app. However, iDevices seem to have over hyped this Bluetooth feature. When indoors, the connectivity gets quite weak. And woe unto you if you go to your basement, you’ll lose the signal altogether. And that’s even if you’re still within the 150 feet range. Go upstairs and it’s the same story. The iGrill and your phone’s link will be severed unless you’re right by the window. My advice, don’t wander too far. It works best when there are no walls between you and the thermometer.
The first time you use the iGrill, it’s enthusiastic, giving very accurate readings. Use it a bit more and I guess it loses its verve. After about five or so assignments, it starts to give random readings even when the probes are just hanging about! However, it’s not all gloom and doom with this device. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons before we pass judgement.
iDevices iGrill 2 Bluetooth Thermometer Pros and Cons
- Right off the bat, the main pro is the Bluetooth connectivity feature. It liberates you from having to remain tethered to the grill.
- And as long as you’re within range, the iGrill thermometer will reliably relay the temperature readings right to your phone.
- And, yes, the alert feature. In case you’re engrossed in other things, this handy feature nudges you and ensures you’re attending to your meat when you need to.
- The four probe capability is also a wonderful quality that it has letting you take the readings of four different pieces at the same time. It’s brilliant!
- Then the graphical display is delightfully clear. And with the magnetic mounting, the iGrill safely hangs on to the side of the grill.
- This is where things get a bit thick. Yes, it will work fine the first few times but then it loses morale and starts sending inaccurate readings after just a few times of use. Not cool!
- The reliability of the Bluetooth is compromised when you walk into the house.
- You just can’t trust it to stay connected with the phone indoors. Not cool!
- Finally, it’s rather pricey. Enough said.
iDevices iGrill 2 Bluetooth Thermometer Ratings
iDevices market it as a Bluetooth thermometer so what you expect is a device that lets you wander about and sends you the temperature readings of your meat. It does that. Then it doesn’t. The durability is something to frown at. Then if you’re using the Bluetooth connectivity outdoors with the grill a distance from you, it’ll work perfectly. And it’s such a handy feature even then. But still, the cost is too high compared to more reliable devices. So with that, the iGrill earns a 3 out of 5.