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Honestly I love these probes. I don't know how I was smoking meats without them. ... but ... The bluetooth range is disappointing. I have to essentially keep going outside to get a reading. I will NEVER AGAIN buy probes that don't connect to WIFI, because I want to know what's happening when I am working inside the house but also from the office or while out doing errands, etc.
Edit Mar 2nd 2023 Since I wrote my first review I became more familiar with the probes. This does not change my 4 star rating although to be honest I'm tempted to lower it. (1) I learned that you could get extend the range simply by moving the base as far from the probe as possible. It seems pretty self-evident, but I am betting that many of us place the base very close to the grill out of habit (2) Significantly, if you have an extra device or tablet, you could apparently use that device to pick up the signal, and it can in turn upload the info to the cloud. In theory, you could use any old phone with a cracked screen that connected to WIFI to do this, which would enable you to monitor the cook while out and about doing errands etc. I didn't test his as I do not have an extra device, but it is potentially a game changer. Look it up on YouTube if you want to learn more. (3) I also learned that the damned probes sometimes simply refuse to connect and require a lot of troubleshooting. After a few uses you will need to scrub the residue from previous cooks off of the ends of probes with sand paper, but even this sometimes does not work. At the moment only one of the two is working for some reason. (4) The app is very nice. I saw videos of other probes in action on YouTube and realized that the Meater app is special. Having said this I am investigating other brands, in case something special comes along, I wouldn't be averse to switching. (5) Finally, there is no way to know which of the two probes that come in this package belongs to which base, which can be very annoying, esp. if one or both of them is not working.
I had been toying with the idea of ordering completely wireless meat/fish thermometers for about six months now, but changed my mind every time I read the reviews here. There just seemed to be too many issues with reliability. However, while cooking wild-caught salmon, halibut etc in our air fryer and oven, especially when doing parchment cooking, I realized how easy it is to over cook the fish and ruin the tastes. Since we pay a lot for the wild-caught fish to be shipped to us and having some ruined while cooking them, I finally decided to bit the bullet and buy a Meater to see how well it works. Fortunately, I have Facebook friends in a Smoking Meat group who gave me some good advice while I was deciding what to buy and how to use the probes. They recommended the + model to get good signal range and iCould connectivity. They also recommended that I not use the probes in my smoker because the smoke will eventually render the probes useless through buildup of residue on the surface, especially on the charging end. Thus advised, I bought the Meater+2. I wanted two probes so I can check one against the other while cooking and so I could check fish fillets as they cook even though two of them may be much different in thickness...and cook to the right internal temp at different rates. I am happy I bought it with the two probes.
Before using the Meater+2, I tested the probes in freezing water and boiling water. They passed those tests with flying colors with +- 1 F difference. I then used the probes to cook fish in both an air fryer and oven inside of parchment wraps. The fish I was cooking varied by as much as 1/2 inch, so being able to see how fast each fillet was cooking was a bonus. The thinner filets would reach 125F much faster than the thicker ones, and I could remove them from the heat while still cooking the thicker ones to get to the same internal temp.
Along the way, I discovered several issues that I figured out how to solve by using techniques I use for our Internet router and computers. First, I had the Bluetooth connection for one probe to stop more than once while cooking. Since there is no on/off switch that allows a reset of the probes, I simply unplugged the battery in the charger/transmitter and then plugged it back in. That restarted the probe every time. Second, I found that the direct line of sight and proximity of the probes to the charger/transmitters is critical. If I moved a charger/transmitter box behind a marble cutting board, the signal to the probe and to the iPad would drop every time. Sometimes the iCloud alternative signal would kick in, but I liked the screen look for Bluetooth, so I learned to leave the chargers/transmitters close to the probes.
My final take on the Meater +2 is that it is a keeper, and that it improves my fish cooking. Cooking other thicker items such as chicken and turkey in the air fryer or oven work as well. Cooking really thin or short items like chicken wings will not work with the Meater because of the 2.5 inch length of the probe that must be buried in the meat or fish to protect the sensitive end of the probe.
Update: after using the two Meater probes for about a month, I am revising my review. I have found the probes work fairly well when the food is not wrapped in aluminum foil. Placing the food and probes inside of an aluminum foil wrap reduces reliability substantially. The thicker the foil, the worse it gets. With heavy duty foil, one probe would not work at all. I found that I have to leave the ambient (black) end protruding above the foil. The other thing I have found is that I have to keep the silver cap on the ambient end really clean and polished using fine grit sandpaper. Otherwise, the probes do not fully charge and may not work. Charging for 8 hours seems to make them work much better.
Easy setup with the phone app. Smoked two pork loins, one medium and the other well done. Absolutely perfect! Juicy and flavorful. Never opened the smoker to check the meat the entire cook. Highly recommend.
These are the best remote probes I have ever used! I have purchased in the past several other remote probes including the iDevices models. The iDevices were my favorite ones except for the cord that was used to run to the outside temperature sensor always caused problems. What sold me on these with the fact that there were no cords and it was all done via Bluetooth. I will be honest I read reviews about the range once inside of the devices which made it easy for me to purchase the MEATER +2 pack for the extra range using the charging base as a repeater. Also the ability to use a secondary device to transmit via Wi-Fi to the cloud so I can remotely monitor was the selling point. I paired up an iPad to be the repeater to the cloud and had no issues at all. I will be honest after reading reviews here I was concerned about all of those but I am writing this review just say that they’ve all performed flawlessly. From the internal temperature to the ambient temperature to the Bluetooth to the meter cloud, these are the best I have ever used.
In some of the reviews I was concerned mainly about the Bluetooth transmit range as well as some of the in consistency is with the temperature readings. After making my first pork shoulders of the season I can say that they all worked without a hitch. The Bluetooth range is extended by the charging cases and as I was able to walk throughout my house without losing connection. After hooking up the iPad and transmitting to the cloud I was able to use this and monitor the temperatures as I travel throughout the city doing errands while the smoker was doing it’s magic. It never once dropped out and I was able to pull up temperatures within a few seconds.
I tested the probes in hot water prior to using them and they were within a degree of the manual gauge. After using them in the smoker yesterday, they all performed within a few degrees Of each other as well as a few degrees of the ambient temperature using a separate gauge inside the smoker. I’ve verified after pulling the meat out that the sensors in the MEATER + and another separate probe were spot on.
It is important to make sure that the probes are cleaned when they’re done so they can charge and be ready for the next time you use them. All of the instructions in the boxes as well as the app make this product easy to use and set up which is more than I can say for other products that also advertise cloud usage. I had all of these items set up and ready to go within a few minutes.
I am very glad about this purchase and would be willing to answer any questions about the performance and secondary uses of them. This is an exceptional product and I am so glad I made the purchase!