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What I like: The app is simple and clear, the times and temperatures are easy to understand and the level of information is useful. The probes are easy to place and the build quality of the block is good. WiFi connectivity from the Block to my home network is solid but then I do have a fully WiFi 6 Mesh at home with strong signals throughout and into the garden.
What I don't like: The probe Bluetooth signal to the Meater Block can be very intermittent. I use the probe inside a Weber Summit Kamado kettle which has a double walled metal lid and this impacts the probe to block connectivity. It is better on a stationary piece of meat but on the rotisserie it drops out regularly. This impacts the calculation on cooking time, internal meat and ambient temperature estimates. The only way I can seemingly improve the connection is to move the kettle as close as possible to the block, what I need is a side platform accessory for the Kamado that I can stand the block on without it touching the hot lid.
The trade off is I don't want wires across the kettle's lid gasket as over time it will dent the metal braided gasket. I simply have to find a way to place the Meater Block and Meater probe(s) as close together as possible to maintain the apparent very short Bluetooth range.
Ich war mega gespannt darauf, den Meater Block Fleischthermometer auszuprobieren. Immerhin ist er nicht gerade günstig.
👎🏻 Ich muss sagen, dass die Verbindungseinrichtung mit meinem Smartphone etwas kompliziert war und manchmal sehr lange gedauert hat. 👎🏻 Auch war es etwas enttäuschend, dass das Stand-alone-System nur auf Englisch verfügbar ist, was für mich als nicht-englischer Muttersprachler eine kleine Herausforderung mit sich brachte.
🌟🌟 Aber abgesehen davon, war ich wirklich beeindruckt von der Genauigkeit der Temperaturanzeige. Das Teil liefert schnelle und genaue Ergebnisse und ich hatte das Gefühl, dass ich dadurch viel sicherer beim Kochen und Grillen war.
🌟🌟 Auch die Möglichkeit, verschiedene Fleischsorten gleichzeitig zu überwachen, war total praktisch.
🌟 Ein großer Vorteil, da es ein ein kabelloses Thermometer ist, was bedeutet, dass ich das Fleisch während des Kochens nicht öffnen musste, um die Temperatur zu überprüfen. Das spart Zeit und sorgt dafür, dass das Fleisch saftig und zart bleibt.
👍🏼👍🏼 Insgesamt würde ich sagen, dass das Smart Fleischthermometer eine gute Wahl für alle ist, die gerne Fleisch kochen und grillen. Obwohl es ein paar kleinere Probleme gab, war die Genauigkeit der Temperaturanzeige wirklich beeindruckend und hat mir dabei geholfen, bessere Ergebnisse beim Kochen und Grillen zu bringen.
I have used Meater Block almost once a week for the last 16 months on everything from brisket, pulled pork, rotisserie chicken, and various types of beef roast and steaks. I learned the hard way that you have to really clean the ends of the probes so that they can recharge. The block’s software has since been updated to reemphasis the need to clean the back ends of each probes after each use. The App is well put together. It is very easy to select the type of meat that I am cooking and the level of doneness. The meat always comes out perfect! As an engineer, I really like the data logging and watching the temperatures change as the cook progresses. I can also look back at my cook histories and estimate the cook time for something like a brisket or pulled pork based on the temperature that I ran on a previous cook. These are some really nice features that I love. My biggest complaint is about the Meater’s poor Wi-Fi reception. When my phone is next to the Meater, it will have 3 out of 4 bars on Wi-Fi. However, the Meater averages around 1 and routinely drops the connection completely for no apparent reason. I have seen it drop out as Many as 10 times in an hour. It is very frustrating to have that many alerts!! One time, during a 14 hour brisket cook, it dropped out so many times that my wife almost band me from ever using the Meater again. I really like the Meater app, and can live with all the other short comings, but the poor Wi-Fi is a make or break item for me. Fortunately, I now have a $100 solution to the fix the Meater’s poor Wi-Fi reception. I bought a “Mesh Wi-Fi Extender” and plug it in, outdoors, next to my grills. I am testing it right now, and it has not dropped once in the last 6 hours. My wife and I can both live with that. I feel now I can recommend the Meater with a Mesh Wi-Fi Extender. Otherwise, I could not recommend it.
Pros: • Wireless probes • Easy to select the type of meat and the degree of doneness you want. • Real time data logging the cook and presenting it as a graph. • The phone app estimating remaining cook time. • The phone app telling you when the meat is done. I think the Meater does a really good job at timing the cooks. The meat is always perfect. • Tells you when the meat has rested long enough and is ready to eat. • You can store your favorite cooks in history. This is really useful when you are estimating a LONG cook and wanting to know what temperature to set your smoker at.
Cons: • The Wi-Fi reception! Can be eliminated as a con with a Mesh Wi-Fi Extender plug in next to your grills. • Block does not use rechargeable batteries, or has the option to use rechargeable batteries. • Thick probes.
It was a little hard to set up but once I got it going, it worked OK, for two cooks. Then the screen stopped working. I contacted support about it almost a month ago, they finally got back to me and they offered to replace the unit for 35% off trying to say the picture I sent them (showing where the screen was literally popping out) had heat blisters (It did not, that was out of focus dirt) I sent them more pictures of the screen once I cleaned it off and crickets.
UPDATE: They got back to me and agreed to replace the unit. However, the fact that the default stance of support was to charge me for 65% of an entirely new unit because I took a picture with dirt on the screen that was meant to show that the unit was defective and the screen was literally popping out. For a purchase this expensive, this could have gone terribly wrong.
Given the support experience and the state of the unit along with the general performance, I am not happy with the unit.
When they wanted to charge me 65% of the cost of a new unit to replace, I regretted the purchase completely. However, given I am getting a replacement, I can give the unit 3/5 stars. There is still build quality issues, and the range of the actual probes has a lot to be desired.
That being said, I am not sure there is an equivalent item on the market that can do what Meater does. When it is working, it is fantastic. The price point is what pushes this down from 5 to 3 stars. For the price, you expect better customer support, better build quality, the range issue might just be something that cannot be overcome, but again, for the price, they need to do better. The unit has to work and if it does not, support has to get you up and cooking again.
I spent almost $275 on the best Block Meater to go with my new Traeger grill my wife bought me. It came a few days ago and appeared to be awesome at first. #1 there are NO instructions in the box to tell you how to set up the Meater Block. Seriously you have to get their app, and or go to their website to find out how to set it up or do anything! After spending an hour doing all of that I found out #2 issue. In the instructions and the app you are told to fully charge the block. It comes with 4 batteries to use it BUT it says fully charge the unit before using it. #2 it has NO power cord with your purchase (surprise)!! I had to go thru the specs to find out I had to but a “USB MICRO CABLE” to charge my $275. purchase. They never tell you that before the purchase or in the packaging until you research it. I had to make 2 trips to the electronic store to get the correct cable. Be careful there is a USB MINI CORD as well as a USB MICRO CORD. ONLY the MICRO CORD WORKS!! This is why I give them a 3. No instructions, as well as no power cord, is poor service as a seller. If they had even disclosed these 2 things in the description and been up front I would have given a 4 or possibly a 5. **Nice product but 2 glaring red flags for an expensive product.** Beware of these 2 things before you buy
The concept is great but the execution fails for this product. The range is not good, maybe only about 6 to eight feet once the probes are on the grill and the grill is closed. This may be expected because my grill is an acorn and the double metal acts as a faraday cage blocking electromagnetic energy.
My biggest gripe is the unreliable connection via Bluetooth. Sometimes the probes concerns sometimes they don't. This is with all probes still in the vase unit.
Also, the battery pack needs to be adjusted and the batteries do not make stable contact. This results in having to take the batteries out, then placing back in for the unit to start back up.
Lastly, one of the probes is not working. And the unit is just out of warranty. Go figure. Very expensive for an unreliable product. Buyer beware.
Although the product is very nice, the connectivity to wifi is extremely sensitive. The base would lose connectivity regularly and not reconnect unless I moved it around the house. There was no rhyme or reason to where it would reconnect and it often would connect in locations farther away from our router. The problem is, the Bluetooth signal between the probe in your grill or smoker loses connectivity from the base if they are separated by more than about 10 feet. This became a frustrating exercise of reconnecting the wifi and then trying to get close enough to connect to the probe’s Bluetooth signal. I got it to work one time for a 2 hour cook. It didn’t work the other 9 times I tried to set it up for a cook. When it is all connected, it’s a fantastic setup and is great. The app is excellent. I wanted to like this product so badly and tried numerous times to make it work but the configuration of our outdoor cooking area vs our wifi range just didn’t suit this product (our other devices all showed good to excellent wifi signal at the grill location but the block could not stay connected). If you have an extremely strong wifi signal within about 5-10 feet of your grill or smoker, then this may work well for you. If not, then it may be worth saving your frustration and try finding a better solution for a wireless thermometer.
Ambient doesn’t work at low (below 40) temperatures for my model. It was also off by 5-10 degrees (using multiple calibrated probes) inside the smoker during use. Still trying to decide if I like it. The IT temps track accurately although it has not idea when the “”cook” will finish if you are doing a low and slow cook on a 16lb brisket or 14lb pork butt. (I don’t know why it even tries to do predictive analysis for a cook.). So don’t rely on the prediction and go out shopping. Also, it puts a hole in the protein the size of a .22 caliber round so it makes the meat look like you shot it yourself but that’s only aesthetics and can make for a good story with your friends. Definitely wouldn’t present it during a competition with that hole in it though. Another thing to consider is that you cannot/should not use it when searing or at temps about about 500F which they warn you about. I have a friend that had one melt down during a sear even though the ambient temp was only in the ~450 range. (The back end where the metal top cap meets the black plastic melted and separated, rendering the entire probe worthless.) I also noticed the distance/range is not as advertised depending on the grill/cooker you use. If I use my cast iron vertical smoker the range is almost non-existent, if I use it on a thinner camping grill, it seems better. Your distance may vary. One final thought, I still don’t like signing up on a web site to use a device but if you want maximum range for monitoring, it is necessary. Just a warning.
When you spend over $300 for a product like this, you would expect for the manufacturer to provide a complete kit. The block came with batteries already installed. There was a plastic protective strip that you pull off the battery terminal to make the connection but the batteries were about dead. Dead batteries, NO PROBLEM. There is a second option. The block can be plugged into the wall to charge the system. $300 and they don't include the power cable and charging cube. I had to buy it separately. Recommendations would be as follows. 1. Make the block AA batteries rechargeable 2. Provide the power cord to charge the product