Over the years, the rise in technological trends of kitchen equipment is slowly changing the face of cooking. Barbeque owners have begun to ditch the conventional wired thermometers for wireless ones. Today, wireless thermometers have increased in popularity due to their two unique features. The ability to estimate cook time and at the same time monitor the internal and ambient temperatures of meat from your device. In this article, we will focus on two of the best thermometers: Yummly vs Meater.
Which is best? Let’s find out.
Yummly vs. Meater Plus
Yummly and Meater are both household names in the wireless thermometer niche. Although they perform similar functions, certain features set them apart.
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The Best Features of Yummly
- It utilizes Bluetooth for connection with a range of up to 150 feet.
- It has a magnetic dock that runs on 2-AAA batteries and indicates connection via light sensors.
- The app provides cooking recommendations and estimates cook time.
- It comes with a probe extractor for easy retrieving the probe from the heat.
- The Yummly app has alerts that would notify you at specific times.
The Best Features of Meater Plus
- It has a cloud service that you can access anywhere in the world.
- It utilizes a Wi-Fi connection as well as Bluetooth.
- It has a connection range of up to 165 feet.
- The signal receptor charges the probe runs on one AAA battery.
- The app allows you to select meat time and estimates cook time.
- After setting up, you can choose to include Alexa, your assistant.
Both Yummly and Meater Plus do a decent job analyzing the ambient and internal temperature of the meat to be cooked. However, we cannot fail to observe that the Meater plus takes it a step further by including a cloud service accessible by Wi-Fi. This difference means more coverage range and information accessible anywhere.
Yummly is a smart wireless thermometer that uses Bluetooth technology to make your meat roasting experience easy. On the Yummly probe, there are two temperature sensors. The first sensor on the metal probe reads the internal temperature, while the second on the ceramic base reads the ambient temperature. Along with the meat information you supply, these two temperature readings are Important in estimating the cooking time of your meat.
Before using the thermometer, first, charge the dock for at least thirty minutes. Next, download the Yummly application to your device from your app store. I discovered that the Yummly app doubles as a subscription-based recipe app and, at the same time, manages the wireless thermometer. You will be required to sign up for the recipe aspect of the app, but a subscription is not compulsory.
To activate the Bluetooth, remove the app from the dock, and the thermometer automatically connects as indicated by the blue light. Next, the app seeks information about the meat you wish to cook. I like that they get precise about the protein, its part, and how well cooked you want it. You will also be asked how you intend to cook the meat, whether oven, pan, grill, etc.
After providing the necessary information, insert the thermometer into the meat. At this point, the app will calculate your cook time. From what I observed, compared to a standard thermometer, the cooking time and temperature reading on this device are off. In addition, you will lose the Bluetooth connection if the thermometer, the dock, and your device are not together within a 5 feet range.
- Max internal temperature: 99 0C or 210 0F
- Max ambient temperature: 300 0C or 572 0F
- Probe length: 4.5 inch
- Bluetooth range: 150 feet
- Color: Black
- Power source: Battery
- Weight: 12 ounces
- It includes an extractor for retrieving the thermometer from the meat without hurting your hands.
- The dock has a magnet for affixing on a metal.
- The app is simple to use and understand.
- The probe is water-resistant.
- The ambient temperature doesn’t work well.
- The time estimator cannot be trusted.
- The thermometer does not read if the dock is not within 5 feet.
- The probe is shorter when compared to other brands.
- The app does not save your cooking history.
- It does not utilize a Wi-Fi connection.
- Not suitable for long hours of cooking.
Meater Plus Review
The first thing that attracted me to the Meater wireless thermometer was the fancy wooden box it came in. I love that the packaging concept stands it out from the rest. Like other wireless thermometers, the probe tracks the internal temperature of the meat while the base tracks the ambient temperature around the grill. This information is sent to the Meater app, which estimates the cooking time and notifies you five minutes before the cooking process is complete.
To use this wireless thermometer, you need to download the app from your app store. Then, the app automatically finds and pairs with the Meater when you turn it on. Next, sign up for the Meater cloud and test the connection. From this point, you can follow the guided cooking system the app recommends for different types of meat.
I observed two things about the Meater plus. First, you may run into a connection error if the wooden case or signal repeater is not standing upright in the direction of your phone. The probe sends a connection to the signal repeater, which then sends to your phone via Bluetooth.
Second, although the wireless thermometer promises a connection up to 165 feet, you can extend this range if you have a spare device you leave permanently at home. When you install the Meater app on the spare device connected to your home Wi-Fi, it creates a connection and constantly uploads the information to the Meater cloud. You can now access your cooking data from the Meater cloud with any other device.
For the most part, the internal temperature sensor is close to accurate, while the ambient sensor may be a bit off. I also observed that it takes a while for the ambient sensor to come up. Finally, I will not fail to mention that without the signal repeater and the thermometer close together, the wireless connection range is only about 10 feet. To overcome this, you can affix the signal receptor to any magnetic surface as a magnet is attached to the back.
- Max internal temperature: 100oC or 212oF
- Max ambient temperature: 275oC or 527oF
- Probe length: 5 inch
- Bluetooth range: 165 feet
- Material: Bamboo dock, stainless steel, and ceramic probe
- Power source: 1 AAA Battery
- Weight: 1.65 pounds
- The temperature reading is accurate.
- The probe has the internal temperature sensor closer to the thermometer’s tip.
- It has an estimator technology for predicting cook time.
- The app is easy to set up and has a friendly interface.
- The app records your cook history.
- In comparison, the price is slightly higher.
- The ambient temperature takes a while to come up.
Conclusion: Which Wireless Thermometer Do I Prefer?
Both Yummly and Meater plus are a perfect gift for someone new to grilling. However, I do not recommend them on a professional scale because they cannot withstand long hours of cooking, and you cannot account for the lapses in temperature reading.
Of the two wireless thermometers, I’ll choose the Meater plus over Yummly. I love that the Meater plus’ internal sensor accurately read the meat’s internal temperature. I also love that the app is easy to use and integrates a Wi-Fi connection to access the cloud service. Finally, I won’t fail to mention that it saves your cooking history, an area Yummly needs to improve.
The only downside to this wireless thermometer is its ambient temperature sensor. It takes a while to come up, and after it does, it is off at about 200F. Nevertheless, although more expensive than Yummly, it is a better buy, and you get value for your money.
Hi, I’m Jen from New Mexico. I have been working from home as a graphic designer for a long time. While working at home, I realized that I enjoy spending time in the kitchen. The kitchen is my biggest hobby. I set up this site to relay the products and experiences I’ve tried. I review many kitchen equipment and share them with you!