Best WiFi Thermometer for Grilling, Smoking and Cooking BBQ Meat

Last Updated July 17, 2022
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It’s only a matter of time before all electrical devices become WiFi enabled, it’s the future. I can talk to my Amazon Echo requesting the kitchen lights get turned on over a WiFi connection, so it’s a bit surprising that big thermometer companies have been a bit slow on the uptake. However, they are moving in the right direction, and here we’ll talk about the best WiFi thermometers currently available and soon to be available.

As wifi thermometers are obviously a fast-moving technology, I’ll be sure to keep this page updated with any good new releases. But as my eyes and ears can’t be everywhere if you know of a great new product, either released or looking for funding via crowdfunding sites, let me know about it in the comments section.

Best WiFi Thermometer

Best WiFi Thermometers

Before giving a rundown on what are the best WiFi thermometers you must be warned these don’t come cheap. As they are mostly first-generation products, you’ll be paying for all the research and development costs. If money is an issue it’ll be best to wait until WiFi thermometers are an established product or get yourself a different type of wireless thermometer.

WiFi thermometers are great for all types of low and slow cooking and come under the category of probe thermometers, but if you are serious about smoking and grilling you should definitely invest in a probe thermometer, an instant read thermometer, and maybe an infrared thermometer. With these three different types of thermometer, there is no type of outdoor cooking you’ll not be kitted out for.

Thermoworks Signals WiFi Thermometer

Signal WIFI Thermometer

Buy from Thermoworks

When it comes to thermometer companies with a long history of making quality, cutting-edge thermometers, then Thermoworks is the first company to come to mind. If you watch competition cooking shows then you’ll most like have seen several of their products without knowing, as Thermoworks is renowned for being the best, so they are the first port of call for any serious chefs.

But before you close this article and head off to buy the Thermoworks Signals, be warned, that this level of quality and brand trust comes at a very steep price. Of course, if money is no object to you then this is the best Wifi thermometer for you. But if you are like most people reading this article you’re a hobby backyard griller and you have limited funds to invest in your hobby. So check out what is good with the Signals and compare it to what the competition offers before making your final decision. As the competitors aren’t that far behind.

What is so great about the Thermoworks Signals? Its biggest selling point is accuracy. It promises to be correct to within 1.8F. Which is very little room for error. But on top of this, it has four probes, three for food and one for ambient temps (which means the temp of the surrounding area in the grill). It can be used as a stand-alone thermometer or be connected to an app via either Bluetooth or WiFi. The display screen is rich with information and yet easy to read. And you also have some nice touches like a magnetic back to hold the thermometer in place.

And as if all the mentioned features aren’t enough, one of the biggest selling points of the Signals is that it’s compatible with Thermoworks Bellows temperature control fan. Yes, this comes at an additional price, but if you look at the price of most temperature control fans, the Signals and Billows combination is actually on the cheaper side of the marketplace. So if a temperature control fan is something you planned on buying, what was an expensive Wifi thermometer is now a reasonably priced temp control fan with a top-of-the-range WiFI thermometer.

Inkbird IBBQ-4BW WiFi Thermometer

Inkbird IBBQ-4BW WiFI Thermometer

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Inkbird is another company that focuses on making great thermometers. From swimming pool thermometers, infrared thermometers, sous vides thermometers, and of course BBQ WiFi thermometers. And the Inkbird IBBQ-4BW is their premium model.

The accuracy of the Inkbird probes is correct to plus or minus 2.7F, which isn’t as good as the Thermoworks Signals but is still a very good error range. Even if you get it at its maximum error range of 2.7F this will not ruin any of your cooks. And the good thing about the Inkbird IBBQ-4BW is that if you think one of your probes isn’t as accurate as it should be you can recalibrate it by adding or subtracting a degree or two.

Does being approximately half the price as the Signals come with any other downsides other than the small difference in accuracy? No, nothing major. It doesn’t have a water resistance rating like the Signals but it does have four quality probes and an easy-to-install app that connects to the transmitter with both WiFi and Bluetooth. The app also has great features like alarms, temp graphs, and cooking presets.

As for the main unit, it has a great build quality, and an informative display screen that has backlighting if needed, and a magnetic back to make placing your thermometer near the grill easier.

I’ve written an in-depth Inkbird IBBQ-4BW review you should have a look at.

Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub

Weber Connect

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In the world of BBQing, a company that needs no introduction is Weber. Whether it’s charcoal grills, gas grills, pellet smokers, or grilling accessories, Weber has it all. So I’m sure it’s no surprise they are also involved in the WiFi thermometer marketplace.

Unlike most other top-tier thermometers, Weber doesn’t seem to give you their error range and there is no way to test the accuracy across multiple temps at home. However, I did do the boiling water and ice water tests and the reading came to within 2 degrees of what the optimum reading should be. If this is repeated across other temp ranges then it’s a very accurate thermometer.

Like the premium offerings of most thermometer companies, Weber also throws in Bluetooth as an option along with WiFi capabilities. This tech also comes wrapped in one of the best-looking units I’ve seen – sleek and compact. As expected from the biggest and most loved brand in BBQing, there is much to like about this thermometer. But at the price of this unit, there are some things I’d expect to be better.

The app does all the basics well but doesn’t offer some advanced features like cooking graphs and its presets are too complicated. I also think the thermometer should come with four probes, as this is what it’s capable of handling, instead, it comes with two, and you have to pay more money for the full set.

Have a look at our full review of the Weber Connect thermometer.

Inkbird IBBQ-4T WiFi Thermometer

Inkbird IBBQ-4T WiFi Thermometer

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The Inkbird IBBQ-4T is the second thermometer from Inkbird on our best WiFi thermometer list. And in many ways it’s very similar to the IBBQ-4BW, so much so I call this its little brother.

What are the differences between the two Inkbirds? The obvious one is the IBBQ-4T is much smaller than the IBBQ-4BW. But the main tech difference, and the reason this unit is 20 bucks cheaper than its big brother, is it doesn’t have Bluetooth. These saving is why I recommend the Inkbird IBBQ-4T as the best value for money Wifi thermometer.

Smoke Thermometer with Gateway WiFi Attachment

If you’ve read a few of the articles written in this series on the best outdoor cooking thermometers, you’ll surely know how highly I think of the Smoke thermometer. The only downside (other than the price tag) was that it wasn’t WiFi enabled.

Fortunately, the plan the whole time was to make it a WiFi thermometer. The people that make the Smoke thermometer understood that WiFi comes with its own set of issues, the obvious being that you need to be cooking in an area where you have internet access, which isn’t always the case for people that enjoy grilling while camping. Then you have technophobes that would go nowhere near new technology like this.

So Smoke was designed to originally work off radio frequency, which covers most bases, but then have an add-on attachment that transforms the standard thermometer into a WiFi thermometer. Meaning you now have a WiFi thermometer that you can also use while camping and which you can lend to technophobe family and friends. All this simply by adding the Gateway WiFi attachment.

Buy from Thermoworks

Smoke Thermometer

Tappecue – 4 Probe WiFi BBQ Thermometer

You don’t have to be a big brand name anymore to get into the BBQ and grilling accessories marketplace. In fact, it is becoming more and more common to hear about quality tools from companies I have never heard of before. And the Tappecue is one such device.

The Tappecue thermometer comes with four probes that you can either use for chunks of meat or to measure the grill temperature. Thankfully, the designers were also smart enough to realize that there will be times when the device will be used where WiFi will not be available and so they have incorporated an offline mode.

All in all, the Tappecue thermometer is neck and neck with the Smoke thermometer when it comes to what is the best WiFi thermometer. I’d say the only thing that slightly lets it down is that it feels like it was designed more for indoor use.

The version two model, the one we recommend, is splashproof. This means that it will survive a small rain shower intact, but it shouldn’t be kept outside continuously. Of course, this is only a small issue, as most people grill or smoke in good weather, and you can always buy a waterproof box to put the Tappecue in (Tappecue sell their own specially made waterproof box).

Buy from Amazon

Tappecue V2

Meater – WiFi Meat Thermometer

It’ll be hard for me to say much on the Meater, as of the time of writing this article they had only rolled out the single probe option. I’m holding off to buy the four probe block option that isn’t available yet. When it is, I will do a whole review of the product.

What I can say is that a few friends that have purchased the single probe have loved it. The reason they couldn’t hold off for the block is that they love rotisserie-style cooking, and currently this is the only thermometer that is good for this style. For more information check Meater’s Kickstarter page.

Order from Meater

Meater Thermometer

Loki – WiFi Cooking Thermometer

Again, the Loki thermometer isn’t one I can give an opinion on. It is still currently in development and is only available to buy on pre-order. They have a Kickstarter page with all the information you’ll need. And just like with other thermometers, I’ll come back to this page and give my feedback on this WiFi thermometer once it becomes available.

Order from Loki

WiFi Thermometer with Temperature Control

A completely different style of WiFi thermometer is one that not only reads temperatures but also allows you to control the temps. These work by using a fan to regulate the oxygen flow to the coals, making them hotter or cooler depending on what you desire.

Given that this style of thermometer has additional functionality, it probably doesn’t surprise you that they are also more expensive. They’re also less versatile than a standard thermometer as they’re normally designed to fit a certain make or style of grill. Read our article on the best temperature control thermometer to get a better idea of this style of WiFi thermometer.

What To Look For When Buying A WiFi Thermometer

WiFi

The first question you need to ask before buying a WiFi thermometer is do you need WiFi? Having WiFi in a thermometer is expensive and other options are available. Bluetooth is now at a version where the range will easily cover any home use. So if you never leave your home during cooks then WiFi is overkill for you. And then you have radio frequency models that give you a receiver with your thermometer to carry around with you. Again, radio frequency thermometers have a good range if you plan to stay home during cooks.

The final option, and one that is often overlooked, is to buy a thermometer that isn’t wireless at all. Most backyard pitmasters that I know love nothing better than sitting around the grill with family and friends and a few drinks. So in this case you don’t need a wireless thermometer, just have a look at the display unit.

Price

So you have decided a WiFi thermometer is the type of thermometer that best suits your needs. Then you have to expect to pay in the range of 80 bucks plus as you have chosen the most expensive type of thermometer.

You have the very top-end thermometer in terms of price in the Signals and Meater, but if you plan to upgrade the Signals with the Bellows its price is more expensive but the value for money becomes greater. And if you do a lot of rotisserie cooking then you’ll have to bite the bullet and fork out for the Meater thermometer. These two options will cost you well over $200

The cheapest thermometer on our list is the Inkbird IBBQ-4BW and I’d say this is clearly the winner of the best value WiFi thermometer. If you do find a WiFi thermometer for a lot less than 80 bucks and it’s not on sale I’d say you are looking at a unit that has cut too many corners to be worth considering. It’ll cost you more in the long run when you have to keep replacing it.

Number of Probes

Generally, you’ll see thermometers with two or four probes, with the odd model with either one or six probes. When you are new to grilling you’ll often gravitate towards the two probe thermometers, as all you need is one grill grate probe and one meat probe. But often, if you like a two-probe thermometer, the company will make a version very similar thermometer but with four probes, and I’d say this is where the value lies.

For the company, adding a couple of extra probes doesn’t double their costs. They don’t have to add more WiFi or Bluetooth tech or make big changes to their app. All that is really needed is a couple of extra probes. So often you’ll get double the functionality for a 30-50% rise in price. Meaning if you see a time where you’ll be cooking more than one chunk of meat on your grill or having a second grill then it’s wise to go with the four-probe thermometers.

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About Brian Hamilton

Brian Hamilton is a BBQ grilling enthusiast and has the expertise and knowledge to have created GoShindig.com. Brian specializes in all methods of grilling and bbq equipment and is a self-proclaimed backyard Pitmaster. Qualified at degree level he gained a BEng Degree in Engineering in the United Kingdom. Brian is a well-traveled and cultured individual and has lived and worked in several countries in Europe and has gained quite a reputation amongst peers for his skills and commitment on the grilling circuit.

Best WiFi Thermometer for Grilling, Smoking and Cooking BBQ Meat

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