iGrill 2 Review

I think by now we all have heard of the iGrill meat thermometers by Weber.  If you have not used one and are thinking about purchasing one, you have come to the right place.  We will review the Weber iGrill 2 BBQ meat thermometer.

This unit is made by Weber and is a Bluetooth-enabled smart unit that allows you to monitor up to four separate temperatures at the same time making smoking meats, grilling your BBQ a lot easier.  Smart cooking and grilling equipment have become a hot new trend over the past few years.  This thermometer with its minimum and maximum temperature alarms is a major leader in this category.

Have you ever cooked outdoors and found yourself struggling to balance your time while trying to pull off a successful cookout?  Have you ever missed the mark on cooking your favorite food and had to throw it out or put it back on the heat because it wasn’t done yet?  Maybe you had to hover over a hot grill or smoker instead of playing games with everyone else?  The iGrill can solve all these problems for you and more.

Great Benefits

Weber has a well-respected line in its iGrill wireless meat thermometers.  With the iGrill 2 Bluetooth smart meat thermometer, you get a high-end thermometer with a large range of features.

Weber’s customer service is second to none.  The iGrill2 meat thermometer gives you the thermometer you need with the customer service you will glad for if you need it.  It comes with superior quality and attention to the details that matter the most.  The iGrill 2 offers some of the best features found in wireless grilling gear while staying at an affordable price.

Step away from the grill or smoker and you can keep an eye on the progress using your smartphone or tablet, which is much more practical while preparing side dishes or for those extra-long cooks.

Being able to keep your hands free, you don’t have to worry about lugging a bulky receiver along with you like many of the competitors require of you.  No more broken belt clips to worry about or trying to remember where you set down that darn receiver.  Just keep cooking and moving as normal because the receiver is your phone.

Excellent Performance

The iGrill2 wireless BBQ thermometer is capable of withstanding a wider range of temperatures than most grill thermometers.  With ranges from -22 to 572 degrees Fahrenheit, you can use it for more than just a grilling thermometer as it has the ability to read below freezing temperatures.  It also has a very impressive refresh response time of just three seconds.   These response times are unheard of in other models.

Most users, find it very accurate when grilling.  The manufacturer claims it is accurate to within one degree Fahrenheit, which has been confirmed, in many independent tests.  I also found this to be true in my personal temperature tests.  The iGrill2 is very accurate, and although it is not an instant-read meat thermometer, it has still shown to be faster than most similar products available.

The iGrill2 has a wireless range up to 150 feet, and while that is not as long as many it is good enough to go inside to check out the game on TV or relax by the pool while your food is cooking.

How To Use The Weber iGrill 2 BBQ Meat Thermometer

Plug the probes into one of the four probe ports, power on the device, toss your favorite piece of meat on the grill, stick your probe inside the thickest part, launch the app and walk away.  Sounds easy enough, right?  It really is that easy.

The iGrill 2 grilling thermometer is very intuitive.  Of course, I suggest you read the user’s manual, but the iGrill is a user-friendly thermometer.  After powering it up, there is a quick three-step process to use.

  1. Insert the probe into the center of your food. Make sure it is in the center of the thickest part, so you don’t end up with undercooked meat.
  2. Open the app and select one of the preset temperatures, conveniently named by several types of meat.
  3. Customize the range if you want by raising the high-temperature alert and lowering the low-temperature alert by pressing the < button or > button, according to your personal taste.

At this point, you are ready to roll.  The thermometer will keep you updated on the probe’s temperature, as well as send you alerts if your temperature goes outside of the set range.

Product Description And Features

Weber is a trusted name in the grilling industry and is known for top quality goods.  Their line of thermometers ranges in price and use.  The iGrill 2 meat thermometer is specifically designed with the griller and smoker in mind.  It comes with more standard and advanced features than the majority of grilling thermometers on the market.

This device is for any griller or smoker, has four probe ports and comes with two high-temperature Pro probes included.  It features magnetic mounting and is powered by two AA batteries for up to 200 hours of battery life.

This multi-probe thermometer can check the temperature of any food or liquid ranging from below freezing to well beyond most standard ovens.

Most digital thermometers of this type don’t have an automatic shut-off feature and stay on indefinitely.  The iGrill 2 comes with an auto-off shutdown feature when not in use or when a probe is not connected.  If the probe is inserted into food and it is paired to a smart device, the unit will not shut off.  With a probe inserted but no pairing, it will auto shut-off at the 8-hour mark.  No probe and no pairing, auto shut off will come after 5 minutes.  This is a great feature to prevent accidentally wearing out the battery.

Additional features

Quad-Probe Support

This wireless grill thermometer supports up to four Pro probes and the single readout can display any of them by pressing a button.  You can also choose the option to have the iGrill2 cycle through each probe readout automatically.  The probes have temperature ranges from -22 to 572 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can rest assured you have your foods doneness is covered.

If you are grilling with multiple probes, you can set individual alarms for each probe at specific temperatures.  This is perfect if your family are like mine and like different levels of doneness for their steaks.  With high heat resistance temperature probes that can withstand temperatures up to 620 degrees Fahrenheit for extreme outdoor cooking and smoking.  The probes also come with heat-resistant, colored coded sleeves for easy tracking.

The Weber iGrill Pro Ambient Probe comes with probe clip for mounting it right on the grill grate so you know exactly what the temperature is where your food rests.  Unfortunately, the ambient probe is not included with the iGrill2 as only two Pro meat probes come standard.  Knowing the precise cooking temperature at grate level is important for grilling or smoking success.  I highly recommend spending the extra cost for the AMBIENT TEMPERATURE PROBE.

Illuminated LED Display

It has a large and bright illuminated LED display that is easy to read.  This makes reading the temperature in low-light conditions a breeze.  The display shows temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius, depending on your preference.  It also shows the timer function, which is another useful feature.

Can Be Used As A Standalone Thermometer

The iGrill 2 Bluetooth enabled smart thermometer can be used without a smart device as a standalone thermometer only.  It can easily tell you the temperature of your food on the large LED display even if it’s not paired with your smart device.

Or you can download the free app to monitor your meat or internal BBQ temperature.  The app works with both Android and iOS devices.  The iGrill2 uses the same smart device app as the iGrill mini.

App Presets and Customization

The app lets you select from a large list of preset meat options (poultry, beef, pork, fish, and lamb) and a list of doneness choices for each.  With these presets, you have the option to select settings to cook your meat to rare, medium-rare, medium, medium well and well.  You can also create your own settings for each food probe independently.  When the settings temperature has been reached, an alarm will notify you.  You can name and save your custom created settings for future use.

There are also charts within the app that monitor and track temperature changes.  The app will let you set custom alarms for each probe and will even send you notifications when your food hits the preset mark.

You have the ability to rename the probes within the app either by food type or by colored sleeves.  It’s also possible to set up multiple timers for every probe in use.

You can also view a time vs. temperature graph in the app and then export it to a CVS file for future reference using a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

A few more additional features that are different from most is the ability to view various recipes in the app that can be used during your next big grilling or smoking venture!  Lastly, the app lets you view and take pictures and share your cookout with other iGrill 2 owners through Facebook.

  • 150′ Line Of Sight Bluetooth® Connection

I was able to pair the Bluetooth device to my smartphone in less than a minute without any problems by following the in-App on-screen prompts.  Navigating through the menu was easy and self-explanatory.

The Weber iGrill 2 has a wireless range that lasts up to 150 feet away but may differ depending on several factors.

  • 200-Hour Battery Life

The manufacturer claims the iGrill2 has a battery life that lasts up to 200 hours.  I have never actually put the iGrill’s batteries to the test myself so I can’t positively say if this is accurate or not.

  • Magnetic Mounting

The base unit comes with a magnetic disc that lets you mount it on your grill or oven. I found this very convenient.  If your grill or oven is not made of metal, it also comes with a small circular magnet with adhesive on one side.  That way, you can stick the adhesive magnet to any surface and then stick your unit to it.

  • Probe Storage

When not in use, there is a plastic probe wrap to wind your probes around that makes storing the 48-inch heat-resistant cable easy to do.

Who should be using this unit?

This is for the serious or casual griller both who needs an accurate thermometer. If you are looking for a new wireless thermometer, this is a great option to look at.  The features and style are well worth the money.  It is worth the investment in time and energy saved alone, not to mention the cooking accuracy that comes with a good thermometer.

This unit does look good attached to the side of your grill/smoker or table nearby.

If you want to avoid not cooking your food correctly and having to throw it out or place it back on the heat for additional cooking, this is the unit for you.

If you do any smoking meats at all, you may consider one of these little units.  For those long slow cooks when monitoring not only the food temperature but also the smoker internal temperatures, this is a great unit to have.  Simply place your phone next to your favorite chair and monitor all that is going on inside your smoker and meats up to 150′ away.  Enjoy that early morning coffee or afternoon beer and game.

Perhaps you are a griller that is not into the high-tech items and have no need to hook up to your Bluetooth.  You may want to pass on all the features of this unit and concentrate on using something different, a HANDHELD THERMOMETER.

The Good

  • Hands off grilling and smoking.
  • Easily connects to a Bluetooth.
  • Navigating through the menu is easy.
  • Strong battery life.
  • Temperature readings are accurate within 1 degree Fahrenheit.
  • User-friendly unit.

The Bad

  • The meat probe can be damaged if used or handled incorrectly.
  • There is no way to save your cooks in the app for future reference.
  • Only 150’ line of sight Bluetooth connection whereas some products reaches up to 300’.
  • Ambient probes not included.

Price, Warranties, And Support

The price runs between $87 and $139.  The iGrill 2 digital grill thermometer comes with a one-year warranty, which is mostly standard for similar thermometers.  Weber has an impressive range of support options available.  The iGrill 2 also supports firmware updates, which you can find through the app or online.

What others are saying about this unit.

  • Best probe grill thermometer ever.
  • Great for grilling and smoking, I LOVE this thing.
  • This little gadget makes doing long smokes on the grill a piece of cake.
  • OMG – These things are awesome for achieving excellent cooking results in many ways.
  • Revolutionized my cooking on the grill and oven. No more overdone dry meat. I can get the temperatures exactly where I need it and no higher.

Some complaints:

  • Wish I didn’t have to purchase the ambient probe separately.
  • Temperature works flawlessly, I wish the range on the Bluetooth was a little stronger to get a better range.

 Personal thoughts

My personal thoughts on the Weber iGrill2 meat thermometer.  I am the pitmaster of my own BBQ food truck so I cook almost daily.  I smoke several cases of briskets and pork butts along with many other items.  I would be lost without this unit.  Not only do I probe the meats but also at least one ambient probe inside the smoker, sometimes more.  This gives me time to prep other food, clean and simply get ready for that day’s events.  Being free from the smoker and still have the ability to watch the temperatures are a huge plus for me.

Have you priced brisket lately?  High.  I will get distracted doing something else and forget to check the brisket and sometimes it is too late.  Overcooked.  To done to slice, now it’s chopped and add sauce for moisture, you smokers know what I am talking about.  I cannot afford that too many times.  I need accurate temperature recordings with alarms, hence why I recommend the Weber iGrill2 thermometer.

This Bluetooth-enabled smart thermometers app, accuracy, response time and multiple-probe support make it one of the best digital grill thermometer on the market.  It just does so much more than most digital grill thermometers.

Not only does it allow you freedom from hovering over your grill while you cook, its app is extremely useful and helps make sure you grill the perfect meat every time.

The Weber iGrill 2 is an excellent upgrade to the original iGrill and a must have digital thermometer device for a great barbecue and grilling experience.

The response time, multiple probe support, accuracy, and app make this one of the best wireless grill thermometers available. Even with many similarly priced thermometer solutions out there, the ability to link the iGrill2 to your phone makes this a winning product.

Thanks for reading my post and I hope this review was useful and helpful for you.  If you are looking at trying this unit, I don’t think you will be let down.  It is a tool that you can find in my toolbox anytime.

Please pass this on to anyone looking for information on the Weber iGrill2 BBQ meat thermometer.

What are your thoughts?  Is there something I can do to help you make an informed decision?  Please comment below.  Please ask any questions you may have.

 

 

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