iDevices Kitchen Thermometer review: This meat thermometer is well-done

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MSRP: $80.00

The Good The iDevices Kitchen Thermometer and companion app take oven-hovering out of your cooking equation by alerting you when your food reaches an optimal temperature.

The Bad The app has plenty of useful features, but it isn't particularly well designed.

The Bottom Line This dual-probe Kitchen Thermometer is expensive, but you can trust it to turn out perfectly prepared food with little to no effort on your part.

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8.3 Overall
  • Performance 9
  • Features 8
  • Design 7.5
  • Usability 8

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iDevices' Kitchen Thermometer is a two-probe digital meat thermometer that costs $80 in the US, £65 in the UK and AU$100 in Australia. Where traditional models chime, requiring you to be within earshot, this Bluetooth-enabled version sends push notifications to your phone regarding your food's doneness.

If you're dreaming of running a few errands while that brisket smokes, though, you're out of luck -- the thermometer and your phone have a 150-foot (45 meter) operating range.

Even so, this app-connected thermometer offers more independence than standard digital thermometers. Its temperature readings were also very close to the two professional-grade thermocouples I used for comparison. Yes, 80 bucks is a lot to spend on two meat probes, but the added convenience is hard to ignore.

At a glance

The Kitchen Thermometer has a white plastic finish and metal accents. It measures 3.75 inches long by 3.25 inches wide by 2 inches tall and weighs 5.9 ounces (95 by 83 by 51mm; 167 grams). While it's clearly larger than the brand's $40/£35/AU$50 Kitchen Thermometer Mini , this palm-size gadget is still pretty compact.

Snap it on the included magnetic base for seamless mounting to your oven or any oven-adjacent spot that's magnetic. An industrial-strength adhesive is also included for mounting to non-magnetic surfaces.

The device comes with two meat probes and two probe wraps for tangle-free storage. Each probe cord is 48 inches (1.2 meters) long, which can easily reach from a nearby spot into your oven. This unit is battery-powered, but unlike the Kitchen Thermometer Mini or iGrill Mini , which take CR2032 coin batteries, this model requires two AA batteries. I'm more likely to have a couple of spare AAs hanging around, so that's a vote in the Kitchen Thermometer's favor.

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Press the power button on the display to turn your unit on and hold it down to switch it off again. The digital screen will flash "On" or "Off" to alert you to its power status. When powered on and connected to at least one probe, the screen will show the temperature. If you're using both thermometer probes, use the arrow keys to switch between the temperature readings. LED indicators lights line up with each probe jack so you know which reading you're getting. There's also a Bluetooth LED indicator light that blinks blue when it's pairing and stays illuminated when it's successfully paired.

The iDevices app is available on both Android and iOS devices. Specifically, the Android app is compatible with phones running 4.3 or later, and the iOS app is compatible with iPad Mini, iPad 3 and newer, iPhone 4s and newer, and the fifth-generation iPod Touch and newer -- all Apple products need to be running iOS 7 or later. Bluetooth must be enabled on your device to use the Kitchen Thermometer's connected features.

When you turn on the Kitchen Thermometer and launch the app, a Bluetooth pairing request will pop up. Select "pair," and your Kitchen Thermometer will immediately appear as a connected device. Attach at least one probe and it will start taking temperature readings.

Click on the probe's "home screen" to get a more detailed reading, complete with a line graph marking the temperature and timestamps to track how long it's taking. A drop-down menu at the top of the app shows all of your connected devices -- you can monitor up to four different probes at the same time.

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Search through a list of peak temperature presets to find a number of common meats like beef, fish, pork, lamb, and poultry. Peak temperature presets suggest ideal temperatures; 165 degrees for chicken, 140 degrees for a pork roast cooked to medium, and so on. You can also search via temperature range for specific cooking methods like cold smoke or BBQ.

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