Product Review: iGrill

I recently had the chance to review the iGrill.  The iGrill is a wireless Bluetooth meat thermometer that communicates with both Apple and Android devices.  It can be controlled directly on the base unit or via the iGrill app, which is free for download on either platform.

Here are some of the features of the iGrill device:

iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch compatible
Compatible with most Android devices
Touch interface and projection display
Bluetooth® enabled
Up to 200-foot range
Stand-alone thermometer
Maximized temperature range
Multi-probe capacity
Integrated probe storage
Alarms

And here are some of the features of the iGrill app:

iGrill device connect-ability
Food temperature option
Multiple-probe support
Cooking time remaining feature
Multiple view options
Recipes from Jennie-O (Apple devices only)
Kitchen timer
Facebook integration (Apple devices only)
Globe feature with real-time pins of iGrill users (Apple devices only)

Let’s take a look at some of the features:

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The iGrill kit that I reviewed came with the standard two meat probes, but you can also purchase a pit probe (the iGrill “Ambient Probe”) to use with the device.  The iGrill app has a graphing display that will graph out both meat and pit temps (if you have both probes) and then you can export out your graphs to better review your cook if you had any issues.

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I really liked the design.  Nice and simple.  On the front, it has just a power on button and then a + button for probe 1 and a – button for probe 2.  You can also use these two buttons to turn the alarm on and off on the base unit.

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A side shot showing you where the probes connect.

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You have the option to set the base to either °F or °C, but you also have the option to set the iGrill app to either as well.

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This is a shot that shows the various displays on the front: a blue light up top showing the status of the Bluetooth connection; a small, orange “1” or “2” showing you which probe temp it’s displaying; and then large red #’s showing you the food or optional pit temp.

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 Lastly, here is a shot of my iPhone next to the iGrill for a size comparison.  For more info on the iGrill app, be sure to check out the video below.

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Conclusion:  the iGrill is a super easy to use device for monitoring your cook temps (food and/or pit) and what I especially like about it compared to other similar devices is the fact that it communicates via Bluetooth.  I’ve had connection issues with other devices and with the iGrill I was able to walk all around the house without ever dropping the connection.  The iGrill app is also incredibly easy to use and I think they’ve done a great job with the design.  Since it’s brand new, I obviously have no clue how well it will hold up with regular use, so I’ll update this post in the future with any issues I may encounter.

Only real complaint so far is that for some reason the current kit comes with two food probes, where I feel it makes more sense to provide one food probe and one pit probe.  As I mentioned above though, they do in fact offer a pit probe and you can buy it here on Amazon.  Other than that, I’m really impressed with it so far and would say that it’s a strong competitor to my Maverick ET 732.

Currently, there is a promo going on the iGrill website for 15% off until 12/31/12.  Just use the coupon code “FROSTY”.  You can also check them out on Facebook or Twitter.

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2 Responses to Product Review: iGrill

  1. Chris December 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    I have seen that but did not realize it would work with Android. Thought it was limited to i-Phones, tablets, etc.

    This is tempting, I was ready to pull the trigger on a Maverick wireless but I’d want the cooking and internal temp probes, not two internals. Is there any reason the second food probe wouldn’t work stuck in the therm probe of a kamado cooker?

    • Steve December 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      You can certainly use the 2nd food probe as a pit probe, but from what I can tell, you have to have the ambient probe if you want the graphing tool to graph pit temp and for the display to display the temp as a pit temp and not a food temp.

      How many times can I say temp in one sentence…?

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