Whether it’s a barbecue, roast, or grill, cooking can look like a science experiment with all the wired probes jutting out our food. Meater has been trying to change this approach with its lineup of wireless — and smart — thermometers. These sleek probes work hand in hand with a mobile app, so you can get notifications on your phone once you’re steak or grilled fish is ready.
Now the original Meater made headways as the ideal kitchen tool for rotisseries and gas or charcoal grills. But a follow-up, the Meater Plus, expanded the range of the wireless thermometers. Those who needed multiple probes, on the other hand, found a great companion with the Meater Block bundle. Among the three models, which one should you get? Read our comparison below to find out.
Meater vs Meater Plus vs Meater Block Comparison Chart
|Model||The Original Meater||Meater Plus||Meater Block|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Range||33 ft.||165 ft.||165 ft.|
|Maximum Temperature||Internal: 212°F (meat)|
Ambient: 527°F (cooker)
|Internal: 212°F (meat)|
Ambient: 527°F (cooker)
|Internal: 212°F (meat)|
Ambient: 527°F (cooker)
|Battery Life||24 hours||24 hours||24 hours|
|Standalone Cook Mode||No||No||Yes|
|Compatibility||Android, iOS||Android, iOS||Android, iOS|
The Meater and Meater Plus are single-probe thermometers with a charging dock. The Meater Block, on the other hand, has four probes and a charging dock with an OLED display.
Meater thermometers are basically stainless steel probes that measure 130mm long and about 6mm in diameter. On one end, you’ll find the sharp point that’s pushed into the meat. It contains an internal sensor that can monitor temperatures up to 212°F. On the other hand, the blunt end is a heat-resistant ceramic handle built with an ambient sensor that can sustain temperatures up to 527°F. There’s also a safety notch in the middle that tells you just how far you can insert the Meater into your food.
Where the original Meater, Meater Plus, and Meter Block differ in design is their charging docks. All three models come with these neat, honey-colored blocks made of real wood. The Meater Plus dock, however, is also available in a darker Brown Sugar finish. It’s a classy touch that evokes the authenticity of wooden cutting boards. Now, the original Meater and Meater Plus charging docks hold only one probe. They also use a regular LED indicator for battery status.
Since you get four probes with the Meater Block, you get a larger charging dock. This base station even comes with a stand. Instead of an LED indicator, however, you get a minimalist OLED display with controls. The screen shows all the info you need for cooking, allowing you to use the Meaters even without your smartphone nearby. For notifications, the Block comes with a built-in speaker, too. The Meater Block’s four probes are all clearly labeled at the handle ends as well.
Features and Range
The Meater Plus and Meater Block have a wider connectivity range compared to the original Meater.
The features and specifications of all three Meater variants are quite straightforward. The original Meater, the Meater Plus, and Meater Block work by pairing with your phone via Bluetooth. With the original Meter, the connectivity range is limited to about 33 ft. As its name suggests, the Plus extends this to 165 ft. through an embedded Bluetooth repeater in its base station. On the other hand, the Block also expands the probe’s range to 165 ft. but uses a built-in Wi-Fi repeater instead.
If you want everyone at home to monitor what’s grilling, you can opt for the Meater Link setup. Supported by all three models, the feature extends your probe’s Bluetooth range over your home Wi-Fi network. This means any device connected to your WiFi can now monitor what’s cooking. For the Meater and Meater Plus, you will need a second smart device to enable this feature. With the Meat Block, however, the built-in repeater already serves this purpose.
Those who feel limited by the wireless range can go a step further. Once you’ve set up Meater Link, you can also access Meater Cloud. Because the Link feature connects your Meater probes to Wi-Fi, the Cloud service allows you to monitor what’s cooking from anywhere. All you need is Internet connectivity — whether via Wi-Fi or mobile data. This should prove useful for those who need a quick trip to the store but can’t count on someone to watch over a long roast themselves.
Reviews share that Meater has an accurate internal temperature sensor but lags when it comes to its ambient sensor.
But just how accurate are these Meaters? After all, cloud support and mobile apps don’t define the performance of these probes. According to the manufacturer, these wireless thermometers are designed to be within +/- 1ºF of accuracy. That’s a pretty impressive claim considering most thermometers offer an accuracy of +/- 1.8ºF degrees.
However, based on user reviews, it’s a claim that is fulfilled, albeit depending on context. Tested on boiling water or inside the oven, the Meater’s internal sensor delivers correct readings quite consistently. Nonetheless, some users say there can be discrepancies between what the Meater measures and what built-in grill thermometers say. This is an issue that mostly affects the wireless thermometer’s ambient sensor.
The only other complaint is that the Meater takes a while to accurately monitor temperature. This shouldn’t be an issue for long cooks. For other recipes, however, the time for the internal temperature to even out can lead to inaccurate or lower temperature readings. As such, the Meater probes are better for oven and rotisserie use.
Meater’s companion app allows users to select meat, cut, and cooking preferences.
While the probes are made for accuracy, the Meater’s companion app is designed for intuitive use. The main objective, after all, is to take out the guesswork in cooking. Here, the Meater App serves as the brains behind the whole Meater system. It’s essentially the platform where you set up and manage your probes and monitor your cooking.
Using the app is quite simple. Once you’ve connected the probe to your phone, you can start a new cook. You’re then prompted to choose from five meat categories. After selecting one, you’re asked to identify a specific cut you’re cooking. For example, if you’re preparing beef, you can choose shank, t-bone, or chuck, among others. The Meater app then provides you with the respective doneness options. In some recipes, you even get USDA-approved temperatures for safe cooking.
With everything set, you can start cooking and monitoring. Meater’s mobile app comes with an easy-to-use interface anyway. There’s a dedicated help tab that offers tutorials on how to use your probe, too. A menu option for settings, on the other hand, allows you to customize alerts, alert sounds, and even alert names.
On the Meater Block, you can keep tabs on four probes individually. But since the Block does come with a base station, you can set up the probes and monitor your cooking even without the Meater app.
Battery and Other Features
Meater probes are charged using regular AAA batteries. On the Meater Block model, however, there’s also an alternative micro USB charging option.
The Meater probes rely surprisingly on simple technology for power for all its sleek design and smart features. Behind the charging blocks of all three Meater models is a battery compartment for AAA batteries. On the original Meater and Meater Plus, you only need one battery. The Meater Block, on the other hand, requires four, corresponding to the number of its probes. But it’s also equipped with a micro USB port as an alternative charging option.
According to the company, each AAA battery can charge a thermometer up to 100 times. Meanwhile, battery life for each probe is advertised as 24 hours.
Thanks to these charging docks, storing your Meaters is hassle-free. On the Meater and Meater Plus, they even come with a magnetic backing so you can attach it to any metallic surface. As mentioned in the Design section, the Meater Block has a stand instead.
The original Meater should be enough for most people. However, if you need extended range or multiple probes, you can opt for the Meater Plus and Meater Block respectively.
The kitchen is fast becoming a place to experience smart tools and appliances — from versatile ovens to app-powered food scales. The Meater is one of these new devices trying to take out the guesswork in cooking. And for the most part, it succeeds. The original Meater is an accurate meat thermometer that enjoys a functional and intuitive companion app. There are some issues with readings, typically framed by context, but not one that should impact Meater’s overall value.
So if you need a wireless thermometer for your household, the Meater should be enough. For extended range, however, you can opt for the Meater Plus model. But if you need multiple wireless thermometers and want to benefit from standalone monitoring, you’re better off with the Meater Block bundle instead.
Yes, Meater thermometers are dishwasher safe. The probes are crafted from durable stainless steel and ceramic. This makes them water-resistant and easy to clean.
Yes, the Meater app allows you to set customized temperatures if you’re not too keen on presets.
No, the Meater Block base station is only available in honey-colored wood. Only the Meater Plus model offers a darker, brown sugar charging block.
Meater thermometers come with a one year warranty.
Last update on 2021-06-13 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API