Weber iGrill 2 Review

Weber iGrill 2 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer

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This is a review of the Weber iGrill 2 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer. Weber is known for its high-quality charcoal and gas grills, are their meat thermometers any good?

I’ve reviewed all the top Bluetooth meat thermometers to determine which ones are worth your time and money.

The Weber iGrill 2 in front of nine other Bluetooth meat thermometer models

How does the Weber iGrill 2 compare to the competition?

Best Feature- It is accurate.

Worst Feature- The red digital display is impossible to see outdoors in the daylight.

Thermomeat’s Verdict- The Weber iGrill 2 is accurate with a decent mobile app and an average to below-average Bluetooth range. The digits on the display are difficult to read. With only two temperature probes included and a price tag that’s twice as much as its competitors, you can find better value elsewhere.

In this Weber iGrill 2 Bluetooth thermometer review, I will examine the features, usability, accuracy, durability, and price to determine its value.

The Weber iGrill 2 detached from its magnetic base.

Weber iGrill 2 Overview

Weber is one of the premier manufacturers of gas and charcoal grills. Its name is synonymous with quality.

But how about the Weber iGrill 2 meat thermometer?

The Weber iGrill 2 is accurate and has a decent mobile app that allows you to save detailed information on your cooks. This includes a temperature graph of each probe, as well as pictures and notes.

The one drawback to the mobile app is that you can only save your cook for each probe and not the cook in its entirety with all probes.

If you cook a chicken breast on the grill and track its internal temperature along with the grill temperature you will then have to save both temperatures separately.

This leaves you with a separate temperature graph for both.

The Bluetooth range is hit or miss. In some instances, I was able to get a signal up to 170 feet away. Other times, the Bluetooth would disconnect around 90 feet.

The red digital display is also nearly impossible to read in the daylight.

The InkBird IBT-4XC, the Weber iGrill 2, and the ThermoPro TP910 in direct sunlight, only the TP910's display is visible

Yes, they are all on.

There are also only two temperature probes that come with this thermometer.

It does have four probe ports and it will cost you around $18 for each additional probe.

The iGrill 2, while a decent thermometer, is priced significantly higher than its competitors.

The value doesn’t justify the price in this case. There are better models for half the price.

Unboxing the Weber iGrill 2

What do you get when you purchase the iGrill 2?

Features of the iGrill 2

Here are the important features of the Weber iGrill 2.

  • One Bluetooth Thermometer Transmitter
  • Two Temperature Probes

The meat probes are 5-inches long with 48-inch cables. The meat temperature probe measures -22°F (-30°C) to 572°F (300°F). The wires are heat-resistant up to 716°F.

  • Two Probe Winders
  • Magnetic Base
  • Two- AA Batteries
  • One Quick Start Guide
  • Weber iGrill App

Usability

The iGrill 2 works in conjunction with the Weber iGrill app in the Google Play or Apple app store.

Once you’ve downloaded the app and paired your smart device with the thermometer you will be taken to the home screen.

The home screen of the Weber iGrill mobile app

By pressing the “start grilling” button you will be taken to another screen that will let you set food temperature alerts or grill temperature alerts.

The food temperature and grill temperature setup screen in the Weber iGrill mobile app

One thing to note is that these two temperatures are set separately on different screens. If you wanted to cook something on the grill and also track the grill temperature you need to do this in separate steps.

This separation between grill temp and food temp is continued throughout the entirety of the cook. Even when you’re done grilling you can save your grilling session only for each probe channel.

This leaves you with a food temperature graph with no cooking temperature reference to go by, unless you state it in the notes.

The  temperature preset screen in the Weber iGrill mobile app

Once you’ve selected your food temperature for a dedicated probe you will then press the “start grilling” button.

Next, you will need to set the grill temperature for the other probe. You will be given a temperature range to set.

The grill temperature setting screen in the Weber iGrill mobile app

There is no integration of food temperatures and grill temperatures when it comes to graphing either.

Each probe has its own graph, making it difficult to see how your food is reacting to changes in grill temperature.

The temperature graph screen of each probe in the Weber iGrill mobile app

Another nice usability feature is a battery level indicator in the settings part of the app.

There are a few convenience features missing from the app. One is that there isn’t a way to customize the temperature alarms such as the type of sound and volume control.

Also, if you set the grill temperature to a range that is higher than the current reading the alarm will go off until you hit dismiss on the app.

There is also no way to view your Bluetooth signal strength in the mobile app. Most Bluetooth thermometers will have a Bluetooth signal indicator in the mobile app to let you know if you’re down to one bar.

And finally, the red digital display is only clearly visible indoors and pretty much impossible to view outside in the daytime.

The Thermoworks Signals (top), Weber iGrill 2 (bottom left) and InkBird IBT-4XC meat thermometers monitoring chicken on a kamado grill. The display for the Weber iGrill 2 is unreadable, the other two thermometers' displays are clearly visible.

The display of the iGrill 2 is unreadable even on a cloudy day.

Accuracy

After using the iGrill 2 on multiple cooks and testing it against other highly-accurate meat thermometers I can safely state that it is accurate.

The Weber iGrill 2 on the left and the Thermoworks ThermaQ 2 on the right both displaying similar temperatures

The iGrill is displaying 132 degrees as well, although you probably can’t see it.

The iGrill 2 measured similar temperatures to other thermometers during many water bath tests.

It was accurate in measuring both the ambient cooking temperature and internal food temperatures.

Tracking the temperature of chicken thighs on a kamado smoker using the InkBird IBT-4XC

The iGrill 2 and a few other thermometers track chicken on the grill.

The Weber iGrill 2's mobile app on the right is displaying a meat temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit. The MeatStick X's mobile app is also displaying 150 degrees Fahrenheit. The Tappecue AirProbe 3's app is displaying 149 degrees Fahrenheit.

The iGrill 2 (on the right) is right in line with the other thermometers tracking the temperature of the chicken.

Accuracy is one of the strengths of this thermometer.

Durability

The Weber iGrill 2 has no waterproof rating whatsoever. An easy solution to using it in the rain is to place it in a Ziplock bag with some holes cut for the probes.

But then again, at a price tag of over $100, you would expect more for your money.

You will find that many Bluetooth-only meat thermometers are lacking in their waterproofing. I’m not sure why there aren’t more waterproof models.

Many WiFi meat thermometers such as the Thermoworks Signals and the FireBoard 2 series thermometers feature excellent waterproof features.

But those models also have price tags exceeding $200.

The iGrill 2 does have temperature probes with cables that are heat resistant up to 716°F.

All Weber iGrill products come with a 2-year warranty.

Durability is a trait earned over time. Due to the iGrill 2’s lack of waterproofing, I’m inclined to rate it on the lower end of the durability scale.

Price

The Weber iGrill 2 costs around $105 at the time of this review. This is generally about twice the amount you should expect to pay for a quality Bluetooth meat thermometer.

Are you paying for the brand? Most likely.

Here are some other quality Bluetooth models I’ve reviewed and recommended.

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Weber iGrill 2 vs iGrill 3 vs iGrill Mini

In addition to the iGrill 2, Weber also produces two other iGrill Bluetooth thermometers, the iGrill 3 and the iGrill Mini.

How is the iGrill 2 different from the other two models?

Before we begin the comparisons, none of the iGrill models are waterproof. Also, none of the models come with more than two probes.

They are also all Bluetooth-only thermometers. Weber does produce a WiFi thermometer, the Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub.

The iGrill 2 is the only model out of the three that has an actual temperature display.

The iGrill mini has a “four-color food progression spectrum” (their terminology). This is simply a light ring on the front of the thermometer that goes from green to yellow to orange to red.

This light system will tell alert you that your food is done by displaying a red light. Red means go in this instance. I feel that the light progression is reversed but that’s another entire discussion.

With just a single temperature probe, the iGrill mini is a tough sell considering that you can purchase a quality four-probe model with an actual temperature display for the same price.

What about the iGrill 3? The iGrill 3 is only intended to be used in conjunction with Weber Genesis 2 and Spirit 2 gas grills.

It is designed to mount on those grills and connect to a battery pack mounted inside the grill. It also will measure the amount of propane gas in your tank by connecting to the tank scale in those Weber models.

Could you use the iGrill 3 as a standalone thermometer with any grill?

It would be incredibly hard considering that it connects to a separate battery pack via a long battery wire and there is no way to stand it upright.

If you’re a fan of all things Weber-related and absolutely must have a Weber thermometer, then the iGrill 2 is your best bet. Unless you own a Genesis 2 or Spirit 2 grill, you’ll probably want the iGrill 3.

Verdict

There are people that are devoted fans of a company and its products. If you must have everything in the Weber grilling product line then you’ll probably purchase this even knowing its detractors.

Is the Weber iGrill 2 a bad thermometer? No, it is accurate with a decent mobile app.

The display is hard to see outside in the daytime and the Bluetooth range is average at best.

Is it overpriced in comparison to the competition? Most definitely. There are plenty of Bluetooth models at half the price of the iGrill 2 that will give you more bang for your buck.

The ThermoPro TP25 and ThermoPro TP930 are both four-probe Bluetooth thermometers that I recommend.

If you’re a fervent fan of all things Weber, you’re left with the decision of going outside the brand to get a Bluetooth model with more probes and a better Bluetooth range.

While I think the Weber iGrill 2 is a decent thermometer, its price tag doesn’t justify the value it provides.

 

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