19:05 30 June 2017
New smart gadgets that let you know exactly when food on the grill is done have made their way to the market.
One of them is Weber’s iGrill 3 add-on feature that works with any Weber Genesis II grill. The £89.99 device uses Bluetooth technology to send alerts and updates to your smartphone or tablet. According to testers, the device takes just 15 minutes to install.
Another one is the £700 Char-Broil SmartChef that uses WiFi signal to send alerts to any device. It requires a strong signal and the grill has to be plugged in. Both apps ask questions such as “What are you cooking?” or “How do you like it cooked?” to determine the perfect temperature.
"In the end, both grills did really well in our tests, and we found their temperature probes were accurate," said Consumer Reports' Paul Hope.
However, Consumer Reports says that you can get the exact results for less using a good wireless meat thermometer. It recommends £30 thermometer from Oregon Scientific. It is easy to read, has a timer and also comes with preset meat temperatures. ThermoWorks, a regular meat thermometer that costs £10 also works the same way.
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