Simon Wittenberg puts one of the latest kitchen gadgets to the test to find out whether MEATER technology is hot or not.
Many people like a helping hand when cooking, and if technology can make life a little easier, then we’re all for it. MEATER is one such example – a wireless (i.e. a wire-free) smart meat thermometer developed by Apption Labs.
This US-based business is dedicated to engineering products that are connected to the Internet and controlled by mobile devices. The MEATER brand and product range were born after the company raised over $1 million courtesy of nearly 10,000 backers on Kickstarter.
There are currently three products in the MEATER line-up. They are namely the MEATER probe (the base model priced at £79), the MEATER+ probe and the MEATER Block (a set of four probes plus built-in Wi-Fi costing £279). The subject of our test was the new MEATER+, which has a slightly more expensive RRP of £99.
This whole objective of this product is that you can set and monitor the temperature of your dish from a phone or tablet so that you end up with food just how you like it, i.e. rare to falling apart.
The name ‘MEATER’ is actually deceiving because you can also use the probe with fish, as well as anything carnivorous, spanning beef, chicken and turkey, to far more exotic cuts.
What is the MEATER+?
The MEATER+ is the newest product to be launched by Apption Labs and offers a Bluetooth range that is five times larger than the MEATER (we will explain more about this a bit later on).
There are three main components to MEATER+. The first is the 13cm-long stainless steel probe, the second is the AAA battery-powered wooden charger, which is essentially the Bluetooth booster and probe charger, whilst the third element is the free-to-download MEATER app (available for iPhone and Android devices).
How does the MEATER+ work?
The MEATER+ probe needs to be charged for four hours before using it (it can supposedly accommodate 1,000 cycles over its lifetime), so it pays to plan ahead to avoid being caught out when you’re about to put something in the oven.
It houses an internal sensor which measures the temperature of the piece of meat or fish, whilst the exposed end of the probe, i.e. the black ceramic area, tells you the internal or ‘ambient’ temperature of the oven. There’s also a safety notch line halfway up the probe to show you how far it needs to be inserted into the flesh of your chosen produce.
The probe connects to the charger via Bluetooth, and can only be three metres away from the oven or grill, but with the MEATER+ product, the charger will amplify the signal, so that your phone can be up to 50 metres away from the charger (rather than 10 metres with the MEATER).
This means that you can monitor the cook from a different room or floor, and are therefore not confined to staying in the kitchen.