- Pro: Comes with Pre-Meat Taste Settings
- Pro: Super Fast Readings in 5 seconds
- Pro: Wide Temp Range From -41° to 230° F
- Cons: Thick handle isn’t friendly with small hands
- Cons: The Buttons aren’t in the best location
Vensmile Wireless Meat Thermometer
The Vensmile Wireless Meat Thermometer is a sleek, single probe thermometer which makes a good companion in any kitchen. It allows you a surprising level of convenience with a great, stainless steel look that gives it a great place in any modern kitchen.
The Good Stuff
The first thing most people are going to notice about this the fine construction that has gone into it. Rather than some other wireless thermometers which look like they belong in a garage, this one is thin, with rounded corners and a modern aesthetic so it won’t look out of place in even the fanciest kitchen.
To use it, you simply run a probe to the meat you’re cooking and make sure the transmitter and receiver are hooked up. Then you’re free to walk away and do whatever needs doing.
It comes with presets for pretty much every common type of meat, allowing you to know at a glance if you’re in rare, medium rare, or medium territory. This is great for those who haven’t memorized the temperatures just yet, since you won’t have to look anything else up.
If the presets aren’t to your liking, you can also set manual alarms for those dishes which aren’t covered in its wide range.
It comes with a second probe as well, in case the first one fails. It’s a great little touch to a fantastic product. If you’re a bit more hands on, you can also quickly and easily switch between the two probes, but that’ll necessitate you walking back to where the transmitter is.
Use it in the kitchen, your grill, or even you smoker and you won’t be tied to standing around and staring at a thermometer to make sure that you pull the meat at the right time. A simple alarm will alert you that it’s time to get it off the heat, freeing you up to socialize or prepare the rest of the meal in the meantime.
The probes and wiring are heat resistant, so you don’t have to worry about the length of time they’re in the oven or barbecue.
The LCD screen on both the transmitter and receiver are large enough you won’t have to worry about being able to read them, and the fact that they’re backlit means you’ll also be able to read them just about anywhere.
The receiver itself has a handy belt clip, so you can just carry it with you while you’re waiting for the alarm without having to worry about where you set it.
Add in the fact that it works on four AAA batteries, which are easy to find, and the low price and you just might have a winner for your next gathering or inspired culinary evening.
The Bad Stuff
The main thing that most consumers are going to wonder about at this price is where the drawbacks are. There’s always a couple after all.
The main thing is the fact that the wireless transmitter really isn’t all that strong. It only ranges to about 160’, which also means that it’s not going to go through too many walls so you’re going to need to stay in the vicinity of the kitchen, smoker, or grill no matter what.
The whole thing can be a little bit confusing to use as well. If you opt to add one of these to your home then you’re going to want to spend a little bit of time with it in order to familiarize yourself with the functions rather than jumping right into its usage.
The build quality seems to have taken a hit as well, despite the sleek design. It’s not bad, but it’s not quite what you’d expect when taking a first look at the design, if you’re a butterfingers you might want to look elsewhere.
If you want a cheap, great looking meat thermometer to add to your kitchen, then the Vensmile is exactly what you’re looking for.
The issues that arise come from the compromises that allow it to be so affordable, and they’re nothing that someone savvy won’t be able to work around. That said, if you like to wander super far from the grill or you have a tendency to drop things at inopportune times you might be better served with a different wireless thermometer.
For the rest of us, it makes a convenient and easy to use meat thermometer that will allow us to get the rest of the kitchen work done while not having to stare at the meat and make sure to remove it right when the temperature hits ideal.