Weber IGrill 3 Review
Grilling has never been easier thanks to the newly released iGrill 3 from Weber. This nifty device connects to the company’s LX and Genesis II grills to enable remote control of the temperature based on the type of meat that you’re cooking. All you have to do is stick the provided probes into the meat, select the name of the meat on the app, and wait for the results. If you want more information on this gadget, read on for a full Weber iGrill 3 review
What is iGrill 3?
The Weber iGrill 3 is compatible with Android and iOS devices, but a Windows version hasn’t been announced yet. Nevertheless, this gadget features Bluetooth connectivity with a scope of around 150 feet. It also comes with two meat probes that are wafer safe and color-coded for your convenience. You can add two more probes for added precision but the ones that come with the device are pretty accurate and have a heat tolerance of up to 716 degrees Fahrenheit.
As soon as the probes determine the correct temperature of the meat, the device will alert you through video and audio signals. It doesn’t end there, however, as the Weber iGrill app comes with pre-installed grilling recipes, tips, custom alerts, temperature charting, and social sharing buttons to show off your creations.
The Weber iGrill 3 App
With the Weber iGrill 3 Android functionality, you’ll find that it’s easier than ever to keep an eye on your meat and it will significantly reduce any chances of overcooking or burning it. You can still mingle and socialize without constantly worrying about the progress of the meat that you’re grilling. Meanwhile, thermometer grilling is a breeze thanks to the device’s Bluetooth functionality.
How Does the Weber iGrill Work?
Here’s an overview of what you can expect from the Weber iGrill 3:
- Custom alerts
- Knob light that will let you know if the grill is on or off
- Notifications for minimum and maximum temperature status
- Recipes from members of the app’s social community
- Graphs that show temperature measurements
- Fuel level detection designed specifically for models that are powered by liquid propane
It seems like Weber thought of everything with the design of this gadget. The iGrill 3 has SMART LED lights that change color according to the type of info that the device wants to give you. That way, it’s easier for you to tell when you’ve loaded enough meat into the grill or how much you should increase or decrease the temperature.
Here are the LED colors on the iGrill 3 and their specific functions:
- Blue (BLIPPING): Shows that the device is still trying to establish a connection to your phone.
- Green (BLIPPING): This is to let you know that the Weber iGrill 3 has been officially connected to your smartphone.
- Green (CONTINUOUS): Shows that the device is still trying to determine the temperature and send it back to you.
- Red (BLIPPING): This is to let you know that the grill has reached your preferred temperature.
- Red (CONTINUOUS): Alerts you about the current temperature.
- White (CONTINUOUS): This is to show that the device is approaching shut down mode.
The box comes with the following items:
- The Weber iGrill 3 base unit
- A battery pack with 3 AA batteries
- An installation manual
- 2 meat probes complete with their color indicators
Some people prefer to buy an extra 2 probes for good measure but this is not necessary.
How to Install the Weber iGrill 3
It’s super easy to install the Weber iGrill 3 and anyone can do it. Not only does the pack come with an easy-to-understand instruction manual, but the company has helpful installation videos available on its website.
The iGrill 3 can be installed on either a Genesis II LX , a Genesis II and Spirit II from Weber. After the installation is done you can connect it to your smartphone or tablet device to start receiving alerts on temperature, tank scale and more.
Here are the pros and cons of installing the iGrill 3:
- Allows you to remotely monitor your meat’s progress on the grill through the 4 probes
- You can use it to keep an eye on the amount of fuel you have left in your propane tank
- Comes with good quality probes
- It has a powerful battery that can last for over 250 hours!
- It’s compatible with both the Weber Genesis II and LX models
- Some users have experienced connectivity problems when trying to link the iGrill 3 to their smartphones
- The Bluetooth functionality is not as efficient as it should be
What to Know About the Weber Company
The Weber Company is behind the iGrill 3 and some of the best grills in the world. It was founded in 1952 by a welder from Chicago named George Stephen. Stephen invented the world’s first charcoal kettle grill by combining two float parts.
As a welder, it wasn’t hard for Stephen to find the rest of the components he needed to design the grill and pretty soon the Weber Company was in business. From the beginning, the Weber Company was known for making premium grade gas grills as well as grilling equipment.
The company remains one of the world’s most renowned grill manufacturers and their products are usually backed by a 2-year warranty.
Is iGrill 3 Worth It?
The iGrill 3 is easy to use and suitable for anyone that likes to grill. Of course, professionals will love it because it will make their job much easier.
Our favorite feature on the iGrill 3 is the fact that it’s compact and fully portable. This means you can take it with you when going on a camping or boating trip, and it’s also compatible with ovens.
As long as you’re cooking meat, the iGrill 3 will help you keep track of the cooking process while you’re sipping beer in front of the TV or just chillin’ out on a hammock.
Weber iGrill 3 LED Cooking Thermometer Buying Guide
If there’s one thing that you want to avoid more than undercooked meat, it’s overcooked meat. Eating undercooked meat can harm your health, while overcooked meat can literally take the flavor out of your meal. That’s why you need a meat thermometer, which is easy to use and will help you avoid food poisoning within seconds.
A majority of the good quality meat thermometers on the market have an accuracy of 2 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit. Ideally, a thermometer should never be off by more than 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Most people prefer digital thermometers because they’re a convenient solution when compared to their analog counterparts. Not only do they have fewer features and take longer to get a reading, but analog thermometers are difficult to read as well.
Types of Thermometers
Instant-Read Digital Meat Thermometers
This type of thermometer is by far the easiest to read and it’s usually Weber iGrill 3 ready out the box. They’re also easier to use on different parts of the meat, they respond faster and come highly recommended for thin cuts of meat.
It’s best to use this type of thermometer to check the final temperature of your meat toward the end of the cooking process. Features vary but the most common include temperature hold which displays the temperature for longer and auto shut-off which is always convenient. The thermometer’s probe usually comes in the form of a fork while the meat temperature will be shown on a digital readout. Other models have an indicator light to let you know what the temperature is. Whatever you do, never leave the fork inside the meat while it’s cooking.
Leave-In Digital Meat Thermometers
With this model, you’re allowed to leave the probe stuck onto the meat throughout the cooking process to keep track of the temperature. You can place the thermometer on the counter or connect it to the oven door using a magnet for added convenience. Either way, the probe is usually connected to a base unit using a long cord.
This model allows you to program temperature and it comes with audible alerts and timers to name but a few features. For the best result, we recommend that you pick a wireless model that connects to your phone so that you can remotely access temperature information.
Instant-Read Analog Meat Thermometers
As the name implies, this thermometer gives you an instant reading of the temperature and all you have to do is insert its probe into the meat and voila! It’s important that you remove the probe as soon as you get a temperature reading and it works best when used towards the end of the cooking process. As previously mentioned, analog thermometers can be difficult to work with so keep this in mind when considering to buy one.
Leave-In Analog Meat Thermometers
This is an oven-safe thermometer which means you can leave the probe in the meat throughout the cooking process, and it’ll give you an instant reading.
Thermometer Features to Have
- Audible Alarm/Alert
Designed to let you know when the meat reaches the desired temperature.
- Auto Shutoff
Automatically switches off the thermometer when you’re not using it.
- Preset Meat Temperature
Typically designed according to USDA temperature recommendations and enables you to preset the temperature.
- Programmable Temperature
Allows you to program specific temperatures into the grill so that it’s easier to keep an eye on your meat.
- Temperature Hold
Holds the temperature reading display for over five minutes.
Enables you to determine the amount of time needed to cook the meat.