Offering 300 feet of roaming range from the oven or grill, the Brookstone Grill Alert Talking Remote Meat Thermometer monitors the temperature of your entrée and tells you when it's ready to eat. Durable and simple to operate, this is a great wireless thermometer for novice cooks who appreciate preset cooking temperatures and would rather mingle with guests or watch the game than babysit the grill.
Reliable. The Brookstone Grill Alert Talking Remote Thermometer has been on the market for years and has outlasted many competitors. While suffering some of the same complaints as other wireless thermometers, such as failing probes and occasional synching problems, consumers and experts alike are enthusiastic about the Grill Alert. Novices like the preset cooking temperatures that take the guesswork out of roasting, and advanced chefs appreciate the temperature readout. Most users say the strength of the signal is adequate, if not the 300 feet advertised. Temperature readings are mostly accurate, users say, though experts recommend having a digital instant-read on hand for spot-checking.
Preset temperature settings keep it simple. Both experts and consumers praise the Brookstone Grill Alert for being easy to use and care for. Users like the device's preset cooking temperatures, but some contend that following the thermometer's settings results in overdone meat wish that the presets could be changed. "Great for novice grillers," advises one user on Amazon.com. Although a few users criticize the "bulky" design, most owners agree that the backlit display on the remote monitor is easy to read. The wire connecting the probe to the transmitter is suitable for both the high temperatures of a backyard cookout and the more moderate baking and roasting needs of a standard kitchen.
Online technology news website Wired.com features the Brookstone Grill Alert in its "Geek Mom" column. Reviewer Nicole Wakelin says it's easy to use and accurate, but she misses the ability to change the temperature presets.
Review: Gadgets for Grilling: Brookstone Talking Remote Meat Thermometer and More!, Nicole Wakelin, Aug. 9, 2012
The editors of technology and software review site CNET.com call the Brookstone Grill Alert "a snap to use" and give it 4 stars out of 5. In testing the product, the reviewers find the wireless signal works for about 200 feet, not the 300 the manufacturer claims.
Review: Brookstone Grill Alert Talking Remote Thermometer Review, Editors of CNET.com, June 29, 2004; updated May 27, 2010
On Brookstone.com this thermometer model earns more than 270 reviews with an average of 4.3 stars out of 5. Users say the product is easy to use and mostly accurate; however, some wish the preset temperatures could be changed and the temperature probes lasted longer.
Review: Grill Alert Talking Remote meat Thermometer, Contributors to Brookstone.com, As of August 2013
Business and technology news website BusinessInsider.com profiles the Brookstone Grill Alert in its "Stuff We Love" feature. Reviewer Megan Willett says she enjoys the ability to leave the grill and mingle with her guests while using the thermometer.
Review: The Grill Alert Talking Remote Meat Thermometer, Megan Willett, Dec. 4, 2012
In a roundup of popular meat thermometers, reviewer L.D. Ray awards the Brookstone Grill Alert 4.75 points out of 5, despite its price, because of its ease of use.
Review: Best Meat Thermometer, L.D. Ray, March 1, 2010