Experts and owners agree the Brookstone Grill Alert Talking Remote Thermometer allows busy cooks to remotely monitor the temperature of meat at an distance of up to 300 feet using a wireless receiver that clips to a belt. Neither unit has an automatic shutoff, so they must be turned off to preserve the battery life. While most thermometers only offer a beeping alarm, this thermometer has voice alerts. The backlit display is very easy to read, even at night. The majority or owners say it's easy to use, although it doesn't register temperatures as fast as the ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen (*Est. $85). Another complaint is it only works for preset temperatures based on the type of meat, and these cannot be adjusted; the Brookstone meat thermometer does, however, display current temperature alongside the target temp.
We found the best professional review at ConsumerGuide.com, which has an in-depth professional review. We also read a brief review in Food & Wine magazine. We consulted the most owner-written reviews at Brookstone and a small number at Amazon.com.
ConsumerGuide.com provides a lengthy review of the Brookstone Grill Alert Talking Remote Meat Thermometer and rates it overall on a scale of one to five (five is the highest) and four separate categories: value, performance, ease of use and features. It receives a perfect score for ease of use and features and a rating of four overall. Editors say the backlit display on the receiver is very easy to read, even at night. They like the design of the display that shows the current temperature as a lit bar that continuous to grow as it approaches the target temperature. Testers say the "Grill Alert operates at 433MHz, so it should not interfere with your cordless telephones or other wireless equipment."
Review: Brookstone Grill Alert Talking Remote Meat Thermometer, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com, Sept. 2007
2. Food & Wine Magazine
This is a description of two new products – the BonJour Culinary Laser Thermometer and Brookstone Grill Alert Talking Remote Thermometer -- than a review that comparison models and tests accuracy.
Review: Tools: Hot Gadgets/Thermometers, Ruby Cutolo, July 2004
The Brookstone Grill Alert Talking Remote Meat Thermometer receives an average of 4.3 stars from 195 owners. Owners agree it's easy to use, accurate and takes the worry out of grilling. The cook can spend time with guests rather than hovering over the grill, and the device emits a message when the food is done cooking. The probe is quite substantial, which makes it more suited for inserting into thicker cuts of meat. Quite a few reviews say they have been using it for years, and it's more durable than other brands they have tried. The probe has stopped working for some owners, but can be replaced for $15 without buying a completely new thermometer.
Review: Grill Alert Talking Remote Meat Thermometer, Contributors to Brookstone
The Brookstone Grill Alert Talking Remote Thermometer receives an average of 3.9 stars out of five from nine owners. One favorite feature is it displays the temperature on both the transmitter and remote. The main complaint is the transmitter stops working after a few uses, or it never worked.