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I received a brand new product a month or so ago called The MeatStick 4X and I have been looking so forward to sharing it with you guys.
There's not a lot of completely wireless leave-in thermometers out there and the one's that are, have had some issues with range, usability, app intuitiveness, etc..
Let me tell you about the features and how it works and then I'll give you my completely honest opinion on what I think about it in the form of pros and cons.
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Let's get into this!
What's in the Box when you Purchase the MeatStick 4X?
- 1 Meatstick 4x
You'll also need to download the app onto your IOS or Android phone so you can set up the MeatStick 4X thermometer and be able to track the temperature. Don't worry, the app will walk you through the setup process step by step.
Features of the MeatStick 4X
What Does it Cost?
At this time, the MeatStick 4X costs $124.99
Dimensions and Build
The MeatStick is approximately 5-3/8 inches long and 3/8 inches in diameter at it's thickest part.
The part that goes into the meat is stainless steel and the part that stays on the outside of the meat is ceramic with a stainless steel cap.
Within the MeatStick 4X are 4 sensors.
3 sensors are located in the stainless steel part of the stick for detecting the meat temperature and can withstand a max. temperature of 212°F.
1 sensor is located in the metal cap at the top end for detecting ambient temperature and can withstand a max. temperature of 572°F.
The charger is a uniquely designed box that holds the MeatStick. It contains 2 AA batteries (batteries not included) for charging the device.
There is also a single button for turning the MeatStick 4X on and off. Hit the button once to turn it on and hold it for 3 seconds to turn it off.
An onboard LED light indicates the status of the MeatStick.
The MeatStick snaps into 2 metal clips on the charger for storage and charging.
The battery life is 70+ hours on a full charge.
The MeatStick 4X has a range of 164 feet indoors and an astounding 650 feet outdoors with it's built in premium bluetooth® technology.
Unlike any meat thermometer I've ever seen, this MeatStick 4X can be submerged in liquid such as in sous vide and deep frying and this also allows it to be cleaned in the dishwasher.
How Does the MeatStick 4X Work?
Just before cooking, the MeatStick is removed from the charger.
Push the MeatStick 4X into the meat making sure the sensor area is located in the thickest part of the meat and that the metal part of the stick is pushed completely into the meat.
Note: only the dark grey ceramic part should be showing.
Leave the charger close to the smoker, grill or cooking device. There are magnets on the back so it's really easy to stick the MeatStick 4X charger to the pellet hopper or some other metal object close by.
Now open the app on you phone and press the button on the charger to connect.
When you see the “X” icon in the top right of the phone screen, you are ready to continue.
The app will walk you through setting up your cook including:
- Type of cook (Grill, Smoke, Sous Vide, Etc.)
- Type of meat
- Cut of meat
- Target internal temperature
- Target cook temperature
- Alert range
Once the cook has been created, you will be able to track the temperature of the meat as well as the temperature of the cooking device such as the smoker or grill. You will also see graphs to show you a visual representation of your elapsed time and the rise and fall of the temperatures.
Here is what the app looks like after the cook:
Note: I removed the steaks and placed them into a pan covered with foil when they hit 128°F and was able to see that the steaks continued to rise in temperature while they rested.
This is why it's a great idea to remove them before they reach the final finish temperature.
Pros: What I Liked
I feel like wireless is the new frontier where meat thermometer are concerned and eventually, that's what all meat thermometer will be. Dealing with long wires that are susceptible to water damage, kinks, etc. is just not feasible or fun.
The MeatStick 4X with it's multiple sensors, sleek charger and long battery life really fits the bill and made me really happy to use it.
Completely Liquid Proof
I LOVE the fact that this stick is so liquid proof. Being able to leave it buried into a pan full of steaks while they rested was GREAT and really allowed me to see what happens temperature wise during the rest without worrying that the extra steam, moisture, dripping steak juices, etc. would affect it.
I have not used this to sous vide or deep fry but I also think it's awesome that it can also be used in these environments without fear of liquid damage. Amazing!
The App is Intuitive and Saves Past Cooks
The app in easy to setup and use walking you though the process step by step.
It also saves all of your past cooks and you can name them whatever you like so they can be viewed and/or reused later on future cooks.
Cons: What I Didn't Like
For what it's worth, I go into all reviews ready to shoot it down if there's anything that frustrates me or seems difficult to use.
The things I did not like about the MeatStick 4X were few and somewhat weak but I'll mention them so you can make a more informed decision.
Cooking Small Items
Some pieces of meat that we cook are on the small side.. meatballs, chicken thighs, etc. and this means the stick would not be able to fully inserted and/or if it was fully inserted, the tip of the stick would be coming out the other side.
I asked the company about this and here's what they said:
“For accurate temperature readings and to protect the probe, we suggest fully inserting the stainless steel probe into the meat. We are actively developing a solution to meet this requirement, so stay tuned!”
This is definitely an issue and just means that the MeatStick can't be used on smaller items until they find a way to make this work.
X Icon Disappears in the App
Another thing that I noticed was the “X” icon disappeared from the app after about 15 minutes of use. It kept working fine so it may just be a cosmetic bug.
I reported this to the company and as with other things, I will update this when I hear back from this on whether that is normal or if and when this is corrected.
Batteries Not Included
The last and final gripe that I have is that batteries are not included. The charger uses 2 AA batteries and, for the price of this unit, batteries should be included in the box.
It always sort of gets under my skin when good companies with a great product skimp on things like this.. it's an easy way to reduce customer frustration and it's completely ignored. (rant over)
Let me know..
If you find other things that should be included in the Pros or Cons or if my information is incorrect somewhere, let me know in the comments below.