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IGrill mini Review...Just burn $40 in the Fireplace don't buy this cheap piece of plastic

post #1 of 6
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I'll get to the point as most people don't too often in these reviews. I rate the IGrill mini. 2 out of 5 stars.

Now let's get into it...


You can see here you get a little plastic cap which the probe is attached and a magnetic base that is suppose to mount to your grill/smoker.




The little cap has a battery underneath which is held in with a cap of the same quality as a cheap remote control car/child's toy. Also you only get one probe with the mini !!

The biggest issue is the little cap won't stay in the magnetic mount which is the black thing that is underneath the red plastic cap. I tried to show in the photo that it won't snap together and yes everything is aligned properly.

Now at this point I have to explain I was very excited to use this new product having had the Maverick ET732 and Grill Alert by Brookstone I wanted the iPad tracking and convenience the igrill was suppose to offer.

So I put the igrill up against my Maverick in an all out test...hope this is helpful.

First test was boil water temperature

Maverick vs IGrill mini



You can see the in the picture the Maverick held at 210 given my elevation is the correct temperature for boiling water. Igrill was off but I won't hold it against them as probe length etc could be a factor. The igrill reached the temperature much faster than the Maverick and updates faster than the Maverick so Igrill scores on speed.

Second test was refrigerator temperature, I placed both igrill and Maverick in the same location waited 20 minutes, and this is what I noticed on both screens

Final test was room temperature. The Maverick was faster coming out of the refrigerator and achieving a level room temperature than the Igrill was.


Bottom line the Igrill updates temperature much faster that the Maverick often times the Maverick was 3-4 minutes behind. That said the Maverick did beat the Igrill going from cold temperature of 37 to room temperature of 73.

Why the Brookstone grill alert wasn't use in the final testing...
Due to the limitations of the Brookstone Grill Alert max 199 degrees I didn't post the results as compared to the Igrill, but as a side note the Brookstone grill alert was used as my neutral test probe and closely mimicked the Maverick in temperature and response.

So in terms of what you get for the money is key here. Igrill one probe little plastic cap thing and you need an iPad etc plus the igrill does take a battery not commonly available.

Maverick ET732 comes with two probes two digital display handsets for close to the same price.
The bottom line is the igrill has tons of potential but is poorly executed.

Hope this review was helpful.
post #2 of 6

Great Review!
I use the Maverick ET-732 "Religiously", but am looking for another toy that will connect with my IPhone

 

I just may wait for more feedback before I blow $40

 

 

THX!

 

 

TJ

No Creosote! A-Maze-N Smokers

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post #3 of 6

Thanks for the review. I had my doubts about it when they went to the single probe. Needing to buy two or more $40 units was a turn off.

 

I too use my Maveric 732, however my go to therm now is the original dual probe iGrill. Both the probes on it were spot on out of the box. The Mav's probes are a few degrees off, which in my book is close enough for BBQ. For our x-mass eve dinner I had to use two smokers. One I monitored with the Mav. The other the iGrill and both chugged right along. I do get faster response times from the iGrill. I also like the ease of the adjusting alarms that the app allows. Kind of fun to download the graphs and compare cooks too. At our current house the Mav and the iGrill's range isn't really an issue as my smokers are never more than 20-25 feet away from where I am at.

post #4 of 6
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I agree it's going back to Lowes today I also emailed igrill about the poor construction.
post #5 of 6

Thanks for the review, I thought about getting one. Someone else was not happy about the battery type also

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Originally Posted by garyt View Post

Thanks for the review, I thought about getting one. Someone else was not happy about the battery type also

This was a gift from my in laws pretty disappointed just glad I saved a few others from the same disappointment.
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