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Maverick M Remote Smoker Thermometer [ET-73] - White
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- Remote, wireless smokehouse/meat thermometer
- Monitor smokehouse/meat temperatures from 100 feet away
- Can be used with oven or grill; batteries included
- Alarm sounds if temperature drops too low or jumps too high
- 4 by 2-1/2 by 1 inches; imported
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This particular product works as advertised and I am happy with it. I would describe it as average, nothing special. It seems to work well, has a decent transmitting distance (although I hear there was a bad batch out there that were very weak). The digits are large and easily readable in a glance. The alarm couldn't be louder. The back light is bright. And the probes seem high quality that will last a while.
However, it has a few annoying traits: 1) The on/off switch on the Transmitter is located behind the battery door which means you have to take off the battery door to access it, not a huge problem as the door access screw only takes a quick half turn with a penny or fingernail. 2) Setting the Food and Smoker alert levels is also an annoying as the device only has one "adjust" button that scrolls up one degree at a time. This means that if you currently have a 180 degree setting (beef well done) and wish to change it to 140 degrees (beef rare) you must scroll the digits past the max setting 370 degrees (who cooks anything to this temperature?) around to the minimum setting, and if you miss it or forget to push enter you have to go all the way around again. It reminds me of the early digital alarm clock radios where if you passed 7 AM wake up time you had to go all the way past 7 PM to get back to 7 AM. The feature can be VERY annoying, especially since most other remote probes have both and UP and DOWN buttons, but they don't have the smoker temperature probe that this one does.
Overall I'd buy another one but I wouldn't pay too much for it.
The first thing I did was check the accuracy. I put both of the probes in a pan of water and brought it to a rapid boil. One probe read 212, and the other 213, one degree off. Next I put both in a large glass of water and ice. Both were showing 32 degrees between the ice and water. The tests turned out far better than I had expected.
So far I have used this for three 12-14 hour smokes, and at least 2 6 hour smokes and the batteries are still good. The probes clean easily, and I have had no significant problems.
One thing I noticed is that one of the probes sees to have a bit of melted rubber protruding between the grill temp probe and the connected wire. Since I have never had either probe about 255 degrees, I find that a bit troubling. Not sure I want to use it for a direct grilling application where the temps can go over 400 easily.
I have not had a chance to see how the outside unit handles rain.
All in all, I would not think twice of buying another one of these if I had a need.
Comments: As mentions in another post, setting the meat, and smoker maximum and minimum temperatures can get annoying, but you don't have to select one diget at a time. Holding the button down, you quickly scroll to the temperature you want. The alarm needs to be louder; but it is adequate if you are near the receiver. For smokers, whose cooking time may take twelve hours or more, battery life may be a problem. If there is a battery failure you need to reset the system, after installing fresh ones. Maverick customer support is excellent. My meat probe failed and they sent me one out immediately.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars, because I feel the documentation that accompany the ET-73 could better, there should be up down buttons to adjust temperature settings, and a belt clip should be included.
Also the on/off switch for the transmitter is inside the battery case. Very odd design.
Maverick just came out with a new model (the ET-372) that corrects these problems. As of this review, it's not sold on Amazon, but keep watching - it's worth getting the new one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Need to be careful about getting the probe wire wet or it won't work. Otherwise, we love it. We have at least 3 of these now.Published 1 month ago by Jean M Ackermann
Worked well for 1 season of smoking. Then the pins all broke. You can replace the pins but expected this to last longer than a few smokes.Published 1 month ago by cteal1
Good for keeping track of temperature, have used it for a dozen smokes now, but the range only seems to be about 20 feet even with outdoors line of sight.Published 1 month ago by Damian Breton
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Probe didn't last one summer. Basically useless unless I buy a new probe. Range on wireless unit is so small it is useless. Easier to just walk to my smoker and look at it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dan Townsend