The Maverick ET-735 is a wireless, Bluetooth-enabled four-channel thermometer system that will win the hearts of many in the BBQ crowd because of its features.
No, it does not come with four, but two probes that are constructed sturdily, and whatever probes its ET-733 and ET-732 siblings used are accepted by the ET-735. Either use it for remote operation alongside a smartphone or as a readout in a stand-alone manner.
You should make sure to go with one of the compatible phones listed below if you’re using the unit as a remote set for Bluetooth. These can be:
-LG Nexus 5
-Sony Experia Z1
-Samsung Note 2 & 3
-Samsung S5 Mini & S4, Galaxy S4
-iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, 5 and iPhone 4s
This list may see other products added to it as revisions are made to the phone app.[/quote_box_center]
The range that lacks in Bluetooth gadgets is usually a familiar drawback. Protocol’s version 4 is used in this unit, and can supposedly reach 49m (or 160 feet). That’s an unobstructed sight-line, and probably a number you should anticipate to be more if obstructions intervene, like with one of your home’s walls. Testing this thing is tricky, but in an insulated shed setup with material that’s foil-backed it worked just fine.
This setup would not allow the devices with older Bluetooth capabilities to remain connected, so earlier technology seems to be improved upon here. A compatible tablet or smartphone, of course, has to be used if you want things monitored from a distance.
Two Different Modes
The app contains the lion’s share of the functionality, which can be downloaded either from Google or Apple. It’s pretty foolproof. The four channels can each be programmed in either BBQ mode or the food mode.
The food mode displays tastes and meats in a list of which you can choose, and the Maverick will put in the temperature (the “correct” one), or a temp target of your own can be specified. A bar graph will be displayed by the app of the target relative to the temperature and the temperature of the probe.
The Alarm Feature
When the temperature selected is reached in the food, you’ll notice a visible and audible alarm. In the other mode (BBQ), you’ll set a lower and upper limit, and if the temperature doesn’t stay within this range will the alarm then annunciate.
The channels each can be set independently. The transmitter unit gets conveyed the settings of the alarm and will flash and beep as well on that unit. The app is where you have to do the settings (the transmitter on its own doesn’t allow these to be set).
Intervals of four different times can be set individually for four alarms. Each alarm acts as a timer that counts down with visible and audible alarms when zero is reached by the clock. They can each be also setup as a stopwatch that counts up, although these are only unalarmed.
The unit is said by the manufacturer to be resistant to moisture. The probes that are accepted by the jacks have silicone seals and covers, and the box for the battery is sealed.
I’m unconvinced the transmitter should be submerged, but something like rain it should be impervious to.
A guide comes with the unit (quick-start version) to know how to use it. But really, there’s almost no point to it.
The app is bundled with a “manual” you can download, although you can’t test out the settings while reading it. I’d rather opt for a formatted print-out of the instructions explained thoroughly rather than being made to print (and download) them on your own.
[quote_box_left]For those that are old-fashioned, you’ll probably prefer using the dedicated receiver over your phone.
The nice thing about the receiver’s display, particularly if you’re at home using the Maverick ET-732, is you don’t have to fiddle with your tablet or phone to get what info you’re looking for.[/quote_box_left]
The unit’s quality is high, and the Achilles’ heel of in-cooker/in-food thermometers is always going to be the probes, which are waterproof (claimed to be), while most others appear less robust in comparison. Use the probes as either in-cooker or in-food using the grill clamps supplied.
The user’s “manual” is where you can find the info to contact the manufacturer, but there wasn’t a warranty period clearly expressed you could find, although the reputation for customer relations is good with the manufacturer, so it’s not something I’d fret on.
I think this one will be another hit with the remote thermometers by Maverick, and for what it’s worth, I’d give it close to 5/5 stars for its usefulness and quality.
You can pick one up at Amazon.com, too.