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Head-to-head: Consumer Reports compares high-tech grills

(Source: Consumer Reports) (Source: Consumer Reports)

If grilling is your thing but you're stumped about when the food is finished, two grills claim to take out the guesswork.  

The first is Weber's iGrill 3, which is a $100 add-on feature that works with any Weber Genesis II grill. It uses Bluetooth technology to send alerts and updates to your smartphone or tablet.  

Paul Hope, a writer for product review organization Consumer Reports, said that the organization tested both grills. With one of the grills, however, some assembly is required. 

"Our testers said that the iGrill 3 installed in about 10 to 15 minutes and that it was very straightforward," he said. 

If installation isn't your thing, the $800 Char-Broil SmartChef comes ready to go and uses a Wi-Fi signal to send alerts to your device. However, Consumer Reports' testers found the signal needs to be strong and to use the main grill at all it needs to be plugged in. 

Both grills use apps that ask similar questions like, "what are you cooking?" and "How do you like it cooked?" 

"In the end, both grills did really well in our tests and we found their temperature probes were accurate," Hope said. 

Consumer Reports says you can create your own "smart grill" with a good wireless meat thermometer. Consumer Reports recommends the $40 Oregon Scientific meat thermometer. It's easy to read, has a timer and also comes with preset meat temperatures. 

If you want to skip all the bells and whistles, just buy a regular meat thermometer. The $20 ThermoWorks was very accurate in Consumer Reports tests. 

If you're in the market for a grill, Consumer Reports says the $270 Nexgrill from Home Depot is a great choice for the money.  It's big enough to cook for a crowd and excels at keeping temperatures even across the cooking surface. 

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