Smoke vs Smoke X2

(See a comparison chart to determine which alarm thermometer is right for you.)


People often ask us how  Smoke and Smoke X2 compare. They want to know how they are different and how they are the same, because they want to purchase the thermometer that is best for them. If you are trying to decide which option you should buy today, here are the facts you need to know so you can make an informed decision.

How They Are the Same

• Smoke and Smoke X2 thermometers both include Pro-Series probes, which use thermistor technology.

• Both come with two probes, including a Pro-Series® High Temp Cooking Probe and a Pro-Series High-Temp Air Probe with a Grate clip.

•  Both are leave-in thermometers meant to be used with low-and-slow, moderate heat cooks rather than in high-heat situations (such as direct-heat grilling or broiling) in place of instant-read thermometers.

• Both include adjustable high and low alarms, always-on Min & Max temperatures, CAL, and remote tracking capabilities.

• Both are °C/°F switchable.

• Both include a neck lanyard (to be used with the included Receiver).

• Both are professional tools designed for commercial use.

How They Are Different

• Smoke lets you monitor your cook remotely by sending radio frequency waves (RF) to its Receiver. The transmission range between a Smoke thermometer and a Smoke Receiver is 300 feet line-of-sight. Smoke X2 uses an all-new RF wireless technology with the strongest and longest signal available. The transmission range is up to 6,562 feet (1.24-mile) line-of-sight between a Smoke X2 thermometer and a Smoke X2 Receiver.

• Smoke’s RF transmission can be converted to Wi-Fi  with the addition of a Smoke Gateway Wi-Fi enabled add-on (separate purchase required). With Smoke Gateway, you can track your cook anywhere you go on an Android or iOS phone or tablet. A Wi-Fi enabled add-on is not available for Smoke X2.

• Smoke is splash-proof to IP65 (excluding probe connector); Smoke X2 is splash-proof to IP66, which means it is “dust tight” and protected against jets of water (excluding probe connector).

Smoke X2 includes 8 High Temp Silicone Color Probe Rings; Smoke does not.

Smoke X2 includes control circuitry for ThermoWorks’ optional fan, Billows; Smoke does not.

• A Smoke Receiver has a curved bottom. An optional Silicone Stand is available so you can stand it upright. While Smoke X2’s Receiver has a flat bottom and doesn’t require an additional stand to be kept upright, it can be used with the optional Silicone Stand if you wish to sit it upright at an angle.

Video Demonstrations

This video discusses the features and benefits of Smoke.

This video introduces Smoke Gateway and shows why the Wi-Fi enabled add-on to Smoke allows you to track your cook from anywhere.

Smoke X2

This video introduces Smoke X2.

You may find a Smoke vs Smoke X comparison chart here.

In this video, Kevin Owen (ThermoWorks’ Director of Product Development) discusses transmission range specifications and why Smoke X’s range is far superior to competitive units using RF (radio frequency) to transmit temperature data.

Need 4 probes?

You’ll want to look at our 4-probe options, Signals (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled) and Smoke X4 (uses the same new RF technology as Smoke X2).

Use this Alarm Thermometer Selection chart to determine which ThermoWorks’ thermometer is right for you.

Do you have additional questions?

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