When it comes to meat thermometers, Maverick has been one of the most well-known brands out there. But, things have changed recently. There is a new product from ThermoPro, which is taking the lead as one of the best wireless bbq thermometers.
The ThermoPro TP20 is quickly taking the lead by fixing all the issues of the Maverick products and providing customers with a convenient and simple to use product.
Today, we are going to take a deeper look and write a full ThermoPro TP20 review, by looking more on its features, its advantages, disadvantages, warranty, etc.
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Table of Contents
- 1 ThermoPro Customer Reviews – Can You Trust it?
- 2 Why You Should Buy a Food Thermometer?
- 3 Quick Overview on ThermoPro TP20 Thermometer
- 4 Key Features of the ThermoPro TP20
- 5 What We Like
- 6 What We Don't Like
- 7 Disadvantages
- 8 ThermoPro TP20 Video Review & Introduction
- 9 How to Use the ThermoPro TP20 Food Thermometer
- 10 Who Should Buy the TP20 Model?
- 11 Who Shouldn't Buy this Model?
- 12 Final Thoughts
- 13 FAQs
ThermoPro Customer Reviews – Can You Trust it?
They have been a professional thermometer manufacturer for many years and are always looking to improve their products and provide the best experience to their customers.
Their core values are innovation and customer satisfaction, which are better shown on their products and customer reviews.
Meat thermometers made by ThermoPro consist of two parts: the temperature rod and a display. They manufacture bimetallic thermometers and their rod contains two distinct metals that have been bonded together. One of the metals expands at a lower temperature than the other one and bonding of these metals will affect the dial and will be translated into a specific temperature on the dial.
Why You Should Buy a Food Thermometer?
If you are wondering what are the benefits of owning a wireless thermometer, then here are a couple of them:
Quick Overview on ThermoPro TP20 Thermometer
ThermoPro TP20 Technical Details
ThermoPro TP20 is a dual probe wireless thermometer, where the transmitter with its two temperature probes attached is put on the grill or smoker and using radio frequency, it sends the reading data to the receiver you keep in your pocket.
This gives you the freedom to move around the house and do other preparation while you wait for your food to be cooked. You don’t have to stay near the grill as this product works up to 300 feet away from the reading transmitter.
As I mentioned in the upper paragraph, the reading transmitter has two probes attached so you can monitor cooking temperatures for two different things at once. This is a pretty effective setup, especially when smoking two different cuts of meat and you need to read the internal temperature separately for each cut.
The transmitters are very easy to set up; you just have to put in the included batteries and turn them on.
One cool thing about the ThermoPro TP20 are the pre-programmed profiles for different types of meat. You can choose the beef cut and select which doneness level you want: rare, medium, well done, etc.
And if the pre-programmed profiles are not enough for you, you can add and create your own profiles for different kind of foods, such as steak, chicken, fish, etc. and the desired doneness level.
The receiver has an LCD display with backlight, making it easy to read even when the light is low or during the night.
Also, there are different alarms which are activated when certain events occur such as a lost connection when a certain temperature is reached, etc.
Another cool feature worth mentioning is the countdown timer with the two-time duration options.
On the outside, the receiver has a splash-proof casting, a pull out counter top stand, a step-down tip design where the end of the probe is slightly thinner to easily penetrate the meat and a belt clip for easy carrying around.
The transmitter can withstand temperatures up to 716°F, so it is a pretty durable unit.
Key Features of the ThermoPro TP20
What We Like
Design & Build Quality
When you take a look at the ThermoPro TP20 from the outside, you will notice that it has a good construction quality.
The main unit looks good and is very easy to use, with clear functioning buttons and a user-friendly interface. One thing that gives an advantage over some of the competitors is the backlight feature in the screen, which makes it much easier to read and use the unit during the night or in dark environments.
The construction is made of high-quality materials and a combination of plastic and rubber, which make the unit feel comfortable, durable and pretty sturdy when holding in hand.
Thanks to this type of construction, you can be sure that this product will last a long time and will definitely be able to survive any strong impact and bumps on hard surfaces.
For a more comfortable feeling, the ThermoPro features a belt clip for you to keep it with you where ever you go and also a stand, in case you want to leave it on the table.
One small touch which shows the attention to details is the step-down tip of the probes, which is a simple but very effective feature to make the probe easily penetrate the meat chunk.
As for the range, you will not have any issues with the ThermoPro TP20 model. You can leave the reading transmitter to the grill or smoker and move around without worries as they support up to 300 feet away of reading data. There may be cases when the signal may drop due to interferences or other factors, but it will quickly catch up and show the temperature.
There are some complaints about the probes breaking and stopped working, but based on our reviews and construction, they seem pretty well built and are very accurate on doing their job.
Ease of Use
The innovation and customer experience are the main priority of ThermoPro, that’s why their TP20 model is such a great product and very easy to use.
You will notice the simplicity just right after you get the product out of the box.
You simply have to put the batteries on and turn on the units. That’s it! You are ready to plug the probes into the food and it will start working.
Another thing that ThermoPro have added to make your job much easier are the pre-programmed profiles for different kind of foods and meats. You simply scroll down and find the food you are about to cook and you are ready. The unit will tell you the recommended temperature and you can even choose the level for different doneness levels, based on your preferences.
And, if you want to create a more in-depth profile and customize it a bit, the unit will allow you to create and add your own temperature levels and cooking times.
If you have any difficulties with the setup and customizing, you can take a quick look at the manual which will tell you how to use the device although the large LCD screen interface and the 4 buttons are easy to understand by everyone.
What We Don't Like
Based on reviews and what we spotted during the test, one thing which we think is a drawback for this model is that the receiver may lose signal in some situations when you are far away. This may be impacted by the environment, walls or other devices using the same frequency near you.
It is not any major issue as it picks it up pretty fast but still, it is something worth mentioning in a review.
Also, there are some users who reported that when they were using both probes at the same time, the reading in one was showing slightly higher. The ThermoPro states that it has a misreading range of about +(-)1.8°F, so you should have that in mind.
The second probe is made more to monitor the cooking environment temperature and not primarily for a second food measurement.
With that being said, it can read the temperature of a second food type but it is not as accurate as the other probe. You can always purchase an additional sharp probe to add to the unit if you plan to measure two foods at the same time.
ThermoPro TP20 Video Review & Introduction
How to Use the ThermoPro TP20 Food Thermometer
Although we find using the ThermoPro TP20 much easier than its competitor, the Maverick ET-733, still there are some users who may need a quick introduction to basic functions and how to use the unit.
As soon as you get the unit out of the box, things are pretty straight forward. You just put the batteries and are ready to go.
The package comes with two transmitters, one for leaving in the food area (grill, smoker, etc.) and the other one for carrying around with you.
Once you set up the food probe into the food you like the read, the transmitter you carry around will start automatically working, without needing to connect or synchronize with the food probe.
No need to pairing them using Bluetooth, wireless or any other connectivity. They are already paired out of the box.
Then, on your carry around transmitter, go around the pre-programmed profiles to find the USDA approved temperature for the food you are cooking.
If you want something more specific, you can set your own personalized temperature by pressing the probe selection and using the up and down buttons to adjust to the desired range.
In order to stay in alert, you can set an alarm for the unit to inform you if the food goes lower or higher than specific temperatures, for example under 32°F and over 572°F. Also, an alarm is activated if you go more than 300 feet away from the grill so you can prevent signal loss.
Who Should Buy the TP20 Model?
If you are wondering if this type of food thermometer is the right model for your needs and if you should buy it or not, then let me tell you that if you have grilled or smoked food before, you should know the importance of correct cooking temperatures.
The accuracy of cooking temperature will directly impact the flavor of your food. You don’t want to end up with an undercooked chuck roast or an overcooked steak with no juices at all.
So, if you are an occasional griller, having a smoker thermometer is always recommended. And, if you add the safety factor, which can come from undercooked food, then using a food thermometer is mandatory.
The development of technology and the innovation of manufactures have made thermometers easy to use by everyone, so don’t worry if you are not tech-savvy or haven’t used one before.
If you want a more advanced model, you can pick one from our best digital meat thermometers guide and you will have no issues at all once you use it for a couple of minutes.
Who Shouldn't Buy this Model?
For this particular thermometer model from ThermoPro, I wouldn’t suggest you pick it up if you are planning to measure temperatures under freezing point as it has a minimum of 32°F. This is kind of model only for below freezing point measurements, so anything grilling, cooking, baking, smoking, etc. is good.
Our Editor's Conclusion:
The ThermoPro TP20 is a great food thermometer for a beginner and for master griller.
The design, simple-to-use interface, accuracy, dual probes, transmitter range, and the pre-programmed cooking profiles make this model a very good option, which will save you loads of time and will help you cook a perfect meal.
And if you face any issues with the probes or the unit, the company will help you and help fix them quickly, making customer support top notch.
Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about the ThermoPro TP20 model:
Is ThermoPro TP20 Waterproof?
While it has a durable and shock-proof construction, the ThermoPro TP20 is not waterproof. So, you may want to keep it away from water.
How to Calibrate ThermoPro TP20?
Calibrating a thermometer is necessary to check and adjust by comparison against the standard measuring values.
A simple way to calibrate it is to fill a bowl with ice water and put the tip inside the water. The reading should be at 32°F. If you are getting any other reading, reset the unit and try the test again.
The process is the same for any food thermometer, so here it is a article explaining it or a quick video showing you how to do it:
Can I Use the TP20 Model in the Oven?
Yes, the ThermoPro TP20 can be used to measure food cooking in the oven and if you want, you can leave it inside during the cooking. It is designed to work safely in high temperatures, so no worries at all.
Can I Use the TP20 as a Instant Read Thermometer?
Sure, you can adjust and use the TP20 model as an instant read thermometer. It can reads in about 5-7 seconds, if it works for you.
Is a Storage Case included in the Package?
No, it doesn't. In the package you get: 1 x Digital Thermometer Receiver, 1 x Digital Thermometer Transmitter, 2 x Food Temperature Probe, 4 x AAA Batteries & 1 x Manual.