A common problem with most meat thermometers is that the probes can start to malfunction easily. The joint area where the probe connects to the cable is not waterproof. When washing the probes and water gets into this joint can render them faulty and sometimes they may stop working.
The ThermoPro TP08S comes with a lifetime warranty on the probes. The manufacturer will replace the probes for free even if they have been damaged from improper use. This boosts buyers’ confidence because they would most likely get a little more life out of their thermometers.
The transmitter has a hook that lets you connect it to the door of your oven. If you are using it on a grill, I will recommend setting the transmitter on a shelf or table next to the grill, so it does not melt. Fortunately, it has an incorporated stand if you are setting it next to the barbecue.
A major turnoff of the ThermoPro TP08S is that the buttons and inputs are not intuitive. One button can have multiple functions, and users will most likely have to refer back to the owner’s manual to remember how to use it. This should not be a problem after a couple of uses.
The inputs for the different probes are not labelled, either. Users will have to check the product image every time they intend to use the thermometer. This should not be a headache as users are more likely to become accustomed or they can decide to label them themselves.
Pros of the ThermoPro TP08S
- Comes with one probe for measuring ambient temperature and another for inserting into the meat
- This wireless meat thermometer monitors your food and grill temp up to 300 feet away giving you the freedom to tend to more important matters while cooking
- This meat thermometer is oven safe with highly accurate stainless steel food probe and oven/ grill/ smoker temperature probe, to allow you to monitor both food and ambient temperature simultaneously
- Set your desired food temp and HI/LOW temperature range for your grill or smoker to know when to add more fuel. The thermometer will flash and beep to remind you if the temperature ever goes out of your set range; HI/LOW temp range alarm is specifically designed for usage with smokers, grills and BBQ
- Cook with ease with the ThermoPro TP08S wide and accurate temp range: 32°f to 572°f (0°c to 300°c) and high accuracy of 1.8°f (1°c)
- Probe thermometer features a food-grade stainless steel probe with step-down tip design to get temperature more precisely and quickly. It can display both Fahrenheit and Celsius readings
- The timer counts down or up to help you keep track of your cooking
- The meat probe is adequately long.
Cons of the ThermoPro TP08S
- Cannot measure the temperature of two cuts of meat at once
- Neither the transmitter nor the wireless receiver is waterproof
- The power button is extremely sensitive, making it easy to turn the unit off by mistake
Note that this thermometer is durable in sunny weather. It is not waterproof, but it is wrapped in a rubber case to protect it from falls and bumps.
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Which Meat Thermometer Is Right for Me
Picking a cooking thermometer is a tricky business. Lots of products offer great and amazing features. Moreover, some offer a lot less than they are advertised. Naturally processing such large volumes of information about different thermometers might be straining on buyers. Hence, we have created a streamlined list to help anyone who loves a perfectly cooked meal.
- Accurate Temperature Readings: The most important feature of any thermometer is speed and accuracy. In other words, how quickly you can get a steady accurate reading of the temperature inside your dish once the thermometer is turned on. A thermometer that can quickly jump toward the final temperature is much better than one that leaves you guessing as it slowly rises. Instant-read thermometers typically reach temperatures a few seconds faster than probe thermometers. A good thermometer should also cover the whole temperature range of home cooking, from below freezing (32 °F) and well over hot frying oil (400 °F).
- Durability: A cooking thermometer’s durability depends on how well its electronics are protected from dust and water, as measured by its IP rating. The IP rating consists of two numbers that indicate how much abuse an item can withstand. The first number (ranging from 0–6) pertains to solids, and the second one (ranging from 0–8) pertains to liquids. An example is the ThermoPro TP27 wireless meat thermometer, which is rated IPx4, indicating that it is protected against strong jets of water such as splashes from a small amount of rain but isn’t entirely waterproof. While the TP28 wireless meat thermometer has a sturdy build, indicating that the body of the unit is protected against the entry of dust and can withstand an appreciable amount of impact force.
- Probe Length: The probe on a thermometer should be thin at its pointed end to minimize juice-leaking punctures, and long enough to reach the center of large roasts or deep pots. A longer probe also helps keep your hands at a safe distance from heat and steam. Depending on users’ cooking style and location of use, the probe length should be considered sufficiently long enough to suit usage.
- Easy to Read: Most users prefer cooking thermometers that display large numbers on their digital screens to make it easier to read temperatures quickly. Backlit displays are also convenient when cooking in a dimly lit kitchen or grilling outdoors at night. If you are considering buying a dial display thermometer, the dial should have legible temperature indicators. Some dials also include images of various meat sources and their corresponding recommended cooking temperatures.
- Price: The price of the thermometer will majorly determine if a buyer will purchase it or not based on his/her budget. We narrowed our focus to thermometers that cost from $30 to $100. You can find some perfectly good thermometers at around $30 that are much faster and more durable than the cheap ones. Most thermometers retailing for $20 or less are slow, have poor quality, and often barely distinguishable copies of one another, except on rare instances. So paying the extra $10 or $15 is worth it for an accurate, high-quality instrument, but paying a lot more is not necessary for most users.
- Ease of Use: This can range from adjustable probes that make it easier to insert the thermometer at various angles to rotating screens that let users see easily the temperature reading from different angles. Also, the use of heat-resistant cables of up to 700 °F should be considered. Cables should also be long enough so they do not snag on an oven door or grill lid when closed. Useful accessories, such as probe clips and a strong magnet for attachment to pots or oven doors should be factored in as well.