The ThermoPro TP20 is an extremely popular meat thermometer, and you cannot go wrong by purchasing one of these. It is designed to be very rugged and sturdy coupled with its appealing look and feel, which inspires confidence that this is a serious piece of kit built with longevity and reliability in mind.
ThermoPro TP20 is equipped with a dual probe, allowing you to monitor both the temperature of your cooker, as well as the internal temperature of the meat you are cooking. It has presets for up to nine types of meat and all their doneness levels pre-programmed. Therefore, you only need to select what you are cooking and how well cooked you would like it. After that, sit back, relax and receive alerts as your cook finishes.
ThermoPro TP20 has a built-in light grey screen with black writing, and a backlight button to illuminate the display, which makes it incredibly easy to read even in the dark. It comes readily packaged in a box with a transmitter, a receiver, two thermometer probes, four AAA batteries and a manual. The probes are rated 716°F, higher than most other thermometers.
The ThermoPro TP20 has two ports. You can use both port and probe to measure the temperature of your cooker or some food. This means you can monitor either two cooker temperatures, or two chunks of meat, or more commonly, one used as a cooker probe to monitor the ambient temperature of your grill or oven, and one for monitoring the internal temperature of a single piece of meat.
You set the desired temperature of your cooker and the desired internal temperature of your meat, insert a probe into your meat and use the provided clip to fix the second probe onto your grill to measure ambient temperature.
Pros of ThermoPro TP20
- Very simple set up
- Very robust. It looks and feels like it is going to last. This is important as the thermometer can go through wars if used frequently
- Many presets for different meats and doneness, which removes the extra need to search and setup times and temperatures.
- The ThermoPro TP20 features a food-grade stainless steel probe with step-down tip design to get temperature more precisely and quickly with Probe wires. This particular meat thermometer can withstand up to 716Fahrenheit heat
- Good range and works well through walls
- Temperature Accuracy: ±1.8°F (±1°C)
- Temperature Range: 32°F to 572°F (0°C to 300°C) with measurement in both Fahrenheit and Celsius readings
- Great warranty and customer service from the manufacturer
Cons of ThermoPro TP20
- Not compatible with mobile phones
Note that the ThermoPro TP20 has up to 300 feet working distance, which is quite impressive. There is no synchronization required, the transmitter and receiver automatically find each other, and this makes its use one step simpler than most.
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.