I’m not surprised to see ThermoPro TP20 on the position of the No. 1 best seller of smoker thermometers on Amazon. Its ease of use, accurate temperature reading, and fantastic grilling result make it a popular thermometer among BBQ smoker enthusiasts.
In this Thermopro TP20 review, I’ll share my experience with using the thermometer.
I’ve been an avid user for over one year. And it has helped me to successfully cooked several BBQ, including my favorite ribs.
I’m not only here to list the features/spec. I’ll let you know how this thermometer can meet your home BBQ requirements. But, hey, check out the spec, first.
Table of Contents
- Temperature range: 32F- 572F
- Resistant heat of probe wires- 716°F
- Backlit LCD monitors
- The maximum range of 300.’
- Accuracy: +/- 1.8F
- Temperature readout- Fahrenheit or Celsius
- Uses: BBQ, smoker, Oven, Meat, Food
What’s Inside The Box?
When I bought the Thermopro TP20, here’s what I found inside the box:
- 1 Transmitter
- 1 Receiver
- 2 Probes
- 4 AAA Batteries
- Probe Clip
- Instruction Manual
A Quick Overview of The Thermopro TP20
Thermopro TP20 is an updated version of the previous TP08 thermometer. Especially in terms of size and functionality.
The primary function of Thermopro TP20 is to monitor your meat temperature when smoking.
Sim insert the two probes in different meat (or one on the meat and the other on the grill surface). And leave it inside to monitor the internal temperature. You don’t have to test your temperature every now and then.
I love the decent length of the probe. It allows you to insert the tip into the center of your meat to accurately monitor its temperature.
The two wired probes are connected to the transmitter that displays the temperature on a big, clearer LCD screen.
The transmitter then broadcasts the temperature reading to a small transportable wireless remote which you can take around with you.
A Look at The Transmitter and Receiver
The ThermoPro TP20 features two essential parts- the receiver and transmitter.
Let’s see how both works. I’ll start with the transmitter.
Do you know those tiny little radios back then? That’s what the transmitter looks like.
It is housed in a bright orange rubber that is visible even in the dim summer evening backyard light.
There are not many features in the transmitter. Oh, okay, there’s a single button you can use to power on/off your transmitter.
You can also use the same button to switch between Celsius to Fahrenheit.
I checked both sides, and I saw two ports where you can plug your probes.
The ports look like that of your typical headphone.
However, don’t attempt to plug anything else, apart from your probes, though.
The LCD display on the transmitter clearly shows the current temperature of each probe, individually and simultaneously.
The LCD display is sharp enough to let you catch the numbers easily, even from afar. I don’t usually use the transmitter to check the temperature- my receiver does the job.
Turn your transmitter to the back, and you will find a battery space (you can insert 2 AAA batteries here) and a handy hook.
The transmitter support itself in the stand mode.
Alternatively, you can position the stand to 180°, then hang it on the side of your grill shelf.
The receiver is like the Heart of the thermometer operation. Decked out in a similar color with the transmitter (leaves out the black), the receiver is quite handy.
If your receiver lacks anything, it’s definitely not the buttons (I counted the buttons, which are 8 in total). The Mode, power, scale backlight/select, Up, Down, Stop/start, clear, Taste, and Meat.
Don’t be intimidated by the numerous buttons. TP20 is one of the most intuitive thermometers on the market. And super easy to use.
The large LCD screen took over 80% of the receiver’s face.
On the screen is the name of each presets used, and the temperature (current and actual) reading of the two probes.
Do you see the bolded temperature reading? That’s the current temperature. And can be read at a glance.
Below the screen, you’ll find the arrays of buttons. They are easy to read. Thanks to the white text on a grey background and the text size.
From one of the buttons, you can choose your preset for each type of meat. Alternatively, I set my timer and target temperature.
Let’s hop over to the back of the receiver; firstly, you’ll see the battery compartment (where you’ll insert 2 AAA battery), a belt clip, and a stand.
You can also wear your receiver to the sides of your pocket. That way, you can monitor your temperature from anywhere.
Personally, I don’t even wear my receiver. I place the stand next to my table and check the temperature, while I watch my favorite baseball match.
Here’s an exciting part: TP20 comes with a feature that lets you program an alarm to your count up and count down timer.
The thermometer allows you to set your count up and count down alarm to a maximum of 99 hours.
Once it reaches its countdown, you will be notified with an alarm sound. Then the LCD screen brightens up.
And in case if you miss the alarm- don’t fret. It automatically sounds again after 60 seconds.
The alarm function doesn’t stop here: if you customize your temperature settings or use a preset temperature, the alarm will alert you once you reach your target temperature.
The alarm will also sound if the temperature goes down below your target minimum temperature.
And if you lose signal for at least 4 minutes, the alarm sounds to notify you. Isn’t that great?
I have a big backyard, and that’s one of the factors I considered before purchasing TP20. The thermopro TP20 boasts of a 300 feet range. That means you can receive your temperature reading 300ft away from your grilling location.
Of course, make sure your environment is under an ideal condition that is free from the barrier.
I think the 300ft is enough to cover up for any separation with your grill. Feel free to take a short trip to the living room, change the TV station, or reach out to the cold drink in the fridge.
Most times, I use my receiver from my living room which is a generous 100 feet away from my grill.
And I’ve never had a connection problem.
A Glance at The Probes
As you know, none of the other features of the Thermopro TP20 would have been useful without the probes.
These probes are the real thermometer. They are two. And they send the temperature information to the receiver.
As said earlier, the box comes with two probes. You can use both in your food. For me, I use one on my meat and the other to monitor the ambient temperature of my grill.
I checked the material of the probe, and I noticed that it is made with stainless steel. The 40″ wires contain more stainless steel.
And, hey, these probes are resistant to rust and super easy to clean. However, I noticed that they are not completely waterproof. So be careful of how they interact with water. Never submerge them in water.
Additionally, I was able to clip the probe to the grill grate to monitor my cooking surface temperature. That’s a big plus. Thanks to the handy clip.
A look At The Speed And Accuracy
When it comes to speed, this is not an instant-read thermometer, but you can expect your reading within 5 seconds.
In terms of accuracy, Thermopro listed the probe accuracy as +/- 1.8F. Sounds great. I’ve seen many units fall below this precision level.
Warranty and Support
As part of the package in the box, ThermoPro TP20 comes with a generous 1-year warranty.
I also went online to register my TP20 on their website, and I have my warranty extended to 3 years.
You can enjoy the same as well. In case of any problem with the probe, contact their support. Within a short time, they will ship the replacement to you.
And if you’re unsatisfied with what you receive, thermopro offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on this model. It’s a good thing knowing that a company is confident in its product.
When you check their website, you’ll see pages that are dedicated to lots of information such as the FAQs, how-tos, tips, and set up videos.
Furthermore, I’ve used the online platform to make inquiries. There’s also a dedicated phone number for the UK, North America, Spain, Italy, and Germany.
Love to be sociable? Connect with Thermopro via Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.
Unlike many other companies I’ve reviewed, Thermopro support is super easy to contact.
I’ll be happy if Thermorpro can add more probes. Well, they already called it a DUAL probe, so I don’t think I have merit complain here.
I’m a fan of any product that provides real value for money. And the Thermopro TP20 is one.
It fits perfectly with my grills or smokers, and in fact, my oven. And thanks to the two probes, I don’t have to purchase an extra thermometer.
Thanks to the preset for various types of meat, including the doneless levels. You can get your temperature and timing right, even if you’re not a professional BBQ enthusiast.
The thermometer is rugged, enclosed in rubber. Plus the receiver itself is splash-proof. I’m confident that the whole unit can withstand any backyard issue.