The ThermoPro TP-19 is a good alternative to our favorite instant read thermometer, the Thermapen Mk4.
The TP-19 promises similar specs at a fraction of the price, so we were keen to see how well it performed. In this review we put this thermometer through the paces to see if it makes for a worthwhile alternative.
You may also want to check out the TP15H for a lower cost alternative.
ThermoPro sent me a free TP-19 in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ThermoPro TP-19 Overview and First Impressions
From the design to the specs this thing has been built to compete with the much more expensive model.
Straight away we could tell that ThermoPro has made some improvements over their previous instant read models like the popular TP-15.
Now the probe slides back into the thermometer housing for safe storage.
That fixes a serious design issue we had with that model.
You can tell by holding it that the material and build quality isn’t quite to the same level as the Thermapen, but for the price this is understandable.
We tested this product out on some chicken and pork and were impressed with the ease of use.
It is a lightweight, 100% waterproof
It has a meat temperature chart on the back that is easy to read.
What we like:
- Value for money – A fraction of the cost of the Thermapen One with similar read time and accuracy
- Plenty of features – The 2″ backlit display automatically rotates depending on the angle for easy reading, and the motion sensor puts the thermometer to sleep after 90 seconds and turns it on when the probe is withdrawn.
- Impressive specs – 2-3 second read time and ±0.9℉ accuracy match the performance of the thermometers that cost 3x the price.
- 100% waterproof design – Nice to be able to give the thermometer a quick rinse.
What we don’t like:
- Real world read speed – In actual testing the thermometer didn’t seem quite as quick as the super fast 2-3 second read time that was advertised.
If you’re looking for a Thermapen alternative ona budget this is a great choice. The materials used and level of quality aren’t quite as high, but for the price it’s hard to fault.
What’s in the box & specifications
The thermometer came well packaged in a padded envelope.
In the box you will find the ThermoPro TP-19 along with the instruction manual and one AAA battery.
ThermoPro TP-19 specifications:
|Response Time||2-3 seconds|
|Temp Range||-58°F – 572°F|
|Probe Length||4.5 inches|
Using the ThermoPro TP-19
Once the battery is installed this thermometer is ready for use.
Once the probe is extended the screen will turn on automatically. Retracting the probe powers it off.
If you leave the thermometer extended for more than 90 seconds the display will automatically power off to save battery life.
The large read out is an auto-rotating display so it will never be difficult to read.
On the back, you can see the recommended internal temp for a few different common items. I don’t agree with all the recommendations (check out our time and temp chart for more temps).
If you need to you can use the calibration function.
There are a couple of other nice features including a magnetic back, kitchen hook and a meat temperature chart on the back. You can set it to read either Fahrenheit or celsius.
The probe is 4.5 inches and features a temperature range of -58°F to 572°F.
The ThermoPro TP-19 is a great choice for any budget-conscious pitmaster (or home chef).
If you can’t justify spending $99 on the Thermapen this is a solid choice.