ThermoPro TP-19 Review

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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.

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

I’m sure it’s not a coincidence that the ThermoPro TP-19 looks almost identical in shape to the Thermapen Mk4.

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 Mk4 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easy reading, and the motion sensor puts the thermometer to sleep after 90 seconds and turns it on when the probe is withdrawn.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.

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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 Time2-3 seconds
Accuracy±0.9°F
Temp Range-58°F – 572°F
Probe Length4.5 inches
Warranty3 years

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 Mk4 this is a solid choice.

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Joe Clements

Joe Clements

As the son of a vegeterian, I grew up dreaming about meat. Now as the founder and editor in chief of Smoked Barbecue Source I get to grill, barbecue and write about meat for a living!I'm sharing everything I learn along the way on my journey from amateur to pitmaster.

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