If you’re shopping for a new smoker thermometer you’ve probably seen Maverick’s recommended over and over again. We recently included the Maverick ET-733 on our review of the best smoker thermometers.
But if you’re concerned about reported problems with build quality, you’ll be interested to know that the ThermoPro TP-08 appears to be emerging as a major challenger. Whether your weapon of choice is an oven, grill, smoker or fire pit, the ThermoPro TP-08 is being praised by users for its affordability, ease of use, accuracy, durability and excellent warranty.
Note – ThermoPro has released the TP-27 long range thermometer which has a better design and four probes, a good choice if you need to cook multiple items at the same time.
ThermoPro Tp-08 review overview
All pit masters know the golden rule, “if you’re looking, you ain’t cooking”. With a range of 300 ft, a 3 inch grill probe, and a 6.5 inch probe for the meat itself, the TP-08 allows you to be sure of your temperatures without having to open your grill or be right beside it the entire time.
Giving you the freedom to entertain if you’re throwing a party, ready your side dishes or just kick back and watch the game.
For added peace of mind the TP-08 comes with an alarm that can go off when your meat reaches a specified internal temperature, which you can set for anywhere between 32° and 572° Fahrenheit.
The TP-08 also comes with a timer that can either count up or down. Meaning you can also use it as an all in one tool to keep track of vegetables or any other side dishes you choose to cook along with your meats.
Settings are saved when the unit is turned off. Thermometer pre-sets aren’t the most useful for barbecue. There are some good resources out there, including our own correct finished temperature for different types of meat.
What’s in the box & manufacturer specifications
Every TP-08 comes with the transmitter and receiver, food and oven probes, 4 AAA batteries and the owners manual.
- Backlit LCD display
- Manual temperature settings
- Display in either Celsius or Fahrenheit
- Receiver belt clip and pullout stand
- Durable rubber sleeve
- Lost link distance alert
- Temperature range of 32°- 572° Fahrenheit (0-300 Celsius)
- Probe length, 3” for grill probe and 6.5” for meat thermometer
- Cable Length: 40″ stainless steel mesh cable
- Remote Range: Up to 300 feet
- Receiver Display Size: 1.5×1.3 inches (39×34 mm)
- Transmitter Display Size: 1×0.55 inches (26×14 mm)
- Certifications: FCC certified, CE certified, ROHS, FDA approved probe
- Probe and Wire can withstand up to 716˚F (380˚C)
Ease of use
Lets be honest, cooking thermometers all do the same thing. They should be a very simple piece of technology but manufacturers insist on making them more and more complex as time progresses. Now it seems that to operate one the owners manual should read as follows:
Step 1 – Get a degree in mechanical engineering
Step 2 – Use thermometer
So it came as a rather pleasant surprise to realize that the people over at ThermoPro didn’t go overboard with the features on this particular model. As such the positive traits are both numerous and refreshingly straight forward.
- Easy to read backlit display
- Ability to switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius
- Temperature alerts
- Lost link warning
- Countdown and up timer
- Can be used on a variety of food items (candy, meat, vegetables, cakes)
It came as a rather pleasant surprise to realize that the people over at ThermoPro didn’t go overboard with the features
- There is no indication which is probe 1 and probe 2 for the initial setup. This is where the multi purpose dual probes in the Maverick ET-733 come in handy.
- Button configuration can be a little tricky. For the sake of space ThermoPro has decided to use the same button for a number of choices. Meaning you have to press the equivalent of a shift key to achieve the desired affect. Which can be annoying.
- There are no up or down buttons on the unit. So if you overshoot your desired food temperature you have to cycle all the way through again. Holding the button increases the temperature by ten degree increments.
This is an annoying oversight in the design, and something that Maverick addressed in the ET-733.
It should be said here that ThermoPro offers excellent customer service. Their website allows you to live chat with a representative right away and they are aware of their customer bases needs. If you have any concerns or qualms they will be more than happy to assist you with them.
Accuracy & speed
One majorly positive trait of the TP-08 is that customers have consistently praised it for its accuracy, so much so that it can function as a candy thermometer if desired, an impressive feat.
When stacked up against other thermometers it reads accurately and stays that way. Though it is good practice to use an ice water bath every so often to ensure accuracy in your readings.
The TP-08 has a tolerance of 4°- 6° Fahrenheit within the first few hundred degrees, after that the discrepancy can grow larger. But this should be of no issue to the average chef.
As for its speed, the TP-08 isn’t the fastest draw in the west. But for measuring your pit temperature and monitoring the internal temp of your meat it this won’t be a problem.
If you need to do instant readings probably best to opt for an instant read thermometer like the Themapen.
The TP-08 does suffer with some quality issues that are inherent of its price point. The rubber bumper around the edge of the transmitter and receiver become loose easily, and both units are neither water nor heat proof.
Leaving it outside in the rain, or for too long in the hot sun could spell the end for this unit. So it’s advisable to at least place the transmitter in a plastic bag if its going to sit outdoors unattended.
It’s advisable to at least place the transmitter in a plastic bag if its going to sit outdoors unattended.
The probes are of sufficient quality, though they should never be cleaned in water, but disinfected with a paper towel. And we have received no complaints about the cables coming apart.
The ThermoPro or the Maverick ET-733?
If you’ve gone through a few Mavericks and had problems with probes breaking then the ThermoPro deserve some serious consideration. Currently cheaper than the Maverick ET-733, you get comparable build quality and accuracy.
It’s a shame that each probe has a designated use. This gives the Maverick the edge when it comes to versatility.
And if you’re as clumsy as we are you’ll get annoyed having to scroll all the way around if you accidentally go past your desired temperature.
On the other hand if you’re on a budget you can get comparable technology and build quality, easy pairing and good range and save some cash for buying more ribs.
Where to buy
The easiest place to buy the Thermopro is on Amazon. Make sure you buy the TP08. The TP07 is still for sale, a little bit cheaper but we wouldn’t recommend buying older technology.
If you ever need to replace the probe you can grab a spare probe. Let us know in the comments below if you go ahead and buy the ThermoPro.