ThermoPro TP920 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer Review
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The ThermoPro TP920 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer is a dual-probe, long-range, wireless Bluetooth meat thermometer featuring Bluetooth 5.0 technology with a reported signal range of 500 feet.
Formerly known as the ThermoPro TP-25H2 Bluetooth Thermometer, ThermoPro changed its name to the TP920 model.
This name change makes sense considering the numerical model names of the newer ThermoPro wireless models have moved into the triple digits; the TP826, TP829, and most recently the TP930.
See my review of the four-probe ThermoPro TP930 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer.
After testing the TP920 the last few days I can confidently say that it has a stronger Bluetooth signal than its competitors with a better mobile app.
The TP920 is the two-probe sibling to the very popular ThermoPro TP25 four-probe Bluetooth meat thermometer.
And just recently, ThermoPro has released the two-probe ThermoPro TP910 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer.
See the ThermoPro TP910 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer review here.
At first glance, it appears to be quite different in appearance than the TP25 model. It also has the same smart device app as the TP25 model as well. (click the hyperlink above to go to my review of the TP25 for more info.)
The reported wireless Bluetooth range is solid, and I think that the TP920 might move its way onto my list of Best Bluetooth meat thermometers.
ThermoPro TP920 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer
ThermoPro has been very busy releasing new meat thermometer models and the TP920 is yet another new release.
Until now ThermoPro had only one Bluetooth meat thermometer (the TP25 model) in its lineup of high-quality thermometers.
The TP920 is the two-probe version of the four-probe TP25 model, albeit with some differences in design and usability.
The one thing that’s missing from the TP920 is the different colored food probes and ports so that you can differentiate what’s cooking under your grill lid or behind your oven door.
The TP25 model has four different colored probes that fit into their respective colored ports on the thermometer body. These also correspond to their own respective colored sections on the mobile app.
Not a huge deal but it’s nice to know that it’s your chicken breast and not your steak that’s reading 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Blue probe in chicken, the blue port on the thermometer, the blue section on the app helps you track your food from the grill to your phone.
For those of you out there that have no need for more than two temperature probes then this model might make more sense than the four-probe TP25.
Features of the TP920 Wireless Bluetooth Meat Thermometer
Here are some of the features of the ThermoPro TP920 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer.
- One Bluetooth Thermometer
The thermometer body has a large display screen that is illuminated when you touch the backlight button above the screen. The digits are large and easy to read. The backlight stays on for 15 seconds when the button is pressed.
- Two Food Temperature Probes
The food temperature probes are the standard-issue stainless-steel food probes that ThermoPro includes in all of its probe thermometers. They are 8.5 inches long with 6.25 inches of that being the probe tip you insert into food.
- A USB cable
A great feature of this thermometer is the ability to charge it with a USB cord.
- One Grate Clip
- ThermoPro BBQ App for Smartphone or Tablet
Usability of the TP920
How easy is the TP920 to use? The initial setup is very easy.
Turn on the thermometer and then make sure your smart device has Bluetooth enabled. To download the ThermoPro BBQ app you can either go to the Apple or Google Play stores.
You can also scan the QR code on the user’s manual with your smart device and it will take you right to where you need to download the app.
Once the app is downloaded it will immediately search for your device to pair with once you open it.
All of the control features for the TP920 are located within the ThermoPro BBQ app that you can download for your Apple or Android device.
The TP920 will work as a standalone thermometer but it will still retain the temperature alarms from the last time they were set in the app.
There are a few buttons on the actual device itself. There’s a touch backlight button on top of the display screen.
The backlight will stay on for 15 seconds after you press the button.
There are just two buttons on the back of the device. There’s an alarm button on the left that you press and hold for three seconds to turn the alarm on or off.
There’s also a power button that also functions as the temperature unit selector. Press and hold the button down for three seconds to toggle between Fahrenheit and Celsius.
A countertop stand folds out from the back to give the thermometer a nice solid base. There is also a hole to hang the unit from when you push up the slider button in the middle.
The mobile application is where all of the controls for the TP920 reside and that is what I will discuss right now.
The ThermoPro BBQ App
After pairing your phone to the TP920 device you will be taken to the main temperature screen with the temperatures for both probes prominently displayed on the screen.
There are a few things to be aware of on this screen. In the upper right-hand corner is your Bluetooth signal strength measured in bars.
For each probe section, there is the type of meat displayed above your temperature. To change this just press it and it will take you to the probe profile screen. (See the “set profile” screenshot below)
To the right of the temperature display are two circles. The top one with bars is the time-temperature graph. Press that circle and it will take you to your graph.
The circle with the alarm clock is the timer.
The area to the left of the temperature display is the “Estimated Time Left” function. When you set your desired temperature for your food, the ThermoPro App then estimates how long it will take to cook by using the current temperature and how fast it is increasing towards your desired temperature.
The settings section for the ThermoPro BBQ app lets you customize certain features such as 109 different alarm sounds, alarm vibration on or off, and a heads-up alarm to let you know that you’re getting close to your target temperature.
The screenshot above is what you’ll see when you press the “meat” section above the temperature on the main screen. This is the temperature profile setting screen for each probe. You can choose from the different meats listed or choose your own temperature by pressing the add button.
You can view how your food is progressing over time by pressing the graph button next to the temperature on the main screen. It takes you to your temperature graph.
Although you can swipe between the temperature graphs for each probe (the screen above is on probe 2, the blue dot on the bottom), you can’t combine the graphs together.
So if you have one probe monitoring your smoker’s temperature and one monitoring your meat’s temperature, you can’t see a screen with both temperatures on it. This is one of the things that the app could improve on.
Wireless Range of the TP920
The ThermoPro TP920 features the same Bluetooth 5.0 technology as the four-probe ThermoPro TP25 Bluetooth Thermometer.
This advanced Bluetooth technology is capable of stronger and more reliable wireless transmission ranges than prior Bluetooth versions.
Most Bluetooth meat thermometers on the market will have a transmission range from 30 to 100 feet. I know because I’ve tested a lot of them.
The reported 500 foot wireless Bluetooth signal range is the best-case-scenario, line-of-sight distance from the thermometer to your smart device.
However, a Bluetooth thermometer can have a strong signal but your smart device still needs to be capable of connecting to it as well.
The main thing to remember is that if the ThermoPro TP920 or TP25 meat thermometers are having a hard time connecting to your mobile device, then you definitely won’t connect with any other Bluetooth meat thermometer.
I have an iPhone 7. Its Bluetooth connection is okay. I connected to the ThermoPro TP920 that was monitoring a sous vide water bath in my kitchen and then went for a walk outside.
I lost connection around 200 feet. Not the 500 feet that’s advertised.
However, it takes two to tango and I’m sure with a better phone the distance would increase.
The important takeaway is that I generally lose connection with most of my other Bluetooth thermometers somewhere between 33 and 100 feet.
Like its sibling, the TP25 model, the ThermoPro TP920 Bluetooth meat thermometer has a wireless signal that’s better than most of the other Bluetooth meat thermometers on the market.
How accurate is the ThermoPro TP920? It’s rated to be accurate within +-1.8°F, within a temperature range of 15°F to 572°F.
I tested the TP920 in a sous vide water set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit with the Inkbird IBT-4XS Bluetooth Meat Thermometer and the Thermapen MK4.
I inserted all three thermometer probes into the water while it was still somewhat cold and started the sous vide machine set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The Thermapen was the most responsive to temperature changes as the water climbed in temperature.
The TP920 and the Inkbird weren’t too far behind in responsiveness and all of the thermometers were reading around 120 degrees Fahrenheit when the sous vide water stabilized at its set temperature.
I would consider the ThermoPro TP920 to be accurate.
How durable is the ThermoPro TP920? Well, there is no mention of a waterproof rating in its user manual so I’m not sure how it would handle rain on it during overnight cooks.
The body itself seems solid enough and the stand makes sure that it doesn’t tip over when you’re inserting your probes into food on the grill.
The TP920 is covered by ThermoPro’s one-year warranty. All of ThermoPro’s thermometers come with a warranty-extension card that will extend your warranty by three-years when you go to buythermopro.com/warranty-registration.
The price of the TP920 is currently in the $50 range. This is what you should expect to pay for a decent Bluetooth meat thermometer.
There are cheaper Bluetooth models on the market, but they don’t come with the same quality assurance and warranty-backed quality that ThermoPro thermometers do.
The ThermoPro TP920 Bluetooth meat thermometer is ThermoPro’s second entrant into the Bluetooth meat thermometer market.
Here are the things I like about it.
It has a solid Bluetooth wireless range that is easily 2 to 3 times stronger than the current competing Bluetooth meat thermometers (outside of its TP25 sibling).
The mobile app is good with plenty of features like adjustable temperatures and some graphing ability.
Here’s what I wish it had.
I’m not quite sure why it doesn’t have the same color-coordinated probe-to-port-to-phone app system that its four-probe counterpart, the ThermoPro TP25 features.
This makes it easier to track which piece of meat is cooking.
I also wish the temperature graph in the app included both probes on the same graph. This is important when you’re using a natural heat source like charcoal and would like to see how your food reacts to changes in the ambient temperature
I like the TP920, I just like the four-probe TP25 a little better. Not only does it have two extra probes, but its seamless integration of color-coordinated probe-to-phone app setup makes its usability far superior.
The TP25 is also only around $10 more. Not having to guess what probe is in my steak is well worth it in my opinion.
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- Extended 500ft range: Wireless Meat Thermometer Bluetooth features the most powerful Bluetooth 5.0 technology to provide a strong, reliable connection to track temps 500 feet away; Be it inside your home or in the backyard, rest assured you will be able to monitor your cook through the simplistic ThermoPro BBQ APP; Once out of range, the APP will remind you
- Easy-to-Use APP: The multi-functional food thermometer APP is packed full of useful,but still easy to use features to meet the needs of a beginner or an experienced pit master; With USDA preset temperatures, custom temperature settings, timers and ambient temp range setting for your grill or smoker all controlled via an APP, relax while you Cook Like a Pro
- Remaining cook time estimator& Pre-temp alarm: Digital food thermometer for cooking uses an advanced algorithm to accurately estimate how many minutes are left for your cook to reach the target temperature which is helpful to plan your meal; Set a Temp Pre Alarm to receive a timely notification when the meat temperature is 5/10/15 F away from the target temp, ensuring you’re ready to pull the meat off at the perfect time
- Precise probes with winders: Our step-down design dual probes ensure the most precise readings be it measuring two kinds of food or ambient grill/oven temperature. With a probe temperature of 15.8℉ to 572℉ (-10℃ to 300℃) and accuracy of1.8°F/1°C, you will be able to cook any type of meat to perfection; After use, avoid a tangled mess in your drawer with the included probe winders
- Informative Temperature Graph: View your cooking temperature history in the form of a graph for all probes to help you better understand trends and temperature fluctuations throughout the entire cook; Rechargeable digital meat thermometer for grill can hold a charger for 8 months completely to meet your smoking and grilling needs.