The ThermoPro TP25 Wireless Bluetooth Meat Thermometer is the newest thermometer from the fine people at ThermoPro.
What is it? It is a four-probe Bluetooth-enabled meat thermometer that connects to your smartphone or tablet. There are a ton of Bluetooth meat thermometers out there, what makes this so special?
The ThermoPro TP25 boasts of a better Bluetooth signal than other Bluetooth thermometers on the market. I decided I had to see this for myself so I bought one.
After testing, I have concluded the ThermoPro TP25 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer does have the strongest, most reliable Bluetooth connection of all the top Bluetooth meat thermometers. What thermometers?
The MEATER+165ft Long-Range Wireless Meat Thermometer (which is also WiFi capable), the InkBird IBT-4XS Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer, and the Tenergy Solis Wireless Bluetooth Meat Thermometer are the main thermometers I tested alongside the TP25.
Also, I pitted the TP25’s Bluetooth capabilities against other WiFi/Bluetooth compatible devices such as the Thermoworks Signals, the Tappecue True Touch WiFi and the SmokeBloq Wifi Meat thermometers.
After discussing the Bluetooth aspects I will go over the features of the ThermoPro TP25 as well as the usability, accuracy, durability, and price of the ThermoPro TP25 relative to the competition.
And finally, I will discuss what the release of the TP25 means for ThermoPro’s other top wireless transmitter-to receiver model, the ThermoPro TP-20.
Ok, let’s get started!
Why Should You Trust This Review?
I am skeptical when anyone calls themselves an expert. I’m not an expert. All I can tell you is that I love making food for people and I seem to be pretty darn good at it (humble brag?)
I buy and use the thermometers that I review on a daily basis. I know how important their role is in creating the best food possible.
I’ve been summoned to my smoker at 2 in the morning by the sound of a thermometer temperature alarm going off.
I’ve also been summoned to the smoker at 2 in the morning because my friend was awoken to the five-alarm fire I created by placing two pork shoulders in my offset-smoker above my brisket.
Don’t do that. Let’s just say a lot of pork fat can and will ignite a fire of epic proportions. You live, you learn. (thanks Alanis)
I would like to think I’ve learned a lot since then but every day presents new opportunities. Today’s opportunity is deciding if this thermometer is worth your hard-earned money.
The Bluetooth Range of the ThermoPro TP25 Wireless Meat Thermometer
I wanted to talk about the Bluetooth range of this thermometer first as I feel this is the defining feature that sets it apart from the other Bluetooth thermometers in the market place.
The ThermoPro TP25 claims to have an impressive 495 feet Bluetooth range. Like most Bluetooth technologies, the range of the signal is dependent on many factors.
Factors such as obstructions like walls, metal objects, trees, and other such obstacles will indeed distort the signal.
However, the most important factor for the Bluetooth range of a meat thermometer is the Bluetooth capabilities of your receiving device. You can have the strongest Bluetooth transmission signal going to your smartphone or tablet, but if your devices aren’t good at picking up Bluetooth signals then it doesn’t matter.
You will see the differences in Bluetooth range play out in this review. I tested the Bluetooth range of all the thermometers on a 4th Generation Ipad (8 years old), a Google Pixel 2 phone, and an iPhone 7. (Condolences to Jitterbug users, I’m trying to get my hands on one.)
To test the Bluetooth signal between multiple walls and obstacles, I prepared a sous vide water bath set to 135 degrees Fahrenheit in my basement.
Next, I inserted the MEATER meat thermometer, the InkBird IBT-4Xs Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer, the Tenergy Solis Wireless Bluetooth Meat thermometer as well as the ThermoPro TP25 into the water bath.
I then proceeded to check the Bluetooth range of all of these devices by walking around my house and yard with my Android smartphone. The MEATER didn’t make it out the front door. The InkBird and Tenergy Solis thermometers lost connection around 40 to 50 ft. The ThermoPro TP25 made it out of the driveway and lost connection around 100 or so feet.
Not exactly 495 feet but there were also multiple walls interfering with the signal as well as connectivity issues with my Google Pixel 2 phone. I then tested the ThermoPro TP25 outside by my grill.
This time I used my 8-year-old iPad and had a little better luck. The range was around 200 or so feet with a house and some trees in between.
I do believe you will be able to get a Bluetooth range of 495 feet but you might need the right phone and conditions to do so. The important thing to point out is that the TP25’s Bluetooth chip is better than the other thermometers I’ve tested right now.
This means that if you do have a phone or tablet that is a few years old the TP25 will be your best bet for a decent connection.
Update: I just tested the range of the TP25 on an iPhone 7. Going from my oven in the kitchen I walked until the end of my street until the signal dropped. I measured the distance on Google maps, that’s around 300 feet!
Features of the ThermoPro TP25
Here are the important features of the ThermoPro TP25 thermometer:
- Temperature range of probe: 14 to 572 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to 300 degrees Celsius) +-1.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Runs on a built-in rechargeable lithium battery. It has a USB charging port with a dual-headed USB charging cable to recharge it via computer, phone charger or power bank.
- Bluetooth 2.4 GHZ functionality, the best frequency for a wireless meat thermometer to run on.
- Convenient backlight button on the front. In fact, it is the only button on the front, touch it and it stays on for 10 seconds.
- You can change between Celsius and Fahrenheit on the back by pressing the Power/C/F button.
- Bluetooth button on the back. One of only three buttons on the thermometer. Press and hold for 3 seconds to activate or deactivate Bluetooth functionality.
- Wire stand. It props it up at a comfortable viewing angle or can be reversed and used to hang the thermometer.
Here are the physical components:
- One transmitter. 4 inches tall by 3 inches wide with a 2-inch by 2-inch screen divided into 4 sections for each of the probes.
- One dual-headed USB charging cable.
- Two grill clips to keep your probes from burning up on hot grill grates or oven racks.
- 4- 6-inch multi-colored probes (black, silver, blue, and GOOOOOOOOLD! (Goldmember shout out) that plug into black, silver, blue, and gold ports on the transmitter.
And another great feature of this thermometer is its phone app. You can find the app at the Apple Store or Google Play store online. Search for ThermoPro BBQ.
The ThermoPro TP25 phone app is easy to use and that leads me to the next section. How easy is this thermometer to use?
The Usability of the ThermoPro TP25
This thermometer has three buttons. To put this in perspective, the TP25’s cousin, the TP-20, has eight buttons. Granted, the TP-20 is a wireless transmitter-to-receiver model that needs to have that many buttons.
However, the simplifying aspect of this streamlining can’t be overstated and it is why Bluetooth thermometers are growing in popularity.
What was once a cumbersome task of scrolling through and setting temperatures and alerts on buttons is now a touch of your finger on your smart device. Not to mention that you don’t need to figure out the function of each of the eight buttons anymore.
So, what are these three buttons? You have a light button on the front. Then you have a power/Celsius/Fahrenheit button and Bluetooth connection button on the back. That’s it, pretty easy.
Another feature not found on most other thermometers is the color-coded ports and probes that also correspond to the phone app.
This seamless integration from the grill probe to your smartphone seems like a no-brainer, right? There’s the blue probe sticking out of my steak, and here is its temperature in the blue section of my phone app.
While other thermometers might have color-coded probes you still have to spend precious time lining them up with their corresponding (not colored) ports and places on the phone app.
In my mind, this is also a big plus for the TP25. When you are busy entertaining people and you’ve got your thermometer’s blue probe set to the red section of your app you’ll think of me.
Why? Aunt Edna’s steak got overcooked. Because the red section of your app is set for chicken and you just cooked her steak to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Other than the simplified design and logical probe/port functionality, the phone app is another standout feature of this thermometer.
The ThermoPro TP25 Phone APP
The smart device app for the ThermoPro TP25 has a lot of the same features as other Bluetooth meat thermometer apps. The Inkbird, Tenergy Solis, Soraken, NutriChef phone apps are basically the same app.
The ThermoPro app has a high and low-temperature alarm setting for all the probes. There is also the ability to adjust the alarm setting on the probes to a more soothing alarm sound as well. This is just for the probe alerts, the disconnection alarm is still the default noisy alarm.
The ThermoPro has two very important features that the other Bluetooth thermometers don’t. First, you can export the time/temperature charts of your cook to reference for later.
If you cooked brisket for 14 hours you would then be able to export and save that data for later use. You would be able to see how the temperature rose over time, including the very important temperature stall period inherent to cuts like brisket, and use that data to inform your future cooks.
The one drawback of the app is that all of the probes aren’t integrated into one graph. So, if you want to export info on the aforementioned brisket cook, you would export the ambient temperature probe graph and then the probe in the brisket’s graph.
If you are someone that likes to keep track of your cooks, thermometers such as the SmokeBloq, the Thermoworks Signals, and the Tappecue True Touch thermometers would be more up your alley.
All of those thermometers are over 2 1/2 times the price of the TP25 though.
And the other great feature of the ThermoPro APP is the algorithmic estimated cook time left function. If you’re like me your eyes gloss over when you hear “algorithm”, but it’s pretty simple.
The app will tell you how long it will be until something is done. It basically is taking into account what you’re cooking and how fast it is rising in temperature. The MEATER meat thermometer has a similar algorithmic estimated cook-time function.
Let’s say you’re cooking a steak and you set your target temperature to medium-rare or 130 to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. The app will then read how fast the temperature is rising where the probe is placed in the meat and then give you an estimated time when it will reach medium-rare.
Pretty cool but this feature is also dependent on the user placing the thermometer in the coldest area of a piece of meat. It’s all well and good if the thermometer is telling you that your whole chicken is done because of the thermometer probe in the breast is reading 165 degrees Fahrenheit. But it could still read that while the thigh section of the chicken reading 140 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
So, the estimated cook time function might be best suited for uniform pieces of food. Still, a good function to have as an alert for busy people.
The Accuracy of the ThermoPro TP25
Like all of ThermoPro’s thermometers, the TP25 is pretty accurate. Here it is in comparison to the Thermoworks Signals Wifi meat thermometer and the Tappecue True Touch WiFi meat thermometer in a 134 to 135-degree sous vide water bath.
The Durability of the ThermoPro TP25 Thermometer
It would be presumptuous of me to make assertions as to the durability of this thermometer. It was just released for sale yesterday. What I can tell you is that there is no reference to it being waterproof anywhere. Online or in the manual.
What I can tell you is the body is very sturdy with a stable wire stand. When attached, the probes don’t seem to knock the transmitter around too much because of the stability of the stand.
If you’ve ever used a multi-probe thermometer before you know what I’m talking about. One yank of a probe and the thermometer comes flying off the side table of the grill. Not with this model.
As with all of my thermometer reviews, they are flexible and updated for new information because I still use them after a review is done.
I will keep an eye on the TP25 and update as needed as to the durability of this thermometer. As of right now, it seems just as durable as any other Bluetooth thermometer except I wouldn’t use it in the rain.
The Price Relative to the Competition
The price of the ThermoPro TP25 is similar to its TP-20 transmitter-to-receiver model. In terms of Bluetooth thermometers, it is a little more than the Tenergy Solis, InkBird, Soraken, and NutriChef thermometers.
Update May 2020: The ThermoPro TP 25 is currently a lower price than the other aforementioned Bluetooth thermometers.
However, with the extra features mentioned previously (better Bluetooth technology, better color-coded probe functionality, better smartphone app) and the fact that ThermoPro makes this thermometer makes it a worthwhile investment.
The last point can’t be overstated enough. ThermoPro is one of the top, if not the top seller of meat thermometers on Amazon. They have a stellar customer service record and they make good products.
I should know. I’ve tested a lot of them along with other brands and they are always a top performer.
The ThermoPro Tp25 vs The ThermoPro TP-20
I feel that I need to discuss the obvious here and ponder how the release of the ThermoPro TP25 will affect the market for the ThermoPro TP-20.
The ThermoPro TP-20 is one of the most popular thermometers amongst grilling enthusiasts. With its 300-foot wireless range between transmitter and receiver, its preset and adjustable probe temperature alarms, it is the current top dog in the grilling world.
The ThermoPro TP25 is easier to use than the TP20 in my opinion and has better features. For starters, it has 4 different color probes, each with their own color-coded screen section. The TP-20 only has two probes and you have to guess which one is in the chicken breast and which one is in the thigh.
You can adjust the meat presets in the TP25 whereas you can’t in the TP-20. Case in point, the TP-20 thermometer has a preset meat temperature setting for medium-done pork at 160 degrees Fahrenheit. You can’t adjust that even though the FDA has established that pork is done now at 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
The ThermoPro TP-20 is still a great thermometer. In fact, if you have an older phone or tablet with older Bluetooth technology, you might not be able to take full advantage of the 495-foot range of the newer TP25.
Because my phone and tablet are older, the wireless range on the TP-20 outperformed the TP25. I easily got a signal at 300 feet with the TP-20.
However, out of all the Bluetooth thermometers I connected to my phone, the TP25 easily beat them all by two to three times the distance.
Which one is best for you? That is something you need to decide for yourself. Are you a smartphone person who is more comfortable using a phone app? Do you want to keep your cooking and grilling separate from your IoT (Internet of Things) ecosystem?
I guess it comes down to your personal preference, you can’t go wrong with either choice. Here’s my review of the ThermoPro TP-20 if you’re curious.
My Final Verdict: Is the ThermoPro TP25 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer Worth Your Money?
Yes. The ThermoPro TP25 Wireless Bluetooth meat Thermometer is in my opinion, ThermoPro’s best thermometer for remotely monitoring your food. It is also the best Bluetooth meat thermometer on the market. Here is why:
- None of the other Bluetooth or WiFi thermometers (MEATER+, Thermoworks Signals, Tappecue, SmokeBloq) tested matched the Bluetooth range of this thermometer. While the WiFi cloud-based thermometers have an infinite range when connected to WiFi, their Bluetooth capabilities are nowhere close to the TP25.
- The strictly Bluetooth thermometers don’t come close to the superior phone app of the TP25. They don’t have the graph-export capabilities and estimated cook-time algorithm.
- The color-coded integration of the probes to the transmitter to the phone app makes it far easier to use than the other Bluetooth thermometers.
- ThermoPro is a top seller of thermometers and their customer service is impeccable. This thermometer has a 3-year warranty when registered.
And here are some things that I wish the ThermoPro TP25 had.
- The option for WiFi connectivity. (Not a huge deal, but nice to have options)
- A waterproof body. (It rains a lot where I live.)
- Integration of the 4 different probes’ temperature graphs. As of right now, they are separate so you can’t see how a piece of meat reacts to ambient temperature changes in your grill or oven.
- A carrying case. An added expense I guess, and you can purchase cases separately so this is being nitpicky.
If you do a lot of grilling and always have your phone on you then you need this thermometer in your life. If you are someone that does a lot of extended cooks like smoking ribs or brisket and like to keep track of that information then the Thermoworks Signal, Tappecue Touch, and the SmokeBloq would be more up your alley. Here’s my SmokeBloq review. By the way, it’s waterproof.
That’s it for the review, let me know if you have questions or concerns in the comment section below. Thanks for reading and remember, any thermometer is better than the poke test.