The ThermoPro TP28 Remote Meat Thermometer is the dual-probe successor to the wildly popular ThermoPro TP-20 remote wireless meat thermometer.
The TP28 features an enhanced 500-foot wireless signal range between its transmitter and receiver devices. This is an upgrade over the TP20’s wireless range of 300 feet.
ThermoPro has also recently released the TP27 four-probe remote meat thermometer that features a 500-foot wireless signal range as well.
However, the TP28 remote meat thermometer isn’t just a two probe version of the four-probe TP27 model.
Unlike the TP27, the TP28 comes with preset meat temperature alarms and a new “till ready” function that displays how many degrees your food is from your target temperature.
In this review of the ThermoPro TP 28 Dual-Probe Wireless Meat Thermometer, I will examine its features, usability, accuracy, durability, and price to see if it’s worth your hard-earned money.
ThermoPro TP 28 Remote Meat Thermometer
ThermoPro is one of the top companies producing meat thermometers for professional kitchens as well as for the home consumer.
They’ve released many new meat thermometer models this year and every single one has garnered top ratings.
They make quality products and stand behind them with excellent customer service and a solid warranty. (3 years when you fill out the warranty information.)
The ThermoPro TP28 Remote Wireless Dual Probe Meat Thermometer is no exception.
According to ThermoPro, the TP28 is the successor to the TP20 Remote Meat Thermometer.
Following in the footsteps of the TP20 is no small task as it is still one of the top-selling meat thermometers on the market.
Other companies would be content to keep churning out the same thermometer, but ThermoPro is never satisfied and is constantly innovating their products.
A lot of this innovation is inspired by customer feedback. It actually says “Feedback Based Design” on every box.
ThermoPro listens to its customers and that informs how they design their products. I like to support companies that actually care and ThermoPro is one of those companies.
Let’s take a look at the features of the TP28 thermometer and see what’s new and improved.
Features of the ThermoPro TP28 Remote Wireless Meat Thermometer
One of the updated design features of the ThermoPro TP28 is the decision to switch the operation of the entire unit from the receiver to the transmitter.
The buttons that control everything on the TP20 model are located on the transmitter unit that you take with you wherever you go to monitor your food remotely.
One of the reasons for the switch is so that you can use the TP28 as a standalone thermometer, with no need for both units. This is helpful for cooking food that doesn’t necessarily take a long time like a steak or piece of chicken.
Here are the important features of the ThermoPro TP28 Dual Probe Remote Meat Thermometer:
- One Transmitter
- One Receiver
- 2 Stainless-Steel Temperature Probes
- One Grate Clip
Transmitter Features and Specifications
- LCD (Liquid Crystal Display)
- Low Battery Indicator
- Remote Range of 500 feet.
- IPX4 Waterproof
- Temperature Alarm
- Dual Probe Ports
- Tabletop Stand, magnetic back, and hanging hole placement options
Receiver Features and Specifications
- LCD (Liquid Crystal Display)
- Low Battery Indicator
- Remote Range of 500 feet.
- IPX4 Waterproof
- Touch Backlight
- Temperature Alarm Mode: You can choose between a beep alarm, vibration alarm, beep and vibrate, or silent.
- Hold the MODE button for 3 seconds to display “till ready” temperature
Two Stainless-Steel Food Probes
- Both probes are 8.5 inches long with 6 inches of that being the part you insert in your food and 2.5-inch handles that are easy to remove.
- The probes and their cables are heat resistant up to 716 degrees Fahrenheit. The probes’ temperature measuring range is between 14 and 572 degrees Fahrenheit.
How easy is the TP28 to use? Like most new gadgets there’s a learning curve, but I wouldn’t consider it too steep.
The features that are a holdover from the previous TP20 model are the preset meat temperature alarms. The preset meat temperatures are based on the USDA’s guidance for the minimum safe serving temperatures for different foods.
One new feature of the TP28 is the “Till Ready” temperature function. This function is based on the temperature difference between where your food is at and your alarm temperature setting.
If you are cooking chicken with an alarm setting at 165 degrees Fahrenheit, and the probe in your chicken is reading 130 degrees Fahrenheit, the till ready function will display 35 degrees away from being done.
An interesting feature that could prove useful when you are busy in the kitchen while entertaining guests.
Buttons on the TP28 Transmitter
Here are the buttons of the TP28’s transmitter and their functions.
Press to turn the transmitter on and off. Hold the button down for 3 seconds to set the same target and meat selection for both probes.
Press to rotate between Probe 1 and Probe 2. Also, press and hold it for 3 seconds to enter TIMER mode, then press once to return to THERMOMETER mode.
Press once to turn on and off the backlight. Press and hold for 3 seconds to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit.
- Up Arrow
Increases the temperature in thermometer mode. Increases the time in timer mode.
Confirms the time setting in timer mode. Starts and stops the timer. Press and hold for 3 seconds to clear the timer. In thermometer mode press once to turn on and off the temperature alarm.
- Down Arrow
Decreases the temperature in thermometer mode. Decreases the time in timer mode.
Press to select the preset meat temperature alarms of various choices. The choices are beef, veal, chicken, pork, poultry, lamb, fish, ham, ground beef, ground poultry, user-defined temperature, and bbq, or the ambient temperature of your cooking chamber.
This button scrolls through your meat doneness preferences. Scroll between rare, medium-rare, medium, medium-well, and well-done settings. Also switches between the Hi and Low-temperature alarms for the bbq mode.
Buttons on the TP28 Receiver
Press once to turn on or off. Hold down for 3 seconds to synchronize and pair with the transmitter.
Switches between the alarm modes, which are vibration, vibration and sound, sound, and silent.
The ThermoPro logo on top of the TP28 is actually a button that turns on the backlight.
Wireless Range of the ThermoPro TP28
Is the wireless signal range as good as the reported 500 feet on the box of the TP28? The wireless range between two devices can be limited by the obstacles between them.
Most signal ranges that thermometer companies use in marketing are the best case, line-of-sight distances.
I decided to test the range of the TP28 for myself by taking it for a walk around the neighborhood.
To give me a comparison, I also brought along the ThermoPro TP27 and the TP20.
I actually got a better signal on this walk with all the thermometers than my previous trips with the TP27 and TP20.
I cannot account for this difference in the signal range from my previous tests but the distance is legit.
Using the distance measurement tool on Google maps I was able to receive a signal of at least 500 feet with both the TP28 and TP27. The TP20’s signal cut out at 350 feet.
Am I saying this is the range you’ll get at your home? No, every situation is different. In fact, in my previous signal range tests, the signal range of the TP27 and TP20 was between 250 and 350 feet.
Same route, same obstacles. The main takeaway is the signal of all three thermometers is pretty solid.
Most people won’t need that type of range so the reported distance becomes a proxy for the device’s signal strength through walls and other obstacles.
All three models handled the obstacle test as well. I tested the signal for all three between my in-ground basement to the other side of a detached garage.
Still, I received a signal through multiple walls and structures over 60 feet away.
I would consider the signal range of the TP28 to be solid.
Accuracy of the ThermoPro TP28 Wireless Meat Thermometer
How accurate is the ThermoPro TP 28? I tested it in a water bath with some other thermometers and it was right in the ballpark in terms of accuracy.
I would consider the TP28 to be pretty accurate.
How durable is the ThermoPro TP28? Unlike the prior TP20 model that isn’t water-resistant, the TP28 has a waterproof rating of IPX4.
A thermometer’s IP rating refers to the device body’s effectiveness at keeping ng out foreign bodies and moisture. Here’s a link to the IP rating system.
An IP rating of IPX4 means that a device is protected against water splashes. Whether this means you can leave the TP28 outside in the rain remains to be determined.
I’m sure a little rain wouldn’t affect it and I’m keen to test it out the next time it does rain where I live.
The bodies of both the transmitter and receiver seem sturdy enough with rubber gasket seals that connect the front and back parts of the devices.
One thing to mention is that the previous TP20 model had a rubber shockproof sleeve around the outside of both the transmitter and receiver.
The thin rubber gasket around the outside of the TP28 provides some protection from drops but doesn’t have the same coverage as the TP20’s shockproof sleeve.
Both the transmitter and receiver of the TP28 come with multiple options to place your thermometer to view the display.
There’s a sturdy tabletop stand, a magnet, a hanging hole (on the transmitter), and a belt clip (on the receiver) that you can wear like an 80’s business person wore a beeper.
ThermoPro has one of the best warranty policies for meat thermometers in the marketplace today. Each thermometer comes with a warranty card with information on how to register your thermometer on their website and extend your warranty for three years.
The TP28 should be able to handle most normal cooking situations in terms of durability.
I probably wouldn’t leave it in the rain too long but it’s nice it’s splash-proof. I’ll check back in on the durability factor if I decide to drop it off a countertop for fun.
What is the price of the TP28 and how does it compare to other remote meat thermometers in the marketplace?
The TP28’s current price tag puts it around $10 to $15 more than the TP20 model and $10 less than its four-probe sibling, the TP27.
Like all of my reviews, this review of the ThermoPro TP28 Dual-Probe Remote Wireless Meat Thermometer will evolve over time the more I use and get to know the TP28.
My first impressions of it are positive. I think it features a lot of nice upgrades, with the enhanced wireless range being the most noteworthy.
Is it better than the TP20? Yes.
Is it better than the TP27? I leave that for you to decide. Some people don’t really need more than two probes, some people do.
I don’t think you can go wrong with either choice. I think both are well worth the money and would make great additions to your cooking toolkit.