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The ThermoPro TP930 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer is a four-probe, Bluetooth-only, wireless meat thermometer with a reported Bluetooth signal range of up to 500 feet.
It is also very similar to the extremely popular and highly-rated ThermoPro TP25 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer in many features except its transmitter body and probes.
The ThermoPro TP25 model has been around for a few years and is (was?) my top pick for a Bluetooth meat thermometer.
I think I will have to update that list of top Bluetooth meat thermometers to include the TP930.
Is the TP930 basically the same thermometer as the TP25 but in a different body with different probes?
I will examine that question in this review of the ThermoPro TP930 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer, as well as its features, usability, accuracy, durability, and price to determine if it’s a worthy investment in your cooking future.
ThermoPro TP930 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer
The ThermoPro TP930 is one of three Bluetooth meat thermometer models produced by ThermoPro.
There’s the aforementioned four-probe TP25, the two-probe TP920, and now the TP930.
ThermoPro has also released the two-probe ThermoPro TP910 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer.
If you are unfamiliar with the ThermoPro brand, they are a top manufacturer of food thermometers with many models garnering high ratings.
ThermoPro takes pride in the quality of its products as well as its customer service.
I can vouch for their customer service as I’ve purchased many of their thermometers for review purposes.
When my TP829 model was having issues turning off after two hours I let them know and they responded promptly.
They sent me a new thermometer because it was a defect that they acknowledged in that model. ( That issue with the TP829 has since been resolved.)
That type of customer service speaks volumes about a company.
The ThermoPro TP930 and its four probes connect via a Bluetooth 5.0 connection to your smartphone or tablet using the ThermoPro BBQ mobile app.
This is the same mobile app utilized by the TP25 and TP920 models.
The app has many customizable features including adjustable preset meat temperature alerts, disconnection alerts, high and low-temperature alerts, alarm vibrations, and temperature pre-alarm settings.
I’ll go into more detail about the mobile app after I examine the features and specifications of the TP930.
Features of the ThermoPro TP930
Here are the components that come in the box of the ThermoPro TP930 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer.
- One Transmitter
- Four Stainless Steel Temperature Probes
The probes are 1/4″ shorter than the ThermoPro TP25’s temperature probes. This is ok because they are still among the longest available on the market. The probe cables are 42 inches long. The probes can withstand temperatures up to 716°F.
- Four Plastic Probe Winders
- Two Grate Clips
- One USB Charging cable
- One User’s Manual
Features and Specifications
- Probe Temperature Range- 14°F to 572°F (-10°C to 300°C)
- Accuracy of Temperature Probes- +-1.8°F (+-1.0°C)
- Bluetooth 5.0 Technology
Many of the better Bluetooth meat thermometers will operate with Bluetooth 4.0 or 4.2 installed. The TP930 uses Bluetooth 5.0 technology which is more stable and can transmit across a longer distance.
- Wireless Range – 500 feet (line-of-sight with no obstructions)
- Rechargeable 18650 Lithium Battery
- Connects to ThermoPro BBQ mobile app
- Touch Backlight
- High and Low-Temperature Alarm Settings
- Color-Coordinated Temperature Probes and Ports
Each probe and probe port is color-coordinated all the way through to the mobile app so that you can track individual pieces of meat, (an example would be the blue probe is tracking your chicken temp, the green probe is tracking your steak temp, etc.)
Most of the important functioning and control of the TP930 is done through the ThermoPro BBQ mobile application.
The transmitter body has only three buttons, a backlight button, a power/Celsius/Fahrenheit/Bluetooth button, and an alarm on/off button.
ThermoPro BBQ Mobile App
Connecting to the mobile app is not complicated at all. You can download the app for either Apple or Android devices.
From there the app will automatically pair with the TP930 when it is turned on and the Bluetooth is activated.
The main display screen displays the temperatures of all four probes. Each numbered probe also has a color that corresponds to the probe port and probe as well.
To the right of the temperature display is a graphing button as well as a timer button. The graphing button takes you to the temperature graph of that probe.
Each probe has its own dedicated graph. One thing that the mobile app could improve on is the ability to show all of the probe temperatures on the same graph.
Above the temperature display is a dedicated button to choose the type of food you’re cooking. This brings you to a screen with many different preset temperature options which are further customizable.
This is a nice option. An example would be that your interpretation of a medium-rare steak might be different from the 140°F preset temperature.
Other options in the mobile app include customizable temperature units, disconnection notification, alarm notification, temperature pre-alarms, and vibration alarm settings.
There are also 119 different alarm sounds to select from for each individual probe.
On an important note, there is no saveable cook history, there is only the option of sending a jpeg picture of the temperature graph to an email or via text message.
Estimated Cook Time Feature
The mobile app also has an estimated cook time left feature that will show you how much time your food has left to reach your desired temperature.
Is it accurate? After testing it on a few cooks I can say that is neither more accurate nor less accurate than any of the other thermometers on the market that have this feature such as the MEATER Plus, the Yummly Smart Thermometer, the MeatStick, and the Lavatools Element just to name a few.
To test this feature I inserted a probe into a bratwurst sausage and then put it in a 400°F oven. After 5 minutes or so, the app gave me an estimated done time of close to 17 minutes.
The actual done time turned out to be around three minutes earlier at around 13 minutes and 43 seconds.
Not the best test of this feature’s abilities, but the estimated time did fluctuate quite a bit during the cook.
In defense of the TP930, the aforementioned thermometers’ cook time estimation functions aren’t really accurate either.
There are just too many variables in each individual cook that can skew this estimated time dramatically. The size and type of meat and type of cooking source are just a few things that will vary from cook to cook.
We’ll see how this technology progresses, but for now, I don’t place any trust in this feature on any thermometer.
The TP930 utilizes the same Bluetooth 5.0 technology as the ThermoPro TP25 thermometer. They both have a reported 500 feet Bluetooth wireless signal range between the transmitter and your mobile phone or tablet.
The wireless signal range distance can be viewed as a measurement of the strength and stability of the Bluetooth connection of a device.
Most of you will not need to be 500 feet away from your grill or smoker.
This is the best case, line-of-sight distance measurement. There are many things that can affect the actual distance you will experience yourself.
Obstacles such as walls, trees, fences, etc. can obstruct and affect the wireless signal between your mobile device and the thermometer.
The other major factor in the Bluetooth range is your mobile device’s capabilities at receiving Bluetooth wireless signals. Some are good, some are great, and some are awful.
I have an iPhone 7. Using my old phone I was able to maintain a Bluetooth connection with the TP930 up to 300 feet.
For this test, I placed the thermometer in my kitchen and walked up the street going past multiple trees and fences, with the mobile app cutting out and reconnecting around the 300-foot mark.
Considering the multiple house walls and other obstacles I would consider the TP930’s Bluetooth signal to be pretty strong.
Accuracy of the TP930
I tested the accuracy of the TP930 by placing one of its probes in an ice water bath alongside the incredibly accurate Thermapen ONE.
I also tested it by measuring the temperature of a sous vide water bath along with the FireBoard Spark as well as the Thermapen ONE.
The TP930 did fairly well in both tests.
It measured between 0.6°F to 1.0°F higher in both tests compared to the other highly accurate instant-read thermometers.
I would consider the TP930 to be accurate, but not in the same class as its more expensive test counterparts.
Is the TP930 durable? Durability is a trait tested over time.
Although there is no waterproof IP rating on the box or in the marketing of this thermometer there is a claim that it is rainproof in the FAQ section on the mobile app.
I contacted the company with the question of the TP930’s waterproof capabilities and the representative said it is not waterproof.
Undaunted, I decided to test it in the shower for five minutes. ( No rain today, gotta make do.)
What did this exercise prove? Well, you can put your TP930 in the shower for five minutes and it will come out unscathed.
Take what you will from that. I think the TP930 should be able to handle some rain outside. A torrential downpour? Don’t know.
At the time of this review, the current price tag of the ThermoPro TP930 is $59.99.
This is the same price as the ThermoPro TP25 and it is what you should expect to pay for a decent, four-probe Bluetooth meat thermometer.
This begs the question, is the ThermoPro TP930 basically the same thermometer as the TP25?
Let’s look at their similarities and differences.
ThermoPro TP930 vs ThermoPro TP25
Since the TP930 and T25 have more similarities than differences, here are the few differences between the two thermometers.
- The most obvious difference between the TP930 and the TP25 is the transmitter body. The only difference in the buttons is that there is an alarm button on the back of the TP930.
- The other obvious difference is that the temperature probes of the TP930 are about 1/4″ shorter than the TP25 probes and have colored silicone grommets on the handles rather than the full-colored handles.
- There is also a very slight difference in the size of the display screens, but other than the size they’re virtually the same screen.
Other than those few differences, the TP930 and the TP25 appear to be the same thermometer.
Coming into this review, I rated the ThermoPro TP25 as my top pick for a strictly Bluetooth thermometer. (This doesn’t include WiFi thermometers with Bluetooth capabilities)
Considering that the ThermoPro TP930 is more similar than not to the TP25, I have to rate it accordingly, placing it at the top with it.
They both have a solid Bluetooth signal, a nice mobile app, accurate probes, and durable transmitter bodies.
Being Bluetooth thermometers, there is no real way of storing your cook history.
If you are wanting a thermometer with the ability to save your cooking history and corresponding temperature graphs then you will want to look at a WiFi thermometer that can store more data.
The two-probe Flame Boss WiFi thermometer is a great low-priced model that has all of those features.
As for Bluetooth thermometers, the ThermoPro TP930 Bluetooth Thermometer is as good as you’ll find right now.