ThermoPro TP-17 Dual Probe Digital Backlight Food Thermometer

Last updated date: June 29, 2020

DWYM Score
7.6

ThermoPro TP-17 Dual Probe Digital Backlight Food Thermometer

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 134 expert reviews, the ThermoPro ThermoPro TP-17 Dual Probe Digital Backlight Food Thermometer placed 15th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 7, 2020:
Checkout The Best Food Thermometer for a detailed review of all the top food thermometers.

Expert Summarized Score
7.0
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
2,002 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
An attractive model with a vivid backlit screen that can be easily seen from a distance. Registers temperatures quickly; has 2 probes. Owners love its built-in timer. 3-year warranty with registration.
- BestReviews
August 1, 2019 | Full review
The readings of both probe 1 and 2 are shown onto the display. They are both fully functional even though only one channel is displayed at a time.
- BBQ Queens
June 19, 2018 | Full review
With the STEP-DOWN probe tip design and backlit LCD display, receiving and reading an accurate temperature is simple even in the darkest of conditions. Either place on your counter with the flip out stand or magnetize to a metal surface, be it a BBQ or oven.
- Reasons To Skip The Housework
It comes with a one-year warranty, features lighting in the background so you can use it at night, and you can both time and check temperatures – just not at the same time.
- The 9 Best
August 2, 2019 | Full review
Customization – the ability to be able to select a custom temperature or use presets already built into the thermometer.
- Smoked BBQ Source
April 17, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Discrepancies about its accuracy – some owners rave about it while others find it can be unreliable. Units that "died" or malfunctioned after several uses have been reported, but customer service is attentive.
- BestReviews
August 1, 2019 | Full review
As with most thermometers of the same brands, sometimes the two probes readings are not perfect
- BBQ Queens
June 19, 2018 | Full review
The unit is not waterproof
- Reasons To Skip The Housework
Not waterproof. Awkward to use.
- The 9 Best
August 2, 2019 | Full review
The backlight – only comes on when you push a button and stays on only momentarily. It would be nice if it could be set to stay on (in case a person was cooking outdoors at night).
- Smoked BBQ Source
April 17, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

ThermoPro TP-17 meat thermometer allows an experienced or inexperienced cook to measure the internal temperature of their meat accurately and quickly. The grill thermometer equipped with dual-probe technology and comes with 2 stainless steel probes that can be used to read TWO types of food at the same time, making this device extremely convenient when rushing around cooking family dinner on Christmas or Thanksgiving. With the STEP-DOWN probe tip design and backlit LCD display, receiving and reading an accurate temperature is simple even in the darkest of conditions. Either place on your counter with the flip out stand or magnetize to a metal surface, be it a BBQ or oven. Don't worry about losing track of time on those vegetables as this cooking thermometer also contains a timer. Lastly, if you aren't a pro in the kitchen or need a little assistance, we include preset temperatures. Features: 1.Dual stainless-steel probes with steel mesh cables to measure and monitor temperatures of two pieces of meat or one piece of meat and your BBQ/SMOKER temp or two sections of the same large piece of meat simultaneously 2.Large LCD Backlit display to easily determine meat temperature and current settings 3.Programmed with preset temperatures for meats at various cooking levels recommended (Poultry, Beef Well, Veal/Pork, Beef Medium, Ham, Beef Rare/Fish) 4. Can also set temperature manually 5.99-hour and 59-minute countdown timer and count up timer 6.Flip-out counter top stand and Magnetic Back 7.Probe and Wire can withstand up to 716°F (380°C),and cann't be exposed to open flame IMPORTANT NOTES 1.Unit is not waterproof. Do not expose plug of probe or plug-in hole to any liquid, which will result in a bad connection and faulty readings. 2.The probe and cable are not dishwasher safe. They must be hand washed using hot water and soap. Make sure to rinse and dry the probe thoroughly before storing. 3.Do not submerge the base unit in water or expose to any corrosive cleaning materials. Wipe with damp cloth. 4.Probe and Wire can withstand up to 716°F (380°C),and cann't be exposed to open flame 5.If the temperature exceeds or falls below the measurable ranges, the LCD screen will display the following letters: HHH for temperatures above range and LLL for temperatures below range.

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An Overview On Food Thermometers

If you routinely cook meats, a food thermometer is a must-have kitchen item. You can test the doneness of everything from steaks to whole turkeys without having to cut into them. But if you haven’t shopped for a food thermometer lately, you may not realize how much they’ve evolved from their earliest days.

Before you start shopping, consider whether you want a probe-based thermometer or one of the newer types that works using infrared laser technology. With the latter, you’ll simply point and click to determine doneness. If you opt for a probe type, consider the kinds of food you’ll be cooking. For cooking large meats in your oven or smoker, you’ll need a probe long enough to reach all the way into the center of something, like a chicken or pork roast.

“If you’re a novice cook, an instant-read thermometer is the way to go,” says Colleen Janke. She’s our resident culinary expert and the owner of Savory Kitchen, a cooking school in San Jose, California. “With other thermometers, you’ll remove the probe too quickly to get an accurate reading. An instant-read will prevent that from happening.”

Newer thermometers also come with food presets, which means no more looking up what temperature your meat needs to be to reach a safe level of doneness. For grilling and smoking, you may also want to consider a type of thermometer that attaches to your grill and communicates with a receiver that you can take around the house with you.

Accuracy is probably one of the most important factors in a meat thermometer. If you’re using a laser-based thermometer, you’ll probably need to be fairly close to the food to get the most accurate reading. Some probe-based thermometers now come with two probes that you can use as verification for the temperature you’re seeing.

If you’re using a food probe, you’ll need to wash it after each use to avoid contamination the next time you use it to test. This can be tricky, though.

“Don’t put your thermometer through the dishwasher!” says Janke. “For cleaning, always use hot, soapy water and let it air-dry.”

Thermometers with extra features like digital readers or receivers need additional care. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to determine exactly what you’ll need to do to clean your thermometer between uses.

DWYM Fun Fact

If you don’t have a meat thermometer on hand — or the batteries on yours run out — you could always go by how a steak feels when you touch it. Professional chefs learn the exact level of sponginess based on the cut of meat. One easy way to do this yourself is to use the face test, which involves comparing the resistance you get when you press on the meat to how different areas of your face feel. The resistance of a medium-well steak compares to pressing on your forehead, while medium feels more like your chin. A medium-rare steak will compare to pressing on your cheeks — soft and with little resistance.

The Food Thermometer Buying Guide

  • Historically, food thermometers have operated by inserting a probe into the item being cooked. You can then check the temperature based on what the probe finds. However, a newer type of thermometer has emerged that uses infrared laser technology to test the meat merely by aiming it at the item being cooked. These point-and-shoot models eliminate messy probes.
  • Among digital thermometers, some models stand out for their receiver setup. The receiver communicates with a device you clamp onto your grill or smoker. You then stick the two probes into the meat and step away. They can have a reach of several hundred feet, so you can keep an eye on your food from a safe distance.
  • Preset recommendations can be a big help. Some thermometers come with preset programs for five USDA-approved doneness levels for nine different types of meat. Others come with recommended cooking levels for beef, veal, pork, poultry and fish.
  • Timers are an essential part of a food thermometer. Look for a thermometer with both a countdown and reverse-countdown feature, allowing you to either monitor how long your food has been cooking or insert a specific time. The reverse-countdown feature is especially ideal for those with smokers who need to slow-cook a large piece of meat.
  • When using a probe-based thermometer, pay close attention to the length of the probe if you routinely cook big items like ham, turkey or pork shoulders. Any probe that’s more than 4.5 inches is considered very long.
  • When it comes to accuracy, laser infrared thermometers boast the closest accuracy ranges. However, as you move further away, the laser can lose that accuracy.
  • Food thermometers are typically battery-powered, so make sure you have the right batteries in stock if they aren’t included. Some models shut off automatically when not in use to save battery power. They may also come with a low-battery indicator to ensure you aren’t stranded without extra batteries when you’re ready to start cooking.
  • If you’ve ever waited for a food thermometer to give you a reading, you know it can be frustrating. Some laser thermometers can give you results within 500 milliseconds of pulling the trigger. Thermometers that use something called a step-down tip give almost instant readings.
  • Thermometers that stay attached to your grill need to have a higher heat tolerance than those you only use when it’s time to test doneness. Make sure the wires and probe on any digital thermometer can withstand your grill’s heat when it’s clamped on during the cooking process.