ThermoPro TP01A Instant Read Meat Thermometer

Last updated date: August 31, 2019

DWYM Score
8.9


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 107 expert reviews, the ThermoPro ThermoPro TP01A Instant Read Meat Thermometer placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 11, 2019:
Checkout The Best Food Thermometer for a detailed review of all the top food thermometers.

Expert Summarized Score
9.2
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
11,231 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It has been designed with a 5.35” long food grade stainless steel and a step-down tip
- Reviews In The Best
One of the best candy thermometers, this digital thermometer comes with a long food grade stainless steel probe.
- Industry Ears
June 13, 2019 | Full review
It gives a brilliant long probe, and therefore you won’t need to be worried about getting burned or feeling smoke in mind while checking the warmth.
- Tech Zimo
June 20, 2019 | Full review
Extra long probe prevents accidents
- Fire Food Chef
August 23, 2019 | Full review
A simple thermometer to measure meat temps is a game-changer.
- Willamette Week
June 22, 2018 | Full review
Simple and durable design
- BBQ Forge
June 19, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Cannot be recalibrated
- Fire Food Chef
August 23, 2019 | Full review
Low-quality stop rubber
- BBQ Forge
June 19, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

ThermoPro TP-01A digital meat thermometer is an easy and effective cooking tool to get the most accurate temperature in a matter of seconds. 5.35" super long food grade stainless steel probe with Step-down Tip to ensure an ultra-fast 4-6 seconds response time and accurate reading (±0.9°F), while also keeping your hands away from the heat when cooking at the grill or in the oven. It's the best way to know whether the grilled food is cooked to a safe internal temperature, as well as to your preferred doneness. By using the food thermometer, you can ensure the perfect temp every time you're grilling or cooking and make your meal taste like it was prepared by a professional!

Overall Product Rankings

1. Etekcity Lasergrip Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 12
2. ThermoPro TP-16 LCD Digital Thermometer
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 11
3. Habor Instant Read Meat Thermometer
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 9
4. ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Digital Thermometer
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 29
5. ThermoPro TP01A Instant Read Meat Thermometer
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 7
6. Kizen Instant Read Meat Thermometer
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
7. Habor Magnetic Meat Thermometer
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 3
8. GDEALER DT2 Thermometer
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 3
9. ThermoPro TP03 Digital Instant Read Thermometer
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 13
10. ThermoPro TP-17 Dual Probe Digital Thermometer
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 5

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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

DYWM 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 meats. 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.