ThermoPro TP03 Digital Instant Read Thermometer

Last updated date: August 31, 2019

DWYM Score
8.0


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 113 expert reviews, the ThermoPro ThermoPro TP03 Digital Instant Read Thermometer placed 9th 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
7.3
13 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.3
502 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The thermometer exhibits good performance, but the build quality is what you might expect for a unit costing only $12.99.
- Amazing Ribs
June 6, 2018 | Full review
The thermometer works with simple AAA batteries which is easily set. Its pointed tip makes it easy to stick into meat or any kind of food, just unfold and stick the probe in it.
- BBQ Queens
June 19, 2018 | Full review
This instant reading thermometer works super fast and is designed with food grade stainless steel and plastic. The accurate readout is perfect for a variety of cooking situations.
- Reasons To Skip The Housework
It is simple, fast and efficient in temperature reading. The foldaway probe design ensures your probe stays clean and protected when not in use.
- Business 99
March 30, 2019 | Full review
The superbly clear screen is easy to read and offer large numbers for strain-free viewing. The 10 minutes auto shut off saves battery while 180 degrees rotating probe ensures ease temperature probing.
- Dotbeasts
January 12, 2019 | Full review
ThermoPro TP03A Digital Meat Thermometer is made of 3.8” stainless steel that is foldable. You can place in your kitchen drawer after use.
- Meat Ballly
It shows perfect meat temperatures to avoid under cooking or over cooking your meat. You can get the measurement in Fahrenheit or Celsius with ease.
- Cookware Stuffs
July 28, 2019 | Full review
On the construction side, it has a contrast red design, made of solid plastic, making it feel pretty sturdy in the hand.
- Furious Grill
May 24, 2019 | Full review
This is also portable and is extremely lightweight. This is perfect for cooking BBQ, and grilling and you can use it anywhere you want.
- iPerfect List
May 2, 2019 | Full review
The smart design it is made with allows it to auto-shut off, if readout stays on for up to 10 minutes.
- TopListly
April 13, 2019 | Full review
Waterproof; temperature readings in 4-7 seconds.
- Hot Thermometer
This model has a wide temperature range of -58 to 572°F (-50 to 300°C), making this a very versatile device. It’s great for indoor or outdoor cooking, grilling or even baking.
- BroBBQ
March 16, 2019 | Full review
This digital kitchen thermometer features a simple and practical design, as well as a button that opens the foldaway probe for a fast and easy temp reading.
- JosephineDC
What experts didn't like
The housing is not sealed against moisture, making it vulnerable to damage due to moisture.
- Amazing Ribs
June 6, 2018 | Full review
Some reports of the device malfunctioning under a year’s time
- Reasons To Skip The Housework
4-7 Seconds to Read the Temperature, making it a bit slpwer than some of the other models.
- Furious Grill
May 24, 2019 | Full review
Hinge on the folding probe breaks easily
- Hot Thermometer
The display is not backlit
- BroBBQ
March 16, 2019 | Full review
Some customers claim that the magnet weak
- JosephineDC

From The Manufacturer

ThermoPro TP-03 is an effective solution to achieve the most accurate temperature in a matter of seconds. The digital kitchen thermometer with a simplistic yet practical design that a push of the button, the foldaway probe will pop open for quick an easy temperature reading, and when you're done taking the temperature measurement you can fold the probe back in to ensure the probe is kept safe and clean. Don't sweat powering the food thermometer off as it's designed to conserve battery power after 10 minutes of no use. The meat thermometer with a LCD display, reading temperatures in your preferred unit of measurement between Celsius or Fahrenheit is a breeze. Stop overcooking or under-cooking your meat and perfect meat temperatures like a professional, ensuring the perfect temp every time you're grilling or cooking!

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.