When you are cooking large cuts of meat, especially in a smoker or barbecue, a high quality meat thermometer is essential to ensure that your meat is being cooked perfectly. Meat that is overcooked is difficult to chew and lacking in taste, while meat that is undercooked can be extremely dangerous and embarrassing to serve to your guests. When considering meat thermometers you will find a variety of features available from a wide range of makers. To choose the right thermometer for you consider two of the top meat thermometer companies, and decide whether a thermometer by Thermopro vs Maverick is right for you.
ThermoPro vs Maverick
Thermopro and Maverick are both makers of high quality thermometers that you can trust to get the job done. Choosing between them is a matter of choosing which design and features are most important to you.
Maverick is an extremely popular maker of digital thermometers for a variety of reasons. The feature that stands out most readily is the capacity to connect your monitoring devices to your smartphone. For those of us who are often going to be carrying our smartphone anyways, the ability to connect the thermometer directly to your smartphone will save you from having to carry more than one device.
Furthermore, you can monitor more probes for more complete control using your smartphone, and you can feel confident that you are paying only for the sensor and probes, rather than also having to pay for a transmitter to carry around with you as you would have with Thermopro.
Maverick thermometers are battery-powered and allow you to monitor up to 300 feet away using your smartphone. Maverick thermometers allow you to choose between a variety of meats both domestic and wild, and also set the settings from rare to well-done.
A timer can be set to count up or down and you can set alarms for your temperature specifications as well. This thermometer will reach temperatures well over 500 Degrees, so you will be able to measure most meats as done as you may want them.
Many Maverick thermometers are equipped with a backlit screen so that you can read your thermometer clearly even in the dark. Some Maverick thermometers are even resistant to heats up to 715 degrees and temperature settings can be stored after each use so that you will be able to repeat your success.
- Connect to smartphone so you don’t have to carry a separate transmitter around with you
- Battery powered for wireless use
- Monitor your meat from up to 300 feet away with your smartphone
- Choose between a variety of meat cooking presets for both domestic and wild meats
- Backlit screen for night time viewing
- Sometimes you will lose the connection between your phone and the transmitter
- Alarms don’t always sound when they are supposed to
- Not all thermometers come with waterproof or splash-proof casing
Thermopro also offers a wireless design, but instead of connecting to your smartphone utilizing Bluetooth technology, Thermopro uses a baby monitor type system so that you will leave the thermometer with your meat while you carry the transmitter with you. Dual probes allow you to monitor the temperature of more than one meat at a time using one transmitter, or monitor the ambient temperature inside of your cooking device.
These ThermoPro thermometers also allows you to set temperature dependent on the type of meat and doneness level. You can also set the temperature manually with Thermopro so that if you don’t want to use the presets you can specify your temperature exactly.
Like the Maverick, the Thermopro comes with count up or countdown timers or you can be alerted when meat reaches a particular temperature. A rubber case sleeve is included with most Thermopro thermometers that will protect it from water damage or grease splatters. An LCD backlight makes it easy to read in the dark. Thermopro thermometers can be resistant to temperatures of up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit so you can use it even in extreme temperatures.
- Uses baby monitor type transmitter instead of connecting to smartphone
- Monitor multiple meats and ambient temperature at same time
- Set temperature using presets or manually
- Usually includes rubber case to protect from water damage or grease splatter
- Backlit screen for night time viewing
- Separate design means you will need to carry transmitter around with you as well as your smartphone
- Signal is sometimes lost between transmitter and receiver
- Receiver must charge as well as transmitter
- Somewhat bulky display on some models