Thermowork Thermopop Review
Thermoworks are bringing some of the best features from their top of the line thermometers and managing to fit them in budget friendly, super portable meat thermometers. In this Thermopop review we’ll look at all the ways this has been done, give you a run down of what we think works and doesn’t work and have constant comparisons to the Thermopop’s bigger brother, the Thermapen.
Thermoworks kindly provided a Thermopop in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions herein are my own and are not influenced by the related company in any way.
- 1 Thermowork Thermopop Review
- 1.1 Quick Look
- 1.2 What’s included with the Thermopop?
- 1.3 Features
- 1.4 Build Quality and Design
- 1.5 Ease of Use
- 1.6 What we like about the Thermopop
- 1.7 What we dislike about the Thermopop
- 1.8 Overall Thoughts
- 1.9 Pros
- 1.10 Cons
- Fast readings of around 3-4 seconds.
- Good range of temperatures, from -58.0 to 572.0°F (-50 to 300°C).
- Great build quality and nice accessory included.
Temperature Range: -58.0 to 572.0°F (-50 to 300°C)
Accuracy: ±2.0°F (±1°C) from -4 to 248°F (-20 to 120°C); ±4.0°F (±2°C) thereafter
Response Time: 3-4 seconds
Probe: 4.5 L x 0.12 inch dia. reduces to 0.08 inches dia. (114 L x 3.0 mm dia. reduces to 2.0 mm dia.)
Display: 0.95 dia. inches (24 dia. mm); Digits: 0.35 H inches (9 H mm)
Water Resistance: IP 66 (splash resistant)
Battery: CR2032 (3V) lithium coin cell (included) x 1, 5,000 hours
Dimensions: 7 H x 1.8 W x 0.8 D inches (178 H x 45.2 W x 20 D mm)
What’s included with the Thermopop?
- Thermopop thermometer
- Pocket clip/ protector
- A simple instruction manual
The Thermopop actually includes many of the features that are included with the more expensive Thermapen.
It has a rotating display to make any type of temperature work simple. Although this display has to be rotated manually and honestly, I found myself just not bothering after a while.
It also has a backlight for when you’re working in low light conditions but again this is manual so has to be switched on with a button press. This was more useful and as the screen is clear and crisp I did find myself using this a lot more than the rotational feature.
The Thermopop is a little less accurate than the Thermapen and takes a little longer to respond but in practice I found this difference barely noticeable at all, so if you’re not looking to spend so much money on a Thermapen, the Thermopop is a solid alternative.
The Thermopop is also splash proof, has a great battery life of around 5,000 hours using a coin cell and has an auto-off function to help save power.
It also comes with a very nice little protective cover that doubles up as a pocket clip. This helps it feel noticeably more portable than the Thermapen (not that the Thermapen is cumbersome in any way).
Build Quality and Design
A lot like the Thermapen, the Thermopop is very well built. It appears to use the same materials, has a good quality screen and generally seems very solid. It doesn’t feel cheap or plastic-y like many of the lower budget options out there.
The design is also very nice. It’s simple but looks nice and has 3 buttons for the controls. One of these buttons is a dedicated °C/°F button which is very convenient. The others control the power/backlight and the rotation. You could quite easily get by comfortably with just using the front button. A nice simple design that works well.
Ease of Use
The Thermopop is very simple to use. With a potential single button use even the most tech-illiterate people will not struggle at all. The instructions also do a good job at quickly taking you through the operation of the device and best practices.
Whilst this is nowhere near as easy to use as the Thermapen, it does a great job for the price point.
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What we like about the Thermopop
- Good range of features, such as the rotational display and back lit screen.
- Fast, accurate temperature readings within a nice wide range of temperatures.
- Great build quality and nice cover accessory which helps it become ever more portable and convenient.
What we dislike about the Thermopop
- Having to press a button to rotate the screen was found to be a little more inconvenient than expected and we ended up not using it. However, it is nice to have the feature so this can’t really be considered that much of a negative.
- It is also more expensive than a lot of the budget alternatives, but like with the Thermapen, you’re paying for the quality, performance and longevity.
We can’t help comparing it to the Thermapen where is it out-matched in virtually every scenario, but we still think the Thermopop is a solid instant read thermometer. It has a nice portable design with the included pocket clip accessory. The performance is fantastic for the price and in some of our tests it was even keeping up with the Thermapen.
Whilst it might be a little more money than some of the other brands out there, with Thermoworks you know you’re getting a high grade product, that will probably last you years and will provide a lot of value for your money.
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