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Inkbird versus Thermoworks?

tiger1964

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I should be shopping for a new unit. I started w/Thermoworks after seeing their instant-read unit used on multiple cooking TV shows. I supplemented that with their Chef Alarm thermometer-on-a-wire. Threw the latter out after getting wildly erratic readings, despite getting a new probe which they told me was the problem. The hand-held is still here but getting goofy readouts too. Mostly I am relying on a $9.99 thermometer-on-a-wire I bought from the LIDL grocery chain, which seems to work once I get it turned on; I have the flick the ON switch a bunch of times, so I guess it's on borrowed time.

So, I see Inkbird is active here, and frequent promotions. I think I want 2-4 probes but not interested in anything requiring a cell phone with or without app. Will Inkbird be more reliable in function and accuracy? While waiting for another promotion, I got a Thermoworks catalog in the mail. Lots of choices, but what caught my eye is "Billows", their entry into the market for a temp-driven blower, and I have been wanting to try that technology on my Saffire kamado. I presume it only works with their thermometers. Does anyone think Inkbird is considering offering something similar?
 

smokerjim

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I have a 2 and 4 probe from inkbird and both work good, the 2 probe doesnt need the bluetooth connection to read from a distance it connects directly to the receiver, my 4 probe needs to connect to an app to read from a distance or you can just see the temps at the smoker without.
 

normanaj

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To be honest I've never had the cash for Thermoworks so can't comment on their units.

I've several therms from both site sponsors InkBird and ThermoPro.Been using the ThermoPros longer but I have no complaints about either brand.
 

Inscrutable

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I have an Inkbird IRF-4XS and a ThermoPro TP-08 ... both are accurate, but I had trouble getting the TP ‘indoor’ unit to sync with the ‘outdoor’ unit. No problems with the Inkbird, and like the other alarming and graphing capability. I also have handheld instant read from them and work fine.
 

sandyut

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I used thermoworks for about a decade and they are solid for sure. I have a couple dots and an MK4. Love them all. I did get an inkbird to test and write up. It was as good as the MK4. No doubt. I gave it away to a member here as I dont need two instant reads. I can’t comment on the longevity. But they are far more affordable
 

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Thermapen is the gold standard, but my Inkbird is dead on accurate & a whole lot cheaper. Now I don’t know how long the Inkbird will last, but you could buy several of them for the cost of a Thermapen. My Thermapen is about 10 years old & still works like new, although a couple of years ago I had to replace the battery.
Al
 

tiger1964

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Thanks for all the replies. Not sure I distill a comprehensive answer on quality from all that, except I should be OK with any of these three brands (and why my two ThermoWorks products are troublesome, I do not know). Sounds like, if I want a no-app product, I am limited to two probes - so be it.

That sounds ideal, hopefully someone from Inkbird will chime in on that product, which I could not find on their website.
 

tiger1964

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Thanks. All good info here, if not quite comprehensive enough for me to pull the trigger. Well, within a month it will probably be too cold for me to grill outdoors anyway, so my plan is now to struggle along with what I got and hope that Inkbird (A) might have more info on their blower device, and (B) perhaps they might have another deep-discount sale (I'm retired so $$$ is an issue). Moreover, I need to check out ThermoPro's website.
 

bigfurmn

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I have a few different thermos at home. Couple Inkbird's and a one Thermopen. Both are accurate but lets face it I'm a cheap SOB and the Inkbird is a less expensive option but still usually dead on. If you email them on here they even usually have a discount code to use on whatever you are looking at.
 

Buttah Butts

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ThermoWorks is the gold standard and the go to for most professionals. I am a believer you get what you pay for
 

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