I feel your pain. Over the last 2 years I think I have had 3 probes croak (possibly some of it my fault
). It is strange Maverick is the only game in town (there are a few others in the price range, but with similar issues and not a widely used) and no one else has tried to be a very comparable more reliable alternative.
I say "more reliable alternative" relatively speaking as I actually do like my 2 et732's a lot. The work great the vast majority of the time. Seems like a product that has components (the probes) that will fail eventually due to the nature of the environment they are in. Thinks like heat, door crimping (any crimping), getting wet, food gunk, pulling on the wires, etc can put a hurting on the probes.
Maverick could probably come out with a more durable model and I'm sure they have thought about it and even designed one, but then it would cost more to the consumer. Something more durable in the $100 or more price range might not sell as for them and be as profitable.