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10 Best Outdoor Thermometers: Glass, Analog, and Digital

Have you ever been outside in your yard, enjoying nature, without the distractions and potentially harmful radiation produced by your cell phone, when you are suddenly struck with curiosity: what is the temperature out here? Having a numerical measure of your environment’s temperature is essential for being able to plan outdoor adventures. That is exactly what makes the best outdoor thermometers so essential to the modern yard, deck, hunting blind, or shed.

There are many outdoor thermometers available on the market today. In fact, the modern buyer has so many options that it can really make your head spin. We wanted to reduce some of that vertigo by providing you with a list of the best outdoor thermometers that money can buy and what these are actually able to do. The options were myriad, but only the cream of the crop made this list.

Product FAQ

1. What Is an Outdoor Thermometer?

An outdoor thermometer is a device for measuring and displaying the ambient temperature of an outdoor environment. This usually means that the display is somewhat larger than those used indoors so that it can be read from across the deck or the yard. This is a trend, however, and not a hard and fast rule. Additionally, the outdoor thermometer tends to be a bit more hardily constructed than those whose purpose is to remain under the protection of four walls and a roof.

2. Why Do I Need An Outdoor Thermometer?

To some people’s minds, an outdoor thermometer is a bit like a solar-powered flashlight: it can seem redundant. After all, if you are outside to read it, then won’t you know what the temperature is like?

What those people fail to realize is that many people place outdoor thermometers in positions where they can be seen through a window in their house. This allows you to know exactly what the temperature is outside at a glance. This is extremely helpful for avoiding situations where you under or overdress and are dealt a nasty shock by the weather. The best outdoor thermometers are also interesting art objects in their own right and can provide an interesting conversation piece.

3. What Endeavors Require an Outdoor Thermometer?

Tailoring your wardrobe to your environment is merely one function of the outdoor thermometer. There are also technical reasons why people may need outdoor thermometers. For instance, certain plants need to be brought indoors when the temperature falls below a given point for their own protection. Other crops such as grapes need to have fans turned on so that the frost can be blown off of them and not ruin the harvest. If you have dogs who run outside, it’s nice to know when the temperatures are comfortable for them and when they might need to be brought in to cool down or warmed up.

Other people like having outdoor thermometers to help them predict and adapt to animal behaviors. If you have the mathematical data of your environmental temperature, you can predict when certain animals will be hibernating. On the other end of the spectrum, other animals only breed or hunt when the temperature rises above a certain number. Knowing these things can help you master your environment.

4. Why Are So Many Outdoor Thermometers Sold in Multipacks?

The main reason is that people often have greenhouses or parts of their property which differ in temperature from other parts of their domain. Having two or three outdoor thermometers lets you get very precise in your knowledge of your property. Other people like buying multiple outdoor thermometers so that they can see them from multiple windows in their house. Sometimes you need to know the outdoor temperature from your bedroom. Other times you may need to know when you are in your kitchen.

5. Do You Have to Be Outside to Read an Outdoor Thermometer?

Not necessarily! Many modern outdoor thermometers use probes that feed their data back to a display that is housed indoors.

How We Reviewed

Accuracy is a major consideration when it comes to measuring the ambient heat of an outdoor environment. It is very easy to make a device that visibly changes or displays a number when the temperature changes. However, it is much harder to make a device that will confirm what weather balloons and radar will attest to.

To pick out the cream of the crop, we narrowed our search to those products with a reputation for being among the best outdoor thermometers on the market. Once we had picked the top ten of these, we evaluated them in depth. Their features, price point, and overall design were scored to allow us to pick out the single best outdoor thermometer around.

What We Reviewed

  • AcuRite 02081M Indoor Outdoor Thermometer
  • La Crosse Technology 308 – 141B Indoor Outdoor Thermometer
  • LaCrosse WS-9160U Indoor Outdoor Digital Thermometer
  • Ambient Weather WS-10 Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer
  • ThermoPro TP65 Digital Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer
  • Taylor Digital Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer
  • X-Sense Wireless Weather Station
  • Oregon Scientific BAR208HGX Advanced Wireless Weather Station
  • Springfield Big and Bold Patio Thermometer
  • Lily’s Home Hanging Wall Clock/thermometer Indoor/Outdoor

AcuRite 02081M Indoor Outdoor Thermometer

AcuRite 02081M Weather Station with Jumbo Display and Atomic Clock

Features

We’re kicking off our list with a real fireworks show. The AcuRite 02081M Indoor Outdoor Thermometer is certainly one of the best outdoor thermometers to make your yard feel like it has a science fiction temperature droid monitoring your ambient environment. The AcuRite 02081M looks very much like a type of tablet device with a big colorful display. Or, you can opt for the more subtle aesthetic of the monochrome display and save a bit of money.

Either way, the AcuRite 02081M will give you all the data you need to plan your day. The nice part is that it uses sensors that are placed outdoors to feed its data into the display which you can read inside your house. At a glance you will know the exact temperature of your yard, and fourteen different display icons will give you an idea of what the weather forecast is like.

Where to Buy

AcuRite 02081M Weather Station with Jumbo Display and Atomic Clock
  • Optimal viewing angle is at or above eye-level Oversized color weather station with large digits.Unit is powered by an AC adapter with battery back up.
  • Atomic clock technology ensures split-second accuracy, and automatically updates for daylight saving time
  • 12 to 24-hour weather forecast displays 14 different icons to help you plan the day ahead
  • Patented self-calibrating forecasting pulls data from a sensor in your back yard to give you the most accurate forecast for your exact location
  • Daily high and low records for indoor and outdoor temperature

La Crosse Technology 308 – 141B Indoor Outdoor Thermometer

La Crosse Technology 308-1414B-INT, Black 308-1414B Wireless Atomic Digital Color Forecast Station with Alerts

Features

The La Crosse Technology 308 – 141B Indoor Outdoor Thermometer pulls double duty. Not only does it wirelessly communicate with its probe to tell you what the environmental temperature is, it also gives you a direct point of comparison to the temperature inside your home. This is extremely valuable for knowing how much of a shock you are in for if you step outside and for monitoring the cycles of heating and cooling that the outdoor temperature can impose on your home.

It comes in either black or white, and its aesthetic greatly resembles that of a minimalist smartphone theme. We imagine it would easily find a place in both classic and modern styles of room. It can tend to be one of the more expensive items we considered for the best outdoor thermometer title, but you can often find it on sale on Amazon.

Where to Buy

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La Crosse Technology 308-1414B-INT, Black 308-1414B Wireless Atomic Digital Color Forecast Station with Alerts
  • Full color LCD with weather icons: sunny, partly sunny, cloudy, rainy, stormy, snowy
  • Atomic self-setting accurate time & date with automatic daylight saving time resets.Outdoor humidity range: 19% to 97% RH. Indoor humidity range: 19% to 97% RH
  • Monitors indoor & wireless outdoor temperature (f/c) & humidity (%RH) with recorded min/max values
  • Temperature alerts (indoor/outdoor). Display: 5.0V AC adapter for primary power; Requires 3 "AAA" Alkaline batteries for backup (not included)
  • Reception & low battery indicators. Indoor humidity range: 19 percentage to 97 percentage RH. Temperatures below - 20°F (-28.8°C) require Lithium batteries in the outdoor sensor.Forecast tendency indicator.Signal strength icon for sensor transmission

LaCrosse WS-9160U Indoor Outdoor Digital Thermometer

La Crosse Technology Indoor/Outdoor Temperature WS-9160U-IT Digital Thermometer, Titianium

Features

The LaCrosse has huge, easy to read letters that show you both an indoor and outdoor temperature alongside the time. It uses double A batteries, so you can place the unit practically anywhere. The unit uses three sensors to store data and averages the temperatures. It is beyond accurate. The price point is reasonable for the product that you receive.

Where to Buy

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La Crosse Technology Indoor/Outdoor Temperature WS-9160U-IT Digital Thermometer, Titianium
  • Digital thermometer with wireless remote and clock.Display: 3.31" L x 0.89" W x 5.87" H,Sensor: 1.50" L x 0.83" W x 5.00" H
  • Remote sensor transmits from up to 330 feet; records daily high and low temperatures
  • Receives weather data from up to 3 sensors (other remotes sold separately)
  • Temperatures displayed in either Fahrenheit or Celsius; 12/24-hour time display
  • Display/receiver measures 5.86 by 3.3 inches inches; remote sensor: 5 by 1.5 inches

Ambient Weather WS-10 Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer

Ambient Weather WS-10 Wireless Indoor/Outdoor 8-Channel Thermo-Hygrometer with Three Remote Sensors

Features

If you are a gardener with multiple greenhouses or just love temperature data, then this is the thermometer for you! The WS-10 has three separate sensors that read back to a central component (which also has a sensor built in), so you can look at your screen and instantly know the temperature of four locations.

Where to Buy

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Ambient Weather WS-10 Wireless Indoor/Outdoor 8-Channel Thermo-Hygrometer with Three Remote Sensors
  • Simple to read, simple to use, and affordable, the WS-10 includes an indoor thermo-hygrometer and three remote thermometer/hygrometer sensors (F007TH), which can be read at the same time.
  • The display console can remotely read and update up to eight remote thermo-hygrometer sensors at the same.
  • The console includes audible and visual alarms when temperature and humidity exceed your pre-set minimum and maximum alarm settings.
  • The WS-10 includes three remote thermometer/hygrometers and five additional sensors can be added (F007TH, F007TP, F007T, F007PF) for comprehensive monitoring.
  • The console displays temperature and humidity, minimum and maximum temperature and humidity, which can be manually reset.

ThermoPro TP65 Digital Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer

ThermoPro TP65A Indoor Outdoor Thermometer Digital Wireless Hygrometer Temperature with Jumbo Touchscreen and Backlight Humidity Gauge

Features

The ThermoPro TP65 Digital Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer is another thermometer that comes with a detached sensor, so you can use it indoors for the weather outside. The ThermoPro is a great product, easy to use, and it even comes with a one year warranty. It may be a bit underwhelming aesthetically, but we actually quite liked its understated look.

Where to Buy

ThermoPro TP65A Indoor Outdoor Thermometer Digital Wireless Hygrometer Temperature with Jumbo Touchscreen and Backlight Humidity Gauge
  • Large backlit touchscreen: 4 inches large lcd display features a backlit touchscreen, making the indoor outdoor weather station easier to read in dim light conditions and superbly simple to use
  • Wireless temperature and humidity monitor: Measures indoor/outdoor temperatures and humidity percentages; Capable of displaying the readings from up to 3 outdoor remote sensors to monitor multiple locations; Temperature displayed in °f or °c
  • Max and min records: All time/24 hours max and min temperature and humidity percentages recorded and displayed on humidity gauge; Temperature/humidity trend arrows indicate whether it’s getting warmer or colder or more humid near the remote sensor
  • 200ft remote range: Indoor/outdoor thermometer wireless with 200ft/60m remote range, capable of strong signal penetration (enhanced 433 mhz); tabletop, wall-mountable and magnetic back design
  • Multiple placement options: Digital outdoor thermometer, features a magnetic back to allow you to easily attach to any metal surface; a hanging hole for hooks, tabletop for any layout situation, which help you place your outdoor thermometer anywhere to fit your home's needs

Taylor Digital Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer

Taylor Precision Products Wireless Digital Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer

Features

The Taylor thermometer comes with a sensor that accurately measures the humidity and temperature outside. It is complete with a clock for ease of use. The Taylor has fewer features than some other weather forecasting systems on our review, but it gets the job done for next to nothing. If you are looking for a reasonable price and dependable product, then this is the thermometer for you!

Where to Buy

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Taylor Precision Products Wireless Digital Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer
  • This wireless digital weather thermometer monitors indoor/outdoor temperatures in °F or °C
  • Features daily minimum and maximum temperature recall
  • Large digits provide enhanced visibility and at-a-glance readings
  • The wireless remote sensor transmits up to 200 ft.
  • Includes a built-in clock for added convenience

X-Sense Wireless Weather Station

X-Sense Wireless Weather Station Forecast Station with 500 ft Wireless Range, Large Backlit Color LCD, Atomic Clock, Accurate Temperature, Humidity, and Temperature/Time Alert

Features

Of all the products on our review, this one makes some of the most practical sense. It is a thermometer that uses outdoor sensors, but feeds the information back to a well designed panel indoors. The X-sense is a thermometer, weather predictor, atomic clock, and humidity gauge. The screen even has an LED back light. It does it all!

Where to Buy

X-Sense Wireless Weather Station Forecast Station with 500 ft Wireless Range, Large Backlit Color LCD, Atomic Clock, Accurate Temperature, Humidity, and Temperature/Time Alert
  • ULTRA-LONG WIRELESS RANGE: X-Sense atomic clock can operate up to 500 ft wireless range and up to 3 outdoor sensors; it includes 1 home weather station and 1 IPX5 waterproof outdoor sensor
  • HIGH ACCURACY: Advanced SENSIRION’s temperature and humidity sensor measures temperature with an accuracy of ±0.4 °F and ±2% for humidity; this temperature clock records the min/max temperature and humidity measurements
  • EASY TO READ: Large 7.7 × 5.2" full color backlit LCD boasts a wide viewing angle and high color saturation with 3 brightness levels (high, low and off); displays temperature, humidity, dew point, calendar, time, barometric pressure, moon phase and weather forecast;works with temperature alert
  • RADIO-CONTROLLED CLOCK: This indoor outdoor wireless weather station can automatically synchronize and set to the precise local time and date to the user's defined time zone and updates itself daily for precision to the second
  • QUALITY GUARANTEED: The wireless weather station comes with a worry-free 12-month warranty and lifetime customer support for ultimate peace of mind ★Please power this humidity monitor via the adapter to maintain the display stay on

Oregon Scientific BAR208HGX Advanced Wireless Weather Station

Oregon Scientific BAR208HGX Advanced Wireless Weather Station with Temperature Forecast, Ice Alert, Self-setting Atomic Clock, Month/Day Calendar, Large LCD, Moon Phase, Silver

Features

If you are looking for a thermometer with more features than almost any other, this is the thermometer for you. The Oregon Scientific BAR208HGX can forecast weather with graphical icons, tell you the date, monitor temperature and humidity, and alert you about ice. The atomic clock even sets itself.

The thermometer is highly accurate. It even comes with a remote. The only drawback is the price, but you get what you pay for.

Where to Buy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002JM0DEK/

Oregon Scientific BAR208HGX Advanced Wireless Weather Station with Temperature Forecast, Ice Alert, Self-setting Atomic Clock, Month/Day Calendar, Large LCD, Moon Phase, Silver
  • Weather Forecast with graphical icons
  • Self-setting atomic clock in 12/24 hour format with time zone offset feature
  • Ice Alert with Green LED light
  • Month/Day calendar
  • Monitors Indoor and Outdoor temperature and humidity

Springfield Big and Bold Patio Thermometer

Springfield Big and Bold Low Profile Patio Thermometer (13.25-Inch)

Features

13 inches of fully legible temperature in black, san-serif font are featured prominently on this clock shaped thermometer. If you position this correctly, then you will not even have to step outside to read the gauge.

Luckily, the thermometer comes in three-pack options. You can put one in the shade and another in the sun to tell the difference. The thermometer reads the temperature in both Celsius and Fahrenheit.

Where to Buy

Springfield Big and Bold Low Profile Patio Thermometer (13.25-Inch)
  • This 13-inch analog patio thermometer is a great way to add classic style and trustworthy temperature readings to your outdoor space.
  • The low profile, high-impact resin construction adds durability while the clear view protective lens offers easy reading from across the yard. Quality, UV-fade-resistant graphics withstand the the harshness of the outdoor elements.
  • Bold and easy-to-read numbers track in 2-degree increments with the red design coordinated ABS pointer indicating temperature.
  • Shatter- and weather-resistant, this thermometer is built to last. A precision-made thermometer coil ensures accurate readings.
  • A bright white background makes the sans serif black lettering even more legible.

Lily’s Home Hanging Wall Clock/thermometer Indoor/Outdoor

Lily's Home Hanging Wall Clock, Includes a Thermometer and Hygrometer and is Ideal for Indoor and Outdoor Use, Wonderful Housewarming Gift for Friends, Faux-Stone (14 Inches)

Features

This tell-all device can do everything but make you a sandwich. It has a built-in thermometer that can read Fahrenheit and Celsius. It has a humidity reader. It even has a clock! There are no ugly cords or straps. The clock uses one battery to power the whole operation. It even comes in 5 decorative options, so you can match your deck furniture. The clock works both indoors and out, so you might get two!

Where to Buy

Lily's Home Hanging Wall Clock, Includes a Thermometer and Hygrometer and is Ideal for Indoor and Outdoor Use, Wonderful Housewarming Gift for Friends, Faux-Stone (14 Inches)
  • EXCELLENT FOR OUTDOOR USE: The Hanging Wall Clock with a Thermometer and Hygrometer is designed to work both indoors and outdoors and has been crafted to be weather resistant, whether rain, or snow, sleet, or sun! The clock itself has been designed with quartz movement and guarantees accurate timekeeping.
  • BUILT IN THERMOMETER AND HYGROMETER: This Hanging Wall Clock has been designed with a built-in thermometer and hygrometer. The thermometer can measure temperatures from -60 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit while the hygrometer can measure humidity from 0% to 100%. This piece is great for outdoor use in the garden, backyard, or by the pool!
  • BATTERY POWERED AND EASY TO MOUNT: The Hanging Wall Clock is battery powered and does not have any cords or cables. A single AA battery is required but is not included.
  • A PERFECT GIFT IDEA: Lily's Home makes a wide array of products for every home and garden lover. Whether you're looking for a perfect gift to spruce up your friend's garden, or if you need a housewarming present, Lily's Home has something for everyone!
  • MAKE A HOUSE A HOME: Lily’s Home offers beautifully designed clocks, dishware, garden decorations, and more to add a touch of style to any home. Whether you’re looking for a statement piece for your living room or looking for a way to add more color to your garden, Lily’s Home has just what you’re looking for!

The Verdict: The Best Outdoor Thermometer

Modern technology and the spirit of competition have blessed us with more designs of outdoor thermometers than we can shake a stick at. We trust that you will now have a great idea of the landscape when it comes to the realm of the outdoor thermometer.

But which one do we consider the best? For our money, you cannot beat the La Crosse Technology 308 – 141B Indoor Outdoor Thermometer. Its full-color LCD display easily relates whether it is sunny, partly sunny, cloudy, rainy, stormy, or snowy. That means it operates more like a personal weather station than simply a thermometer.

Knowing the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperature was immensely useful. It provides great information at a glance, and its price point is completely reasonable. If you can find it on sale (which it often is) you can really get a steal.

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