5 Expert Tips To Choose An Outdoor Thermometer

Outdoor thermometers can be a handy way to keep track of the weather or an interesting centerpiece for your garden or patio. However, you might be asking why you should purchase an outdoor thermometer when you can get all the information from TV or radio weather reports.

Well, we believe there are a few things to convince you about the correctness of this decision. Check out our expert tips for choosing the right thermometer for your home.

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Why should I buy an outdoor thermometer?

In the age of advanced weather forecasts, you should still get an outdoor thermometer. Read further to find out why we think so.

  • Weather reports are broadcasted on an hourly basis, while an outdoor thermometer provides you an up-to-the-minute temperature reading any time of the day or night.

  • You are not glued to your TV or listening to the radio all the time. Hence, you may easily miss the weather report.

  • Outdoor temperatures differ from home to home, depending upon the greenery, shaded areas, lawn-to-built-surface proportion, and other landscaping and exterior elements. Can a weather forecast provide your backyard's temperature reading? Only your personal thermometer can do that.

  • Weather reports are general, regional broadcasts, not your home-specific reports.

  • Modern outdoor thermometers are multipurpose devices that display humidity, wind, and other atmospheric factors apart from showing the temperature.

What are the main types of outdoor thermometers to choose from?

Basic thermometers

They are good if you just need to compare the indoor and outdoor temperatures. They will show you the exact temperature in your patio or garden and help you plan your evening accordingly. They display the temperature in both Centigrade and Fahrenheit. Available in a wide range of designs and styles - from a frog to zodiac signs and more, you are sure to find one that you like. Their installation is simple - hang the thermometer either from a nail or insert its clamp into a wall coupling.

Basic Indoor And Outdoor Digital Thermometer
Large Fish Basic Thermometer
Vertical Retro Blue Metal Basic Thermometer
White Tube Basic Thermometer
House Styled Basic Outdoor Thermometer
Basic Outdoor Thermometer in Black


You get them in a combination of functions - a clock-cum-thermometer, a humidity reader, or some other important function. They are usually of a round dial or rectangular shapes. Meant to be read from a distance, they have bold Roman numeric markings. Again, the varieties available will let you choose the type that you like.

Dual-purpose outdoor thermometers will help you get a more comprehensive idea of the 12-hour weather, hence, you can plan your outdoor activity in a better way. For example, if the humidity level is high, you better move your BBQ dinner indoors, expecting rain or thundershowers.

Pineapple Outdoor Thermometer with Clock
Outdoor Clock and Thermometer
Wall Thermometer Measures Humidity
Clock and Barometer Outdoor or Indoor Thermometer
Rectangular Decorative Clock Outdoor Thermometer
Outdoor Wall Clock and Thermometer

Digital thermometers

These are sleek, accurate flat-front devices that you can either hang on a wall or simply place on a level surface. Often, digital thermometers are dual or multi-functional, combining, time, humidity, and even indoor temperature reading in one handy device.

A major advantage of digital outdoor thermometers is their handiness and portability. Hence, you can also use them indoors or take them with you for expeditions and road trips.

White Square Digital Thermometer
Temperature Humidity Outdoor Digital Thermometer
Small Wireless Digital Thermometer
Small Wall Clock with Digital Thermometer
Rectangular Wireless Digital Thermometer

Personal weather stations

These are your full-fledged weather bureaus, telling you all that you need to know about the current and next day's weather. They offer the following key advantages:

  • They provide the latest, up-to-the-minute readings and forecasts

  • Better than TV or radio forecasts, because they are precise-location based and armed with error-free technology

  • You can carry the portable models with you wherever you go

Personal weather stations are professional devices with the following features:

  • Accurate outdoor temperature with high and low readings, and actual "feels-like" feature
  • Indoor temperature meter with high and low readings
  • Humidity meter
  • Precipitation reading
  • Wind speed and direction
  • Day, date, and time
  • Rain or thunderstorm forecast
  • Atmospheric pressure
  • Compass
  • Advanced models also display lunar and night-sky constellation positions

That's not all. Advanced models offer the following state-of-art features:

  • LCD display for sharp and clear readings

  • Advanced wireless transmission range with wide-spread coverage, hence useful in backyards, stables, and small farms

  • Sensor-aided temperature and other settings that alert you about high or low variations. It is very useful in various situations. For example, it warns you about high humidity or heat, so you know if you need to bring plants, furniture, and other outdoor belongings inside.

  • Wi-Fi connectivity

  • Mobile app-based control lets you calibrate settings and view current weather conditions any time, from anywhere.

  • They even send you push notifications about prevailing weather conditions that you can forward to neighbors or family members to take necessary action if needed.

  • These weather stations will supplement their reading with those of reputed weather forecasters for double surety

  • They can also detect water or other leakages that can prevent major mishaps

A word of caution: Personal weather stations are high-end devices costing upward of $150. Be sure that you will put it to a good use before you get swayed by the rich features and make an impulsive purchase.

Wireless Forecast Personal Weather Station
Pro Personal Weather Station
White and Blue Wireless Weather Station
Forecast Personal Station with Barometric Pressure
Black Personal Outdoor Weather Station
Wi-Fi Professional Personal Weather Station
Woden Thermometer and Hygrometer
Outdoor Wall Clock and Thermometer
Small Digital Forecast Thermometer
Digital Wired Indoor and Outdoor Thermometer
Dial Solar Powered Thermometer
Solar Powered Thermometer and Hygrometer
Slate Outdoor Round Thermometer
Plastic Square Clock with Thermometer
Metal and Glass Outdoor Thermometer
Plastic Tube Outdoor Thermometer
Aluminum Forecast Weather Station

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