Looking for a good indoor outdoor thermometer.
November 25, 2012 9:48 AM   Subscribe

My dad would like an indoor outdoor thermometer for Christmas. His current one doesn't work well, so he is interested in getting a quality one. Any suggestions for a well-made, accurate, durable, easy-to-use indoor outdoor thermometer?

Also, it should be wireless, not "one of those with a wire that makes you unable to fully close your window."

Thank you!
posted by ifandonlyif to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Sorry, but is this for his car, or something else?
posted by two lights above the sea at 9:51 AM on November 25, 2012

Response by poster: His house. When he wakes up this time of year it is usually dark outside, so he can't see the thermometer he has outside.
posted by ifandonlyif at 10:01 AM on November 25, 2012

Does he want a weather station thingie or just the thermometer? The ones at my house are from Oregon Scientific and they have a range from just little temperature reporters to full on mini weather stations.
posted by jessamyn at 10:02 AM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

I love this La Crosse Technology one.
posted by royalsong at 10:18 AM on November 25, 2012

They're all pretty much the same hardware: a solid-state temperature sensor transmitting through a cheap UHF module. If the one he has isn't working properly, try installing the batteries on the transmitter and the receiver at the same time. The RX/TX units slowly drift out of sync, and after a while the receiver won't be listening while the transmitter is sending.

Of course, if the outside unit is waterlogged or full of spiders, this might not work ...
posted by scruss at 10:21 AM on November 25, 2012

I have a nice one that combines with a clock radio from Brookstone. It's pretty beat up now, but it's been working for me for 15 years.
posted by Mad_Carew at 10:24 AM on November 25, 2012

What specifically is wrong with the one he has?
posted by srboisvert at 10:35 AM on November 25, 2012

Response by poster: He's just interested in the temperature, so a weather station might be too much.

The one he has right now doesn't give an accurate temperature anymore. I think he got it a couple years ago.

That's a very interesting tip about the batteries, scruss.

Given how easy the Oregon Scientific looks to setup based on the instruction manual, I think that might be what I get him. Thanks everyone.
posted by ifandonlyif at 11:36 AM on November 25, 2012

I have this little guy. It works just fine.
posted by xbonesgt at 2:48 PM on November 25, 2012

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