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The top digital and analog thermometers for your own backyard

Wednesday, June 22nd 2022, 9:00 am - With summer temperatures on the rise, perhaps you enjoy knowing exactly how warm it is on your own back deck. Here’s a selection of different types of outdoor thermometers that get top customer reviews.

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The best way to keep track of active weather in your area is to download The Weather Network app. If you want an exact location-check for the temperature in your own backyard, you can try using an outdoor thermometer for a quick reading before you get dressed for the day. We’ve saved you the time and looked through hundreds of online reviews to find recommendations in different styles to suit your needs.

TOP PICK OVERALL

La Cross Technology Atomic Digital Clock with Outdoor Temperature

Amazon, digital thermometer 1, CANVA, outdoor thermometers

Rated 4.5 out of 5 based on nearly 2,300 Amazon.ca reviews

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This stylish atomic digital clock is packed with features and offers a modern look for your space at home. The outdoor temperature reading receives wireless data from a weather-resistant transmitting sensor that you can place on your balcony, back deck, or front porch. You can mount this clock to a wall or use the stand to display it on a table.

Pros from online customer reviews:

  • Outdoor temperature sensor has a 100-metre range
  • Can switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius
  • Bigger display and easier set-up compared to previous product models

TOP PICK BEST VALUE

ThermoPro Digital Indoor Outdoor Thermometer

Amazon, digital thermometer 2, CANVA, outdoor thermometers

Rated 4.3 out of 5 based on more than 2,600 Amazon.ca reviews

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This thermometer provides a lot of bang for its buck in terms of features. It can wirelessly track up to four locations, including up to three outdoor sensors (one included). There are a few options for placing this device in your house as you can mount it on the wall using a key hook, use the tabletop stand, or attach it to any metal surface like your fridge using the magnetic backing. Compared to our top pick overall listed above, this option has a shorter range for temperature gauge at just 60-metres.

Pros from online customer reviews:

  • Backlit screen that automatically turns off after 15 seconds
  • Can switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius
  • Large LED display with oversized numbers for easy reading

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TOP PICK RETRO STYLE

Marathon Outdoor Thermometer

Amazon, retro thermometer, CANVA, outdoor thermometers

Rated 4.3 out of 5 based on more than 130 Amazon.ca reviews

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Perhaps you’d like to stick with a tried and true, classic outdoor thermometer. With large numbers that make it easy to read from a distance, this option is weather-resistant and mercury-free. For the most accurate reading, it’s suggested that you keep it out of direct sunlight. While it comes with screws for installation, purchasers noted they are too small and flimsy, so if you have sturdier screws at home opt for those.

Pros from online customer reviews:

  • Affordable price point
  • Simple to operate with no touch screen or buttons
  • Suitable for any climate

TOP PICK DECORATIVE

Indoor/Outdoor Decorative Wall Thermometer

Amazon, decorative thermometer, CANVA, outdoor thermometers

Rated 4.4 out of 5 based on more than 2,000 Amazon.ca reviews

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This more ornate wall thermometer will accurately tell you the temperature as well as the humidity. It’s built for outdoor weather conditions as it’s constructed with a sturdy steel enclosure and glass lens. The manufacturer recommends keeping it out of direct sunlight and water vapour to maintain the highest level of performance.

Pros from online customer reviews:

  • Built-in mechanical movement with real-time sensing (no battery required)
  • Readable from a decent distance away
  • Good price point for the value of the product

TOP PICK PORTABLE

Sun Company Original Zip-o-gage Zipper-pull Thermometer

Amazon, keyring thermometer, CANVA, outdoor thermometers

Rated 4 out of 5 based on nearly 800 Amazon.ca reviews

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Attach this compact thermometer to your jacket or backpack using the handy keyring it comes with. It’s lightweight and small enough to take on any adventure, so you always have a quick read on the temperature wherever you are going. A wind chill chart is included on the back of the keychain, which is helpful for winter camping, hiking, or skiing as long as you know the wind speed.

Pros from online customer reviews:

  • Trusted product since 1972
  • Makes a great gift for any occasion
  • Will provide you with a fairly accurate reading for the price point

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Our trusted Product Specialists recommend high-quality items that we think will enhance your experience with Canadian weather conditions. Prices and availability of items are accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change.

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