Indoor thermometer?

For the discussion of topics related to the conservation, cultivation, propagation and exhibition of cacti & other succulents.
Forum rules
For the discussion of topics related to the conservation, cultivation, propagation and exhibition of cacti & other succulents only.

Please respect all forum members opinions and if you can't make a civil reply, don't reply!
BarbusBarbus
Registered Guest
Posts: 5
Joined: 06 Aug 2018
Branch: None
Country: England

Indoor thermometer?

Post by BarbusBarbus » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:46 am

Hi all,

I wonder if anyone has any recommendations for an accurate thermometer for indoor use? There seems to be so many on places like Amazon with very variable reviews! I'm also unsure if I'm better off with an electronic or liquid type thermometer? I have a collection of about 35 cacti on a south facing windowsill indoors & am keen to be able to track the windowsill temperature over the winter. I'm hopefully looking for the following features,


- Accuracy: Obviously important it displays a consistently accurate reading, hopefully to 1/2 a degree/one decimal point.

- Ability to show highest and lowest temperatures in a defined period.

- Relatively cheap: Say £30 or under (unless you can convince me I should spend more!!)

- Fairly small in size (I don't want it taking up valuable cacti space!!)

Any reccommendations greatly appreciated - especially if you can give personal experience of a particular brand/make.

Thanks,
Alex
User avatar
Paul in Essex
BCSS Member
Posts: 1135
Joined: 11 Jan 2007
Branch: SOUTHEND-ON-SEA
Country: England
Role within the BCSS: Member
Location: North Thames Delta
Contact:

Re: Indoor thermometer?

Post by Paul in Essex » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:33 am

The best I have used so far is one of these:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003ARRMJ2/ ... 2154532791

It is in my greenhouse. Extremely clear display, reset the min and max whenever you want.
www.oasisdesigns.co.uk

Exotic garden design.
User avatar
Sylvia
BCSS Member
Posts: 585
Joined: 11 Jan 2007
Branch: SOMERSET
Country: UK
Role within the BCSS: Member
Location: Somerset

Re: Indoor thermometer?

Post by Sylvia » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:44 am

I agree with Paul I have several in my large greenhouse and have had them for some years. They always appear accurate.
Sylvia in Somerset growing cacti and succulents since 1977
User avatar
Aiko
Registered Guest
Posts: 2580
Joined: 12 Aug 2010
Branch: None
Country: Netherlands

Re: Indoor thermometer?

Post by Aiko » Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:24 am

Paul in Essex wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:33 am
The best I have used so far is one of these:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003ARRMJ2/ ... 2154532791
It only ranges to -10 to +50C. I think my greenhouse would outrange this many sunny warm summer days or during the occasional cold nights in some winters.
User avatar
Peter
BCSS Member
Posts: 2524
Joined: 22 Mar 2007
Branch: None
Country: UK
Role within the BCSS: Member
Location: Shropshire

Re: Indoor thermometer?

Post by Peter » Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:31 am

Sorry to be the one who disagrees with Paul and Sylvia. I've just had to replace two of these no more than three years old, because the digital numbers have broken into illegible segments. Why they've both given up at once is beyond me, other than perhaps this long hot summer has been the cause. Aiko is probably correct. However, they are cheap so it's no great issue to replace them.

Amazon sell the same thermometer with different names and prices.
ragamala
BCSS Member
Posts: 339
Joined: 28 Feb 2016
Branch: NORTH FYLDE
Country: UK

Re: Indoor thermometer?

Post by ragamala » Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:51 am

Paul in Essex wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:33 am
The best I have used so far is one of these:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003ARRMJ2/ ... 56588238/?
I have one of these too, and it's simple to use and as far as I can tell accurate. My branding is "Simplicity" but it's the same model. I wouldn't look for anything other than digital.

I got that free with a heater. (The heater packed in - and its replacement - but the thermometer stays good after 4 years now). But I think if I were buying something for indoor use I would go for a combined (digital) thermometer and humidity meter - something like this

https://www.amazon.co.uk/TFA-Dostmann-W ... 005LPJAY6/

I have had one of these for ages, it compares well with the greenhouse thermometer (and a temperature data logger I use) for results, and for the same price as the Brannan/Simplicity you get the value of the hygrometer reading and min/max. But, as I say, it is designed for indoor use (Aiko's problem of temperature extremes presumably not relevant in the home) rather than withstanding greenhouse splashes.
Pennebaker
New Member
Posts: 1
Joined: 20 Oct 2018
Branch: None
Country: UK

Re: Indoor thermometer?

Post by Pennebaker » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:48 pm

Cheers for the recommendation, Ragamala. Seems like you get a lot of bang for the buck with that device. I hope it's durable as well.
ragamala
BCSS Member
Posts: 339
Joined: 28 Feb 2016
Branch: NORTH FYLDE
Country: UK

Re: Indoor thermometer?

Post by ragamala » Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:38 am

Pennebaker wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:48 pm
I hope it's durable as well.
Ours has been working fine for over seven years now. I say "ours" because it was originally bought for checking humidity in the room where my wife's piano is, and still performs that function well, especially useful in our (too) dry hot summer this year. I admit I have borrowed it occasionally to check the temperature in my coldframes, but thought it prudent to wrap it in a plastic bag, which of course made the humidity reading a nonsense. But it a good instrument from a reputable German firm, not eg a rebadged item made in China.
User avatar
gerald
BCSS Member
Posts: 483
Joined: 28 Jul 2010
Branch: OXFORD
Country: UK
Role within the BCSS: Member
Location: Watlington
Contact:

Re: Indoor thermometer?

Post by gerald » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:51 pm

I'd look for a humidity reading too

Cold and dry is ok; it's cold & wet that causes rot, so you need to keep an eye on the humidity; perhaps consider getting a dehumidifier for that room
User avatar
Kees
Registered Guest
Posts: 32
Joined: 19 May 2018
Branch: None
Country: Germany

Re: Indoor thermometer?

Post by Kees » Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:57 am

I use this one:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/TFA-Dostmann-1 ... hermometer

To my surprise it does not get good reviews. I got mine sent with a batch of flu vaccines. Has served me well for many years.
Post Reply