Rustic Outdoor Thermometers

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A rustic outdoor thermometer will tell you everything you need to know about the weather – how hot or cold it is and whether you will be able to enjoy drinks outside or should rather prepare for an afternoon indoors. The charming rural aesthetic of an antique outdoor thermometer will look good come rain or shine, and we’ve picked out a few of the best for you below.

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Classic Rustic Outdoor Thermometer

Classic Rustic Outdoor Thermometer

Infinity Instruments

With an open-faced design and large numbers so you won’t have to squint when trying to check the temperature, this rustic outdoor clock thermometer hangs down from an embellished rod that will need to be attached to a column or pillar. 

$44.99 $64.95

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Whiskey Vintage Outdoor Thermometer

Whiskey Vintage Outdoor Thermometer

Taylor

If you’re a fan of whiskey, this vintage outdoor clock with thermometer is inspired by a bourbon barrel. UV and fade-resistant, it is mostly made of plastic and has a parchment-colored clock face with black hands. Moreover, the numbers are nice and big.

$42.92 $49.99

Designer Advice:

We love the old-school appeal of this thermometer, and think it would look great positioned on a fence or a patio pillar. You could use it as part of the decoration for an outside bar – just place a few bottles of whiskey next to your clock for a cohesive and welcoming ambiance.

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Grapevine Outdoor Thermometer Metal

Grapevine Outdoor Thermometer Metal

A two-in-one purchase, this outdoor thermometer is made of premium-grade aluminum casting and features a sunny grapevine pattern that will brighten up your day. Additionally, it has a coating to protect against harsh weather conditions like wind or storms. 

Designer Advice:

We think this thermometer would look gorgeous hanging right next to your door so guests feel charmed before they even enter your home, but you could also get creative and place it next to any growing greenery or plants for a true French vineyard feel.

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Round Antique Outdoor Thermometer

Round Antique Outdoor Thermometer

Whitehall Products

Rust-proof and weather-resistant, this thermometer is available in copper or bronze and features a pattern thought to bring luck. Crafted from 100% recycled aluminum and made in the USA, it has been deliberately faded for an antique look. 

$53.13

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Quirky Retro Outdoor Thermometer

Quirky Retro Outdoor Thermometer

Taylor

If you’re constantly wondering when your next beach trip will be, this fun thermometer has a cute slogan telling you where to go. Designed in a sea greenish-blue with a shabby chic aesthetic, it features a regular clock, too.

$37.58 $49.99

Designer Advice:

We love the retro vibe of this thermometer, and think it would make a great addition to the top of your garden, where it could point to a small play area or miniature beach. It doesn’t have to be a huge deal – place it next to a paddling pool for an exciting set-up that children will love.

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Rose Design Vintage Thermometer Outdoor

Rose Design Vintage Thermometer Outdoor

Whitehall Products

Beautifully engraved with roses all around, this thermometer comes in copper, verdigris, or bronze. Handcrafted and decorated with durable paint to last throughout the years, it shows the temperature in Celsius and Fahrenheit. 

$46.51 $54

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Monogram Vintage Garden Thermometer

Monogram Vintage Garden Thermometer

Whitehall Products

For a truly vintage look, this garden thermometer is the perfect choice. Traditionally designed, it is crafted from high-quality aluminum and is coated, meaning it will be protected against the elements. Plus, the gold detailing is luxurious and chic.

$65.99 $69

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Seaside Farmhouse Outdoor Thermometer

Seaside Farmhouse Outdoor Thermometer

Taylor

Fade and UV-resistant, this outdoor clock and thermometer would be the ideal finishing touch to a farmhouse-style home. Guaranteed to have you missing the saltiness of sea air, the hand-painted imprint of a foot will bring back fond memories of seaside holidays. 

$42.67 $49.99

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Tree Trunk Wooden Outdoor Thermometer

Tree Trunk Wooden Outdoor Thermometer

Taylor

Designed to look as though it has been carved from a tree trunk, this thermometer is resistant to the sun. Able to measure temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, it features hand-painted thick black numbers that won’t fade over time.

Designer Advice:

The stripped-back rustic aesthetic of this wooden thermometer is what makes it so special, so we recommend keeping things simple and sticking to a forest or woodland theme. To create a peaceful atmosphere on your patio, go for rattan or wooden furniture, and introduce a color scheme of greens and browns with accessories. 

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Aged Bronze Vintage Thermometer

Aged Bronze Vintage Thermometer

Sophisticated and chic, this vintage thermometer has a weathered aged bronze finish and a clear, open-faced design. Easy to hang and see, the fleur-de-lis design in the center adds an understated yet elegant accent touch. 

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Rustic Outdoor Thermometers

Buying Guide

There’s nothing worse than a malfunctioning outdoor thermometer. Particularly the petite electronic, digital ones that seem to have invaded the world of these simple, trustworthy devices.

Whatever happened to the old, liquid-in-glass rustic outdoor thermometers of yore? Easily readable, as rugged as you need them to be and accurate enough to rely on without double checking the weather report on TV.

The fact is that many homeowners are swapping over to rustic outdoor thermometers. Not only do they last for decades without the slightest problem, but some of them also make great décor pieces. Like the advertising thermometers from the early 1900s.

If you are hunting for one of these gems, then here are some of the factors that you must consider.

Rustic outdoor thermometers generally average between 9-12” in size. That’s the bare minimum size that you should aim for as it allows easy visibility even if you are trying to check the temperature from inside the house. (Installed outside the window sill)

There are of course much larger ones. Some manufacturers even offer custom sized ones for elderly people who might find it difficult to view a small-sized temperature gauge. Any size is fine as long as it doesn’t look like an oversized eyesore outside the house.

Aluminum, stainless steel and wood hold up well to extreme weather conditions. So do plastic, bamboo, and wicker. These can be painted or designed in just about any color combination that you need for easy visibility.

Some antique thermometers are made of zinc and porcelain. But porcelain is prone to cracks and dents even with the slightest gust of wind. On that note, if the prevalent conditions are windy, then look for a material that’s heavy enough to stay steady.

A thermometer bulb on a wooden frame, for example, will be flimsier than one on a stainless steel frame.

Also, check the installation mechanism. It must be easy to install and provide a secure fit that does not wobble.

There’s a reason why old timers swear by their rustic liquid-in-glass, outdoor thermometers that used mercury. That’s because they were accurate even at the extremes (Up to -40). A few degrees off maybe. But nothing severe enough to affect the decision-making process.

Mercury is no longer used in many countries due to toxicity concerns and has been replaced by a non-toxic alcohol liquid that expands with a rise in temperature. These thermometers may be off by 10 degrees or so at extreme temperatures. So prepare accordingly.

If you’d prefer an old-school mercury thermometer, then you’d have to buy an antique. Check whether it’s in working condition before you buy though.

When it comes to aesthetics, nothing can beat the old advertising thermometers. Almost every major brand those days, including Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Mail Pouch Tobacco, and Hire’s Root beer, among others had large metal outdoor thermometers.

Small, local brands produced wooden ones. A lot of these are available on eBay. But you’d have to beware of counterfeits and fakes while buying antiques online. And they cost a premium.

Mail Pouch Tobacco, for instance, had a 40” metallic thermometer that they manufactured for niche rural stores. One of those in mint condition would cost you at least $300 now. Cheaper reproductions of old rustic outdoor thermometers are available for much less.

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Two sided rustic charleston clock thermometer

Two sided rustic charleston clock thermometer

This is an interesting element that can be useful, but it can also play the role of a retro decoration in any home. This clock/thermometer brings the antique style into the room, but it can be also used outdoors.

Rustic Vintage Wide Owl Cast Iron Ornate Indoor Outdoor Garden Wall Thermometer

Rustic Vintage Wide Owl Cast Iron Ornate Indoor Outdoor Garden Wall Thermometer

My daughter is a big fan of owls, so I purchased this lovely owl vintage wall thermometer. It can be used at interior and exterior, and has the cast iron details.

Garden Thermometer

Garden Thermometer

This cool thermometer will be a great rustic accent for your outdoors. Made from cast iron, in the shape of a gecko, this funky item will catch the attention of your guests.

Wooden Outdoor Wall Mountable Garden Thermometer With Rustic Design 2 Colours

Wooden Outdoor Wall Mountable Garden Thermometer With Rustic Design 2 Colours

Always ensure that you are able to tell the temperature outside with utmost precision by going for this amazing garden thermometer with a rustic design and a charming, distressed finish to match it.

Woodland Wonder Pinecone Wall Clock & Thermometer

Woodland Wonder Pinecone Wall Clock & Thermometer

It is worth knowing what winds blow in our garden and how they bring the temperature. In addition, a rustic outdoor thermometer is a good opportunity for a decorative element. This one is brown in color, with a metal handle and a motif of pinecones.

Outdoor Rustic Clock 2 Sided Garden Patio Decoration Time Thermometer Charleston

Outdoor Rustic Clock 2 Sided Garden Patio Decoration Time Thermometer Charleston

A handsome pair of retro wall clocks will transform your inner or outdoor decor into a 19th century train station - well, kind of. These 2-sided clocks with thermometer are mounted on decorous black metal brackets.

Outdoor Clock

Outdoor Clock

Ideal to create the climate in your garden or patio, this wooden clock with thermometer will add a smooth, rustic appeal around the space. It features classic Roman numerals.

Rustic outdoor thermometer

Thanks to this durable thermometer, you can measure the outdoor temperature for years to come. Designed of hardwood and properly finished, the thermometer is weather-resistant and displays temperature using Fahrenheit scale.

Outdoor garden thermometer

Outdoor Garden Thermometer

Rustic outdoor thermometer 4

This old zinc thermometer is ready to complement any vintage outdoor décor or to add rustic hints to it. Wall-mounted, with pre-drilled holes for effortless installation. Indicates temperatures from -25°C to +55°C - alternatively, in Fahrenheit scale.

Taylor Heritage 481BZ Metal Dial Thermometer, 4.25-Inch

Metal dial thermometer to measure temperature indoors or out. Traditionally styled rustic thermometer that - importantly - features weatherproof construction. Functional, but also higly decorative outdoor accessory.

Taylor Heritage 483BZ Spirit-Filled Metal Thermometer, 7.5-Inch

Traditionally styled, rustic indoor or outdoor thermometer. This spirit-filled metal item features waterproof construction and includes a reliable mounting bracket. Its fonts are easy to read and they indicate temperatures in Fahrenheit and Celsius degrees.

Rustic Deer Antler Indoor / Outdoor Thermometer

UMA Enterprises 35418 Metal Outdoor Clock Thermometer, 11 by 26-Inch

Elegant, slightly vintage inspired outdoor weather station with clock (Roman numerals), thermometer and hygrometer - all elements are waterproof. Open square frames feature ring detail. This accessory is wall mounted.

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Vintage style butterfly thermometer lawn stake

Vintage Style Butterfly Thermometer Lawn Stake

Old fashioned outdoor thermometer

If you want to always be able to tell the temperature outside with real precision then this thermometer will be a perfect solution, since it allows for precise reading and is, at the same time, weather-resistant to ensure that it lasts even in those cold winter periods.

Big outdoor thermometer

Thermometer in Wild West style. It is mounted on wooden strip. Desinged for outdoor use. It is resistant to rust and harmful weather conditions. Great addition to the garden, porch and more.

Vintage thermometers

A vintage decoration for indoors and outdoors that displays temperature using Fahrenheit scale. The 8'' thermometer provides accurate readings, has weather-resistant construction, and a large scale with a black metal hand.

Rustic outdoor thermometer 2

Enchanting with its ornate, antique appeal, this all-weather outdoor thermometer. It shows temperatures ranging from - 40 to 120 Fahrenheit degrees. A decorative item on the wall of your sunroom, patio, deck, or balcony.

Rustic outdoor thermometer 3

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Vintage outdoor clocks

Add a funny accent into exterior with this garden treasures rain gauge wall mount thermometer. It features the rustic design, weather-resistant structure and ladybird motif. Adorable thing for your garden!

Deco 79 35417 Metal Outdoor Clock Thermometer, 17 by 14-Inch