AcuRite 00986 Refrigerator Thermometer

Last updated date: February 3, 2020

DWYM Score
8.6


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Overall Take

This thermometer set includes two sensors for the refrigerator and freezer. View temps without opening the door, thanks to the external digital display. Program alarms with the touch of a button to be notified instantly when the temperature exceeds your desired maximum. In our analysis of 37 expert reviews, the AcuRite AcuRite 00986 Refrigerator Thermometer placed 2nd when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note December 31, 2019:
Checkout The Best Refrigerator Thermometer for a detailed review of all the top refrigerator thermometers.

Expert Summarized Score
8.1
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.2
2,898 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It has an alarm to alert you when the temperature exceeds the set limit. You can also decide to clip it on the shelf or suction it to the wall inside the thermometer.
- Products Browser
October 30, 2019 | Full review
It allows you to store food at safe temperatures and displays the temperature in your freezer at its high and low points. A programmed alarm notifies you audibly and visually when the temperatures exceed the minimum.
- Freezer Guru
September 17, 2019 | Full review
This wireless has a good track record of keeping an eye over your freezer and refrigerator temperatures. It comes with 2 sensors—one for the freezer and the other one for the refrigerator.
- Water Pebble
February 20, 2019 | Full review
The user can be able to pre-set minimum and maximum temperature range that is suitable for him/her.
- Top X Perfect
November 2, 2019 | Full review
This product can monitor the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer to make sure that it’s the ideal environment to preserve different types of food items. From meat products to fruits and vegetables, you need to make sure that it’s the right temperature to halt the growth of bacteria and to preserve the freshness of your food items
- Guatemala Times
The AcuRite Digital Refrigerator Thermometer and Freezer Thermometer sensors with Temperature Alerts is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to monitor the temperatures in your refrigerator and freezer. It’s a nice peace of mind if you travel a lot and want to make sure that your food hasn’t spoiled due to warm temperatures while you were away.
- The Gadgeteer
December 9, 2016 | Full review
Works well and you can get a better picture of how your refrigerator/freezer is performing.
- Thermometer Reviews
The AcuRite Wireless Thermometer is long and thin with a large display. This unit attaches to the outside of your refrigerator or freezer so that you never have to open and close the cooler to check the temperature inside.
- Top Fridge
November 17, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Some people experienced the accuracy being a bit off, or trouble with their batteries.
- Freezer Guru
September 17, 2019 | Full review
Eats up batteries and no low battery warning.
- Thermometer Reviews
Only alerts after temperatures are out of range for longer than 15 minutes
- Top Fridge
November 17, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

This dual-purpose freezer and fridge thermometer manages to be in two places at once. Using two wireless, remote thermometers, communicating with a door- or wall-mounted display you will be able to: Be alerted when freezer or refrigerator temperatures are out of preferred range Store foods at safe temperatures to prevent food spoilage Avoid related foodborne illnesses Wireless thermometers The digital thermometer display shows refrigerator and freezer temperatures, and records highs and lows for each environment, as recorded by each remote thermometer. Programmable alarm notifies you audibly and visually when temperatures exceed your set minimum or maximum range Digital thermometer display has magnetic and keyhole mountings Comes with one wireless refrigerator thermometer and one wireless freezer thermometer The digital display is powered by 2 AAA batteries. Each sensor is powered by 2 AA alkaline or lithium batteries (not included). Lithium batteries recommended for use in sensors for temperatures below –4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Celsius). Food protection By using this combination of temperature gauge and freezer monitor, you will rest assured that your family’s food is stored safely and appropriately. It's more than accurate; it's AcuRite.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Rubbermaid Commercial Refrigerator Thermometer
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 10
2. AcuRite 00986 Refrigerator Thermometer
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Esnow Wireless Refrigerator Thermometer
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 1
4. DayMark Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometer
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5
5. Taylor 3507 TruTemp Refrigerator Thermometer
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Refrigerator Thermometers

If someone were to ask how cold you keep your refrigerator or freezer, would you know how to answer? Most people might have an idea of the setting on the dial (typically somewhere between one and seven), but what does that really mean? And perhaps more importantly, what temperature should your fridge and freezer be set to?

Simplemost Media

When food reaches room temperature, foodborne illness-causing bacteria can double every 20 minutes. One of the safest and easiest ways to slow the growth of these harmful organisms is to chill foods to the proper temperature.

Placing a thermometer in your refrigerator is an effective way to keep your family safer, as you can verify that foods are being kept at a safe temperature, especially since most fridges only have a numeric dial that does not show actual temperatures. A refrigerator or freezer thermometer can even save money on your utility bills. Knowing what to look for will help you make the best selection for your circumstances.

Simplemost Media

“If you are setting the dial in your fridge and hoping the arbitrary number you’ve chosen is ‘cold enough,’ you should be using a refrigerator thermometer,” recommends Vicki Liston, the writer, producer and host of award-winning home improvement and DIY show, “On The Fly…DIY,” which helps consumers with their DIY projects. “This useful little device ensures you are storing your food at a safe temperature — under 40 degrees Fahrenheit or 4 degrees Celsius, to be exact — to avoid spoiling as well as inhibiting dangerous mold and bacteria growth.”

Not only that, but certain thermometers can help in emergency situations.

“A refrigerator thermometer will come in especially handy after a power outage,” Liston explains. “Did the temperature get too high and all of your food needs to be thrown away? Or was it close, but hadn’t gotten to a harmful level yet? You’ll know with absolute certainty whether or not the food is safe to eat, which could save you hundreds of dollars in groceries in the long run.”

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Another way an accurate refrigerator thermometer could help you save money is by cutting your energy consumption.

“If your fridge is set to maintain a temperature of 33 degrees,” Liston says, “but 37 degrees is still well within limits, you can up the temperature and save the electricity it takes to maintain the lower-than-needed level.”

DYWM Fun Fact

Refrigerators started becoming a common household item in the United States around 1920. By 1956, 80% of American homes housed refrigerators. Currently, at least 15% of U.S. households have two or more refrigerators.

Early refrigerators required ice to keep food and beverages chilled (hence the nickname “icebox”). However, the ice did not come from a squeaky-clean factory initially. In the 1850s, ice was harvested from frozen lakes. If you could afford the best ice, it still likely had some algae in it. The cheaper stuff was filled with leaves, dirt and other unsavory “ingredients.” Consumers who purchased ice harvested in industrial areas often received blocks contaminated by factory pollution and sewage.

The Refrigerator Thermometer Buying Guide

  • Liston suggests looking for a thermometer that gives you multiple ways of attaching to your refrigerator. “A hook, stand and magnet will all give you the flexibility to place the thermometer exactly where it needs to go,” she says, “which is in the dead center of your fridge, for the most accurate reading. Placing it too close to the back will give you a colder-than-actual reading while too close to the front will read the warm air that rushes in every time you open the door.”
  • Consider a higher-end model if you want to be able to check the fridge or freezer temp quickly and easily. These thermometers come in two or even three parts: a sensor that you can place in the middle of the fridge (and perhaps a second one for the freezer) as well as a separate display or dial that you mount on the outside. You don’t even need to open the door to get a temperature reading with these models.
  • “Opt for a refrigerator thermometer that specifically notes ‘waterproof’ as a feature,” advises Liston. “You might think this is a given, but you don’t want one spill to ruin the unit’s functionality.”
  • “Choose one with an easy to read dial or large display so you can read the temperature with a glance,” Liston suggests. “Holding the door open longer while trying to read the dial increases the amount of warm air entering the fridge and counterintuitive for having a thermometer in the first place. Anti-fog is another notable feature to look for as it will also make the numbers or dial that much easier to read.”
  • Refrigerate foods promptly, whether you are bringing them home from the grocery store or storing leftovers. All food should be put in the fridge within two hours to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying.
  • The average refrigerator consumes approximately 10% of the total electricity used in a common household. Your refrigerator will run most efficiently if it is somewhat full. An empty fridge actually requires more power to maintain cool temps.