Rubbermaid Commercial Refrigerator Thermometer

Last updated date: December 28, 2019

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Rubbermaid Commercial Refrigerator Thermometer

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Overall Take

Rubbermaid is known for producing products that keep food fresh and safe. This thermometer is no different, instantly displaying an accurate temperature reading to ensure safe food storage. Battery-free and made using stainless steel with a shatterproof lens, this thermometer is built to last. In our analysis of 38 expert reviews, the Rubbermaid Rubbermaid Commercial Refrigerator Thermometer placed 1st 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
10 expert reviews
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4,086 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Moreover, it’s equipped with both Fahrenheit and Celsius scales for easy temperature interpretation.
- Products Browser
October 30, 2019 | Full review
The thermometer is made of stainless steel. Its large, easy-to-read dial shows clearly marked temperatures, perfect for professional kitchen.
- Thermometer Reviews
This product is from a brand that chefs and home cooks have trusted for many years to keep their food sealed and protected. The Rubbermaid Commercial Steel Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometer offers that same level of reliability so that you will always keep your food at the ideal safe temperature.
- On The Gas
This product is perfect for traditional refrigerators, mini fridges, freezers, coolers, or any cooling based food appliance
- Grapefrost
November 20, 2019 | Full review
The Rubbermaid Commercial Instant Read lives up to its name, because the face is clear, uncomplicated, and a snap to understand. The large red pointer offers great visibility, while the safe zone markings are handy for forgetful cooks.
- Wiki EZ Vid
August 26, 2019 | Full review
However, it proved fairly accurate at reporting temperature and was the most responsive thermometer of the bunch.
- Reviewed
October 15, 2019 | Full review
The Rubbermaid Commercial FGTHO550 Thermometer is a gadget that will make all the difference in all your baking for it will keep your food safe by monitoring your temperature for the optimum result.
- Technerati
It is made of durable material like many thermometers that is stainless steel and also has shatter proof lens to makes it withstand tough and highly dependable. It comes along with a convenient hanger that allows it to be easily suspended from the refrigerator rack.
- The Lazy Boy Saloon
September 18, 2019 | Full review
It reads in both fahrenheit and Celsius and ranges from -20 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The information on the screen can tell us the max, min and the current temperature at the same time.
- Sweet Homely
What experts didn't like
Temperature numbers are smaller and harder to read than some other similar thermometers.
- Thermometer Reviews
Temperature numbers are smaller than those on similar dial thermometers
- On The Gas
This product is visually cluttered; the tick marks are sized and spaced oddly, making it confusing to read.
- Reviewed
October 15, 2019 | Full review
A little challenging to hang on many refrigerators
- Technerati

From The Manufacturer

Rubbermaid Commercial Products Stainless Steel Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometer displays true appliance temperature to help ensure safe and correct food storage. thermometer is made of stainless steel. It is NSF-approved and its large, easy-to-read dial shows clearly marked temperatures, perfect for professional and home kitchens. It hangs or stands for easy installation and has a lens that will not shatter. Reads both Fahrenheit and Celsius. 3. 75 inches tall by 2. 5 inches wide by 1. 5 inches long

Overall Product Rankings

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

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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.

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“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.”

DWYM 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.