This handy thermometer keeps you and your kitchen safe

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You know that old thermometer you have? Yes, I’m talking about the one that has been taped to the wall, useless for the last decade. Are you looking away in embarrassment? Do not! We’ve all been there. The truth is, with all the wild heat waves and unpredictable weather, no one would blame you if you wanted to know how ridiculously hot it is inside your home — even if the defunct thermometer doesn’t. After all, the temperature inside your space not only dictates how sweaty you’ll be when cooking and cleaning, it can have a whole host of unexpected outcomes.

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So because the erratic weather patterns don’t seem to be going away anytime soon, it’s about time you know how hot (and humid!) your home really is, don’t you think? Luckily, the makers of our editor-favorite cooking thermometer have come up with a brand new stellar solution: the RH SPOT, a handy little device that helps keep you and your home safe no matter how high the temperatures rise.

You may be wondering exactly what the RH SPOT does. Understandable. Well, the colorful L-shaped device reads the exact temperature and humidity level in any given room with uncanny accuracy and speed. In fact, it takes a new reading every five seconds to ensure that its easy-to-read LCD display gives you the right data in real time. This precision is especially important when it comes to things like bread making, where the humidity and temperature will greatly affect the rise of your bread and can totally change the final product. If you’ve made bread before, you know: After all the hard work, there’s nothing more disappointing than dough that doesn’t rise!

However, RH SPOT is changing for much more than just bread. Because it can hang anywhere—literally anywhere, on the ceiling, on your kitchen walls, outside (it’s waterproof, BTW)—it can help you extend the shelf life of a wide variety of your favorite things. (Think of that peanut butter or unopened coconut milk sitting in your cupboard.) We don’t often consider how high temperatures can change the expiration date on those cans, boxes and jars. The truth is, knowing when to turn on the fan and pull some of that hot, stagnant air out of your kitchen can help keep your wares in tip-top shape. The same goes for wine or other spirits (ever had your favorite bottle flipped before you drank it? That’s the worst!). It will also help cigars last if that’s your thing.

The helpful detector can also be placed in the refrigerator. By holding down the power button, you can scroll through the highest and lowest data points, so you can easily see if your fridge was too hot at any point. Finally, a way to prove that a family member leaves the refrigerator door open!

The RH SPOT comes in nine fun colors (who said temperature reading had to be boring?) and can register up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Oh, and the battery lasts a whopping 5,000 hours before needing to be replaced. So yes, unlike that broken old thermometer begging to retreat to your kitchen, this workhorse is built to last. It’s a household necessity that you’ve probably never thought of before, but trust us, you’ll wonder how you went this long without this little thing.

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