After a few months it quit working. When it WAS working, it did seem to have a very intermittent and/or slow wireless communication. Very disappointing. If there's a better wireless thermometer on the market, I'll get it.
At the surface everything about this product is great, but after just one summer of use, the receiver (the part that stays in the pool) stopped working - it got water logged and the inside, where the batteries are stored, got completely rusted. The good news is that I contacted the manufacturer directly and they offered me a full refund, which I appreciated. The color and surface also didn't hold up well in the Arizona sun and heat, but that's typical of most outdoor products after an Arizona summer.
The bottom line is that my first purchase lasted one season and I went through two of these within a month on season two. I too thought that maybe the kids were being rough on the first one but that definitely was not the case this year. To be honest, I have a feeling that these actually leak from the top where the display is, than on the lower part where the battery is (because there is an o-ring there). The problems that I have had include (of course) the leaking of all three, the fact that the direct sun shining on the unit will inflate the temperature reading by several degrees, and the third until would not switch from C to F (however, the remote display is able to be switched to F). If it weren't for the fact that these leak (one clear indicator of that is that it shows the temp to be around 150 degrees), this would be an awesome device. There is a display on the unit in the pool and of course the remote display as well. The remote display provides temperature tracking for the previous week and there are several channels to select in case one frequency is weak. The batteries last a reasonable time (the devices died before the batteries did), and the pool unit synchs up easily to the remote display. In fact, seeing that the other pool units had died, I was using multiple remote displays connected to the one unit in the pool. It is a shame that they cannot master making this device waterproof as it is supposed to be in the water all the time, because otherwise it would be a great product. As is, it is almost as effective as having an umbrella that is not waterproof. I guess the other alternative would be to use it in an indoor pool and of course drain the water out of the pool.
batteries last longer than the unit does
Not Durable, not waterproof, doesn't come with 11 free replacements per year
I was ecstatic with the first one of these I purchased @ HD. It worked as promised for a year or so. After several changes of batteries, it became very difficult to reassemble the floating component so as to keep a waterproof seal. Since all the transmission gear is in the floater, once that's shot the indoor gauge is useless. I finally gave up on the floater and decided it was not worth another thirty bucks to replace something for a year or so. It's really just a toy, isn't it? Several years later, I got the thirst back and bought another setup hoping that time had healed all technical issues. The new one (same price - I was AMAZED) lasted a lesser time - never needed batteries. Since I had never opened it and the floater leaked anyway, I was less than pleased. I have decided two IS enough and my addiction to them is cured . . .
Bought two of these units. The first one was DOA. Exchanged it for a second unit. It worked reasonably well for about six weeks, although it would lose sync a couple times a day for up to an hour at a time even though the sensor was well within the line-of-sight range of the base unit. Sensor display fogged up after a few weeks and eventually started switching randomly between degrees F and C. The F/C toggle switch in the sensor had no effect and the sensor stopped communicating with the base unit, even though the batteries in both units were good and a hard reboot of both units was performed by removing and reinstalling the batteries in both the sensor and the base. Can't understand why this product is still on the market with so much negative user experience.
Product does not work. bad seal on unit makes it not waterproof. After 8 days I got an error read...
January 29, 2019
Product does not work. bad seal on unit makes it not waterproof. After 8 days I got an error reading. Brought it in, dried it out, put it back in the hot tub. It worked again for a few weeks started failing again. This unit was not good quality Reading shows me that my hot tub is 87 degrees, My tub is at 103. No audible alarm to set if temp goes down makes this unit a poor choice. I will return it.
You would think a pool thermometer could go in water. Not this product. It worked for about a month then started taking in water and stopped working . I would drain it and a week later it would take in more water and stop working again. I sent e-mail to their service line and never heard anything back. It is now in the garbage.