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Best Thermometer

Body temperature is one of the four primary ‘vital signs’ that must be measured to ensure a patient’s health and well-being. Temperature measurement is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence as a part of the initial assessment in acute illness in adults, and a clinical fever (greater than 100.4 F) is often the first visible sign of an infectious or contagious illness.

Despite applying in all healthcare environments, wide variations exist on the methods and techniques used to measure body temperature. A person’s temperature can be measured by several methods: orally, axillary (under arms), rectally, and via forehead or temporal scanning. It is crucial to use the most appropriate technique to ensure that temperature is measured accurately. Inaccurate results may influence diagnosis and treatment, lead to a failure to identify patient deterioration and compromise patient safety. The lists below is designed to help you find the right thermometer for your loved one who is feeling ill.

Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer with ExacTemp Technology

The Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer is the Expert's Top Thermometer choice for parents with a newborn baby or toddler. It is non-invasive in that you simply take the temperature from your infant's ear. It has a professional accuracy and lets you know if you have it positioned right by a flashing light and beeping sounds. It stores up to eight memory readings and has a soft tip that is flexible, meaning less discomfort to baby. What is great is that you can use this one orally, rectally or under the arm as well as in the ear.

Safety 1st Gentle Read Rectal Thermometer

The Safety First Gentle Read Rectal Thermometer ranks among the top 3 for rectal thermometers. The unit beeps when the temperature reading is established, typically within 7 to 10 seconds. The thermometer's design maximizes comfort in gripping the unit, and its probe is comfortable due to its flexibility. A memory feature records previous temperature readings, which again helps in communicating with the doctor. "Parenting" magazine highly recommends this thermometer for both its price and accuracy.

Gurin Infrared TS-110 Ear Thermometer

The Gurin TS-110 is a Top-rated baby thermometer, garnering unanimously positive reviews on multiple consumer websites. Its probe is waterproof so that you can clean it eliminating the need for probe covers, which is quite convenient. Infrared ear thermometers are supposedly easier to use and less prone to inaccurate readings compared to other infrared thermometers like forehead and non-contact thermometers. Its one drawback is that it does not give Celsius readings; but by all other accounts, it is a can't-go-wrong tool to have in your medicine cabinet.

Vicks Forehead Thermometer

Parents describe the Vicks Forehead Thermometer as: "Convenient, easy to use out of the box... when my memory is hazy due to lack of sleep this thermometer changes color from Green to Yellow then Red, determining grade of fever." · The Vicks Forehead Thermometer is top rated by several consumer publications, and garnered excellent ratings for its accuracy. It measures the temperature via the forehead, meaning less distress (less crying!) from the baby. Its main drawback is that improper positioning can lead to inaccurate readings.

Omron MC-514 Ear Thermometer

This device is simple in design, yet also quite accurate. To take the temperature you press the "on/off" button, put the monitor in the ear, and press the "start" button. When it beeps, the temperature is shown on the readout. Here are the key features:12 temperature readings in 1 second and displays the highest reading, nice storage case,large display for easy reading,lighted display for night time reading, beeps when measurement is complete, and memory recalls the last temperature taken. It also comes with a 3 year limited warranty. Obviously, it is non-invasive and thus comfortable for the baby.

2 in 1 Professional Clinical RY230 Large LCD Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer

The 2 in 1 Professional Clinical Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer provides an easy-to-use, rapid, and accurate way for temperature evaluations by taking the temperature of areas on the face such as the forehead or tear duct glands region. This one makes it easy to get an accurate reading simply by scanning the surface, rather than by pressure-contact. It's non-invasive, such as all temporal thermometers and delivers a rapid yet accurate reading. A sleeping child or adult will not be disturbed by this thermometer as it is used, nor will it cause any pain if they are awake.

Exergen TAT-2000 Temporal Thermometer

The Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer is yet another thermometer that is not invasive, and therefore not distressing to ill babies. You just need to apply a light stroke of the forehead region to capture naturally dissipated heat waves from the skin over the temporal artery. It takes an amazing 1,000 readings per second to choose the one that is the most accurate. There are red LED lights and a beeping sound to alert you that a successful reading has been completed. This device has been thoroughly found to be very accurate in its measurements.

FeverWatch Professional Clinical Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer - Forehead

Designed with both health providers and consumers in mind, the FeverWatch Clinical Non-contact Infrared (IR) Thermometer provides a simple, quick, and accurate way for initial fever screenings by taking the surface temperature of areas on the face such as the forehead or tear ducts (at the corners of the eyes). Powered by state of the art non-invasive infrared technology, this thermometer obtains the body temperature reading with 0.3 degree accuracy in less than 1 second through a simple click. It features an Intuitive Guidance Systemto secure positioning and confirm accurate readings. Temperatures readings are displayed on a huge back-lit LCD screen for easier reading, and its adjustable audio alarmwill alert you if the temperature is too high (beyond a preset threshold). Since there is no contamination riskfor this non-contact thermometer, one can immediately start again to scan the temperature of other patients without having to disinfect or change the tip.

Braun Forehead Thermometer

Braun Forehead Thermometer FHT 1000: this device is quite easy to use, you just turn it once, apply to your forehead and with a quick swipe of the forehead region and several 'beeps' later it gives you a precise temperature measurement without poking or prodding your infant in any way (also fine to use on adults). The Braun brand denotes quality engineering, and its simplicity of use makes it a winner with consumers. Healthcare providers also tout this thermometer.

Vicks Forehead Thermometer

Parents describe the Vicks Forehead Thermometer as: "Convenient, easy to use out of the box... when my memory is hazy due to lack of sleep this thermometer changes color from Green to Yellow then Red, determining grade of fever." · The Vicks Forehead Thermometer is top rated by several consumer publications, and garnered excellent ratings for its accuracy. It measures the temperature via the forehead, meaning less distress (less crying!) from the baby. Its main drawback is that improper positioning can lead to inaccurate readings.

Vicks Baby Rectal Thermometer

The Vicks Baby Rectal Thermometer (Model V934) is the superior product here. This device puts a premium on safety, as its short rectal probe truly minimizes any chance of accidental injury to the baby. It also has a uniquely designed ComfortFlex Tip, thus minimizing any distress to the child. It reads out the temperature in under 10 seconds, which is quite sufficient, and its soft-tone colors (baby blue and white) make it blend is perfectly inside the nursery. Its safety, accuracy, and value make it a must-have item for all parents.

Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer with ExacTemp Technology

The Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer is the Expert's Top Thermometer choice for parents with a newborn baby or toddler. It is non-invasive in that you simply take the temperature from your infant's ear. It has a professional accuracy and lets you know if you have it positioned right by a flashing light and beeping sounds. It stores up to eight memory readings and has a soft tip that is flexible, meaning less discomfort to baby. What is great is that you can use this one orally, rectally or under the arm as well as in the ear.

Welch Allyn SureTemp Plus 690 Electronic Thermometer

The Welch Allyn SureTemp Plus 690 Electronic Thermometer is a highly-reliable device that may be used rectally, orally, or via the axilla. It provides quick results: within 4 seconds orally, and within 10 seconds by rectal/axilla route. The Model features waterproof, stainless steel probe shaft and convenient storage housing for 25 probe covers. It is energy-efficient, in that it can take about 6,000 measurements with an initial set of batteries. The Welch Allyn brand is also one of the most respected brands within the medical device sector.

Safety 1st Advanced Solutions Family Thermometer

The Safety 1st Advanced Solutions Family Thermometer made it to the 'Best Rectal Thermometers' list for a variety of reasons. One unique feature allows you to store all the probe tips inside a rear compartment of the device, which helps prevent them from getting lost. The digital reading is ready in 30-40 seconds, which is decent (though not the swiftest). The unit also features a large backlit digital display, which is convenient for night use. Another innovative feature that this thermometer has is a patented ‘Fever Light Bar’ that lights up (in red) when a fever is noted. This Safety 1st Family Thermometer also provides a handy chart informing you what is considered a normal temperature range—this is a great feature for the average lay person! The device also has a ‘Clean Me’ auto-reminder feature, and also a Memory Recall design that continually stores the previous ten readings.

Geratherm Mercury Free Rectal Thermometer for Temperature Measurement

The Geratherm Mercury Free Rectal Thermometer LOOKS like the old-style mercury containing thermometer that everyone used in the 1970s, but there is one huge difference—it does not contain Mercury, so it is safe. It has a glass casing, and requires the ‘shake-down’ method before each measurement. Its best selling point is its accuracy: it is every bit as accurate as the old mercury thermometers, meaning it is the most accurate among in this category. It is also the most compact (great for travel) and lightest of all available rectal thermometers.

Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer with ExacTemp Technology

The Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer is the Expert's Top Thermometer choice for parents with a newborn baby or toddler. It is non-invasive in that you simply take the temperature from your infant's ear. It has a professional accuracy and lets you know if you have it positioned right by a flashing light and beeping sounds. It stores up to eight memory readings and has a soft tip that is flexible, meaning less discomfort to baby. What is great is that you can use this one orally, rectally or under the arm as well as in the ear.

2 in 1 Professional Clinical RY230 Large LCD Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer

The 2 in 1 Professional Clinical Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer provides an easy-to-use, rapid, and accurate way for temperature evaluations by taking the temperature of areas on the face such as the forehead or tear duct glands region. This one makes it easy to get an accurate reading simply by scanning the surface, rather than by pressure-contact. It's non-invasive, such as all temporal thermometers and delivers a rapid yet accurate reading. A sleeping child or adult will not be disturbed by this thermometer as it is used, nor will it cause any pain if they are awake.

BD Digital Thermometer

The BD Digital Thermometer Model 524030 is a thermometer that guarantees not only quick readings but (more importantly) accurate temperature results. Once you position it properly, it “beeps” to let you know that it's done reading the temperature. It also has a memory feature that shows the last temperature taken, which is perfect if you are keeping an eye on a fever and checking a temperature every few hours. It reads the temperature within one minute, which is decent, but not as fast as some of its competitors. It also has an easy-to-read, over-sized Night Light Display.

Welch Allyn SureTemp Plus 690 Electronic Thermometer

The Welch Allyn SureTemp Plus 690 Electronic Thermometer is a highly-reliable device that may be used rectally, orally, or via the axilla. It provides quick results: within 4 seconds orally, and within 10 seconds by rectal/axilla route. The Model features waterproof, stainless steel probe shaft and convenient storage housing for 25 probe covers. It is energy-efficient, in that it can take about 6,000 measurements with an initial set of batteries. The Welch Allyn brand is also one of the most respected brands within the medical device sector.

TempIR Clinical Infrared Thermometer

TheTempIR Clinical Infrared Thermometer's temperature gauge can be described as a top quality, non-skin contact temperature gauge, produced using the newest infrared technology available. It records the body's temperature by simply measuring the particular infra-red waves released by the temporal artery (on patient's forehead),and it is proved to be far more precise than ordinary thermometers. TempIR is undoubtedly a helpful addition for just about any house or even workplace, and already physicians and nurses everywhere are using this top quality thermometer.

Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer with ExacTemp Technology

The Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer is the Expert's Top Thermometer choice for parents with a newborn baby or toddler. It is non-invasive in that you simply take the temperature from your infant's ear. It has a professional accuracy and lets you know if you have it positioned right by a flashing light and beeping sounds. It stores up to eight memory readings and has a soft tip that is flexible, meaning less discomfort to baby. What is great is that you can use this one orally, rectally or under the arm as well as in the ear.

OMRON Gentle Temp 521 Ear Thermometer

OMRON Gentle Temp 521 Ear Thermometer

OMRON's new Gentle Temp 521 Ear Thermometer is a super-fast, digital thermometer with a wide range of sophisticated features including a screen that lights up clearly. This means that it can be seen easily at nighttime, making it especially convenient for parent looking after young toddles or babies. The Gentle Temp 521 measures ear temperature, but can also be used to take surface temperatures, from a milk bottle for example, as well as giving readings for the room temperature. In addition, with a memory capable of storing up to 25 readings, it is possible to track temperature changes over a period of time to monitor trends; this is especially handy when communicating with the doctor's office. Temperatures can be displayed on the large LCD display in either degrees centigrade or Fahrenheit. It measures temp readings in 1-second (fast!), and has an automatic Power Off feature for energy savings.

Welch Allyn Braun ThermoScan Pro 4000 Thermometer

This NEW Welch Allyn-BraunThermoScan Pro 4000 Thermometer comes with a preheated probe (very neat and unique feature) and sensor, which makes for less discomfort and distress in the winter. This model also has the ExacTemp Technology, which guarantees correct positioning, and greater accuracy of measurement. It is quite fast--delivering the temp reading within 3 to 7 seconds. It is also light in weight, and has a firm grip handle. It is relatively higher in cost compared to our other picks, and thus mostly purchased by medical professionals.

Braun IRT 4520 ThermoScan Ear Thermometer

TheBraun Thermoscan Model Irt4520 Ear Thermometer is also a new product that blends accuracy and quality, with relative cost value (can purchase for under $60). This device also has a preheated probe tip and sensor, while its unique probe cover detection system assures precise 'Infrared Heat Transfer,' which results in highly accurate temp readings. It has an easy to read bold LCD display, and projects temperatures in both Fahrenheit and Celsius modes. It also comes with an automatic 'Probe Cover Eject' button for quick, simple disposal of used covers.

MEDLINE Tympanic Thermometer: MDS 9700

The Medline Tympanic Quick Probe Release, Model MDS9700 Thermometer is another relatively new device, that uses Infrared Sensor technology to measure heat-energy that is emanated from the tympanic membrane (eardrum). It is therefore painless and convenient, particularly for use on fussy babies. It also has an automatic probe cover release function, and initial purchase comes with 100 disposable probe covers. It offers quick temp readings (under 10 seconds), and reads in both Fahrenheit and Clesius conversions.

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Dr. Steve
I am a non-practicing physician (M.D.). After about 2 decades of practicing full-time Clinical Medicine (Family Practice), I realized that Public Health Education is a higher calling--thus I have become a Professional Health Writer & Advocate, as well as an Investigative Journalist. PLEASE NOTE: My 'BEST List' articles shall in no way be construed as medical advice, treatment, or recommendation.
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