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Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer IRT-4520

Est. $40
Reviewed
April 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Braun ThermoScan Ear Thermometer

Best ear thermometer

Pros
  • Fast readings
  • Long battery life
  • Durable and long-lasting
Cons
  • Difficult to get accurate readings
  • Costs significantly more than most home thermometers
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Bottom line

Ear thermometers are generally criticized for being difficult to use properly, but the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer with ExacTemp Technology has an indicator light and alert sound to let you know it's in the correct position. This one-second, fast-reading ear thermometer can be used for the whole family and is used with comfortable probe covers for added hygiene.

Performance

Solid performer among ear thermometers. Users praise the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer with ExacTemp Technology for its quick one-second readings, and this model ranks highly on user review sites such as Amazon.com, Drugstore.com and Walmart.com.

One owner posting a review to Amazon.com says she was convinced after seeing this thermometer being used by medical staff in an emergency room, where it sees a good deal of wear and tear. Several owners confirm they've owned this thermometer and used it regularly for several years without a problem.

The most common complaint about the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer is its inconsistent readings. A few owners say they take three consecutive readings and come up with variations of about three degrees.

Ease of use

Indicators for correct placement ensure accuracy. A flashing light and beep signal that the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer with ExacTemp Technology tip is placed correctly in the ear, which is one of the greatest challenges when it comes to ear thermometers.

This model runs on two Lithium AA batteries, which reviewers say will last for several years of regular use. The display is large and easy to read, although it's not backlit. This thermometer also stores the past eight readings in its memory, so parents are able to easily identify trends like a child's rising temperature and take necessary action. On the other hand, it lacks some features, like a fever alert. It also requires plastic covers for the probe (Est. $10 for an 80-pack) in order to work.

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Our Sources

1. Which? (UK)

Editors of Which? magazine evaluate three digital thermometers in individual reviews. A parent with a small child takes the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer home to test and offers feedback on accuracy and ease of use. While the three thermometers are not compared in head-to-head testing, the reviews are thorough and well balanced. The tester found the Thermoscan to fit comfortably in her daughter's ear, but doesn't like that the display isn't backlit, making the thermometer difficult to use in dark rooms.

Review: Braun Thermoscan 5 IRT4520, Editors of Which?, Not dated

2. Amazon.com

More than 1,000 owners review the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer on Amazon.com, where it earns an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars. Several owners say they've used this thermometer for several years with no problems and without having to change the battery. Despite the Braun Thermoscan's being an ear thermometer, which are said to offer less accurate readings than rectal thermometers, the majority of owners say it's very accurate.

Review: Braun Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer with Exactemp Technology, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014

3. Walmart.com

About 125 owners offer feedback on the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer IRT-4520, which maintains an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars with 94 percent of reviewers saying they would recommend this product to a friend. Owners say the Braun Thermoscan is easy to use and offers highly accurate readings.

Review: Braun Ear Thermometer IRT4520US, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of April 2014

4. Viewpoints.com

There aren't many reviews at Viewpoint.com for the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer, however the reviews are very detailed. Reviews average a rating of 84. Owners say it is accurate and comfortable to use on children.

Review: Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer - IRT4520 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of April 2014

5. Bestcovery.com

Review author, Dr. Steve, raves about the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer, saying it's the top thermometer choice for parents with a newborn baby or toddler. He also adds, "you can use this one orally, rectally or under the arm as well as in the ear," though this information isn't included in any of Braun's official product guides.

Review: Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer with ExacTemp Technology, Dr. Steve, Not Dated

6. Drugstore.com

More than two dozen owners rate the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer at Drugstore.com, where it maintains an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Owners say it's easy enough to use, but there are some complaints that consecutive readings vary widely, leaving doubts about accuracy.

Review: Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer IRT4520, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of April 2014

7. Target.com

More than 20 owners provide reviews of the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer at Target.com, where it earns an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Owners appreciate that this thermometer stores up to eight prior readings and say it's easy to use, accurate and can withstand being dropped. Parents are particularly happy with its performance, noting it doesn't bother their kids like some types can.

Review: Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer - IRT4520, Contributors to Target.com, As of April 2014

8. GaltTech.com

Editors at Galt note that while ear thermometers are fast, it can be difficult to get an accurate reading. However, they say the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer stands out as an exception. They don't specify exactly what they like about this model aside from saying it's the best ear thermometer.

Review: Thermometer Reviews and Buying Guide, Editors of Galt Home, Not Dated

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