A noninvasive, quick and easy thermometer, the Exergen TemporalScanner Temporal Artery Thermometer works for infants and adults and can even be used on a sleeping child. There are some concerns about accuracy, although reviews suggest that using this thermometer appropriately results in precise measurements. It does take practice to perfect the forehead swiping action required. If you're looking for a rectal thermometer, said to offer the most accurate temperature readings, the Vicks Baby Thermometer V934 (Est. $20) is highly rated.
Accurate and precise with a simple swipe. When it comes to speed, it doesn't get faster than the Exergen TemporalScanner Temporal Artery Thermometer's 0.4-second reading. It's safe for use with infants, children and adults, and operates using infrared technology.
There are some complaints from owners posting to consumer review sites such as Walmart.com and Amazon.com regarding inaccuracy. However, there are numerous owners who say they've obtained a reading at home, then taken a child to the emergency room and the temperatures match within half a degree.
One owner posting a review to Walmart.com is a nurse and says she uses the professional model of this device (which is practically identical) in the emergency room, taking an average of 40 temperatures per shift. She explains, "The key is to understand that fevers will fluctuate all the time. Yes, you can get a different reading each time the device is used. If you take the temp on one side of the head and aren't satisfied with the reading, then scan the other side of the head. Make sure the device is in constant contact with skin or it will not read properly."
The Exergen TemporalScanner Temporal Artery Thermometer gets positive scores in one professional roundup of 10 digital thermometers, earning the second-highest rating overall. This thermometer earns an excellent rating for accuracy and very good scores for repeatability and features.
Swiping action takes practice to perfect. This noninvasive device uses infrared technology to obtain a temperature measurement from the forehead with a simple swipe from the middle of the forehead to the side. It uses a 9-volt battery which is easy to change and will last for several years, according to owners posting reviews to Walmart.com and Amazon.com. A flashing LED and beep indicates that the scan has been completed correctly and that the reading is ready.
To use this thermometer, users must push down the button and maintain contact with the person's skin while swiping the thermometer across the forehead before releasing the button. Owners posting reviews to sites like Amazon.com and Walmart.com say it takes practice to get this process right, and that removing the tip from the person's forehead before releasing the button can cause inaccurate readings. Once you get the hang of using it, however, it's highly accurate and a breeze to use.
The Exergen thermometer doesn't require any probe covers for use. Owners do suggest periodically cleaning the probe with a cotton swab and alcohol to ensure accuracy and hygiene.
Editors of ConsumerReports.org test digital thermometers for accuracy, Ease of use and features. The Exergen TemporalScanner Temporal Artery Thermometer is among four infrared thermometers evaluated.
Review: Thermometer Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
About 550 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars for the Exergen TemporalScanner Temporal Artery Thermometer at Walmart.com. Overall, owners are impressed by the accuracy of this thermometer, and many say it's as accurate as a rectal temperature reading, while totally noninvasive.
Review: Exergen Temporal Thermometer, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of May 2013
The Exergen TemporalScanner Temporal Artery Thermometer earns an average rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars in nearly 400 user reviews. Owners love the fast one-second readings and noninvasive method of this thermometer, noting that it can be used with children under the age of 1, whereas most ear thermometers can't be used at this age.
Review: Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer Model # TAT-2000C, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2013
About 50 owners have weighed in with comments on the Exergen TemporalScanner Temporal Artery Thermometer at Target.com, where it earns an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. The reviews posted here are less thorough than those at Amazon.com, but feedback overall is positive.
Review: Exergen Temporal Scanner Infrared Thermometer, Contributors to Target.com, As of May 2013
"The Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer can be summed up in three words -- compact, quick and hygienic," says Kate Bayless, who names the best thermometers in a review at Babble.com. Bayless names five digital thermometers in all and includes a brief review of each, although it's not clear whether she has personally tested the models discussed.
Review: Babble Reviews the Best Thermometers for Kids and Family, Kate Bayless, March 10, 2009
Kim Hill names five digital thermometers in this roundup at Bestcovery.com, although she does not disclose testing methodology or whether she's actually used the thermometers she recommends. Hill notes that the Exergen TemporalScanner Temporal Artery Thermometer is used by many hospitals and points out that it's both fast and noninvasive.
Review: Exergen TAT-2000 Temporal Thermometer Review, Kim Hill, Not dated
Jennifer Wolf is a certified parent coach and About.com single parents guide. This thorough review of the Exergen TemporalScanner Temporal Artery Thermometer is well balanced and based on Wolf's personal experience. She points out that this noninvasive method reduces anxiety in children and is both fast and accurate. On the downside, she notes that extreme room temperatures can affect the readings.
Review: Best Forehead Thermometer: Review of Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer, Jennifer Wolf, Not dated