The Kidz-Med Thermofocus 5-in-1 Non-Contact Thermometer is a high-tech model that takes three-second temperature readings by reading infrared emissions from the body. Reviewers and users love the convenience of this model, especially its ease when taking the temperature of a sleeping or squirmy child. The obvious drawback is the high price tag, particularly when basic thermometers like the Vicks ComfortFlex Digital Thermometer (*Est. $13) cost so much less.
We found recommendations for the Kidz-Med thermometer at ABC's "Good Morning America" and in an article on Babble.com. Contributors to BlogTalkRadio.com also discuss this thermometer, and we found a good number of user reviews at Amazon.com.
1. Good Morning America
Becky Worley, technology contributor to ABC News' "Good Morning America," recommends the Kidz-Med Thermofocus in her piece about digital thermometers. On camera, she tests an ear-and-underarm thermometer against the Thermofocus on her squirmy child. The review is a good demonstration of the thermometer. Brands of the other models aren't disclosed.
Review: Kid Friendly Digital Thermometers, Becky Worley, Nov. 30, 2009
On this list of recommended thermometers, picks are said to be based on "ease of use and versatility." The Thermofocus ranks as one of four runners-up for its versatility. Kate Bayless likes that because there's no body contact, the thermometer stays clean.
Review: Babble Best: Thermometers, Kate Bayless, March 10, 2009
Two tech-mom radio bloggers discuss their preference for the Kidz-Med Thermofocus in this radio piece. This review isn't comparative or scientific, but it does give a nice firsthand account of the Kidz-Med in action.
Review: Tech Moms Talk -- More Gadget ...;This Time More Than Just the iPhone, Monica Brady and Lucretia Pruitt, March 10, 2009
Of the 30 or so reviews at Amazon.com, most are enthusiastic about the Kidz-Med thermometer. The small number of detractors complain of inaccurate readings. This is a worthwhile stop if you're considering spending this much on a thermometer, because some of the user-written reviews are very detailed.
Review: Thermofocus-Non-Contact Infrared Clinical, Contributors to Amazon.com