Reviewers don't recommend ear digital thermometers, because it's difficult to properly place the thermometer to get an accurate reading, especially when children have small ear canals. Despite the recommendation, users like the ear varieties, especially the Mobi Digital Ultra Thermometer. Compared with other ear and high-tech thermometers, the Mobi is inexpensive and comes with all the extra gadgets and features. Still, experts say you'll achieve better accuracy with a dedicated rectal thermometer like the Vicks Baby Rectal Thermometer (*Est. $13) and the all-purpose Vicks ComfortFlex Digital Thermometer (*Est. $13).
User comments provided the best feedback on the Mobi thermometer. Owners like the forehead-scan option and the audible temperature readings. Other good comments include its large backlit display. Negative comments include the lack of accurate readings and the difficulty placing it correctly in the ear.
1. The Early Show
The Mobi Digital Ultra is one of several digital thermometers discussed in this report. While the products aren't ranked, contributor David Gregg says all have been tested for accuracy and are easy to use.
Review: A Higher Degree of Thermometer, David Gregg, Sept. 24, 2009
Contributors to Target.com give the Mobi Digital Ultra Thermometer very good reviews overall. While many models get only one or two reviews, this thermometer receives a convincing number of reviews (more than 50 at the time of our visit).
Review: Mobi Digital Ultra Thermometer, Contributors to Target.com
More than 20 owners review the Mobi Digital Ultra Thermometer at Amazon.com, giving it an average score of about 3.5 stars out of 5. Most of the positive comments concern the thermometer's special features. Negative comments surround its questionable accuracy.
Review: Mobi Digital Ultra Thermometer, Contributors to Amazon.com