Digital Thermometers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 17 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentEditors of ConsumerReports.org evaluate four infrared thermometers and six digital stick thermometers for accuracy, repeatability and features.
Baby Thermometer Reviews
by Chris Barnes
Our AssessmentEditors of Australia-based Choice magazine test 10 digital thermometers using a thermal bath calibrated to a specific temperature; each thermometer is tested for accuracy at several different temperatures. Testers also evaluate ease of use, audible indicator tunes and other features. Only one of the four recommended models is available in the U.S.
Health Care Thermometers
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com organizes thermometers into four categories: oral, rectal, basal and ear. Editors reviewed the oral, rectal and ear categories to identify the highest-reviewed models, according to owners. Many thermometers had several hundred reviews, with the best ear and rectal thermometers averaging well over 4 stars out of 5. However, none of the oral thermometers performed very well. None of the models with more than 50 reviews averaged over 4 stars. While forehead thermometers are not included as their own categories, several models are frequently reviewed, and the Braun Forehead Thermometer averages over 4.5 stars.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentSeveral thermometers have accumulated hundreds of owner-written reviews, while others get at least a dozen at Walmart.com. The top-rated thermometer on this site is the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer IRT4520GPUS, which earns an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars in more than 100 owner-written reviews. The Exergen Temporal Thermometer is a close second with 4.5 stars but has more reviews overall.
by Belinda Allan
Our AssessmentEditors of Consumer magazine evaluate eight digital thermometers, most of which are not sold in the U.S. Overall, three models are recommended. This review also includes a useful buying checklist and tips on taking a child's or adult's temperature accurately.
by Editors of Which?
Our AssessmentEditors of Which? magazine conduct an informal test of three ear thermometers by sending each model home with a parent of a young child for first impressions. Each thermometer is reviewed in depth, including pros and cons. All three earn positive remarks overall, although one of the three tested models is not available in the U.S.
Best Digital Thermometer
by Dr. Steve
Our AssessmentDr. Steve, Health and Beauty expert at Bestcovery.com, names the top four digital thermometers -- one in each of the following categories: digital, baby, temporal and rectal. Two products are named the best in two categories each.
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentTarget.com allows users to rate and describe their experiences with various products. Most thermometers don't have an overwhelming number of reviews, but because of this, many less-reviewed models surface at the top. The standout thermometers at Target.com are the Graco 1-Second Ear Thermometer and Exergen Temporal Scanner Infrared Thermometer.
Babble Reviews the Best Thermometers for Kids and Family
by Kate Bayless
Our AssessmentReviewer Kate Bayless recommends five thermometers based on ease of use and versatility. The Safety 1st ProGrade Complete Family Thermometer is a top pick, and she names three digital models and one non-digital as best bets. Bayless doesn't disclose how the models are tested, but they are described based on their unique features, ease of use, price and accuracy.
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentEach of the three best-reviewed thermometers on Viewpoints earns high marks from over a dozen reviews, with the Braun IRT-4520 Thermoscan earning a 93-out-of-100 score because it's quick, accurate and easy to use, even on small children who don't like to sit still. The Exergen receives a 92 overall because it is lightweight and easy to use for parents who only have one hand free. The Vicks Baby Rectal Thermometer has a 91 grade overall because it is easier to use and safer than most other rectal thermometers parents tried on their infants.
by Contributors to Drugstore.com
Our AssessmentDrugstore.com provides a useful breakdown of frequently mentioned pros and cons, such as ease of use and accuracy, and offers a quick overview of consumer opinions. The two that stand out are the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer and the Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer, each of which received 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 25 reviews. The Braun Thermoscan stood out because its accuracy was comparable to an oral thermometer, while the Exergen also received high marks for its accuracy and its comfort compared to other thermometer methods.
Thermometers for Kids
by Patty Onderko
Our AssessmentParenting magazine had moms test and review their favorite thermometers for kids. Each of their five picks has at least one notable feature to separate it from the pack when it came to ease of use or comfort for the child. The number of testers/reviewers is not noted and the method is not explained in any detail.
Thermometer Reviews and Buying Guide
by Galt Editors
Our AssessmentGalt produces a buying guide and names the best thermometers across several categories based on cost and usability. Galt names the BD Digital AccuBeep its best oral thermometer, the Braun Thermoscan for the best ear thermometer and the Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer the best forehead thermometer.
A Higher Degree of Thermometer
by Editors of CBSNews.com
Our AssessmentDavid Gregg, senior editor of BehindTheBuy.com, discusses high-tech digital thermometer features on "The Early Show." Eight brands and models are shown, with descriptions of each including special features, uses and price. Although the thermometers aren't ranked, the host explains that all the models have been tested and are fast and accurate. No details are provided as to the method of testing.
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by Monica Brady and Lucretia Pruitt
Our AssessmentTechMomsTalk radio bloggers Monica Brady and Lucretia Pruitt discuss their preference for the Kidz-Med Thermofocus in this episode. Pruitt says she's tried thermometers from the $10 models to the expensive ones. The model that "makes her job as a mom easier" is the Kidz-Med Thermofocus. Although the moms describe firsthand use of the model, there's no mention of other thermometers they've tried.
by Contributors to ToysRUs.com
Our AssessmentThere are only a few reviews online for products sold at Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us. The Vicks Speed-Read Digital Thermometer is one of the highest and most frequently reviewed thermometers on the site with an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars based on over 30 reviews because it is easy to use, accurate and reliable. In fact, just two reviews give the Vicks Speed-Read less than 3 stars. The Braun Forehead Thermometer also gets 4.6 out of 5 stars on average from almost 20 reviews because customers said that on top of being easy to use and pretty accurate, it's also extremely hygienic.
Best Forehead Thermometer: Review of Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer
by Jennifer Wolf
Our AssessmentJennifer Wolf, a certified parent coach and About.com single parents guide, reviews the Exergen TemporalScanner Temporal Artery Thermometer TAT-2000C in this individual review. She says the temporal artery method for taking a child's temperature is more accurate and induces less anxiety in children than traditional, under-the-tongue and underarm methods. However, she notes that extreme room temperatures and other factors, such as a hot lamp close by, can impact the readings. No other thermometers are discussed or tested in this review.