Digital Thermometers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 16 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.
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.
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.
by Scott Cohen
Our AssessmentPediatrician Scott Cohen reviews his top picks for digital thermometers. The reviews provide detailed descriptions of each product, its features and the pros and cons. Cohen relies on his experience for credibility, but the testing methods aren't revealed. Five thermometers are named the Best of the Best, including three Vicks thermometers. Cohen also names five additional thermometers as Best Value, noting that they also perform adequately.
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 Exergen TemporalScanner Temporal Artery Thermometer, which earns an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in more than 550 owner-written reviews. The Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer IRT-4520 and Mobi Ultra Digital Thermometer 70119 also earn positive feedback from owners, but have fewer (about 100) owner-written reviews.
Digital Thermometer Medical
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentSeveral thermometers have accumulated more than 100 reviews at Amazon.com, but most earn middling average scores. The most common complaint from owners is accuracy. The Braun Thermoscan IRT-4520 is the highest-rated thermometer listed on Amazon.com, earning an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars in more than 450 owner-written reviews. A few models maintain high average ratings with 125 or more owner-written reviews, including the Santa Medical 2 in 1 Professional Clinical RY230, the Exergen TemporalScanner and the Vicks Baby Thermometer V934.
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 both pros and cons. All three earn positive remarks overall, although one of the three tested models is not available in the U.S.
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.
Best Digital Thermometer
by Kim Hill
Our AssessmentKim Hill, Health and Beauty Maven at Bestcovery.com, names the top five digital thermometers. The BD Digital Thermometer is the top pick, with a perfect 5-star rating. Other recommended thermometers include the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer IRT-4520, the Exergen TemporalScanner , the Santa Medical 2 in 1 Professional Clinical RY230 and the Talking Fast Reading Digital Clinical Thermometer. It's not clear whether Hill has actually used the thermometers she recommends, however.
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentTarget.com allows users to rate and describe their experiences with various products. Standout digital thermometers with the highest ranking and the most reviews are the Exergen TemporalScanner Temporal Artery Thermometer TAT-2000C and the Mobi Dual Scan 2-in-1 Digital Thermometer. The other thermometers listed here have about 30 reviews or less, and many have ratings of just 1 or 2 stars.
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentThe Exergen TemporalScanner Temporal Artery Thermometer TAT-2000C has two different listings at Viewpoints.com, earning more than 40 owner-written ratings overall and average scores of 81 out of 100 or better. The Vicks Baby Thermometer V934 and Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer IRT-4520 also earn high average ratings in a dozen or more owner-written reviews.
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, offering a quick overview of consumer opinions. Several thermometers have earned a dozen owner-written reviews or more. The Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer IRT-4520, BD Digital Thermometer 524030 and Exergen TemporalScanner Temporal Artery Thermometer TAT-2000C are the top-rated thermometers on this site, each earning average ratings of 4 out of 5 stars or better in 15 or more owner-written reviews.
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by Monica Brady and Lucretia Pruitt
Our AssessmentTechMom 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 what other thermometers they have tried.
by Contributors to ToysRUs.com
Our AssessmentToysRUs.com allows users to rate and describe their experiences with various products, but most of the thermometers on this site have just a handful of reviews. The Vicks SpeedRead Digital Thermometer V911 is one of the top-rated digital thermometers here, with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars in nearly 20 owner-written reviews. The Braun Thermoscan 227451 (sold here as a gift set) also earns positive feedback from owners, with an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars in about 30 owner-written reviews.
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 based on her personal experience. She says that the temporal artery method for taking a child's temperature is more accurate than traditional, under-the-tongue and underarm methods and induces less anxiety in children. She does note, however, 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.