Ideal for obtaining rectal temperatures that doctors say are most accurate, the Vicks Baby Thermometer has a short tip, audible alert when the reading is complete -- in about 10 seconds -- and a soft, flexible tip for comfort. For older children, a thermometer that can also be used orally and under-the-arm is more practical, such as the BD Digital Thermometer 524030 (Est. $15) .
Fast and accurate. Doctors say that rectal temperatures are more accurate than ear or under-the-tongue readings. The Vicks Baby Thermometer is designed for rectal use with a short tip that ensures caregivers cannot insert it too far into a baby's rectum. Owners say it has the bells and whistles necessary for performance without overdoing it.
Reviewers posting feedback to sites such as Amazon.com, ToysRUs.com and Viewpoints.com like the waterproof, hypoallergenic tip and say this thermometer provides accurate readings. One owner posting a review to Amazon.com says, "After six straight nights in the emergency room with our daughter having 104-degree-plus fevers, we asked the nurse if we could check the accuracy of ours when they took her temp. It was exact."
The Vicks Baby Thermometer also offers fast readouts in about 10 seconds, which reviewers say is ideal for squirming babies. Though users find it to be a great thermometer, it can only take rectal temperatures, which may not be appropriate for older children and adults.
Safety features reduce anxiety. The short ComfortFlex probe tip makes taking a child's rectal temperature easy for both parent and child, owners say. Parents who are otherwise nervous about taking their baby's rectal temperature say the Vicks Baby Thermometer allows them to do so with confidence, obtaining the most accurate reading, which doctors prefer. A simple on/off button activates this thermometer and a series of 10 beeps lets you know the reading is complete.
The Vicks Baby Thermometer is ergonomically designed, with a round handle to fit in the palm. This model is not only popular with reviewers and users, but it has also won design awards. The most commonly cited complaint is that the round handle causes this thermometer to roll when placed on a countertop, which can lead to the contaminated tip coming into contact with surfaces.
This thermometer has a memory function that stores and displays the last reading taken when the unit is turned on. The Vicks Baby Thermometer is recommended for newborns up to age 3 and is backed by a lifetime warranty.
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1. CBS News "The Early Show"
In this report, David Gregg, senior editor of BehindTheBuy.com, explains features of digital thermometers. Several models, including the Vicks Baby Thermometer V934, are featured. Models aren't ranked, but Gregg explains that all thermometers reviewed are accurate and a good value. The web article from the segment provides important specs on the Vicks Baby Thermometer, including age requirement, testing location and other special features. It's unclear whether the thermometers have been tested.
Review: A Higher Degree of Thermometer, Editors of CBSNews.com, Sept. 24, 2009
In this detailed review by pediatrician Scott Cohen, several digital thermometers are chosen as best bets. Cohen explains the reasoning behind his picks, one of which is the Vicks Baby Thermometer V934. Cohen says this thermometer has "all the bells and whistles" without overdoing it. He says one of the useful specs is the large color display that tells parents if their child is approaching a fever or already has one.
Review: Best Thermometers, Scott Cohen, Not dated
About 160 owners review the Vicks Baby Thermometer V934 at Amazon.com, giving it 3.7 out of 5 stars. Owners appreciate the comfort of knowing that you can't insert the tip of this thermometer too far. They also say it's easy to use, gives fast readings and is more accurate than ear thermometers, which are difficult to use properly. The most negative comment refers to the design of the model, which can roll when placed on flat surfaces.
Review: Vicks Baby Rectal Thermometer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2013
The Toys "R" Us website allows users to rate and describe their experiences with various products. Among digital thermometers the Vicks Baby Thermometer V934 stands out, rated 4.7 out of 5 stars in more than 100 user reviews. Users like the Vicks for its fast and accurate readings plus its easy use.
Review: Vicks Baby Thermometer - Rectal, Contributors to ToysRUs.com, As of May 2013
About 15 owners review the Vicks Baby Thermometer V934 at Viewpoints.com, contributing to an average rating of 91 out of a possible 100 -- considerably higher than the average across all digital thermometers, 84 out of 100. Owners say it's quick, easy to use and gives otherwise nervous parents confidence that they won't hurt their babies by attempting to take a rectal temperature.
Review: Vicks Baby Rectal Thermometer Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of May 2013