When it comes to digital thermometers, most experts say there's little reason to spend much. ConsumerReports.org didn't find that pricier models performed any better than some cheaper models when it came to accurate readings. We found good reviews overall for the Vicks ComfortFlex Digital Thermometer. This standard model can measure temperature orally, rectally or under the arm. Its flexible tip makes it more comfortable to use. An added feature is an alert that indicates the presence of a fever. On the downside, we did read some complaints about the thermometer's battery life, and some users report inaccurate readings. But for the price, the balance of reviews is positive overall. If you need a baby thermometer, consider the Vicks Baby Rectal Thermometer (*Est. $13), which has a shorter probe to prevent over-insertion.
Although there aren't many reviews on the Vicks ComfortFlex Digital Thermometer, the ones we did find were positive. ConsumerReports.org includes this thermometer in its comparison of eight models. The Vicks thermometer is also recommended by a pediatrician at Tibesti.com. We also found user ratings for this model at Amazon.com.
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ConsumerReports.org uses a large user panel to evaluate eight oral, ear and forehead thermometers. Models are tested for accuracy and ease of use. The Vicks ComfortFlex Digital Thermometer is included in the test and ratings chart, but you must be a subscriber to read the report.
Review: Oral thermometers are tops for temps, Editors of ConsumerReorts.org, April 2007
In this detailed user review, parent and pediatrician Scott Cohen recommends digital thermometers based on his own experience. Pros and cons are included. The Vicks ComfortFlex is included on the list, but there isn't much information beyond that.
Review: Best Thermometers, Scott Cohen, Not Dated
There are 10 reviews at Amazon.com for the Vicks ComfortFlex thermometer, and they are all over the map. While half are very pleased, others complain that the battery doesn't last very long and that it gives inaccurate readings.
Review: Vicks ComfortFlex Digital Thermometer, Contributors to Amazon.com
In this lengthy blog review, the author presents both pros and cons that appear to be based on some hands-on testing. The author likes the fever-indication lights. But she says that its beep is too loud, and that the five included probe covers aren't enough.
Review: Vicks Fever InSight Comfort Flex, Sara Patterson, Not Dated