Best Thermometers to Check for Fevers in 2020

One of the best methods to know if you’re sick and have a fever is to use a thermometer and read your temperature. Most thermometers are accurate, but sometimes you want more than just a traditional thermometer. You want a fast one that’s easy to read, and that will come with handy features like fever alerts, silent mode and even some memory storage to track your fever over a longer period.

Let’s see a quick guide on what is the best thermometer for you and then see the top 6 thermometers for fevers in 2020.

How to choose the right thermometer for you and your family?

The easiest choice to make in terms of taking temperatures is to buy a digital stick thermometer. However, extra features are also welcomed.

Display: a thermometer with a large backlit display is a good choice, especially if you take your temperature during the night.

Alerts: most of the thermometers in our list come with a fever alert to let you know when you or one of our family member has a fever. The alerts are color-coded to indicate whether you have an elevated temperature or not.

Memory: it’s great to see a thermometer with some memory storage so you can see the previous readings and track fevers over time.

Silent option: temperature readings during night-time are a bit noisy when you get those beeps and alerts. Some thermometers come with a silent mode that many parents prefer to use when getting a temperature reading from a sleeping kid.

Other Features: some thermometers come with app syncing options, custom fever alerts depending on various ages.

Of course, the more features you look for, the more expensive the Infrared will be. If you want an infrared thermometer, then the price goes up compared with basic digital stick thermometers. Let’s check all the top thermometers.

iProven DMT-489

Essentials Specifications

  • Temperature Reading Location: Forehead/Ear
  • Battery: 2 AA
  • Other Features: Backlit display, Fever alert, Memory

+ Pros: Fast reading, backlit, color-coded display, can store the last 20 readings

– Cons: alarm can’t be silenced

One of the best features the iProven DMT-489 has is that it has dual-mode reading, allowing you to choose between a forehead or in-ear temperature reading. Result from ear reading were near-instantaneous, and a forehead reading took less than three seconds.

The color-coded backlit display will show one of the four colors when it reveals the temperature result. The only downside to this great thermometer is that you cannot silence the alarm.

Price range: The iProven DMT-489 costs between $50 and $100, depending on various retailers.

Vicks ComfortFlex

Essentials Specifications

  • Temperature Reading Location: Oral/Axillary/Rectal
  • Battery: CR1225
  • Other Features: Backlit display, Fever alert, Memory

+ Pros: large screen, color-coded display, accurate and reliable, great for infants

– Cons: alarm is long and loud, can’t be silenced

The Vicks ComfortFlex is one of the thermometers that can be used to take rectal temperature for babies. These readings are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for kids up to age 3. Nonetheless, the thermometer is also used for oral or underarm readings (make sure to clean it after using it for rectal readings or keep a separate one only for rectal readings).

The large display will turn green, yellow or red to indicate the temperature level. The reading isn’t as fast as the one from iProven DMT-489. You’ll need about 8 seconds to get a result with the ComfortFlex.

However, the stick thermometer is very affordable and good for a family. The only big downside would be the lack of a silent mode.

Price range: The Vicks ComfortFlex costs between $10 and $17, depending on various retailers.

Innovo Forehead and Ear

Essentials Specifications

  • Temperature Reading Location: Forehead/Ear
  • Battery: 2 AAA
  • Other Features: Backlit display, Fever alert, Memory

+ Pros: fast reading, auto shutdown option, can store the last 20 readings

– Cons: alarm can’t be silenced

The Innovo Forehead and Ear thermometer is a great alternative to the iProven DMT-489 thermometer we mentioned at the beginning of our review. It comes with the same dual mode, letting you take a temperature reading and toggle from the two forehead and ear modes.

Just like the iProven, this thermometer offers fast readings, stores up to 20 readings, and doesn’t come with a silent mode. Users have reported that some readings are not very consistent, which is why we’d rather go for the iProven if it’s still in stock. Nonetheless, the Innovo Forehead and Ear thermometer is also a solid choice.

Price range: The Innovo Forehead and Ear costs around $30, depending on various retailers.

Sanpu Digital

Essentials Specifications

  • Temperature Reading Location: Oral/Axillary/Rectal
  • Battery: CR1632
  • Other Features: Backlit display, Fever alert, Memory

+ Pros: easy to read, backlit display will turn red when it reads higher temperatures

– Cons: slower reading compared with the Vicks ComfortFlex

The Sanpu Digital is a solid alternative to the digital stick thermometer Vicks ComfortFlex. Sanpu Digital can be used for adults and kids as well, it has a large backlit display that will turn red in case it detects fever. Compared to Vicks ComfortFlex, the results from Sanpu Digital are a bit slower, giving a temperature reading in 15 seconds, sometimes taking as long as 25 seconds for a reading.

Nonetheless, reviewers and customers are satisfied with the accuracy and speed Sanpu has compared to other digital stick thermometers.

Price range: The Sanpu Digital costs around $40, depending on various retailers.

Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometer

Essentials Specifications

  • Temperature Reading Location: Ear
  • Battery: 2 AAA
  • Other Features: Backlit display, Fever alert, Memory

+ Pros: Fast, syncs with its Smartphone app to offer history tracking and care instructions, backlit display

– Cons: no color-coded feature, pricy

The Kinsa Smart Ear thermometer will sync all your ear reading with the Kinsa app (developed for Android and iOS) through Bluetooth. The app also lets you enter symptoms and view your health history, including timing for your medication and dosages. The app also gives recommendations and even tells you when to head to the ER if needed.

As for the readings, the results are nearly instantaneous, but not very accurate (just like most infrared devices). You can use the thermometer without the app as well, but why pay the extra money for the Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometer if you don’t use the ‘smart’ feature?

Price range: The Kinsa Ear costs around $40, depending on various retailers.

Braun No-Touch Forehead

Essentials Specifications

  • Temperature Reading Location: Forehead
  • Battery: 2 AA
  • Other Features: Backlit display, Fever alert, Memory, Silent mode

+ Pros: No-touch readings, large screen, color-coded display, can silence the alarm

– Cons: pricier than other thermometers

The Braun No-Touch Forehead thermometer is a great choice for taking temperatures to sleeping kids without waking them up. It only needs to be at a few inches away from the forehead, and the silent mode will disable any beeping when you get the reading.

The color-coded backlit display will indicate the temperature in just a few seconds, and as all infrared devices, the accuracy is not as good as the one you get from digital stick thermometers that are used orally. If you’re concerned about the best method of taking an infant’s temperature, research shows that you can also rely on forehead temperature readings.

Price range: The Braun No-Touch Forehead costs around $50 – $60, depending on various retailers.

The Best Thermometers to check for fevers in 2020

In the end, the choice will only depend on your budget. If you want more features, you can choose the infrared thermometers, which are a bit more expensive than basic digital stick thermometers.

Nonetheless, if the stocks on the thermometers in our list go low or get sold out, you could get a digital thermometer from a pharmacy or just borrow one and sanitize it before and after using it.

By Sonia Peltea.

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