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Thermometer reviews

Consumer Reports is the only place to find unbiased, independent thermometer reviews. If you are looking for a body-temperature thermometer to keep on hand in your home, which kind should you get? Digital display? Infrared thermometer? How good are those pacifier-type thermometers? What type of thermometer features are useful? Fever alert? Memory?

A good working thermometer is important for determining whether you have a fever, especially in children. Learn whether it’s best to use a rectal thermometer or an oral thermometer. Consumer Reports also provides information on which thermometers are most accurate. Our experts at the Consumer Reports National Testing and Research Center have evaluated numerous current thermometer models at our on-site thermometer testing labs. Our reviews will provide you with thermometer Ratings, where you will find the exact numerical score our experts have assigned to each of the review criteria that make up our thermometer reviews. Our tests include such major thermometer brands as Braun, Thermofocus, Up & Up, BD, Vicks, Exergen, and others.

After reading the thermometer reviews, you can compare models, review our list of the features and specifications, read user reviews, and submit your own review. If you prefer visual information, you can watch our thermometer video buying guide.

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Also look at our thermometer buying guide, which shows you which thermometer features are important and gives you the pros and cons of each thermometer model. Of course it’s important to check the manufacturer’s instructions for the thermometer before using it.

Read the thermometer reviews below and compare the Ratings of each thermometer model before you shop.

Thermometer reviews

BD Flexible Digital 524034

Type: Thermometers
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Exergen TemporalScanner TAT-2000C

Type: Thermometers
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Vicks Comfort Flex V966F-24

Type: Thermometers
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Up & Up 30 Second (Target)

Type: Thermometers
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CVS Flexible Tip Digital

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What's behind our thermometer Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 10 models in thermometers to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall score is based predominantly on accuracy and repeatability, and to a lesser extent, on features, ease-of-use, and comfort.
  • Repeatability
    Repeatability is the variation of each model's successive temperature readings. Readings were taken on adults without fever.
  • Features
    The Features score is a combination of objectively measured and observed attributes for accessories and operational performance.

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