We don’t really need to explain why sales in thermometers has gone through the roof in the past year, do we?
When all this hit, there was a short period of time where people were struggling to find tools like this for their home. The market for thermometers has since bounced back with more options than ever, including an emphasis on more hygienic versions that don’t require skin to skin contact in order to work properly.
Take a look through our list of customer favorites, some no-touch and some more standard, and see if any stick out to you. Now that we’ve all been through a health crisis that demands we be better prepared in the future, there’s no excuse not to invest in one or more of these to keep on hand for times of need.
One of Amazon’s top-rated, under-$20 options is this forehead thermometer–a model that has become more popular than ever in the Covid era. It’s safe and hygienic with a light spot placement indicator, touch-free operation, and one second measuring with an accuracy rate between 0.2℃/0.4℉. It can also track 35 sets of memory data, so you can monitor changing temps as needed.
Coming in even cheaper is a house brand of Walmart’s, the Equate Temple Touch thermometer. It takes a different approach by being placed against the side of the head and using a unique sensor to “sample the heat flowing from the blood vessels to the skin surface and accurately translates it to the body temperature.” Its proven clinical accuracy and very affordable price make it a must-have for any family’s medicine cabinet.
If you’re not yet used to the no-touch method and want something a bit more old school that you can trust, CVS has a popular option by Kinsa that takes less than eight seconds and can be used orally, rectally, or under the arm. It’s pediatrician-recommended and FDA-cleared for accuracy, comes with an app that offers suggestions on which steps to take once your temperature is recorded, and lets you keep each individual family member’s information stored so you’ll have it in your pocket should a trip to the doctor’s office be in order.
Another in the “one second, no-touch” category is this higher-end version from FLTR that takes your body temperature instantly from 1.2-2.0 inches away and is accurate to ±0.5°F when set to “Body Mode.” It has 99 memory locations so you can easily chart any changes that may occur.
“This works much better than our previous one that had to be inserted in the ear,” one user reports. “Much more hygienic and appears to be just as accurate.”
This high-tech model uses an “ultra-sensitive infrared sensor [which] collects more than 100 data points per second while distance and environmental sensors combine to account for other variables ensuring maximum accuracy every time temperature is taken,” which is a fancy way of saying they’ve thought of it all and made sure to include it so you’re not feeling iffy on this thermometer’s accuracy. If that’s not comforting enough, know that over 100,000 people have purchased this item, and more than 90% would recommend it to a friend.