In the age of coronavirus (COVID-19), many of us are taking our temperatures more often than ever before. If there’s any possibility you’ve been exposed to the virus, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends checking and recording your temperature twice a day. And even if you don’t suspect exposure, getting a baseline temperature reading and monitoring your temperature isn’t a bad idea.
The problem is, most over-the-counter digital thermometers — the ones you can pick up at any drugstore (or at least, you could before people started snapping them up) — are notoriously unreliable. The readings aren’t particularly accurate, partly because they rely on holding the thermometer in your mouth just so for a full minute, or even longer. That makes them difficult for children to use, impossible to use on babies, and not so easy for adults with stuffy noses or who otherwise don’t feel great. Also, the batteries tend to die suddenly and without warning, and are difficult or impossible to replace.
If you’ve gone through more digital thermometers than you can count and are still searching for a fast and reliable way to get an accurate temperature reading, you’ll love the Mcaron Forehead and Ear Thermometer ($179.97, Amazon). It works on adults, children, and babies older than three months, and can be used to take temperatures via forehead or ear canal. (No more under-the-tongue readings!)
This handy gadget gives you a reading within one second, and beeps to let you know it’s ready. (Don’t want to wake a sleeping child or bedmate? Switch it to mute mode and it will operate silently.) The built-in “smart chip” remembers its last 20 temperature readings, so you don’t have to worry about writing them down or trying to keep track — a nice extra in these stressful times. A backlit LCD screen makes it easy to read, even in the dark, and the fever indicator light blinks green for a normal temp and red for an elevated one.
“I love the versatility of this product,” raved on Amazon shopper. “It gives rapid results for the squirmy little ones, and it can be used to read the temperature of objects. The green and red feature makes taking temps in the middle of the night a breeze.”
Another appreciated that it confirmed her parental instincts: “I was certain my toddler had a fever, but the oral thermometer I had on hand didn’t seem accurate, as he wasn’t great at leaving it under his tongue appropriately. After reading reviews on a lot of different options, I went with this one. It most definitely indicated my toddler had a fever compared to our other one. I tossed my other thermometer out!”
This digital thermometer easily toggles between measuring temps in Farehnheit or Celcius, and is powered with two AAA batteries (included) that last for more than 3,000 uses. (That means if you’re taking your temperature twice a day, you won’t need to change the batteries for over four years.)
Stay healthy out there, friends! This thermometer will help.
Where to Buy: $179.97, Amazon
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