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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Recommended retail, as of July 2019. Prices can vary in stores.
enter value/s in increments of 1 between 9 and 145
Whether the thermometer is a digital probe, forehead, ear or other type of thermometer.
An average of the thermometer's accuracy and repeatability scores.
enter value/s in increments of i between 40 and 75
Ease of use score
Based on our tester's assessment of the on/off/start button(s), the instructions, the display, indicators for starting/completing the reading and changing the battery.
enter value/s in increments of i between 74 and 86
Claimed accuracy achieved
Digital probe models are tested in our lab’s accurate thermal bath. For infrared ear/forehead thermometers, our tester takes a range of readings on himself in appropriate conditions with a rest in between, and compares results to an accurate reference digital probe thermometer (used orally at the same time as the tested model). Infrared models should generally be within their claimed range of accuracy (+/-0.2C or +/-0.3C) of an oral reading.
Ease of on/off start
How easy it is to turn the unit on and start taking the temperature, as well as ease of switching off.
enter value/s in increments of i between 65 and 85
Ease of viewing display
Whether the display is easy to see and understand. Also looks at fever indicators such as different screen colours.
enter value/s in increments of i between 60 and 90
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- Claimed accuracy achieved
- Performance score
- Ease of use score
- Good repeatability
- Ease of instructions
- Ease of on/off start
- Measurement location
- Ease of viewing display
- Stated temperature it displays
- Ambient temperature range (°C)
- Surface temperature range (°C)
- Time display
- Good points
- Bad points
- Stated temperature range (°C)
- Stated accuracy (°C)
- Recommended interval of repeat measurements
- Option for either °C or °F
- Dimensions (LxWxD, mm)
- Weight (g)
- Date display
- Backlit display
- Number of previous measurements remembered
- Protective cap or cover
- Disposable sensor shield
- Auto off (approximate time)
- Cleaning instructions supplied
- Other features and inclusions
- Audible completion signal
- Fever alert indicator
- Claimed time to complete a measurement (s)
- Warranty (years)