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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Recommended retail, as of December 2014. Prices can vary considerably in stores.
enter value/s in increments of 1 between 30 and 120
Claimed accuracy achieved
Due to the way they function, it wasn't feasible to test these models in our lab's thermal bath. So our lab tester Antonio Bonacruz took multiple readings with each model, with himself as the subject , and using each model consistently as per instructions and with appropriate breaks between each reading. The readings were compared to an accurate reference digital probe thermometer (used orally and simultaneously with the model on test). Readings taken orally, in ear and on forehead on the same subject can be expected to differ, but infrared models should generally within their claimed range of accuracy (± 0.2°C) of an oral reading.
Unfortunately we were not able to assess these thermometers for accuracy on subjects with fever-level temperatures.
The thermometer does not need to touch the patient in order to get a reading.
Models with a backlit display are easier to read, and can be useful if you don't want to turn on the room light and wake your child.
Audible completion signal
Option for either °C or °F
Whether the thermometer can be switched between displaying in degrees Celsius (centigrade) and Fahrenheit.
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
- CHOICE buy
- Claimed accuracy achieved
- Accuracy score
- Ease of use score
- Good points
- Bad points
- Trialist comments
- Stated temperature range (°C)
- Stated accuracy (°C)
- Recommended interval of repeat measurements
- Option for either °C or °F
- Ambient temperature (stated range, °C)
- Surface temperature (stated range, °C)
- Dimensions (LxWxD, cm)
- Weight (g)
- Date or time 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
- Approximate time to complete a measurement (s)
- Warranty (years)