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Braun ThermoScan 7 IRT 6520 review

Priced at $155.

CHOICE Expert Rating

65%

What is the CHOICE Expert Rating

CHOICE Expert rating

This is the product's overall performance score, based on key tests conducted by our industry experts in the CHOICE labs.

Good points

• Numbers are large and well lit.
• Age range selector.
• Pre-warmed tip technology (the probe tip is warmed to a temperature close to that of the human body, to minimize the cooling effect of the tip inside the ear canal).
• Temperature-dependent screen colour.

Bad points

• The "measure" button is right above the display and your finger on the button partly blocks your view of the display.
• Need to purchase the disposable lens filters once the 20 supplied are used up.
• There is concern that the removable lens filter, due to its size and shape can pose a choking hazard to younger children if swallowed and lodged in the throat.
Recommended View more details.

We recommend thermometers that score at least 75% overall, and are accurate and easy to use. Any button batteries must also be secure.

No
CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

The CHOICE Expert Rating consists of 60% performance (accuracy and repeatability, evenly weighted) and 40% ease of use.

65%
Performance score View more details.

An average of the thermometer's accuracy and repeatability scores.

55%
Ease of use score View more details.

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.

80%
Ease of instructions View more details.

Whether the manual is easy to understand, with useful charts or diagrams and guidance on how to interpret body temperatures.

75%
Ease of on off start View more details.

How easy it is to turn the unit on and start taking the temperature, as well as ease of switching off.

85%
Ease of viewing display View more details.

Whether the display is easy to see and understand, and if there are fever indicators such as different screen colours.

80%
Claimed accuracy achieved View more details.

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.

No
Good repeatability View more details.

A good thermometer will give consistent readings.

Yes
Claimed time to complete a measurement (s) View more details.

The claimed time in seconds for the thermometer to take a reading.

Not stated
Availability View more details.

'Tested models' are currently available. 'Discontinued models' were previously tested, but are now no longer available.

Tested model
Price View more details.

Recommended retail price as of May 2022. Many may be found on special, so shop around.

$155
Measurement location View more details.

Where the unit takes your temperature.

Ear
Stated temperature range (°C) View more details.

As indicated. Some thermometers can also measure room temperatures and surface temperatures, so will cover a larger range than body temperatures.

34 to 42.2
Stated temperature it displays View more details.

What the instructions indicate is the kind of temperature, or temperature equivalent, displayed. This information is useful when interpreting readings.

Not stated
Stated accuracy (°C) View more details.

Claimed accuracy, usually found in the instructions. Most digital probe thermometers have a claimed accuracy within 0.1°C; and for other types it's usually 0.2°C.

±0.2 for 35 to 42
Recommended interval of repeat measurements View more details.

The recommended time to wait between readings.

Not stated
Ambient temperature range (°C) View more details.

Whether the model can be used as a room thermometer, and any stated range of measurable temperatures, if indicated.

No
Dimensions LxWxD (mm)
145 x 36 x 55
Weight (g)
115
Number of previous measurements remembered View more details.

The number of memory spaces for recording previous temperature measurements.

9
Auto off (approximate time) View more details.

The time it takes for the model to turn itself off to save battery life.

60 s
Battery View more details.

Type of battery required. Many require the use of button batteries which are dangerous when swallowed.

2 x AA
Warranty (yr) View more details.

Note that under Australian Consumer Law you also have rights including replacement, refund and compensation for goods not of an acceptable quality.

2
Country of origin
Mexico
Website
fgb.com.au
Option for either °C or °F View more details.

Whether the thermometer can be switched between displaying in degrees Celsius (centigrade) and Fahrenheit.

Yes
Date display View more details.

Whether it displays the date.

No
Time display View more details.

Whether it displays the time.


No
Backlit display View more details.

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.

Yes
Protective cap or cover View more details.

Whether it comes with a protective cap/cover to avoid damage.

Yes
Disposable sensor shield View more details.

Some ear and probe thermometers require or recommend use of a disposable shield, and these are indicated here. These models come with a pack of shields but you'll need to buy more when those are used up.

Yes
Waterproof View more details.

Whether the thermometer is waterproof. Products with a stated ingress protection (IP) rating of IP21 or IP22 can withstand light water sprays or condensation when slightly tilted.

No
Cleaning instructions supplied View more details.

Whether the unit comes with cleaning instructions.

Yes
Audible completion signal View more details.

Whether a beep, series of beeps or similar sounds once a reading is completed.

Long beep and light
Fever alert indicator View more details.

Sometimes displayed as a colour-coded light or a series of beeps to suggest whether a fever is present.

Yes
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