baby thermometerYour baby can’t tell you when they are feeling unwell or running a fever and they have less control over their body temperature compared to adults.

So it is very important to be able to be able to accurately check your baby’s temperature.

For this you need a good digital baby thermometer which is easy to use and will give you a precise reading in as short a time as possible.

There are so many different types of baby thermometers finding the one best suited for your baby can be a daunting task.

This is due to the fact that there are many different ways of taking a baby’s temperature, the most common methods being from the ear, forehead, armpit or orally – thankfully rectal baby thermometers are a thing of the past.

Best Baby Thermometer Compared

Baby Thermometers Compared

Here, we aim to make the choice of baby thermometer easier for you by first listing the different types of thermometers you can buy together with their pros and cons.

Secondly, we have compared the best selling thermometers for each type – we even tell you where to buy them online to get the best deal.

Ear Thermometers

Becoming more common as prices fall, ear thermometers are fast and accurate but they can be tricky and uncomfortable to use giving an inaccurate reading if not positioned in the ear correctly.
Pros:
• The most accurate (used almost exclusively in hospitals)
• Fast (giving a reading in under 2 seconds)
Cons:
• Not easy to use correctly at first giving inaccurate results.
• Can be uncomfortable for the patient.
• Can be expensive although prices have fallen recently

Used in hospitals and by GP’s worldwide, ear thermometers are considered the most reliable way to measure a baby’s temperature.

The temperature is measured straight from the ear drum which is regarded as the location which best represents the baby’s core temperature. They are also fast, most giving results in less than a second.

Their only downsides are that they require some skill to use (at first results will probably be inaccurate as you learn how to position and align the sensor) and that they are relatively expensive when compared to the more traditional oral thermometers.

Best Selling Ear Thermometers

Braun Thermoscan Exactemp Ear Thermometer
Possibly the most popular ear thermometer with doctors and home users alike.

• Can be used on newborns and the whole family.
• Soft pre-warmed tip for comfort and accuracy.
• It is relatively easy to use.

 

Braun Thermoscan Compact Ear Thermometer

Similar features as the Exactemp ear thermometer without the pre-warmed tip but in a smaller package.

• Can be used on newborns and the whole family.
• Soft tip for minimising the disturbance to your child
• Relatively easy to use.
• Compact – great for traveling

Calpol Digital Ear Thermometer

Some people love it some don’t. This ear thermometer is very popular due to the Calpol branding but it requires that you align the senor correctly to achieve an accurate reading which can be tricky .

• Suitable from birth.
• Reading within 1 second.
• Accurate in skilled hands.

Other Ear Thermometers

Obviously the are many more ear thermometers available but the ones we have listed above are by far the most popular sellers. And to be honest you will not find a better or more accurate ear thermometer than the Braun Thermoscan.

Oral Thermometers
Possibly the most common type of thermometer, oral baby thermometers offer great value for money. They can give you an accurate reading but it can take up to a minute to get it.
Pros:
• Inexpensive and small (great for traveling).
• Accurate when used correctly
Cons:
• Not ideal for babies, more suited for children over 3 years
• Slow (usually takes over 30 second to get a reading)

Oral Thermometers
Oral thermometers are great value for money (most are less than £10) and can be very accurate. It takes at least 15 seconds and sometimes up to a minute to get a reading with an oral thermometer so they are not ideal for babies although most can be used under the armpit as well. Recommended for children 3 years or older.
It is important when choosing an oral thermometer to buy the digital type and no the old glass tubes types that contain mercury as there is always a chance that the tube can break and leak!
Best Selling Oral Thermometers

Philips Avent Digital Thermometer Set
Philips have combined the a oral thermometer and a soother thermometer so enable easy temperature measurement of your baby. Online price : £25
• The included Avent Freeflow soother thermometer makes it ideal for babies
• Soft flexible tip thermometer.
• Very easy to use.

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Unbranded Digital Oral Thermometer
Most shops sell these. They are probably the cheapest thermometer you can buy but they do a good job and are accurate as any other oral thermometer. Online Price : £1-£5
• Suitable from 3 years and up.
• Great value
• Easy to use and read

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Vick Speed Read Digital Oral Thermometer
A colour coded backlit display is the stand out feature of this thermometer which makes it very easy to use especially in low light situations. Online price: £9
• Can be used orally or under the arm
• Reading in Fahrenheit or Celsius in a speedy 15 seconds
• Very easy to read and use.

Strip Forehead Thermometers
Held against you baby’s forehead for a few second plastic strip thermometers are cheap and very easy to use. accuracy can be an issue if their is perspiration on your baby’s forehead.
Pros:
• Very inexpensive
• Easy to use
Cons:
• Possibly the least accurate type of baby thermometer.
• Perspiration is an issue (not uncommon when your baby has a high temperature)

Strip Forehead Thermometers
These are the most basic type of baby thermometer. Plastic strip forehead thermometers are very easy to use, very inexpensive and perfect for carrying or traveling around, but for all that convenience you lose out in accuracy especially if your baby is perspiring which is not unusual if he/she is running a fever.
Strip forehead thermometers need to be held against you baby’s head for about 15 seconds, this could be a problem for less patient babies. They work by changing the colour on the heat sensitive scale at the point which represents your baby’s temperature – this requires no digital readout and no battery.

Best Selling Strip Forehead Thermometers

Plastic Strip Forehead Thermometers
All strip forehead thermometers. work the same, different retailers usually stock their own make. Online price : £3-£5
• Small – great for when you are on the move or traveling.
• Very easy to use.
• Very inexpensive.
• Less accurate than other types of thermometers.

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Strip Forehead Thermometers Best For:
• Those on a tight budget – As well as being very inexpensive to buy they also require no batteries.
• Traveling – they are the smallest type of thermometer.

Digital Forehead Thermometers
If your baby doesn’t like being disturbed forehead baby thermometers are ideal. They are fast but not quite as accurate as oral or ear thermometers and like the strip type perspiration can alter the reading.
Pros:
• Fast (you get a reading in less than 2 seconds)
• Easy to use (can even be used while you baby sleeps)
Cons:
• Can give a slightly low reading especially if you baby is perspiring
• Currently quite expensive.

Which type of baby thermometer is best for you?
Well this really depends on many things: how much you are willing to spend, the age of your child/baby, how tolerant you baby or child is to being poked and prodded etc. Generally it is recommended to avoid mercury thermometers due to the danger of leakage and oral digital thermometers are now cheap, fast and accurate.
Strip Forehead Thermometers
These are the most basic type of baby thermometer. Plastic strip forehead thermometers are very easy to use, very inexpensive and perfect for carrying or traveling around, but for all that convenience you lose out in accuracy especially if your baby is perspiring which is not unusual if he/she is running a fever.
Strip forehead thermometers need to be held against you baby’s head for about 15 seconds, this could be a problem for less patient babies. They work by changing the colour on the heat sensitive scale at the point which represents your baby’s temperature – this requires no digital readout and no battery.

Best Selling Strip Forehead Thermometers

Plastic Strip Forehead Thermometers
All strip forehead thermometers. work the same, different retailers usually stock their own make. Online price : £3-£5
• Small – great for when you are on the move or traveling.
• Very easy to use.
• Very inexpensive.
• Less accurate than other types of thermometers.

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Strip Forehead Thermometers Best For:
• Those on a tight budget – As well as being very inexpensive to buy they also require no batteries.
• Traveling – they are the smallest type of thermometer.
Digital Forehead Thermometers
If your baby or child does not like to be poked in the ear or mouth then a digital forehead thermometer is the ideal solution. These use infrared light to take a reading straight from your baby’s forehead or temple so no direct contact is necessary – it can even be used while your baby sleeps.
All forehead thermometers have a digital display and are generally quite accurate although some will say that perspiration can be an issue giving a less precise reading. They are however very easy to use and you get a reading in seconds.

Best Selling Digital Forehead Thermometers

Vicks Fever Insight Forehead Thermometer
This is currently the best selling forehead thermometer. A great feature of this one is the colour coded display : red (high temp), yellow (slightly high) & green (normal). Online price : £35
• Accurate : ±0.2°C
• Fast : reading within 3 seconds
• Colour coded backlit display for low light situations

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Tommee Tippee Multi-use Forehead Thermometer
Multi-use as in : forehead thermometer, room thermometer and bottle feed thermometer. Online price : £25
• Wide rage : -22°c to 80°c.
• Fairly accurate ±0.3°C
• Reading within 5-8 seconds
• Also measures ambient room & milk bottle temperature.

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Brother Max 3-in-1 Thermometer
Measures forehead, ear and room temperature. The design is just as versatile – you can put it almost anywhere.
• Very versatile : can be used as at ear and room thermometer as well as a forehead thermometer
• Probe can be wiped clean
• Very fast : reading in 1 second.