Which baby thermometer should I buy?Six digital thermometers tried out by parents

08 August 2014

Digital Thermometer

Would a new no contact thermometer or classic ear thermometer best suit you and your child? 

We’ve given ear thermometers and no contact thermometers from brands such as Braun, Medisana, Vicks and Syner-Med to parents to try out at home with their children. Find out what they thought and whether taking a baby’s temperature can ever be fuss free.

We know that taking the temperature of a wriggling baby or toddler can be tricky, so we've tried out a range of digital thermometers that aim to make the process as easy as possible.

Our parent volunteers took the thermometers home to try out with their children and road test all their features.  

Which? members can check out all our digital thermometer first look reviews now to see what these parents thought. If you're not yet a member, you can sign up for a £1 trial to get access to all our product reviews. 

Ear thermometers

We’ve tried out three digital ear thermometers from leading brands Braun, Brother Max and Vicks.  

The Braun Thermoscan 5 IRT4520 claims to be the number one choice among doctors and takes a reading in three seconds.  

The Brother Max 3-in-1 digital thermometer also takes forehead readings and can be flipped around to become a free-standing room thermometer.

The Vicks Gentle Touch Behind Ear V980 takes readings when it is pressed on a point behind the ear which some parents might prefer as it’s less invasive.

No contact infrared thermometers

The Medisana, Miniland Baby and Syner-Med thermometers we've tried are all no contact thermometers - which allow you to take your child's temperature by aiming the device at their forehead and pressing a button. They can all also record room and liquid temperatures.

The Medisana 76120 is scanned across the forehead to make sure the highest temperature is recorded. A red backlight indicates a fever.

The Miniland Baby Thermoadvanced Plus speaks its reading back to you as well as displaying it. The readings can also be transferred to your smartphone via the eMyBaby app.

The Syner-Med VeraTemp lets you take readings simply by pointing it at the forehead and pressing a button. It has a traffic light system to indicate a raised temperature.

How Which? tests baby products

While we haven’t sent these thermometers to the lab for full testing, we do lab test most of the big purchases you are likely to make when you have a baby.

We spend nearly £90,000 each year testing pushchairs in our lab. We look at the strength, safety and durability of every single one and push, pull, fold, recline, clean and adjust each one to find any hidden flaws.

We are also the only child car seat review website that actually tests child car seats in two crash simulations and we use far more stringent standards than the current official car seat regulations.

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