Best Digital Thermometer

Anyone with a sick child can agree that digital thermometers must be easy to use, have a quick response time, and provide accurate numbers.

That was our top criteria for selecting the best digital thermometer.

The Braun Forehead Thermometer scored high above the other digital thermometers we researched and is our top pick. We loved the non-intrusive design of this thermometer that made it super easy to take the temperature of even the youngest child without disturbing them. The readings came through in seconds and were accurate every time we used it.

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1. Braun Forehead Thermometer

Best Overall Digital Thermometer

5/5 Product Rating
Sometimes, taking the temperature of a young child that doesn’t feel well can be a challenge. That’s where the Braun Forehead Thermometer can be a real help.

No having to have the child open their mouth or keep the thermometer under their tongue and hope they do, you can just gently use their forehead while the child stays calm and quiet to find out the information you need.

The two buttons on the front of the thermometer are a white power button and a green temperature button you need to press as you swipe the device across the child’s forehead. You will get an accurate reading in seconds. The easy to read screen lets you know quickly whether the child has a fever by displaying green for no fever (along with the actual temperature) yellow for slight fevers and red for high fevers. You can use this thermometer on every member of your family safely and easily.

With the backlit display screen you won’t have to disturb the child by flipping on the light to see and this great thermometer can even be used on the tiniest of babies. It is safe and hygienic as well. And can be wiped off easily. It has professional accuracy that you can count on when you need it.

Sarah Lytle

2. Braun Ear Thermometer

Best Digital Ear Thermometer

4.8/5 Product Rating
Braun is a household name when it comes to thermometers. They have many varieties and they all share Braun’s commitment to reliability and accuracy. The Braun Ear Thermometer has ExacTemp Technology which means you can rely on the readings you’re getting.

If your child is fussy, you will love the Braun Ear Thermometer that will give you an accurate reading in just seconds of placing the flexible tip barely inside the ear. It’s so gentle to use and fast that it can be used while the child is fast asleep without disturbing them at all.

Using the included lens filter every time you take your child’s temperature ensures accuracy and the fact that the lens filters are disposable ensures safety and hygienic temperature taking as well. The lens filter detector makes sure it is on properly and the ejector makes removing each disposable lens filter easy and fast.

The Braun Ear Thermometer has a memory function that recalls the last temperature reading that was taken which is good to use as a comparison on how the child is doing. You get 2 AA batteries, 21 lens filters and a protective case with your ear thermometer. More lens filters can be ordered.

Sarah Lytle

3. iProven Digital Thermometer

Best Budget Digital Thermometer

4.5/5 Product Rating
The iProven digital thermometer gives accurate readings in about 20 seconds which isn’t bad for older children but can sometimes be difficult for very young children to use and babies can only have the temp taken rectally which this thermometer will do but that isn’t very comfortable for the baby.

The clear protective case prevents crushing and keeps it clean as well. Be sure to clean it after every use with alcohol. This type of digital thermometer is great for those trying to track ovulation due to the accuracy. You can get both C and F readings with this thermometer; the button on the bottom easily switches from one to the other. The waterproof design means it is easy to sanitize and keep clean. You get a 40 day money back guarantee on this device.

Sarah Lytle

Digital Thermometer Comparison






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Applications Forehead Ear Rectal,


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Battery 2 AAA 2 AA Li-ion 2 AAA 2 AAA 2 AAA 2 AAA Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion
0.50 3.00 20.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 6.00 1.00 60.00 15.00
Memory 20 20 20 20 20 12 20 10 10 10
(Milli Watts)
0.76 0.76 0.53 0.57 0.67 0.98 0.63 9.00 0.60 0.53
99.90 99.80 99.80 99.50 99.70 99.60 99.80 99.80 99.70 99.80
36 36 Limited
24 Limited
24 12 1


Digital Thermometer Buying Guide

digital forehead thermometer

What is a Digital Thermometer?

Digital Thermometer1If you’re a mom, it may seem like you have a temperature gauge in your hand with the ability moms have to just feel their child’s head and tell that something is off. As good as this internal mother thermometer is it is not accurate enough to gauge what the temperature actually is, so a digital thermometer can be a big help. Monitoring the actual temperature of a child that has a fever is important for many reasons.

There are many different ways for a parent to take their child’s temperature; forehead thermometers, ear thermometers, and regular standard digital thermometers that can be used orally, rectally or auxiliary which is under the arm. Depending on the age of the child, different types of thermometers may be better suited than others.


Which type of digital thermometer should you get? The answer to this question will be determined in part by your own personal preferences and also what your children are like. An extremely sensitive, fussy child may not feel like keeping a thermometer in their mouths properly and forget about taking it rectally! In this case, using one of the super fast and super gentle forehead or ear models may be exactly what you need. Take into consideration your child’s age and personality, especially when they are not feeling well to help you decide which one you will have the best luck with.

There are several types of digital thermometers available to choose from. Each one has its benefits and drawbacks. We’ve outlined the differences below.

  • Digital Forehead Thermometer – These are the newest types to come onto the scene and they are being received very well thanks to the gentleness and unobtrusiveness that have. Your child can even be sleeping and you can gently slide the thermometer across their forehead and see how they are doing. The only drawback to the forehead digital thermometer is that it can sometimes be a bit cumbersome to figure out how to use which can result in inaccurate temperature readings. If you choose this type of digital thermometer, be sure to read the instructions carefully.
  • Digital Ear Thermometer – This is another type of digital thermometer that is very popular with parents and that is the digital ear thermometer. This is another very unobtrusive design that parents can use to monitor their child’s temperature without having to disturb them. The ear thermometer fits into the ear gently and within seconds you have the child’s temperature reading.
  • Digital Stick Thermometers – This is the most common digital thermometer that is found in many homes due to the inexpensive cost and relative ease of use. These types of thermometers can be used orally, rectally and under the arm as well. The accuracy of this design is probably the most on track; it is the one that is the least favored with younger children due to the length of time the child has to be still.


Digital Thermometer2When deciding what type and style of digital thermometer to get, take the following factors into consideration. Doing so will make your choice much easier and you will choose the one that will work the best for your family.

How old are your Children? The ages of your children can be a big help in determining the best type of digital thermometer for your household. Rectal temperatures used to be the go to method for super young babies, but with the invention of the ear and forehead thermometers, it is less necessary to do rectal temps which can be very uncomfortable for the baby and even dangerous if the mother is not experienced and pushes them in too far, etc. If you have multiple ages from infant to preteen, you may still want to consider the ear or forehead styles as they are less intrusive and annoying when a child of any age is sick and feverish.

What is the Best time to take Readings? – The new ear and forehead digital thermometers are perfect for when you need to take readings during the night while the child is sleeping. Neither of them involves having to have the child involved at all, they can just lie quietly, sleeping while you slide the sensor across the forehead or stick it gently in the ear.

Will the Thermometer be used for the Whole Family? – If you are going to be using the thermometer for the whole family, you will want to get a model that has disposable probe covers or make sure that the probe is easy to clean and keep sanitized. This is another reason that ear and forehead thermometers are so popular because they are easily cleaned and don’t transmit germs as easily as those that are used in the mouth do.


We’ve outlined some of the common features that most digital thermometers have. This will vary according to the type of digital thermometer it is but overall, these features will be included in most types.

Backlit display screen – You want to be able to read the numbers easily when taking your child’s temperature so look for thermometers that have a larger, easy to read screen that is backlit so you can read it in the dark as well if you are taking the temperature while the child is sleeping.

Alert signal – A beeping sound or buzzer will go off when the allotted time has gone by, letting the user know that they can look at the reading.

Memory – Built-in memories will allow you to check the last several temperatures that have been taken especially if you need to track how the progression is going. For tracking ovulation, a memory capacity is very good as well.

Temperature warning color changes – Many digital thermometers change color in the display when the temperature is over a certain number to indicate a higher temperature. The backlit part of the display will turn red for higher temps.

Digital Thermometer3Fast Results – The faster a digital thermometer reaches the reading the faster your child can get the relief they need, whether it be a tepid bath or fever medication or something more serious. When a child doesn’t feel good, they don’t want to have to wait around for the thermometer to finish its reading.

Long Battery Life – Some digital thermometers use button cell batteries; others use standard AA or AAA batteries. Whichever type yours uses, the battery life on most digital thermometers is very good and lasts a long time. It might be a good idea to keep a spare set in a drawer you can find easily in case you need to replace them.

Have a Backup – If you’ve decided on a larger ear thermometer or forehead thermometer, be sure to get a digital stick thermometer as a backup measure in case one doesn’t work. This way you are never without a means to check your child if they feel hot to you.


Digital thermometers have come a long way over the last several years, including things like forehead thermometers and other increased features that make them more reliable and accurate. With the information you’ve read in this buyer’s guide you have the knowledge to make a good decision on the right digital thermometer for your family.

Many households have 2 or 3 digital thermometers; one big one like an ear or forehead thermometer and then 1 or 2 digital stick thermometers for backup, it is always better to err on the side of caution rather than be caught without one when your child is sick.


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Sarah Lytle

Sarah's passion for cooking and eating healthy is what drives her to research and educate others. Sarah is our expert researcher who manages the Home and Kitchen category. When she's not writing you'll find her listening to Paleo Diet podcasts and educating people on how to live and eat primally.

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