The 10 Best Digital Thermometers
This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in February of 2018. A fever can be a sign of various sicknesses, such as colds, ear infections, and the flu, and a digital thermometer is a reliable, convenient way to check your temperature at home. These user-friendly devices provide results in seconds via a brightly lit screen and/or audible alerts. Our selection includes models designed for oral, axillary, or rectal use, and there’s something for every budget. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best digital thermometer on Amazon.
CVS Health Flexible Tip This water-resistant model is soft and adaptable, which makes temperature taking comfortable and easy. It’s made for oral, rectal, and underarm use, and its flexibility helps it conform to the body. It can display results in either Fahrenheit or Celsius, and gives accurate readings in within 10 seconds when used rectally, 25 seconds when used orally, and 35 seconds when used under the arm. A handy fever alarm sounds when a high temperature is reached. Its recall function can display the last temperature taken. It’s water-resistant for safe cleaning, is eligible for most FSA plans, and comes with the required batteries. cvs.com
Walgreens 10 Second Quick Read The extra-large numbers make this model easy to read, and it also sounds an audible alert when a fever is detected. It’s designed for oral, rectal, or underarm use, and meets accuracy standards for clinical thermometers. It comes with five disposable probe covers, which help prevent the spread of germs. It’s backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. walgreens.com
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The newly added iProven DTR-1221A is a highly rated, affordable choice that’s recently been updated with some user-friendly features. Its optimized algorithm allows it to deliver accurate results in just 10 seconds. Its flexible tip allows you to take temperatures orally or rectally, and its waterproof build makes it easy to wash in between uses, so you can make sure germs aren’t spread among family members. A smiling face accompanies a healthy temperature reading, whereas a frowning one shows up along with a fever. The results are delivered in just 10 seconds, which comes in handy when you’ve got a sick, upset child. You can purchase it with confidence, thanks to the 100-day money-back guarantee.
The Braun BFH-125 also joins our selection in this update, and its gentle operation allows you to check a sleeping child’s temperature without waking him or her up. It’s got step-by-step directions printed on its front, so you won’t have to go searching for the user manual when you need a little guidance. Its durable plastic cap keeps it protected in your medicine cabinet or drawer. Be aware that with this one, you can’t view your temperature readings in Celsius.
If you’re looking for a model specifically designed for rectal use (since that’s the most accurate way to take a baby’s temperature and pediatricians often instruct you to take it this way), look to the Vicks Baby Rectal. Its short, flexible tip ensures you’ll get your child’s reading safely and with as little discomfort as possible. Its large backlit screen makes it easy to read at night. Like many of the others on our list, this one features a waterproof design, making it easy to clean. It comes with detailed instructions, which come in handy, as many new parents are not familiar or entirely comfortable with taking one’s temperature in this manner.
Leaving the list today is the Braun No Touch+ Forehead, in order to make room for a higher quality model, as well as the iProven DT-R1221 and the Adoric Medical Oral, both of which are unavailable at this time.
Our list features several models designed for taking forehead readings, but if you'd like to see more options, check out our list of best forehead thermometers.
Before using a new thermometer, always read its instructions carefully, and be sure to check with your pediatrician for guidance on treating a child's fever.