Having a good thermometer that provides precise readings is vital. However, with so many types of thermometers in the market, it can be challenging to know which to select. To help you choose the best thermometer based on your needs, we have brought you a buying guide.
Newer options have replaced the mercury thermometers you may have grown up with Two of the most common ones are digital stick and infrared thermometers.
Infrared Thermometers –
Infrared thermometers measure the temperature by the heat emitted by the body. Some of them can be difficult to position, but their digital readout takes just about 2 to 3 seconds. But these thermometers are also extremely expensive. These thermometers are quick and easy to use.
Get Rid of Mercury
Glass thermometers with mercury have primarily been replaced by digital thermometers that do not contain the potentially dangerous metal, mercury. Mercury exposure can cause critical health problems if the thermometer breaks. So if you are still holding onto a glass thermometer containing mercury, we advise you to get rid of it.
Digital Stick Thermometers-
A digital stick thermometer is the most widely sold and cheapest type. Look for one with an LCD that is easy to read and a start button that is easy to press. Most thermometers have an audible beep indicating that the reading is complete. This means that you won’t have to check your watch every few seconds. Digital thermometers use batteries to function.
Here is what to consider before you buy.
- Response Time – A reading from a digital thermometer may require up to 60-80 seconds, based on the model. Infrared thermometer readings take just 1 to 3 seconds, but may not be more accurate than a cheap digital stick thermometer.
- Safety– Some models come with protective cover cases and other accessories that may pose as a choking hazard for kids. If the model that you choose to buy includes small parts, make sure you keep them out of the hands of unsupervised children.
- Extras– If you are purchasing an inexpensive digital stick thermometer, consider buying two. Use one to take oral temperatures and the other to take rectal temperatures. That way, you will not have to worry about keeping disposable thermometer covers on hand. Label each one of them with a permanent marker based on its particular use.