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Best Thermometers for Home Use

Wednesday, 22 April 2020  |  Olivia

Many people will remember the cool glass of mercury thermometers under their tongue from early childhood sickness. However, not only is mercury potentially poisonous, but thermometer technology has advanced dramatically over the last few decades. Following is a short but helpful guide to choosing a new thermometer suitable for home use.

The Best Thermometer for Home Use
It can be particularly difficult to take a child's temperature

Thermometers have been in short supply during the corona pandemic as one of the primary signs of the virus is a fever or raised temperature. But why would our temperature tell us anything about our state of health?

What Can I Use a Thermometer For?

When we are healthy our hypothalamus and autonomic nervous system keeps our body temperature at around 37°C. However, if our body detects an infection, it will automatically raise your body temperature with the aim of destroying the pathogens causing the illness. A raised temperature is less of a symptom and more of method of defence.

Any temperature above 38°C is considered a fever, and any temperature above 38.8°C requires professional medical intervention. That's why it's so important to have an accurate thermometer for home use.

What Are the Different Types of Thermometer?

There are three types of thermometer, although digital thermometers are by far the most common and effective. Tympanic thermometers can be used to measure the temperature inside the ear, and a temporal artery thermometer measures the infrared heat radiating from the forehead.

Where Do I Measure My Temperature?

A digital thermometer can be used to measure your temperature in three different places:

  • Oral: Under the tongue
    • For adults and children who can hold the thermometer in their mouths
  • Rectal: Inserted into the rectum
    • This is mostly suitable for babies, who cannot easily hold a thermometer in their mouths
  • Axillary: Under the armpit
    • This method is for children or adults who's temperature cannot be measured orally

How Do I Use a Thermometer?

Following is a short list of instructions for how to take your temperature with a digital oral thermometer:

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water for hygiene
  2. Wash thermometer in rubbing alcohol and rinse thoroughly
  3. Place thermometer tip under the tongue, holding it for around 40 seconds
  4. Usually the thermometer will beep and display your temperature
  5. Rinse thermometer thoroughly

Do not eat or drink anything for five minutes prior to taking your temperature, as this may affect the result.

How Often Should I Check My Temperature?

If you are taking medication for your fever it is recommended you check your temperature before each dosage. Your doctor may recommend that you take your temperature at specific times, for instance morning and evening.

What Should I Look For in a Thermometer? 

When selecting a thermometer for home use there are several questions worth asking:

  • How quickly can the result be obtained?
  • How comfortable is the thermometer to use?
  • How much maintenance does the thermometer need?
  • Is the thermometer easy to use?
  • Is the battery replaceable? 

Think about how you intend to use your thermometer. If you need to take the temperature of a small child then response time and comfort are more important factors than if you are only measuring the temperatures of adults.

The Best Thermometers For Home Use

Genius 3 Tympanic Thermometer

Genius 3 Tympanic ThermometerThe Genius 3 Tympanic Thermometer uses Peak Select Technology to analyse 100 separate readings and supply the most accurate in under a second or two. The integral tip based sensor removes the need for calibration and the plastic housing provides protection against dust and liquids in storage.

The battery life of the thermometer is impressive, with 3 x AAA batteries supplying enough power for 15,000 readings. 

Key Feature: No-touch probe cover supplies easy infection control

Timesco Eco Rigid Tip Digital Thermometer

Timesco Eco Rigid Tip Digital ThermometerThe Timesco Eco Rigid Tip Digital Thermometer is both compact, accurate and extremely easy to use. Simply press the single button beneath the clear and illuminated LED screen, and the reading will appear in under 60 seconds. 

The 1.5V battery of the thermometer is replaceable, thereby ensuring ultimate value for money.

Key Feature: Small and compact, easy to carry in a handbag or pocket

Timesco Rappid Digital Flexi

Timesco Rappid Digital Flexible ThermometerThe Timesco Rappid Digital Flexible Thermometer is ideal for taking the temperature of children. It has an astonishingly fast response time of 10 seconds and the flexible tip allows the thermometer to rest comfortably in the mouth. Both of these qualities make it a hassle-free way of checking the temperature of fractious kids.

The LCD screen is illuminated and easy to read, and the measurement can be displayed in either Celsius or Fahrenheit.

Key Feature: Thermometer shuts off automatically after 60 seconds to save battery life

Feeling Hot Under the Collar?

The first liquid in a glass thermometer was invented by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Ferdinand II in 1654. Over the last four hundred years the technology has only improved in accuracy, versatility and ease of use. Make sure your bathroom first aid kit is well-stocked by looking at our Thermometers category.

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