Top 5 Best Non-Contact Thermometers | 2021 Reviews
When easy-to-use digital forehead and ear thermometers came onto the market, parents breathed a sigh of relief. The ordeal of teaching young children how to keep their tongues still with a thermometer underneath – or even worse, trying to take their rectal temperature – quickly became nothing more than a bad memory. (Although we should note that pediatric medical associations and experts still recommend taking rectal temperatures for a baby’s first three months, because other methods may not provide accurate for young infants.)
The latest advance came when non-contact thermometers were introduced. Not only did they eliminate the need to insert anything into any part of a child’s body (or an adult’s, for that matter), they allowed temperatures to be taken without even touching the child. This was a great step forward for three reasons. First, skittish children no longer had to be convinced to stay still while a digital thermometer was rubbed across their forehead or placed under their armpit or at the entrance of their ear canal. Second, non-contact thermometers allowed parents to take their sick child’s temperature without waking them up – perfect for use with babies and toddlers. Finally, a non-invasive method of taking temperatures greatly lessens the possibility that viruses or bacteria will be transmitted throughout the family.
Non-contact thermometers, sometimes referred to as temperature guns, are simply aimed at the middle of the forehead from a specified distance (explaining why they’re often called “guns”) with infrared rays used to determine the child’s temperature. Readings are usually taken within a few seconds, and some models have other bells and whistles such as visual or audio alerts when the temperature indicates a fever, or color-coded LEDs for various temperature ranges. Most important, naturally, is the accuracy of the thermometer which varies greatly between models. We also considered size and shape to be very important, for reasons you’ll read shortly.
You may also want to check out our Best Non-contact Thermometer Buying Guide here.
One more clarification: some manufacturers (and consumers) refer to digital forehead thermometers (the ones you run across the forehead) as “non-contact.” We’ve disregarded those models in compiling our list of the top 5 best non-contact thermometers, which starts…..right now.
Quick Comparison Table
ARC Devices InstaTemp Digital Thermometer
SantaMedical Infrared Thermometer
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FAQ (By Our Ardent Readers)
- Why do i need a non contact thermometer? This is certainly a handy tool as you may not be able to keep a sick child still even for a few seconds while you take the temperature from a traditional thermometer or you may end up waking the baby to take a reading. Non contact thermometer as the name suggests does not even come in contact with the baby while taking the reading.
- How accurate are the readings take on the non contact thermometer? We can say it is nearly perfect. There may be a variance of +/- 0.4 degree Fahrenheit. But that is quite negligible.
- Is it safe to use the non contact thermometer on infants? yes absolutely. It has been approved by FDA for use on infants; clinics and hospitals also recommend using them.
- Does the infrared thermometers emit any kind of radiation? The answer is NO. It only reads the infrared energy from the surface it is pointed to. Yes a laser beam is used to point to the exact place from which the device needs to take the reading.
- Why do i need to point the thermometer to the forehead? Can i point it elsewhere for readings? The temperature taken from the forehead through a non contact thermometer is essentially equivalent to the properly taken auxiliary reading. You could point elsewhere like ear, temple etc, but repeated readings may be necessary to establish the correct one. There is still no guarantee that it coincides with the auxiliary reading.
- Does the skin colour effect the readings? No the skin colour does not effect the accuracy of the readings taken from it.
- Does the reading get effected by the outside temperature? Yes it does when it is subjected to too cold or hot temperatures in the room. For example, if the patient is located directly under the AC duct or cooling vent or under a heated lamp.
- What adjustments do i need to make to my readings when subjected to too cold/hot weather inside the room? Please follow the manual for instructions as every device has its own norms to derive it.
- How reliable are the non contact thermometers? They are very reliable and last for years. Some come with rechargeable batteries while others are not. You may have to buy a new device if the battery runs out. But will be a good few years anyway.
- What if the thermometer breaks down much earlier? Most manufacturers replace the device for you free of cost if it breaks down before 2 years. Please read the warranty of the product before buying.
- Can i use the non contact thermometer for measuring temperature of food, drink etc? Not really. The non contact thermometer is essentially a surface thermometer and do the measure the inner temperature of anything. Hence it needs to be used just for the purpose it is made.
- Where can i buy the non contact thermometer? You could buy it anywhere in store or through trusted retailers like Amazon. Please read through the reviews of various brands in our review page before buying.