- Pro: CE and FDA Approved for Babies, Toddlers, and Adults
- Pro: Remebers the previous 20 Readings
- Pro: Has Fever Warning Sensor
- Cons: requires frequenty cleanings for accurate results
- Cons: It is not water proof
ANKOVO Medical Digital Infrared Forehead and Ear Thermometer Review
The ANKOVO Medical Digital Infrared Forehead and Ear Thermometer is a dual-use thermometer suitable for children and adults of all ages. It’s accurate, has some advanced features, and will make a welcome addition to the at-home medical kit of pretty much anyone.
The Good Stuff
The dual-use is what will stand out to most people immediately. While forehead thermometers sometimes get a bad rap due to their incorrect usage, you can virtually guarantee a foolproof reading by checking out the ears of the prospective patient.
The ability to do both with one thermometer for fever is outstanding. If you suspect that you’re getting an inaccurate reading from the forehead you can easily switch to the ear in order to make certain that your findings are correct.
In addition to the dual-use features, this thermometer has an alarm which will tell you immediately if a temperature reading is in fever range. It will beep seven times and the backlight on the LCD will flicker if you’re in a dangerous range, so you won’t have any excuse not to know.
The LCD itself is large and easy to read, coming with a green backlight so you can easily take a sleeping child’s temperature and get your reading without having to leave the room or turn on a light.
The attention to handling details is great as well. The body of the thermometer was obviously designed with ergonomics in mind and has some ridges which will help you keep grip even if you have sweaty hands.
It’s also light since it only uses a couple of batteries so you won’t need to worry about it becoming cumbersome if you have to take multiple readings in quick succession.
Since it’s an infrared thermometer, you’ll receive your readings super quickly when you put it into use as well. While other types can take up to half a minute or longer in order to register, this technology is nearly instant. Within a second or so you’ll have a temperature reading.
It also has a memory which spans for a fairly impressive 20 readings, so you’ll be able to tell immediately whether or not the fever is on the rise or declining.
The fact that it doesn’t have to be cleaned in between people is great for parents with multiple children. We all know that the kids tend to get sick together and with an infrared thermometer you won’t have to deal with switching probe covers or washing it down with alcohol to ensure sterility in between your patients.
Add in the fact that it’s extremely easy to use and you might just have found the right addition to your medicine cabinet no matter who your potential patients might be.
The Bad Stuff
The cost on this one runs fairly high, and the alarms aren’t exactly up to par with some of the higher-end options out there.
The ability to take ear readings is nice, and it can help to offset the fact that a feverish forehead is quite often sweaty and can throw off an infrared reading. The problem here is the fact that infrared simply isn’t as accurate as some other methods and you have to take some extra care when you’re using it to avoid getting a false low reading.
It’s also not clear in the instructions that you’ll have to let it reach the ambient temperature of a room before you try to take your readings in order to maximize the accuracy of the thermometer. Keep that in mind if you plan on using it.
Most people probably won’t know that you’re going to get different readings between the forehead and the ear either, even when everything is done right. The ear readings will tend to be more accurate, but it can throw people off when they’re suddenly getting readings that are half a degree off.
It doesn’t sound like much, but it can be a huge difference in younger children where a fever can become a serious problem much more quickly than it will for an adult.
Don’t let the bad stuff turn you off of this one. It’s a little bit on the pricier side of things but it’s also got a lot of utility around the home. If you’re willing to pay the slightly higher price and forgo the cosmetic features of some other infrared thermometers you’ll have an accurate, easy to use addition to your home.
If absolute accuracy is your overall goal, then really you should be using a probe thermometer anyways, but this one is sure not to let you down in most cases.