The Dr. Meter Forehead Thermometer is a great and less intrusive way to take the temperature of anyone in the family. Don’t be tricked into thinking it’s only for babies by it’s juvenile appearance, it’s a great thermometer for everyone and you’ll be able to get accurate readings as long as you follow the instructions.
The Good Stuff
This body temperature thermometer from Dr. Meter works by taking laser readings from the forehead or ear, allowing you to get a fairly accurate picture of what’s going on. If you’re looking for a no-contact thermometer for fever or whatever else you’re likely to be in good hands.
In medical mode it will only read between from the low 90’s to about 106°, and it works quite well for giving you a quick snapshot “picture” of whether or not you’re within optimal temperature range.
You can also switch it to “all-range” mode, where it works like most laser thermometers allowing you to take reasonably accurate measurements of anything from the wall to the oven. This extra functionality makes it a stand-out, since you’re not just limited to using it for at home medical purposes.
There are some “advanced” features, like memory which will let you know if things have improved or worsened over time. It can also display in both Fahrenheit and Celsius, depending on your preferred measurement.
If you have a sick, sleeping baby, this thermometer is bound to prove its usefulness in a hurry. It’ll allow you to take a reading off of them without having to wake them since it’s no contact, and you can even turn off the beeping noise it makes if your little one is a light sleeper.
Overall, it provides a quick, “point and click” solution to any kind of temperature problems you might be having. You’ll also find out that the “all-range” mode is quite useful around the home and you can tell if your thermostat is running properly or if your oven is doing weird stuff.
The Bad Stuff
Like most laser thermometers, it’s not the most accurate way to take a reading. This is unfortunate, but in general you’ll be able to tell a “fever/no fever” sort of reading. It shouldn’t be used to determine if your little one is on the edge of needing hospitalization however, as the variance can be a bit over a degree.
It will also require some level of calibration once you get it, so you’ll need to have someone you know typically runs the standard 98.6°F temperature around to make sure that you’re as close to accurate as possible.
Essentially, you’ll have to learn how to use it in order to make sure that you get the most accurate readings possible. It’s not terribly inaccurate, but you’re better off with a different type of thermometer if you’re trying to determine that last degree of variance that can determine whether or not seeking medical care is necessary.
Many people also find the “advanced” functions of the thermometer a bit confusing. It has some level of memory and for those who are hopelessly incompetent with technical items it can be a bit irritating when all you want to do is pull the trigger and get a reading.
It also lacks a way to secure the trigger, so if it’s in your bag you run the chance of it getting caught on something and draining the batteries. This isn’t as bad as it might seem, since it only takes a couple of AA batteries, but it can be irritating if you threw it in your diaper bag and suddenly find that it’s not functioning.
Overall, this is a great thermometer for quick, no-hassle readings but it’s not as accurate as most other types of thermometers. It’s good for being able to quickly assess a situation but it’s not going to beat a probe anytime soon.
The common batteries are quite nice, especially if you find yourself using it quite often. The “all-range” functionality is also pretty awesome for being able to rapidly measure anything that’s going on around the house where you might need to know the temperature.
For sleeping babies or difficult children, however, it can be indispensable. You can use it without having to wake the child which makes it especially useful in the later stages of an illness where things are starting to run their course and you need to know whether to put on another can of chicken soup for when they wake up.
In the end, this is a functional, highly useful laser thermometer but the accuracy still can’t quite compete with a true probe thermometer. Useful, but not perfect, it will probably find a valued place in the home of anyone who has children but it might not be the last thermometer you find yourself buying.