- Pro: Accurate In-Ear Results in 1 second
- Pro: Synces wirelessly with your android or iphone
- Pro: Oral or Rectal Probe Thermometer
- Cons: More Expensive Than Other Probe hermometers
Kinsa Smart Digital Stick Thermometer Review
The Kinsa Smart Digital Stick Thermometer that interfaces directly with your phone, making it a handy and unique little device. In addition to that, it comes with a unique app which will allow you to keep track of what’s going on with every member of your family. Read on and see if it’s the right solution for your needs.
The Good Stuff
The Kinsa Smart Stick works by interfacing directly with your phone through the auxiliary port. This means that as long as you have power to your phone you won’t have to worry about keeping the device powered, there’s no batteries involved.
While you get a little bit more than just a thermometer with this one, you’ll be pleased to note that the thermometer itself is top notch. It can be used orally, underarm, or rectally and it provides accurate readings for the most part.
It goes a step further than most medical thermometers, thanks to the unique app. It will work with both Android and iOS devices as well, nearly everyone will have some device around the home which they can use it with.
While the thermometer itself takes an accurate temperature, the real draw is the software. The software will allow you to answer some simple questions about symptoms and can give you a much better picture of things overall than you can get with only a temperature reading.
In addition, you can use it to keep track of different members of your family to gain a comprehensive overview of everyone’s health situation while using the same device. This is great for when you end up in the doctor’s office, since the saved information provides an overview that you can quickly and easily give and eliminate some of the guess work that comes with talking to a doctor.
It also provides guidance based on the symptoms presented and fever temperature. This can be extremely useful if you’re unsure of what your next action should be, although it probably shouldn’t be relied upon as the sole source of information.
The app also provides a little bit of entertainment, making it a great way to keep your child distracted while the probe is in their mouth.
The yearlong warranty seems to be honored with a minimal amount of fuss by the manufacturer as well. Many have reported that if the device failed they found it quick and easy to get it replaced.
With all of this going for it, you might think that the Kinsa Smart Stick is a bank-breaker, but in actuality it’s not much more expensive than any other thermometer which makes it a winner in our book.
The Bad Stuff
The main complaint with the thermometer is that it sometimes reads a little bit low. This is a common complaint with digital thermometers of any type, however, and it’s hard to know whether it can be chocked up to user error or not.
Many have also reported the thermometer breaking down a bit quickly. Considering the cost and warranty this isn’t exactly the end of the world but you do want to take it into account since it will take some time to get it replaced.
It takes about ten seconds to take a reading, which isn’t too long but it can be something of a pain if you’re used to infrared thermometers or other super quick methods of taking temperature. It’s still quite a bit faster than most of the probes on the market, however.
The final issue is that some people have quite a bit of trouble setting it up to work with their device. Even tech-savvy people have reported messing with it for an extended period before getting it to sync.
The good thing is that almost no one has reported it being impossible to connect to their device, but it’s probably best to make sure it’s configured before you need it so you don’t waste time messing with it.
The Kinsa Smart Stick comes in as a winner for most people. Apart from set-up issues the app simply offers more than almost any other thermometer on the market, and at the end of the day you’ll find that it is truly a great product.
While there are some issues with longevity reported, the customer service they currently offer is great and getting it replaced is quick and easy. It’s probably worth the risk in order to gain access to all of the extra features that simply aren’t available from most products on the market.
We’d have to call the Smart Stick a winner. The insane amount of functionality, combined with a precise thermometer and the lack of batteries simply puts it miles ahead of the rest while not costing you a fortune.