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6 best thermometers available on Amazon

With illness on the rise, a thermometer is an essential in every home. The Independent found the best ones for all your potential needs

Victoria Gagliardo-Silver
New York
Tuesday 31 March 2020 18:51 BST
People’s bodies are now typically cooler than the textbook figure of 37C
People’s bodies are now typically cooler than the textbook figure of 37C

With fears of Covid-19 growing and the tail-end of the flu season still ongoing, everyone is running out and stocking up on supplies.

One of the key tools in your battle against viruses is a good thermometer, to keep track of fever and temperature. The Independent found the best thermometers available on Amazon, which were still in stock at the time of publication.

Best family thermometer:

Goodbaby Forehead and Ear Thermometer: $99.99

  • No in-ear contact needed, infrared technology can read forehead temperature

  • Two modes for reading: Celsius or Fahrenheit

  • More accurate than standard thermometer

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The Goodbaby Forehead and Ear thermometer is an excellent tool for the whole family, from infants to the elderly. Clinically tested to confirm accuracy within one degree, this thermometer is easy to use, highly rated, and has an auto-shutdown feature to save power. Reviewers claim that this thermometer is “reasonably priced for such a good product” and that “you should buy this if you have young children in the house”.

Best budget thermometer:

Enji HappyCare Oral, Rectal, and Underarm Thermometer: $28

  • Versatile: can be used orally, rectally, or underarm to read body temperature

  • Waterproof

  • Quick read: temperature readings in 10 to 30 seconds


For those looking for a more basic budget thermometer, the Enji HappyCare thermometer is a great option. With two temperature modes and a flexible tip, this model comes equipped with standard features and not much more, making it ideal for families who don’t get sick often. Reviewers are satisfied with the product, saying it’s a “great thermometer for the price. I have 2 kids and it's really easy to use and has lasted through MANY uses.”

Best quick read thermometers:

Adoric Rectal or Oral Thermometer: $34.42

  • Temperature detection in under 10 seconds

  • Waterproof tip

  • Beeps if fever is over 100.4 degrees


This is another great, basic thermometer. It comes equipped with standard features, a backlight for easy reading, and a plastic case for safe storage. A small “happy face/sad face” indicator lets you know if there’s a fever running. Reviewers say this is a “must have for a family” and that it’s “so easy to clean”.

Vicks SpeedRead Thermometer: $29.99

  • 1 year warranty

  • Batteries included

  • Accurate readings within 8 seconds


Equipped with fever color indication, automatic shutoff, and a memory feature, this thermometer is quite the bang for your buck. This model can be used orally, rectally, or under the arm to gauge temperatures. Reviewers note that this model is “very easy to use and read” and is “great for all ages”.

Best thermometer for infants:

FridaBaby Quick Read Rectal Thermometer: $14.99

  • Readings within 10 seconds of insertion

  • BPA and Latex free

  • Stores data on 10 past readings


While many versatile thermometers are on the market, FridaBaby makes this one specifically for use with infants. With a “parent proof insertion stopper” and a backlight, this thermometer takes away the anxiety some new parents may have regarding rectal thermometers. One happy parent said “After having the frida thermometer for a couple weeks, I am coming back to buy another one because it is SO easy to use, quick, and accurate! I may need to purchase a 3rd one when I go back to work so I’ll have one at home, one in the diaper bag, and one at daycare.”

Best thermometer for kids:

HealthSmart Margo Moo Animal Shaped Digital Thermometer: $15.32

  • Kid friendly and approachable

  • Quick readings, under 30 seconds

  • Versatile: can be used orally, rectally, or under the arm


The Margo Moo thermometer is great for families with kids who don’t like having their temperature taken. The friendly cow design makes this model seem almost toy-like and fun! With water resistance and a flexible tip, everything from insertion to cleaning is easier. One happy mom said “An extremely cute thermometer! Soft and flexible tip for kiddos who are still learning not to bite the thermometer. Easy to read as well.”

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