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The best smart thermometers you can buy
We’re finally moving past regular temperature checks as the pandemic comes under control. You may still get a quick check at work or school, but it’s always good to have a thermometer at home too, since the whole point is to tell if you’re sick and avoid infecting others. These are our picks for the best smart thermometers you can buy.
See also: The best health apps for Android
Best smart thermometers:
Editor’s note: We’ll add more smart thermometers to our list as we find new options and others go out of stock. We’ve tried to include a few different styles so you can grab what you’re comfortable with.
iHealth No-Touch forehead thermometer
Our first thermometer, from iHealth, is a simple, silent option that barely qualifies as smart. Press its lone button and you’ll get a readout in seconds without any beeps. It vibrates instead, and displays temperature on an LED display. It requires nothing more than a pair of AAA batteries for power, although you may struggle to read the display in bright settings.
The Withings Thermo costs more, but also packs true “smart” features. It has 16 infrared sensors, and automatically syncs with the Withings Thermo mobile app so you can track temperatures over time. You can store up to eight unique user profiles, and the LED even displays your name as you check your temperature.
The prior two thermometers were no-contact options, but the Kinsa QuickCare is our top oral and armpit model. It’s covered in a tactile blue rubber and features a large, bright LED display to read your temperature. The QuickCare also syncs with the Kinsa app so you can track your temperature and symptoms over time. Just remember that you’ll have to clean the thermometer after every use.
If you want the flexibility to choose between ear and forehead readings, the DMT-489 from iProven is the way to go. The ear readouts take just one second, or you can check your forehead in three. You won’t be able to sync your readings with an app, but the DMT-489 stores the last 20 measurements on-device. It has a bright green LED display, and shows a smiley face as long as you’re not running a fever.
Kinsa Smart Ear thermometer
Kinsa is one of the most popular smart thermometer brands, and it’s back on our list with an in-ear option. It syncs just like QuickCare so you can add profiles for your entire family. You get readings in as little as a second, though once again, you’ll have to clean the thermometer after every use.
Vava Smart Baby thermometer
The last option on our list is designed for the smallest members of your family. Instead of holding your child still, you just attach the separate sensor with the included 3M adhesive, and leave it on for as much as 24 hours at a time. You can choose between sound or LED light readouts, too, so you don’t have to worry about interrupting nap time.