PASS: Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer Review

Coming from the guy who researched and purchased a $90 cooking thermometer (I highly recommend the Thermapen Thermometer, by the way, see reasons why here), you may be able to tell that I like to measure things quickly and accurately.

So if you appreciate your child as much as you appreciate your steak cooked to the right temperature, you’ll see the value in the Braun Thermoscan Thermometer.

The Braun brand of thermometers seems to dominate share of voice the high-end of the children’s thermometer category. You’ll most likely have already seen this same ear thermometer at the hospital or at the pediatrician. On the lower-end side, you’ll see a range of Vicks branded digital thermometers. Both of these product lines are made by a company called Kaz which acquired the thermometer and blood pressure business of P&G in 2006 (which had acquired the owner of the Braun brand, Gillette, in 2005).

I like this device because it’s easy to use, it’s quick and it’s painless. That’s particularly important when trying to wrestle down a feverish and cranky toddler to take their temperature. It also works great on proving wrong hypochondriac significant others.

You can tell Braun was owned by a razor blade company at some point as the thermometer requires disposable hygienic covers for the ear piece. You’d think that simply disinfecting/cleaning it would suffice (like we all did for the traditional rectal thermometers without any drama), but the device flashes an error when you don’t attach one.

My one gripe is that switching between Farenheit and Centigrade readings is not straight forward and involves opening the reader and playing with little switches. It’s not something you’d want to do on a regular basis.

Accurate consumer-level digital thermometers are frankly great progress and should be standard medicine cabinet item at this stage. It’s great for children and, let’s not forget, also adults.

Grade: PASS

Cost: Medium

Value: Fairly valued

Lifespan: Lifelong (provided it keeps working)

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