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In this article, we will introduce you to the wonders ofbetter Infrared thermometerAn indispensable cooking set for measuring the temperature of flat grill surfaces, the inside of pizza ovens and the oven floor.

You'll learn how infrared works, what makes a good infrared thermometer, discuss the features of the four best infrared thermometers currently available on the market, and ultimately help you determine the right product for your needs.

The time-honored way to tell when the grill is ready is the number of seconds it canhold your hand 4 and 5 inches above the rack. The range is from 2 seconds (350°F) to 8 seconds (220°F).

But maybe you want a less tactile method?

A non-contact thermometer will make testing the grill a much less painful experience in every way, and it will be far more accurate.

Thermometers should be considered a standard tool for any well-equipped cook or grill. You might have seen point-and-measure infrared thermometers in passing, but if you're willing to do something to avoid another grilling disappointment, it's time to take a closer look.

At a glance: The best infrared thermometers for cooking

  • Overall best:
    Fluke 62 Max+ Infrarot-Thermometer
    A premium product from a respected brand with a wide temperature range, high accuracy, packed with features, IP54 protected against dust and water and 10ft drop test. Our pick for the best infrared cooking thermometer.
  • Second overall winner:
    Maverick surface laser thermometer
    Maverick is a trusted brand with a wide range of thermometers for cooking and grilling. This is an accurate and easy-to-use IR temperature gun for pizza oven owners and outdoor cooks.
  • Budget selection:
    Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Non-contact digital laser grip
    Get the job done without breaking the bank. Lots of settings and features to help accuracy and usability, this is an idea for the budget conscious casual user.
  • Runner-up, budget picks:
    Thermal Predator Temp Gun - Infrared infrared thermometer for grilling
    A full-featured and powerful infrared cooking thermometer at an affordable price. It does what it needs to do, with no fuss or fanfare.

Content (jump to topic)

  • 1 At a Glance: The Best Infrared Thermometers for Cooking
  • 2 infrared thermometer reviews
    • 2.1 Thermometer IR Fluke 62 MAX Plus
    • 2.2 Maverick LT-04 surface laser thermometer
    • 2.3 Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer
    • Temperature Gun 2.4 by Thermal Predator Infrared infrared thermometer for grilling
  • 3 How to choose the best infrared thermometer for cooking
    • 3.1 Emissionsgrad
    • 3.2 Temperature range
    • 3.3 Celsius and Fahrenheit change
    • 3.4 Accuracy
    • 3.5 Costs
    • 3.6 Grip and Weight
    • 3.7 Accessories
  • 4 What is Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer?
  • 5 Infrared simply explained
    • 5.1 Emissionsgrad
  • 6 advantages of non-contact IR thermometers
  • 7 cons
  • 8 When would a chef use an infrared thermometer?
  • 9 When NOT to use it
  • 10 Use IR thermometer correctly
  • 11 Conclusion

Infrared thermometer reviews

The following are our 4 tipsbetter IR-Thermometerfrom the dozens of models available.

They all have excellent features, are easy to use and well suited for measuring the temperature of grill surfaces and the interior of wood-burning ovens.

Termometro IR Fluke 62 MAX Plus


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I like the strong story of the 62 MAX Plus. For decades, its manufacturer, Fluke, has been recognized as the best in the business for measuring various types of equipment across many industries.

Living up to its heritage, the Max 62 Plus Infrared Thermometer Gun is dust and water resistant and can survive a drop from nearly 10 feet.

At 9 ounces and measuring 6.9 × 3.3 × 3 inches, it's the heaviest and largest of the four in this guide. But it's fast, and can record a temperature reading in less than 500 milliseconds.

The two rotating lasers are one of the best features of the device as they make the area to be measured clearly visible. When delivered, the lasers must be activated. If the pictogram doesn't help, the video tutorials willavailable on the Fluke website.

Other useful features include an auto power off after 10 minutes of inactivity to conserve battery life, a large backlit display and a belt clip.

For me, the lack of clear instructions is a major handicap; Apart from a few pages of technical data, the manual is lacking in words. The pictograms may make more sense to someone familiar with the functions of an infrared thermometer or someone who is good at solving picture puzzles. I was pleased to find how-to videos on the Fluke website and YouTube.

An owner uses 62 MAX+ to know when his pizza stone is ready to use. The right temperature is crucial, because the crispy texture of the crust depends on the stone being heated properly. And you don't have to guess when it's cool enough to touch after cooking.


  • Capable of reading surface temperatures from -22°F to 1200°F with a 1% error margin
  • Waterproof
  • The emissivity can be set manually from 0.1 to 1.00
  • D/S ratio 12:1
  • Shows the minimum, maximum and average temperatures and the difference between the temperatures
  • Alarm sounds when temperatures fall outside of desired range
  • 3 year guarantee
  • Works with a rechargeable NiMH battery

In contrast

  • The pictogram manual can make learning this tool a real chore
  • The laser must be activated

If you don't mind paying for a genuine top-of-the-line product, we think you need look no further. This is the best infrared thermometer we could find for the combination of features, accuracy, speed and price.

Maverick LT-04 surface laser thermometer


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Contrasts can be interesting, especially when they don't compromise a product's functionality.

The LT-04 is a contrast study; At 7.4 ounces, it's one of the heavier products tested here. But it has a slim handle that makes it easy to handle with its dimensions of 5 x 1 x 7.25 inches. This is good news for anyone struggling with hand strength or reach.

Maverick has been making thermometers and grills for home use since 1982, but despite its red color, this product seems more at home in a toolbox.

Nice features include the ability to take a reading from 5 feet away, although it's best within 2 feet before the distance-to-point ratio makes the reading inaccurate. And the battery level is displayed on the screen, which is a nice touch.

The LT-04 is quick at taking temperature measurements, but some find it doesn't test as accurately as other models.

The backlit screen is always on, which can make reading difficult at times. Some complain that the laser doesn't exactly point, which is funny if you're geeky enough to know what it takes to bend laser light. I guess the plaintiffs need some training on how to properly hold the LT-04.

Some owners found it worked at a quite wellHimalaya-Salzblock. In addition to checking food temperature, you can also use it to check readings from built-in thermometers (in electrical appliances).


  • Developed for food use.
  • Take measurements from up to 5 feet away
  • D/S ratio 9:1
  • Small handle despite its weight.
  • Medium -44°F to +1022°F

In contrast

  • Emissivity fixed at 0.95
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There's not much to say about the Maverick. It works, it's easy to hold, and it's inexpensive, making it our top runner in our guide.

If you're looking for an occasional infrared thermometer to just take a general temperature reading every now and then and don't want to spend on the best choices in our guide, you can't go wrong with this model!

Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer


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  • Like MacGyver, I don't mind using a tool for something outside of its intended purpose. While the 1080's 8.1 × 4.7 × 1.5-inch profile reminds me it's on vacation from the boiler room, this unit seems to work just as well in the kitchen or on the grill.

    It has a slim profile but is one of the heavier products here.

    Plastic and glass are delicate to the touch; Durability might not be your forte.

    Initially, some found it difficult to accurately position the laser pointer to measure surface temperature. I think it's nice that the laser can be turned off if you're feeling ambitious.

    The 1080 features an easy-to-read backlit LCD display. The last recorded temperature is also displayed after the trigger is released.

    It provides better temperature readings from a greater distance than other infrared thermometers and can easily switch from cold to hot readings.

    The 1080 is useful for finding hot spots in pans or grills. I think it's good that the manufacturer clearly states that the area to be measured is about 2 cm below the pointer. This information is not always easy to find.

    Using the Lasergrip 1080 is a quick and (literally) painless way to determine if microwave coffee is a safe drinking temperature.


    • 12:1 distance-to-spot ratio
    • -58 to 1022°F with a 2% margin of error
    • Measure temperature quickly.
    • The auto power off feature saves battery life

    In contrast

    • The plastic body feels thin.
    • Emissivity fixed at 0.95

    So what if you feel like you're borrowing from the tool shed? The 1080 Digital Infrared Thermometer can add value to your food prep tools.

    It doesn't have the brand history of Fluke, but it has a lot of features at a lower price.

    Thermal Predator Temp Gun - Infrared infrared thermometer for grilling


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  • I don't like bloody movies. Especially if they have sci-fi tastes as most have little to do with science. And that's my problem with this latest product.

    Someone was so in love with a sci-fi franchise that their technically perfect thermometer was named after it. I find the advertising for the product ridiculous, full of hunting, chasing and killing language that has taken me away from the joy of grilling. I doubt any grill enthusiast would approach their grill as an adversary to be pursued and wasted.

    But aside from what I consider poor marketing, the Thermal Predator is an IR thermometer gun with great features. Unlike the other three in our review, this oneaspectlike it belongs in the kitchen. Its striking blue color is a refreshing change from the others' industrial-looking yellow, red, gray and black.

    It's the smallest in our review roundup at 4.8 × 1.5 × 6 inches. Clean and compact, it weighs 4.2 ounces. Other features include an easy-to-use battery door, audio feedback that signals when temperatures are outside of the desired range, and a switchable backlight so you can read the display day or night.

    Included in the box is a neoprene sleeve that improves grip comfort. Of course, it's camo and black to match the kill-the-enemy theme. The trigger has a hold button in case you need to get sustained readings without hand cramping.

    This is the company's first product to launch exclusively on Amazon in 2014. Now it can be found on eBay and other sellers. They have been known to contact new owners to verify their satisfaction. Purchasing the Predator will automatically sign you up for helpful usage tips, some have found this annoying. You can opt out of receiving these emails.

    The manufacturer lacks useful information such as the D/S ratio or the emissivity. And I'm a bit confused as to why they would offer a 60 day money back guarantee on a product with a 1 month return policy.

    But it does what it was made for well. It's useful if you run your grill at different temperatures, say you want to steam veggies on one side while chops do their thing on the other side. Inside the house, Predator was used to find arctic stains in the fridge.


    • Temperature range from -58°F to 1022°F
    • easy to read display
    • The backlight can be switched on and off
    • Iron Clad 60 Day Money Back Guarantee

    In contrast

    • 1 MONTH right of return
    • unknown emissivity
    • no memory read
    • Missing D/S ratio
    • The manufacturer's website offers relatively little information, and there are no manuals
    • Emissivity fixed at 0.95

    If the name and marketing can be overlooked, I think the Thermal Predator is a solid choice for keeping temperatures down. It's fast, clean, relatively inexpensive, and accurate.

    How to choose the best infrared thermometer for cooking

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    Here are the features to consider when deciding which infrared food thermometer is best for your particular needs.


    Infrared thermometers measure the infrared emitted by a hot surface to assess temperature. However, different surfaces made of different materials emit different IR values ​​at the same temperature.

    If you didn't change the settings and tried to measure, for example, light gray concrete and dark black asphalt, both materials having exactly the same actual temperature, you would get very different readings, with one or both possibly wrong.

    You should be able to set an "emissivity" value in your infrared thermometer to account for the different emissivity characteristics of different surfaces and adjust the setting to suit the material you are measuring.

    When working with a variety of cooking surfaces (metal, wood, salt, ceramic), adjustable emissivity is an important feature.

    And when they have the feature, they usually come with a handy chart for you to follow. It sounds complicated, but it's really easy once you see the instructions.

    temperature range

    Temperature range is more important for industrial applications because realistically, when preparing food, you don't care if a thermometer can read 1200°F. The highest temperatures you'll want to measure might be 750 degrees Fahrenheit, give or take. for the inside of a pizza oven.

    Every laser cooking thermometer we've included on this list easily exceeds the higher temperatures you need to measure when cooking.

    See also

    • Best meat thermometer
    • The best thermometer for smokers
    • The best cordless meat thermometer
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    Switching between Celsius and Fahrenheit

    Depending on where you are in the world, what temperature units you are used to, and what recipes you follow, you may want temperatures to be displayed in either Celsius or Fahrenheit.

    It's definitely a feature that every infrared cooking thermometer should have and to my knowledge they all have, I haven't seen one without this possible setting change.


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    Of course, the best infrared cooking thermometer needs to be accurate as a measuring tool. Otherwise, what's the point? It would be a useless tool.

    The thing is, however, that the more accurate a thermometer is, the more expensive it tends to be, as more accurate and expensive sensors and electronics are required during manufacture.

    However, I think people are unnecessarily obsessed with precision. It is very important in an instant-read thermometer that measures the internal temperature of food or in a health thermometer that measures body temperature, but not so much in an infrared thermometer.

    Do you really care if your searing surface is 530 F or 536 F? Or if your pizza oven is 605 F or 612 F? No...or you shouldn't.

    So an accuracy of +/- 5 degrees is easy enough, maybe even +/- 10F, although every thermometer we've seen is better than this.


    Cost can be a factor when considering what best suits your needs.

    Once you get a laser thermometer, you may find more uses than you thought possible. Because it's fun to use.

    It can encourage you to get involved in making candy, beer or soap. You might find yourself galloping around the house checking windows and doors for drafts, or you might have gotten the idea.

    grip and weight

    The grip and weight of an infrared temperature gun can be important if you have arthritis or other hand grip issues.

    Having an ergonomic design is important for some users. It's certainly worth considering.


    Belt clips are fundamental for these thermometers.

    Tripods can be ordered or supplied with industrial models when sustained measurements are required. But seldom would something like that be useful for the grill or the kitchen; unless you have something that depends on reaching or maintaining a certain temperature.

    One model in Roundup testing comes with a nifty, reversible neoprene sleeve designed to improve grip. But then the pretty color of the thermometer darkens.

    What is a Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer?

    One of the biggest challenges when measuring the temperature of extremely hot or cold materials is getting a good reading with certainty.

    An infrared (IR) thermometer is one of many types of thermometers and belongs to the radiant heat thermometer family, which allows you to measure temperatures from a few centimeters to a few meters away from the grill.

    For this reason, they are called non-contact or non-contact thermometers. A more descriptive term is temperature gun due to its L-shape and the way the temperature is measured: point and pull the trigger.

    Originally designed for industrial use, they are accurate to within 1 to 2 percent of the desired temperature. But when grilling or in the kitchen, industrial precision is not important.

    Most IR thermometers have a laser, basically an index finger, that indicates the area to be measured. These small devices can be used for a variety of food-related purposes, as can be seen in the video below:

    But let's start from the beginning. What is infrared?

    Infrared simply explained

    In 1800, British scientist Frederick Herschel tested a theorythat different light waves had different temperatures, discovered higher temperatures in aouttest area.

    He called this invisible light heat rays, but it eventually came to be known as infrared waves or light, the most common type of light produced by our sun.

    Infrared has been used for heating in scientific, industrial, and medical applicationsjdetect temperature. It only measures the outside or surface temperature of an object and does so without contact.


    In the specifications of your non-contact infrared thermometer you will most likely find an indication of whether the device can be adjusted for othersEmission level.

    Emissivity is a measure of a material's ability to emit or absorb light. If you plan on not using a thermometer for cooking or use a variety of cooking surfaces, you'll need a model with an adjustable emissivity to ensure you get an accurate reading.

    Emissivity tables can be found atseveral fuentesonline.

    Advantages of non-contact IR thermometers

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    • You won't burn your hand trying to take a temperature because you and your thermometer don't have to be near the grill.
    • It takes an infrared thermometer milliseconds to take a temperature reading, faster than you can mutter "Ouch, hundred, Ooch, two hundred."
    • Cross contamination of food is avoided.


    • Ambient temperature changes can alter a reading if they change suddenly.
    • Radio frequencies can give a reading of 3 volts per meter or more.
    • Infrared cannot measure the temperature of transparent (glass, water) or shiny (metal) materials.

    When would a chef use an infrared thermometer?

    To check the cooking surface- Metal, stone, block of salt - to see if it's ready to sizzle. Perfect for checking the temperature of the base in a wood fired pizza oven or otherflat iron, for example.

    For monitoring different temperatures on the grill; Suppose you are heating sauce or steaming vegetables on the right side and grilling chops on the left.

    Make sure the temperature remains optimal during a temperature-sensitive cooking process; For example, melted chocolate should stay between 104° and 113°F.

    When you need to know more than the controls on your cooker tell you; Setting the burner to High or 9 doesn't tell you when the pan is at 400F and ready to sear the flavor into a prime steak.

    For calculating defrosting and cooking timesfor a large frozen or fried bird.

    To find arctic pointsin the refrigerator.

    When NOT to use it

    When testing food to see if it's done. Again, infrared only measures the surface, the exterior of your target. You will need a probe thermometer to determine if the interior is ready.

    measurement through glass. While it's a cool effect to see the laser go through one side of a glass container and out the other, the IR wave stops at the edge. Specially treated glass can transmit IR, but that's more in the realm of insulated windows and solar panels.

    measurement through water. Ditto above. To measure a cup or pan of heated water, you must give it a good stir before aiming the laser directly at the water.

    Calculate the temperature of a metal pan. A material like stainless steel reflects the room temperature outwards; An IR thermometer will only show you the temperature of the room. To get an accurate temperature for the pan, aim for the bottom or side.

    Use IR thermometer correctly

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    For the best measurement, hold the thermometer at a 90 degree angle to what you are measuring. This gives the blob a clean edge, which allows for better reading.

    Know the distance-to-point ratio (D/S) or distance to your device's target. It can also be called an optical reference. In the specs, find two numbers framing two dots. The ratio describes the size of the area measured by your distance. The ratio is typically 8:1 to 12:1, meaning you can get an accurate temperature in a 1 diameter gap while being 8 to 12 feet away. In general, the further back you are, the larger the area measured. A premium infrared thermometer would have a D/S ratio of 12:1 or more.

    The red dot of the laser isnowhere the temperature is measured. Since infrared cannot be seen, the laser is a finger pointing at the general area. The actual measurement can be within a certain diameter on the side, bottom or top. Some thermometers have two lasers that frame the measurement area between the points. The user manual should describe the location of the measurement area in detail.

    When measuring the temperature of the grill, make sure you don't aim past the grate and take the temperature of what's underneath. Heat a griddle or pan on the grill and read the temperature from there.

    Keep the IR thermometer steady in one area. Especially with large dishes, the temperature can vary from part to part, since the cooking speed varies depending on the fat/water/muscle/fiber composition. Different temperatures can also be found in pans, grills and salt blocks.

    For safety, resist the urge to keep your eyes on anything with the laser. any laser candamage eyes.

    Now that you know the basics of the science, features, and uses of an IR thermometer, you should be better informed to choose the best model for your specific needs.


    An infrared food thermometer is useful for many reasons. No-touch functionality is key to the basics of safety: reduced risk of burns or injuries and minimal risk of transferring bacteria from fish to meat, poultry or vegetables.

    There are also so many non-food applications that this tool should not be left idle.

    So which is the best infrared thermometer out of the four products reviewed in the summary? If you only look at the function and not the marketing, I would have chosen the Thermal Predator. But you lose because the emissivity cannot be adjusted.

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    So, as far as speed, grip, distance-to-point ratio, and why being able to measure temperature on a variety of surfaces is so important, despite the higher cost and lack of written instructions that62 Max+ from Flukewins our nomination for Best Infrared Thermometer.

    Which features are most important to you? What uses have you found for your non-contact thermometer? Let us know in the comments below.


    What is the most accurate non contact forehead thermometer? ›

    The Braun Digital No-Touch Forehead Thermometer was by far the best we tested. This thermometer guides you through the entire temperature-taking process with directions conveniently printed right on the front of the thermometer.

    Who makes the most accurate no touch thermometer? ›

    The Best Non-Contact Thermometers to Get a Quick, Accurate...
    • Best Overall. iHealth No-Touch Forehead Thermometer. ...
    • For Family Use. iProven NCT-978. ...
    • Smart. Withings Thermo Smart Temporal Thermometer. ...
    • Budget. Vibeey Infrared Digital Thermometer. ...
    • For Small Businesses. Gekka Wall-Mounted Infrared Forehead Thermometer.
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    Which brand is good for infrared thermometer? ›

    Omron MC 720 Non-Contact Digital Infrared Forehead Thermometer. Omron non-contact thermometer is another popular option you can buy online. You can easily switch the readings between Celcius and Fahrenheit to be comfortable while checking your temperature.

    What non contact thermometers do hospitals use? ›

    The Hospital Grade No Contact Thermometer - Hammacher Schlemmer. This is the infrared thermometer used by hospitals for its convenient and hygienic operationthat provides an accurate temperature reading in only one second without touching the patient.

    What no touch thermometers do hospitals use? ›

    Non-Contact Thermometers

    Hospital thermometers such as TRITEMP™ use sophisticated TAP&TAKE technology, meaning that the healthcare professional simply aims the device at the patient's forehead, and receives an accurate core body temperature reading in seconds.

    Are non contact infrared thermometers accurate? ›

    Research has shown that, when used correctly, infrared or no-contact thermometers are just as accurate as oral or rectal thermometers. No-contact thermometers are popular among pediatricians, as kids often squirm around when trying to get a temperature read, but it also holds true in mass temperature screenings.

    Where should I take my forehead temperature without touching it? ›

    Aim the probe of the thermometer at the center of the forehead and maintain a distance of less than 1.18in(3cm) away (the ideal distance will be the width of an adult finger). Do not touch the forehead directly.

    How accurate are non contact digital thermometers? ›

    The sensitivity and specificity for the non-contact thermometer is 97%. The negative predictive value is 99%, which is especially important to rule out fever and avoid unnecessary laboratory work-up.

    How reliable are forehead thermometers? ›

    They have good levels of accuracy, and a person can use a forehead thermometer at home. However, other forms of temperature readings, including oral, rectal, and ear readings, may provide greater accuracy and be more suitable for use in hospital settings.

    How do I choose an infrared thermometer? ›

    Factors to Consider When Selecting IR Thermometer
    1. Accuracy. The most crucial aspect of any thermometer is its accuracy. ...
    2. Emissivity. Emissivity shows how much infrared energy a thermometer can put out at a time. ...
    3. Temperature Range. ...
    4. Reading Speed or Response Time. ...
    5. Design. ...
    6. Backlit Display. ...
    7. Warranty.

    What infrared thermometers are FDA approved? ›

    List of FDA-Approved Infrared Thermometers
    • 1.1 Berrcom JXB-190 Infrared Thermometer.
    • 1.2 iHealth Thermopile Infrared Vibration Thermometer.
    • 1.3 Braun NTF300 Infrared Forehead Thermometer.
    • 1.4 Anthsania Infrared Forehead Thermometer.
    • 1.5 iHealth Infrared Forehead Thermometer.
    • 1.6 Braun ThermoScan 3 Infrared Ear Thermometer.
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    What is the most accurate type of temperature sensor? ›

    An RTD is the most accurate and stable temperature sensor and is more linear than a thermocouple or thermistor. However, RTDs are the slowest and most expensive temperature sensors. Therefore, they fit precision applications where accuracy is critical while speed and cost are less important.

    What forehead thermometer do doctors use? ›

    Remote forehead thermometers use an infrared scanner to measure the temperature of the temporal artery in the forehead. The pros: A remote temporal artery thermometer can record a person's temperature quickly and are easily tolerated. Remote temporal artery thermometers are appropriate for children of any age.

    What is considered a fever on a non contact thermometer? ›

    Forehead temperature in excess of 35.6°C (96.1°F) is suggestive of fever.

    What is the most noninvasive method of temperature taking? ›

    Non-invasive methods for measuring temperature include using the temporal, tympanic, axillary and oral sites (Barnason et al 2012). Gasim et al (2013) found that measuring tympanic temperature was simple to undertake and provided a quick temperature reading.

    How accurate is the Berrcom non-contact infrared thermometer? ›

    Non-Contact Measurement

    With bothering the baby and they feel no discomfort, the thermometer with high-end sensors is of high accuracy to detect and read the temperature within 1 second, with ±0.2℃ Tolerance.

    What temperature is a fever on forehead? ›

    Your child has a fever if the temp is above 100° F (37.8° C).

    How do you calibrate a non-contact infrared thermometer? ›

    This can be achieved in a few different ways. However, the simplest way to help calibrate a non-contact thermometer is to create an ice bath for the thermometer to measure. Luckily, this can be done by using a large glass rather than having to fill up an entire bathtub.

    Do you add a degree for no touch forehead thermometer? ›

    A temporal thermometer will read at about 0.5 to 1 degree lower than an oral thermometer, so you need to add 0.5 to 1 degree to get what your temperature would read orally. For example, if your forehead temperature read as 98.5°F, you could actually have a low-grade fever of 99.5°F or higher.

    What is normal forehead temperature with infrared thermometer? ›

    Normal forehead skin temperature can vary several degrees depending on your environment (indoors or out), exercise, perspiration, direct heat or air conditioning, etc. It would be normal to read an actual forehead skin surface temperature between 91F and 94F if using a general-purpose infrared thermometer.

    Does room temp affect forehead thermometer? ›

    The accuracy of all electronic instruments is affected by the temperature of the environment in which they are being used. Large changes in the ambient temperature can introduce error in the readings of the device. This is also true for infrared thermometers.

    How accurate is the Hawkeye non contact thermometer? ›

    The temperature displays quickly with a response time of less than 2-seconds. It measures between 91.4 degree to 109.4 degree F (33 degree to 43 degree C), with an accuracy of ±0.4 degree F (plus/minus 0.2 degree C).

    Which electronic thermometer is more accurate? ›

    Both laboratory and clinical studies show that there is no significant difference in the average accuracy of the two types of thermometers, however there is a greater fluctuation of readings of temperature when using electronic thermometers.

    What is the fastest thermometer which gives the most accurate result? ›

    Tympanic thermometers provide fast and accurate readings and may be preferable to oral or rectal thermometers, especially in children.

    Which digital thermometers are most accurate? ›

    Among different types of digital thermometers, a rectal temperature is typically considered to be the most accurate, especially in young children; beyond that, forehead temperatures are the second most accurate, followed by oral and ear, then armpit.

    Which is better oral or forehead thermometer? ›

    A forehead (temporal) scanner is usually 0.3°C (0.5°F) to 0.6°C (1°F) lower than an oral temperature.

    How accurate are Braun forehead thermometers? ›

    Raj Kasbekar, global vice president for regulatory affairs for Kaz, the company that manufactures Braun thermometers, said: “The two convenient, noninvasive options for temperature taking offered by the Braun No touch + forehead thermometer have been tested to be clinically accurate within +/- 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit, ...

    Are all infrared thermometers the same? ›

    Infrared thermometers are tools used to quickly measure the surface temperature of an object without touching it. There is a critical difference between industrial IR thermometers and Medical IR thermometers when the data from these devices contribute to decisions that affect humans.

    Are there different types of infrared thermometers? ›

    There are three basic types of infrared thermometer optics, each with its own advantages and disadvantages: fresnel lens thermometers, mica lens thermometers and no-lens thermometers. It is also important to give some thought to the intended range of temperature you are likely to measure with your infrared thermometer.

    Is there a difference between infrared thermometers? ›

    Clinical non-contact IR thermometers are designed to produce highly accurate measurements over a very narrow range of temperatures (also known as "biological range"). In comparison, industrial IR thermometers are designed to produce slightly less accurate measurements over an enormous range of temperatures.

    Are no contact infrared thermometers accurate? ›

    Research has shown that, when used correctly, infrared or no-contact thermometers are just as accurate as oral or rectal thermometers. No-contact thermometers are popular among pediatricians, as kids often squirm around when trying to get a temperature read, but it also holds true in mass temperature screenings.

    Which non contact thermometer is FDA approved? ›

    Braun ThermoScan 3 Infrared Ear Thermometer

    If you want an infrared ear thermometer, the ThermoScan 3 is approved by the FDA. It's a bit pricier than other options but does give speedy readings and is accurate (if you keep it clean and use it correctly!).

    Which type of thermometer is the most accurate? ›

    Digital thermometers are the most accurate way to measure body temperature. There are many types, including oral, rectal, and forehead, plus many that are multifunctional.

    What thermometer does the NHS use? ›

    Kinetik Wellbeing Inner Ear Thermometer – Used by The NHS – in Association with St John Ambulance. Only 13 left in stock.

    Where should you point a no touch thermometer? ›

    妻1.18in (3cm) other objects or the environment. Aim the probe of the thermometer at the center of the forehead and maintain a distance of less than 1.18in(3cm) away (the ideal distance will be the width of an adult finger). Do not touch the forehead directly. Gently press the measurement button [ ] to start measuring.

    How accurate is the Hawkeye non-contact thermometer? ›

    The temperature displays quickly with a response time of less than 2-seconds. It measures between 91.4 degree to 109.4 degree F (33 degree to 43 degree C), with an accuracy of ±0.4 degree F (plus/minus 0.2 degree C).

    Which temperature devices are the most accurate and sensitive? ›

    An RTD is the most accurate and stable temperature sensor and is more linear than a thermocouple or thermistor. However, RTDs are the slowest and most expensive temperature sensors.

    What is the most unreliable thermometer? ›

    A temporal artery thermometer may be more expensive than other types of thermometers. This type of thermometer may be less accurate than other types. Direct sunlight, cold temperatures or a sweaty forehead can affect temperature readings.

    What thermometer do doctors offices use? ›

    Digital thermometers are medical instruments which are used to measure temperature.

    Which type of thermometer is most accurate NHS? ›

    Digital ear thermometers

    This helps you get a more accurate temperature.

    Which digital thermometer do hospitals use? ›

    This is the NT-001 Rapid No-Touch thermometer is a good option to choose. It is TGA registered and is commonly used in medical practices.


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