When your little one is sick, you want accurate information, and you want it now. Determining how high the fever is, whether it is within the range that indicates the body is fighting the illness or whether it has risen to a dangerous temperature, is essential.

Ahead, we’ll take a look at some of the best ear thermometer options for kids, along with some helpful information to make shopping easier.

Comparison Table

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Types Of Ear Thermometers

There are several different types of thermometers. Some are better designed for children. Digital thermometers are fast and accurate. They measure the temperature with a sensor at the end that touches the body. Digital thermometers have been designed for oral, rectal and axillary use.

Kids often can’t hold under the tongue thermometers correctly. Taking a child’s temperature under the arm is one of the least accurate ways of getting a reading. Rectal thermometers are recommended for infants up to three months of age.

Glass mercury thermometers are not recommended. If the thermometer breaks, there is a chance of a child inhaling the dangerous compound accidentally. Fever strip thermometers are not considered a reliable way to gauge body temperature.

Temporal artery thermometers are a good alternative for young children since the measurement is taken on the forehead, but they may not be as reliable as digital thermometers.

Medicines and thermometer

Ear thermometers are an excellent way to measure a child’s body temperature. Digital ear thermometers (tympanic membrane) are recommended for children six months of age and older. An ear thermometer uses an infrared ray to determine the heat radiated through the tympanic membrane inside the ear canal.

Using an ear thermometer is reasonably straightforward. Turn it on. Place it in your child’s ear. Follow the directions that came with that particular model thermometer to make sure you have inserted it the proper distance into the ear.

Hold the thermometer in place until you hear the signal that it has finished reading. Remove it from the child’s ear and check the temperature.  You can use a cotton swab and alcohol to sanitize the tip of the thermometer after each use. Excessive earwax buildup or an irregularly curved ear canal may interfere with the accuracy of the temperature reading.

How We Chose Our Ratings

Your child’s health is nothing to mess around with. When we looked at ear thermometers to bring you the ten best models we examined some specific aspects. We wanted a device that was fast, accurate, easy to read and simple to clean. We also considered customer satisfaction ratings. Several models had some distinguishing characteristics that we liked, and we included those as well.

It’s often tough to get a sick child to stay still long enough for an accurate temperature reading. Therefore, the speed of the reading is a vitally important consideration. Many of the ear thermometers have a reading rate of just a few seconds, exactly what the harried parent wants to hear.

Accuracy and consistency are of paramount importance to you as a parent. If your child is ill, you want to be able to relay accurate information to the doctor. If the temperature readings are wildly divergent, you won’t be able to do that.

The best ear thermometer options will have large, clear numbers with a backlit display to make it easier to diagnose fever in the middle of the night.

You don’t want to cross-contaminate the household, so a good ear thermometer is easy to clean. Some thermometers come with disposable caps while others wipe down easily with a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol.

Top 10 Best Ear Thermometers For Kids

Kinsa Digital Smart Ear Thermometer

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For fast and reliable temperature readings, you can’t do better than the Kinsa Digital Smart Ear Thermometer. Readings take one-second, which is precisely the right amount of time with a squirming toddler in your lap. It does not use disposable plastic sleeves. Instead, the BPA and Latex-free sensor can be cleaned with a bit of alcohol and a soft cloth.

The Kinsa thermometer can interact with most iOS or Android smartphones via Bluetooth to track your family’s fever history, remind you to administer medications and offer suggestions on when you should go to the doctor. The thermometer has a battery life of 1,000 readings or two years and uses 2 AAA batteries which are included.

A beep lets you know when the temperature reading is finished. The temperature is displayed on a large backlit screen. The thermometer is not waterproof but is water resistant. A storage cap keeps the thermometer clean between uses. It’s been FDA-cleared for safety and accuracy for all ages. The Kinsa Digital Smart Ear Thermometer meets  ASTM and ISO standards for professional accuracy. Readings can be taken in Fahrenheit or Celsius. Our rating: 5 / 5 stars

Braun ThermoScan 5 IRT4520 Ear Thermometer

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To use the Braun Thermoscan 5 IRT4520 Ear Thermometer, you must put on a lens cap. It has a flashing light and beep to let you know the thermometer is positioned correctly. The thermometer will store eight readings.

The color-coded display helps you determine the severity of the fever based on the age of your child. It’s one of the few ear thermometers that is designed with a flexible top to read the temperature of a newborn accurately.

The tip is pre-warmed which adds to the comfort level and accuracy of the temperature reading. It has a night light feature for nighttime readings. It comes with 21 disposable hygiene caps. It has a two-year or 350 reading battery life. Our rating: 5 / 5 stars

iProven DMT-489 Thermometer

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If you want the option of ear or forehead capability, then check out the iProven DMT-489 Thermometer. You can switch easily between the two functions to meet every illnesses demand.

The temperature reading is clear and backlit with color coding, so you know exactly when to contact a doctor. The temperature will be in green for normal temperature, light green for a temperature above 99.5 °F, pink for above 100.4 °F, and red for a temperature of 101.4 °F or above.

Ear readings are quick; forehead readings take about 3 seconds. The thermometer stores the last 20 measurements. It comes with a storage bag rather than hard-case.  Our rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Braun Thermoscan 3 Ear Thermometer

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Braun has another ear thermometer we approve of! The Thermoscan 3 Ear Thermometer measures your child’s temperature in one-second and beeps to indicate fever. One beep is normal; two beeps indicate elevated temperature, and four beeps mean high temperature.

Its design is suitable for newborns as well as older children. The battery compartment is made with a safety lock to prevent curious fingers from opening it. The device records the last reading to help you track temperature fluctuations.

The sterile disposable lens filters are BPA and latex free. The Thermoscan 3 comes with 21 filters, one three-volt lithium battery, and a protective cap. Our rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Beurer FT58 Ear Thermometer

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The large blue illuminated LCD, measuring position sensor, and one-button operation makes the Beurer FT58 Ear Thermometer a good product for fussy children. It has three measurement options, ear, object, and room.

The fever alarm sounds when your child’s temperature is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or more. The sound can be turned off so as not to wake a sleeping baby and instead a smile/frown icon helps you interpret the fever level.

The device stores ten previous readings in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. It comes with ten protective caps, batteries and a storage case. Our rating: 4 / 5 stars

SMARTRO Ear And Forehead Thermometer

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The FDA-approved dual-use SMARTRO Ear and Forehead Thermometer provides a temperature reading in about a second. One button provides temperature measurements for forehead, ear or objects. Another button stores 20 temperature readings.

If your baby’s temperature is over 38℃/100.4℉, the thermometer will beep, which can be muted, and the backlight will turn red to indicate fever. The large LCD is backlit and shows the temperature in both Fahrenheit and Celsius.  Our rating: 4 / 5 stars

Digital Infrared Ear Thermometer EET-302

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Easy@Home’s Digital Infrared Ear Thermometer EET-302 will give you comparative temperature readings for the body, object surface, and room. This option, while nice to have, makes using it a bit more complicated. You have to hold down several buttons until you get the EAR setting rather than the AIR setting.

Once you have the correct setting, it’s quick and accurate and stores the last ten measurements with a clock setup to keep track of how the illness is progressing in real time. It has a backlit display to easily read at night and a fever alarm. The EET-302 requires a new probe cover for each reading, making it both safe and sanitary. Our rating 3.5 / 5 stars

Innovo 2018 EF100 Forehead And Ear Thermometer

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The Innovo 2018 EF100 Forehead and Ear Thermometer is another dual-purpose ear and forehead thermometer. You can switch between the two options by pressing HEAD for a forehead reading and EAR for an ear reading.

The device stores 20 readings in either Fahrenheit or Celsius. If the temperature reading is above 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit, the thermometer beeps seven times, and the light flickers on and off. The upgraded AccuSense Sensor meets FDA standards. The temperature reading is large and clear. The tip can be cleaned easily with alcohol and a cotton swab. Our rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Enji Care Digital Infrared Baby Ear Thermometer

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The Digital Infrared Baby Ear Thermometer by Enji Care has a 1 second reading time in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. It’s able to store ten readings. This thermometer has an auto-shutoff ability and a large LCD.

It’s easy to clean with a bit of water and rubbing alcohol. It comes with a storage case. The manufacturer says that you can use this thermometer for your fur babies (cats and dogs) as well. Our rating 3 / 5 stars

Care Touch Digital Infrared Ear Thermometer

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The FDA-approved Care Touch Digital Infrared Ear Thermometer will give you both a Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature reading in two seconds and sound the alarm if your child has a fever. It stores the last ten readings for comparison purposes.

The display is extra large for easy reading. The ear tip is smooth plastic making it easier to insert into the ear canal. It has an auto shut-off feature to save batteries and comes with a two-year manufacturer warranty against defects. Our rating: 3 / 5 stars

Buyer’s Guide

When choosing the best ear thermometer for your child, you want to take into consideration:

  • Age of child
  • Fahrenheit or Celsius
  • Complexity
  • Sound

Age Of Child

Most ear thermometers are designed for infants at least six months old. Younger children have tiny ear canals which might prevent the device from giving the most accurate reading. A few ear thermometers are suitable for children younger than six months, although pediatricians recommend rectal thermometers for children that age.

Fahrenheit Or Celsius

Are you more comfortable reading temperatures in Fahrenheit or Celsius? Does the thermometer you are looking at provide temperatures in the measurement system you are accustomed to using? Many ear thermometers provide temperature readings in both Fahrenheit and Celsius, but it’s best to check before purchasing.


An ear thermometer must be positioned correctly and at the right depth in the ear canal for an accurate reading. Several models have sensors to help you situate it appropriately. Others are a little more complex to use, like those that measure the room, object and body temperature. You need to make sure that the thermometer is on the correct setting before using. How easy will that be for you to do at 2 am with a crying baby in your arms?

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You should decide whether or not you want the ear thermometer makes a beep when the reading is complete. Other ear thermometers have fever alarms to alert you immediately. Would the beep or fever alarm startle your sick baby? Are these options you want to have on your next ear thermometer?

We hope that your child remains healthy and fit. When that’s not the case, having the best ear thermometer on hand will help you treat your child’s illness appropriately.

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