Best Forehead Thermometers Reviewed


Dec 02
best forehead thermometer

Forehead thermometers are a popular choice. Comfortable, quick and easy to use on yourself and others. Really, when you're sick you don't want to be prodded and poked, and this is one of the reasons that the forehead thermometer is so popular. So we've had a look at the best forehead thermometers on offer to help you decide which is right for you. 

The Best 3 Forehead Thermometers

It wasn't long ago that forehead thermometers were not considered to be accurate enough. The preferred choice for an accurate temperature reading was a more intrusive method. Which really is no fun when you or your loved ones are sick. However, technology has advanced and now the forehead thermometer is much more accurate than before, and combined with the non-intrusive nature of the product, make it the thermometer of choice in many households. 


Easy @ Home 3 in 1 non-contact infrared forehead thermometer

(4.6 out of 5.0 )

  • Infrared technology to display accurate readings within a second. No physical contact necessary
  • Great for reading kids' temperatures. Read at a distance with no physical contact and get notified silently.
  • Decrease the chance of cross contamination of germs
  • Tri-color display based on temperature. Makes reading in the dark easier and colors relate to temperature reading
  • Doesn't work where there's hair or sweat in the way. So need to dry forehead and lift bangs to take a reading


iProven DMT-116A

( 4.9 out of 5.0 )

  • Temporal forehead thermometer with ear thermometer function (dual mode)
  • Clinically calibrated for medical use to give a very fast, very accurate reading
  • Works on people of all ages, from wiggly babies to adults
  • Easy to read screen with backlight for night time use
  • Easy to use - only 2 buttons, head and ear
  • Fever alarm. Records last 20 readings
  • Need to clean thermometer with cotton swabs and alcohol when using in ear mode to ensure accurate reading


Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer TAT-2000C

( 4.1 out of 5.0 )

  • Non-invasive system with advanced infra-red technology 
  • Takes readings with a gentle stroke of the forehead
  • Determines temperature by accurately measuring the balance between tissues warming from arterial blood and tissues cooling caused by heat loss
  • Takes readings with a gentle stroke of the forehead
  • If moisture present on forehead, need to adapt method to run along the forehead and then down behind the ear

Why Buy a Forehead Thermometer?

So what are your choices? Be warned, there are a lot! 

  • Traditional Analogue Thermometers measure the air or water in both F and C. Most of us associate this type of thermometer as the mercury thermometer of our childhoods. These days though, they are extremely difficult to purchase and are considered dangerous due to the risk of poison from spilled mercury. In fact, if you have one you are encouraged to stop using it and to dispose of it safely (consult your local health department for the right way to dispose of a mercury thermometer).
  • Digital Thermometers are very accurate and fast. They are though intrusive. They work in much the same way as the analogue, or mercury thermometer. Readings are taken under the arm, orally or rectally. Obviously you mustn't use the same thermometer for both oral and rectal readings. These are relatively easy to use but do require compliance from the sick person! 
  • Electronic Ear Thermometers measure the temperature inside of the ear. It works by reading the infrared heat that comes from inside the ear. You need to make sure that the thermometer is inside the ear in the right way according to the instructions, and may need to use different caps to adjust the size of the probe. Can be difficult to use on very small and wiggly babies. If there's too much ear wax readings can be inaccurate. 
  • Plastic Fever Strip Thermometers are not the way to go if you're looking for an exact reading. But they do give you a good idea of temperature and are quick and easy to use especially on young children. 
  • Forehead Thermometers are placed on the temporal artery. They can be contact or contactless. They're easy to use on people of all ages, and as technology advances they are becoming more and more accurate, which paired with their ease of use and non-intrusive nature, makes them a very popular choice. 

Some top tips to remember when taking a temperature: 

  1. The average normal oral temperature is 98.6F (37C)
  2. A rectal temperature is ?0.5F (0.3C) to 1F (0.6C) higher than oral temperature
  3. An ear temperature is 0.5F (0.3C) to 1F (0.6C) higher than an oral temperature
  4. An armpit temperature is normally 0.5F (0.3C) to 1F (0.6C) lower than an oral temperature
  5. A forehead temperature is usually 0.5F (0.3C) to 1F (0.6C) lower than an oral temperature.

So let's have a look at what you need to think about when buying a forehead thermometer.

What to Look Out for When Buying a Forehead Thermometer

Although all forehead thermometers work in the same basic way; by measuring the temporal artery temperature, there are differences in how they do this. 

  • Contact or non-contact. Some forehead thermometers measure the temperature using infra-red so that you don't actually touch the patient's skin at all. Others require a gentle sweep along the forehead.
  • Multi-Purpose vs. dual use. Some thermometers can also be used as an ear thermometer
  • Not just for the patient. Some forehead thermometers can offer extra functionality measuring the temperature of the room, milk and water! 
  • Ease of use on small children. If you're using your thermometer for small children, look out for features such as back lights and silent buttons so you can take a sick child's temperature without waking them! 

[ Youtube video explaining what to look out for when buying product ]

So once you've thought about how you'd like to use the thermometer and for whom, take a look at our top three. Hopefully one of these will be your perfect forehead thermometer. 

Detailed Reviews of the Best Forehead Thermometer

Each of our top three is easy to use, accurate and fast working. 

iProven DMT-116A Medical Forehead and Ear Thermometer

This thermometer is FDA approved. We found it to be extremely consistent and reliable and loved the dual mode option. 


  • Temporal forehead thermometer with ear thermometer function
  • Clinically calibrated for medical use
  • Simple to use - just two buttons Head and Ear. 
  • Backlit, fever alarm and records the last 20 readings

What's Good About It?

If you want a thermometer that does what you expect with minimal fuss and maximum accuracy this one is great. There's no waiting, just turn it on, select head or ear and go. You'll have your temperature reading quickly and easily. If you find that you can't use the forehead function so easily due to sweating, the ear option makes a brilliant back up. 

What Could Be Improved?

Very little. You do need to keep the device clean to ensure that the readings are accurate. But to be honest, you should always keep thermometers clean due to the risk of cross contamination. 

Easy@Home 3 in 1 Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer

This thermometer will work on your forehead but also measure surface and room temperature, which can be useful with babies. Again easy to use and gives accurate results. A really good forehead thermometer. 


  • Takes body temperature from a distance of 1.2 to 2 inches (3cm - 5cm) from the center of the forehead. 
  • Can also measure air and water/milk temperature. A useful feature when babies are concerned. 
  • FDA approved
  • Excellent for taking temperature of sleeping patients; it even has a silent button, beep and backlight. 
  • Very user-friendly with color-coded system for temperature readings (green, amber and red). 
  • Temperature displayed in either Fahrenheit or Celsius. 

What's Good About It?

This is a great thermometer if you are considering buying one for young children who are fussy about having their temperature taken. The ability to take a temperature reading without touching the child could be great if you have a sleeping patient! 

What Could Be Improved?

You need to remember to select "body" when taking a person's temperature to make sure that the thermometer calibrates correctly. Although this sounds relatively simple, if you're sick or worried about a sick loved one you could forget causing an inaccurate temperature. In a way we'd prefer this thermometer to simply measure people's temperature rather than also room and surface temperature just to make it simpler to use. 

Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer TAT-2000C

This thermometer again uses infrared to give you quick, accurate measurements with a gentle stroke of the forehead. It is extremely accurate and easy to use. 


  • Silver Ion Antimicrobial Head. This means that it destroys bacteria, mold, mildew and fungi naturally and safely. So probe covers are not required. 
  • Patented TemporalScanner thermometer provides arterial heat balance and accurately gives body temperature by measuring the balance between the tissues warming from arterial blood and cooling by heat loss. 

What's Good About It?

Gave very accurate readings and love the fact that it stays clean.

What Could Be Improved?

There is no backlight on the older versions (which unfortunately have the same model number!) This can be annoying if you want to read the temperature in a dark room. 

Also you need to push the button down whilst taking the reading. This is fine, but did take a little practise to get the hang of the technique. ?

Final Verdict on Best Forehead Thermometer

They are all great, but the iProven edged it. It was the easiest to use and gave accurate reading as did each of our top three. The dual functionality is great. I am really happy to use an ear thermometer myself, but this doesn't suit all of the family. With this forehead thermometer you actually have a 2-in-1 which is great for the whole family.