With everything that’s happened over the past year, renewed importance has been placed on taking your temperature regularly. It’s a fast, easy, and affordable way to keep tabs on your health, especially in these days of COVID-19. While oral thermometers are reliable, non-contact models (like the ones we’ve reviewed here) are better for rapid temperature checks and large groups of people, as they can give you faster, more accurate results without the chance of spreading germs.
Check out quick info below on the top five contactless thermometers, then scroll deeper for full reviews of these models plus other high-ranking options.
How We Selected and Rated Them
To determine the best non-contact thermometers, we researched expert sources such as Health, Forbes, and Tom’s Guide, as well as 26,000 consumer reviews. Our Consumer Score represents the percentage of customers who rated the product at least four out of five stars on retail and review sites like Amazon, Walmart, and manufacturers’ webpages.
Consumer Score: 82% gave it 4 stars or more
Glowing reviews praise the design and ease of use.
This model topped many a list of the best non-contact thermometers. And while it has a sleek and sophisticated design, it uses three sensors to give you an accurate reading every time. iHealth built in a large, easy-to-read screen, and the PT3 will vibrate as a quick indicator that it’s done grabbing the temperature. Bonus: It comes with a one-year warranty and batteries included.
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Consumer Score: 90% gave it 4 stars or more
Quick reading, and accurate every time.
This affordable option is great for families as it reads temperatures of every age with impressive accuracy. The NCT-978 takes one second to read—ideal for fussy children—and uses color and sound alerts if it picks up a high temperature. It can work from up to two inches away.
Withings Thermo Smart Temporal Thermometer
Consumer Score: 88% gave it 4 stars or more
Keep track of your temp over time.
If you want as much info as possible, get this smart thermometer. It takes an accurate reading in two seconds when you hold it close to the temple and sends the result to an app on your phone. The app will then store your temperature and is able to keep track of your results over time so that you can see trends and recognize when something is off. (You can plug in any medications you may be taking, as well.) And it can do that for up to eight people if you want to log temps for a family.
Consumer Score: 85% gave it 4 stars or more
For a low cost, you can detect a high temperature.
Most of us don’t want to shell out more than $40 for a thermometer. Good then that this one is under $20 and has some great features, including color indication (red for fever, yellow for high temperature), and can accurately take the temperature of all of your family members, infant to elderly. The display is large and bright, which makes it easy to read, and it’s small enough to slip in a bag or backpack if you need to take it with you.
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Gekka Wall-Mounted Infrared Forehead Thermometer
Consumer Score: 78% gave it 4 stars or more
Placed on a wall, ready for high traffic.
This thermometer is designed for reading many temperatures quickly. To that end, you can fix it to a wall for ease of use, say near an entrance to a store or office. It takes temperatures in less than a second so long as it’s within four inches of the subject—plus, it will flash red and set off an alarm if someone’s temp is higher than normal. It runs on batteries or charging via a USB. Some reviewers noted that it wasn’t 100 percent accurate, but it’s close enough (within a degree or two) to let you know when a temperature is above normal.
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