Pros: Easy to use, tells you when it's positioned, big "nightlight" display, beeps when done
Cons: No rectal guard
We own a plethora of thermometers. Seriously, we have one ear thermometer, two digital rectal thermometers, one glass thermometer, and five regular digital thermometers. It's not that we get sick that often, honestly, but when we do I like to get a quick and accurate reading. And each time I purchased a new thermometer, I would find little faults with it (nitpicky things).... and so I'd try another one. That is, until I found the B-D Digital Thermometer.
So Tell Me About this Wonderous Thermometer
What, you have to be wondering, could be so great about a thermometer? Well, I can tell you why I like this thermometer in two words. It Works.
It works, that is, just as it is intended to. It works quickly, it works accurately, and it works every single time. When I need an accurate thermometer, this is the one I reach for... and how often do you really want an inaccurate thermometer?
When I need a quick & dirty reading, I grab the ear thermometer. It's fast, and it's less invasive -- especially with my kids. But ear thermometers are notoriously inaccurate, as I found out in a medical emergency (See my review on the Thermoscan at http://research.epinions.com/kifm-review-22E2-15B8110-3894B603-prod3). So when I need to verify the ear thermometer, I grab the BD Digital thermometer.
When we were trying to get pregnant - both times - we were charting my basal body temperature. This meant I had to take my temperature first thing in the morning - every morning - and I had to do it before I got out of bed. I will admit that I actually tried to use the ear thermometer for two weeks, and saw 1-2 degree swings from day to day. With the BD Digital Thermometer, I was able to get a fast and accurate reading, allowing me to dash off to the restroom (!) or to grab my son if he was crying, without waiting for a glass thermometer.
Specs & Features
There really isn't that much to say about a standard digital thermometer -- although never let it be said that this would stop me from trying! This is a simple cream colored thermometer, with a plastic casing. The lid slips off but stores over the top so it is "clean" inside (I always wash it off after use, so it's clean and ready to go the next time). It has a nice big display, and it's bright enough to see in the dark.
It takes only a few seconds to get ready - three, to be exact. When you turn it on (with a single push of a button) it boots up to the last temperature given, then displays a blank display. You simply place it where you want to take your temperature (orally, rectally, or axillary) and hold it in place until it beeps again. Typically you will get a signal alerting you that your temperature is ready in under a minute. The new versions (I have one of these) beep when it is properly positioned and continues to beep every four seconds, so you know that it is in place and measuring. If it stops beeping, it is no longer getting a signal and you need to reposition it.
When you're done, you push the same button to turn it off. If you forget, it will automatically shut off in about 30 minutes. It comes with a lifetime warranty, as well. Finally, BD has developed a system to compensate for the inaccuracies generally presented with plastic (versus glass) thermometers, so if you want an extremely accurate thermometer, this one will match a glass thermometer.
It's also water-resistant so you can wash it clean when you are done, with either soap and water or rubbing alcohol, or both if appropriate. I will admit that of the five digital thermometers we own, four are BD Digital Thermometers -- and one of those is a dedicated "rectal" thermometer. It's exactly the same thermometer; however, since I needed to use it for a rectal measurement on my daughter when she was small, I painted the top of the lid AND the top of the thermometer with red nailpolish and wrote RECTAL in large letters on the front of the thermometer. We keep it on the top shelf of the kid's bathroom cabinet -- just to avoid any nasty mixups. I will say no more, but you know what I mean.
Nonetheless, when you need to take a rectal temperature, there is nothing worse than wondering if your glass thermometer is ready or not -- with your extremely distressed infant bellowing at you to please remove that instrument from them right now! With the digital thermometer, you know that it is ready when it signals you, no more questions needed. I would add that this model has no "guard" on it (which my other two rectal thermometers do) to prevent over insertion, so you need to hold it firmly in place so it doesn't move while your infant is fighting it!
Sounds Great, Where Do I Get One?
BD Thermometers are available at most drugstores, and sometimes at Costco. I picked my first one up in a baby store for about $10, but have purchased the rest of them at Costco for $4.99. This is a wonderful price -- and a good enough thermometer -- to coax me into dropping an extra thermometer into my basket once or twice a year. I've also seen them online for about $8 - $10 at most online drugstores.
It gives me peace of mind to know that with my Becton Dickinson Digital Thermometer, I am getting a quick and accurate result every single time. That security (and hard to beat price) also has me keeping one of these in each bathroom - plus the dedicated rectal thermometer. You know, I think it's time that I rounded up all those inferior thermometers and tossed them out... because my BD digitals are here to stay.