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The minute you feel those chills and aches you’ll want to whip out the thermometer to find out if you’re feverish. After all, a fever could mean the flu, or that you’re contagious. Thermometers have always been a handy health gadget, but they’ve also gone through major upgrades since we were kids. We’ve compiled a list of our favorites so that you can keep track of where you stand.
This is your traditional, bare-bones oral thermometer. There are no frills, but it’s effective; just place the device under your tongue and it will display your temperature. You can even move between Fahrenheit and Celsius. Simple.
The Braun Digital Ear Thermometer is a straightforward stick-it-in-your-ear thermometer that many of us remember from trips to the school nurse. Measuring infrared heat, this thermometer finds an accurate reading for yourself or your loved one.
The Withings Thermo automatically syncs to your smartphone, keeping track of your information for you. It also boasts a color LED strip that lets you know at a glance if your temperature is higher than normal. It can hold information for up to 8 users and its 16 infrared sensors can take up to 4,000 measurements to get a more accurate reading. It measures the heat coming from your forehead, so there’s little-to-no actual contact with bodily fluids.
With a corresponding app, this thermometer does more than measure and track your temperature. It collects your symptoms, and let’s you know when it’s time to see a doctor. This thermometer takes body temperature in a number of locations including via mouth and underarm.