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(Pocket-lint) - No medicine cabinet should be considered complete without a digital thermometer - it's the quickest and easiest way to get a really accurate reading of your body temperature so that you can know with more clarity whether you're showing the symptoms of illness. They're also a must for new parents.

Good thermometers don't have to be expensive at all, and there are a plethora on the market right now. However, as you're certainly fully aware, we would preface this guide with the fact that in times of widespread illness such as the present COVID-19 pandemic, thermometers are often in short supply.  

If you can get your hands on one of the models from this list you'll have done well. However, if you can't find them in stock, we have a helpful tip - many packaged medical kits and first aid kits actually contain thermometers you can use.

So, in the meantime, look for medical kits that contain a thermometer and you can pick one up along with a range of other useful supplies. 

Best digital thermometers to buy today

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Braun Thermoscan 7

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Braun's got a lock on so many different healthcare and hygiene products that it's no surprise to find it doing well in the digital thermometer market and the Thermoscan 7 has a superb reputation for both accuracy and the speed of its reading. 

It's an ear thermometer, meaning there's no awkwardly holding it under your tongue or anything like that, and you can also preset the age of the person whose temperature you're reading to get more accurate results, which is really handy for those of us with families.

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Vicks AgeSmart Family Thermometer

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Braun's thermometer is really impressive, but it might be a little complicated for some people, especially if they're used to a more simple probe. Vicks has an option that might be perfect in those circumstances, in its AgeSmart Family Thermometer. It's dead simple and takes a reading in eight seconds.

A big colour-coded result lets you know if you should worry about the temperature recorded, which is helpful in a pinch, and has settings for children as they get older, which makes it another great shout for families. At under £10 or $10, it's a simple, cheap but reliable pick. 

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Miniland Thermo Kit

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Miniland's lovely little temperature-reading kit is another great pick for those with young ones, with clever decorations and designs to make sure that kids don't associate it with feeling bad, and has also stayed steady with its original pricing, a novelty at the moment. 

There are actually three thermometers, here - a normal body one, a pacifier thermometer that's perfect if you child uses one to suck on, and a penguin-shaped final option for reading bathwater before you put your baby in for a wash. That's a great kit for any parent, in short. 

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Braun No Touch Plus

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The gold standard, in some ways, is the ability to do so without touching the person in question, just in case infection is possible. Braun's No Touch Plus lets you do that with ease, taking a reading from close up to someone's forehead but requiring no actual contact. 

It's a great machine that takes reliable readings quickly, making it a great bet. 

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Generic thermometers

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The reality is that when you search for digital thermometers most of the results you'll find won't have a well-known brand name attached, and will be cheaper as a result (although right now that's not even guaranteed). The reality is that if these are all you can find, they might not be a bad buy so long as you're not being price-gouged too badly while you do it. 

For example, the thermometer above is currently really cheap in the UK, which is reasonable, even if we can't be as certain of its accuracy compared to a Braun model. Still, knowing that stock is low, they could well be better than nothing. 

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AFAC Infrared Digital Thermometer

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No matter how old your children are, the AFAC Infrared Digital Thermometer will suit your needs perfectly.

The automatic switching technology goes easily between the forehead, ear and object detection, depending on whether the cover is on or off.

It will record in Celsius or Fahrenheit and has storage for 40 previous recordings.

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Medical Grade Clinical F-Doc Forehead Thermometer

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The Medical Grade Clinical F-Doc Forehead Thermometer from Ketodoc is non-touch, using infrared to read temperatures.

The bright screen is large and will deliver readings in as little as one second.

In the world of social distancing, it's important to keep temperatures in check, so this will make good use in businesses as well as homes.

It will also keep up to 32 readings on record.

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Braun No Touch 3-in-1 Thermometer

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When your child is asleep, the last thing you want is to wake them up. With the Braun No Touch 3-in-1 Thermometer, you can easily take their temperature without doing that.

As it's a non-touch thermometer, you don't need to stop at foreheads for measurements. You can even measure the temperature of food or objects, like bathwater.

The screen is super easy to read, glowing green, yellow, or red depending on the temperature. There's no misreading with that clarity. 

There's even an age precision button that will deliver a more accurate reading depending on the age of the recipient.

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Goodbaby Baby Thermometer

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The Goodbaby Baby Thermometer is not only for the little ones but can be used to measure anyone's temperature via the ears or forehead.

There are three sensitive sensors working with a smart chip that deliver reliable readings in either ºC or ºF. It's also able to take the temperature of an object or room, which is a nifty feature.

Best yet, it will store up to 35 readings that can be recalled when you like, allowing you to keep a record of your children's health. 

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FridaBaby Quick-Read Digital Rectal Thermometer

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For that super quick read on your baby's temperature, check out the FridaBaby Quick-Read Digital Rectal Thermometer. Within 10 seconds you'll be able to get a read on their temperature.

This rectal thermometer has an insertion stopper, making it easy to use. The backlit display also helps during nighttime checkups, so you don't have to disturb with bright lights.

It stores up to 10 previous recordings, which will allow you to keep a record of how your baby is doing. It's also BPA-free and latex-free, putting your baby's health first.

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iHealth No-Touch Forehead Thermometer

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A minimalist style and a simple, one-button design make the iHealth No-Touch Forehead Thermometer a pleasure to use.

It uses three sensors to detect the temperature withoutthe need to touch the skin. This is great for when your child is sleeping and you don't want to disturb them.

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Etekcity Infrared Thermometer

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Some thermometers aren't made for humans, but rather food. The Etekcity Infrared Thermometer is capable of measuring temperatures between -58℉ to 1022℉ (-50℃ to 550℃), making it almost useful for jewellers too.

Obviously, you won't be touching this to anything that's hot, so it uses infrared sensors to detect the temperature.

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills. Originally published on 16 March 2020.