What Are the Different Types of Thermometers, and How Do You Use Them?

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

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Thermometers are healthcare devices you can use to take your or another person’s temperature. There’s a variety of thermometers to choose from, and each can work best for different applications and provide different levels of accuracy.

If you’re in need of a new thermometer, there are a few important things to consider that can help guide you in the selection process. The thermometer’s placement, the ease of reading it and the age of the person whose temperature you need to take are all factors that can help you in deciding which thermometer is best for your needs.