The Philips Avent Smart Ear Thermometer - Review
Disclosure: I received this thermometer free from AVENT, as part of the weeSpring Parent Panel and was asked to give my review. I am not being paid for this review.
An Urban Babe is 14 months now and ALL OVER THE PLACE!!! We've been lucky that she hasn't suffered very many fevers. I do like to check her with a thermometer every now and then because my hands tend to be cold and everyone always feels hot to me. Now, say what you want - but we use a temporal thermometer. Mainly because that's what her doctor uses and I hate to be that mom that runs to the doc with a fever of 101 - only to get there and they get a reading of 98.6. So we use the same thermometer that they use. I was kind of excited to use an inner ear thermometer because it's supposed to take the reading fast and without moving it across the head like the temporal thermometer. So when the weeSpring Parent Panel reached out with the offer to try one, I jumped at the chance.
About the thermometer:
Handheld and Lightweight
Takes 2 AAA batteries
Bluetooth connectivity to your phone
Works with the UGrow App
Retails for about $50
Pros: It's small and lightweight. Easy to hold in one hand will wrangling a moving toddler.
The ear bud is small and won't hurt baby's ear.
FAST - it really does take the reading in 2 secs
Beeps aren't so annoying they'd wake up everyone in the middle of the night.
Temps were pretty close to the ones my temporal thermometer got.
Directions are dense. It took me two tries of reading the instructions to figure out how to use the thermometer. The directions say to start by syncing it to your phone. I believe you can use it without syncing it - but I'm not sure.
Syncing with the phone can be tricky. My readings don't sync very easily. I have to open and close the app multiple times before the readings showed up in my app.
Price: $50 is a lot but being able to track the readings automatically kinda of offsets that a little.
I wasn't able to easily figure out if I could use this for multiple kids and track them both. Again, those directions were kind of confusing.
Would I recommend this product?
No. In general, if you're looking for a thermometer to make your life easier, The Philips Avent Smart Ear Thermometer might work, but you'll have to sift through the directions and maybe find a youtube with easier instructions. I was impressed with how fast it took the readings, but that was about it. If it were more user friendly, I'd definitely take another look at it.