Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > Medical Equipment and Orthopedics > Thermometer

Thermometer Cost


How Much Does a Thermometer Cost?

 
low costOral, glass: $1-$15average costOral, digital: $5.50-$20+high costEar, digital: $20-$55
post E-mail post Post  

Thermometers are a household staple, yet there are numerous types to choose from. All thermometers measure internal body temperature, but the technology now ranges from traditional thermometers to ear thermometers that store past readings and alert users to high fevers.

Typical costs:

  • Glass oral thermometers cost between $1 and $15. The RG Medical Diagnostics[1] oral thermometer contains no mercury and retails for about $6. HB-Instruments[2] offers an easy-to-read thermometer with a case for $14.99.
  • Digital oral thermometers cost between $5.50 and more than $20, depending on the amount of time required for a reading and features of the thermometer. For about $8, Vicks[3] offers an oral digital thermometer with a 30-second read out. Vicks also has a Speed-Read Thermometer[4] with an 8-second read out, which retails for about $13.
  • Ear thermometers, which also provide a digital reading, cost between $20 and $55. The cost depends on the features of the thermometer. For example, the Vicks Ear Thermometer[5] provides results in one second and stores the last 12 readings. It retails for $55.
  • Temperatures can also be taken at the temple and on the forehead. Thermometers that measure in this way cost between $30 and $60, depending on the features offered. Medline Industries[6] offers a temple thermometer that has a near-instant result, without invasive measuring techniques. The thermometer retails for $56. Vicks[7] offers a forehead thermometer which costs about $50.
Related articles: First Aid Kits, Stethoscope, Blood Pressure Monitor

What should be included:
  • A thermometer purchase should include the thermometer itself, packaging and instructions for use. Some thermometers will come with a carrying case and a warranty, which can be between three months and three years. Some thermometers will also come with extra batteries.
Additional costs:
  • Experts recommend that people cover the tips of thermometers prior to use. These disposable covers can range in cost from $1.25 for 20 covers to $12 for 40 covers.
  • Digital thermometers require batteries, which can cost between $2.50 and $10 depending on the brand. Batteries typically need to be replaced annually with regular home use.
Shopping for a thermometer:
  • :
  • Thermometers do not require a prescription and are sold online and at most pharmacies. People can talk to pharmacy clerks about individual thermometers offered in stores.
  • Families with young children should only purchase digital or glass thermometers that can also be used rectally. Most brands are approved for both oral and rectal use, just be sure to check the packaging. Ear thermometers and temple thermometers, while handy, are not accurate enough for children under the age of three. All patients should keep in mind that rectal and oral temperature readings are the most accurate.
  • Consumer Reports[8] offers advice for people purchasing thermometers. This report concludes that the best thermometers cost less than $15.
  • When purchasing a thermometer online, beware of retailers from outside the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration[9] offers other tips to consumers purchasing online, including talking to a physician or pharmacist before making an online purchase.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013


10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Thermometer
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type: Brand: 
Supplier:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.rgmd.com/retail.html
  2.  catalog.hbinstrument.com/item/easy-read-pocket-thermometer/30584-aluminum-duplex-easy-r...
  3.  www.vicks.com/
  4.  www.vicks.com/
  5.  www.vicks.com/
  6.  www.medline.com/catalog/sku-detail.jsp?sku=MDS9698
  7.  www.vicks.com/
  8.  www.consumerreports.org/cro/babies-kids/index.htm
  9.  www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ResourcesforYou/Consumers/BuyingMedicalDevicesandDiagnosticT...
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Does Chemotherapy Cost? How Much Does Growing Medical Marijuana Outdoors Cost? How Much Do Crutches Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Lizard
Paid: 150.00
The beardie was adopted for $20.00 at a local repticon. Tank was over 30 inch long, cost less than $70-80 at Petsmart during Xmas sale. Everything else were bought online from Dr. Foster, Amazon and Chewy... [more]
-Gaga
Pet Lizard Cost
My Entertainment Company Went Above & Beyond The Call Of Duty
Paid: 2100.00
All I can say is WOW. When I hired Evan Nine Entertainment, I had no idea I was going to get so much extra for my money. His company handled The DJ/MC, Photography, Uplighting, and Wedding Officiant... [more]
-Linda Grayson
Wedding DJ Cost
TTE 93306
Paid: 1208.00
Went for echo at cardiologist's office. Hadn't met deductible and my BCBS estimate online was $408 done in doctor's office. Well, the cardiology office had been acquired by Mission Hospital so they charged their rate which was ~$1980... [more]
-C. V. Wynne, M.D.
Echocardiogram Cost
Broken drain line replacment
Paid: 7600.00
After Roto-Rooter inspected the drain line which could not get passed 35 feet from the cleanout, serviceman suggested for a new cleanout to be installed near the area where the camera could not pass, this at a cost of $1,450... [more]
-#IFEELTAKEN
Sewer Line Replacement Cost
Cost should be capped
Paid: 4550.00
In August of 2014, my husband need to be transported to the helicopter pad at the hospital and we received a bill for $4,550 and when we questioned why so much no one could provide a valid answer. The helicopter pad is less than ... [more]
-dkoz
Ambulance Cost
Cost of topo survey
Paid: 3800.00
Surveyor staked four corners and surveyed entire 4.95 acre lot at 2 ft contours in Issaquah, WA... [more]
-User in WA
Property Survey Cost