Infrared Thermometers (Non-Contact Thermometers)
Infrared thermometers, also commonly known as non-contact thermometers, are becoming more popular than conventional contact measurement thermometers because they can accurately and quickly determine temperature without having to make any physical contact. They are very easy to use, most are just point and press one button.
Contact vs non-contact thermometer
Given that traditional mercury thermometers are no longer available in most countries, today the thermometer choice is generally between a digital contact thermometer and a infrared non-contact thermometer. Digital contact thermometers require the thermometer to be placed in the mouth, underarm or anus and must be thoroughly cleaned afterward. Because infrared thermometers do not require contact they require less cleaning and the temperature of multiple persons can be read in seconds. Infrared non contact thermometers are highly popular in workplaces, daycares and schools. Some models come with advanced measurement and memory functionality.
Lastly, one of the greatest advantages of infrared thermometers is their fast response. In fact, the measurement shows up generally within one to three seconds. They can be used on fussy children who do not like anything touching them. This could turn out to be the biggest incentive for struggling parents. Read "Infrared Thermometers - a Major Step Forward in Home Healthcare" for a history of the evolution from the mercury thermometer to the new point and press infrared thermometers.