Difficult to rate this product well when it doesn't work upon arrival. Purchased this for my friend who is very ill and whose husband is legally blind. Thought a talking thermometer would help but, when it arrived, it didn't work. It said "Low battery" so now they need to ask someone to go to the store and buy a battery.
I spent a fair amount of time researching thermometers when my baby was born and finally went with this one. We have been very pleased with it. Thankfully, we have not had to use it a lot, but it is certainly very easy to use. Temporal thermometers vary somewhat in their readouts, so it is best to take a few readings and average them if you want to get the most accurate reading. I generally use it once as a quick check. I have found it reasonably accurate with both the ear and temporal scanners, on both the baby and myself.
I was using an underarm digital thermometer prior to getting this. I love how quick, accurate, and non-invasive it is! I tested it on me and my 10 month old son and it is very accurate. I love how it keeps record of past readings, and tells you if it was taken on the forehead or the ear. Well worth the money!
I love this thermometer. I have a 2 yr old son and he had a fever last week. I was able to check his temp via his forehead in the middle of the night without waking him.
As far as the accuracy goes... You need to be sure to use this product correctly for the forehead or ear. It is obviously not going to be as accurate as using a thermometer under the armpit, mouth or in the rear-end. I always use it on the forehead and haven't had a problem with accuracy personally.
I deffinately reccomend this for anyone with a small child that doesn't like to be fiddled with. It is so easy!!