Innovo Forehead and Ear Thermometer Review

Many of us grew up using old mercury thermometers, narrow glass tubes with markings noted on the side to indicate the temperature. The red liquid mercury would rise through the tube until it matched the temperature of whatever touched the small bulb at the end. Mercury thermometers were cheap and they got the job done. It’s no wonder that they were used everywhere. 

The only problem was that mercury is a neurotoxin. Exposure to mercury potentially causes partial blindness, deafness, and tremors. That’s a lot of bad contained in that breakable glass tube (Don’t drop it!). 

And that’s why we’ve moved beyond mercury. Those mercury thermometers are the past. And infrared thermometers are the future. And the future is (thankfully) easy to use, accurate, and affordable.

Easy to Use

The Innovo Forehead and Ear Thermometer provides an accurate temperature in seconds without any hassle. You don’t have to stick anything in your baby’s mouth; you don’t have to wait forever; you don’t have to squint to see difficult-to-read numbers. This is the thermometer with no fuss. And when your baby is already sick or cranky, that is exactly what you need.

When you open the box, you’ll find that the device comes with batteries already installed, meaning that it’s ready to go the second you remove it from the box. The thermometer comes with a thorough manual and easy-to-read start guide that will have you prepared to use the device in seconds. And when you are done with the thermometer, it shuts off automatically.

This dual mode thermometer is built to eliminate problems before they ever occur. It measures both Celsius and Fahrenheit. It comes with a built-in alarm to indicate when your baby has a temperature above 99.5°F (which is when you as the parent need to be concerned). You never have to wait in-between readings. The display screen is backlit to ensure you can read it easily. And the thermometer will even store up to 20 temperature readings for you, allowing you to have a record of your baby’s temperatures.

This the thermometer that allows you to take your baby’s temperature without a problem.


The Innovo Forehead and Ear Thermometer measures infrared energy (energy part of the electromagnetic spectrum). Infrared energy is emitted from the surfaces of objects (including your baby’s forehead or ear) but not by the air surrounding that surface. By measuring this energy, infrared thermometers provide accurate readings of the temperatures of whatever surface they are pointed at.

The accuracy ear-based and forehead-based thermometers have been confirmed in multiple scientific studies. One study published in the British Journal of Nursing notes that ear-based measurements were more accurate that rectal measurements and suggest that medical staffs make the switch. A separate study concluded that forehead thermometers “gave a better estimate of oral temperature than did axillary temperature in 36 children with and without fever.” Yet another study referred to infrared ear thermometers as “a preferable option for the uncooperative patient.”

This thermometer provides accurate readings, and it does so without upsetting your patient. If you can’t get your baby to hold still long enough to take an accurate reading with a thermometer, what good is it? The Innovo Forehead and Ear Thermometer eliminates this problem by providing accurate readings without the fuss that comes with other thermometers.

How to Use the Innovo Forehead and Ear Thermometer

To use the forehead thermometer, simply point the thermometer at the middle of the forehead, ensure that the thermometer is making actual contact with the forehead, press the big “F1” button, and listen for 1-3 seconds for the beep that indicates you’re done. That’s it. It’s really that easy.

To use the ear thermometer, remove the sensor cover (easy to do), insert the thermometer probe into the ear, press the big “F2” button, listen for 1-3 seconds for the beep that indicates you’re done. It’s incredibly simple.

Before using either thermometer, just make sure that the sensor is clean. Since the thermometer uses infrared technology, it measures the surface of whatever temperature it is pointed at. So you can’t have any dust or grime on the sensor. Thankfully, the sensor is incredibly easy to wipe.

Important Note: Do not use the ear thermometer if your child is suffering from ear pain, drainage from the ear, excessive ear wax, or ear sores. You should probably use the forehead thermometer in those circumstances (and take your child to the doctor!)

Also, though we love this product (and use it ourselves!) we always advise asking your doctor before making any kind of decision regarding your baby’s health.

We highly recommend the Innovo Forehead and Ear Thermometer. It's a great product, and given how affordable it is, we think it's a great value too.