Exergen Temporal Scanner Thermometer Review

Exergen LogoA sick child (or mommy) is one of the worst things I can think of dealing with. Truly a nightmare. I’m one of those moms that keeps her child home at the first sign of sickness, which is usually you guessed it – a fever. We have used several methods over the years for temperature taking and none of them have left me wholly satisfied, I never quite trust the readings. I was recently introduced to a newer option that I’m very optimistic about – the Exergen TemporalScanner Thermometer by Exergen Corporation. I know it’s a mouthful but I promise it’s so much easier to use than it is to say!

What is It! (from the site)

The Exergen TemporalScanner is the world’s first infrared thermometer designed to measure the body temperature by taking a reading from the temporal artery. Patented technology employs an infrared sensor that accurately registers body temperature to within +0.2 degrees Fahrenheit – a much more accurate means of taking temperature than any other way including oral, rectal, auxillary (under arm) and tympanic (ear). It is also the least invasive method. TemporalScanner has been proven more accurate than ear thermometers by a Harvard Medical School study.

– The only thermometer made in the United States.
– Contains no mercury.
– Needs no additional purchases such as probe covers.

My View!
When we first opened the thermometer and tried taking our temps we got readings all over the place, I sat down and read through the simple instructions and realized that we needed to let the scanner acclimate to our home’s temperature for accurate readings. I tried it again later in the day with much better results but I still was getting wide ranging temps, so I looked up a few things online and tried them out.

Here are some tips that I found helpful!

  • Take off the protective plastic cover! It cannot scan through it.
  • Be sure there is no hair over the forehead and that you don’t take the temp where the side of your head was resting on a pillow or something.
  • When used in different areas of the home with different temps let it acclimate for 20 minutes before using.
  • Wait 30 seconds between readings for best accuracy.
  • Make sure the head of the thermometer is flush against the forehead, about midway between hairline and brow, press the button then quickly but firmly sweep it across the forehead and down slightly toward the ear while holding the button. Listen for the beeping. Let go of the button just before lifting it from the forehead. This takes some practice but gets easier with use.
  • If you’re sweaty you should press and hold the scan button and  gently press the probe just behind the earlobe, release button and check reading.
Exergen TemporalScanner Thermometer instructional use image

Sound like a lot? It really isn’t. Once you try it a few times you’ll be more confident. I can’t tell you how much I love that it only takes 2-3 seconds to take the kid’s temps! In the past we’ve used digital oral thermometers, the kids hate them because they take SO long (in their minds), they’re even worse when you have a stuffy nose, can’t breathe and have to hold your mouth closed for the entire time! Last month we bought one of the ear thermometers because sickness has been running rampant in our home. It’s very frustrating for us, our daughter has a problem with ear wax build up and I think it skews the reading, they are always off by 2 or more degrees with the the ear one. I  also don’t like trying to wake the kids at 2am to get a temp when they’re sick, with this this forehead thermometer all I need is a quick sweep to check! Love that! I do agree with other reviewers that it would be nice to have a back light for easier nighttime reading.

In the end I would recommend the Exergen Thermometer, when used properly it has given us accurate and consistent readings.

Buy It!
The Exergen TemporalScanner comes packaged with a 9 volt battery and is available at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Costco, Babies R Us, Toys R Us and Sam’s Club nationwide. Also find it on Amazon.com.
Temporal Scanner
Use this $5.00 rebate coupon to save some money!

Win It!
One lucky reader will win an Exergen TemporalScanner Thermometer! ($30 – $50 value)

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About the Author

Henrietta Newman is a tech loving, video game playing, pr friendly single mom / gramma blogger who talks about life with a teen daughter, an adult son, a toddler granddaughter and all that it entails. Subscribe to A Hen's Nest for giveaways, delicious family recipes, reviews and more!


  1. Mami2jcn says:

    I'd like this thermometer because it’s so non-invasive you can take a baby’s temperature in their sleep.

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  4. Fast and easy. Just a quick sweep and your done. I love that.

  5. Freely Living Life says:

    With two toddler boys this product would sure come in handy! I can never get them to sit still while I hold the regular thermometer under their tongue or arm pit. :) We visited the Exergen.com website and are now following your blog! So glad to have found you! <3

  6. Snowflake07 says:

    I would love to have this product for a lot of reasons. #1 It looks really easy to use (thank Goodness!). #2 I love that it's non-invasive. My daughter is only 1 and she already runs away when she sees the ear thermometer we use now coming her way. This would certainly take the drama out of taking her temperature. It also sounds like it would be more accurate than an ear thermometer.

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  10. Blommi (formerly reddoggie) says:

    I would love to try this because my daughter won't use an oral thermometer, and hates the rectal one.

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  12. It's fast, easy, accurate and non-invasive….who wouldn't love to have one….I know I would be thrilled.

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  15. Snowflake07 says:
  16. I like the fact that it is very easy and quick to use – no more expecting young children to remain still when they are obviously in a miserable mood. It is safe and handy too :)


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  19. scottsgal says:

    I love that it's totally non invasive and takes the temp in mere seconds
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  21. I like that it is easy and non-invasive perfect when the child is sick or sleeping

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  22. justicecw says:

    I love that it is non invasive. This would be a great gift for my sister who is expecting her first baby because she can take the baby's temp without bothering her…even while sleeping. Thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  26. I like that its noninvasive and made in America

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  30. Carol W. says:

    I'd like to try this thermometer because of its accuracy.


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  34. "Miss" Anita says:

    I want to try this because the ear thermometer we use doesn't seem too reliable.
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  39. I have my granddaughter three days a week and this would be great to have around….we have the old fashion kind…..


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  43. I love how quick it is! makes it so much easier when you have a wiggle worm on your hands!

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  46. Jennifer T. says:

    I'd like to try the Exergen TemporalScanner because it's proven to be more accurate than ear thermometers by a Harvard Medical School study.

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  50. I love that it's quicker than regular thermometers and doesn't require any poking of babies!

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  52. I would love to try this product because although our ear thermometer was supposed to be semi non invasive, my kids loathe it. This product looks much more kid friendly!


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  56. justicecw says:
  57. i love that it it is non-invasive and accurate.
    i would love to win it so that when my guy is sick i don't have to make him even more uncomfortable trying to take his temperature!
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  61. I'd like to try this because taking temperatures is one of my least favorite jobs as a parent! This looks so much easier!

  62. Bebemiqui says:

    I'd love to use this to take temps easily in the middle of the night.

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  64. Sarah Lynne says:

    When my Son was in the hospital they used this on him. It was awesome how fast and accurate it worked. I also love how it doesnt go inside the body. Makes for less chances of tears!!!

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  72. I want to try it because it would be so quick and easy!

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  75. After taking my 3yo to the urgent care with a double ear infection and seeing one of these in action, I never want to stick something in her sore ears again!!!

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  79. I love that its non invasive and I can take my babys temp without upsetting or disrupting him.


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  83. because taking temps is a nightmare and this seems easy and way more accurate!!

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  89. Misusedinnocence says:

    It's fast and accurate, what more can you ask for when you have a sick kid?


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  91. Donnetta says:

    It's easy to use and it's much more sanitary than other traditional methods of taking a temp.


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  97. this is the thermometer my son's pedi uses so of course I want to try it!!

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  100. Anonymous says:

    I like that you can use it without disturbing a sleeping child.


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  103. jenzen69 says:

    I would like this so i can monitor my kids temp at night without waking them

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  114. I like that it is non-invasive and you don't have to worry too much about spreading germs.

  115. BrendaLea, the Prpldy says:

    I want to try this thermometer because is is quick to get a temp, and because it is non-invasive.

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  125. I would like to try this thermometer because it is completely non-invasive. I love that I could take my kids' temps without waking them! How cool is that!

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  137. i would love this thermometer because it's quick and accurate. right now we are using an old timey stick in your mouth thermometer and that's not easy with a 5 yr old. thanks clallen at ntin dot net

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  142. Anonymous says:

    i absolutely love how easy it is to use. I can not tell you the struggles I have had with a regular thermometer. They never are right, and I use it under the armpit on my son, which is a struggle in itself..


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  148. I would love this as we have an ear thermometer that I just do not think works. It makes me nervous and this would be so much better! Thanks!

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  149. It would be so nice to be able to take my son's temp not rectally! :)

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  150. This would be awesome to have! We have a plain digital thermometer right now and the kids give me such a hard time when I try to get their temp with it. I like that the Exergen is non-invasive and I can imagine the kids wouldn't be bothered by it at all! :-)

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  151. Snowflake07 says:
  152. I don't trust ear temps so I would love to have a reliable and non-invasive wayto check my children's temps

  153. This would be perfect for night time fever checks.

  154. tina reynolds says:

    because my son is a fight to take his temp he fights and fights this would be so much simpler thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  158. business says:

    COMPLETE CONVENIENCE. Would take a lot of hassle out of taking the little ones temp! Thanks!!!!


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