Product Battle: Exergen Temporal Thermometer VS. Welch Allyn SureTemp Plus October 03 2014
This product battle has been a long time coming. Though these fierce fighters operate is two very distinct ways, they both give the same diagnostic reading. And for this reason, we announce an exciting episode of MonsterMed product battles, pitting the Exergen TAT-5000 Temporal Scanner Thermometer against the Welch Allyn SureTemp Plus 692 Digital Thermometer. These two excellent thermometers are both fine tuned machines, but they have some key differences that could sway your purchasing decision one way or the other. It’s time for the main event!
Price: Though both of these units are priced very similarly, the Exergen unit comes out slightly – and we do mean slightly - less expensive. Both of these units are excellent values, but the Exergen unit’s low price of the mid $300 range gives it the edge. Don’t be fooled by the lower price tag, though, this unit is full-featured and tough enough for your medical practice.
Aesthetics: Right off the bat, the Exergen unit draws your eyes in with its space age look and large temporal scanning head (a lot like something Bones would’ve used in an episode of Star Trek). To this fit fan, that is very desirable, but to a medical practice, maybe not so much. The Welch Allyn unit has a look that places it right at home in the present day physicians office. Though its lines are sleek, they are refined, and familiar. Its classic white color with blue accents would be a great fit in any medical office. This category is a tie, both with unique looks.
Features: The Exergen unit has one very big feature that definitely sets it apart from traditional probe style thermometers…its temporal scanning head. Placing the scanner against the patient’s temple generates a reading of their blood temperature quickly and accurately. This allows the unit to be used on patients who may be sleeping or those not be able to have their temp taken with a probe at that time. However, the Welch Allyn unit boasts some excellent features that really refine the probe thermometer idea. Its large digital readout display features many built in visual cues. It has very fast read times and can be used in a variety of locations with good accuracy. It is truly an excellent all around probe thermometer. For this reason, we give the features edge to the SureTemp Plus 692.
Conclusion: With two units this good, it is impossible for us to pick a winner. Determine your needs and pick your winner. Either way, you can’t go wrong!