Product Battle: Exergen Temporal Scanner Thermometer vs. Welch Allyn CareTemp Touchless Thermometer April 16 2015
The battle for infrared thermometer superiority is about to begin. How will the well know heavyweight Exergen Temporal Scanner Thermometer compare to the newcomer Welch Allyn CareTemp Touchless Thermometer? Let’s not draw this out any longer, Let’s get it on!
Welch Allyn thought of everything with their New CareTemp Touchless Thermometer, including the price point. More than $100 less than the Exergen Temporal Thermometer, the CareTemp certainly wins this category. Don’t let that low price fool you though. Welch Allyn is known for quality with all of their products.
While some may enjoy the sleek look of the Welch Allyn CareTemp Thermometer, many feel the Exergen Temporal Scanner Thermometer looks like a more complete unit. The black display backdrop allows the bright red digital letters to really stands out for easy readings. With two categories down and still no clear winner, this contest will come down to features.
Both of these units use an infrared sensor for their readings and offer quick, accurate results. The difference is in the distance needed away from the patient. The Exergen Thermometer needs to be placed on the patients forehead and swiped across a temporal artery but is gentle enough to be used while the patient is sleeping. The Welch Allyn CareTemp Thermometer needs to be between 4-6 cm away from the center of the patient’s forehead. While no skin contact will eliminate cross-contamination and the need for disposable covers, the user needs to concentrate on the distance that they are away from the patient. Another difference is in the warranty with each product. While the Welch Allyn CareTemp offers a generous 2 Year Warranty, the Exergen Temporal Thermometer offers an even more generous Lifetime Warranty.
You cannot buy a bad unit if you go with either of these, which is why it is impossible to choose a winner. We have given you the differences, now it is up to you on which ones you feel are more beneficial to you and your facility.
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!