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Choisir son thermomètre

Choose your thermometer

Considered to be one of the greatest inventions of the Enlightenment, the thermometer is above all a device for measuring temperature. It serves you daily at home to take your body temperature, but it also assists the great starred chefs in the kitchen, the greatest scientists since the dawn of time or even food factories to meet certain standards. To choose your thermometer, the experts at Thermomè quickly explain to you what thermometers are used for, the different types of thermometer that exist and thus help you to understand how to choose the right thermometer adapted to your needs.

What are thermometers used for? 💡

The thermometer is a temperature-taking device used to measure and display the exact temperature value, or a temperature gradient (how hot or cold an object is, in celsius or in Fahrenheit by the way). So far, so good. When we talk about thermometer, we tend to think of this small device that we all have in our bathroom and which takes the temperature of the body when we suspect fever is coming. As you can imagine, if the temperature measurement specialists at offer their complete guide to choosing your thermometer is that they hide many other functions.

Indeed, the applications of thermometers are multiple; they can have a scientific purpose and can be used in meteorology to measure the temperature of the air or that of morning dew, in medicine naturally and are used to measure body temperature, in the kitchen too, food thermometers allow pastry chefs and other confectioners to perfectly measure and control their cooking, or even in industrial processes, where thermometers are used to synthesize chemicals, for example. And if these professional thermometers are dedicated to serving science or haute cuisine, they also each have their own domestic version.

Your fridge and your freezer space are most certainly equipped with a thermometer, you may have installed a hygrometer thermometer to know if your winter garden is dry, if you have fish from indoors, chances are you have a digital thermometer to regulate water temperature etc.

You will agree that with all the uses that private and professional thermometers can have, these small everyday objects, we are talking about really a revolutionary invention 😎.

Choose based on type of thermometer 🌡️

There are many types of thermometers, they are defined according to the characteristics below:

  • The application (medical, industrial, food, etc.).
  • The type of measurement (temperature only, temperature and humidity, temperature and pH, etc.).
  • The type of sensor (Pt100, NTC, Thermocouple, etc.).
  • The type of display (Digital/Electronic or mechanical).

Some examples below.

Medical thermometer

A medical thermometer measures body temperature and may help diagnose fever in an adult patient , a child or an infant Digital thermometer could not be more classic than you find in pharmacies, thermometer without frontal contact in companies since the beginning of the health crisis, ear thermometer more and more common, or even infrared thermometer for their simplicity of for use especially with babies or in school infirmaries... There are as many medical thermometers as there are ways to use them.

Some high-precision thermometers are specially designed to monitor and control storage and transport temperatures of perishable items such as vaccines or medicines.

Thermometer hygrometer

A hygrometer measures the humidity level. It monitors both temperature and humidity in offices or factories to ensure optimal working conditions. It is equally useful in rooms of the house or other interior spaces to ensure good living conditions. Some hygrometers offer outdoor probes with a temperature alert alarm. This particularly practical function alerts you via an audible signal in the event of a risk of frost, if you are, for example, a professional horticulturist or if you have a domestic vegetable garden.


The thermocouple is a sensor that measures the ambient temperature of a room or surface, for example. This fast-response air or gas probe is equally ideal for measuring the air temperature in refrigerated cabinets, refrigerators, freezers or even storage areas. Its fast response time and large measurement range gives it a wide range of applications. If you cannot find the right thermocouple for your application, you can choose a customized thermocouple manufactured by GUILCOR.

Electronic and digital thermometer

electronic and digital thermometers feature an LCD display, 'a memory function to follow the temperature taken and their evolution and often Bluetooth. Very practical with their screen, they are very often used as an ambient thermometer at home for domestic use. Directly displayed in refrigerators or equipped with a possible probe (retractable or not) for food penetration, high-precision digital thermometers are the best friends of cooks to help comply with current legislation in terms of food hygiene, in particular.

Electronic thermometers are not necessarily digital and vice versa, but the two often go hand in hand.

How do I choose my thermometer? ✨

You will have understood, there is no good or bad thermometer (yes, this joke is still being made ). Choosing your thermometer depends first of all on how useful you are, are you a medical professional, do you want to bring your factories up to standard or do you need a thermometer for your home garden?

It is essential to think carefully and choose your thermometer according to its characteristics and/or its functions.Do you need a non-contact thermometer, a laser thermometer, a thermometer with probe, etc…

Just as many search criteria that will allow you to choose the thermometer best suited to your job, your need or your activity

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