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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2010
We bought the Aquatopia Deluxe for our newborn son 2 months ago; it was very easy to use while it lasted, but it lasted only about a week. We had decided to buy it after reading these stellar reviews, and even though it cost a little more, we thought we were paying for better quality. The biggest mistake we made was throwing away the packaging (including the warranty), at a time when we were getting rid of piles of boxes that came with the baby items we had bought online.

The Aquatopia looked exactly like pictured -- cute, and was very easy to use, for exactly 4 baths. It powered off automatically almost as soon as I took it out of the water. During our son's 5th bath, I noticed there was a small amount of water under the display window. I took it out of the water immediately, but it didn't power off like it had done previously. I followed by shaking it, as some reviewers here had described doing, but again it did not power off. It finally went off on its own after about five minutes.

At midnight the same day, in between our son's feedings, we were awakened by a loud, high-pitched sound from the Aquatopia. I knew something was wrong, but still held out hope this was just a signal that the battery needed to be changed. When I opened up the battery covers (there were two layers), I found tiny drops of water on top of the battery (bad sign). After I replaced the battey and put the Aquatopia back in the water, it did not turn itself back on again. It was obviously that the thermometer had short-circuited. When I looked under the back cover, I found rust had spread across the entire circuit board.

If we had kept the original packaging and warranty, we could have had it replaced. When we decide to buy another bath thermometer, we will stay away from Aquatopia.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2009
As a first time mom, I am terrified of the idea of burning my daughter. I love to take really hot showers, so my tolerance for water is much higher. This thermometer eases all of my fears. It turns on as soon as it hits water, and turns off when it dries. I just give it a few shakes after a bath and it usually turns off. The thermometer beeps when the temperature gets too cold (I think 89 degrees or less) and when it gets too hot (101 degrees or more). If it is in the right range, it doesn't make any sounds. It just displays the temperature in both Farenheit and Celcius. As an added bonus, it's a super cute design and I know my daughter will love playing with it once she learns knows how to grab things!

One more thing - I hate paying for things that don't offer free shipping, but it was totally worth the additional shipping cost and more! I highly recommend it to anyone who is concerned with the temperature of the bath for their children.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2008
I'm always skeptical of thermometers but I have tested this one against others and they are always the same temp. It also works pretty fast! I put it in the tub as I'm filling it and it adjusts the temperature as the water fills. If I hear the too hot warning, I can adjust the water. I love this thermometer!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2011
I bought it and it last it for about 4 months - then it stopped working for no reason. I changed the battery, open it to find what might be wrong to no avail.
Just save your money unless you don't mind to change it some months after your purchase!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2010
As a first time mom I obsessed over everything, including bath safety for baby. Bought this and loved it the first few times I used. The only downside is that it would drive me a little crazy when the water would get a bit too hot because it would take forever to shut up while I added cold water (of course, baby was not in the bathtub while I adjusted the water temperature). The reason for a 1-star is that after only 6 baths, water got inside the digital unit and it doesn't work anymore. I'd assume this would be the ONLY thing that the manufacturer should have figured out - how to use a bath thermometer in the bathtub without destroying it.

Anyway, instead of gadgets, save your money and just stick your elbow in the bathtub. The inside of the elbow has very sensitive skin, so if the water is too hot for the baby you will know.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2010
Love the product but broke within 7 months! So, not recommended. Worked the first 6 months and made our life easy. HOW DID IT BREAK SO EASILY? I guess you only need the product to make sure the water's not too hot for your guy. Loved knowing the temperature of the water. Oh well. Planned obselescence (sp?).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2008
We tried and looked at other models and found everything else ugly, stupid or terribly inconvenient. This product does everything correctly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2012
I purchased this product to use for both of my children (ages 2 and 10 mos at the time). The thermometer itself is very cute, appears sturdy and well-built, and quickly gives out a temperature reading and even beeps if the water is too hot or too cold. However I am rating it so low because the thermometer stopped working after about 3 weeks of "normal" use. It did begin working again after resting for about a week (my husband used it, not knowing that it had previously stopped working), but then about 3 days after that it stopped working again. Luckily I had carefully read the reviews before purchasing and made sure I could return the item to Amazon since I purchased directly from them as a "prime" member. Thank goodness I took those precautions or I'd be out over $10 for a defective thermometer!!! I'd recommend not wasting your time with this one and get one that's more reliable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2012
This was very useful when I first got it and it worked. As a nervous new mother I wanted to make sure the bath temperature was exactly right. Then, after a few weeks of use, the thermometer starting getting wildly inaccurate readings. The alarm would go off and the display would read something like 105 degrees when the water was tepid. I'm really glad that the temperature reading was so inaccurate, because it was obvious that it was wrong. If it was just slightly inaccurate, I might have taken much longer to notice it was off. If you do use this product, be sure to also test the water yourself with the common sense test (as they say - use the inside of your arm, which has very sensitive skin, to make sure it's not too hot). Don't trust that the temperature is right just because this says it is, or you may end up with a freezing baby or a burned baby bottom (ouch!).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2011
The problem with this thermometer is twofold. First, it alternates its display between Fahrenheit and Celsius, showing each for 2 seconds before switching. The problem is that the temperature is not updated in real-time, you only see what it was at the time the display switched. This means if you put it in the water and it reads 99 degrees Fahrenheit, you have to wait the two seconds for it to switch to Celsius, then another two seconds for it to switch back to Fahrenheit before you can see if it is up to 100 degrees (unless you can convert C to F in your head). A few seconds may sound trivial, but it's very irritating when you're trying to get the water just right and the baby is starting to throw a fit waiting.

The other problem is that it will just turn itself off for no apparent reason. It's like it thinks you should be done by now and decides to go to sleep. I have to take it out of the water and shake it and put it back (sometimes a couple times) to get it to turn back on, and by then it has cooled off and I get to deal with problem #1 again.

Just give me a thermometer that constantly updates, and only in Fahrenheit. And that has an on/off switch.
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