I like the convenience of having to not struggle with using the thermometer in mouth when the kid is sick and not very cooperative. I have the ear thermometer that gives erratic reading (in the range of 98.0 to 102!!) and we have to get multiple reading to get to the true temperature. May be we are doing it wrong. With this item however, multiple readings were more closer so that's good. One negative is that when you operate it, you have to hold the button and move it across the forehead, sometimes if we press and release the button and then press it again to get reading, it just scrolls through historic readings and other settings. You then have to get it to shut off and restart.