Open Thread: Welby Ear/Forehead or Noncontact Thermometer

Besides bandages and pain relievers, a staple of any medicine cabinet or home first aid kit is a reliable thermometer, especially these days.

You can stock up pretty well on basic health supplies at Aldi, from allergy nasal spray and Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen that the grocer sells year round, to limited-time specials such as pulse oximeters, face masks, Squatty Potties, and blood pressure monitors that rotate onto store shelves for just a short period.

Among the essentials that Aldi occasionally sells are several types of thermometers.

What We Know:

Welby Ear/Forehead or Noncontact Thermometer

The Welby Ear/Forehead Thermometer and the Welby Noncontact Thermometer (product code 802514) each cost $24.99 in March of 2021.

This is not the cheapest price for noncontact or ear/forehead thermometers compared to other brands sold on Amazon, but it’s also not the most expensive either. With quite a few similar well-reviewed thermometers selling for $20 or less on Amazon, you might want to check out some other options before making a purchase.

These Welby thermometers are Aldi Finds (Special Buys), which means they’re only in stores for a short time. You can’t order them online, so once they sell out at your local store, they’re gone.

Aldi also sold these thermometers for the same price just a couple of months ago in January of 2021 (and it is unusual for an Aldi Find to return so quickly). Aldi also sold them for $19.49 in January of 2020 and $14.99 in January of 2019, so the price has increased over the years.

In addition, Aldi sold a basic budget-friendly digital thermometer for $4.99 in 2018 and for $3.99 in 2017, but since it’s been a few years since we’ve seen that model at Aldi, it seems the trend is toward ear/forehead and noncontact thermometers.

Features for the 2021 ear/forehead thermometer include:

  • Reads in seconds
  • Large digital display with illuminated background
  • For infants, children, and adults
  • A memory function that recalls the last 9 temperature readings
  • Visual and audio fever alarm
  • Includes batteries

Features for the 2021 noncontact thermometer include:

  • Reads in seconds
  • For infants, children, and adults
  • Hygienic and contactless forehead measurements
  • Takes body and object measurements
  • A memory function that recalls the last 9 temperature readings
  • Large digital display with illuminated background
  • Includes batteries

The Welby Ear/Forehead Thermometer and the Welby Noncontact Thermometer that Aldi sold in January of this year came with a three-year warranty serviced by Greater Concepts by Design, which is a business consulting firm in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, that also sells medical products. Because why not combine those two things? Their website indicates they sell some other Aldi house brand medical products such as Welby blood pressure monitors and a Welby TENS, EMS, and Massage Device.

We assume the thermometer being sold in March of 2021 will have a similar warranty, but we don’t know for sure.

What We Don’t Know:

We haven’t been able to try any of these thermometers yet, so we don’t know how well they work. Our goal with open thread posts like this one is to offer a place for people to share their experiences about a product.


Have you used the Welby Ear/Forehead or Noncontact Thermometer? Tell us what you think in the comments below. 

About Rachael

Rachael is the Co-founder of Aldi Reviewer. When she isn't busy shopping at Aldi, she enjoys cooking, gardening, writing gothic romance, and collecting more house plants than she probably should. You can learn more about her at www.rachaelsjohnston.com.

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