GVR Report cover U.S. Medical Thermometer Market Size, Share & Trends Report

U.S. Medical Thermometer Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Device (Mercury-based, Mercury-free), And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-799-5
  • Number of Pages: 97
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2016 - 2018
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview

The U.S. medical thermometer market size was valued at USD 85.7 million in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 28.7% from 2020 to 2027. A medical thermometer is a diagnostic device, which is used for measuring body temperature. Increasing cases of COVID-19, influenza, norovirus, and other medical conditions, and rising awareness about the importance of monitoring body temperature are the major factors expected to drive the market. Since high fever is a major symptom of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, there has been a sudden surge in demand for thermometers due to the need for temperature screening and monitoring. As per the Worldometer statistics on, June 1, 2020, there were 1.85 million confirmed COVID-19 patients in the U.S. In addition, increasing operations by the emerging and small-sized players and rapid technological advancements are also contributing to the market growth.

U.S. medical thermometer market size

Moreover, the ban of traditional mercury in-glass fever thermometer in 13 states of the U.S. boosts the sale of non-contact thermometers. The government has passed laws for banning the production and sale of mercury thermometers. Through various initiatives, such as the mercury pollution prevention program, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has been spreading awareness about the harmful effects of mercury. Currently, infrared thermometers are being widely used for screening body temperature in public places, given their non-contact benefit.

Instant patents have been provided to many companies that are developing infrared sensors for temperature measurement, to avoid cross-contamination, which is also likely to support market growth. Emerging and small-sized companies, such as Kinsa, a San Francisco-based start-up, and SpotSee, a Texas-based company, are expanding their manufacturing capabilities to address the rising need for thermometers. For instance, Kinsa, Inc., distributed around 7,500 Bluetooth-enabled smart thermometers to community-based organizations and underserved individuals.

This thermometer can pair up with a smartphone app, and allow tracking of real-time COVID-19 hot spots across the U.S. Furthermore, presence of key manufacturers and a number of research and academic institutes using thermometers for laboratory purposes along with rising concerns regarding self-health care management are expected to boost the market growth. For instance, temperature monitoring will be the new norm for COVID-19 infection screening, until a vaccine is ready.

With the community spread of the infection across the globe, including the U.S., over-the-counter sales of thermometers in the consumer market is rising. Citizens were informed to self-screen and monitor themselves at regular intervals. Thus, rising awareness about the significance of body temperature monitoring as an effective way to identify illnesses prior to clinical diagnosis drives the product demand. Moreover, increasing the prevalence of other diseases, such as dengue, swine flu, and malaria, drive demand for these devices for assessment of precise body temperature. According to the CDC, every year, approximately 2,000 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the country.

Device Insights

The mercury-free segment led the overall market in 2019 accounting for the highest share of over 60%. The segment is further divided into infrared radiation, digital, and other thermometers. It is estimated to retain its leading position registering the fastest CAGR over the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the technological advancements, new product launches by key manufacturers, and rising prevalence of fever and flu.

U.S. mercury-free thermometer market share

Other factors driving the segment include benefits offered by mercury-free thermometers, such as higher accuracy, non-contact surface temperature readings, and low chances of cross-infection. In 2018, the Drug Technical Advisory Body (DTAB) approved a proposal to include mercury-free thermometers with BP monitoring machines under the preview of the D&C Act, 1940. This proposal has helped maintain the quality of thermometers, ensuring patient safety. In addition, the growing spread of COVID-19 infection in the U.S. also increased the demand for these devices.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Major companies in the market are stressing on R&D to develop technologically advanced products to gain a competitive edge. For instance, in November 2019, Microlife Corporation launched a new product range consisting of blood pressure monitors, thermometers, nebulizer, scales, and breast pumps. With the launch of these products, the company will expand its product portfolio. Furthermore, in March 2016, Exergen Corp. has launched the Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer (TAT-5000). It is a noninvasive thermometer that allows taking accurate temperature.

It can be used on all types of patients, including infants and children. Companies are also focusing on mergers, partnerships, and acquisitions, to strengthen their product portfolio, manufacturing capacities, and provide competitive diversity. For instance, in July 2017, Cardinal Health acquired Medtronic's deep vein thrombosis, nutritional insufficiency, and patient care business. This acquisition provided Cardinal Health’s customers with more product offerings. Some of the prominent players in the U.S. medical thermometer market include:

  • America Diagnostics Corporation

  • Easywell Biomedicals, Inc.

  • Cardinal Health

  • Compumedics Ltd.

  • Terumo Corporation

  • McKesson Corporation

  • Medical Indicators Inc.

  • Mediaid, Inc.

  • Medline Industries, Inc.

  • 3M (Nexcare)

  • Welch Allyn

  • A&D Medical

  • Exergen Corporation

  • Microlife Corporation

U.S. Medical Thermometer Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 506.8 million

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 653.0 million

Growth Rate

CAGR of 28.7% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered


Country scope

The U.S.

Key companies profiled

Medline Industries, Inc.; 3M (Nexcare); Welch Allyn; America Diagnostics Corp.; A&D Medical; Exergen Corp.; Microlife Corp.; Easywell Biomedicals, Inc.; Cardinal Health; Compumedics Ltd.; Terumo Corp.; Medical Indicators, Inc.; Mediaid, Inc.; McKesson Corp.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the country level and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the U.S. medical thermometer market report on the basis of device:

  • Device Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Mercury-free

      • Infrared Radiation Thermometer

      • Digital Thermometers

      • Others

    • Mercury-based

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