Home > Healthcare > Medical Devices > Medical Supplies > Infrared Thermometers Market

Infrared Thermometers Market - By Product Type (Handheld Infrared Thermometers, Pocket Infrared Thermometers, Fixed Mount Infrared Thermometers), By Measurement Point, By Application, By Distribution Channel, By End-use & Forecast, 2022 -2028

  • Report ID: GMI5242
  • Published Date: Apr 2022
  • Report Format: PDF

Infrared Thermometers Market Size

Infrared Thermometers Market size surpassed USD 1,500 million in 2021 and is estimated to register -2.6% CAGR between 2022 and 2028. The rapidly growing population along with patients suffering from infectious diseases is resulting in rising product demand, thereby surging the overall market growth. These thermometers are a part of global automation business and are precisely predictive in temperature measurement that is one of the key measures in the healthcare and manufacturing sector.

Infrared Thermometers Market

Rapidly increasing product demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide and rising predominance of infectious diseases coupled with affordability, availability and simplicity of usage are the major factors that are expected to drive the market demand. Moreover, due to the rising prevalence of diseases such as influenza, malaria, diarrhoea along with neo-natal care, and rising elderly population is also expected to propel the infrared thermometers market expansion.

Infrared thermometers refer to devices that use infrared radiation to monitor the temperature of the human body by detecting thermal radiation released by the body. These thermometers employ electromagnetic radiation to measure the temperature of a surface without touching it and enable users to monitor temperature in situations where standard sensors are ineffective.

However, accuracy limitations of these thermometers and the dearth of a proficient workforce for handling these devices might negatively affect the market growth. These systems require skilled workers with proper knowledge to operate them. According to a published research article, in 2020, certain European countries faced shortage of skilled workforce with medical laboratories and hospitals among others that may severely affect the adoption.

Furthermore, the rising prices of technologically advance thermometers are one of the major restraints faced by the market. Due to high inflation and less affordability of technological product by middle class segments is a major concern for the developing market across the globe. Therefore, the lack of skilled labour and rising cost of these thermometers resulting in less affordability may hamper the infrared thermometers industry demand.

The COVID-19 outbreak has proven to be beneficial and had a positive impact on the market growth. This is owing to the rising use of novel thermometers to determine and measure the temperature of the body as a COVID-19 preventive treatment mechanism. To curb the spread of coronavirus infections, demand for non-contact thermometers surged, and this led to a substantial rise in demand for these Thermometers. As per the recently published article, the overall testing of body temperature with advanced thermometers increased by more than 150% compared with pre-pandemic volume. The increasing demand has forced to surge the R&D in medical device industry that has led to the demand for Thermometers. These devices help in, data filtering, patient recognition, effectiveness of on-going medical treatment for better efficiency and clinical performance with accurate results. Thus, the COVID-19 pandemic augmented the demand and is expected to drive the industry progression.

Infrared Thermometers Market Trends

There has been an upsurge in R&D activities coupled with high investments and clinical trials for the development of innovative medical devices that provide valuable advantages for the patients as well as the company. As per the article published in 2019, the pharmaceutical companies across the globe spent over USD 83 billion for R&D activities for innovative medical devices.

Additionally, the rising prevalence of infectious diseases have upsurged the use of advanced thermometers in hospitals and various healthcare facilities. The rising demand for these thermometers for their accuracy and reliability have proliferated the medical device companies to develop robust technology products for temperature measurement. This specifies the rising R&D activities in the medical device, healthcare and pharmaceutical sector that are predicted to increase in near future. Hence, an upsurge in R&D activities is associated with the growing product demand to deliver robust and validated results in less time & with higher efficiency that is expected to propel the infrared thermometers market revenue.

Infrared Thermometers Market Analysis

Global Infrared Thermometers, By Product Type

Based on product type, the market is segmented into handheld infrared thermometers, pocket infrared thermometers, and fixed mount infrared thermometers. The handheld infrared thermometers surpassed USD 1,320 million in 2021. Handheld thermometers devices are systems that facilitates temperature measurement through devices held in hand. These device type majorly offers a combination of advance technology and a comprehensive range of applications that is helping the operators to provide focused & accurate outcomes. The significant applications of handheld thermometers are gaining significant demand in developing countries, particularly due to rising COVID-19 patients, patients suffering from infectious diseases, measuring effectiveness of the medical treatment, among others. Therefore, above mentioned factors are expected to positively influence the handheld thermometers demand.

Based on measurement point, the market is segmented into ear infrared thermometers, forehead infrared thermometers, and multifunction infrared thermometers. The forehead infrared thermometers segment is anticipated to reach around USD 404 million by 2028. This majority revenue share is highly attributed to forehead thermometers delivering quick and accurate detection of body temperature at lower handling costs. Due to the high prevalence of COVID-19 pandemic, temperature measurement was an important factor to be considered for evaluation of good health. As this virus can spread via touch devices with touch-free technology were required during the pandemic.

Forehead thermometers were a perfect device to instantly determine and measure the body temperature of any individual with accurate readings. This helps to determine and detect illness and also measure the effectiveness of the ongoing treatment. The launch of technological advanced devices by prominent players is further set to drive the market share. Hence, owing to a host of advantages provided by forehead thermometers coupled with the development of precise temperature measurement systems are expected to stimulate infrared thermometers market growth in the coming years.

Global Infrared Thermometers Market Share, By Application

Based on application, the market is segmented into medical infrared thermometers and veterinary infrared thermometers. The medical infrared thermometers segment is expected to reach over USD 538 million by 2028. This assertive market share is owing to the rising medical complications due to a broad range of infectious diseases and rise in the number of COVID-19 patients, thereby prevailing the use of thermometers in medical and healthcare facilities across the globe. For instance, as per the article published by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), an estimated over 50 million people suffered from fatal infectious diseases every year worldwide.

The COVID-19 pandemic also promoted the research activities associated with drug discovery for the treatment of this infectious disease such as infectious mononucleosis, influenza, salmonella infections, and tuberculosis among others. Medical thermometers are most probably used in hospitals, healthcare clinics, and other isolation facilities. These thermometers measure accurate and contactless temperatures using optical components and infrared detector. Innovations in thermometers and customization along with full traceability, reliability, and security features to handle increasing regulatory requirements. Thus, a host of capabilities possessed by these thermometers is projected to augment the use of these devices in the pharmaceutical industry, thereby driving the market growth significantly.

Based on distribution channel, the market is segmented into retail stores and online channels. The retail stores segment exceeded USD 1,230 in 2021. This majority market share attributed to the easy accessibility, brand familiarity, and availability of these thermometers in the retail stores. Additionally, effective pricing strategies and promotional offers incurred by the retail stores enhance the sales of these thermometers. Accurate and precise information provided by these outlets to customers and patients influences buying intentions and liberty of consumers. Due to the rising infectious diseases and COVID-19 patients in the recent years have influence the people to have a routine check-up or monitoring of temperature at home and other feasible locations. Thus, the above-mentioned factors play a significant role in the buying choices of a consumer that leads to segmental expansion.

Based on end-use, the market is segmented into hospitals and clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, and others. The hospitals and clinics segment is anticipated to reach over USD 306 million by 2028. This substantial growth is owing to the growing adoption of thermometers in hospitals and clinics. Owing to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, several players are focusing to introduce advanced technological devices comprising of accurate temperature measurement thermometers for hospitals and clinics. These thermometers are installed with optical components, IR detector, electronics, and a display or interface output stage which help to continuously monitor the temperature of patients suffering from infectious diseases. Owing to numerous benefits offered by these thermometers in essential data collection of patients is set to promote business demand.

The notable contribution of R&D by the major players is expected to increase the product acceptance rate. According to the survey of National Health Expenditure Accounts (NHEA), hospitals and clinics account for around 9.7% of total healthcare costs in the U.S. Additionally, as per the reports published by American Hospital Association, in 2017, there were approximately 36.5 million admissions in the hospitals, thereby, signalling the demand for advanced thermometers and temperature measuring devices therefore fuelling the industry size. The rising prevalence of infectious diseases such as influenza, malaria, pneumonia, etc. is also contributing to the revenue growth.

Global Infrared Thermometers, By Region

U.S. infrared thermometers market is anticipated to reach over USD 215 million by 2028. This high revenue share is due to the growing prevalence of infectious diseases, rising R&D activities & investment, etc. According to the recent reports from the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over 13 million people suffered for Influenza type A & B in 2020. Moreover, according to the recement statistics published by the WHO, around 784 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in U.S in 2021. These thermometers were used continuously to monitor the temperature of these patient so as to take necessary precautions for future treatment.

The U.S. has an excellent healthcare spending potential that is increasing and making it a very lucrative opportunity for the industry. Rising popularity of homecare solutions and increasing healthcare expenditure indicates the need for advanced thermometers in the U.S. Presence of prime manufacturers of high-end thermometers in the U.S. such as Welch Allyn, Exergen Corp, among others also facilitate revenue growth in the nation.

Infrared Thermometers Market Share

Some of the major players operating in the infrared thermometers industry are

  • OMRON Corporation
  • Geratherm Medical AG
  • Welch Allyn (Hill-Rom Inc.)
  • Contec Medical Systems Co., Ltd.
  • Exergen Corp
  • BV Medical
  • Aoss Medical Supply
  • Foracare Sussie AG
  • BPL Medical Technologies

Major players are adopting strategic formulations such as forward integration, new product development, geographical expansion, and research collaborations to garner maximum revenue share and promote company growth.

Recent industry developments:

  • In July 2021, iGear, a manufacturer and distributor of advanced electromedical devices launched Thermo Check. This thermometer can be mounted on a wall at the entrance of various hospitals or healthcare instituters to monitor the temperatures of patients automatically. This helped the company to diversify their product portfolio and increase their business revenue.
  • In May 2020, Neptune, a manufacturer, and provider of medical devices specialized in health and wellness products, launched Neptune Air. This strategic move helped the company to increase the supply of thermometers in North America, which resulted in substantial rise in the business revenue of the company.

Infrared thermometers market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2017 to 2028, for the following segments:

Click here to Buy Section of this Report

By Product Type

  • Handheld Infrared Thermometers
  • Pocket Infrared Thermometers
  • Fixed Mount Infrared Thermometers

By Measurement Point

  • Ear Infrared Thermometers
  • Forehead Infrared Thermometers
  • Multifunction Infrared Thermometers

By Application

  • Medical Infrared Thermometers
  • Veterinary Infrared Thermometers

By Distribution Channel

  • Retail Stores
  • Online Channels

By End-use

  • Hospitals and Clinics
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • UK
    • Spain
    • Italy
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina 
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


Authors: Mariam Faizullabhoy

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global infrared thermometers industry size had crossed USD 1,500 million in 2021 and is poised to hit a -2.6% CAGR between 2022 and 2028 due to the rising prevalence of infectious diseases and the fast-growing population.

Infrared thermometers deploy infrared radiation and are used for monitoring the temperature of the human body by detecting thermal radiation. They are also employed in situations where standard sensors are ineffective.

Demand for handheld infrared thermometers was valued at over USD 1,320 million in 2021 and will grow with rising utilization in the treatment of the COVID-19 patients

U.S. infrared thermometers market is expected to generate a revenue of over USD 215 million by 2028 impelled by the rising burden of infectious diseases, and the surge in R&D activities & investments in the region.

Infrared Thermometers Market Scope

Buy Now

Premium Report Details

  • Base Year: 2021
  • Companies covered: 12
  • Tables & Figures: 300
  • Countries covered: 18
  • Pages: 200
 Download PDF