It's that time of year again, when days and nights
are filled with runny noses and kids coughing. So we decided to put
a few flu and cold products to the test to get you prepared for
another germ invasion. All of these products are available at local
stores or online at the major retailers.
Our editors loved how easy these two were to fill and dump. We
admit we missed the comforting image of steam coming out of the
humidifier-these have an invisible mist-but we could feel a strong
current of cool air coming out of both. Both came with germ-free
filters and were the workhorses of the bunch-solid and functional.
Kids will like the stars projected on the ceiling with the Starry
The owl-shaped humidifier we tested was adorable and the
double row of mist spewing out of its head was moist and
comforting. This one was also easy to fill and clean. The
teardrop-shaped humidifier blew out a nice stream of cool mist and
was attractive enough even to be used in mom's room. We also liked
that Crane is a local company-it's headquartered in
We were eager to try this thermometer after seeing it on
TV commercials. Taking a temperature is as super easy and fast as
promised. It proved accurate, too, alerting on a fever in one of
the five testers who was sick.
This one was extremely accurate. The thermometer was easy
to use and includes three separate attachments for rectal, oral and
underarm. Best of all, all the attachments store within the
thermometer-no searching for missing pieces in the middle of the
We had mixed results with this thermometer. It was very easy and
quick to use, but the thermometer gave the same reading when tested
on several people and failed to register a fever on one of our
testers who actually had a fever.
These super-cute stuffed animals are actually heat and cold
packs perfect for feverish heads or sore bellies. Our testers loved
snuggling with the warm bears after they were heated in the
microwave and the cold packs beat messy ice bags that end up
dripping all over pillows.