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Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 vs Helect Infrared Thermometer Gun Side-by-Side Comparison

Between the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 and the Helect infrared thermometer gun, which is the better model to buy? See our detailed comparison!

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Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 vs Helect Infrared Thermometer Gun

Overall Verdict

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The Helect infrared thermometer stands out as one of the highest performers in our database, while the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 falls short in several aspects. In terms of performance, the Helect scored an impressive 8.0 out of 10, making it one of the best performers. Conversely, the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 received a lackluster score of 4.1, underperforming in the hot test with oil.

Both models fared decently in the design category. However, our reviewers favored the Helect, giving it a score of 8.0 out of 10, while the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 received a score of 7.3.

Despite being a top choice, the Helect didn't perform well in the usability section due to a lack of extra measurement modes. It received a usability score of 5.35, lower than the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080, which scored 5.55. Although the Etekcity lacks a speaker, it compensates with the availability of three extra measurement modes.

Despite its slight drawback in usability, the Helect infrared thermometer, known for its high measurement accuracy, remains a solid choice for most individuals.

Pros & Cons

  • The handle is textured and has indents that improve the user’s grip
  • Affordable
  • Accurate IR sensor that produces very good readings
  • Decent build quality
  • Bright, single-dot laser emitter
  • Loud speakers
  • Poor accuracy on the hot test with cooking oil
  • Metallic clicky sound in the trigger seems to suggest a manufacturing defect
  • The thermometer itself feels quite cheap
  • Lacks many measurement modes
  • The display panel is dim

Key Specs

Dimensions
L3.9 x W1.57 x H6.3 inches
L4 x W1.7 x H6 inches
Weight
4.59 ounces
5.73 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD panel
Backlit LCD panel
Measurement modes
2
0
Audio cues
No
Yes
Temperature range
-58°F to 1,130°F (-50°C to 610°C)
-58 to 1,022°F (-50 to 550°C)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$26.13
$19.32

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
4.1
8.1

Cold Test with Ice

7.8
7.5
Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Infrared Thermometer Cold Test
The Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 measures the surface temperature of an ice chest from 12 inches away. The screen reads 33.4°F.
The Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 measures the surface temperature of an ice chest from 16 inches away. The screen reads 34.3°F.
Helect Infrared Thermal Gun Cold Test with Ice Video
The Helect IR thermometer measuring temperature of an ice bath from 12 inches away. The screen displays 33.4°F.
The Helect IR thermometer measures the temperature of an ice bath from 16 inches away. The screen displays 34.5°F.
Ice Temperature
32°F
32°F
Temperature12
33.4°F
33.4°F
Temperature16
34.3°F
34.5°F

Hot Test with Cooking Oil

1.6
8.4
Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Infrared Thermometer Hot Test
The reading of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 from 12 inches away from a hot pan of cooking oil: 374.7°F.
The Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 measures the surface temperature of a pan of cooking oil from 16 inches away. The screen reads 381.2F.
Helect Infrared Thermal Gun Hot Test with Cooking Oil Video
The Helect IR thermometer measuring the temperature of boiling from away 12 inches away. The screen displays 367.5°F.
The Helect IR thermometer measures the temperature of boiling oil from 16 inches away. The screen shows 361.6°F.
Oil Temperature
361°F
361°F
Temperature12
374.7°F
367.5°F
Temperature16
381.2°F
361.6°F

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.3
8.0

In the Box

The Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 is in the frame's center. The user manual and the warranty card are to the left, and the plastic packaging is to the right.
The Helect IR thermometer in the center, with its plastic sleeving to the left, manuals and battery to the right.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080. The length is 3.9 inches, the width is 1.57 inches, and the height is 6.3 inches.
The dimensions of the Helect IR thermometer. The length is 4 inches, width is 1.7 inches, and height is 6 inches.
Weight
4.6 oz (130 g)
5.7 oz (162 g)
Length
3.9" (9.9 cm)
4.0" (10.2 cm)
Width
1.6" (4.0 cm)
1.7" (4.3 cm)
Height
6.3" (16.0 cm)
6.0" (15.2 cm)

Build Quality

7.0
8.0
The black-and-yellow Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 on its side on a dark grey concrete table top.
Helect Infrared Thermal Gun Build Quality Video
The Helect IR thermometer on its side on a slate grey concrete table, presenting its full side profile.

Laser Emitter

8.0
9.0
The red laser dot of the laser emitter on the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 in a dark room.
The red laser dot of the laser emitter on the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 in a dark room.
The laser emitter and the IR sensor of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080.
The Helect IR thermometer in the black-gloved hand of a reviewer. The thermometer is in scanning mode and there’s a laser dot in the background.
The laser emitter on the Helect IR thermometer is very bright and can be easily tracked even in harsh studio lighting.
The Helect IR thermometer in the black-gloved hand of a reviewer. The thermometer is in scanning mode and there’s a laser dot in the background.
The red laser dot of the Helect IR thermometer gun’s laser emitter in a dark room.
A close-up view of the laser emitter and the sensor head of the Helect IR thermometer.
Laser Pattern
Single-dot
Single-dot
Brightness
Good
Good

Display Panel

7.0
7.0
The backlit LCD display panel of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 with the backlight off (left) and on (right). The screen shows 78.9°F.
The LCD display panel of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 with the backlight off (left) and on (right.)
The LCD display panel of the Helect IR thermometer with the backlight turned off. The screen reads 28.7°C
The Helect IR thermometer’s screen with the backlight off.
The LCD display panel of the Helect IR thermometer with the backlight turned off. The screen reads 28.7°C
The LCD display panel of the Helect IR thermometer with the backlight turned on. The screen reads 28.7°C.
Display Type
Backlit LCD Panel
LCD
Backlight
Yes
Yes
Display Size
1.18
1.25

Battery Compartment

The inside of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080’s battery compartment, with two triple-A batteries and a pull tab.
A view into the open battery compartment of the Helect IR thermometer. Inside is a label with the print “9V 6F22.”
The open battery compartment of the Helect IR thermometer.
Battery Type
AAA
9V

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
5.5
5.3

Handling

7.5
7.5
The black-gloved hand of a reviewer holding and using the trigger of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 IR thermometer.
The black-gloved hand of a reviewer holding and using the trigger of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 IR thermometer.
The indents at the front of the handle of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 IR thermometer.
The Helect IR thermometer in the black-gloved hand of a reviewer.
The bulbous handle can be uncomfortable to hold for people with smaller hands.
The Helect IR thermometer in the black-gloved hand of a reviewer.
A close-up of the curved, bulbous grip of the Helect IR thermometer.

Measurement Modes

6.0
0.0
Emissivity
0.10-1.00
No
Average Mode
No
No
Min Mode
No
No
Max Mode
Yes
No
Calibration
No
No
Alarm Mode
No
No

Audio Cues

0.0
8.0