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Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 vs ThermoPro TP-30 Digital Infrared Thermometer Side-by-Side Comparison

If you’re on the fence about whether to pick the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 or the ThermoPro TP-30 infrared thermometer, check out this detailed comparison!

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ThermoPro TP-30 Digital

Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 vs ThermoPro TP-30 Digital Infrared Thermometer

Overall Verdict

The ThermoPro TP-30 outperforms the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 in all three major assessments. According to our benchmark, the Etekcity receives a score of 4.1 out of 10, while the ThermoPro TP-30 scores a higher 6.3. The Etekcity's low score can be attributed to its failure in our hot test with oil.

When it comes to design, the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 scores 7.3, while the ThermoPro TP-30 slightly surpasses it with a score of 7.9. This is primarily due to the TP-30's sturdier housing and a noticeably brighter laser emitter compared to the Etekcity.

In terms of usability, the ThermoPro TP-30 offers an advantage with three measurement modes, whereas the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 only provides two.

Considering these factors, if you choose between the two, the ThermoPro TP-30 would be a decent upgrade from the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080. However, in this price range, better models offer superior performance, build quality, and ease of use. You can find more details in our database.

Pros & Cons

  • The handle is textured and has indents that improve the user’s grip
  • Relatively affordable
  • Bright laser emitter
  • The display panel is bright and does a good job of displaying data
  • Comes with a variety of measurement modes
  • Poor accuracy on the hot test with cooking oil
  • Metallic clicky sound in the trigger seems to suggest a manufacturing defect
  • Overall measurement accuracy is mediocre
  • Handling experience could be better

Key Specs

Dimensions
L3.9 x W1.57 x H6.3 inches
L4.13 x W1.65 x H5.9
Weight
4.59 ounces
5 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD panel
Backlit LCD panel
Measurement modes
2
3
Audio cues
No
No
Temperature range
-58°F to 1,130°F (-50°C to 610°C)
-58°F to -1,022°F (-50°C to 550°C)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$26.13
$22.92

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
4.1
6.3

Cold Test with Ice

7.8
6.8
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.
ThermoPro TP-30 Digital Infrared Thermometer Cold Test
The ThermoPro TP-30 is used to scan the temperature of an ice chest from 12 inches away. The screen reads 34.7°F.
The ThermoPro TP-30 is used to scan the temperature of an ice chest from 16 inches away. The screen reads 35.4°F.
Ice Temperature
32°F
32°F
Temperature at 12”
33.4°F
34.9°F
Temperature at 16”
34.3°F
35.4°F

Hot Test with Cooking Oil

1.6
6.0
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.
ThermoPro TP-30 Digital Infrared Thermometer Hot Test
The ThermoPro TP-30 is used to scan the temperature of boiling oil in a pan from 12 inches away. The screen reads 372.2°F.
The ThermoPro TP-30 is used to scan the temperature of boiling oil in a pan from 16 inches away. The screen reads 368.4°F.
Oil Temperature
361°F
361°F
Temperature at 12”
374.7°F
372.2°F
Temperature at 16”
381.2°F
368.4°F

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.3
7.9

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 ThermoPro TP-30 stands upright on its handle on a dark grey concrete table top. To its left are the shipping box and user manuals named “ThermoPro” in front.

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 ThermoPro TP-30. The length is 4.13 inches, the width is 1.65 inches, and the height is 5.9 inches.
Weight
4.6 oz (130 g)
5.0 oz (142 g)
Length
3.9" (9.9 cm)
4.1" (10.5 cm)
Width
1.6" (4.0 cm)
1.6" (4.2 cm)
Height
6.3" (16.0 cm)
5.9" (15.0 cm)

Build Quality

7.0
7.5
The black-and-yellow Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 on its side on a dark grey concrete table top.

Laser Emitter

8.0
8.0
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 single-dot, red laser produced by the laser emitter of the ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer.
The single-dot, red laser produced by the laser emitter of the ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer.
The laser emitter and the IR sensor of the ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer.
Laser Pattern
Single-dot
Single-dot
Brightness
Good
Good

Display Panel

7.0
8.5
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 ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer’s display with the backlight off (left) and on (right). The screen reads 84°F.
The ThermoPro TP-30’s display with the backlight off (left) and on (right)
Display Type
Backlit LCD Panel
Backlit LCD panel
Backlight
Yes
Yes
Display Size
1.18
1.18

Battery Compartment

The inside of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080’s battery compartment, with two triple-A batteries and a pull tab.
Battery Type
AAA
AAA

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
5.5
5.0

Handling

7.5
7.0
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 ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer in the white-gloved hand of a reviewer, who’s using it to measure the internal temperature of a toaster oven.
The ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer in the white-gloved hand of a reviewer, who’s using it to measure the internal temperature of a toaster oven.
The indented handle of the ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer being gripped by the white-gloved hand of a reviewer.

Measurement Modes

6.0
5.0
Emissivity
0.10-1.00
No
Average Mode
No
Yes
Min Mode
No
Yes
Max Mode
Yes
Yes
Calibration
No
No
Alarm Mode
No
No

Audio Cues

0.0
0.0

Behind the Comparison

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Matthew Lee is a writer and editor for HealthyKitchen101. With over 8 years working for various outlets and agencies, specializing in tech review and other subjects of note, such as current affairs.

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