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Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 vs Wintact WT530 Infrared Thermometer Side-by-Side Comparison

Between the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 and the Wintact WT530 infrared thermometer, it’s clear from the get-go which is the better model to pick.

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Wintact WT530 Infrared Thermometer

Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 vs Wintact WT530 Infrared Thermometer

Overall Verdict

It's a clear choice for us when deciding between the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 and the Wintact WT530 infrared thermometer. The Wintact WT530 stands out as one of the top models we've tested this year, boasting an impressive total performance score of 8.0 out of 10. On the other hand, the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 received a meager total score of 4.1 out of 10, mainly due to its failure in the hot test with oil.

In terms of the overall score, the Wintact WT530 narrowly outperformed the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080, receiving a score of 7.6 compared to the Lasergrip 1080's 7.3. This slight advantage is primarily due to the Wintact's brighter display.

Furthermore, the Wintact WT530 shines in terms of usability with its four different measurement modes and a sound speaker. In contrast, the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 falls short with only three measurement modes and lacks a sound speaker.

Considering all these factors, it's evident that the Wintact WT530 infrared thermometer is the superior choice compared to the Lasergrip 1080 in almost every way.

Pros & Cons

  • The handle is textured and has indents that improve the user’s grip
  • Decently affordable
  • Very good measurement accuracy
  • Various measurement modes are available
  • Lower temperature tolerance than other IR thermometers on the market (±1.5°F)
  • Poor accuracy on the hot test with cooking oil
  • Metallic clicky sound in the trigger seems to suggest a manufacturing defect
  • The battery compartment has a very loose lid

Key Specs

Dimensions
L3.9 x W1.57 x H6.3 inches
L3.14 x W1.65 x H6.3 inches
Weight
4.59 ounces
4.3 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD panel
Backlit LCD panel
Measurement modes
2
4
Audio cues
No
Yes
Temperature range
-58°F to 1,130°F (-50°C to 610°C)
-58°F to 986°F (-50°C to 530°C)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$26.13
$17.31

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
4.1
8.0

Cold Test with Ice

7.8
8.6
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.
Wintact Infrared Thermometer Cold Test
The Wintact WT530, from 12 inches away, displays a temperature of 32.3°F on the screen.
The Wintact WT530, from 16 inches away, displays a temperature of 33.4°F on the screen.
Ice Temperature
32°F
32°F
Temperature at 12”
33.4°F
32.3°F
Temperature at 16”
34.3°F
33.4°F

Hot Test with Cooking Oil

1.6
7.7
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.
Wintact Infrared Thermometer Hot Test
The Wintact WT530, from 12 inches away, displays a temperature of 369.2°F on the screen.
The Wintact WT530, from 16 inches away, displays a temperature of 362.1°F on the screen.
Oil Temperature
361°F
361°F
Temperature at 12”
374.7°F
369.2°F
Temperature at 16”
381.2°F
362.1°F

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.3
7.6

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 Wintact WT530 IR thermometer is lying on its side in the center of the frame. The printed cardboard shipping box is to the left, and the batteries and the user manual are 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 Wintact WT530 IR thermometer. The length is 3.14 inches, the width is 1.65 inches, and the height is 6.3 inches.
Weight
4.6 oz (130 g)
4.4 oz (124 g)
Length
3.9" (9.9 cm)
3.1" (8.0 cm)
Width
1.6" (4.0 cm)
1.6" (4.2 cm)
Height
6.3" (16.0 cm)
6.3" (16.0 cm)

Build Quality

7.0
7.5
The black-and-yellow Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 on its side on a dark grey concrete table top.
Wintact Infrared Thermometer Build Quality Video
The Wintact WT530 IR thermometer is lying on its side on a dark grey concrete table top.

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 red dot from the laser emitter of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The red dot from the laser emitter of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The laser emitter and the IR sensor of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer.
Laser Pattern
Single-dot
Single-dot
Brightness
Good
Good

Display Panel

7.0
6.5
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 Wintact WT530 IR thermometer’s display with the backlight on (left) and the backlight off (right). The screen currently displays 79.3°F.
The Wintact WT530’s display with the backlight on (left) and the backlight off (right.)
Display Type
Backlit LCD Panel
Backlit LCD Panel
Backlight
Yes
Yes
Display Size
1.18
1.18-inch

Battery Compartment

The inside of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080’s battery compartment, with two triple-A batteries and a pull tab.
The red dot from the laser emitter of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The red dot from the laser emitter of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The laser emitter and the IR sensor of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer.
Battery Type
AAA
AAA

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
5.5
8.1

Handling

7.5
8.0
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 Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in the black-gloved hand of a reviewer and a finger on the red trigger of the IR thermometer.
The Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in the black-gloved hand of a reviewer and a finger on the red trigger of the IR thermometer.
A close-up view of the indents on the handle of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer.

Measurement Modes

6.0
8.0
Emissivity
0.10-1.00
0.8 & 0.95
Average Mode
No
No
Min Mode
No
Yes
Max Mode
Yes
Yes
Calibration
No
Yes
Alarm Mode
No
No

Audio Cues

0.0
8.5

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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Lap is Head of the Research, Testing, and Review Team (RTR Team) at HealthyKitchen101.com, where he directs and supervises the testing of kitchen gadgets and appliances.

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