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Helect Infrared Thermometer vs Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer Side-by-Side Comparison

Between the Helect and the Mecurate IRT600A, which is the better IR thermometer to choose? This side-by-side comparison can tell you more.

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Helect Infrared Thermometer Gun

Helect Infrared Thermometer vs Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer

Overall Verdict

The Helect IR thermometer is one of the best IR thermometers in our database. It performed excellently in our performance tests, receiving a total score of 8.0 out of 10 across both the cold and the hot tests. On the other hand, the Mecurate IRT600A only received a score of 6.9 out of 10.

However, while the Helect provides very good measurement accuracy, it falls behind in building quality and user experience. The construction of the thermometer is fairly cheap, and the lack of extra measurement modes makes the Helect less versatile than the Mecurate IRT600A.

So, when it boils down to it, if it’s measurement accuracy that you seek, the Helect will give you the value for your money. But on the other hand, if you want a pleasant user experience and versatility from your IR thermometer, you’ll enjoy the Mecurate IRT600A better.

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Pros & Cons

  • Affordable
  • Accurate IR sensor that produces very good readings
  • Decent build quality
  • Bright, single-dot laser emitter
  • Loud speakers
  • Solid build quality.
  • Has several measurement modes.
  • Practical laser emitter with 13-point patterning.
  • Easy to handle with a clicky, tactile trigger.
  • Bright, colored VA display panel.
  • Comes bundled with a meat thermometer
  • The thermometer itself feels quite cheap
  • Lacks many measurement modes
  • The display panel is dim
  • Unreliable readings. Multiple continuous scans are required before the thermometer “re-calibrates” itself and output more accurate results.

Key Specs

Dimensions
L4 x W1.7 x H6 inches
L3.75 x W1.75 x H5.5 inches
Weight
5.73 ounces
5 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD panel
Colored LCD VA panel
Measurement modes
0
3 (EMS, Average, Max)
Audio cues
Yes
Yes
Temperature range
-58 to 1,022°F (-50 to 550°C)
-58 to 1,122°F (-50 to 600°C)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$19.32
$25.61

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.1
6.9

Cold Test with Ice

7.5
8.6
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.
Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer Cold Test with Ice Video
The Mecurate IRT600A is being used by a reviewer to measure the surface temperature of an ice bath. The display shows 30.7°F.
A reviewer using the Mecurate IR600A to measure the surface temperature of an ice water bath. The screen displays 32°F.
Ice Temperature
32°F
32°F
Temperature at 12”
33.4°F
30.7°F
Temperature at 16”
34.5°F
32°F

Hot Test with Cooking Oil

8.4
5.8
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.
Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer Hot Test with Cooking Oil Video
The Mecurate IRT600A is used to scan the temperature of boiling oil in a pan from 12 inches away. The screen reads 373°F.
The Mecurate IRT600A is used to scan the temperature of boiling oil in a pan from 16 inches away. The screen reads 365°F.
Oil Temperature
361°F
361°F
Temperature at 12”
367.5°F
373°F
Temperature at 16”
361.6°F
365°F

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.0
9.5

In the Box

The Helect IR thermometer in the center, with its plastic sleeving to the left, manuals and battery to the right.
The content of the Mecurate IRT600A’s shipping box, which includes the IR thermometer, a meat probe, batteries, and paperworks.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the Helect IR thermometer. The length is 4 inches, width is 1.7 inches, and height is 6 inches.
The dimensions of the Mecurate IRT600A. The height is 5.5 inches, the length is 3.75 inches, and the width is 1.75 inches.
Weight
5.7 oz (162 g)
5.0 oz (142 g)
Length
4.0" (10.2 cm)
3.8" (9.5 cm)
Width
1.7" (4.3 cm)
1.8" (4.4 cm)
Height
6.0" (15.2 cm)
5.5" (14.0 cm)

Build Quality

8.0
9.0
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.
Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer Build Quality Video
The side profile of the Mecurate IRT600A. The thermometer is lying on a dark grey concrete table.
The front profile of the Mecurate IRT600A while it’s lying on a dark grey concrete table.

Laser Emitter

9.0
10
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.
The Mecurate IRT600A laser dot pattern in a dark room.
The Mecurate IRT600A laser dot pattern in a dark room.
The Mecurate IRT600A is scanning the temperature of the top of its shipping box, showcasing the 13-dot laser emitter.
The large infrared sensor and the active laser emitter on the Mecurate IRT600A IR thermometer. The laser emitter is lit up.
Laser Pattern
Single-dot
13-point
Brightness
Good
Good

Display Panel

7.0
10
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.
The colored VA-type display panel at the back of the Mecurate IRT600A IR thermometer. The screen is showing 28°C.
The colored VA display panel of the Mecurate IRT600A displays data very clearly and vividly.
Display Type
LCD
Colored LCD VA
Backlight
Yes
Yes
Display Size
1.25
1.3

Battery Compartment

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.
The internal battery compartment of the Mecurate IRT600A thermometer. Two AAA batteries are already in place.
The battery compartment of the Mecurate IRT600A, with the batteries in place.
Battery Type
9V
AAA

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
5.3
7.9

Handling

7.5
9.0
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.
The Mecurate IRT600A is being tested by a reviewer. The IR thermometer measures the surface temperature of a dark grey table.
The Mecurate IRT600A is being tested by a reviewer. The IR thermometer measures the surface temperature of a dark grey table.
A close-up shot of the textured portion of the back of the Mecurate IR thermometer’s handle.
A close-up shot of the indents at the front of the Mecurate IR thermometer’s handle.

Measurement Modes

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

Audio Cues

8.0
8.0

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