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Klein Tools IR1 vs SOVARCATE HS980E Digital Infrared Thermometer Side-by-Side Comparison

If you’re on the fence about whether to pick the Klein Tools IR1 or the Sovarcate HS980E, check out this side-by-side comparison!

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Klein Tools IR1 Infrared Thermometer


Klein Tools IR1 vs SOVARCATE HS980E Digital Infrared Thermometer

Overall Verdict

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Our benchmark rates the Klein Tools IR1 with a total performance score of 7.9, significantly higher than the Sovarcate HS980E, which scored 7.1.

However, despite the Klein Tools IR1 being well-built, it can't compete with the Sovarcate HS980E in terms of design. The HS980E earns an impressive near-perfect score of 9.8 out of 10, while the Klein Tools IR1 only achieves 8.3. The Sovarcate HS980E boasts a rugged design, a colored LCD screen, and a bright 13-point laser emitter.

Another aspect to consider is usability, where once again, the Sovarcate HS980E outshines the Klein Tools IR1 with a score of 8.3. Unfortunately, the Klein Tools IR1 falls behind with a score of 4.5 due to its restrictive design. The IR1's battery compartment and sole control button are hidden behind a screwed-in panel, making it less user-friendly.

The Klein Tools IR1 also lacks extra measurement modes, whereas the Sovarcate HS980E offers three.

If measurement accuracy is your top priority, then the Klein Tools IR1 is suitable. However, the Sovarcate HS980E is better if you value versatility and user-friendliness.

Pros & Cons

  • Rugged, industrial-grade design
  • Quality IR sensor provides decently accurate readings
  • Bright laser emitter
  • Bright backlit LCD display panel
  • Fairly accurate and reliable temperature readings.
  • Rugged, industrial design
  • Extremely bright laser emitter
  • Color LCD VA screen panel
  • Comes with a good selection of measurement modes
  • Very loud speakers
  • Doesn’t come with any extra measurement mode
  • The measurement unit switch and battery are hidden behind a screwed-in door
  • Measurement accuracy can be better.

Key Specs

L4 x W1.77 x H5.9 inches
L3.74 x W1.77 x H6.3 inches
6.8 ounces
5.5 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD panel
LCD VA panel
Measurement modes
Audio cues
Temperature range
-4 to 752°F (-20 to 400°C)
-58 to 1,122°F (-50 to 600°C)

Where to Buy

Price at publication

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