Introducing the top contenders on our list of the best infrared thermometers: the Klein Tools IR1 and the Wintact WT530. These impressive devices have earned their spots thanks to their exceptional design and accurate measurements.
Let's start with the Klein Tools IR1. This thermometer offers decent measurement accuracy, earning a performance score of 7.9 out of 10 on our benchmark. Not only that, but it boasts robust and durable housing that can withstand whatever you throw its way. However, it's worth noting that the usability is slightly compromised by the puzzling design of the battery compartment, which is secured with a tight screw. You'll have to grab a screwdriver whenever you need to change the batteries. The sole control switch for the thermometer is hidden behind the screwed-in panel, allowing you to switch between °F and °C effortlessly.
Now, let's turn our attention to the Wintact WT530, a standout in terms of accuracy, with an impressive total performance score of 8.0. While its design is good, it doesn't quite reach the level of excellence seen in the Klein Tools IR1. However, what sets the Wintact apart is its inclusion of four different measurement modes, providing versatility for various applications.
In summary, if you prioritize a thermometer with a solid design, the Klein Tools IR1 is an excellent choice. It excels in the kitchen and fits perfectly in industrial or construction environments. On the other hand, if high measurement accuracy and a wider range of measurement modes are crucial to you, the Wintact WT530 will be the superior option.
Pros & Cons
- Rugged, industrial-grade design
- Quality IR sensor provides decently accurate readings
- Bright laser emitter
- Bright backlit LCD display panel
- Decently affordable
- Very good measurement accuracy
- Various measurement modes are available
- Lower temperature tolerance than other IR thermometers on the market (±1.5°F)
- Doesn’t come with any extra measurement mode
- The measurement unit switch and battery are hidden behind a screwed-in door
- The battery compartment has a very loose lid
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Analysis and Test Results
Cold Test with Ice
Hot Test with Cooking Oil
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Behind the Comparison
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.
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.