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SOVARCATE HS960D Manual vs Eventek ET312 Infrared Thermometer Side-by-Side Comparison

This side-by-side comparison between the Sovarcate HS960D and the Eventek ET312 will help you choose the best IR thermometer for your kitchen!

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Sovarcate HS960D Digital

Eventek ET312 Infrared Thermometer Gun

SOVARCATE HS960D Manual vs Eventek ET312 Infrared Thermometer

Overall Verdict

Choosing the better IR thermometer between the Sovarcate HS960D and the Eventek ET312 is difficult. Both models did very well in our tests and are among the top performers.

The Eventek has the edge over the Sovarcate HS960D in terms of performance. The thermometer received a total performance score of 8.2 out of 10 thanks to its accurate readings. Meanwhile, the scoring of the Sovarcate HS960D is far more modest at only 6.7 out of 10 due to lackluster accuracy in the hot test with oil.

However, the Sovarcate HS960D made it back up with excellent design quality. With a rugged housing, colored LCD panel, and a bright laser emitter, it beats the Eventek by a mile in this section.

As for usability, the Eventek ET312 once more performed better by having up to four extra measurement modes, which improves its versatility greatly. The Sovarcate HS960D only comes with one.

Overall, the Eventek ET312 is the way to go if you want performance. But if a ruggedized, premium design is what you seek, consider the Sovarcate HS960D.

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Pros & Cons

  • Decently accurate and reliable performance
  • Rugged and well-built housing
  • Bright, single-dot laser emitter
  • Brightly-lit colored LCD VA screen panel
  • Has a speaker
  • Textured handgrip and tactile trigger make the thermometer easy and comfortable to use
  • Great IR sensor that returns accurate readings
  • Well-built outer housing and parts
  • Bright laser emitter
  • Handling experience is decent
  • Decent complement of measurement modes for the kitchen
  • Loud speakers give off audio cues when the thermometer has finished scanning
  • Doesn’t come with many measurement modes
  • The product looks and feels cheap
  • The handle isn’t textured, which can make it slippery on wet hands

Key Specs

Dimensions
L4.3 x W1.81 x H6.3 inches
L3.14 x W1.65 x H6.3 inches
Weight
5.58 ounces
4.36 ounces
Display type
Color LCD VA panel
Backlit LCD
Measurement modes
1
4 (EMS, average, min, max)
Audio cues
Yes
Yes
Temperature range
-58°F to 1112°F(-50℃ to 600℃)
-50 to 550°C (-58 to 1,022°F)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$24.03
$14.66

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.7
8.2

Cold Test with Ice

8.4
8.3
SOVARCATE HS960D Infrared Thermometer Cold Test
The Sovarcate HS960D measuring the temperature of an ice chest from 12 inches away. The screen reads 30.2°F.
The Sovarcate HS960D measuring the temperature of an ice chest from 16 inches away. The screen reads 30.7°F.
Eventek Infrared Thermometer Gun Cold Test with Ice Video
The Eventek ET312, from 12 inches away, displaying a temperature of 32.2°F on the screen.
The Eventek ET312, from a distance of 16 inches away, displaying a temperature of 33.5°F on the screen.
Ice Temperature
32°F
32°F
Temperature at 12”
30.2°F
32.2°F
Temperature at 16”
30.7°F
33.5°F

Hot Test with Cooking Oil

5.6
8.1
SOVARCATE HS960D Infrared Thermometer Hot Test
The Sovarcate HS960D measuring the temperature of a pan of cooking oil from 12 inches away. The screen reads 373°F.
The Sovarcate HS960D measuring the temperature of a pan of cooking oil from 16 inches away. The screen reads 369°F.
Eventek Infrared Thermometer Gun Hot Test with Cooking Oil Video
The Eventek ET312 IR thermometer is displaying a temperature reading of 367.1°F at 12 inches away from the pan of cooking oil.
The Eventek G550 measures the temperature of a pan of hot oil from a distance of 16 inches away. The screen reads 363.3°F.
Oil Temperature
361°F
361°F
Temperature at 12”
373°F
367.1°F
Temperature at 16”
369°F
363.3°F

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.5
7.9

In the Box

The Sovarcate HS960D in the center of the frame. To the left of the IR thermometer are the user manual and the batteries, and to the right is the plastic packaging.
The Eventek IR thermometer in the center of the frame on its side. To the left is the box, and to the right is the battery and user manual.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the Sovarcate HS960D. The height is 6.3 inches, the length is 4.3 inches, and the width is 1.81 inches.
The dimensions of the Eventek ET312. The length is 3.14 inches, the width is 1.65 inches, and the height is 6.3 inches.
Weight
5.6 oz (158 g)
4.4 oz (124 g)
Length
4.3" (10.9 cm)
3.1" (8.0 cm)
Width
1.8" (4.6 cm)
1.6" (4.2 cm)
Height
6.3" (16.0 cm)
6.3" (16.0 cm)

Build Quality

9.5
8.0
SOVARCATE HS960D Infrared Thermometer Build Quality video
The Sovarcate HS960D lying on its side on a slate grey concrete table top.
Eventek Infrared Thermometer Gun Build Quality Video
The Eventek ET312 IR thermometer on its side on a slate grey concrete countertop.

Laser Emitter

9.5
9.0
The bright red single-dot laser beam of the Sovarcate HS960D IR thermometer in a dark room.
The bright red single-dot laser beam of the Sovarcate HS960D IR thermometer in a dark room.
The laser emitter and the IR sensor of the Sovarcate HS960D IR thermometer.
The red dot of the Eventek ET312’s laser emitter in a dark room.
Laser Pattern
Single-dot
Single-dot
Brightness
Good
Good

Display Panel

9.5
6.5
The colored LCD VA display panel of the Sovarcate HS960D. The screen reads 27.3°C and is in HOLD mode.
The backlit LCD screen of the Eventek ET312. The screen shows 81.1°F. The symbologies for HOLD and MAX are lit up.
The backlit LCD screen of the Eventek ET312. The screen shows 81.1°F. The symbologies for HOLD and MAX are lit up.
The backlight of the LCD screen of the Eventek ET312 is turned on.
Display Type
Color LCD VA panel
Backlit LCD
Backlight
Yes
Yes
Display Size
1.18
1.18

Battery Compartment

The battery compartment of the Sovarcate HS960D is opened. The user manual is to the right of the IR thermometer. Both are lying on a slate grey concrete table top.
The Eventek ET312 IR thermometer’s opened battery compartment and complimentary battery pack to the right, on a slate grey concrete table top.
Battery Type
AAA
AAA

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
7.2
8.0

Handling

9.0
8.0
The SOVARCATE HS960D Infrared Thermometer in the gloved hand of a reviewer against a blurry blue backdrop with a pitcher.
The SOVARCATE HS960D Infrared Thermometer in the gloved hand of a reviewer against a blurry blue backdrop with a pitcher.
The indents on the textured handgrip of the Sovarcate HS960D IR thermometer.
The black, textured plastic backside of the Sovarcate HS960D’s handgrip.
The gloved hand of a reviewer holding the Eventek ET312 IR thermometer. In the background is a toaster oven.
The gloved hand of a reviewer holding the Eventek ET312 IR thermometer. In the background is a toaster oven.
A close-up of the Eventek ET312’s handle, with indents and the trigger.
A close-up of the Eventek ET312’s handle, showcasing its ridged patterning.

Measurement Modes

3.0
8.0
Emissivity
0.10-1.00
0.8-0.95
Average Mode
No
No
Min Mode
No
Yes
Max Mode
No
Yes
Calibration
No
Yes
Alarm Mode
No
No

Audio Cues

9.0
8.0
The control panel and the speaker holes on the Sovarcate HS960D IR thermometer. The button reads “°C/°F”, “EMS”, and symbol for the laser light.

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