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ThermoPro TP-30 Digital vs Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer Side-by-Side Comparison

On the fence about whether to pick the ThermoPro TP-30 or the Mecurate IRT600A thermometer? Our side-by-side comparison can help you choose! Regarding performance, the ThermoPro TP-30 and the Mecurate IRT600A fall within the same score range.

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ThermoPro TP-30 Digital

ThermoPro TP-30 Digital vs Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer

Overall Verdict

Specifically, the ThermoPro TP-30 achieves a total performance score of 6.3 out of 10, while the Mecurate IRT600A slightly outperforms it with a score of 6.9 out of 10, thanks to its more accurate readings in the cold test with ice.

However, it's in the areas of design and usability where the Mecurate IRT600A truly stands out compared to the ThermoPro TP-30.

The Mecurate IRT600A boasts solidly built housing made from high-quality materials, resulting in a significantly better design score. In terms of usability, the Mecurate IRT600A excels with its three different measurement modes and a loud sound speaker, surpassing the ThermoPro TP-30 by a wide margin.

Overall, the Mecurate IRT600A represents a substantial upgrade from the ThermoPro TP-30 in all aspects. If you're looking for the best option in this pair, it's clear which one to choose: the Mecurate IRT600A.

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance70% Design20% Usability10% ScoreOverall 70%Performance 20%Design 10%UsabilityMecurate IRT600A Di...ThermoPro TP-30 Dig...7.56.99.57.96.56.37.95.0
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Pros & Cons

  • Relatively affordable
  • Bright laser emitter
  • The display panel is bright and does a good job of displaying data
  • Comes with a variety of measurement modes
  • 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
  • Overall measurement accuracy is mediocre
  • Handling experience could be better
  • Unreliable readings. Multiple continuous scans are required before the thermometer “re-calibrates” itself and output more accurate results.

Key Specs

Dimensions
L4.13 x W1.65 x H5.9
L3.75 x W1.75 x H5.5 inches
Weight
5 ounces
5 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD panel
Colored LCD VA panel
Measurement modes
3
3 (EMS, Average, Max)
Audio cues
No
Yes
Temperature range
-58°F to -1,022°F (-50°C to 550°C)
-58 to 1,122°F (-50 to 600°C)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$22.92
$25.61

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.3
6.9

Cold Test with Ice

6.8
8.6
ThermoPro TP-30 Digital Infrared Thermometer Cold Test
The ThermoPro TP-30 is used to scan the temperature of an ice chest from 12 inches away. The screen reads 34.7°F.
The ThermoPro TP-30 is used to scan the temperature of an ice chest from 16 inches away. The screen reads 35.4°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”
34.9°F
30.7°F
Temperature at 16”
35.4°F
32°F

Hot Test with Cooking Oil

6.0
5.8
ThermoPro TP-30 Digital Infrared Thermometer Hot Test
The ThermoPro TP-30 is used to scan the temperature of boiling oil in a pan from 12 inches away. The screen reads 372.2°F.
The ThermoPro TP-30 is used to scan the temperature of boiling oil in a pan from 16 inches away. The screen reads 368.4°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”
372.2°F
373°F
Temperature at 16”
368.4°F
365°F

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.9
9.5

In the Box

The ThermoPro TP-30 stands upright on its handle on a dark grey concrete table top. To its left are the shipping box and user manuals named “ThermoPro” in front.
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 ThermoPro TP-30. The length is 4.13 inches, the width is 1.65 inches, and the height is 5.9 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
5.0 oz (142 g)
5.0 oz (142 g)
Length
4.1" (10.5 cm)
3.8" (9.5 cm)
Width
1.6" (4.2 cm)
1.8" (4.4 cm)
Height
5.9" (15.0 cm)
5.5" (14.0 cm)

Build Quality

7.5
9.0
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

8.0
10
The single-dot, red laser produced by the laser emitter of the ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer.
The single-dot, red laser produced by the laser emitter of the ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer.
The laser emitter and the IR sensor of the ThermoPro TP-30 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

8.5
10
The ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer’s display with the backlight off (left) and on (right). The screen reads 84°F.
The ThermoPro TP-30’s display with the backlight off (left) and on (right)
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
Backlit LCD panel
Colored LCD VA
Backlight
Yes
Yes
Display Size
1.18
1.3

Battery Compartment

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
AAA
AAA

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
5.0
7.9

Handling

7.0
9.0
The ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer in the white-gloved hand of a reviewer, who’s using it to measure the internal temperature of a toaster oven.
The ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer in the white-gloved hand of a reviewer, who’s using it to measure the internal temperature of a toaster oven.
The indented handle of the ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer being gripped by the white-gloved hand of a reviewer.
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

5.0
6.0
Emissivity
No
0.10-1.00
Average Mode
Yes
No
Min Mode
Yes
Yes
Max Mode
Yes
Yes
Calibration
No
No
Alarm Mode
No
No

Audio Cues

0.0
8.0

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