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Wintact WT530 vs Helect Infrared Thermometer Gun Side-by-Side Comparison

The Wintact WT530 and the Helect infrared thermometer are evenly matched in terms of measuring performance. So, which one to choose?

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Wintact WT530 Infrared Thermometer

Helect Infrared Thermometer Gun

Wintact WT530 vs Helect Infrared Thermometer Gun

Overall Verdict

The Wintact WT530 and the Helect are evenly matched in terms of performance power. Both models receive a strong score of 8.0 from our benchmark, performing well in both cold and hot tests.

When it comes to design, the Helect takes the lead. Our reviewers have noted its more rugged and well-built housing and a brighter laser emitter than the Wintact WT530. The Helect achieves a total design score of 8.0, while the Wintact WT530 falls slightly behind with a score of 7.6.

However, in terms of usability, the Helect falls short. It lacks any additional measurement modes, placing it behind the Wintact, which offers four. The Helect receives a usability score of only 5.35, while the Wintact WT530 achieves a commendable 8.1.

So, if measurement accuracy is your main concern, both models can deliver. The deciding factors lie in design and usability. If you prioritize a well-built thermometer, the Helect is a solid choice. However, if versatility is what you seek in an infrared thermometer, the Wintact WT530 should be taken into consideration!

Pros & Cons

  • Decently affordable
  • Very good measurement accuracy
  • Various measurement modes are available
  • Lower temperature tolerance than other IR thermometers on the market (±1.5°F)
  • Affordable
  • Accurate IR sensor that produces very good readings
  • Decent build quality
  • Bright, single-dot laser emitter
  • Loud speakers
  • The battery compartment has a very loose lid
  • The thermometer itself feels quite cheap
  • Lacks many measurement modes
  • The display panel is dim

Key Specs

Dimensions
L3.14 x W1.65 x H6.3 inches
L4 x W1.7 x H6 inches
Weight
4.3 ounces
5.73 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD panel
Backlit LCD panel
Measurement modes
4
0
Audio cues
Yes
Yes
Temperature range
-58°F to 986°F (-50°C to 530°C)
-58 to 1,022°F (-50 to 550°C)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$17.31
$19.32

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.0
8.1

Cold Test with Ice

8.6
7.5
Wintact Infrared Thermometer Cold Test
The Wintact WT530, from 12 inches away, displays a temperature of 32.3°F on the screen.
The Wintact WT530, from 16 inches away, displays a temperature of 33.4°F on the screen.
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.
Ice Temperature
32°F
32°F
Temperature at 12”
32.3°F
33.4°F
Temperature at 16”
33.4°F
34.5°F

Hot Test with Cooking Oil

7.7
8.4
Wintact Infrared Thermometer Hot Test
The Wintact WT530, from 12 inches away, displays a temperature of 369.2°F on the screen.
The Wintact WT530, from 16 inches away, displays a temperature of 362.1°F on the screen.
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.
Oil Temperature
361°F
361°F
Temperature at 12”
369.2°F
367.5°F
Temperature at 16”
362.1°F
361.6°F

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.6
8.0

In the Box

The Wintact WT530 IR thermometer is lying on its side in the center of the frame. The printed cardboard shipping box is to the left, and the batteries and the user manual are to the right.
The Helect IR thermometer in the center, with its plastic sleeving to the left, manuals and battery to the right.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer. The length is 3.14 inches, the width is 1.65 inches, and the height is 6.3 inches.
The dimensions of the Helect IR thermometer. The length is 4 inches, width is 1.7 inches, and height is 6 inches.
Weight
4.4 oz (124 g)
5.7 oz (162 g)
Length
3.1" (8.0 cm)
4.0" (10.2 cm)
Width
1.6" (4.2 cm)
1.7" (4.3 cm)
Height
6.3" (16.0 cm)
6.0" (15.2 cm)

Build Quality

7.5
8.0
Wintact Infrared Thermometer Build Quality Video
The Wintact WT530 IR thermometer is lying on its side on a dark grey concrete table top.
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.

Laser Emitter

9.0
9.0
The red dot from the laser emitter of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The red dot from the laser emitter of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The laser emitter and the IR sensor of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer.
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.
Laser Pattern
Single-dot
Single-dot
Brightness
Good
Good

Display Panel

6.5
7.0
The Wintact WT530 IR thermometer’s display with the backlight on (left) and the backlight off (right). The screen currently displays 79.3°F.
The Wintact WT530’s display with the backlight on (left) and the backlight off (right.)
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.
Display Type
Backlit LCD Panel
LCD
Backlight
Yes
Yes
Display Size
1.18-inch
1.25

Battery Compartment

The red dot from the laser emitter of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The red dot from the laser emitter of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The laser emitter and the IR sensor of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer.
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.
Battery Type
AAA
9V

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.1
5.3

Handling

8.0
7.5
The Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in the black-gloved hand of a reviewer and a finger on the red trigger of the IR thermometer.
The Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in the black-gloved hand of a reviewer and a finger on the red trigger of the IR thermometer.
A close-up view of the indents on the handle of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer.
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.

Measurement Modes

8.0
0.0
Emissivity
0.8 & 0.95
No
Average Mode
No
No
Min Mode
Yes
No
Max Mode
Yes
No
Calibration
Yes
No
Alarm Mode
No
No

Audio Cues

8.5
8.0

Behind the Comparison

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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.

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