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Etekcity Lasergrip 800 Infrared Thermometer In-depth Review

The Etekcity Lasergrip 800, with its impressive Distance-to-Spot (D:S) ratio of 16:1, is a great pick if you want an IR thermometer that can measure temperature from a greater distance than standard 12:1 models.

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The Etekcity Lasergrip 800 Infrared Thermometer standing upright on a black turn table against a blurry, blue background.

Overall Verdict

If you need something that can measure small spots and objects from a greater distance than most IR thermometers with a 12:1 or 10:1 Distance-to-Spot (D:S) ratio, then the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 will be a great choice. It's equipped with a sensor that has a 16:1 distance-to-spot ratio, giving it a much greater measurement range than standard thermometers on the market.

Our performance test found that the Lasergrip 800 produced accurate temperature readings at a distance of 16 inches and beyond.

While it may not have as many measurement modes as other thermometers on the market, and its build quality may not be the best, the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 isn’t a shabby choice.

Things We Like

  • A 16:1 distance-to-spot (D:S) ratio, which allows the user to measure objects from farther distances.
  • Bright laser emitter.
  • The display panel is brightly lit and readable even under harsh studio lighting.
  • Battery is included and already installed when taken out of the box.

Things We Don’t Like

  • Don’t come with any extra measurement mode.
  • Loose battery compartment door.
  • Don’t have any speaker or audio cues.

The Etekcity Lasergrip 800 stood out from all the other IR thermometers we tested due to its larger size. It also has a larger Distance-to-Spot (D:S) ratio than all the other models in our database at 16:1, allowing it to accurately measure objects and surfaces at longer distances.

Its ability to measure objects accurately from a greater distance than other thermometers will mean the Lasergrip 800’s usefulness will extend beyond the kitchen. According to many reviews, it’s also carved out a niche among engineers, HVAC professionals, and DIY-ers.

You can read our full test report on this nifty IR thermometer below.

Key Specs

L5 x W2.75 x H7 inches
6.8 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD
Measurement modes
Audio cues
Temperature range
-58 to 1,382°F (-50 to 750°C)

Where to Buy Price at publication $25.52

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Analysis and Test Results

7.0 Performance

The overall performance of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 is rated to be decent. The thermometer delivered good readings in both the ice-bath and the cooking oil tests. While the recorded figures weren’t perfect matches of our reference temperatures, they’re still within acceptable margins.

8.0 Design

The thermometer comes in a plastic box. The battery is already loaded inside, so you only need to pick it up, pull a tab, and use it right away. It is larger in size than other thermometers, but lightweight at 6.8 ounces. However, the build quality could be a lot better. The door of the battery compartment of the unit we received is very loose.

3.8 Usability

The thermometer is straightforward to use: press the trigger to scan, release it to hold, and read the temperature.

Unfortunately, the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 doesn’t come with any extra measurement mode, such as reading the average or max temperature. It also doesn’t allow you to set the emissivity setting (EMS) or re-calibrate the reading of the sensor.

The only thing you’re allowed to do is change the temperature value back and forth between Fahrenheit and Celsius and switch the backlight and laser emitter on and off.

Behind the review

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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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