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Helect Infrared Thermometer Gun In-depth Review

The Helect is a decent infrared thermometer for the price. Although it lacks many features and doesn’t have the best design, it makes it up by having an accurate IR sensor.

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The Helect IR thermometer gun in the gloved hand of a reviewer against a blurry blue backdrop with a pitcher.

Overall Verdict

The Helect infrared thermometer's good IR sensor produced fairly accurate and reliable temperature readings throughout our performance test. The Helect achieved one of the highest scores on the hot test with cooking oil and didn’t do half bad on the cold test, either.

However, the thermometer's design and usability leave much to be desired. It notably feels very cheap and has an awkward grip section. The thermometer also lacks many measurement modes that other models in the same price range have, limiting its usability greatly.

But all things considered, for the price, the Helect should still make for a good purchase if you’re looking for a good infrared thermometer on a budget.

Things We Like

  • Affordable
  • Accurate IR sensor that produces very good readings
  • Decent build quality
  • Bright, single-dot laser emitter
  • Loud speakers

Things We Don’t Like

  • The thermometer itself feels quite cheap
  • Lacks many measurement modes
  • The display panel is dim

With over 20,000 positive ratings on Amazon, the Helect infrared thermometer is among the most popular. According to most reviews, the Helect is a favorite among consumers for its high accuracy, with a claimed error tolerance of ±1.5°F. Its broad temperature range of -58 to 1,022°F also makes it a versatile choice for anyone, from home cooks to engineers.

But is it really as good as the reviews have made it out to be?

You can read our full test report below!

Key Specs

L4 x W1.7 x H6 inches
5.73 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD panel
Measurement modes
Audio cues
Temperature range
-58 to 1,022°F (-50 to 550°C)

Where to Buy Price at publication $19.32

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Analysis and Test Results

8.1 Performance

Performance-wise, the Helect exceeded our initial expectations. It scored very well in the cooking oil test and also achieved a fairly respectable score in the ice-bath test portion.

8.0 Design

The Helect infrared thermometer is an average product with a budget feel due to its cheap finishing. It has a solid build quality, weighs only 5.73 ounces, and comes with a 1.25-inch backlit LCD screen. The laser emitter has decent brightness and a single-dot pattern. The thermometer uses a 9V battery that's included in the box.

Overall, it's a functional thermometer for its price range. However, its limitations may make it unsuitable for some people.

5.3 Usability

The handling experience is rated as "passable" due to the curved grip being uncomfortable for people with small hands. Its usability score is also greatly impacted by its lack of measurement modes. Fortunately, the Helect does come with a loud speaker that beeps when the thermometer has finished scanning.

Behind the review

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Matthew LeeReviewer

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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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.

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