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Etekcity Lasergrip 800 vs Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer Side-by-Side Comparison

Which is the best IR thermometer in 2023, the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 or the Mecurate IRT600A? Here’s our side-by-side comparison to tell you more!

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Etekcity Lasergrip 800 vs Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer

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The Etekcity Lasergrip 800 stands out among the IR thermometers in our database due to its higher D:S ratio of 16:1, allowing it to measure temperatures from a greater distance compared to other thermometers with a typical D:S ratio of 12:1.

But how does it actually perform?

Fortunately, quite well!

The Etekcity Lasergrip 800 performed admirably in both the cold and hot tests, earning a total performance score of 7.0 out of 10. Meanwhile, the Mecurate IRT600A is not far behind, with a total performance score of 6.9 out of 10.

Both thermometers will provide decent accuracy, despite the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 having the advantage on paper. However, it's worth noting that the smaller D:S ratio (12:1) of the Mecurate IRT600A means you'll need to bring the thermometer closer to the object you want to measure for optimal results.

Where they truly differ is in design and usability. With its robust design, brighter laser emitter, and color LCD display, it's no surprise that the Mecurate IRT600A received a higher score in this section, earning a total of 9.5 out of 10 from our reviewers. In contrast, the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 only scored 8.0 out of 10.

The most significant discrepancy lies in the usability section. Thanks to its three measurement modes and speaker, the Mecurate IRT600A received an impressive usability score of 7.9 out of 10. Meanwhile, the Etekcity Lasergrip 800, lacking any measurement mode and speaker, failed the test with a score of only 3.75 out of 10.

So, while both models offer decent accuracy if you desire the best IR thermometer with excellent design and usability, the Mecurate IRT600A is the one to consider.

Pros & Cons

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Don’t come with any extra measurement mode.
  • Loose battery compartment door.
  • Don’t have any speaker or audio cues.
  • Unreliable readings. Multiple continuous scans are required before the thermometer “re-calibrates” itself and output more accurate results.

Key Specs

Dimensions
L5 x W2.75 x H7 inches
L3.75 x W1.75 x H5.5 inches
Weight
6.8 ounces
5 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD
Colored LCD VA panel
Measurement modes
0
3 (EMS, Average, Max)
Audio cues
No
Yes
Temperature range
-58 to 1,382°F (-50 to 750°C)
-58 to 1,122°F (-50 to 600°C)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$25.52
$25.61

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.0
6.9

Cold Test with Ice

6.6
8.6
Etekcity Lasergrip 800 Infrared Thermometer Cold Test with Ice Video
A reviewer is using the Etekcity Lasergrip at a distance of 12 inches to measure the surface temperature of an ice bath. The screen reads 28.4°F.
The Etekcity Lasergrip 800 is being used by a reviewer to measure the surface temperature of an ice bath from a distance of 16 inches. The screen displays 29°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
Temperature12
28.4°F
30.7°F
Temperature16
29°F
32°F

Hot Test with Cooking Oil

7.3
5.8
Etekcity Lasergrip 800 Infrared Thermometer Hot Test with Cooking Oil Video
A reviewer is using the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 to measure the surface temperature of a vat of hot cooking oil from a distance of 12 inches. The screen reads 369.4°F.
A reviewer is using the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 to measure the surface temperature of a vat of hot oil at a distance of 16 inches. The screen reads 367.4°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
Temperature12
369.4°F
373°F
Temperature16
367.4°F
365°F

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.0
9.5

In the Box

The Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer lying on a dark grey table in the center, with its user manual to the left and its plastic box to the right.
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 Etekcity Lasergrip 800. The length is 5 inches, the width is 2.75 inches, and the height is 7 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
6.8 oz (193 g)
5.0 oz (142 g)
Length
5.0" (12.7 cm)
3.8" (9.5 cm)
Width
2.8" (7.0 cm)
1.8" (4.4 cm)
Height
7.0" (17.8 cm)
5.5" (14.0 cm)

Build Quality

7.5
9.0
A close-up view of the trigger of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.
A close-up view of the trigger of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.
A close-up view of the grip of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.
The control panel with four buttons on the Etekcity Lasergrip 800.
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 Etekcity Lasergrip 800’s laser emitter in a dark room.
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

9.0
10
A close-up of the LCD screen panel of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800. The screen displays 84.3°F.
A close-up of the LCD screen panel of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800. The screen displays 84.3°F.
The LCD screen panel of the EtekCity Lasergrip 800 with the backlight turned on. The screen currently displays 81.9°F.
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
Colored LCD VA
Backlight
Yes
Yes
Display Size
1.18
1.3

Battery compartment

The door of the battery compartment is opened on the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer, revealing the 9V battery cell inside and connecting wires.
The IR thermometer comes with the battery pre-installed inside. The battery is a standard 9V cell.
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
9V
AAA

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
3.8
7.9

Handling

7.5
9.0
The black-gloved hand of a reviewer is pressing on the trigger of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.
The black-gloved hand of a reviewer is pressing on the trigger of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.
A close-up view of the grip of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.
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

0.0
6.0
Emissivity
No
0.10-1.00
Average Mode
No
No
Min Mode
No
Yes
Max Mode
No
Yes
Calibration
No
No
Alarm Mode
No
No

Audio Cues

0.0
8.0