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The 9 Best Infrared Thermometers


For this 2023 update, we tested two additional infrared thermometers to find if they performed better or as well as the seven other thermometers we previously tested in measuring temperatures from below freezing to 600 ℉. Our previous top pick — the ennoLogic – eT650D — is still the best infrared thermometer, thanks to its accuracy and many features for both the home cook and the HVAC worker. We’ve also selected the ThermoPro TP-30 as a very good inexpensive alternative. In our tests, this ThermoPro model was accurate and captured maximum, minimum, and average temperature ranges on an easy-to-read screen.

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ThermoPro TP-30

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For this 2023 update, we tested two additional infrared thermometers to find if they performed better or as well as the seven other thermometers we previously tested in measuring temperatures from below freezing to 600 ℉. Our previous top pick — the ennoLogic – eT650D — is still the best infrared thermometer, thanks to its accuracy and many features for both the home cook and the HVAC worker. We’ve also selected the ThermoPro TP-30 as a very good inexpensive alternative. In our tests, this ThermoPro model was accurate and captured maximum, minimum, and average temperature ranges on an easy-to-read screen.

The 9 infrared thermometers we tested

ProductTemp. Range (℉)Distance-to-Spot RatioEasy to Read LCD?AccuracyComfort / Usability
ennoLogic - eT650D-58 to 120210:15/55/55/5
ThermoPro TP-30-58 to 102212:15/54.5/55/5
Ultra Performance - 39102-58 to 71612:14/55/53/5
Kizen LaserPro LP300-58 - 101212:13.5/52/53/5
Klein Tools - 1R5-22 to 75212:13/53/55/5
Etekcity - Lasergrip 749-58 to 71612:13/55/54/5
Mastercool - 52224-A-58 to 93212:13/54/53.5/5
Etekcity - Lasergrip 630 (Discontinued)-58 to 107616:13/54/54/5
Nubee - 8500H-58 to 102212:13/54/53.5/5

How we selected thermometers to test

Once we researched how infrared (IR) thermometers work, we looked into the ways that people actually use them. Amazon reviews were enlightening, as there were not as many people who use an IR thermometer in the kitchen as we thought. The most frequently cited uses were testing the temperature of a pizza stone, monitoring simmering sugar for candy-making and gauging the correct temperature of oil for deep-frying. A surprising number of people mention that their IR thermometer’s pinpoint lasers were also excellent for entertaining a bored cat.

We found more relevant information from restaurant workers, who use IR thermometers for monitoring the temperature of food on a buffet line, HVAC workers for checking ventilation and heating systems and electricians for finding overloaded circuit breakers, hot spots and other electrical issues. We then checked out their recommendations on Amazon, authentic review sites and Reddit threads and selected the IR thermometers with the highest ratings for accuracy, durability and user-friendliness.

How we tested

Iced water

Most manufacturers recommend checking an IR thermometer’s accuracy with a simple test of filling a glass with crushed ice and adding water. The ice and water are then stirred until the ice begins to melt. The intention is to get the water chilled to 32 ℉ and then aim the IR thermometer into the center of the glass. Our two top picks, the ennoLogic – eT650D and the ThermoPro TP-30 hit 31.9 ℉ or 32 ℉ every time.

Pizza stone

We heated a pizza stone in a 550 ℉ oven and measured its temperature. The Klein Tools – IR5 was the only thermometer that matched our calibrated oven thermometer.

Refrigerator and freezer

Our refrigerator was set at 36 ℉, and the freezer was set at 0 ℉. We took several measurements in the same non-reflective spot in the center of the freezer and fridge. All of the thermometers were accurate with the fridge temperature; readings for the freezer, however, fluctuated.


We preheated an outdoor gas grill to 505 ℉ and took measurements in four corners. After each measurement, we closed the grill cover and allowed it to reheat, monitoring its temperature with our top pick for probe thermometer to measure its temperature on the surface. Again, the ennoLogic and the ThermoPro TP-30 were the most accurate.

Important features to consider

Accuracy: Because an IR thermometer only records surface temperatures, a number of factors can affect its accuracy, such as ambient temperature, dust, steam, smoke or frost. Every thermometer we tested had an accuracy difference that was plus/minus 3.5–4.0 ℉ or 2% of the reading.

During our tests, there was also variation in readings of the same IR thermometer between two or three degrees. This difference was especially prevalent when we took readings of a refrigerator freezer with fluctuations between three and eight degrees. Two thermometers stood out as the most consistently accurate with repeated testing: the ennoLogic – eT650D and the ThermoPro TP-30.

Distance-to-spot ratio: This is the diameter of the circle of surface area that an IR thermometer measures relative to its distance. Most newer models of IR thermometers have a 12:1 distance-to-spot ratio, which means they measure the average temperature of a 1-inch-diameter circle from a distance of 12 inches. For every additional 12 inches away from the target, the spot increases as well; for example, at 24 inches, the diameter increases to 2 inches, at 36 inches, the diameter will be 3 inches.

However, the farther the distance, the IR thermometer records a greater range of temperatures measured around the spot and gives an average measurement of those temperatures. So the general rule is that you should be as close as possible to the object to get a precise measurement.

Fixed vs. adjustable emissivity: Three of the seven IR thermometers we tested had a fixed emissivity of .95 or .97, which is suitable for use in a kitchen for measuring the temperatures of food and liquids and some non-reflective inorganic material. However, if you want to measure a broader range of materials, then look for an IR thermometer that has a mode for adjusting the emissivity level calibration.

Dual-laser technology: An IR thermometer has a laser that helps you focus the spot you want to measure; IR thermometers with dual lasers were more accurate in our tests. The single-laser thermometers were trickier to pinpoint the exact spot we wanted to measure precisely. The dual-laser thermometers, however, showed exactly the spot we measured between two pinpricks of light.

Readable LCD screen: You might think that an easy-to-read LCD screen would be a given, but it’s not. The Klein Tools – IR5, Ultra Performance and ennoLogic thermometers had simple white-backlit screens with black numerals and were the easiest to read at a glance. The Mastercool had a multi-colored screen that was confusing to read. The two Etekcity and Nubee thermometers we tested had blue screens with black numerals, and more than once we had to squint to see their readings.

How does an infrared thermometer work?

Infrared energy is part of the electromagnetic light spectrum and is emitted from the surface of all organic and inorganic objects when they’re hot. The rate this energy is radiated out and absorbed into a material is called emissivity, and it is measured on a scale of 0.0 to 1.0. Most IR thermometers are pre-set at .95 or .97 emissivity, which covers the levels of materials that are derived from animals or plants. (Materials with reflective surfaces, such as polished aluminum have a much lower emissivity.)

An IR thermometer (also known as a pyrometer) has a lens that collects infrared energy from an object and funnels it into a detector, called a thermopile. The thermopile converts the energy into electricity, which is then displayed on the thermometer’s LCD screen. Although this process seems complex, it occurs in microseconds.

Unlike a probe thermometer, an IR thermometer is non-contact and can only measure external temperatures. It is designed to be used from a distance; for example, testing the temperature of a pizza oven or finding a hot spot on a grill. An IR thermometer is commonly used in restaurants, HVAC installation, house inspection and automotive repair.

You can’t use an IR thermometer, however, to check if your oven is calibrated, since the oven door needs to remain closed. To measure your oven’s temperature, use our top pick from our review of the best oven thermometer.


ennoLogic - eT650D

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The ennoLogic – eT650D proved to be the most consistently accurate infrared thermometer and is our choice for best overall. It has dual-laser technology with a 10:1 distance-to-spot ratio. Its temperature range is -58 ℉–1202 ℉, one of the broadest of the thermometers we tested. The ennoLogic performed perfectly in all of the tests, although it had minor fluctuation measuring the freezer temperature.

Its brightly lit LCD screen with a white background and black numerals was very easy to read from any angle. The ennoLogic has several modes for measuring high, low and average temperatures as well as for adjusting the calibration for surfaces with different emissivity. The ennoLogic’s ergonomic design fit comfortably into the palms of both testers’ hands with their forefingers resting naturally on the thermometer’s trigger. It’s the most expensive of the IR thermometers we tested, but if you’re looking for an accurate tool, the ennoLogic is your best bet.

plus signPros

  • Accurate in all of our tests
  • Several modes of measurement
  • Ergonomic design

minus signCons

  • More expensive than others we tested


ThermoPro TP-30

Thermopro TP30 infrared thermometer

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For this 2023 update, we tested the ThermoPro TP-30, and it proved to be nearly as accurate as the ennoLogic thermometer. It has a 12:1 distance-to-spot ratio and can measure temperatures from -58 ℉–1022 ℉, which is slightly less than ennoLogic but substantially higher than the other thermometers we tested. The ThermoPro tested best with measuring the freezer temperature and the four corners of the grill, which was pretty much spot on. Ice water measured at 33.3 ℉, and the refrigerator at 41 ℉, both of which fall within its 1.5% accuracy range.

The ThermoPro has the same features as the ennoLogic thermometer and also has an easy-to-read screen with a yellow backlight. We also liked the ThermoPro’s ergonomic design; it fits easily into the palm of the hand, so your forefinger automatically makes contact with the trigger. The ThermoPro does not emit a red target light, which we prefer, but that’s a minor complaint for this very affordable infrared thermometer.


Ultra Performance - 39102

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The Ultra Performance – 39102 is one of Home Depot’s highest-rated IR thermometers. It’s the smallest of the thermometers we tested, and although it has indentations in its handle as finger grips, the Ultra Performance was too small for our testers’ hands. That said, it measured everything accurately, even giving us nearly identical readings from the freezer.

The Ultra Performance has a single laser, 12:1 distance-to-spot ratio and a -58 ℉–716 ℉ temperature range. Its only adjustable function is for switching from Fahrenheit to Celsius, so you’re stuck with its default .95 emissivity level calibration, which makes it worthless for measuring reflective surfaces.


Kizen LaserPro LP300

Kizen - Laserpro LP300 infrared thermometer

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The Kizen LaserPro LP 300 was another new product we tested for this 2023 update. It has a 12:1 distance-to-spot ratio and can measure temperatures between -58 ℉ – 1112 ℉. It has a smallish screen, but the temperature reading is large. However, because it has blue backlighting, the black numerals don’t pop out enough. The Kizen has a separate button for changing emissivity, but that’s about it for features. It takes a single temperature, so we didn’t know if it was maximum, minimum, or average.

Ergnomically, it’s a bit small in the hand and top heavy, so the thermometer automatically weighs your hand down. During testing, the Kizen fluctuated, measuring too hot or too cold, and particularly failing to capture the 0 ℉ freezer temperature with a range of +3 ℉ – +9.3 ℉.


Klein Tools - IR5

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The Klein Tools – IR5 is sturdily built, with a 2-meter (6.6 feet) drop protection rating, which bulks it up to 10 ounces, the heaviest of the IR thermometers we tested. Designed for HVAC professionals, the IR5 feels like a real tool in your hand. It has all of the functions you need, double lasers, a 12:1 distance-to-spot ratio and a -22 ℉-752 ℉ temperature range. The IR5 has a large but dimly lit LCD screen, which caused us to squint a bit.

We tested the IR5 repeatedly because it gave inconsistent measurements: It was accurate with the iced water, refrigerator and soup tests but wildly inaccurate with the grill, pizza stone and freezer tests.


Etekcity - Lasergrip 749

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The Lasergrip 749 is one of Etekcity’s least expensive models. It’s similar to the Ultra Performance, with the same specifications and limitations. It was accurate in all tests, although it did seem to take longer to take a reading, fluctuating high and low before settling on a temperature. Like the Etekcity – Lasergrip 630, this model has a blue LCD screen that is dimly lit and difficult to read.


Mastercool - 52224-A

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The Mastercool – 52224-A was the only thermometer we tested that came in a hard-plastic carrying case, which, although nice, is impractical and clearly intended for people who use an IR thermometer occasionally. It also seems to be more marketed for kitchen use since a leave-in meat thermometer is included.

The Mastercool has a 12:1 distance-to-spot ratio, a temperature range -58 ℉-932 ℉ and a single laser that emits a bullseye, which is fun but gimmicky. Adding to the toy-like appearance is its brightly lit, multi-colored screen that is confusing to read. The Mastercool performed well enough, usually within its stated accuracy of plus/minus 4 degrees.


Etekcity - Lasergrip 630 (Discontinued)

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(Editor’s note: In 2023, we learned that our previous budget pick, the Etekcity – Lasergrip 630, has been discontinued)

At half the price of our top pick, the Etekcity – Lasergrip 630 was a great alternative. It also had two laser pointers and the same features as the ennoLogic. This Etekcity model had a 16:1 distance-to-spot ratio and could measure temperatures between -58 ℉ and 1076 ℉. It was equally as accurate as the ennoLogic in our testing, although it fluctuated more when measuring the freezer temperature.Read more…

Two features, however, held back this otherwise excellent IR thermometer from being our top pick. Its head is one-third larger than all of the thermometers we tested, which made it top-heavy and bulky to maneuver. We also found its blue-backlit LCD screen with black numerals difficult to read.

plus signPros

  • 16:1 distance-to-spot ratio
  • Accurate in most of our tests
  • Reasonably priced

minus signCons

  • Blue LCD screen is difficult to read
  • A little bulky to maneuver


Nubee - 8500H (Discontinued)

The Nubee – 8500H is another inexpensive, lightweight IR thermometer with limited functions. It’s marketed to just about everyone, ranging from mechanics to farmers to home cooks to cat owners (it’s actually advertised as a cat toy). It has a single laser, temperature range of -58 ℉-1022 ℉ and, unlike its other cheaply made competitors, a mode for adjusting emissivity calibration.

The Nubee is also saddled with a difficult-to-read blue LCD screen like the Etekcity. Performance-wise, it was moderately accurate, failing to measure the pizza stone and freezer temperatures.

Gene Gerrard, Writer

Gene has written about a wide variety of topics for too many years to count. He's been a professional chef, cooking-appliance demonstrator, playwright, director, editor of accountancy and bank-rating books, Houdini expert and dog lover (still is). When he's not writing for Your Best Digs, he's performing as a magician at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.