Three best (handheld) infrared thermometers

By BOB BEACHAM and BESTREVIEWS

Handheld Infrared ThermometerHow we decided

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51 Models Considered
39 Hours Researched
2 Experts Interviewed
212 Consumers Consulted

Bottom Line(s):

“Best of the best: Fluke 62 MAX Plus IR thermometer

Our take: This infrared thermometer has every feature and is ideal for professionals.

“Best bang for your buck: Etekcity Lasergrip 774 Infrared Thermometer”

“Our take: A good budget infrared thermometer for home and DIY use.”

“Choice 3: Raytek MT6 MiniTemp Infrared Thermometer”

“Our take: This IR thermometer is a high-quality, mid-range device for a wide range of applications.”

Read the full story online and learn more about the five recommended models and why. Yes, there are two versions and one has more detail about the methods and recommendations.

Ed. Note: There have been several international technical societies involved in promoting better understanding of these measurement devices and writing standards on this exact subject for more than 30 years.

There were apparently two experts in this “review”, yet only one is mentioned, and she is not, as far as we could determine, a member of any standards-making group like the ASTM Subcommittee E20.02 on Radiation Thermometry (https://www.astm.org/COMMIT/SUBCOMMIT/E2002.htm). The  ASTM has two published standards related to this exact topic:

  • E2758-15a Standard Guide for Selection and Use of Wideband, Low Temperature Infrared Thermometers and
  • E2847-14 Standard Test Method for Calibration and Accuracy Verification of Wideband Infrared Thermometers.

Neither of these standards are mentioned in the reference web articles. Thus, it appears that the testing was done on a “preference” basis.

That’s unfortunate since this article is very informative for the average non-technical user, despite not providing a sound technical basis for the results. That means that this is not a very thorough review.

Also note that this review and recommendations are limited to battery-powered, portable, handheld infrared thermometers.

Source: “Infrared thermometers we recommend”: Online at https://m.bestreviews.com/best-infrared-thermometers and https://www.nydailynews.com/consumer-reviews/sns-bestreviews-tools-best-infrared-thermometers-bestreviews-20181002-story.html

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