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9 Best Digital Temperature Guns for Homes Reviewed in 2020 (UK & USA)

What is the best temperature gun? Browse our reviews of the best digital temperature guns

Last updated on 8th Jan 2020 by Paul

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Product reviews of the best digital temperature guns

We selected 15 different digital temperature guns for this review based on the recommendations of 5 experts.

After testing all of them in our lab, we gave them to our friends, family, and colleagues, and asked them to come back to us after they have used it for a whole month.
In the meantime, we read innumerable online reviews to study different people’s experiences about these models.
The final result?
Well, we ended up with 9 best digital temperature guns which we think anybody could use with ease.
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    Etekcity Lasergrip 774 Non-Contact Review

    This contactless thermometer has a great distance to spot ratio of 12:1 which means the 774 Lasergrip can measure targets from longer distances than compared to other digital temperature guns.

    It has a backlit LCD screen which displays readings on-demand, before automatically turning off to conserve battery life.

    This thermometer relies on Class II laser which allows it to pinpoint targets with more accuracy.

    From using it on humans and other living things to measuring the temperature of barbecue, your uncooked dish, and electrical appliances, the applications of this machine are numerous.

     

    The Good
    • 2 year warranty
    • Backlit LCD screen
    • Class II Laser for better accuracy
    The Bad
    • Complaints about battery and meter not working from a minority of users
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    Nubee Temperature Gun Non Contact Review

    The Nubee Temperature Gun comes equipped with dual laser points which shows you where or what you’re aiming at.

    The device measures in cone not a point, which means the area whose temperature it is supposed to measure would increase with distance.

    Also, it provides a button to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit.

    It automatically turns off after 15 seconds of no-use to conserve its battery.

    It has a 1-second response time so you don’t have to wait and it also has a low battery indicator

    While it can measure temperature from -58*F to all the way up to 1076*F, the greatest accuracy shown by this thermometer lies between 68*F and 212*F, that of 1%.

    That said, you cannot use it on humans.

    The Good
    • Switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit
    • Brilliant accuracy
    • Visible red laser
    The Bad
    • Not suitable for measuring human body temperature
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    FLUKE FL62MAXPLUS Fl62Max+ Infrared Thermometer

    The fluke 62 Max is an infrared laser temperature gun for non-contact surface temperature measurement for use in monitoring electrical, mechanical, HVAC systems and automotive systems.

    The heat gun has a precise laser technology which makes for highly accurate and repeatable measurements.

    This digital temperature gun has a rugged design that was designed to stand a 3-meter drop

    It has an IP54 rating which makes it both water as well as dust resistance, making it the only thermometer on this list with this distinction.

     

    The Good
    • IP54 rated for water and dust resistance
    • Can withstands a 9.8-foot drop test
    • Temperature range of -22°F to 932°F
    • Adjustable emissivity
    The Bad
    • Not for humans
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    Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Review

    The Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 provides temperature readings within 500 milliseconds and maintains it for 15 seconds so you can record it down.

    It has a measuring range between -58*F and 1022*F,

    Like the above mentioend Lasergrip 774, it has a grip to spot ratio of 12:1, meaning temperature measurement from greater distances.

    Then there is the backlit LCD screen which is especially useful in low light conditions and which automatically turns off after a minute of no-use.

    What’s more, it also has a low battery indicator to warn you in time and its laser is visible to the naked eye so that you could hone target the exact space/object whose temperature you may want to measure.

    The Good
    • Better accuracy
    • Backlit LCD screen with auto-off function
    • Low level battery indicator
    The Bad
    • Slightly expensive for a digital temperature gun
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    Temperature Gun by ennoLogic Review

    The ennoLogic thermometer comes with a 10-year warranty and measures temperature between -50*C to 1050*C.

    Just like the Lasergrip, it has a dual-laser pointer which increases its accuracy.

    You can also adjust its built-in emissivity according to the target area/object using the emissivity table which is included in the package.

    Moving on, it has a scanning feature which – provided you keep the laser fixed on a certain area for some time – provides average, maximum, and minimum reading of the object.

    It means you can note temperature variations of a surface.

    Finally, in contrast to other digital guns which only allow to turn off the back light of their LCD, the ennoLogic has a laser on/off feature as well.

    The Good
    • Laser turn on/off feature
    • Emissivity is adjustable
    • Dual laser pointer
    • High and low temperature readings and alarms
    The Bad
    • Ultra expensive
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    Tacklife Infrared Thermometer Review

    The Tacklife infrared thermometer is one of the few on this list to include an operating temperature range.

    It has a backlit LCD screen, an auto shut-off and data hold function. It comes with adjustable emissivity for different surfaces,

    Then there is the intelligent temperature alarm feature, which allows you to set lower and upper limits reaching which the thermometer would start sounding.

    The same feature would measure average, maximum, and minimum temperature reading of a surface.

    Lastly, in addition to boasting a double laser feature – which allows you to hone in on the object – it has a backlit LCD screen and an auto shutoff feature which turns off the thermometer after a brief idling time.

    The Good
    • Double Laser for greater accuracy
    • Temperature alarm
    • Measures average, maximum, and minimum temperatures
    The Bad
    • Doesn’t have a cap/case in the package
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    Dr. Meter Non Contact Laser Thermometer Review

    In addition to boasting a temperature range of -50*C to 650*C, the Dr. Laser has a dual laser pointer to accurately pinpoint the object whose temperature you want to measure.

    Just like the ennoLogic thermometer, this one, too, allows you to adjust its emissivity between 0.10 and 1.00.

    It has a response time of only 0.15 seconds, provides maximum, minimum, and average readings,, could store up to 12 readings at one time.

    What’s more, provided you haven’t used it for 7 seconds, the thermometer would automatically turn off.

    Similarly, you could turn off both the backlight of the LCD as well as the Laser to conserve battery.

    Then there is the button on the thermometer which allows to convert readings between Celsius and Fahrenheit.

    The Good
    • Wide measurement range
    • Both LCD Backlight and Laser could be turned off
    • Provides maximum, minimum, and average readings
    • Switches between Celsius and Fahrenheit
    The Bad
    • Display is on the smaller side
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    Surpeer Infrared Thermometer Review

    The Surpeer Infrared Thermometer combines the Fresnel Lens with the infrared technology to provide an accuracy of +- 1.5*C.

    It allows you to adjust its emissivity to complement the object at hand, and its distance to spot ratio of 12:1 gives you the freedom to measure temperatures of different objects from range.

    If you want, you could activate its alarm feature which starts sounding on reaching the maximum/minimum limit.

    A slight press of its button also displays average and differential readings. And you can turn off the LCD backlight as well with the single push of a button.

    On the flipside, we weren’t too happy with the time this thermometer takes to turn off.

    For, while other thermometers turn off within minutes of no-use – hence conserving their battery – this one takes 12 minutes to doze off.

    The Good
    • High accuracy up to ±1.5℃
    • Long battery life
    • High/low temperature alarm
    • Backlit LCD and double-laser
    The Bad
    • Takes 12 minutes to automatically turn off
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    TempIR Non Contact Thermometer Review

    Unlike any thermometer in this review, the TempIR is recommended for babies due to its non-invasive design and extra-safe operating mechanism.

    It is approved by FDA and CE and comprises of a infrared detection system which measures temperature both in Celsius as well as Fahrenheit.

    To provide you with a reference point, it stores the previous 32 temperature readings.

    Also, it has a built-in temperature sensor which starts sounding the moment the temperature of the human body goes above a certain limit.

    You could also use it to measure temperature of a sleeping baby as it has a Sound/Silent button which turns off the thermometer’s voice.

    Then there is its battery life, which, thanks to the auto shutoff feature – which turns off the thermometer after 30 seconds of idling – withstands 40,000 readings.

    The Good
    • Approved by FDA and CE
    • 40,000 readings on one battery
    • Sound/Silent button
    • Backlit display
    The Bad
    • Can give erratic readings sometimes
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Etekcity Lasergrip 774 Non-Contact Review

  • 2 year warranty
  • Backlit LCD screen
  • Class II Laser for better accuracy
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Nubee Temperature Gun Non Contact Review

  • Switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit
  • Brilliant accuracy
  • Visible red laser
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FLUKE FL62MAXPLUS Fl62Max+ Infrared Thermometer

  • IP54 rated for water and dust resistance
  • Can withstands a 9.8-foot drop test
  • Temperature range of -22°F to 932°F
  • Adjustable emissivity
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Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Review

  • Better accuracy
  • Backlit LCD screen with auto-off function
  • Low level battery indicator
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Temperature Gun by ennoLogic Review

  • Laser turn on/off feature
  • Emissivity is adjustable
  • Dual laser pointer
  • High and low temperature readings and alarms
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Tacklife Infrared Thermometer Review

  • Double Laser for greater accuracy
  • Temperature alarm
  • Measures average, maximum, and minimum temperatures
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Dr. Meter Non Contact Laser Thermometer Review

  • Wide measurement range
  • Both LCD Backlight and Laser could be turned off
  • Provides maximum, minimum, and average readings
  • Switches between Celsius and Fahrenheit
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Surpeer Infrared Thermometer Review

  • High accuracy up to ±1.5℃
  • Long battery life
  • High/low temperature alarm
  • Backlit LCD and double-laser
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TempIR Non Contact Thermometer Review

  • Approved by FDA and CE
  • 40,000 readings on one battery
  • Sound/Silent button
  • Backlit display
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Frequently asked questions

What is a digital temperature gun?

Digital temperature guns are essentially thermometers which use a combination of infrared technology and advanced hardware which supports the use of lasers.

Their purpose is to increase the accuracy of a thermometer by enabling it to measure the amount of thermal radiation a body or object is emitting.

What are types of digital temperature guns?

Based on their operating mechanism, there are two types of digital temperature guns, the first of which are contact temperature guns.

Contact temperature guns have to come into contact with the object/body whose temperature they are supposed to measure.

It means they rely on body temperature and NOT on laser technology measure heat.

Non-contact temperature guns are equipped with lasers which allow them to measure temperatures from a distance.

Whether you want to measure the temperature of a human body, pets, your house’s wall or even your owen, all you have to do is to direct the non-contact gun toward it, press the button, and it will display the temperature reading.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of contactless thermometer?

Pros

  • Temperature measurements can be taken from a distance for hot surfaces and objects or for food items who are prone to contamination.
  • Temperature readings of moving objects
  • Memory and advanced measurement functionality is provided.
  • They are lightweight, compact and easy to use.
  • They have no adverse effect on machines

Cons

  • Sensitive to light
  • Incompatible with liquids or gas
  • They cannot take internal temperature readings
  • Are susceptible to providing misleading readings when/if their ambient temperature changes

Note: Contactless digital temperature guns are NOT to be pointed at other people’s eyes.

 

What's the best temperature gun for cooking?

The Surpeer Infrared thermometer is the best for cooking. You can use it throughout the cooking process as it measures the inner temperature of the food to tell you whether it’s properly cooked or requires some time before serving.

What's the best temperature gun for babies?

The TempIR Non Contact thermometer is the best for babies.

You could rely on this temperature gun as it is approved by both FDA and CE for adult and baby usage.

What's the best temperature gun for reptiles?

The TempIR Infrared Thermometer is the best temperature gun for reptiles.

It has a low/high temperature alarm which starts sounding off the moment the body temperature of your reptile cross or falls below a safe limit.

Hence, you can rely on it for your animal’s safety.

What's the best temperature gun for water?

The Etekcity Lasergrip 774 is the best temperature gun for water.

That is, because, it provides average temperature reading which is a must have if you want to take readings of water since it is rarely stationary.