Ever wonder where the cold draft is coming from in your house?
An infrared (also called laser) thermometer is just the right tool for the task—these non-contact thermometers can tell you if your grill is ready to go. Or if the water in an aquarium or pool is too cool.
Using a digital laser, these thermometers can measure temperatures from a foot or two away . . . enabling you to safely get a temperature of a stove or appliance.
A quick caveat: these thermometers do NOT take human temperatures. Let’s repeat that: you do not use an infrared thermometer like those recommended in this article to measure the temperature of a person! They aren’t designed for that job.
For the best overall accurate infrared thermometer, we would recommend Etekcity’s model 774 infrared thermometer. Here’s why:
What We Liked
• Easy to use.
• Easy to read.
• Can measure temps between -58°F and 716°F. Yep, that is good for just about any use!
• Great for finding air leaks in the winter!
• Holds reading for 15 seconds.
• For best accuracy, should be about 14″ from target.
• Can display Fahrenheit or Celsius.
• Works with 9 volt battery.
• Backlit display.
• Auto-off function saves battery.
What Needs Work
• Not as precise as some folks would want. This thermometers accuracy is about 2 degrees celsius, which is just under 4 degrees Fahrenheit. That is great for most applications . . . but some folks wish it was more precise. (Some uses like candle making require very precise temps).
• Sometimes hard to see what you are aiming at with single laser. In that case, a dual laser thermometer would be a good bet. See our next pick for a dual laser option!