Etekcity Lasergrip 774 Digital Laser Infrared Food Thermometer

Last updated date: July 7, 2020

DWYM Score
9.2

Etekcity Lasergrip 774 Digital Laser Infrared Food Thermometer

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Overall Take

The Etekcity Lasergrip Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer is a unique thermometer in that it uses lasers to test food temperature. You'll simply point the thermometer at the item once you're in a close range, then check the readout. Within 500 milliseconds of pressing the trigger, you'll have a temperature, making it far quicker than other food thermometers. In our analysis of 141 expert reviews, the Etekcity Etekcity Lasergrip Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer placed 5th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 7, 2020:
Checkout The Best Food Thermometer for a detailed review of all the top food thermometers.

Expert Summarized Score
10.0
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
7,173 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The infrared lens also provides temperature readings and you don’t need to be close to the object being measured. This is a great feature during dangerous or hazardous situations
- Temperature World
May 5, 2018 | Full review
The readout screen is backlit with a bright blue to make it easy to read, and the design is lightweight. The temperature reading accuracy has a margin of 2 degrees Celsius and can read a range between -50 to 380 degrees Celsius.
- The Top Pro
The inbuilt laser makes it possible for you to easily locate the distance you intend to measure. You don’t have to waste time trying to aim where you need to take measurements; the infrared thermometer has been made to assure you the high level of precision.
- Buy The Best 10
The laser feature is the most comfortable one as it allows you just pointing at the surfaces and get the temperature instantly without going too close.
- The 10 Pro
February 15, 2019 | Full review
This unit also features a very easy to read backlit digital display and convenient offset buttons for simple operation.
- Idea Hacks
The unit has a long-lasting, 9-volt lithium battery with an auto shut-off feature and a low-battery indicator. Once the trigger is pulled, the unit gives the reading in less than 500 milliseconds, and it saves the reading on the screen for about 15 seconds.
- The Drive
June 27, 2019 | Full review
Lets you measure the temperature safely and instantly
- Best Top Now
It’s a lightweight thermometer with the ability to save power due to the auto-shutoff system.
- Best 10 Choices
December 30, 2018 | Full review
The operation process is very comfortable, and its temperature measurement has a high range that exceeds boiling points.
- Miranda Made
It has a user-friendly operation and a temperature measurement variety that exceeds boiling points, the potentials are endless.
- Top 10 Rec
This laser temperature gun is coated in UV paint and boasts a robust external casing to keep it hardy and long-lasting.
- Weather Station Advisor
April 9, 2019 | Full review
Overall, this is a very nice little infrared thermometer. For such a low price you can’t really go wrong.
- King of the Coals
What experts didn't like
Can’t measure temperature of animals
- Buy The Best 10
The farther away you are from an object the less accurate the laser can become depending on the surface
- Idea Hacks
A major drawback of this unit is that its outer casing is fragile and gives the feeling that it can be easily damaged when handled incorrectly.
- The Drive
June 27, 2019 | Full review
You have to read the instructions carefully to get accurate results.
- Top 10 Rec
However, with a maximum temperature of 716°F it is only just in range of the coolest pizza ovens we tested. It won’t be able to give accurate reading at temperatures over 716°F in the Blackstone, Uuni or any of the higher end pizza ovens.
- King of the Coals

From The Manufacturer

The measuring surface is about 2cm below the infrared aiming point. 2. For best accuracy, the distance between the thermometer and object of measurement should approximately be 14. 17inches (36cm). Etekcity Laser grip 774 Thermometer guns have been used by major airports and security offices during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Laser Guided Aim with precision at whatever you wish to measure, thanks to the laser beam guidance feature. Even from a far distance, the laser provides a mark to ensure accuracy every time you make a measurement. Infrared Lens The Infrared lens inside the Laser grip 774 Thermometer provides temperature readings without the need to touch or come close to anything dangerously hot or cold. You'll be able to effortlessly measure high temperatures, hazardous and inaccessible objects, and even moving targets; such as hot engine parts, cooking surfaces, swimming pools, bath water, wine coolers, hot asphalt, electric bearings, and much more. Specifications Temperature Range: -50℃ ~ 380℃ (-58℉ ~ 716℉ )Accuracy: 2% or 2℃ Distance Spot Ratio: 12: 1Emissivity Adjustable: 0. 95(fixed)Response Time and Wavelength: Package Included 1 x Etekcity Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer1 x 9-Volt Battery1 x User's Manual2-year for free by Etekcity

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An Overview On Food Thermometers

If you routinely cook meats, a food thermometer is a must-have kitchen item. You can test the doneness of everything from steaks to whole turkeys without having to cut into them. But if you haven’t shopped for a food thermometer lately, you may not realize how much they’ve evolved from their earliest days.

Before you start shopping, consider whether you want a probe-based thermometer or one of the newer types that works using infrared laser technology. With the latter, you’ll simply point and click to determine doneness. If you opt for a probe type, consider the kinds of food you’ll be cooking. For cooking large meats in your oven or smoker, you’ll need a probe long enough to reach all the way into the center of something, like a chicken or pork roast.

“If you’re a novice cook, an instant-read thermometer is the way to go,” says Colleen Janke. She’s our resident culinary expert and the owner of Savory Kitchen, a cooking school in San Jose, California. “With other thermometers, you’ll remove the probe too quickly to get an accurate reading. An instant-read will prevent that from happening.”

Newer thermometers also come with food presets, which means no more looking up what temperature your meat needs to be to reach a safe level of doneness. For grilling and smoking, you may also want to consider a type of thermometer that attaches to your grill and communicates with a receiver that you can take around the house with you.

Accuracy is probably one of the most important factors in a meat thermometer. If you’re using a laser-based thermometer, you’ll probably need to be fairly close to the food to get the most accurate reading. Some probe-based thermometers now come with two probes that you can use as verification for the temperature you’re seeing.

If you’re using a food probe, you’ll need to wash it after each use to avoid contamination the next time you use it to test. This can be tricky, though.

“Don’t put your thermometer through the dishwasher!” says Janke. “For cleaning, always use hot, soapy water and let it air-dry.”

Thermometers with extra features like digital readers or receivers need additional care. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to determine exactly what you’ll need to do to clean your thermometer between uses.

DWYM Fun Fact

If you don’t have a meat thermometer on hand — or the batteries on yours run out — you could always go by how a steak feels when you touch it. Professional chefs learn the exact level of sponginess based on the cut of meat. One easy way to do this yourself is to use the face test, which involves comparing the resistance you get when you press on the meat to how different areas of your face feel. The resistance of a medium-well steak compares to pressing on your forehead, while medium feels more like your chin. A medium-rare steak will compare to pressing on your cheeks — soft and with little resistance.

The Food Thermometer Buying Guide

  • Historically, food thermometers have operated by inserting a probe into the item being cooked. You can then check the temperature based on what the probe finds. However, a newer type of thermometer has emerged that uses infrared laser technology to test the meat merely by aiming it at the item being cooked. These point-and-shoot models eliminate messy probes.
  • Among digital thermometers, some models stand out for their receiver setup. The receiver communicates with a device you clamp onto your grill or smoker. You then stick the two probes into the meat and step away. They can have a reach of several hundred feet, so you can keep an eye on your food from a safe distance.
  • Preset recommendations can be a big help. Some thermometers come with preset programs for five USDA-approved doneness levels for nine different types of meat. Others come with recommended cooking levels for beef, veal, pork, poultry and fish.
  • Timers are an essential part of a food thermometer. Look for a thermometer with both a countdown and reverse-countdown feature, allowing you to either monitor how long your food has been cooking or insert a specific time. The reverse-countdown feature is especially ideal for those with smokers who need to slow-cook a large piece of meat.
  • When using a probe-based thermometer, pay close attention to the length of the probe if you routinely cook big items like ham, turkey or pork shoulders. Any probe that’s more than 4.5 inches is considered very long.
  • When it comes to accuracy, laser infrared thermometers boast the closest accuracy ranges. However, as you move further away, the laser can lose that accuracy.
  • Food thermometers are typically battery-powered, so make sure you have the right batteries in stock if they aren’t included. Some models shut off automatically when not in use to save battery power. They may also come with a low-battery indicator to ensure you aren’t stranded without extra batteries when you’re ready to start cooking.
  • If you’ve ever waited for a food thermometer to give you a reading, you know it can be frustrating. Some laser thermometers can give you results within 500 milliseconds of pulling the trigger. Thermometers that use something called a step-down tip give almost instant readings.
  • Thermometers that stay attached to your grill need to have a higher heat tolerance than those you only use when it’s time to test doneness. Make sure the wires and probe on any digital thermometer can withstand your grill’s heat when it’s clamped on during the cooking process.