Picture this: you and a friend who begrudgingly agreed to help you move are carrying a bookshelf up a flight of stairs. You put the bookshelf where it needs to go, and… it doesn’t fit. You could have sworn that when you used a tape measure to see how tight the space was, you had at least two or three inches to spare.
Perhaps you’ve never been in this exact scenario, but chances are you’ve experienced something similar. If you’re someone who regularly needs to move furniture, or you work in a field such as contracting, architecture or the like, a laser distance measure will save you a world of headaches.
The best laser distance measures work by shooting a pulse of light at a target and measure the time it takes the reflection to return to the device. Unlike tape measures, there’s never any slack or bending; you can get a more accurate reading with lasers, especially at longer distances. Plus, you don’t need to have another person to hold the other end taught.
One thing worth noting is that while many lower-end laser distance measures (including options on this list) may be accurate in ideal conditions, they may be limited when working in bright daylight. That’s because it can be hard for the sensor to detect the laser if the beam isn’t strong enough to overcome bright sunlight. Also, all laser measures have a limit on how far they can measure. The most powerful options on this list can measure something as far away as 200 feet.
We’ve rounded up a few different options, including high end and super precise picks that can be used outdoors in daylight as well as more affordable measures that excel when used indoors. Most of these measures can be used to run calculations right from the device, allowing you to run a Pythagorean equation or calculate factors like area without having to dust off the calculator or crunch numbers on paper. These are the laser measures to get.
1. Bosch GLM 50 C Bluetooth Enabled Laser Distance Measure
It’s hardly cheap, but you get a lot with this Bosch laser measure. Bluetooth capabilities automatically transfer measurements to your device via the Bosch app. It also gives real-time distance measurements as you move closer or further away from the target.
Pros: Backlit display makes for easy reading in dark spaces or bright sunlight, accurate to 1/16th of an inch, digital level, Bluetooth connectivity, measurements in different units.
Cons: Steep price, and unintuitive app.
2. Leica Laser Distance Measure with Bluetooth
Leica is best known for making legendary film cameras, but they’re not afraid to go digital, either. Leica Geosystems, which is an offshoot of the main camera line, makes a convenient and highly accurate laser distance measure. The measure is designed to provide accuracy up to 1/16th of an inch, and it’s also convenient. Built-in Bluetooth compatibility makes it easy to automatically share measurements to your phone or computer.
Pros: Bluetooth compatible for easy data sharing. IP54 certified, making the unit dust and splash resistant. Batteries included.
Cons: A pricy product.
3. Tacklife HD60 Classic Laser Measure
This Tacklife measure offers 1/16-inch accuracy and comes with horizontal and vertical bubble levels for precise measuring. It can calculate square footage and volume, and it has a Pythagorean mode that allows you to measure the angle between multiple distances.
Pros: Affordable, provides 1/16-inch accuracy, capable of performing numerous calculations.
Cons: This measure requires that you press a button to receive a measurement, which can be inconvenient when taking many measurements. Fraction display is small and can be hard to read.
4. SKIL 100-foot Laser Measurer & Digital Level
SKIL may not be as well known as DeWalt or Stanley, but the brand has a legendary pedigree. SKIL invented the circular saw, frequently called a Skilsaw. SKIL continues to make trustworthy consumer tools, like this laser distance measure. This measure stores and displays the most recent measurements. Other convenient features include the ability to walk and measure at the same time, providing real-time measurements with limited delay. The digital leveler ensures that the unit is properly leveled for more accurate readings.
Pros: Digital level for more accurate readings, walk and measure feature for real-time measurements. Micro-USB powered lithium-ion battery saves on the need to buy batteries.
Cons: 100-foot range is shorter than some other options on this list.
5. DBPOWER Digital Laser Measure
This laser distance measure from DBPower is a good budget pick for homeowners. The oversized screen shows multiple measurements at a time, allowing you to easily keep track of your most recent measurements without stopping to write it down. There are various features to provide detailed measurements. You can measure area, distance, length, volume as well as running a Pythagorean measurement.
Pros: Affordable. Backlit screen displays most recent measurements, making it easy to keep track of. Has multiple modes including Pythagorean, area and volume.
Cons: Decimal display only, meaning you’ll need to do conversions yourself if you want fractions.
6. Bosch Blaze Pro Laser Distance Measure
Bosch makes a variety of laser measures, and this is one of the more basic models. It compromises app connectivity and storage (GLM saves 30 measurements, Blaze Pro saves 10). But it still packs a punch where it counts. Blaze Pro has the same 1/16-inch accuracy and a backlit display for easy reading.
Pros: Backlit display, can calculate square footage, capable of measuring in different units, real-time display adjusts as you move.
Cons: Sunny days may limit the ability to see the laser on target in outdoor situations, fraction display on screen can be difficult to read, no level.
7. LOMVUM Laser Measure
This affordable laser measure from Lomvum has a large screen that displays the last few measurements, making it easy to take not of multiple measurements at once as needed. This unit has multiple modes including Pythagorean mode, and you can measure area and volume. The already affordable measure also comes with handy accessories like a carrying pouch, wrist lanyard and batteries.
Pros: Comes with accessories like batteries and carrying pouch. Multiple measurement modes like Pythagorean and area/volume. Backlit display for nighttime use.
Cons: May have limited use in bright daylight.