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The best laser measure in 2022: get the distance accurately with these tools

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The best laser measures help you to measure distances accurately without the need for tape. Commonly referred to as "laser distance measurers" or "laser tape measures", they take all the hassle out of DIY, not to mention professional work in everything from construction and surveying through to IT networking and energy fitting. 

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They work by computing the time taken for a light pulse to be reflected back to the sensor. They may also offer the ability to store previous measurements, perform area and volume calculations, and/or export measurements to other devices. Read on, and we'll reveal the best laser measure on sale today, for a variety of use cases and a range of budgets.

The best laser measures in 2022

Mileseey 229ft Digital Laser Tape Measure

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1. Mileseey 70m / 229ft Digital Laser Tape Measure

The best laser measure for home DIY

Specifications
Measurement range: 70m / 229ft
Display: Large backlit LCD
Memories: 20 units
Accuracy: ±1/16 inch (±2mm)
Bluetooth: -
Inclinometer: N
Dimensions: 115 x 50 x 30 mm
Weight: 198 g
Power: 2 x 1.5V AAA batteries (included)
Laser: Class II
Protection: IP54
Measurements: M / yd
Reasons to buy
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Covers up to 70m
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Useful measurement functions
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Reasonable price 
Reasons to avoid
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Other devices measure further

The best laser measures can get quite expensive, but if you just want one for a bit of home DIY, here's our top recommendation. This device from Mileseey is quite affordable, and yet it still does a good job at measuring, with an accuracy of ±0.2mm/±1/16 inch. It provides a measuring range of between 16cm and 70 feet, is dust- and splash-proof to IP54 standards, and offers some additional useful measurement functions too. 

For example, you can just measure the hypotenuse, and the horizontal distance and vertical height are calculated automatically. Or you can measure only two hypotenuses, and the vertical height is calculated automatically. This device can store up to 20 measurements at one time, and takes two AAA batteries. More expensive models promise more, but for home decoration this is probably everything you're going to need.

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2. Dtape DT50

The best cheap laser measure for home DIY

Specifications
Measurement range: 50m / 165 ft
Display: Backlit LCD
Memories: 20 groups
Accuracy: ± 1/16-inch / 1.5mm
Bluetooth: -
Inclinometer: -
Dimensions: 115 x 50 x 29 mm
Weight: 200 g
Power: 2xAAA
Laser: Class 2 650 nm
Measurements: M/feet/in/ft+in
Protection: IP54
Reasons to buy
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Several memories on display
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Multiple features
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Extras including bag
Reasons to avoid
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Empty List

Want to keep costs as low as possible? In which case, let us recommend the Dtape DT50. Not only is it surprisingly cheap, but it has a two-inch screen with several measurements. It's also capable of area and volume calculations. And there are even indirect Pythagorean calculations on offer.

While Dtape isn't the best-known brand, it's comfortably past its tenth birthday, so the firm is clearly not without experience. The rubber design makes this a reasonably rugged, no-slip tool. And while it doesn't measure as far as the first device on our list (50m to the Mileseey's 70m), its RRP is considerably cheaper.

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3. Dewalt DW030PL Atomic

The best laser measure for short distances

Specifications
Measurement range: 16.75 m / 55 ft
Display: Backlit light-on-dark LCD
Memories: -
Accuracy: ± 1/4-inch / 6.3mm
Bluetooth: -
Inclinometer: -
Dimensions: 64 x 38 x 19 mm
Weight: 100 g
Power: 3.7V Lithium-Ion
Laser: Class 2 650 nm
Measurements: M/SAE
Reasons to buy
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Rechargeable
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Highly portable
Reasons to avoid
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Limited range
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Lacks memory functions

If you’re working in small rooms, you won't need a large measuring distance: your main concerns will be ease of use, and the ability to withstand splashes and dust. That’s where DeWalt’s laser measure fits perfectly. It’s affordable, compact, and can dangle on the included wrist-strap without worry.

It has the brand’s legendary toughness guarantee, while the back-lit display makes it easy to read in a dark cupboard or a bright yard. This laser measure has a USB-rechargeable lithium battery (cable included) and while single button operation might lack memory functions, it will be enough for most tasks.

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4. Leica D1

The best laser measure for carpentry or flooring

Specifications
Measurement range: 40 m / 130 ft
Display: Illuminated LCD
Memories: 2 measurements
Accuracy: ± 0.08-inch / 2mm
Bluetooth: Yes
Inclinometer: -
Dimensions: 115 x 44 x 24 mm
Weight: 87g
Power: 2xAAA (approx. 20h)
Laser: Class 2 650 nm
Protection: IP54
Measurements: M/In/Ft
Reasons to buy
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Elegant design
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On-screen memories
Reasons to avoid
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Expensive given features

The D1 is elegant and simple to use, with a light-touch keypad and no more buttons than you need. That makes this a great tool for measuring spaces and single lengths of wood, although those working on larger spaces or outdoors might look for a more powerful laser.

It has some advanced features too. Most notably, it's compatible with Leica’s free Disto Plan app which – via Bluetooth and any Apple or Android phone – extends the measure’s two-button operation into a full room measurement tool with sketch.

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5. Mileseey S6

The best laser measure for factories and warehouses

Specifications
Measurement range: 100 m / 328 ft
Display: Backlit LCD
Memories: 20 measurement groups
Accuracy: ± 1/16-inch / 1.5mm
Bluetooth: -
Inclinometer: Yes
Dimensions: 113 x 47 x 27 mm
Weight: 136g
Power: 2xAAA
Laser: Class 2 650 nm
Measurements: M/In/Ft/Ft+In
Reasons to buy
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100m range
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Digital angle measure
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Low price for specifications
Reasons to avoid
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Empty List

The Mileseey S6 is a versatile electronic measure with a long measuring range of 100m, making it more useful in factories and warehouses as well as large apartments and other big spaces. It also offers area, distance, volume and Pythagorean measurements.

It's reasonably robust, with IP54 ingression protection. The rubber body makes for a good grip and drops aren’t much of a concern. A bubble-level is included. as well as electronic inclinometer for those just wanting to quickly check a level, or passing the tool to their older workmate and wanting to side-step a “good old days” lecture.

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6. Bosch GLM400CL Blaze

The best laser measure with a camera

Specifications
Measurement range: 120m / 400ft
Display: Color LED
Memories: 600 measurements
Accuracy: ± 1/16-inch / 1.5mm
Bluetooth: Yes
Inclinometer: Yes
Dimensions: 140x29x64mm
Weight: 210g
Power: Integrated 3.6V Li-ion
Measurements: M/In/Ft/Ft+In
Reasons to buy
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Built-in camera
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⊕ Reinforced glass display
Reasons to avoid
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Regular charging needed

This is a bright laser, capable of taking a long measurement on a fairly bright day, but what really sets it apart is the technology it has to back that up. There are a good range of measurements, including (by virtue of the inclinometer) Pythagorean areas, but the icing on the cake is the camera. The camera has two jobs. It helps identify the spot the laser is pointing to more easily, and it records an image with the measurement. 

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7. Leica Disto E7500i

The best laser measure for surveyors

Specifications
Measurement range: 200 m / 660 ft
Display: Color LCD
Memories: 30 measurements
Accuracy: > 1/16-inch / 1mm
Bluetooth: Y
Inclinometer: Y (±0.2˚)
Dimensions: 143 x 58 x 29 mm
Weight: 198 g
Power: 2xAAA
Protection: IP65
Laser: Class 2 650 nm 1mW
Measurements: M/In/Ft
Reasons to buy
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Excellent accuracy
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Rugged
Reasons to avoid
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Quick user of batteries

Despite its reasonable price, the E7500i seems capable of providing the features required by professional surveyors, along with compatibility with Leica’s Disto app and height tracking.

The IP65 rating means it isn’t just splash-proof but will withstand a jet of water. The system can help with all the area, volume, and Pythagorean calculations you’d hope. In addition, the long range, long-distance measurements are easier to achieve thanks to the 4x zoom digital camera and a feature called Smart Horizontal for circumnavigating obstacles. 

The only potential issue is the speed of battery consumption. And of course with any long-range measure a pro would do well to pack a tripod, target and perhaps even laser glasses to be ready for any conditions.

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8. Nikon Forestry Pro II

The best laser measure for measuring trees

Specifications
Measurement range: 1600 m / 1 mile
Display: Backlit dot matrix LCD
Memories: 250 measurements
Accuracy: ± 1ft / 0.3m
Bluetooth: -
Inclinometer: Y
Dimensions: 110 x 74 x 42 mm
Weight: 170 g
Power: CR2 Lithium
Laser: Class 1M
Protection: IPX4
Measurements: M / yd
Reasons to buy
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Illustrated display
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Excellent optics
Reasons to avoid
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Limited uses

Need to calculate the height of trees from a distance? The Forestry Pro makes the task a lot easier by thinking about the problem you must face, and even helping with a diagram. Measurements can be taken using two- or three-point measuring, depending on whether parts of the tree or pole you’re measuring are obscured.

It works using an optical monocular finder, and in that respect, has a lot in common with a more professional version of a golfer's laser rangefinder (for comparison, the eye relief is 18mm). With a magnification of 6x, professionals will find their targets reasonably easily, but there's also the Target Priority Mode to helps find objects in sequence if needed. The memory of 250 measurements lets you cover a lot of ground without getting the note pad out, too, and despite the distance measurements take about 0.3 seconds.

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