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|Semlos Multipurpose Laser Level|
|Stanley Intellitools Cubix|
|Tacklife SCL-01 Classic|
|DeWalt DW088-K XJ self-levelling|
|KKMoon 2-Lines Cross Line Level|
Whether you are indulging in a little bit of simple DIY or something more extensive, the need to make sure you have everything level and correct is always part of the job. There’s no point hanging doors, for example, or putting up cupboards if they are not level, and as for surfaces, you want everything to stand still and not roll away!
In your tool kit, you probably have a spirit level. These simple yet essential – not to mention effective – tools are part of the requisite kit of any home DIY enthusiast. Easy to use, and cheap to buy, you can continue to use your traditional level. Or, if you want to bring things up to date, you could invest in a more sophisticated laser level, which may well offer you more functions and greater versatility than your current model.
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The use of laser levels is prevalent in major construction projects, and these often very cheap and useful items are now becoming more popular for domestic use. We took a look at ten of the best on the market for you, so that you can find one that suits your requirements, but before we go on to give you details of the best laser levels, let’s look a little more at what a laser level does, how it is better than a standard spirit level, and why you need one in your kit.
Best Laser Levels UK
1: Semlos Multipurpose Laser Level
Our first choice is from Semlos, who have a great range of DIY tools, and it’s a good model to start with as it is a budget item with some fine features. This one has a three-way measuring bubble for added versatility and is very easy to use and well-made. It is equipped with LED lights on the measuring bubbles so can be used at night, and is powered by three button-cell batteries for added convenience.
We like the fact this one comes with an 8-foot integral tape measure that offers graduated measurements in both metric and imperial, down to 1mm and 1/32nd of an inch. The laser light is accurate and gives you a level standard to work to, and it is compact and light so you can slot it into your kit with ease. All in all, it’s a good, simple and yet very usable laser level at a sensible price, and one that we think is a great introduction to our reviews.
2: Stanley Intellitools Cubix
In the world of DIY there are few names that instil such confidence in quality as Stanley. With a comprehensive collection of tools that covers every available avenue, we have chosen this excellent cross-line laser as an example that is indicative of the breed. This is not a standard level – it is a pure laser device, and as such provides a more sophisticated result than you may find from a traditional model.
It is in the shape of a cube and projects a laser line wherever you want it – be it the top of a wall, a window frame, or whatever – and it has a distance projection of 8metres so you have a very versatile device. It is accurate to +/- 0.8mm/m – that’s as accurate as you are likely to need – and will help you find the level you want very quickly and easily. The universal mounting bracket means you can use it anywhere, and it is operated by AAA batteries for ease of use. It’s a good price, and worth checking out.
3: Tacklife SCL-01 Classic
This surprisingly compact and very neat little laser level is a very robust item for its size, and is equipped with a variety of features that we think make it a very viable prospect if you are looking to invest in one of these. It offers 15-metres of laser level light, for example – and it’s brighter than most so easy to see even in daylight – and it is very simple to use as well as being powered by off-the-shelf AAA batteries.
It has 360degree swivel so you can use it on whatever surface you want, and in terms of accuracy it is very impressive: +/- 3mm over 15metres is very accurate, and it also has a tilt recognition of 4degrees so will inform you when it is leaning and potentially inaccurate. It is robust and recommended mainly for indoor use – though there’s no reason it can’t be used for outdoor projects – and comes with 24-month warranty. This is a good model, with great features, at a sensible price.
4: DeWalt DW088-K XJ self-levelling
If Stanley is the brand associated with DIY users, DeWalt is the name to look for when you want serious quality tools and devices for more in-depth work. Used by the construction industry on a widespread basis, you should be prepared to pay a little more for their items, but you can rest assured that what you are getting is the very best in quality tools, and that at the price they are very good value indeed.
This self-levelling dedicated laser level offers superb accuracy – +/- 0.3mm/m in levelling mode – and will tell you if it is more than 4degrees off tilt. It has a universal bracket for ease of fitting and use anywhere, and is recommended for use on any job. It’s easy to use, and is robustly made – in fact, as with all DeWalt tools it is practically unbreakable – and you also get a case for it so it will not be damaged in transit. If you want the best, DeWalt is the go-to brand for most dedicated and determined users.
5: KKMoon 2-Lines Cross Line Level
This very compact, budget-priced laser level is a very impressive device for what you get. It sends two lines – horizontal and vertical – where you want them, can be used indoors and outside, and is very easy to move around. Made from durable materials, it would not be out of place on a building site, and it is powered by standard batteries for added versatility. The laser lines are bright red so you can see them very easily, too.
It keeps you informed if you are out of self-levelling range – which is the standard 4-degrees – and offers a great deal of accuracy of +/- 0.5mm/m, which while not as accurate as some is perfectly adequate for DIY use and the usual installation jobs it is designed for. A dampered base makes it easy to settle, it can swivel through 360-degrees, and it is well-made and comes with a good manufacturer warranty at a sensible price.
6: Makita SK104Z Cross Line
Another of the leading brands in quality and top-line DIY tools, Makita has a large range of excellent products and a reputation for quality items at sensible priced. Make no mistake, this is not a budget model – so if you’re looking for cheap and cheerful it’s not the one – but it is a very good laser level at an excellent price. It offers a 15metre laser line, which is pretty much the standard for this type of device, and also a pulse mode of up to 60metres for added versatility.
This one is made from very durable materials so will be perfect for work out in the field, it’s easy to use and has two crossing lines at the required 180-degree angle, and the laser line is bright and very much visible. You get a magnetic adapter and a versatile lock for placing where you need it, and it can be adjusted through the whole circle. In short, it’s a great model at a sensible price if you want a serious laser line – highly recommended.
7: Bosch Quigo Plus
Another brand with a great reputation for quality products at great prices, Bosch has a finger in many different pies, and its range of tools and other DIY items is second to none. This excellent cross-line level – it provides a 7-metre line constantly, not the greatest but still very usable – is typically well-made, and offers accuracy that should be expected of a name brand, with automatic self-levelling within 4-degrees.
One very attractive aspect of this Bosch model is that, unlike any we have reviewed so far, it comes with its own tripod. It’s a 1-metre high design that allows you to place the level wherever you want and at adjustable heights, and as such adds to the usability and efficiency of the device. It’s robust, powered by standard batteries and offers a bright and easy to see level line, and at the price we think it is good value, despite the relatively short distance it covers.
8: Tacklife SC03
This is a more powerful version of the one we have already reviewed from the Tacklife brand. Like that one, it is a quality item at a sensible price, and a professional standard device too. It offers 30-metres of laser level light, for example – and it’s brighter than most so easy to see even in daylight – and it is very simple to use as well as being powered by off-the-shelf AAA batteries. It also has a pulse mode that allows you to use it for up to 60metres.
It has 360degree swivel so you can use it on whatever surface you want, and in terms of accuracy it is very impressive: +/- 3mm over 15metres is very accurate, and it also has a tilt recognition of 4degrees so will inform you when it is leaning and potentially inaccurate. It is robust and recommended mainly for indoor use – though there’s no reason it can’t be used for outdoor projects – and comes with 24-month warranty. This is a good model, with great features, and we recommend you give it a second look.
9: Black & Decker BDL 120
This is a very neat and simple manual laser level from one of the giants of the DIY world, Black & Decker. There’s no special features to this one – typical of the brand – yet it offers great performance at what can only be described as an excellent price. The laser is a manual levelling one that can project a horizontal or vertical line along the wall, and is set by two very clear bubbles with backlights.
This one is fitted with the usual mount that allows for 360-degree turning through the full circle, is light and easy to use, and is very compact so will sit nicely in your tool kit. It’s a great item to have around you for when you need it, and it comes with a full B&D warranty. Powered by standard batteries, this is a well-priced budget laser line that is worth checking out if you need simple and usable.
10: Huepar 9211G Green Beam
Our final selection is this rather neat and stylish laser level from Huepar. Not one of the biggest names in the business, they nevertheless have an excellent reputation for impressive tools at very sensible and affordable prices. This level offers the usual cross-beam action so is great for both indoor and outdoor use, with a green beam that is easy to see and very bright, and a decent range of 25m when used indoors.
It is designed for accuracy – you get +/- 3mm at 10m which is very accurate indeed – and is also easy to use. It’s made robustly so can be used in even the most arduous of conditions, is self-levelling and is dustproof as well as shockproof. This is a compact and light device that is ideal for home or commercial use, comes with a two-year warranty, and is highly recommended what can only be described as an excellent price for a quality item.
That’s our list of the 10 best laser levels for you, so which one is for you? Before we go on to give you our recommendations, let’s have a look at some of the important features to consider when buying one of these.
The above are ten of the best laser levels on the market, and each one has its own merits. Here is our reminder of the things you need to look out for when choosing a laser level that is right for you.
Range – depending upon the work you are going to use your laser level for, you may need to consider the range of the laser itself. This is the distance of the laser light itself, and ranges from a few metres to around 30metres. Check the specs carefully before you buy so you are certain to get the right one.
Cross-line – most of the above are cross-line levels; this means they have a vertical and horizontal light beam so you get a cross that pinpoints with accuracy. This is by far the best way to achieve accuracy of the degree you need, so make sure you choose the right one.
Self-levelling – a good laser level with have self-levelling ability to a set degree – usually within 4-degrees of tilt – so make sure you get one with such if you want the most accurate device for your money.
Portable – you will want to carry your laser level around with you so you need it to display at least a modicum of portability. Most of those listed are light, quite small and easy to use, so you have a choice of models that will suit.
Pulse – a few of the above have pulse operation, which means you can use them momentarily for extended range. If this is for you, then make sure you have the right model selected before you commit to buying it.
Accuracy – our final feature to look for is one of accuracy; this can vary between the different makes, models and types, but remember that the more precise the work you are intending to perform, the more accurate you need your laser level to be.
That’s our list of things to look for when buying your laser level, so which of the above is good for you? Let’s see if we can wrap this up with a verdict!
How it Works
The standard, traditional spirit level is a very simple concept; a long and thin precision-made tool, it features – usually – two small containers filled with coloured liquid, each of which is marked with a vertical or horizontal line.
Place the level on a surface – or against one when used vertically – and you can see immediately if the level is straight, by the position of the bubble in the visual clear tube. It is a tried and tested method, but it does have its limitations.
For example, let’s say you’re building a low garden wall. You need to know you have the bricks level at every point. With a spirit level, you can do this by checking each section individually. This works, and your spirit level will tell you where you need to change things, but it is time-consuming.
How would a laser level help? With a laser level, you can project a visible baseline to follow, and as it’s laser, it will remain at the exact position you need it to give you a level to work to. This applies not just to building walls, but also for installing cupboards, work surfaces, and any other DIY applications you may have. It can also be used for such as laying lawns, hanging pictures, and much more – anything, in fact, that requires you knowing that things are level and correct.
Some laser levels are also equipped with measuring systems, so can be used as a tape measure, while others come with more additional features. They are not expensive so you can add one to your tool kit without breaking the bank, and we guarantee you will find one very useful indeed.
So, let’s have a look at the top 10 laser levels on the market, and see if we can find one that suits your requirements.
Let’s Wrap it Up!
Which of the above best laser levels is for you? That depends, as we said above, what you intend to use it for. If you want a simple model that will replace your standard spirit level with greater accuracy, and are on a budget, look at the first one on the list, or the Black and Decker model. Each of these offers great performance at sensible money, so you can choose wisely.
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If you are going to be using a laser level more regularly and want something with greater performance and accuracy, just about any of the remaining models will do the job, but we do have a couple we would recommend you check out in more detail.
The first is the DeWalt model, and we recommend it mostly because you can rely on this brand for excellent quality and great performance. It may be one of the more expensive, but it is also a very impressive piece of kit. An alternative at an excellent price is the Tacklife SC03, at number 8 on the list. This is a quality device too, and may well offer everything you need with excellent range and accuracy.
That’s our list, so get yourself a laser level and improve the accuracy of your work beyond your current capability!