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How to Choose a Laser Distance Meter

How to choose a laser distance meter

How to Choose a Laser Distance Meter

How to choose a laser distance meter

There are a number of laser measuring tools you can use, so there’s a lot to consider when you’re picking the right one. With a laser tape measure, you can get more accurate measurements (especially if you’re working with longer distances). And you can do it in less time. With a standard tape measure, it becomes harder to get an accurate reading the further out you go. There could be slack in the line, or you could apply too much pressure on the tape (which can cause it to stretch or even break). You will also have to line the marks directly with the starting point, which can be difficult. Even temperature fluctuations can affect the accuracy of your measurements while you’re using a standard measuring tape.

Using a laser distance meter will give you access to one of the fastest and most accurate ways to get measurements, especially if you need to take many of them on the same job or day. Most of them are easy to operate. There are even some advanced models that offer a variety of features and functions, which can help you with what you need to do. This type of laser tape measure projects a beam that looks similar to that of a laser pointer. Just direct the beam to your target, and press the button. It will automatically measure the distance to where the laser is pointed.

Benefits of Using a Laser Distance Meter

Here are some of the benefits of using a laser distance meter.


The accuracy of laser measuring tools is high, especially if it has a high-quality range. Some models (including the Leica Disto) have an accuracy of 1.5 mm or less for distances of up to 100 meters.

Ease of Use

The on-board functions of these tools can make complex calculations (such as area, volume, and triangulation) easier to perform, which can reduce the chance of “human error.” Simple distance measurements can be taken with just the push of a button. But for more complicated calculations, they will either do it on the device itself of through extended software you can install on your computer.


Many of the professional models (such as the Leica Disto) are known to be extremely durable. Not only can they endure drops and strong vibrations from surrounding machinery, but they can also have a certain level of water and dust resistance.

If you want to find the best tape measure for your specific needs, be sure to look at the broad selection we have at Engineer Supply.

What to Consider While Choosing a Laser Distance Meter

There are many types of laser measuring tools, so there’s a lot to consider before making your decision. Here are some factors that are worth considering before you find a laser tape measure that’s right for your specific needs.


Laser distance meters can vary in price, so you should think about how much you’re willing to spend.


Indoor or Outdoor Use

Do you need a laser tape measure you can use for both indoor and outdoor measurements? Some tools (such as the Leica Disto D510) can do this, but other tools will only work in one or the other.

Indoor or Outdoor Use

What You Will Be Measuring

Laser measuring tools can vary on the amount of distance they can measure. Some will go up to 60 meters, while others can only go as far as 20 meters.

What You Will Be Measuring


If you need a laser tape measure that’s waterproof, you should consider buying one like the Leica Disto X310.


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How to choose a laser distance meter

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a laser tape measure?

Laser measuring tools are alternatives to standard tape measures. They can be used to determine lengths, widths, and heights of up to approximately 650 feet (198 meters). They’re typically accurate to within an eighth of an inch (3 millimeters) if you’re measuring distances of up to 300 feet (91.5 meters), and they can be used by several professionals. Some of them include but may not be limited to:
  • Contractors
  • Insurance adjusters
  • Architects
  • Flooring professionals
Homeowners can use a laser tape measure around the house as well.

Where are laser measuring tools commonly used?

Laser measuring tools can be used in a variety of professions and applications that rely on quick and accurate measurements. They’re viable alternatives to the more traditional tape measure, which may not be as accurate and could be harder to use (especially while measuring longer distances).

Does the accuracy of a laser tape measure remain constant over longer distances?

Most laser measuring tools are meant to provide a consistent accuracy within a specified range. Some people may think that the tolerance would improve if the distance were shorter, but that isn’t always the case. You can, however, get more errors if you’re measuring distances over 100-300 feet, but it won’t impact their accuracy in a drastic way.

What are the best target surfaces for laser measuring tools?

To use a laser tape measure properly, you must be able to see the red dot on the object in which the device is pointed. And you must be able to see it from a distance. Targets with opaque surfaces would be the best choice, because it would be hard to get what you need with transparent targets.

How can dust affect my laser tape measure?

Like any other electrical device, laser measuring tools can be affected by dust. You will need to clean it on a regular basis if you want to keep it working the way you want it to. If the dust gets around the laser beam, you’ll have a hard time finding the location of the red dot. And if you’re using it in extreme dust conditions, it will be hard to take accurate measurements because of increased reflection of the laser beam.
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