Which is the best laser level, we compare 8 top models to see which come out on top

Which is the best laser level, we compare 8 top models to see which come out on top

Which is the best laser level, we compare 8 top models to see which come out on top

LASER LEVEL REVIEWS

It doesn't matter whether your a ambitious, DIY enthusiast working on your latest project, such as hanging pictures or fitting a curtain rail or you're a professional tradesman building a new stud wall, fitting a new kitchen  or tiling a wall, a good laser level will save you lots of time as well as making complicated jobs much easier.

The best Laser levels are used to project a perfectly straight horizontal line, a vertical line or both lines at the same time, onto the entire wall, floor, or ceiling. Some models can project a line, onto all of the walls at once, giving you a full 360 degree line around the room.

You can obviously do all this with a traditional bubble level, however you are limited by their size, as you need to move it along and constantly check the level every few minutes.

With a laser level, you set it up in the middle of the room, turn it on and project the perfectly straight line onto the wall in the correct place. The main advantage is you only need to do this once, instead of carry a bubble level around with you, checking the level every few minutes.

This saves lots of time, which means you can drastically reduce the length of time it takes to complete your project as well as making it much easier.

OUR TOP PICK

Bosch PCL 20 Cross Line Laser Level

Bosch PCL 20 Cross Line Laser Level review

Great for home projects & professional tradesmen

Winner of our top pick, the 'Bosch PCL 20' is a very versatile, multi-application high quality laser level, 

  • Project a cross line, single horizontal line or vertical line, an angled line such as up a stairs and it also features a plum function, ideal for marking a point from the floor to ceiling.
  • Projects a bright laser up to 20 meters.
  • Integrated 1/4" thread which fits all standard tripods.
  • Includes 3 years warranty when registered.
  • Ideal for hanging pictures, fitting shelves, laying tiles, painting interior walls, hanging wall paper, hanging pictures along a stairs, fitting kitchen cupboards and lots more.

More Info - Understanding the different types of laser level

Choosing a laser level is not as easy as picking up the first one you see, there are many different types of laser levels, some are designed for specific jobs such as leveling a floor, while other types are more flexible and designed for multiple types of leveling jobs such as hanging pictures, fitting a stairs rail, tiling a floor or wall, applying wall paper etc.

The different types of laser levels include cross line lasers, rotary lasers, plane lasers, dot lasers, floor lasers and layout line lasers.

As you can see, there are many types available, which is why its very easy to get confused when comparing all the different types of laser levels available. In our review, we are going to focus on cross line lasers and the best rotary laser levels as they are the most versatile models which most people will need, specially home users doing DIY projects.

  • Cross line laser: This is the most popular type of laser level and generally, the most versatile and probably the only laser level, most home owners will need. The best cross line laser level will produce a vertical line and horizontal line and can usually, be used independently or together, if you use them together it forms a right angle which can be useful for jobs such as tiling or fitting kitchen cabinets etc. Cross line laser can also be used for installing partition walls, drop ceiling, installing shelf's, wall papering and other fixtures that you need to fix onto a wall or ceiling.  Basically any job where a virtual chalk straight line, vertical or horizontal would be an advantage. Some models you can lock the laser and rotate the device to form a straight line at an angle. This is useful for using on stairs, where you need a straight precise line, but at an angle. This would aid fitting a stairs rail or putting pictures up stars in your home.
  • Rotary laser: These types of lasers project a 360° laser, this means the laser can be seen on the sides and behind you as well as in front of you, like cross line lasers If you are leveling something in a room it will project the laser on all 4 walls at the same time. Jobs you might use a rotary laser for include, lowering ceilings, fitting a new partitioned wall, installation of electrical and lighting layouts, leveling of concrete flooring. As well as projecting a horizontal 360° line they also project a vertical line.
  • Plane lasers: Plane lasers are more expensive then most other types and project a line at 360° vertically and horizontally.
  • Laser pointer: As the name suggest, laser pointers produce a a solid dot on the surface instead a laser line. Some models can produce 3 dots, one upright, one down and usually one straight across.
  • Laser detectors: These devices are used to find the laser level when, you're unable to physically see it. If you have a laser level with pulse mode, which are usually fitted to cross line lasers, they are usually compatible with a laser detector. When using a laser level outdoors, its often very hard if not impossible to see the laser, specially in bright conditions. This is when you can use a laser detector to find the laser level, even if you cannot see it. Some laser levels models can double their projection distance, but after a certain distance the laser in not visible, the laser detector can then be used in these situations to locate the laser level. For example, the Bosch GLL 3-80 Professional Line Laser Kit can used to project a laser line up to 40 meters, but its range is extended to 80 meters.

GREAT FOR HOME DIY PROJECTS

Bosch Quigo Cross Line Laser Level review

Bosch Quigo Cross Laser Level

Whether your the home DIY type fitting new kitchen cupboards, tiling a bathroom or decorating a room. Turn your creative ideas into reality, with the Quigo cross laser level which can help make your ideas reality. 

  • Projects perfectly straight horizontal & Vertical Lines
  • Self-leveling ensures straight lines every time
  • Fix it any where, such as on stepladders, shelfing or a chair using the versatile clamp.
  • Can be mounted into a standard tripod
  • Small and compact at only 6.5 x 6.5 x 6.5 cm
  • Great value for money

Play the video below to understand, visually how a laser level works and what you can use one for. The model in the video is a Bosch Quigo Cross Line Laser Level, which has basic functions but is very versatile, ideal for most leveling projects around the home.


Features to take onto consideration before buying a laser level

There are many features which need to be taken into consideration, below we will explain more about these features so you can decide, which features are essential to you.

  • Best self leveling laser: This simply means the device will level itself, some models are not self leveling which means you need to ensure it completely level before using it. The best models are obviously self-leveling and even is placed on a slightly uneven level, it will still project a perfectly straight line. 
  • Self-leveling Compensation (degrees): When the laser level is placed on a slightly uneven surface, this is how much in degrees, it can be out and still project a accurate level line. Its usually about 4 degrees for most models.
  • Out-of-Level Indicator: If the laser level is out of level, it will usually make a beeping noise or the laser line will constantly flash to alert you. This is obviously important as you don't want to use the laser line as a guide, if its not perfectly level.
  • Project laser lines at an angle: This feature means you can lock the laser in place so that you can project a out of level line. This is ideal for situations where you might not want a level line such as hanging pictures on a stairs wall or filling a stairs rail.
  • Projection distance: This is the total distance a laser can be projected, a good range is around 7 to 10 meters which more advanced models projecting up to 40 meters or more.
  • Beams: The total number of beams it can project in total.
  • Cross Beam: This means the laser level can project a vertical line and horizontal line at the same time to form right angles which can be useful for some situations such as tiling and hanging pictures perfectly straight.
  • Individual beams: This simply means that all the beams can be switched on individually, this can be useful is you only need to use the horizontal or vertical line on their own. This can also save battery power and prolong the battery life.
  • Low battery indicator: This means the laser level has a warning light when the battery is getting low so you can replace or charge them before they run out.
  • Tripod mountable: This means the device has a screw thread so it can be mounted into a tripod, Most models can be attached to a standard camera tripod which are often much cheaper than tripods designed for laser levels but can do the same job..
  • Magnetic mount: This means it has a built in magnet so you can attach it to metal surfaces.
  • Warranty: All models come with some sort of warranty, which range from 12 months to 3 years, depending on the model. Most quality trusted brands such as Bosch come with 2-3 years.

All of the best Bosch laser levels comes with a free 2 year guarantee, however you can extend the warranty from 2 to 3 years by registering your laser level. You can register your laser level by visiting the manufacturer's site 'MyBosch-Tools' within 28 days of purchase.

Other important considerations

Some models are designed for light domestic home use and light trade use, and as such, are not suitable for more demanding situations. Professional models are designed to be more heavy duty, and should withstand being knocked off their tripod, as well a being dust and water proof. These models are for the most demanding situations such as building sites and other situations where they get consistent use and could get knocked about by mistake.

BEST LASER LEVEL FOR PROFESSIONALS

DeWalt 3-Way Self-Levelling Ultra Bright Multi-Line Laser review

DeWalt 3-Way Self-Levelling Ultra Bright Multi-Line Laser

Extremely robust, 3 way professional laser level with front metal housing for extra protection. 

  • Projects perfectly straight horizontal & Vertical Lines as well as side lines
  • Very versatile, protects 90 crosses on the floor, ceiling, front wall and side wall.
  • Extremly bright beam, projects up to 50 meters
  • Apply fine adjustment of vertical lines
  • Self-levelling laser, accurate to ±0.3 mm/m
  • Simple 3 button operation and low battery indication.

About the comparison tables below?

Below the comparison table is split into two separate tables, the first table (below) contains our best recommended models for home use and the second comparison table (below the first), shows our top recommended models for trade use.


Top 8 Best Laser Levels UK

Comparison Table: Best for home DIY projects

Bosch Quigo

Bosch Quigo Cross Line Laser Level review

Stanley INT177340

Stanley Intelli Tools INT177340 Cubix Self Levelling Cross Line Laser review

Bosch PCL 10

Bosch PCL 10 Cross Line Laser Level review

Bosch PCL 20

Bosch PCL 20 Cross Line Laser Level review

Accuracy

+/- 0,8 mm/m

+/-0.5mm/m

± 0,5 mm/m

± 0,5 mm/m

Self-leveling

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Our-of-level indicator

yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Project at an angle

yes

Yes

No

Yes

Projection distance

7 meters

8 meters

10 meters

10 meters

Number of beams

2

2

2

2

Individual beams

no

no

no

yes

Tripod mountable

yes

no

yes

yes

Magnetic mount

no

no

no

no

Clamp mount

yes

yes

no

no

wall mount

no

no

no

yes

Low battery indicator

yes

yes

yes

yes

Batteries

2 x AAA

2 x AAA

3 x AA

4 x AA

Dimentions

6.5 x 6.5 x 6.5 cm

10.2 x 23 x 28.5 cm

9.2 x 6.6 x 10.8 cm

32.8 x 16 x 12.5 cm

Weight

270g

470g

399g

600g

Warranty

2 years (register for 3)

1 Year

2 years (register for 3)

2 years (register for 3)

Price

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Comparison Table: Best for both, DIY enthusiast and professionals

DeWalt DW088K

DeWalt DW088K Line Laser level review

Bosch PLL 360

Bosch PLL 360 Cross Line laser review.

DeWalt 3-Way

DeWalt 3-Way Self-Levelling Ultra Bright Multi-Line Laser review

Bosch GLL 3-80

Bosch GLL 3-80 Professional Line Laser Kit review

Accuracy

±0.3mm/m

± 0,4 mm/m

±0.3 mm/m

± 0.2 mm/m

Self-leveling

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Our-of-level indicator

yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Project at an angle

no

Yes

No

Yes

Projection distance

10 meters

20 meters

15 meters (50 with laser detector)

40 meters (80 with a laser detector)

Number of beams

2

2

4

3

Individual beams

yes

yes

no

yes

Tripod mountable

yes

yes

yes

yes

Magnetic mount

yes

no

no

yes

Clamp mount

yes

Extra cost

no

yes

wall mount

no

Extra cost

no

yes

Low battery indicator

yes

yes

yes

yes

Batteries

3 x AA

4 x AA

3 x AA

4 x AA

Dimentions

23.5 x 11.4 x 24.1 cm

12.5 x 8.5 x 7 cm

13,5 x 14.5 x 8cm

15.9 x 7.5 x 14.1 cm

Weight

458g

500g

399g

762g

Warranty

1 year

2 years (register for 3)

1 years

2 years (register for 3)

Price

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Conclusion

The best laser levels are versatile tools with good projection capabilities and numerous features to ensure a good user experience. On top of this, they should be well bullt and robustly designed to without the odd tumble, just in case it gets knock off its stand etc, which is highly likely, specially if your a tradesman using it on a daily basis.

After hours of research, our own testing and speaking to tradesman who use them regularly, we found 8 models which met our strict guidelines, in general the more expensive, the better. However, home users may not need all the features found on more expensive models, in this case one of the cheaper, more compact models would be a much better choice.

Our Recommendations round up

Best for home users and professionals - If your after an accurate, versatile, robust laser level, that is full of features, yet still very simple to use, then we would recommend the Bosch PCL 20 laser level. Its offers great value for money and is our 'Top Pick'.

This is a our recommended model for both home users looking for a high spec laser level and professional tradesmen looking for a good robust model, designed to take knocks and tumbles but without spending the earth. We feel this model is offers the best value for money when you take everything into consideration.

Best for home DIY enthusiast - We found the Bosch Quigo cross laser level, is the best choice for home users due to its compact design and many features, its also offers great value for money. The Stanley INT177340 laser level is equally a good option.

Best for Tradesmen - For the professional tradesman, we would recommend either the DeWalt DW099K Laser level, its full of features and offers great value for money when compared to similar models.

If your after something a little more advanced and have a larger budget, we would recommend the  DeWalt 3-way self leveling multi line laser as is extremely accurate, robust, versatile and can be used with a laser detector up to an impressive 50 meters.

OUR TOP PICK

Bosch PCL 20 Cross Line Laser Level

Bosch PCL 20 Cross Line Laser Level review

Great for home projects & professional tradesmen

Winner of our top pick, the 'Bosch PCL 20' is a very versatile, multi-application high quality laser level, 

  • Project a cross line, single horizontal line or vertical line, an angled line such as up a stairs and it also features a plum function, ideal for marking a point from the floor to ceiling.
  • Projects a bright laser up to 20 meters.
  • Integrated 1/4" thread which fits all standard tripods.
  • Includes 3 years warranty when registered.
  • Ideal for hanging pictures, fitting shelves, laying tiles, painting interior walls, hanging wall paper, hanging pictures along a stairs, fitting kitchen cupboards and lots more.

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