Best Laser Level – Buyers Guide & Reviews – 2019 Update

Best Laser Level  – Buyers Guide & Reviews – 2019 Update

Best Laser Level – Buyers Guide & Reviews – 2019 Update


Probably one of the best tools you will ever own, laser levels make life much easier and leave you wondering how you ever got by before


We have been reviewing the latest laser levels for the last 3 years, in that time, we have named 6 of the best models which we have reviewed reviewed further down. We have added and removed models from our list over the years, what has become clear is that both Bosch and DeWalt seem to offer the best models, that assuming you choose the right model as they sell many different models ranging from £60 to 80 for a good DIY model for home use such as the Bosch Quigo Cross Laser Level, to the DeWalt 3-Way Self-Levelling Ultra Bright Multi-Line Laser which is very versatile and accurate model perfect for professional use but much more expensive.

However, our favourite mid range model perfect for both DIY enthusiast and professionals looking for a more affordable alternative, is the Dewalt DW088K-XJ Self Levelling Line Laser.

As you probably know. 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 which can be very useful for job such as marketing out sockets etc. 

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 carrying a bubble level around with you, checking the level every few minutes and height on each wall. Most model are self levelling and some can be manually set at an angle, this is perfect for jobs such as fitting a hand rail onto a wall on a stairs or any other job where you may want to project a straight line onto a wall but at an angle rather than perfectly level.

Best Pick

Our top recommended laser level - Dewalt DW088K-XJ Self Levelling Line Laser , 0 V, Black/Yellow, Set of 6 Piece - We really do like the DeWalt DW088K-XJ Laser Level, we think it's by far the best choice within its price range. Very well made, very accurate, perfect for those of us who may abuse tools more than we really should. If you've not got a laser level then this is a good model to start with, it really will change how you work.

We really do like the DeWalt DW088K-XJ Laser Level, we think it's by far the best choice within its price range. Very well made, very accurate, perfect for those of us who may abuse tools more than we really should. If you've not got a laser level then this is a good model to start with, it really will change how you work. Perfect for kitchen fitting, marking out downlights, tiling, just about any job you you can think of where you need to mark straight lines. The only feature i wish it had was a manual mode so you can use it at an angle, seems like a simple feature they could add. Probably not a problem for most people though as most will be wanting to mark out straight vertical and horizontal lines. Don't forget to register with DeWalt to get 3 years warranty as it only comes with 12 months otherwise.

Getting started - Buyers Guide

What type of laser level do you need?

There are three main types of laser levels which include cross line lasers, rotary lasers, and dot lasers. The most popular type by far are line lasers also known as cross line lasers which project at straight line either vertically, horizontally or both on to a wall or ceiling. Some more advanced models can also project a 360 degree line right around the room.

Most models can be fastened to a tripod including most camera tripods, this enabled them to be placed just about anywhere. Some models even come with clamp and wall attachments, as well as the ability to stick to steel surfaces as they have a build in magnet.

As you can see, there are many types available, which is why it's very easy to get confused when comparing the different models 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 use.

Below we quickly go over the different types available in more detail.

Cross line laser levels

Cross line laser levels are generally the most versatile, and probably the only laser level most of us will need. The best cross line laser level will produce a vertical line or horizontal line or both together at up to 64 to 100 feet which means you can also check the squareness as well as ensure it's straight and level.

if you use them together it forms a right angle which can be useful for jobs such as tiling or fitting kitchen cabinets, installing partition walls, drop ceiling, installing shelf's 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 is needed. Some models you can lock the laser and rotate the device to form a straight line at an angle which can also be very 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 stairs.

Most models are best suited for indoor use as the laser can be difficult to see in the sun, that being said, some models have much better diodes can now be used outdoors as the laser is more visible in brighter conditions or can be used with a laser detector which we talk about briefly a few paragraphs down.

Rotary laser levels

Rotary laser levels project a 360 degree laser right around a room, like cross line lasers, if you are levelling something in a room it will project the laser on all 4 walls at the same time. Examples of what you may use one for include lowering ceilings, fitting a new partitioned wall, installation of electrical and lighting layouts such as plugs and switches. As well as projecting a horizontal 360° line they also project a vertical line similar to that of a dot line or plum line.

Laser pointer (Dot lasers) 

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. These are perfect for where you might usually use a manual plum line.

Do you need a laser detectors

Laser detectors also known as receivers, are used to find the laser level when you're unable to physically see it. For example, if you are working outdoors in bright conditions and are unable to see the laser. This is when you can use a laser detector to find the laser level, even if you cannot see it. If you have a laser level with pulse mode, often fitted to cross line lasers, then they are usually compatible with a laser detector. However it's best to check first before buying a laser level level just in case you want to purchase a laser detector at a later date. 

Some laser level 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 when used with a laser receiver.

Best for professional use

Best laser level for professionals - DeWalt 3-Way Self-Levelling Ultra Bright Multi-Line Laser - One of the best laser levels by a mile, we recommend adding a floor to ceiling pole to really get the most of it. Very easy to use with only 3 buttons and does so much more than the cheaper alternative models.

Easier to store thanks to the telescopic feature

One of the best laser levels by a mile, we recommend adding a floor to ceiling pole to really get the most of it. Very easy to use with only 3 buttons and does so much more than the cheaper alternative models.

Perfect for everything from kitchen and shop fitting to plumbing jobs, fitting windows and door frames and more. Very bright beam and we love the handy little adjuster on the top for fine alignment makes setting up easier. Gives about 15.24 meters of range but can be extended to 50 meters with a laser detecter making it good for outdoor use as well. We like that it makes a 180° ark that can set a line directly underneath it so makes positioning much easier for certain jobs.


How to choose the best laser level

Laser levels come with different features depending on the model you choose, some are simpler and perfect for home DIY jobs and by there very design are very simple to use. More advanced models have more features you might want to consider. Below is a quick overview of some of the important features and what they will mean to you.

Self levelling laser levels

This simply means the device will level itself and will save you time having to adjust the laser to get it level. Some models are not self-levelling which means you need to ensure it's completely level before using it, this is done using a bumble level to make sure the laser is level centred. The best models which includes all our picks listed in our review are self-levelling models. Even if placed on a slightly uneven level, it will still project a perfectly straight line as they have a internal pendulum . 

Self-levelling 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.The low the degrees of compensation, the more accurate the laser level. Most are accurate to ±0.2 -  ±0.2. mm/m

Look for a out-of-Level Indicator feature

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

In some cases you may want to project a straight line at an angle. This is ideal for situations where you might not want a level line, for example you may want to hang pictures on a stairs wall or fitting a stairs rail. Don't assume that an expensive model will have this feature as quiet often they don't. in fact most of the cheaper home DIY types models such as Bosch Quigo Cross Laser Level although some advanced models do have this feature as well.

How far do you need the laser to project

This is the total distance a laser can be projected and seen with the naked eye, a good range is around 7 to 10 meters with more advanced models projecting up to 40 meters or more but you sometimes need a laser extender to extend the distance and also locate the laser level if you cannot see it.

Number of beams that can be projected and type

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 jobs such as tiling, building stud walls, 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 the device them before it runs out of power. Most models take normal AA batteries and can use lots of power, not a deal breaker but worth taking into consideration.

Is it 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 too..

Does it have a magnetic mount

This means it has a built in magnet so you can attach it to metal surfaces, you can buy floor to ceiling poles that make using some laser levels better as you can project directly below them as well.

Look for at least a 2 year warranty and don't forget to register online to extend 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 and DeWalt come with 2-3 years. Both Bosch and DeWalt will extend the warranty for free to 3 years if you register your laser level online. Its important to remember to do this as the warranty is only 1 year if you don't register your product. Don't get caught out some some people have done by not extending the warranty.

Build quality, will it cope with building site conditions

Some models are designed for light domestic use at home such as putting up pictures or shelves and the build quality is simply not suitable for more demanding work environments. Professional models are designed to be more heavy duty, should withstand being knocked off their tripod, as well a being dust and water proof for obvious reasons. Professional, often bulky models are for the most demanding situations such as building sites and other situations where they do get consistent use.

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.

Best for the home DIY user

Our top laser level for the home user - Bosch Quigo Cross Line Laser Level - It may not be as accurate as the professional Bosch and DeWalt models and it's only really suitable for indoor use. However its a great choice for home DIY type jobs such as fitting new kitchen cupboards, tiling a bathroom, putting up shelves, painting angled lines on walls, your imagination of your limit. We think this model is one of the best models for home use, it comes at a great price too and a nice clamp included. An amazing piece of kit.

Perfect for home use, vertical, horizontal or angled lines, it does them all

It may not be as accurate as the professional Bosch and DeWalt models and it's only really suitable for indoor use. However its a great choice for home DIY type jobs such as fitting new kitchen cupboards, tiling a bathroom, putting up shelves, painting angled lines on walls, your imagination of your limit. We think this model is one of the best models for home use, it comes at a great price too and a nice clamp included. An amazing piece of kit.


Top 6 Best Laser Levels UK

Our top 6 recommended laser levels below all include the following features:

Self-levelling capabilities, out of level indicator, a low battery indicator so you don't get caught out on the job and are all tripod mountable.

The table below shows other important features and outlines which models they are incorporated into.

Accuracy

Project at an angle

Projection distance

Number of beams

Individual beams

Magnetic mount

Clamp mount

Wall mount

Amazon price

DeWalt DW088K 

DeWalt DW088K Line Laser level review

±0.3mm/m

no

10 meters

2

yes

yes

yes

no

Bosch Quigo

Bosch Quigo Cross Line Laser Level review

+/- 0,8 mm/m

yes

7 meters

2

No

No

Yes

No

Bosch PCL 20

Bosch PCL 20 Cross Line Laser Level review

± 0,5 mm/m

yes

10 meters

2

yes

No

No

yes

DeWalt 3-Way

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

±0.3 mm/m

No

15 meters (50 with laser detector)

4

no

no

No

no

Bosch GLL 3-80

Bosch GLL 3-80 Professional Line Laser Kit review

± 0.2 mm/m

Yes

40 meters (80 with a laser detector)

3

yes

yes

yes

yes

Bosch PLL 360

Bosch PLL 360 Cross Line laser review.

± 0,4 mm/m

Yes

20 meters

2

yes

no

Extra cost

Extra cost

Warranty - All Bosch models models come with 2 years warranty which can be extended to 3 years when you register online so we highly recommend registering to extend the warranty,

All the DeWalt models come with a 3 year warranty as standard, they also include a 1 year free Service Contract. DEWALT state they will will maintain the tool and replace worn parts caused by normal use, for free, any time during the first year after purchase. They also include a 90 day money back guarantee, this means that if you are not happy with your purchase you can return it for a full refund, no questions asked. You can read about the warranty and guarantee.

Our top recommendations!

Best Pick

Our top recommended laser level - Dewalt DW088K-XJ Self Levelling Line Laser , 0 V, Black/Yellow, Set of 6 Piece - We really do like the DeWalt DW088K-XJ Laser Level, we think it's by far the best choice within its price range. Very well made, very accurate, perfect for those of us who may abuse tools more than we really should. If you've not got a laser level then this is a good model to start with, it really will change how you work.

Great for the DIY enthusiast and professionals

So not only is this battery powered laser level jam packed with features, but also it’s pretty straightforward to use.

Professional pick

Best laser level for professionals - DeWalt 3-Way Self-Levelling Ultra Bright Multi-Line Laser - One of the best laser levels by a mile, we recommend adding a floor to ceiling pole to really get the most of it. Very easy to use with only 3 buttons and does so much more than the cheaper alternative models.

The ultimate professionals pick

Extremely bright diode light that increases visibility in bright construction areas. More advanced for the professional use with 3 way lasers.


Detailed Laser Level Reviews


  Dewalt DW088K-XJ Self Levelling Line Laser

BEST PICK

The Dewalt DW088K-XJ Self Levelling Line Laser ticks all the right boxes as far as features and user friendliness are concerned. The tool has a professional, industrial build and it’s one of the best-selling on Amazon UK for good reasons. Compact and versatile, this self-levelling tool can be used for laying out cabinets, and levelling walls and floors.

The Dewalt DW088K-XJ Self Levelling Line Laser is powered by 3 AA batteries which can deliver over 40 hours of runtime, it may a little heavy on batteries but it makes up for this in usability and features. The batteries are included so that you get to work as soon as you receive the product which is good as many don't include batteries we which looked at. A low battery indicator is also featured to warn you ahead of time so you don’t get caught with a dead tool halfway through a crucial project, essential for professional work where time is everything on the job.

This laser level projects vertical and horizontal bright red beams that are fairly easy to see indoors within a working distance of around 10 meters as i explain below. First off, the beams provide the best precision for various layout and levelling tasks both indoors and outdoors. If you plan to use it outdoors or over 10 meters indoors then you would need to  couple it with the DeWalt Laser Detector, if you do this, the laser level can project beams further up to a distance of 50 meters which makes it and excellent choice for large outdoor projects as well.

The tool is accurate up to ± 0.3mm/m  which is one of the most accurate models we have seen, what we really liked was it came with an integrated magnetic pivot base for convenient mounting on any metal base. To make the most out of it, we recommend getting a floor to ceiling pole such as this one by DeWalt as it makes life much easier in a lot of situations indoors.

With a water and debris resistant over-moulded housing with IP64 rating, this tool can be used outdoors during inclement weather as well as in dust prone areas such as woodworking workshops and house renovations. The thick glass on the front protects the built-in laser system against sudden bumps or jolts whilst maintaining its calibration. So what does this means, basically in simple terms, its very well build and feels substantial in your hand, a quality piece if kit which is very robust.

The tool’s side control panel features individual buttons for selecting between three different beams and is very easy to use which is what makes it  good choice for professionals and those getting there first laser level.

Finally it weighs about 500g so it not to heavy overall and has compact dimensions of 24.5 x 23.5 x 11.2cm which makes it the right size for residential applications as well as heavy construction sized jobs, compared to more domestic home use models it may feel bulky but when compared to other professional models it's certainly not. Supplied with it is a sturdy storage box for easy transportation it will keep it well protected when not in use, much better than some models that just come in a cardboard box.

Last but not least, this product is backed by a 3-year warranty plus a 1-year free service plan, the thing to note hear is that you need to register your product to extent the warranty from 1 year to 3 years, don't forget to do this as it is often overlooked and only discovered when its to late. You shouldn't get any problems but if you do its nice to know its backed by a decent warranty.

This tool weighs about 500g and has compact dimensions (24.5 x 23.5 x 11.2cm) that makes it the right size for residential applications as well as heavy construction sized jobs.

Pros

  • Self-levelling with an accuracy of ± 0.3 mm/m.
  • Self-levelling within ± 4 degrees surface angle and marks a levelled line within seconds.
  • 2 button operation plus low battery indicator for ease of use.
  • Integrated pivot bracket for easy mounting on metal surfaces
  • Over-moulded housing with water and dust resistance.
  • Thick glass protects laser and maintains calibration.
  • Uses 3 AA batteries that deliver more than 40 hours of runtime.
  • Comes with wall mount bracket and solid case.
  • Register online to get 3 years warranty.

Cons

  • No problems to report, maybe a little heavy on batteries but this is a small price to pay for such as good tool.

Final Conclusion

The Dewalt DW088K-XJ Self Levelling Line Laser ticks all the right boxes as far as features and user friendliness are concerned. The tool has a professional, industrial build and seems to be one of the most popular models for good reasons. Compact and versatile, this self-levelling tool can be used for laying out cabinets, and levelling walls, floors, fitting door frames, plumbing jobs, just about every job you can thick of where you need to make level points over a distance, much easier than a spirt level. 

We really like the integrated magnetic pivots allows simple mounting onto metal surface which we think many people will appreciate, specially if you invest in a good sturdy floor to ceiling pole to use with it.

The buttons on the control panel seem good quality and feel well positioned to let you choose between horizontal and vertical beams. These are bright both indoors, in bright condition outdoors it may be more difficult to see the laser but there’s even the option of using a laser detector in low visibility conditions, however if you outdoors and its not to bright you can see the laser enough in most cases. The laser detector is very useful when the beam needs to be used at a longer range though as it will cover 50 meters which some will find very useful.

So not only is this battery powered laser level jam packed with features, but also it’s pretty straightforward to use which is a really good design that makes it ideal for almost anyone. 

This model was chosen as our 'Best Pick' as it offers everything both the home user as well as the Professional would need. A quality laser level that is very accurate while still being easy to use. 

If your looking for a slightly cheaper model for home DIY type work then our next pick by Bosch might be a good alternative but is only really suitable for indoors and the laser is harder to see in brighter conditions, however for indoors its a great alternative with some great features.

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  Bosch PCL 20 Cross Line Laser Level

Also great

The Bosch PCL 20 Cross Line Laser Level is a fast self-levelling tool with a decent operating range of 20m max. The laser is clear particularly indoors, but you may struggle to track the lines outdoors on a sunny summer day. Apart from that, you will like the ease of operating this 5-mode laser level by simply switching it on and selecting a mode on its control panel. The tool feels sturdy and comfortable in hand as well, thanks to soft-grip coverings on housing. For smaller projects that don’t require very long alignments, this is certainly the best laser level for the money.

A solid product from one of the most trusted manufacturers on the tool market, the Bosch PCL 20 Cross Line Laser Level is designed to simplify complicated alignment of objects and is perfect for home type DIY jobs and has really been designed with this in mind. Whether you want to hang a picture gallery along your staircase, install cabinets above a kitchen sink, lay tiles, mark the ceiling for fitting lights, this tool can help you achieve your goals with utmost precision and is surprisingly very easy to use. So whats the catch, first off the laser is not as bright as some professional models and its not quite as accurate, however were talking a few mm, something that for DIY jobs want even be noticeable. For the price its a great alternative to the more expensive professional models. So what can it do?

The Bosch PCL 20 is incredibly versatile with five different working modes: cross line, horizontal line, vertical line, line in any angle (something most expensive models cannot do), and a plumb function great for putting a light above a table a table or similar type jobs.

Each mode can be selected by gently pressing a button on an intuitive control panel on the back which is clearly marked for each mode. This top quality laser level projects ultra-clear visible laser lines up to 10m with an amazing maximum precision of 0.5mm per metre (0.5 mm/m). So as you have probably noticed its slightly less accurate that the DeWalt model we have just reviewed by 0.2mm/m. Not enough to matter for home projects but could make all the difference for professional jobs where the accuracy is essential over a long distance.

This tool levels itself in a matter of 4 seconds, with an initial incline of less than four degrees.
Comes with carry case

This tool levels itself within about 4 seconds, with an initial incline of less than four degrees, what this actually mens is that if you set it up level within 4 degrees, the level with then level itself with no other inputs or setting. It features a LED light that shows ‘green’ when the automatic levelling is complete, so you know the laser level is ready for use, a simple but useful feature. If it shows red, then you’ll have to readjust the tool manually, however, the beam will usually switch off in this case to prevent errors.

The tool is very easy to operate to operate with clear diagrams symbols to switch between. An on/off switch located on the side of the tool is quite ergonomic and easily accessible. Bosch featured a soft-grip covering on the housing to ensure safe and proper handling so its feels sturdy and well built. The tool weighs just 600 grams, thus amazingly lightweight and its optical parts are safely covered by a glass plate.

The PCL 20 comes with a wall holder for practical mounting to a wall, and it can easily be fixed at the convenient height using adhesive tape, a screw or a nail. In addition, the tool can be adjusted on its wall holder within a range of ± 6cm. Another handy supplied accessory is a protective carry case for storing and transporting the tool.

Whilst the PCL 20 works as a stand-alone tool, adding a tripod into the equation can help you accomplish tasks virtually hands-free. A few extra pounds will see you secure the tool together with a PCL 20 Tripod stand in case you don’t have one already, it will work with a normal tripod with a standard ¼ inch thread like that found on camera tripods. A stand also increases stability on any ground, Bosch do also sell a floor to ceiling pole that fairly good, its worth a look here. The tool comes with 4 x AA batteries ready to use which is also handy.

The Bosch PCL 20 is incredibly versatile with five different working modes: cross line, horizontal line, vertical line, line in any angle, and plumb function. Each mode can be selected by gently pressing a button on an intuitive control panel.

Pros

  • Features 5 operation modes, Cross lines, single horizontal or vertical line, inclined line and plumb function for transferring a point from the floor to the ceiling.
  • Automatic self-leveling in seconds without manual alignment.
  • Super bright laser diodes for clear visible lines indoors.
  • Great working range of up to 10m.
  • Easy operation through an ergonomic on/off switch and intuitive control panel.
  • Soft-grip casing for safe and better handling.
  • Thick glass protects laser and maintains calibration.
  • Integrated ¼ inch thread--fits all conventional tripods
  • 3 Years warranty when you register online.

Cons

  • The laser is difficult to see outdoors, especially on sunny days and even sometimes a little difficult indoors in bright conditions.

Final Conclusion

The Bosch PCL 20 Cross Line Laser Level is a fast self-levelling tool with a decent operating range of 10m and although its a great tool for home DIY use its not perfect. The laser is clear particularly indoor in rooms that are not so bright, but you may struggle to track the lines outdoors on a sunny summer day and even indoors in bright conditions, this is the only real downside. Apart from that, you will like the ease of operating this 5-mode laser level by simply switching it on and selecting a mode on its control panel which is clearly marked, we like that it can also be used at an angle as well and the plumb feature.

The tool feels sturdy and reasonably well made. For smaller projects that don’t require very long alignments, this is certainly the best laser level for the money and a great choice for the home DIY type, hanging pictures, painting walls, even the odd tiling job if you wanted. Overall its very versatile but we would say that professionals would be better spending a little for to get better laser visibility and maybe a bit more of a robust design. For the home user though, its a great tool everyone should have.

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

Best for professional trade use

The DeWalt 3-Way Self-Levelling Ultra Bright Multi-Line Laser is a well-built tool that is durable enough for prolonged use on the job site, whether indoors or outdoors. This has an extremely bright diode light that increases visibility in bright construction areas. Thanks to its built-in magnetic pivot bracket, the tool can be easily mounted onto metal surfaces for increased convenience. A ceiling mount is also part of it and the tool’s one button operation makes it super easy to use.

The DeWalt 3-Way Self-Levelling Ultra Bright Multi-Line Laser is another decent innovation as far as finding the best laser level goes, it is by far the best laser laser level we have reviewed and probably has the brightest laser of any model and the added benefit of the 90 degree reference lines. This tool features 3 laser beams including a 90-degree angle plumb line, making it handy for applications requiring a 90-degree layout as already mentioned. One feature we do really like and one that makes it much easier to adjust is the micro adjust knob which allows you to adjust the beam in small increments without having to remove it from position entirely and repositioning it again, this is a very handy feature. 

The laser level has a visible range of 15m, but the working range can be extended to 50m with a laser beam detector such as the DeWalt Laser Detector. It also has a built-in pivot bracket for easy mounting on metal surfaces, thus allowing the tool to be useful during ceiling installation. This tool is accurate to ± 1/8 inch at 30ft and it self-levelling for up to ±4 degrees. A single button control makes the tool easy and hassle free to use.

When it comes to the build, it features an over-moulded housing with IP54 rating for maximum protection against water and dust. It also makes for a durable tool able to withstand extended periods of use at a job site and has been drop tested from around 3ft and will still remain calibrated.

Supplied with the tool is a storage box for safe transportation to and from a job site. The DeWalt 3-Way Laser Level is a class 2 laser with 1mW to light its three laser beams so is very bright, certainly brighter than the older model and most other laser levels we have reviewed.

The laser level is battery operated and runs on 4 AA batteries with a runtime of up 30 hours, it should give you around 2 week of use if you use it daily for a large portion of the day. The item weighs about 700g and measures 11.3 x 10.6 x 4.8 inches, making it compact yet solid enough for taking to and from the job site. The product is guaranteed tough and reliable by a 3-year limited warranty, 1-year free service, and 90-day money back guarantee so you get the DeWalt peace of mind we are all accustomed to.

Pros

  • 3-beam line laser to assist in 90-degree layout.
  • Integrated magnetic pivot bracket mounts easily on metal surfaces.
  • The pendulum class cage is encased in a metal case for better durability and avoid the class from being damaged.
  • Can be used at an angle for fitting a stair rail etc.
  • 2 x brighter diode increases visibility in bright conditions such as during sunny days.
  • Control panel with 1 button operation for ease of use.
  • Accurate to up to ± 1/8 at 30ft for level tasks.
  • TMicro adjust knob for accurate alignment of 90-degree crisscrossing lines over longer distances.
  • 3 Years warranty when you register online and a 90 day money back guarantee.

Cons

  • No problems to report, a little expensive for home use but worth every penny for anyone looking for a reliable and robust laser level packed with features.

Final Conclusion

The DeWalt 3-Way Self-Levelling Ultra Bright Multi-Line Laser level is a well-built tool that is durable enough for prolonged use on the job site, whether indoors or outdoors. This has an extremely bright diode light that increases visibility in bright construction areas which is where it really stands out when you first use it. Thanks to its built-in magnetic pivot bracket, the tool can be easily mounted onto metal surfaces for increased convenience which is a nice feature we have come to expect. A ceiling mount is also part of it and the tool’s one button operation makes it super easy to use, probably the easiest to use of any of the models despite it added features. 

The featured micro adjust knob improves accuracy of 90-degree alignment of intersecting lines and the other very useful and noticeable added features. Small projects such as door and window installations are quick and a breeze, and even bigger ones like wall mapping and floor layout are made simple by this self-levelling laser. When it comes to drywall applications and installing acoustic ceilings, the plumb line feature holds a huge advantage too.

Lastly, the manufacturer is 100% confident that this product will meet your needs that they offer a generous guarantee of 3 solid years. The 12 months of free service is also an add-on that you don’t get anywhere else. All things considered, this laser level is perfect for professional construction tradesmen or anyone simply looking for the very best in laser level tool. Excellent features, decent price too all things considered.

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?Bosch Quigo Cross Line Laser Level?

Best affordable model for DIY projects

This compact laser level provides beginner DIYers the capacity to work accurately, with a right angle laser cross and straight lines. The tool doesn’t need manual levelling, but will let you know of irregularities with a red flashing light. Highly accurate, this will let users make confident measurements each and every time without any serious hassles. It is definitely one of the most physically small laser levels on the market and the supplied MM2 mount ensures it can be mounted on a clamp or tripod with ease.

The Bosch Quigo Cross Line Laser Level is a basic model designed to enable DIYers to elevate their creativity to greater heights. The tool is self-levelling and projects a cross line laser onto a wall as soon as you open the box. It also features an incline function that allows you to project diagonal lines which will come in handy for certain people. This enables quick and easy alignment of drilling positions as well as hanging pictures. This tool is additionally perfect for marking areas of tiling and wall decorations.

The laser lines are remarkably visible due to the integrated high-performance laser diodes, however theres a big difference between more expensive models but thats expected, however for the price is pretty good but its worth mentioning is not suitable for outdoors as the laser not bright enough for that. This laser level delivers reliable results within a working range of up to 7 meters which isn't bad. Weighing a mere 250g is the lightest model on our list and measuring just 6.5 x 6.5 x 6.5cm is also the most compact, this tool is compact and particularly handy overall. The tool is supplied with a MM2 clamp that can be fixed to any object using its clamping foot and adjustment screw, allowing for hands-free working. The clamping foot can nicely be fastened on any material with a thickness ranging from 1cm to 6cm, such as stool, doors, shelves, and stepladders which makes it very useful for home DIY jobs as it gives you plenty of attachment options.

This laser has a self-levelling range of ±4° along with a levelling accuracy of ±0.8 mm / m which is enough for home use. When it’s not possible for the laser level to conduct self-levelling due to larger irregularities, the laser pops up a red light to alert you but it can also be locked at an angle so you can use the laser displayed at an angle if needed such as on a stairs etc. The tool requires 2 x 1.5V AAA batteries, which come included. 

This laser has a self-levelling range of ±4° along with a levelling accuracy of ±0.8 mm / m. When it’s not possible for the laser level to conduct self-levelling due to larger irregularities, the laser pops up a red light to alert you. The tool requires 2 x 1.5V AAA batteries, which come included.

Pros

  • Projects both horizontal and vertical lines at the same time.
  • Self-levelling, thus always 100% straight.
  • Adjustable cross laser for creating inclined lines
  • Supplied with MM2 bracket for easy mounting on most materials includes chairs, tables, doors, can also be fastened to a wall too.
  • Fits all conventional tripods due to an integrated ¼ ‘’ thread.
  • Soft-grip for a comfortable hold.
  • 3 years warranty when you register online.

Cons

  • The lines are too weak to be used outside so this tool is only suitable indoors.

Final Conclusion

This compact laser level provides beginner DIYers the capacity to work accurately, with a right angle laser cross and straight lines. The tool doesn’t need manual levelling, but will let you know of irregularities with a red flashing light. Highly accurate, this will let users make confident measurements each and every time without any serious hassles. It is definitely one of the most physically small laser levels on the market and the supplied MM2 mount ensures it can be mounted on a clamp or tripod with ease.

Whether mounting shelves cleanly in the kitchen, hanging pictures horizontally, or whatever needs to be done in the house, this tool will come in handy. The Bosch Quigo Cross Line Laser Level is fast, precise and very easy to use, making it the perfect tool for the less experienced guys is probably one of the best models at under £60 which was the price when we reviewed it recently.

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Final 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 built 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.

Which model is right for you

Our 'Best Pick' for most people looking for a highly accurate and robust model

For our 'Best Pick' we tried to find a model that would be the best choice for most people meaning professionals and home users, to achieve this it has to be very robust, high quality and accurate for professional use. However, it needs to be easy to use and affordable for the average home user to use. One of the best models which ticked all these boxes was the Dewalt DW088K-XJ Self Levelling Line Laser. This laser level is one of the best model by a long way within the same mid range price.

Best for professional trade use

For the professional tradesman, we would recommend our 'Best Pick' again the DeWalt DW088K 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 highly recommend the DeWalt 3-way self levelling multi line laser as is extremely accurate, robust, very versatile and can be used with a laser detector to make it also suitable for outdoor use up to 50 meters,.

Best for the home DIY enthusiast and redecorating

We found the Bosch Quigo cross laser level, is the best choice for home users due to its compact design and many features including the ability to use the laser level at an angle, something the DeWalt models don't seen to offer. Best of all, it also offers great value for money at around £60.

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