Laser measure vs tape measure: Which should you use?

Laser measure and standard metal tape measure on white background
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Laser measure vs tape measure is a battle between the new and the traditional. Most DIYers, self builders and home renovators will already have a standard tape measure in their toolkit. It's an essential piece of equipment. So when it's time to upgrade should you look at a like for like replacement or embrace the new? Or, there’s another option, get both. 

Knowing how to read a tape measure is a simple enough skill to learn, and the same can be said for a laser measure. On a base level it's easy to learn, so what else does it have to offer? Here we take a look at the differences and costs between the two to help you make an informed choice.  

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.