The 7 Best Contour Gauges
This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in October of 2016. If you're about to install tile, carpet, or linoleum in an area that requires working around plumbing, stairs, or an irregular floor plan, you have two options: eyeball the project and hope you happen to cut the materials correctly, or use one of these contour gauges and record the exact shape of the objects in the space. These tools are helpful when it comes to woodwork and crafting, too. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best contour gauge on Amazon.
Ridgid 10-Inch From tile to solid wood and more, it doesn't matter what type of material you're working with, the Ridgid 10-Inch makes measuring simple. Its bright orange coloring offers fine visibility for hassle-free work, and it holds contour better than some flimsier plastic options. ridgid.com
May 16, 2019:
Currently, the General Tools 833 still comes out on top, thanks to its length, price, and usability. Unlike some, it features a connection point so that you can attach two together, thereby doubling its size. But because 20 inches may not be long enough for everyone, we decided to add the Junsh 2-Piece, which has no limit on how many pieces you can fasten together for use. Of course, you'll need to purchase additional units to take advantage of this functionality. It also can be joined in the middle with a swiveling joint, so you can measure at an angle. As for metal options, we have elected to keep the Empire Level 2754 but remove the Johnson Level & Tool 2206. As to the former, the pins don't move all that well, which is a double-edge sword. On the one hand, you can trace around them easily, but on the other, it becomes tiresome to manipulate. Regarding the latter, the pins have a tendency to fall out, leading to poor longterm durability. Finally, we added the Zhehao Duplicator; it's short but inexpensive, making it a good option for occasional use and small jobs.