Updated May 16, 2019 by Melissa Harr

The 7 Best Contour Gauges

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This wiki has been updated 10 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 choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best contour gauge on Amazon.

7. Goldblatt Tool Company PaceSetter

6. Proster 3 Piece

5. Empire Level 2754

4. ABN Contour

3. Junsh 2-Piece

2. Zhehao Duplicator

1. General Tools 833

Special Honors

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

Editor's Notes

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.


Melissa Harr
Last updated on May 16, 2019 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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