10 Best Tape Measures | March 2017

We spent 25 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. As the old saying goes, "Measure twice, cut once." So make sure all of your measurements are accurate with one of these tape measures. We've included the standard type you are familiar with along with some more modern electronic and digital options in price ranges to suit both home DIY-ers and professional contractors who demand greater durability. Skip to the best tape measure on Amazon.
10 Best Tape Measures | March 2017


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The Etronic 25 Foot comes with an auto lock for easy tape retraction control and longer blade life. The double-sided printing on the blade provides precise marking, line drawing, and easy measurement readability. The nylon bond blade prevents wear and tear.
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The Fast Cap PSSR accommodates left-handed or right-handed users by having the readable measurements on both sides of the tape. It has an erasable notepad on the side, a built-in stainless steel pencil sharpener and an ergonomic belt clip.
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The Lufkin Hi-Viz has a compact case designed to fit comfortably in your hand, making it perfect for use around the house. The graduations are printed in convenient fraction and decimal equivalents. The entire blade has clear coat protection for durability.
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The Handy Mate Digital has a large, clear LCD display. It also has eight memory functions that can be used for both short and long-term purposes. It switches easily between US and metric systems with a touch of a button and the powerful battery lasts for at least one year.
  • strong, high quality carbon steel
  • includes a lifetime guarantee
  • could use a reset button
Brand HandyMate
Model pending
Weight 8 ounces
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The Smith Works Pencil Man has a pencil clamp that holds any pencil, pen or even Sharpies up to 5/8 inch. It can be used to make straight lines or arcs and circles. The clamp has a quick release feature if you need to use the pencil for something else.
  • strong, reinforced tape brake
  • reversible for left-handed use
  • no metric measurements
Brand Smith Works
Model SW 501
Weight 1.1 pounds
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The Stanley Fat Max is part of a line of heavy-duty professional-level tools. The first six feet is reinforced with Blade Armor coating for maximum durability. It also features 16 inch and 19.2 inch stud center markings to simplify framing jobs.
  • forward blade lock design
  • heat-treated spring for long life
  • much heavier than similar tapes
Brand Stanley
Model 33-730
Weight 5.3 pounds
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The handy Swanson Tool Savage Grip has a useful magnetic rotating tip that is designed to hold vertical edges and rounded edges up to 2 inches in diameter. The blade has large numbers displayed on the top and bottom for easy readability.
  • non-slip molded rubber housing
  • available in 16', 25' and 30' versions
  • tape bends too easily
Brand Swanson
Model SVGL30M1
Weight 1.4 pounds
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The Milwaukee Electric Tool comes with dual magnets that prevent roll-off when measuring steel studs and threaded rods. It also has a finger stop that protects fingers during blade retraction, and it can extend nearly nine feet without collapsing.
  • nylon bond blade protection
  • wire form belt clip
  • case doesn't stand up on its own
Brand Milwaukee Electric Tool
Model 48-22-5116
Weight 13.6 ounces
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The Quick Draw DIY is a self-marking 25 foot tape measure that features a built-in graphite dispensing wheel. The lead is easily loaded into the tape, and the steel wheel easily and accurately applies a mark exactly where you are measuring.
  • graphite refills are included
  • thick tape doesn't bend easily
  • easy to read white with black markings
Brand QuickDraw
Model IBQD25F-1
Weight 13.6 ounces
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The eTape 16BT is the original digital tape measure that now comes with Bluetooth technology and the eSmart spreadsheet application. This allows you to create custom worksheets with built-in alpha-numeric characters. It also has a practical re-zero feature.
  • automatically shut offs when not in use
  • three memory functions
  • weather resistant polycarbonate case
Brand eTape16
Model ETBT16.75-DB-RP
Weight 10.4 ounces
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Last updated: 03/22/2017 | Authorship Information

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