Getting your pictures hung just right can sometimes be a challenging task. It’s always frustrating to think you’re done, only to take a step back and realize that you’re going to have to start over because your pictures aren’t aligned with each other.
Enter the laser level, a tool designed to make hanging pictures a fast and easy task. There are a lot of models of this tool on the market today, and each comes with different features, weakness, and price, which can make it hard to tell if you’re getting a great deal, or about to make a purchase that you’ll regret.
We want you to be able to buy with confidence. Our reviews are designed to show you the good and the bad in each model, so that you can decide for yourself which model is right for you. We’ve also included a buyer’s guide to help you think through the buying process so that you can get great value for your money.
|AdirPro Cube 360 790-36||1 lb||4.70/5|
(Best for the Money)
|Tacklife SC-L01-50||1 lb||4.20/5|
|BLACK+DECKER BDL220S Laser Level||1 lb||3.95/5|
The SKIL LL932301 is the best model for those looking to hang pictures in their home. With this tool, the pain of getting your laser level perfectly straight is gone, as this model self-levels to provide a perfect guide, every time. This model also runs of a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, which greatly reduces the cost of operation over time, and allows you to easily recharge this model. Plus, this model comes with a threaded case that allows it to be used on a standard tripod. If you don’t have one, you can use the included clamp to mount this model to a ladder or another piece of furniture, so that you get the full use of its powers.
Even better, this model is accurate to within plus or minus 3/16-inches at 30 feet, which is a longer distance than found in most rooms, so you’ll typically be getting even better accuracy than that. Our only gripe is that this model lacks a good set of instructions, and consequently requires some trial and error to learn how to use it. Still, if you’re looking for a great laser level to have around the house, this is the model for you.
The AdirPro Cube 360 790-36 laser level features a massive range that you won’t ever excel in your home unless you live in one of the world’s largest mansions. This level can cast a laser up to 230 feet away, so you’ll be able to get the job done, no matter where you leave this level. It can also paint a room with a level line all at once, as it casts lasers in a 360-degree arc around the unit. Plus, it’s accurate to plus or minus 1/8-inch at 30 feet, so you’re able to get excellent accuracy with this model. And, unlike a lot of tools today, batteries are included, so you can get right to work without a trip to the store.
This model also comes with a high-quality housing that will protect it against most problems in the house. The shock-proof shell keeps this tool safe from accidental drops and prevents scratches on the glass. However, this model isn’t waterproof or dustproof, which means it’s not a good choice for those looking to use it for construction. However, for those looking to hang pictures, this is a tool that will make the job fast and easy.
The Qooltek Multipurpose Laser Level is a neat piece of technology that gives you the best of both worlds so that you can use the tool that best fits the situation when you need it. Included in this model are a tape measure and a bubble level, so that you can ensure that you’ve achieved perfect leveling, and can measure distances without having to carry around a separate tape measure. This model not only comes with the batteries you need to start it up but also comes with a set of replacement batteries. When it comes to accuracy, this model is one of the best you can get, as it’s accurate to within two millimeters from ten meters away.
Since you can get this model for a fraction of what you would have to shell out to get the top two models on this list, it would be hard to label this model as anything other than the best value you can get. What ultimately keeps this model out of our top two is its bulkiness. It is packing two tools into one, but it’s much larger than most laser levels, and that makes using it more difficult.
The Tacklife SC-L01-50 is a model with a lot of potential which fails to live up to some of its dreams. It comes with a self-leveling feature, so as long as you’re able to get it close to level, it will finish the leveling process and deliver a very level line. It also comes with the option to mount this model on a tripod for easier use, or you can use the included magnetic bracket to attach it to a metal surface. This model is also very accurate, as it will be within plus or minus 1/8-inches at 30 feet.
However, the laser may not be able to shine that far. Many users report that their model only throws a visible line about ten feet, which means it’s still useable in most situations, but won’t have the convenience that some other models boast. It also lacks vertical adjustment. If you want the laser to be higher or lower, you have to manually raise or lower the level, as you can’t tilt it up or down and maintain good accuracy. Overall, this isn’t a terrible laser level, but many people will be disappointed with it for the price.
The BLACK+DECKER BDL220S Laser Level is a model with some issues which can’t be ignored. The plus side is that this is a very inexpensive laser level, so if you just need a cheap model for a simple project or two, this model could still be a decent choice. It also comes with a two-year warranty, so you can have some confidence that it’s going to last a decent amount of time despite its low price. However, this model comes with a pinned base that allows you to mount it to the wall so that you can free up both hands for work. That’s a good thing if you’re not going to have any help, but it also damages your sheetrock.
This model doesn’t have the best range, either. While some models on this list are good for hundreds of feet, this model’s laser often loses coherence across the space of a single wall, which lowers its value. It also lacks any kind of self-leveling, so it’s going to be dependent on your ability to get it level, which is something of a pain. Overall, this is a decent inexpensive model, but it lacks value compared to the other models.
When it comes to selecting the right laser level for hanging pictures, it’s important to focus on accuracy and ease of use.
Accuracy is measured by a difference from dead accurate at a certain distance. The longer that distance is, the more impressive the accuracy is. You’ll typically want this number to be smaller than half an inch, and the best laser levels are accurate to within an eighth of an inch.
The easier a laser level is to use, the quicker you’ll be able to get your job done. Self-leveling models take a lot of the stress out of the process, and models that come with rechargeable batteries save you time and money in the long run.
The SKIL LL932301 is the best overall model due to its self-leveling, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and its included mounting clamp. In second is the AdirPro Cube 360 790-36 laser level which comes with a huge range, included batteries, and great accuracy, though it’s not water or dustproof, which keeps it out of first place. The Qooltek 050-009 includes a tape measure, extra batteries, and good accuracy. Since it’s available for an incredible price, it’s the best overall value for the money on our list. The Tacklife SC-L01-50 has great accuracy, allows for magnetic mounting, and is self-leveling, but its short range and lack of vertical adjustment drop it to fourth place. In last is the BLACK+DECKER BDL220S Laser Level which has a low price and a two-year warranty, but requires wall mounting and has a short range, making it the least valuable model on our list.
We hope that our reviews and buyer’s guide have helped you better understand what makes for a great tool for hanging pictures. You now have the knowledge you need to find the model which is right for you at a great price.