Best Laser Levels of 2023: How to Choose the Right One for You

With so many options to choose from and with the variety of products on the market, how do you know which one will do what you need it to?

This buyer’s guide to the best laser levels in 2023 will tell you everything you need to know about finding the right product for your project and your budget. Whether you want something to level surfaces or construct entire rooms or buildings, this list has just what you need!

To select the best laser level consider the following use cases.

Consider the type of project you're working on.

Laser levels are available in different types to suit different use cases. Therefore, there are some considerations you need to make when you go to pick the laser level.

There are three types of laser levels: analog, digital, and trilateration. Analog laser levels use a needle that rotates to indicate the level of the object.

Digital laser levels have a screen that displays the level of the object. Trilateration laser levels use three lasers that measure the distance from the object to the lasers and then calculate the level.

Some projects need more precision than others, so you'll want to consider how big the area is as well as how important it is that its level.

If you're working on a smaller project, then something simple like a basic laser level will do just fine.

If you're working on an apartment building or some other larger project then you'll want better accuracy and coverage.

Best laser level: spectra precision
Best Laser Level: Spectra Precision
Features that matter when choosing the best laser level
Features That Matter When Choosing The Best Laser Level

Consider the features that are important to you.

The features you need depend on what you are using the laser level for. For example, if you are using a laser level to measure the height of a picture frame, you will need a digital level. If you are using a laser level to measure the size of a shelf, you will need an analog level.

Features That Matter When Choosing the Best Laser Level

Weight and size:

A heavy and bulky level might not work well in tight spaces or when climbing ladders.
Batteries. Some models come with rechargeable batteries, while others need disposable or reusable batteries.

Laser's intensity and focus:

A bright laser can make it easier for you to see where you're going, but it might be too intense in some environments or when used around pets.
Distance from wall surface being measured.

How accurate do you need the level to be?

The laser level is used in the construction industry to level and measure activities. Leveling of the laser level is done depending on its accuracy where it projects a fixed green or red beam in a beam on the vertical or horizontal axis. Advances in technology have seen the invention of self-leveling laser levels to make the job easier and more accurate.

How accurate do you need your level to be? That depends on what you're going to use it for. If you're trying to get things perfect, then an automatic laser level is probably your best bet. These lasers are extremely accurate, and they can't be knocked out of alignment easily like traditional levels.

Automatic laser levels work by projecting a beam that bounces off a target and back onto itself, allowing it to keep track of its angle. Another advantage these lasers have over other types is that they can project over longer distances - making them more versatile in construction situations.

However, automatic laser levels are expensive compared to their manual counterparts, so if accuracy isn't your top priority then you might want to check out some manual alternatives.

Best laser level: leica rugby 640g
Best Laser Level: Leica Rugby 640G
Best self leveling laser levels
Best Self-Leveling Laser Levels

Self-leveling Laser Levels

Self-leveling laser units provide higher levels of accuracy. They work better when the operator places them on a surface considered to be ‘near level’. A bubble vial can be used to level the unit manually before the self-leveling unit takes over. The laser part of the device hangs just like a pendulum on the level. Gravity and magnets collaborate to halt the pendulum and then a beam is projected through a prism or a light.

Some laser levels have electronic self-leveling sensors, such as the Leica laser level and Spectra laser levels for boosting reliability and accuracy. They are most suited for outdoor construction work. When using this device for indoor jobs, their self-leveling mechanism helps in saving time and increase reliability.

If you're working on a DIY project, it may be worth investing in a self-leveling laser level. This device will set up your work area and show you where the surface is before you start drilling or cutting. Self-leveling laser levels are generally more expensive than other types but can save time and frustration in the long run.

A self-leveling laser level is a great choice if you're planning on doing interior work like installing flooring, painting walls, or hanging window treatments. These devices are perfect for when you need precision without having to measure and mark every single time.

Best Self-leveling Laser Levels

You can consider these for your construction or remodeling projects in 2023 from Quinn Equipment. Contact us for more details and to place an order nationwide.

Product Image Product Details Price Quantity Action
620 rotating laser level
Rugby 620 Rotating Leica Laser Leveler
Increase your productivity in leveling applications with the Leica Rugby 620 Rotating laser level.
$1,080.00$1,325.00
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640g green beam rotating laser level
Rugby 640G Green Beam Rotating Laser level
Leica Rugby 640G green beam rotating laser level. This universal, multipurpose laser provides the best beam visibility and functionality for interior and exterior applications.
$1,450.00$1,855.00
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610 rotating laser level
$1,150.00$1,300.00
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Ll300n laser level
Spectra Precision LL300N Laser Level
The LL300N Laser Level's fully automatic self-leveling capability provides a fast, accurate setup. Rechargeable NiMH battery pack or alkaline batteries keeps the unit working with no downtime due to power loss. Single cross-axis manual slope mode with cross-axis self-leveling allows grade matching for basic slope work while maintaining accuracy in the cross-slope
$1,020.00
Ll500 laser level
LL500 Laser Level
The Spectra Precision® Laser level LL500 Laser Level is a one-person leveling system designed for longer range measurements across your entire site. Accurate, stable and reliable, the LL500 features a 1,600 ft (500 m) working diameter which increases productivity by reducing the need for multiple setups on a large job site.
$1,430.00
640 rotating laser level
Leica Rugby 640 Rotating Laser Level
Offering high versatility in general construction and interior applications, the Leica Rugby 640 rotating laser level allows contractors to perform all horizontal, vertical, and simple slope tasks quickly and reliably.
$1,590.00
Topcon laser level
$895.00
Topcon laser level
$1,100.00

Red Beam vs Green Beam Laser Levels

The green laser level produces a green beam that is easier to see because of its brightness. A green laser level is most suitable for large-scale projects where it’s crucial to see the line.

Green beam laser levels are generally more accurate than their red beam counterparts. In addition, green beam lasers are environmentally friendly since they use less power and produce less heat. However, there is a chance that the green laser level won't work on some materials such as aluminum or dark surfaces.

Auto vs Manual Laser Levels

Automatic laser levels, do almost all the work by themselves. When you set it up, it gives you an accurate level line. If any disturbance occurs it stops, which means that there will be no inaccuracies. On the other, a manual laser also gives accurate results when properly set. However, when disturbed, they go on running, which means that there will be inaccuracies. Hence, manual lasers are more suited for smaller projects.

Automatic laser levels are a little harder to set up than manual laser levels, but they offer two big benefits. The first is that you don't have to worry about shimming your home or office. Second, automatic laser levels are much more accurate than manual ones because they use a built-in leveler which ensures everything is straight and level. If you're looking for accuracy, you might want to consider a self-leveling laser level!

Outdoor or Indoor Usage of a Laser Level

Consider the location of your project, whether indoors or outdoors. Some laser levels give better results indoors while others are more suited for the outdoors. When working indoors, choose laser levels that work without electronic laser receivers. Such laser levels have green laser beams that are more visible indoors.

If your project is outdoors, you will need to work with a laser receiver as beams of light get lost in daylight. Lasers made for outdoor work use infra-red beams in projects such as trenching and grading.

First, you need to think about what you will be using it for. If you are going to be using your laser level outdoors, a self-leveling laser level is best because it can handle uneven surfaces and large distances between the laser and its target. On the other hand, if you plan on primarily using your laser level indoors then a non-self-leveling model would work well because it is cheaper and more accurate at short distances.

Single-Grade Laser Levels

Single-grade laser levels are the best choice for most leveling applications. When it comes to choosing the best single-grade laser levels, it is important to keep a few things in mind.

The first is the type of material you are working on. If you are working with wood, you will want to choose a laser level with a long beam distance. This is because wood is a poor conductor of light, and the laser level will be able to reach the center of the board with greater accuracy.

If you are working with a metal object, you will want to choose a laser level with a short beam distance. This is because metal is a good conductor of light, and the laser level will be able to reach the edges of the object with greater accuracy.

The second thing to consider when choosing a single-grade laser level is the accuracy of the laser. It is important to choose a laser level that has an accuracy of 0.5 mm or less. This is because most materials are only 0.5 mm thick.

A single-grade laser level is a reliable and accurate device better suited for general building works and applications that require machine control. This tool aligns, levels, and squares faster resulting in fewer errors and downtime.

Leica laser-level devices guarantee non-stop laser accuracy, especially when employed in tough work environments.

Best Single-Grade Laser Levels

Below we've listed the best single-grade laser levels available at QuinnEquipment. You can consider these for general building works and machine control projects. Contact us for more details and to place an order nationwide.

Product Image Product Details Price Quantity
Gl422n dual grade laser level
GL412N Single Grade Laser w/ Vertical Alignment
The automatic, self-leveling Spectra Precision® GL412N dual grade lasers is the most rugged, cost-effective lasers that do three jobs—level, grade, and vertical alignment. Even in harsh jobsite conditions, the GL412N delivers consistently reliable and accurate performance, enabling you to work faster and smarter.    
$2,525.00
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GL612 Grade Laser
Spectra Precision® GL612 Grade Laser — Easy-To-Use, Full-Featured Automatic Grade Lasers. The GL612 Single Grade Laser is a rugged, automatic self-leveling laser with grade capability from -25% to + 25% and can be used for a wide variety of grade, excavating, and alignment applications by general and specialty contractors.
$2,495.00
Rotary laser level topconrl-sv1s
$2,175.00

The brightness of the Line or Point

This is a feature in both the models that project a green beam and those with a red beam. The beam's brightness is crucial as you will quickly recognize it from a distance.

Laser Level Track Stability

The models that contain electronic self-leveling should have an electric engine that adjusts fast. Laser levels that utilize mechanical self-leveling perform this function through a pendulum and magnets that damp oscillations. In both mechanisms, line stability and execution speed are vital and are indications of good or bad laser levels.

Laser Level Point or Line Size

The thinner the line produced by the beam, the more accurate the markings. Tracks are marked at the center of the line, therefore, when the line is thick enough, the more accurate the markings will be.

Dual Slope Laser Levels

Dual slope laser levels are a type of laser level that is used to measure the height and slope of a surface. They are often used in construction, surveying, and other engineering fields.

The dual slope laser level is made up of two lasers that are perpendicular to each other. The first laser is set at a fixed height and the second one is set at an adjustable height. The lasers can be adjusted to measure the distance between two points on a surface or the angle between two lines on a surface.

The dual slope laser level has many benefits over traditional single-slope models. It can be used in any weather condition because it is weatherproofed and dustproofed, which lowers repair costs for companies using them.

Best Dual Slope Laser Levels

The automated, self-leveling dual grade laser levels are the most durable and cost-effective multi-tasking laser levels. Dual Grade Laser Levels can endure one-meter (three-foot) fall onto concrete and tripod tipovers of up to 1.5 metres (five feet).

This robustness, along with complete weatherproofing and dustproofing, decreases downtime and reduces maintenance costs during the product's life.

Below we've listed the best dual-grade laser levels available at QuinnEquipment. Contact us for more details and to place an order nationwide.

Product Image Product Details Price Quantity
Gl422n dual grade laser level
GL422N Dual Grade Laser Level w/ Vertical Alignment
The automatic, self-leveling Spectra Precision® GL422N dual grade laser level is the most rugged, cost-effective laser level that does multiple jobs.
$2,975.00
Ul633n laser level
UL633N Laser Level
The UL633N Laser Level from Spectra Precision is a universal laser that can do multiple applications. It is a flat, spinning laser, can do single and dual grades, vertical alignment set 90 degrees, and help square from an existing structure.
$3,680.00
Rl-sv2s laser level
TopCon RL-SV2S Laser Level
The RL-SV2S laser level is Topcon’s newest construction laser level! Following in a long line of superior quality laser transmitters, the RL-SV2S is a dual-slope, long-range, self-leveling instrument built to outperform all of its competitors.
$2,525.00
Clx 900
Leica Rugby CLX 900 Dual Grade Laser Level
The Leica Rugby CLX 900 is easy to use and saves time by simplifying applications making you more productive and efficient. Its strong design ensures measurement accuracy and stability for your daily tasks. The handle is fixed to the base with distinctive sockets that highlight great rigidity and provide a secure mount to the base. The upgrade options allow for increased performance in all leveling applications.
$3,750.00
Clx 700 dual grade laser level
Leica CLX 700 Dual Grade Laser Level
The new easy-to-use Leica CLX 700 Dual Grade Laser Level is not only the toughest tool you can bring with you on a construction site but also the smartest.
$3,650.00

If you are still confused about choosing the best laser level for your project, contact us for a free consultation. We have a variety of laser levels that can satisfy your construction and/or remodeling requirements.

FAQ

Which laser level is best for outdoor use?

Laser-level light can be obscured by the sun's strong light.
However, the majority of today's laser levels come with red or green-tinted glasses or goggles, which make it simple to see a laser beam outside. 

Usually, you will need a laser receiver tool to detect a level using infrared beams.
First, you need to decide if you need a rotary or a self-leveling laser level. Rotary laser levels are best for large projects that require long-distance leveling, while self-leveling laser levels are better for smaller projects or projects that don't require as much precision.

Next, you need to decide what features you need. Some laser levels come with features like built-in tripods or laser pointers, while others are more basic. You'll also want to consider the range of the laser level. For outdoor use, you'll likely need a laser level with a longer range to reach a larger area.

Which is better red or green laser level?

Both laser levels have different use cases. The applicability of a particular laser level depends on the type of project you are working on. The green laser level produces a brighter green beam that is simpler to see. For large-scale projects where it's critical to see the line, a green laser level is the best option.

Green beam laser levels are generally more accurate than their red beam lasers. Green beam lasers are environmentally friendly since they use less power and produce less heat. However, sometimes green laser levels don't work on materials such as aluminum or dark surfaces.

In such scenarios, where green laser levels aren't ideal, red beam laser levels are a better option.

What is a 3-point laser level used for?

A 3-point laser level can be used to measure the height of an object, to find the slope of a surface, or to align a surface with another surface.

A three-point laser level is an important tool in a construction or engineering setting. It is used to check the level of surfaces such as floors, walls, and ceilings. It is also used to mark the location of pipes, wires, and other obstructions.

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