The best tape measures you can buy

Friday, 13 October 2017, 10:46:59 AM. Even if you're not a contractor or an avid DIY fan, you need a good tape measure around the house. These are the best tape measures you can buy.

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  • No toolkit is complete without a great measuring tape. From the professional contractor's work to the DIY home repair, countless projects call for precise measurements. The QuickDraw DIY Self Marking Measuring Tape is our top choice because its innovative built-in pencil ensures you mark the same spot you measured.

If you want to measure the area of a room prior to the purchase of a new carpet, couch, or coffee table, you're going to need to use a measuring tape. If you want to see if that new furniture will fit in the back of your vehicle, that's another time when a measuring tape is key. Should you want to build a fine piece of furniture from scratch to perfectly fit that space in your home, then you're certainly going to need a quality measuring tape.

A measuring tape or tape measure is useful for landscape design, interior decorating, construction, crafts projects, and so much more. Imagine seeking the perfect placement for a painting, calculating the size of a bedroom, or planning the design of new kitchen cabinets and countertops without a tape measure — nothing would ever look or fit quite right. That old adage of "Measure twice, cut once" is oft repeated for good reason.

I've been using the same Stanley tape measure for years because the damn thing just won't break. I almost wish it would, because a few of the newer releases in the measuring tape category feature innovative and clever features, such as laser-assisted measuring and digital displays. For most people, a basic 25-foot tape measure is about all they'll ever need, but as a reliable tape measure should last for many years, it's OK to spend a few extra dollars and get some special features.

If you're in the market for a new tape measure, you're shopping at an exciting time. Well ... as exciting as tape measures get, anyway.

Although the QuickDraw DIY Self Marking Tape Measure is our top pick, for the reasons laid out in the slides below you should also consider the Stanley PowerLock 25-Foot Tape Measure, the WorkPro 100-Foot Fiberglass Measuring Tape, the General Tools LTM1 2-In-1 Laser Tape Measure, and the eTape16 Digital Measuring Tape.

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