In this guide we’ll look at the best tape measures on the market.
We’ve compared build quality, length, design and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Are The Best Tape Measures?
More Detailed Tape Measure Reviews
Stanley 033932 Powerlock 5m Tape with Top Reader Review
The Stanley 033932 Powerlock Tape 5m Top Reader is our top choice for best tape measure. It is exceptionally durable and accurate as well as being convenient and lightweight.
This measuring tape has a classic design with a very handy top reader facility. The metal tape measure has a blade that is Mylar coated, making it up to ten times more resistant to abrasion and keeping the markings clearer for longer. The 19 mm blade is also compact yet rigid enough for a 2.1-metre standout making it easy for one person to use.
The casing of this 5 m tape measure is constructed from ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) plastic for added durability. It also features a true zero end hook for more accurate measurements.
This measurement tape is compliant to European Class II standards, meaning the maximum permissible tolerance over 3 metres is less than a millimetre.
The 5 m tape also includes a belt clip for convenient use.
This is one of the best tape measures on the UK market and will provide many years of use.
Roughneck ROU43205 Tape Measure 5m/16ft (Width 25mm) Review
The non-slip shockproof casing encloses a rust-proof nylon coated blade for extra durability and resistance to corrosion. The measuring tape itself also has a nice smooth mechanism and extends and retracts with ease. Metric and imperial scale markings are clear and easy to read, and the end hook has 3 rivets for a sturdy durable fix.
This 5 m measurement tape also features a belt hook and a secure locking mechanism.
Stanley 5m/16ft Tylon Tape Review
As its name suggests this tape measure features a Tylon blade coating that offers exceptional durability and resistance to corrosion. The matt finish reduces glare and makes reading the clear scale easy to read. The 19 mm blade tape extends and retracts smoothly with a solid locking mechanism. The case feels solid and sturdy feeling with a rubberised grip.
The measuring tape also features a movable True Zero end hook to help ensure accurate measurements and the hook is securely attached with two strong rivets.
The measurement tape also complies with European Class II standards meaning its maximum permissible tolerance over 3 metres is less than a millimetre.
The 5 m tape measure also features a belt hook so it can be worn with ease.
Overall, this is an accurate easy to use and durable tape measure that will give years of reliable measurements and offers excellent value for money.
Stanley also make this tape in 3 and 8 metre lengths.
Advent 5m Vice-Versa Tape Measure Review
The Advent 5m Vice-Versa Tape Measure is another attractively priced tape measure.
This is a compact, lightweight double sided tape measure. It has a shockproof rubber casing and the tape extends and retracts smoothly. The locking mechanism clicks into place easily and is nice and secure.
This measuring tape is a metric only tape measure, so instead of half the tape being taken up with imperial measurements there is a dual metric scale, meaning you can take a measurement from the left or right without the markings ever being upside down. In addition, the scale is printed on the underside, too which is handy when measuring ceilings.
If yo u are searching for a double sided tape measure this 5 m tape measure is a great inexpensive option.
Silverline 250192 5m x 25mm Chunky Tape Measure Review
This is an effective budget measuring tape that is clear and easy to read. It has a 2.2 metre stand out so is perfect for single person use and there is a well-secured end hook. The 5 m measurement tape is accurate to European Class II standards.
There is also a handy belt clip for convenient use.
Tape Measure Buyer’s Guide
When choosing a tape measure there are several things you should look out for.
First, check whether the tape has metric and imperial measurements or it is just a metric only tape measure. Metric only tape measures are useful if the metric convention is the only one you use, since they have the metric measurements marked both top and bottom, so you never need to read the markings upside down.
Accuracy is, of course, a very important consideration in your choice of tape measure. If extra levels of accuracy are important then look for a tape measure that complies with European Class II standards. This standard guarantees a maximum permissible tolerance over 3 metres of less than a millimetre.
The blade itself is a key component of the tape measure. Tape measure blades come in a variety of widths. The wider tape measures are usually more rigid which makes them easier to use. However they will be bulkier. In addition, tape measure blades often have a coating that protects them from dust and corrosion and also prevents the markings wearing away over time and repeated use.
Tape measures have a “stand out” measurement. This is the length at which the blade will remain rigid without someone holding the other end. If you are working alone, having a tape measure that has a reasonable stand out makes life a lot easier.
Some tape measures feature a true zero end hook. The end hook can move independently of the tape by up to the thickness of the hook. This means when measuring up to an object the hook moves in to compensate for its own thickness allowing the measurement to remain accurate.
The mechanism of your tape is also an important factor. You want a tape that extends and retracts smoothly and not too quickly. The tape measure will also have a stopping mechanism, either a sliding switch that locks it in place or a finger stop.
Lastly, you will want to choose a tape measure with a durable outer housing that will protect the tape and mechanism in dirty, dusty and wet conditions and also protect it from shocks and drops. A housing with a belt hook is handy if you need your tape measure handy throughout the day.
The best tape measures will have the majority of these features.