The Best Tape Measures (Under $10) For Sale on Amazon in 2018

A tape measure is an essential tool.

Contractors and handymen need a durable measure that can survive drops and debris. If that sounds like you, I suggest reading these tape measure field tests.

For anyone who just wants a good tape measure to stash in a toolbox or utility drawer, this article is written with you in mind. A high-quality measure has a few characteristics:

  • Accurate;

  • Easy to read;

  • Functional belt clip;

  • Useful length (25 feet is typical); and

  • Locking and retracting.

Many inexpensive tape measures meet these standards. Here are the best-reviewed tape measures selling on Amazon for $10 or less:

Stanley 33-425 Powerlock 25-Foot by 1-Inch Measuring Tape - Original

Avg. Price: $10 | Bargain Price: $7

This classic Stanley tape measure is virtually unchanged over the last 40 years. More than 86% of Amazon reviewers like or love it. Some customers were frustrated that the measure came in a hard-to-open plastic container.

Komelon SL2825 Self Lock 25-Foot Power Tape

Avg. Price: $9 | Bargain Price: $6

This Komelon tape measure has a fantastic self-locking feature according to several Amazon customers. On the flip side, some unhappy customers complained that the self-lock feature doesn't work as well over time.

Stanley STHT36031S 25' DualLock Tape Measure

Avg. Price: $9 | Bargain Price: $7

Stanley’s DualLock tape measure has numeric graduated-markings for every 1/8 of an inch (other measures only have indicator lines). This is not a metric tape measure despite what the Amazon listing page might say.

Komelon SM5425 Speed Mark Gripper Acrylic Coated Steel Blade Measuring Tape, 1-Inch X 25Ft , White

Avg. Price: $10 | Bargain Price: $6

This Komelon measure has black and white numerals that several Amazon customers praised for being easy to read. Critical reviewers found the tape's retraction feature to be less reliable than other measures.

Lufkin QRL625MP Quickread Hi-Viz Value Tape Measure, 1-Inch by 25-Feet, Blue/Yellow

Avg. Price: $9 | Bargain Price: $6

Lufkin's Hi-Viz tape measure comes in bright (blue or orange) colors and is designed to be spotted easily. This tape has graduated markings in fractions and decimals and it marks half-inches boldly. Some customers hate this non-traditional numbering style.

John DeFeo