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The Best Tape Measures In Australia for 2024

A good tape measure should be durable, accurate, and easy to use.

Tape measures are an essential part of any toolbox. They are used for everything from measuring the size of a room to measuring wood for a DIY project.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a decent tape measure.

Below, we’ve reviewed and compared three of the best tape measures available in Australia to help you find the right tool for your next project.

Our top pick: Komelon Metric Self-Lock Tape Measure

Komelon Metric Self Lock Tape Measure | Hand Tools

Length: 5m
Weight: 308g
Self-locking: Yes
Dual end hook: Yes
Measurements: Metric & Imperial

We’re always on the lookout for products that are affordable, high-quality, and easy to use, so we were excited to find the Komelon Tape Measure available in Australia.

The stand-out feature of this tape measure is its patented self-locking mechanism, which automatically engages when the tape is pulled out and then locks itself into place. This makes it easier to use and reduces the chance of it becoming disengaged while you work.

This popular tape measure features metric and imperial measurements, dual end hooks, double-sided printing, and is bright yellow for maximum visibility.

Best value: Stanley Tylon Tape Measure

STANLEY Tylon 8m26ft Pocket Tape | Hand Tools

Length: 3m – 8m
Weight: 50g – 380g
Self-locking: No
Dual end hook: No
Measurements: Metric & Imperial

The Stanley Tylon tape measure is both high quality and affordable, making it a great choice for DIY and tradies alike. It’s available in three sizes, so you can find the right one for your needs.

The bi-material case provides superior grip while the matt finish blade reduces glare and reflection. Stanley’s “Tru zero” end hook moves slightly as it locks into place in order to provide you with the most accurate measurements.

The Tylon blade coating provides durability and wear resistance, so this tape measure can stand up to the toughest jobs and will withstand years of use.

Budget option: Crescent Tape Measure

Crescent 8m x 25mm Tape Measure | Hand Tools

Length: 8m
Weight: 350g
Self-locking: No
Dual end hook: No
Measurements: Metric

This is a popular and affordable tape measure that is durable, clearly printed, and easy to use. It is, however, better suited to occasional DIY work than as a daily worksite tool.

The blade is 25mm wide and the case is made of high impact resistant plastic. It has a steel belt clip and a rubberised non-slip grip.

As with all good tape measures it features a reliable locking mechanism that allows you to take accurate measurements.

Tape Measure Buying Guide

Tape Measure 1 | Hand Tools

Tape Measures are one of the most frequently used items in any toolbox, so it pays to invest in a good quality tool that will last for years to come.

There are many different types of tape measures available today, and they each have their own unique features and benefits. The following guide will help you decide which type of tape measure is right for your needs.

Blade Length 

The length of the tape is important, as it largely determines how useful a particular tape measure will be. A tape measure that is too short is not only annoying to use but will also compromise accuracy.

Be sure to get one that matches the kind and size of distances you plan on measuring. A good length for general use is 8 metres.

Locking Mechanism 

It is important to have a good locking mechanism on your tape measure; if the tape slips even a little, you can get an inaccurate reading that will cause your measurements to be inaccurate.

Another consideration is safety: if the locking mechanism becomes disengaged suddenly, the tape can retract violently and whip your hands or face. Some tape measures incorporate a multi-point lock system to reduce that risk.

Features 

A number of tape measures have additional features, but some are more useful than others.

Belt clip. A good belt clip is a simple feature that helps you keep your tape measure handy, even when your hands are busy with other tools.

Auto-lock. Some tape measures have locking mechanisms that activate when you extend the blade. This can be very convenient because it keeps the blade from retracting on its own before you have a chance to engage the locking mechanism.

Measurement Units 

Make sure your tape measure matches the measurements you are using. Take care not to purchase imported measurements that display only inches and feet (imperial system).

Make sure the markings and numbers are clear and easy to read. Using a tape measure with large, clear numbers will make it easier to read even when your face is not close to the tape.

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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

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