Best Levels in 2020



Klein Tools 935AB4V Torpedo Level, Magnetic, 4 Vial for Conduit Bending & More with V-Groove & Magnet Track Review:


I may not have read the description correctly but this level is only about 5-6 inches long. Thought it was 9. That’s on me. I absolutely love that this thing is magnetic. I’m an electrician so when I’m mounting a panel or meter socket I can slap it right on and I don’t need another person around just to hold the level. All the vials are clear and easy to see. I haven’t figured out what the set screw thing on the end is for tho.



Johnson Level & Tool 1402-0900 9" Torpedo Level Review:


My husband has several huge clunky professional levels, but I needed something small and light for small projects, like checking surface leveling for canvases. This is exactly what it looks like, a simple, extremely inexpensive plastic level, only 9" long, at an unbeatable price. It's plastic, and at a dollar store price.

I've seen complaints that it was inaccurate. How is this possible? A level is basically a small tube of water with an air bubble in it, and works on gravity. It can't be inaccurate unless you break or melt the plastic housing... plastic doesn't bend. The bubble moves in the liquid based on gravity, so I'm confused how.

Anyway, for less than $3, this is an amazing deal!



Johnson Level and Tool 175-O GloOrange Post Level Review:


I work with a volunteer group that builds wheelchair ramps; we set a lot of 4x4 posts, and this is the perfect tool. The two bubbles allow you to check plumb in two directions without moving the tool. So much better than moving the standard level back and forth from side to side! After the first job, others purchased them so we often have a couple in use at a time. I have not used the third bubble for level yet.

Only reason to deduct the 5th star is that the rubber band looks like it's about to fail; it's been used maybe 20-30 times so far. I'll be looking for the right size and keeping a few in my tool box; perhaps the mfr should include at least one spare in the package or use a tougher band.



Swanson Tool TL002M 9-Inch Magnetic Die Cast Torpedo Level Review:


This is a good quality level. I am a production based residential plumber(I rough new homes), I go through a level about every 2 months. I always look for a level with a complete aluminum frame for accuracy and I look for bright colors around the sit bubbles like white or yellow so I can see in low light conditions.
This level has both. Lastly I can have it shipped to my door for the same price as having to stop by big box stores on the way home after a long day!



WORKPRO Torpedo Level, Magnetic, Verti. Site 4 Vial for Conduit Bending,Aluminum Alloy Construction,6.5-inch Review:


A solidly made, very nice level. Not only is this a solidly made level. But it is very accurate and has the added bonus of being magnetic. I have some other levels of similar size, but this is just better made, better material, and well more sturdy than my other levels of similar size. It includes a standard 6 inch ruler, and angles of 0, 20, 45 and 90 degrees. My only complaint is the price is a little high for this level, but there is a saying, "that you get what you pay for" and by paying a little more you are getting a better level for the money.



WORKPRO W002900A 3Pcs Spirit Level Set(9", 12", 24") Review:


I was wanting to buy the Milwaukee set that was just like this, but it was more than I was wanting to spend on tools for my project. I decided to go with this instead. Upon arrival, I stacked the levels to see if there were any issues. Mine lined up great. The carry case I wasn't sure of. No one really talked much about it, so I was expecting some garbage. It's not. I was wildly impressed with the quality and material of it. Much better than I had anticipated. The levels are made of an aluminum, so they have a nice solid feel in your hand. They have solid bumpers on the ends that don't feel cheap. Over all, I was very impressed with this for an at home use. If I was in construction, I would have sprung for the name brand. But I don't see a downside to this for at home use at all.



Johnson Level & Tool 750 Pitch and Slope Locator Review:


One unusual use you can put it to is to measure how many degrees your telescope is pointing above the horizon to help you locate objects. Just hot melt glue it to the telescope somewhere, and it will read out the degrees on the scale. Websites like Stellarium will give you your apparent elevation above the horizon for your observing location for any object you select, which you can match on the dial to get you near what you are trying to locate. I stuck one to the upper assembly of my 17.5 inch Dobsonian reflecting telescope. Just make sure it stays perpendicular to the ground as your telescope tilts up and down so the needle doesn't hang up. It sure beats guessing.



Magnetic Torpedo Level, Spirit Level 3 Bubble Level Torpedo Magnetic Level Bubble Measuring Tool (6 inch) Review:


Did the job for me to determine whether a hired carpenter’s trim work job was level or not. It kept looking slightly off level to me. The last two short trim boards he put up were in tight spots where my longer torpedo level just could not fit. I tried to ignore the “off level” appearance but could see nothing but the harder I tried. We decided my son would later attach crown molding to the large bookcase structure we made from numerous Ikea Billy bookcases. This gave me time to order this shorter torpedo level from Amazon. I was put off by some reviews claiming their received unit was not accurate. When mine arrived I compared it with my Stanley torpedo level in a couple of spots round the house for accuracy. Check!
Then I checked the trim boards on my bookcases. Right! Each of the two boards are off level in just the amount and direction my eyes judge them to be. I almost hate that I can see what’s off level or off balance when others swear they can not!! This level does feel cheap but it arrived fast and did the trick just fine at a great price.



Swanson TL043M 9-Inch Savage Magnetic Torpedo Level Review:


Ok so after buying two of these torpedo levels and using them every day in the plumbing trade I decided to buy a third for a coworker. The first one I bought for myself the second for my boss who loved the one I had. The light works great. Can't believe how handy it is. It seams I'm always in dark basements crawl spaces. Anyway we both use them every day and both have been dropped a few times. Both still work and none of the magnets fell out so far. I have mine around 6 months and it does get used every day five or six days a week. Other people have said the magnets fall out. That may be true it is an inexpensive level and is made in China. So far I have had no problems with the magnets or the lighting of the level. Also someone complained about light being accidentally turned in and killing the batteries. The light on the level only stays little for around 30 seconds then shuts off. I have not had any problems as far as that goes however the batteries that came with the level did not last very long. Not a problem worth complaining about for the price of this level. AAA batteries can be replaced easily and the energizer batteries last a long time using the light mode often. All around great little level. I would not be buying a third if I had problems with the first two. Also the magnets are strong. Others complained about that. The only other level I have seen with a more magnetic grip was a lenox level which I used for years and loved but the 45° level broke after dropping from an extension ladder. They don't make that level anymore as far as I know which led me to this one.



Swanson Tools TLL049M Lightning Aluminum Torpedo Magnetic Illuminated Levels, 9", 3 Vials Review:


Ok so after buying two of these torpedo levels and using them every day in the plumbing trade I decided to buy a third for a coworker. The first one I bought for myself the second for my boss who loved the one I had. The light works great. Can't believe how handy it is. It seams I'm always in dark basements crawl spaces. Anyway we both use them every day and both have been dropped a few times. Both still work and none of the magnets fell out so far. I have mine around 6 months and it does get used every day five or six days a week. Other people have said the magnets fall out. That may be true it is an inexpensive level and is made in China. So far I have had no problems with the magnets or the lighting of the level. Also someone complained about light being accidentally turned in and killing the batteries. The light on the level only stays little for around 30 seconds then shuts off. I have not had any problems as far as that goes however the batteries that came with the level did not last very long. Not a problem worth complaining about for the price of this level. AAA batteries can be replaced easily and the energizer batteries last a long time using the light mode often. All around great little level. I would not be buying a third if I had problems with the first two. Also the magnets are strong. Others complained about that. The only other level I have seen with a more magnetic grip was a lenox level which I used for years and loved but the 45° level broke after dropping from an extension ladder. They don't make that level anymore as far as I know which led me to this one.