5 of the Best Spirit Levels

Last Updated on August 5, 2022

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A spirit level is the best tool to use for making sure a horizontal or vertical surface is level. This applies to lots of different jobs including putting up a shelf, laying a patio and installing fence posts. They come in a range of lengths from 100mm to around 1800mm with stops everywhere in between.

Here’s a list of 5 of the best spirit levels currently for sale on Amazon.

1) Stanley STHT1-43110 400mm “Classic” Magnetic Spirit Level

Stanley STHT1-43110"Classic" Magnetic Spirit Level, Yellow,...
  • Length: 40cm
  • Vial accuracy : 0,5mm/m
  • Large tubular side vials

2) Rolson 54465 900mm Alloy Spirit Level

Rolson 54465 Alloy Spirit Level, 900 mm
  • 900mm (36") Alloy Spirit Level
  • Manufactured from lightweight aluminium
  • Three vials that measure both horizontally and vertically
  • Plastic end caps
  • Hanging hole

3) OX Tools OX-P029012 Pro Level 1200mm with Steel Rule (Blue)

OX Tools OX-P029012 Pro Level 1200mm with Steel Rule, Blue
  • Unique 12mm Level with integrated measuring and marking solution
  • Life time warranty on all vials which are individually calibrated to an accuracy of .5"/' (.5mm/m) or .29˚
  • Removeable shock-proof polypropylene end caps
  • Integrated steel ruler
  • Milled base

4) Rolson 54464 600mm Alloy Spirit Level

Rolson 54464 600 mm Alloy Spirit Level
  • 600mm (24") Alloy spirit level
  • Manufactured from lightweight aluminium
  • Three vials that measure both horizontally and vertically
  • Plastic end caps and hanging hole included

5) Draper 79579 230mm Torpedo Spirit Level with Magnetic Base

Draper 79579 230 mm Torpedo Spirit Level with Magnetic Base
  • ABS with magnetic strip in base
  • Incorporates a V groove in the top, rubber end caps and a hang hole
  • Incorporates a V groove in the top and a hang hole
  • ABS with magnetic strip in base
  • Incorporates a V groove in the top, rubber end caps and a hang hole

Spirit Level Buyer’s Guide

Spirit levels are used for checking if a surface is perfectly vertical or horizontal. Or in some cases (such as laying a patio or decking that requires adequate drainage), making sure they’re not.

And as with most tools, avoiding the cheap crap and buying a good quality product from a well-known manufacturer and looking after it, will go a long way to making it for years and years.

Experts and manufacturers advise against using spirit levels for anything other than performing the job they’re designed to do. They also advise owners to handle the equipment carefully and avoid dropping it on the floor. They advise this because misuse and mishandling can result in unreliable readings.

Another piece of advice from experts and manufacturers is to keep the base surface clean and dirt-free. Simply because dirt and obstructions can affect a spirit level’s ability to accurately measure surfaces.

Spirit levels tend to come in the following lengths (although you can find shorter and longer ones if you shop around):

  • 250mm / 10 inch / 0.25 metres
  • 600mm / 2 foot / 0.6 metres
  • 900mm / 3 foot / 0.9 metres
  • 1200mm / 4 foot / 1.2 metres

Perhaps the most useful size for the home DIY toolkit is the 600mm version.

To check the quality and reliability of a spirit level, examine the bubble inside the vial. Ideally, the bubble should sit tightly between the two lines when it’s sitting on a perfectly flat surface. If it isn’t, the readings will be wrong.

How to Use a Spirit Level

Video from the Ultimate Handyman channel on YouTube.