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  • Writer's pictureCasey Wilson

I Tested And Ranked The Best Budget Rangefinders In 2024

To help you make the best choice on your next purchase, I tested and ranked the most popular rangefinders on Amazon.

best budget rangefinders

FYI, Prices and ratings are accurate as of time of writing.


1. Gogogo Sport Vpro - 1,000 Yards Laser Rangefinder


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Highlight: Continuous range readings, ARC (angle range compensation), and Speed Measuring.

Helpful review: "I was looking for a good (read, "Accurate") range finder that wouldn't break the bank and, lo and behold, I found it. Totally happy with this unit after purchasing a few for comparison. This little gem has a lot to offer for golfing or hunting. Simple to use and surprisingly light weight but not cheap feeling with a rubberized exterior. I would estimate the error in distance less than 1%. I walked out until the range finder put me exactly 500 yards from a wall of a warehouse at work with clear line of sight. I then repeated that measurement test with the BallisticsARC app to determine that same 500 yard testing point. Spot on. I dropped a road cone at this point and carried my measuring wheel to that same wall, set the wheel to zero and walked back. The wheel brought me 1’8” to the road cone. Not bad at all! I really appreciate the elevation readout as well, very handy for seeing if I am straight on at a target." — Colin L.
Trending review: "I have a Garmin GPS and the yardages all match up. The Vibration sensor for Flag lock works perfectly. The slope (which I have never used before) works great, and actually has helped me shoot better. I have 2 of by best rounds in 10 years since buying this. (Yes, of course its not all due to the laser, but its not hurting). For the money, I don't know why you would buy anything else. Case is nice. The magnetic holder is nice. Only thing, I would recommend carrying a extra set of batteries. just in case. I am 10 rounds in, over 2 months, and have not had it die yet. What else is one looking for? A fancier brand? No one cares. I would buy again." — Gary B.

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2. AOFAR HX-700N - 700 Yards Hunting Range Finder


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Highlight: Easily identifies target with continuous scan.

Helpful review: "It’s nothing fancy but… I use this for hunting going on 3 years now. I have literally lost this thing in the woods for 3 days raining all night. But I did I found it! It has never missed a beat, ice cold snow or sunshine, always accurate and dependable. Don’t get caught up in the big name brands. If you are looking for a good yard range finder with angle intelligence for sight pins while hunting, look no further! Basic but perfect!" — Tiffany Baert
Trending review: "I have been searching for a new range finder for my hunting and golf. A friend told me about AOFAR range finder which he is using. Glad I tried it. The instructions included all the details you need to know how to use it. And it is pretty simple to figure out how to use it by myself. With 6x magnification, it is very easy to lock the target and read the distance." — Irase D.
Reassuring review: "This range finder arrived in time for me to catch up with my hunting. Outdoor life is my favorite thing. Used this to know the distances in heavy rains. It shows accurate yards just as in sunny days! Don't worry about whether it's waterproof. Trust me, it's manifestation has shocked me in outdoor rainy hunting! Better price and quality than name brand." — Terry Gripe

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3. TideWe - 1,000 Yards Hunting Rangefinder with a Rechargeable Battery


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Highlight: Displays a straight-line vertical distance, horizontal distance, and speed to your target.

Helpful review: "This thing is SWEET for the price! I purchased it for bow hunting, and it has worked perfectly. I don’t have much use for the speed feature, but it’s neat to play with. This rangefinder is super lightweight and easy to use. I couldn’t be happier! Like many folks, I am on an extremely tight budget when it comes to my hunting gear, and at the time the price tag on this thing fit the bill greatly. So far, I am very pleased with this purchase and plan to make a video discussing it soon. 10/10 would recommend!" — Michael Knox
Trending review: "Used this rangefinder on a recent turkey hunt. It is super fast, accurate and easy to use. I pre ranged various landmarks so when this gobbler came out I was able to drop him in his tracks. Used for 4 days and battery gauge still showed full. Put it on a charger and in under 5 minutes it showed fully-charged. Also is so light weight you almost forget you have it !! Very happy with this purchase." — The Daily Hunter
Reassuring review: "Great range finder for the price. I use this for bow hunting. I checked the yardage with my targets in my back yard where I have marked 10,15,20,25, and 30 yards. Range finder was spot on at each target. I like that it can show horizontal and vertical distance, as well as line of sight distance. Great feature when bow hunting. Would highly recommend this as a first rangefinder or your last rangefinder. The included pouch is nice and has magnetic enclosures. Includes charging cable (usb-c) and a short hand lanyard." — S.Y.

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4. Gogogo Sport Vpro - Laser Golf and Hunting Rangefinder


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Highlight: Slope Switch and Internal Magnets.

Helpful review: "I bought this to get ready for some western hunting and it works great. Clear viewfinder and fast distance readings, plus the auto-off feature is great. So I don't have to worry about turning it on and off all the time, or about the battery draining while I'm not using it. There is a switch on the side that I couldn't figure out what it does, and it's not mentioned in the instructions book. It's actually for slope compensation. It would be nice if they added that information to the instructions book. For now, I've just written it in by hand." — Georgiana Fitzgerald
Trending review: "Very fast acquisition of the target; displayed in tenths of a yard. Three different modes depending on if you are golfing or hunting. What I like most about the case is that it has an elastic strap to open or close the case while hunting, so you don't hear, as the deer would, an annoying zipper ZZZZZZZZ. Mode two gives you slope readout that calculates angle if you are 15' up in a tree stand. I have used very expensive RF in the past and have to credit this one for the features available at such a low price. This unit is a winner for a hunter or golfer." — Veteran Cross Bow Shooter

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5. Vortex Optics Ranger - 1800 Yards Laser Rangefinder


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Highlight: Easy to use; features a clean, illuminated display and highly intuitive menu.

Helpful review: "Purchased this after the reticle in my Leupold RX-1000i suddenly deteriorated such that more than 50% of it has dead spots making it unusable; and after only 4 years (no more than 25 hours max) of use. Decided I wouldn't be buying that again. I've slowly been transitioning to Vortex because of their quality, which is backed up by their VIP warranty, and have yet to be disappointed.
This holds true for this unit too. Compared to the RX, it has better ergonomics, the optics are just as clear (if not clearer), uses the same CR2 battery, and weighs the same (8 oz). This is definitely the best value when considering quality, functionality, performance, and the warranty.
Two noteworthy comments:
► It only displays range in 1 yard increments (no tenths), but for ballistics one-half yard is "in the noise" anyway.
► It does NOT display the incline angle in HCD (aka TBR) mode -- incline is only provided in the LOS mode. I think this is good supplemental data, and since the algorithm has to know it to calculate TBR, it would be nice if it displayed it; especially since the accuracy of the TBR is limited to a given incline depending on range to target.
All in all, it's easy to use, and more accurate than a bunch of my friends’ rangefinders. Functions and settings are great, and the brightness level adjust works as needed (easily from daylight to darker hours)." — Atlas Vega

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6. Bushnell 4x21 - 600 Yards Hunting Laser Rangefinder


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Highlight: Realtree Xtra camo pattern.

Helpful review: "This is a great item! Got it to give as a Christmas present for my 16 year-old son. He and my husband both love it. It seems very accurate and functions very well. On an interesting note, the battery listed here in the item description is not the battery it needed. I bought a CR 2 battery as the item description stated. To my surprise, it needed a 9 volt battery. Luckily, we had one on hand. Although the clock by my bed is temporarily out of commission, at least we were able to fiddle with the Christmas gift on Christmas morning. We were able to measure the distance from the window to the door in the living room as 12 yards. That was correct! Measured it myself. My son measured the distance from the porch to the cedar tree by our barn as 236 yards. My husband says that sounds about right. My two mighty hunters are out even now measuring stuff and making plans for how they will use the range finder in their future hunting adventures. I myself am adding a 9 volt battery to my shopping list so I can reload the alarm clock by my bed. Thanks for a great product and fast, efficient delivery!" — Jill Jolly
Trending review: "Great little range finder and a real bargain. But, before you buy be sure you understand what it's intended for. I see where some reviewers complain that it didn't work at 350 yards on a Antelope or a bull elk 850 yards away. This is a 200 yard max range finder for deer and larger game animals. You can certainly range on other objects (trees, large rocks, buildings, signs, etc.) to get a good idea how far out your target is, but you're still looking at 600 yards max. I hunt Whitetail with archery and a 30-30 in Northeastern Oklahoma where most deer are taken between 50 and 150 yards. I believe that's the sweet spot for this product. If you need more, if you expect more, plan to pay more." — Ken Andrews
Reassuring Review: "I have had this rangefinder for 5 years now. Still running it on the same 9v battery (way better than cr2). This is a basic RF that is really good for someone who hunts using archery or guns out to around 200 yard in a relatively flat terrain. It has been far superior to other rangefinders I have used at this price point." — Awaiting November

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7. AOFAR HX-1200T - 1200 Yards Hunting Rangefinder

Top-rated: 2,547 ratings


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Highlight: Adopts the latest Al technology to supports bow and range two modes.

Helpful review: "I bought this Range Finder to use while target practicing and hunting. I took it to work and tested it shooting traffic signs at various distances. I was impressed at the long distances I was able to shoot. Granted traffic signs are retroreflective, and not like what you would shoot while hunting, I was still impressed. I would shoot a sign, convert yards to feet, then use my truck mounted GPS Distance Measuring Instrument (DMI) to measure to the target. Many of the signs were not on an exact tangent and error was a constant due to me having to follow the slight curves in the road. The unit is easy to use and is everything I expected. The only downfall would be backlight and inability to be able to see the display in low light conditions. I would highly recommend this unit for it's accuracy and ease of operation. It came very well packed in a really nice box, a camo carrying case, long lanyard, cleaning clothe and a battery. Great Product for a good price." — Bartdog
Trending review: "Bought and used this season for archery deer and rifle elk hunting. I've used real expensive range finders and this works just as good. Not the best in low light, because it will range just fine but you can't read the numbers on the screen unless you put a piece of white paper in front of the lens. Ranged out to 800 yards. Was not reading good past that (might be the background I was using). Lightweight and the size is no issue. Fights nice in my hand. Controls and zoom adjustment are easy to set and use. The case is nice, but not easy to use in the field, so I used another case that clipped onto my binocular harnesses. Would definitely purchase again if needed." — Anne Radcliffe

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8. TecTecTec VPRO500 - High Precision Golf Rangefinder

Top-rated: 7,903 ratings


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Highlight: Easy-Read, Through-The-Lens display.

Helpful review: "I already have a Bushnell v3 Laser Range Finder, but I needed one for my daughter. Although I like the Bushnell, I wanted to see if there was a range finder that didn't have a high price tag because they have to pay for their advertising. I saw that the TecTecTec was the best selling range finder on Amazon, so I decided to try it. Immediately after ordering it, I got an email from Sara telling me that if there is anything at all they can do, please contact her. I like that, and I think other people do to. I literally got it the next day. I ordered it in the evening and got it in the morning! All in my pajamas. We tried it on the course today and this what I think.
PROS:
1. Returns the yardage almost instantaneously. I just point and there is the yardage instantly. I compared it with the Bushnell and they are the same.
2. The Pin yardage is like that of my Bushnell. It locks on, and as long as there is nothing between the range finder and the pin, it will return the correct yardage.
3. Very simple operation. Point it and press the power button and you get the yardage. If you want the Pin, press the Mode button and it will show a flag.
4. Excellent clarity. It is very, very clear and the 6x magnification is what makes this one better than my Bushnell. You can also focus by turning the eye piece to get a very sharp image. I can definitely see the green from 150 yards so it helped me know which side of the green to shoot for.
5. Fantastic case. It is like a small camera case and there is a belt loop and also a little nub that goes into something like a holster.
6. It is very small and light. I just put it in my pocket.
CONS:
1. It is black. I changed the strap out with an electric blue strap so that it is more visible. I will definitely lose this in the Cart because the golf cart interior is black.
SUMMARY:
I like this so much I gave my Bushnell to my daughter so I have the newer range finder. She plays better than I do, so I need it more than she does. I highly recommend this product and their customer service." — D. Gotlieb

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9. WOSPORTS H111 - 800 Yards Bow Hunting Rangefinder


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Highlight: Upgraded bow hunting mode M2.

Helpful review: "If you’re reading up on this piece of equipment, please read this review!!! If you’re wanting a great range finder at good price, this is the one for you hands down. No need to try and compare other ones because this will definitely be worth the buy. I am so pleased with this purchase.
This is perfect for people on a budget needing a range finder. I use it hunting and target shooting very often. It has the golf mode, I haven’t taken it golfing, I’ve used it on fence posts and it’s really locks in that way.
I’ve ranged 600+ yds with this thing just playing around and it reads it. It has the focusing knob on the sight that helps with distances. Really accurate in my mind, reads in decimals, not full yds. So 24.3 yds. 25.2 yds. 31.7 yds. And so on.
I needed a range finder but didn’t want to drop big money on one. This has been worth every penny. I haven’t changed the battery in two years. (It will probably crap out on me in the middle of my next hunt now that I jinxed myself:(
It reads the distance instantly, reliably, and accurately. If you have small objects in the sight path of your desired target like small limbs, leaves, tall grass, it will range them. So be sure it’s on the target. Just hold it steady and it will read fine. Probably just like any other range finder out there on the market.
On the Foggy Dusky mornings it has trouble reading or won’t read at all, which I understand. I’m sure all range finders do that. I’ve used a Bushnell range finder before and I prefer this one WOSPORTS 10 to 1.
Anyway, I am very happy it this and how well it has performed over the past year. It comes with a carrying pouch, wrist strap, battery, and cleaning cloth for the lenses. Very compact, fits in your pocket if you like. I carry mine in my hunting bag. I’ve had it in the rain before. I try not hold it out in the elements the entire time, just when I need to use it. So to me it is very durable! Like I said prior. I am very pleased with this piece of equipment and definitely recommend it to anyone!!!!" — Marcie Graham

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10. BIJIA - 650 Yards Laser Hunting Rangefinder


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Highlight: 2 year warranty.

Helpful review: "It's ergonomically designed but feels cheap in the hand. So far I've used the Bijia rangefinder extensively and it never fails. I love this rangefinder and will continue to use it thru out this hunting season. I will update this review if I have any problems with it in the future. But as for now it's got a permanent place in my pack because it's lightweight and works great. My only problem with it is the black display, so far it has not been a problem and I don't think it will be in the future. This is an excellent product and its budget friendly" — Boonies
Trending review: "Bought this for mostly archery deer hunting. I have several treestands & always had to guess the range of step it off. Used it in the back yard to sight in my crossbow. I was well pleased with how well it worked, the nice case, the camo pattern. Well worth the price & definitely recommend to my hunting buddies, & family." — Robert Wisener

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11. TecTecTec ProWild - 540 Yards Hunting Rangefinder


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Highlight: Complete hunting package for a quick setup.

Helpful review: "After hunting with it for two seasons I feel like I can comfortably say this has been a good range finder. Easy to use. Battery life has been very good. It’s also pretty accurate on the range it displays. For the price, I don’t think you’ll find a better one. The plastic doesn’t feel super durable, but I keep this in my pack until I’m in the stand. I have dropped my pack from a 10+ feet high a few times from my stands by accident and it hasn’t effected the range finder, so it seems to be reasonably durable. I would buy it again." — Cole Noah
Trending review: "I used this rangefinder on a recent hunting trip and it allowed me to take 2 deer that I otherwise would have assumed were out of range. The rangefinder provides superb value for money, compared to Redfield and Leica options I have used in the past. It does require two-hand usage to finetune the focus. The writing is black and not backlit so would be hard to read if ranging at first light or last thing in the evening. But there are no issues ranging in normal light. I had difficulty determining ranges beyond 400m. Readings were background dependent. But up to 400m there were no problems. In terms of value for money, this is a 5 star product." — Dorian Garrick
Most-discussed review: "I bought one and it just didn’t work all the time. I was afraid I had bought a piece of junk and considering the time that had passed from the time I bought it to when I reached out to customer service at TecTecTec. I was pleasantly shocked and impressed by the customer service I received. They had no issues on exchanging my rangefinder for a new one. They even sent me a new battery. I’ve taken it on several hunts and it’s easy to use, it fits in my pocket, and, most importantly, it's accurate. Buy one. Trust me, if you have issues they will take care of you." — Nathan Haze

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12. WOSPORTS H111 Pro - 800 Yards Rechargeable Laser Rangefinder


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Highlight: Easy to read yardage and flag lock display.

Helpful review: "I was trying to choose between Bushnell Tour V4 (basic expensive model) or some less costly model (with more features like decent user interface, slope and scan modes). Based on on-line reviews of many rangefinders and particularly one on youtube by Mike Sullivan, I went with WOSports 650 with slope feature. One thing that I was concerned about (with my shaky hands) was whether I needed the best optics (like a Nikon). I wanted one that could give me yardage to bunkers and other hazards rather than just the pin - all the reviews and product sheets were not clear about this. I also had a chance to try a Bushnell (a xmas gift that I returned).
Seeing how quickly the WOSport was used on YouTube in the Mike Sullivan review dispelled many concerns. He was quick using it and he was faster than Bushnell.
So anyway, I bought WOSport 650 form Amazon, and I discovered that having a shaky hand is actually good and useful as the pin identification algorithm does a search and reports the nearest target and the shakiness actually creates a variety of targets to search.
I also found it to be much faster/better than the Bushnell Tour V4 in locking and jolting in pinseeker mode. The Bushnell had only had pin mode but could give me distances to things other than the pin if I push the button every time. But the WOSport had continuous scan mode which is quicker to use for finding other targets than just the pin.
In terms of user interface, I like the separate mode button that switches from:
(i) slope-distance/angle mode with continuous scan (I think I will use the most, it finds the pin but without the old),
(ii) pin seeker mode, distance to hazard (non pins) - the only Tour V4 mode,
(iii) slope mode,
(iv) speed mode - used for hunting.
This simplifies the interface greatly as you don't have to hold one button down for less than 2 or more than 2 seconds to switch modes/functions - too much skill required. But one thing to note is the cost of CR2 batteries (Duracell):12$ each. So, a rechargeable rangefinder or rechargeable batteries might be a considerable here. I see WOSPorts has a rechargeable one - but I am good with buying/carrying batteries rather than remember to plugin before playing.
In terms of accuracy, it is not a concern in my opinion. As an engineer, I know that this is a simple measurement to make - speed of light is always the same, and GPS timing is the same for everyone. Besides, consistency is more important as you will use the same rangefinder for distance to target and for distance that you a club AND (unless the optics are constantly mis-aligning then this will be consistent).
Anyway, it's simple and fast to use. I would have paid more for the Bushnell if I thought it was better." — Paul Parker

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