Why Are There Not More Rangefinders? – Everything You Need to Know

People often ask, why are there not more rangefinders?

Let’s find out!

Why Are There Not More Rangefinders

The main reason for this is that you can get a decent optical rangefinder with an accuracy of 1-2 meters (3-6 feet) for less than $100.00. You can also get a laser range finder for around $200.00. A typical optical rangefinder will cost between $300.00-$500.00.

If you want something better then you would be looking at over $1000.00. So if you are willing to spend money on a rangefinder then you can get a pretty nice one. If you are just looking for something cheap then you are out of luck.

Buyer’s Guide

What to Look For in a Golf Rangefinder?

So the rangefinder that is going to be the best fit is going to come down to a few different personal preferences:

  • Price
  • Performance
  • Features

There are several types of distance-measuring devices available, but they’re all pretty similar. However, some are better than others for certain tasks.

Before choosing between different types of models, consider these important factors:

What is your budget?

How long do you want to keep this?

If you want a slope function, then this will give you a second “play-like” distance number that accounts for whether the ball was uphill or downhill.

Will you use it in tournaments?

Which one is more important, price or quality?

As you read through the list of best rangefinders below, keep these things in mind.

Best Overall Golf Rangefinder: Bushnell Pro XE

The best rangefinder for hunting out there.

The previous model, the Bushnell Pro X 2, was excellent, and it had some advantages over the Xit’s lightweight eight and we preferred the looks of the X2.

However, the Bushnell XE has the best features and performance among our top picks. It’s the fastest and most accurate rangefinder we’ve tested, and its new magnet feature makes it easy to clip onto anything from a cart to an ironshot.

They’ve gone one step further by including temperature and barometric elements into their algorithm, giving you the most accurate “plays like” distance possible.

It costs $550, but boy is this device awesome!

Why Are There Not More Rangefinders?

Why Are There Not More Rangefinders?

Best Rangefinder for Most People: Precision Pro NX10

Perhaps no one has done more for the sport of discus throwing than the Precision Pro NX 10.

It feels premium, works well and costs less than $300.

But not only that; it’s a revolutionary new face plate design that lets you truly customize your camera for the first time.

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a rangefinder that cly compete with Bushnell, but this one comes close. At a budget price point.

We think the NX10 is fantastic. It gets our highest recommendation.

Best Bushnell Rangefinder Under $300: Bushnell Tour V5

The Tour V5 h a great size and is light compared to the other rangefinders in this category. It also has an excellent viewfinder, which makes it easier for you to see what you are shooting.

The only downside of this model is that its battery life is not as long as some of the others on our list. However, if you are looking for something with a good price tag, then this could be your best bet.

It’s rare for us to pick up a device like the Tour V5 and be immediately impressed by it, but that was the situation when we first held the device.

Since it’s Bushnell, you know you’re going to get an excellent quality rifle, but this rifle had the right mix of size, accuracy, and reliability.

It’s not as feature-rich as the class-leader XE, but it’s a very good camera and one that we would highly recommend to anyone who wants high-quality rangefinders that will last a long period.

Best Value Rangefinder: Blue Tees Series 3 Max

At first, when we tried out Blue Tees’ first foray into the rangefinders, we found these to be a bit of an inconsistent mix.

They were good, but they weren’t consistent enough for us to recommend them strongly.

A few months later, they released the new version of their phone, the Series 3 Max. It was exciting to see what improvements had been made since the previous generation, but we were also a bit nervous because we had heard some bad things about the battery life.

The new Blue Tee Series 3 Max is a compact, affordable rangefinder that does almost everything you would expect from a rangefinder.

At this low cost, there isn’t much else that can compete with it.

Best Optics: Nikon Coolshot ProII Stabilized

Even though the name sounds kind of weird, we were pleasantly surprised by how well this device works.

It was not that we should have been, after all, Nikon has spent years developing its reputation for producing excellent quality optics.

Luckily, a large portion of that technology and reputation has transferred well to the golf rangefinders market.

Optically, the Pro II rangefinder has the best optical viewfinder we’ve ever used in a rangefinder camera. It’s so sharp and crisp!

If you want high-quality golf rangefinders, then look no further than the Bushnell Elite X3. It has everything you need, including an integrated GPS, and it’s not expensive at all.

Most Accurate: Cobalt Q6 Slope

One of the best rangefinders for golf is the Cobalt Q6 Slopes.

For two reasons, we gave it its most accurate name.

It gives consistent readings down to the 1/1000th of an inch. No device can measure such small distances. The Q6 does. If it reads 100, it’ll read 100.

Its flag lock feature is the best I’ve ever used. It really only buzzes when its flag is set.

When these two factors are taken into account, we feel confident in the accuracy of the results obtained from the Fitbit Charge 2.

It’s really good and worth considering for anyone who wants a high-quality golf rangefinder.


We hope that this guide has been useful. If you have any questions please let us know in the comments section below.


  • Herman Riggs

    Herman is a writer, researcher, and product reviewer here at The Outdoor Stores. His knowledge and expertise in firearms are immense. He knows well which gun is suitable for which purpose and how to handle it correctly. You can benefit from his passion by reading his posts on this website.

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