After testing 17 laser distance meters in the past few years, Bruce Greenlaw concludes that there’s no such thing as a universal laser distance meter for residential and light-commercial work.
If you want extreme versatility, for instance, you can buy the Bosch GLM 100 C
There's also the uncomplicated compact like the two-button Spectra Precision QM75, which is strictly designed for installation work. Costing around $125, it can measure distances or take a continuous reading when moving toward or away from a target, period.
For Bruce, the Bluetooth-enabled Leica Disto E7100i, which costs about $150, might be the sweet spot. He put one through some tests and discovered that it’s unique.