In this article, we will be reviewing some of the best cheap golf rangefinders for the golfer on a budget. One of the top of the line rangefinders can cost as much or more than a brand new set of irons. While a $500 rangefinder might be a cool accessory to have, even an $80 rangefinder will give you an accurate distance.
So today, we will find not only the best budget golf rangefinder, but we will find the best golf rangefinders under $200, $150, and under $100. While having all of the upgrades on a top of the line rangefinder might be nice, you may just find a cheap golf rangefinder will work great for what you need!
After a bunch of tests with a bunch of different rangefinders, I figured out one thing (well, hopefully more than one) they are almost all accurate within a yard or less. Well, why buy anything besides the cheapest?
If you think about other purchases, why not buy the cheapest car, or motorcycle, or bicycle? The answer may be the same. You may want something with more features, something with a better warranty, something that will last longer, something that uses less fuel.
What is the best golf rangefinder for your budget, and how do you choose an affordable rangefinder that will do everything you want it to do? Fortunately for you, I have tried and reviewed some of the most affordable (yes cheapest) golf rangefinders on the market.
Top 10 Best Budget Golf Rangefinders Under $200
As you may or may not know, my wife Nicole, and I are avid golfers. While we may not be joining the Pro Tour anytime soon, we still enjoy (usually) being on the course and trying to improve our game.
We tried out a bunch of relatively cheap golf rangefinders and have written our opinions below. We are hopeful that our experiences can help you make your decision on which budget rangefinder to purchase.
Here are the best budget golf rangefinders 2020:
1. Callaway 300 Pro
The Callaway 300 Pro Laser Rangefinder has a few nice features. It has a bit of a bird chirp when you lock onto the flag, maybe to encourage getting a birdie! It has slope technology, which accounts the added distance for shooting uphill, and the opposite for downhill.
The slope technology is a pretty handy feature to have, as you could be using the wrong club if a steep slope isn’t accounted for. One quick note about slope, it is not allowed in the PGA, so if you golf on a league, double check the league rules.
This model has what Callaway calls Pin Acquisition Technology (or PAT) that locks the laser onto the target. While the total range of this is around 1,000 yards, the PAT works up to 300 yards.
Speaking of yards, this rangefinder will give measurements in either yards or meters. I use yards as measurement, but if you aren’t all that familiar, yards and meters are close, but not that close. 1 meter is nearly 1.1 yards.
Although this rangefinder is at the top of our $200 budget, if has some great features. If $200 is your budget, this is a great purchase, and the quality seems very good. One last little note, on Callaway’s website, these are listed at $250, but I have found them in stores and on Amazon at around $200 or less. Overall rating would be 8.5/10.
2. TecTecTec VPRO500
The VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder is very good and as it turns out, very popular. After I started researching and doing my reviews, I met an awful lot of people that use this rangefinder and are quite happy with it.
One of the really cool things about this is the continuous scan mode. When you hold down the button and start moving the rangefinder, it gives you changing distances as you go along. To go along with that, when you hit the button, your measurement is almost instantly displayed.
This rangefinder doesn’t chirp or vibrate when you find the flag, but it has a little flag icon that flashes when you lock onto the pin. This is actually Amazon’s top rated and best selling golf rangefinder.
There are two different models of this rangefinder: the VPRO500 we’ve just reviewed (it’s just under $150 and comes without the slope technology) and the VPRO500S (it’s around $180 and comes with the slope feature), if you can afford it, it’s well worth the $30 extra.
I honestly hadn’t heard of TecTecTec prior to doing research on the rangefinders, but their product is an excellent value! This is one of the best rangefinders that I have found for under $150. Even though I didn’t review it, I did have an opportunity to mess with a buddy’s VPRO500S (the one with slope) and to me, that is the best rangefinder for under $200.
I am giving TecTecTec a 9/10 for both of their models. On a side note, they have a couple other models that I haven’t seen yet, and am looking forward to trying out in the near future!
3. Precision Pro NX7
Before I start the review, let me say that the NX7 runs slightly above the set price range at around $220. Similar to the TecTecTec VPRO500, the Precision Pro NX7 has a model for an extra $40-50 that includes slope.
I have actually done reviews on two of Precision Pro’s rangefinders. This one is a step above the other, but read down for the Precision Pro NEXUS for the differences.
I am often skeptical of flashy looking things. I know, a lot of people like the attention you might get with a neon green car or a shiny orange shirt. So you can imagine my eye roll when I opened this and it was neon green, black and gray.
After my initial skepticism, I was pleased with the performance of the NX7! A lot of the budget rangefinders need a nice steady hand to pick up the flag, this was probably the best I tested at locking in the flag with a shaky hand.
So to some of the older golfer, the golfers with shaky hands, and the golfers that might have an extra cocktail on the course; this might just be the rangefinder for you!
This rangefinder had a bit of a buzz or vibration when you lock on to your target, of which, I am a fan! It’s better than that bird chirping at you all the time.
Overall, I didn’t really have any real problems with this rangefinder. The price seems a bit higher than it should be, but it is still a decent value. I did like the hard case that is included and the 90-day money back guarantee is helpful too. It seems that once you’re over the $150-180 price point, a 2-year warranty is standard.
The NX7 has a range limit of 400 yards, which is ok, depending on your game. The only time I need longer is when I am planning out my shots on a par 5.
Probably the nicest feature on this unit is the stability you have with shaky hands. The stability is not as good as some of the $500 rangefinders, but for a budget rangefinder, it’s one of the best. I give this rangefinder an 8/10.
4. Bozily VPRO X1
Are you kidding me? Slope technology on an inexpensive golf rangefinder? This super budget friendly rangefinder has a ton of features, including slope technology.
The Bozily has some really cool features that I played with and then ignored. One of those is a speed measurement. It really doesn’t have anything to do with golf, but it was fun to mess with for a minute. I did actually try to measure the speed of Nicole’s drive off the tee, but that didn’t work.
Another feature is the pin lock, with jolt (the vibration when you lock onto the flag). I seriously think if this said Bushnell instead of Bozily on the side, it would cost over $300.
I was quite impressed with this affordable golf rangefinder. I don’t know if this is the best golf rangefinder for under $150, but it is one of the best.
Although I got to test all of these rangefinders, the one I use is a Bushnell V3 (it was actually a gift) and if I were to purchase a new golf rangefinder, it would be the Bozily. I have a feeling that I wouldn’t get the longevity out of this rangefinder that I may from one of the $250+ units, but at this price, with these features, I would be happy to get 3 years out of this unit.
I tend to take pretty good care of my golf stuff, so I wouldn’t be scared to make the purchase. I give this rangefinder a 9/10 and I think this is great value for a cheap golf rangefinder.
5. Precision Pro Nexus
The Nexus Golf Rangefinder is like the little brother to the NX7. The look of the Nexus is a bit shorter and a bit longer than the NX7, which I prefer. This size fits better in one of my small pockets of my golf bag.
We talked about the NX7 having pretty decent stability if you have shaky hands. The Nexus is the same as far as the stability. The main differences between this and the NX7 are: the Nexus doesn’t have the vibration/buzz when you lock onto the pin; the Nexus also doesn’t have the free replacement batteries.
Basically, those two things and the physical shape are the only differences. So if you’re deciding between these two models, are those features worth the extra $30?
Overall, this is a decent rangefinder. There is nothing about it that I really disliked. However, I do believe that for this amount of money, there are better rangefinders with more features. The only exception would be if you have shaky hands and this is in your budget.
6. Golf Space
The Golf Space Laser Rangefinder was the first under $100 rangefinder I have ever tried. I was excited to try this because it is rechargeable! It has a little mini USB charging port (you need to provide the cord).
This has all the features you could want and comes in under $100. It has the slope technology, flag lock and has the longest warranty of any of the rangefinders I tested.
The one thing I will say about the 5-year warranty, a warranty is only as good as the company behind it. I called customer service for every rangefinder I tested.
My idea was to ask basic questions (or if I had any legitimate questions, I would ask those) and see what kind of answer I received. So with the Gold Space rangefinder, I didn’t get my call or email answered.
I am not sure if it was the time difference between China and Phoenix or what. The instructions are a bit unclear, so I did have a real question about the operation of this rangefinder.
While this has all the features we all want, this is a little more difficult to figure them out. Fortunately, by the time I used this rangefinder, I had used like 8 others, so I figured it out fairly quickly. If this is your first rangefinder, you may have a tough time getting everything worked out the first time you use it.
Bottom line, this has a bunch of super nice features. If you have a $100 budget, this will be a great choice, just don’t forget to change it! I give a rating of 8/10. I almost gave it a lower score, but when it came down to usability, it worked and did a good job!
7. Kotso G1S
The Kotso G1S Rangefinder is pretty unbelievable. Once again, a super inexpensive budget golf rangefinder that has all of the features you need and some you just want.
The G1S has slope technology, vibration pin lock, is accurate within 1 yard, but my favorite part is it takes AAA batteries. Most all of the others take those crazy, stubby 3v batteries.
I like the idea of going into my kitchen, open the “junk” drawer, and pull out a couple batteries. I never have those CR2 3v on hand, because nothing else I own uses them. It isn’t a big deal to run to the store and get those odd ones, but walking into my kitchen is a whole lot easier.
Let me explain the questionable customer service part. When I received this rangefinder, instructions were not included. I don’t think this is normal, but it is what I was dealing with.
I searched the internet and could not find a phone number or email for customer service. I assume they have one, but I am not really sure. Similar to the Golf Space, I question the company and customer service.
Like the Golf Space, the rangefinder worked just fine and is at an unbelievable price. I order this (and most of these) from Amazon. I have found the non slope version on other websites for $20 more. So always be comparing prices, and I always check the manufacturer’s website to see if there is a special offer by ordering from them direct.
Based on value, features and functionality, I give this a 9/10. If I knew the company would stand behind their product, it could have been a 10!
PinSightz makes just one model of rangefinder. This unit is about the same as the Bozily. We get slope technology, vibration pin lock, it has the speed finder and a 1-year warranty.
I talked to the customer service people and they were pretty helpful. The company’s customer support is in Las Vegas and I believe this is a Chinese company/product.
Overall this is a pretty decent unit. At only around $130 it has all the features you would like to have. Another great value in a cheap rangefinder. I rate this at 9/10, right on par with the Bozily.
9. NuTech Pro VR1
The NuTech Pro VR1 also has all the features you want for a reasonable price. It has slope technology, pin lock vibration, and scan mode. This is another rechargeable rangefinder, with lithium batteries. NuTech claims that one charge will last 3,000 measurements before you need to charge it.
I estimate that one 18 hole round, you may take 30 or less measurements. So, roughly 100+ rounds of golf. If that is true, that is pretty impressive. That’s about what I figure batteries will last on my rangefinder.
I really liked this unit. The slope taking a while is a bit annoying, but it works. I haven’t talked about the clarity of any of the rangefinders, but this one seemed clearer than all of the rest.
I used this rangefinder for 4 rounds, and I actually believe the company’s claim about the battery. When I was using the Golf Space rechargeable, it was in 100 degree heat, and at the end of the round, I was concerned the battery wouldn’t last another 18.
The NuTech display was just as strong after the 71st hole as it was on the first. I give this a rating of 9/10.
10. PeakPulse 6S
The PeakPulse 6S is PeakPulse’s entry level rangefinder. Which is a nice way of saying their cheapest unit! The 6S has scan mode, pin lock with vibration, 1-year warranty. The only feature it doesn’t have is the slope technology.
This rangefinder didn’t really stand out as a great rangefinder. It was also the only rangefinder that I tested that had accuracy issues. Now it wasn’t horrible and I don’t want to tell you that this model is junk. Occasionally, a rangefinder might have been calibrated incorrectly. This is what I am guessing happened to this one.
As I was testing these, I would take measurements with 3 of the rangefinders. So, when this had inaccuracy over 250 yards, it was obvious.
Customer service was responsive and offered to send me another unit. I declined, but started reading their reviews to see if other people had the same issue, and I didn’t find any.
Another budget rangefinder for under $100! Even though I had my issue, I did like this unit. If slope isn’t that important to you, this is a great cheap rangefinder.
I would check distances with another rangefinder in 50-yard increments, but that is probably a good idea for any rangefinder. Overall, I give this a rating of 7.5/10
What is a Rangefinder and Why Is it Important?
A rangefinder will tell you your distance from a certain object. I can take my rangefinder, point it at the flag on a green, or the beginning of a bunker, or just about anything, and it will tell me how many yards away you are.
With the idea of golf being, every club has a certain distance it will cover, knowing your distance is pretty important. A lot of golfers don’t use rangefinders, but rather rely on the distance markers on the course. Which is fine, it is better than guessing, but most courses have between 3-6 pin position, or places on the green for the flag.
The distance stakes are usually the distance to the center of the green. If you have a flag located in the very front of the green, and you guess that you are ten yards behind the 150-yard marker, so you pull out your 165-yard club, you could easily be off the back of the green.
In the same situation with a rangefinder, you may figure out you are only 130 yards away, so you swing your 9 iron rather than your 7 iron. 2 clubs difference can be huge! That could be a 2 stroke difference on a single hole!
Now, I’m not saying that a rangefinder will save you 36 strokes on 18 holes of golf. Although, it could be the difference between winning a couple skins, or just beating your buddy.
Insights and Findings
Now that we have reviewed 10 of the best cheap golf rangefinders, I hope you have an idea of which features you will want. My Bushnell V3 doesn’t have the slope technology, but after testing all of these, my next one certainly will. These tests showed me and hopefully you, that you don’t need to spend a ton of money to get a great rangefinder.
Before you go shopping for a rangefinder, make a list of the features you want, the price point you want to be at, and do some research. If you see some at a pro shop, you may be able to try them before you buy them, which is always a great idea. You may find one is too big or small for your hands or won’t fit in your pocket.
Thanks for reading! I hope we gave you a little knowledge and a lot of help with your selection!