The Best Golf Rangefinders of 2022: An In Depth Review
Updated in May 2022 removed Bushnell Phantom, and added Phantom 2. Removed Bushnell Tour V4, and added Garmin Approach Z82. Added Precision Pro R1, Blue Tees Series 3 Max, and TecTecTec KLYR.
One of the best parts about being a golf blogger is that I have opportunities to review a lot of different products.
And for whatever reason golf range finders are one of the products that I’ve become most familiar with.
A rangefinder is pretty much designed to do one thing: tell you how far away you are from the pin.
So considering it has just one relatively simple task, it’s pretty amazing considering how many different models and price points there are out there.
This review of the best golf rangefinders was updated in January of 2022, and will continue to be updated as new models come out throughout the year.
Keep in mind I’ve personally used every single product in this rangefinder review, and have played at least 3 rounds with each.
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:
While any of the rangefinders mentioned in this post will do the job of telling you distances, there are some that will do it faster, are more enjoyable to use, and have features that while not always essential are really nice to have.
Some questions to ask yourself before deciding on the best fit for you:
- What is your budget?
- How long do you plan to have this?
- Do you want a slope feature? This will give you a second “plays like” distance number that accounts for the flag being uphill or downhill.
- Will you be using it in tournaments?
- Is feel and quality more important, or price?
Keep these in mind as you read about the best golf rangefinders on the market below.
The Best Golf Rangefinders of 2022:
Best Overall Golf Rangefinder – Bushnell
Best Rangefinder for Most People – Bushnell Tour V5
Best Optics: Nikon Coolshot ProII Stabilized
Best Value Rangefinder – Blue Tees Series 3 Max
Best Budget Rangefinder – Precision Pro NX7
Most High-Tech Rangefinder – Garmin Approach Z82
Best Smart Rangefinder: Precision Pro R1
Most Compact Rangefinder: TecTecTec KLYR
Best Golf GPS: Bushnell Phantom 2 Golf GPS
Best Golf GPS Watch: Bushnell Ion2
And if you want to know all the details of why we selected each of these, then read on!
Best Overall Golf Rangefinder: Bushnell
The top of the line rangefinder from Bushnell, the
The previous model the Bushnell Pro X2 was excellent, and frankly it has some benefits over the XE – it’s lighter weight and I personally prefer the look of the X2.
But the Bushnell XE wins overall due to it being the fastest and most accurate golf rangefinder we’ve tested, for having extremely bright and clear readings, and for the new magnet feature that clips to everything from a cart to an iron (which was surprisingly handy).
Not to mention they’ve taken the slope calculation a step further to include temperature and barometric elements, to give you the most accurate “plays like” distance possible.
All this tech doesn’t come cheap at a price of $550, but boy is this thing sweet.
- Price: $549.
- My Rating: 8.8 Read my Bushnell Pro XE Review
- Where to Buy: Buy it on Amazon Here. Buy it on Bushnell.com.
- Solid Alternative: Bushnell Tour V5 Shift
Looking for the absolute best rangefinder out there? This is it. It's not cheap, but it will last you for years, is fast and accurate, and is likely the one all your favorite pros are using.
Best Rangefinder for Most People: Bushnell Tour V5
Within two holes of using the new Bushnell Tour V5 I audibly laughed, handed the V5 to my buddy and said “try this.”
“Whoa, that’s fast!”
It’s not very often I pick up a device like this and am so instantly enamored with it, but that was the case with the Tour V5.
Frankly, it just works.
You know since it’s Bushnell that you’re going to get a high-quality product, but this device had the right combination of size, speed, and predictability that has made it one of my favorite rangefinders I’ve ever tested.
It isn’t as feature-heavy as the class-leading XE, and it’s build quality isn’t quite as “tank like”, but this is a very good device and one that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a high-quality rangefinder that will last a long time.
I reviewed the $299 standard V5 which didn’t have slope. For an extra $100 you can get the Slope Edition if that’s important to you – either way, you’ll be happy.
- Price: $549.
- My Rating: 10. Read my Bushnell Tour V5 Review.
- Where to Buy: Buy on Amazon Here. Buy on Bushnell.com
- Solid Alternative: Precision Pro NX9 HD (see below)
The V5 doesn't have many of the bells and whistles of other models, but you know what? It's lightning fast, looks great, and most importantly? Is REALLY enjoyable to use. I love this thing.
Best Value Rangefinder: Blue Tees Series 3 Max
When I originally tested Blue Tees first foray into the rangefinder market, I found the devices to be a bit of a mixed bag.
They had potential, but I found them to inconsistent to really be able to give them a strong recommendation.
Around a year later, they released the Series 3 Max. I was excited to try it out, but also a little apprehensive based on my first experience.
And you know what happened?
They addressed nearly every complaint I had about the original devices.
The new Blue Tees Series 3 Max is a device that does pretty much everything you’d want a rangefinder to do, at a price that’s a fraction of what you’d pay for a more premium brand like Bushnell.
The optics and build quality won’t be quite as good as those more expensive models, but at this price? There’s not a lot that can beat it.
Even better? Use our code “BREAKINGEIGTHYMAX!” to save another 10%. This brings it down to $234 – which is a pretty killer deal for this device.
- Price: $259 ($234 with our code “BREAKINGEIGTHYMAX!”)
- My Rating: 8.8. Ready my Blue Tees Series 3 Max Review.
- Where to Buy: Buy at Blue Tees Golf Here.
Best Optics: Nikon Coolshot ProII Stabilized
Despite having a bit of a tongue twister of a name, I was pleasantly surprised by how good this device is.
Not that I should have been. After all, Nikon has spent decades building their reputation for having extremely high-quality glass in their lenses.
Fortunately, a lot of that tech and reputation has transferred well into the golf rangefinder market.
Optical quality is usually the biggest differentiator between a cheap rangefinder and an expensive one. And I can safely say that the ProII rangefinder has the best glass I’ve ever seen in a rangefinder. Everything looks crystal clear.
Throw in the stabilization technology to make it easy for anyone to lock onto the flag, and you have a very good device. It isn’t cheap, and there are aspects about some of the Bushnell’s we like better – but this absolutely a device to consider if you’re looking for a high-end golf rangefinder.
- Price: $449
- My Rating: 8.4. Read my Nikon Coolshot ProII Stabilized Review.
- Where to Buy: Buy it on Amazon here.
Nikon is known for world class camera lenses, so it's only natural their rangefinder will look crystal clear. Throw in image stabilization? And you have a very unique golf rangefinder that works great.
Best Budget Rangefinder: Precision Pro NX7 Pro
When I first reviewed the Precision Pro NX7 Pro, I wasn’t overly familiar with the company. They were the new guys on the block with a goal of creating a full-featured rangefinder at a budget price.
And I was pleasantly surprised to see they’d done just that.
It has most of the features you’ll see from rangefinders that are double the price, and generally, it does things pretty well. Not quite as well, but its good enough for me to absolutely recommend it for someone in the sub $250 range.
The build quality feels like cheaper plastic compared to the Bushnell.
The optics aren’t quite as sharp, and I prefer the 5x magnification of the Bushnell to the 6x of the NX7.
The vibration doesn’t feel quite as high quality.
It’s not quite as fast at getting distances (but we’re talking less than a second here).
But at close to $200, it’s the best rangefinder in that price range. And if you’re looking for something a little bit quicker and full featured, but you don’t want to pony up the big bucks, then check out my thoughts on the NX9 above.
- Price: $199 (less after discount below)
- My Rating: 8.0
- My Review: Precision Pro NX7 Pro Review
- Where to Buy: Buy it on Amazon Here. Buy at Precision Pro Golf
- You can also use the code BREAKINGEIGHTY to save $20.
There are a LOT of bad rangefinders in the sub-$200 price range. This isn't one of them. It works well, is fast, and while it may not quite have the display or optics of more expensive devices, it does exactly what you need a rangefinder to do: give you the distance. Quickly.
Most High-Tech Rangefinder: Garmin Approach Z82
The Garmin Approach Z82 is unlike any other rangefinder on the market.
For starters, it doesn’t have an optical viewfinder.
Rather, this GPS rangefinder has a video screen that gives you all kinds of additional information overlayed on your view.
Want to know distances to the front back and center of the green, along with your pin reading? It does that.
Want to know what direction and speed the wind is blowing? No problem.
Want accurate distances to every single hazard on the course? Yep, it does that too.
Oh, and want a GPS locating system, so that you never lose your rangefinder again? The Z82 has got you covered.
That isn’t to say this rangefinder isn’t without it’s drawbacks, but if you’re looking for the most high-tech and arguably feature heavy rangefinder on the market? This may just be for you.
- Price: $599.
- My Rating: 7.8 Read my Garmin Approach Z82 review.
- Where to Buy: Buy on Amazon. Buy through Garmin.
- Solid Alternative: Precision Pro R1
Best Smart Rangefinder: Precision Pro R1
When I heard that the small-startup company Precision Pro was going to make a smart GPS rangefinder, I was excited but apprehensive.
Could they really pull off creating an entirely new, highly technical product – and do it at a budget price?
I had my doubts.
But after using the Precision Pro R1, I’m blown away.
Not only is it an excellent rangefinder on its own, but the smart features and companion app worked great, and legitimately enhanced my rangefinder experience in ways I wasn’t expecting. Highly recommended if you’re looking for this type of product.
It doesn’t hurt that it comes in at close to half the price of its closest smart competitor, the Garmin Z82 I mentioned above.
- Price: $319 (USE CODE BREAKINGEIGHTY for $20, taking it down to $299)
- My Rating: 9.6 Read my Precision Pro R1 Review
- Where to Buy: Buy at Precision Pro
A fantastic rangefinder with great optics and high-tech features in a package that's both easy and enjoyable to use. Highly recommended.
Most Compact Rangefinder: TecTecTec KLYR
I tested multiple TecTecTec rangefinders a couple years ago, and didn’t have a great experience.
Fortunately, their latest device, the TecTecTec KLYR completely changed all of that.
Not only are the optics and usability very good, but it’s also the most compact device on this list.
Oh, and it does all of that at a price under $200.
I’d still likely stay away from their VPRO500, but if you’re looking for a golf rangefinder that’s going to leave the smallest footprint in your golf bag, but you still want a good user experience? The TecTecTec KLYR is absolutely a product to consider.
- Price: $199
- My Rating: 9. Read my TecTecTec KLYR Review.
- Where to Buy: Buy from TecTecTec.
- Solid Alternative: Precision Pro NX7.
Best Golf GPS for Carts: Bushnell Phantom 2 Golf GPS
So this isn’t a rangefinder, but for many people it may be a more inexpensive option that accomplishes the same goal.
This tiny device uses a magnet to attach to your cart, and gives you very accurate GPS distances to the front, back, and center of the green on over 36,000 courses.
While you don’t get the pinpoint accuracy of a laser rangefinder, you get the information most of us need, at a fraction of the price.
The recently upgraded Phantom 2 also features a larger screen and the ability to update pin locations for more accurate results.
- Price: $129.99
- My Rating: 9.4
- My Review: Bushnell Phantom 2 Golf GPS Review
- Where to Buy: Buy the Phantom GPS on Amazon
Do you normally ride in a cart? Don't need the pinpoint accuracy of a rangefinder, but want green distances? Go buy the Phantom 2 right now. You won't be disappointed.
Best Value Golf GPS Watch: Bushnell iON 2
There are some incredibly impressive (and expensive) GPS Golf Watches like the Garmin Approach S60. But if you don’t need a fancy display, and you just want the fastest way to get accurate distances to the green and hazards? Then the Bushnell iON 2 Watch is what you want.
It’s incredibly easy to use, half the price of the watches that have color displays, and it does the job great.
I’d recommend this if you generally walk, and don’t feel the need to carry around a bulky rangefinder with you everywhere you go.
- Price: $189
- My Rating: 8.2
- My Review: Bushnell iON 2 Golf Watch Review
- Where to Buy: Buy the iON 2 on Amazon Here.
Final Thoughts on the Best Golf Rangefinders for 2022
The good news for golfers right now is that there are a lot of options out there for rangefinders at nearly every price point.
For $200-250 you can get a great device that will do the job of finding distances well.
For $400-550 you’ll get a few more convenient features, faster readings, and a package that is frankly, just more enjoyable to use.
Have a rangefinder you love? Let me know what it is so I can check it out!
We currently have a couple more rangefinders we’re testing for the 2022 season, and will surely have more as manufacturers roll out there models later in the year.
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