A tape measure is one of the most basic tools in a tradesman's toolbox. Usually found hanging off the utility belt, close to hand and ever ready, they're a cheap enough accessory and, much like a measuring wheel, nothing else on the market will do the same job.
It doesn't matter whether you use a retractable tape measure or move up to a digital model - no other tool can provide the same results. They're common place and constantly in use and nothing quite feels so bad as putting your hand to your belt and finding it missing.
If you're looking for a replacement or simply need one as you're starting out, a good quality measuring tape is a definite must have. The five featured below are the best on the market, the most popular and great value for money.