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Bosch GLR225 Laser Distance Measurer

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  • Accuracy: +/- 1/16-Inch (1.5mm)
  • Range: +/- 2-Inches to 230-foot(0.05mm to 70m)
  • Multi-surface area mode: Calculates the total area of several individual surfaces with a common length or height
  • Seven measuring modes: Length, area, volume, min/max, continuous, indirect length, multi-surface area measurements for versatile applications
  • Built-in vial bubble: Provides visual reference when measuring horizontal distances
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Technical Details
Part Number GLR225
Product Dimensions7.8 x 7.2 x 2.1 inches
Item model numberGLR225
Sizepocket size
Power Sourcebattery-powered
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Included?Yes
Batteries Required?Yes
Warranty Description30 Day Money Back Guarantee - 1 year warranty
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #4,400 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First AvailableMay 4, 2010

Product Description

Bosch GLR225 Laser Distance Measurer

Bosch GLR225 230-Foot Laser Measure

Bosch’s GLR225 laser distance measurer combines a user-friendly design with incredible accuracy over a wide range utilizing four measurement systems: inches, feet and inches, decimal feet, and metric. Beyond the variety of measuring tasks, it can calculate distance, area, or volume quickly and with precision which makes it ideal for electricians, contractors, carpenters, masons, and plumbers to calculate distance, area, volume, or angles quickly and with precision.

Accuracy Counts

The GLR225 has seven measuring modes making it very versatile--including length, area, volume, minimum/maximum, continuous, indirect length (which calculates inaccessible distances that cannot be measured directly because of an obstruction or a lack of reflecting surface by using the Pythagorean theorem), and multi-surface area measurements. The multi-surface area mode calculates the total area of several individual surfaces with a common length or height and the minimum/maximum mode accurately measures to the shortest/longest distance from a fixed reference point, which is necessary with situations such as plumb lines and diagonals.

Functional Features

The Bosch GLR225 Laser Measurer’s handy laser beam is accurate and remarkably quick to master. Just point, click, and the measurement is there. It has a built-in bubble vial to provides visual reference when measuring horizontal distances, and it provides you with four measuring reference points for optimum usage: back, front, a metal swing-out extension pin for measuring from inside corners or channels, or the center of an optional tripod. The GLR225 has a large, readable, graphic display, and a tactical keyboard that places the most-used functions in close reach. Also, its IP54 rating means that it’s protected against dust and water, providing a longer product life.

User-Friendly Design

The Bosch GLR225 Laser Measurer features a large, readable graphic display and function-focused keyboard for easy and conveient measuring. The GLR225 measures 4 inches by 2-5/16 inches by 1-1/4 inches and weighs 6.35 ounces. At a compact 4 inches tall, it fits neatly into any pocket and comes complete with a secure, comfortable, soft-grip area.

What's Included

GLR225 Laser Measure, (4) AAA batteries, hand strap, and carrying case.

The Job Just Got Easier
  • With Bosch laser technology, users are able to be more productive and more profitable – with greater accuracy and precision on the job site. By offering an extensive range of line lasers, laser measures, rotary lasers, point lasers, digital levels, optical levels and measuring tool accessories, Bosch is able to provide solutions for a wide variety of applications. With Bosch measuring tools users are able to work smarter, not harder.

Customer Reviews

Works great very accurate.
Julian Sarrategui
Over all I think it will be a great tool that will have a quick payback- if I save a couple hours it has paid for itself.
Residential Code
Taking measurements is easy, accurate, and fast.
S. Jentsch

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

135 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Tool Nut 102 on July 30, 2010
The GOOD: Bosch has definitely listened to its customer base ... They added the following features to the GLR-225:

+ Inches-only readout, in addition to the ft/in and metric units already available
+ Small bubble level, to help make measurements a little more accurate
+ Another ~50 ft distance capability (230 ft vs 165 ft for previous model).
+ Extension pin for corner measurements is now metal, rather than plastic as on previous model.

The BAD:

- The keypad has been changed to extremely mushy plastic buttons, which I would expect to fail much sooner than those on the previous model and on the competition's units. The buttons are very clumsy and uncertain to use, with lots of mushy travel and poor tactile feedback.

- The time to take a measurement is MUCH slower than on the previous model. It takes several seconds to respond, under even ideal conditions. The previous model would capture a measurement almost instantaneously under good conditions.

- The case has been changed from an easy in-out, well-fitting case to one with elastic panels that must be stretched to allow the unit to be jammed into the case or yanked out of the case. Putting the unit back in the case is now a 2-handed job. Very inconvenient when the case is on your belt and you are walking around the jobsite taking measurements here and there, and wanting to re-holster the unit between uses. Also - the bubble level was added as an afterthought, and not integrated into the molded case, so it sticks out and creates an obstruction when trying to get the unit in or out of the case.

- Still no backlight.

Overall, I would rate this unit as a net DOWNGRADE as compared to the previous model DLR-165. The extremely poor quality of the new keypad and the VERY slow response speed are deal-breakers for me. Grab one of the DLR-165s if you can find one on closeout.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Much2Do on December 6, 2011
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Just received my GLR225 yesterday and I am very pleased!

Carpenters, architects, installers, maintenance personnel, engineers, and homeowners will benefit from this product. This tool makes quick work of measuring distances, square footage, and volume with easy to use functions.

I made four different measurements of my living room within minutes after opening the package. I checked the readings with a tape measure and found them to be within the advertised 1/16". Very impressive! Press the laser button to turn it on, click to "fire the laser," click once again to capture the measurement. Value displayed about a half second after button press, and the unit clicks to indicate you've taken a reading. I found the rubber-top buttons to be comfortable to operate and appear to be durable. I was concerned about this after reading a previous review, but they are quality and probably more moisture resistant than solid plastic buttons.

The display shows a small diagram of the type of measurement you've selected. Line mode shows a blinking line, area mode shows a rectangle with the required line blinking, volume mode shows a cube with a blinking side as well. Pythagorean mode displays a triangle for taking indirect height measurements; very handy! Each mode clearly tells you the required input so that you get an accurate result. This allowed me to operate the unit immediately before referring to the manual. Using the adjacent wall function I was able to capture wall square footage for a bedroom in about 30 seconds. This will be great for painting calculations. I did look at the memory function section to make sure I understood how this worked. Lanyard was a bit tricky to install but a twisty-tie mini hook made quick work of it.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Realtor on February 1, 2011
I purchased this to measure rooms for listings. It is able to give me square feet and area with a couple of clicks. It is incredibly fast and easy. I have used it with clients as we walk through homes to verify room sizes. Overall this has made my job easier and I can provide a lot more information to my clients.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Guy Teague on December 3, 2012
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i have to subtract 1 star because of the manual. i have no background in construction, and it could be argued that i just lack the vocabulary except that there are tons of tiny pictures and not much verbiage at all--the sort that i hate the most because no matter how much the icon lovers insist, an image doesn't mean the same to one person as it does to another. mystery icons on my smartphone drive me batty as well.

but no, the worst problem with the glr225 manual is there are a couple of drawings in the front section with numbered features and buttons and display items which are so important that you literally cannot read the rest of the manual without them as it refers to numbers and not to button labels or features. craziest thing i ever saw, to save 3 or 4 characters they make you go back to the two pages that have the rosetta-stone key and there is no way to fold those essential pages out for viewing along with the text that refers to them. here are two examples to give the flavor:

"For length measurements, push button 5 ... | ... To change the unit of measure, push button 13 ... "

the pdf version of the manual was not on the web site, but a pleasant surprise was when i accidentally hit the 'chat' button on the bosch website late in the evening and a helpful support person popped up and emailed me the pdf manual without any hesitation. full marks there! once i had the pdf version i was able to save the numbered drawing pages off as separate pdf files and then i could pull them up and display them continually as i read the rest of the manual that referred to them.

there's really not much to say about the device itself.
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