Whether you’re installing crown molding or cutting complex angles for a parquet tabletop, a quality angle finder enables you to make highly accurate angled cuts, helping to reduce the risk of mistakes and speed up the task.
Sometimes known as “angle gauges” or “miter protractors,” angle finders have been around for a few decades and can be found in the tool belts and workshops of carpenters and craftsmen alike. The best of these tools are precise, easy to use, and durable.
Ahead, get the details on our top-favorite picks among the best angle finders available.
Our Top Picks
Calling all woodworkers, carpenters, and workshop warriors! The handy Starrett Miter Protractor measures existing angles on wall corners and roofs, and calculates the exact miter angle and bevel angle measurements necessary without requiring additional calculations. You also can use this manual protractor-type angle finder to determine compound bevel cuts and roof pitches. It comes with laser-etched metric and imperial numbers, and the tool weighs in at only 1.44 ounces.
To determine inside and outside angles on wall corners, the GemRed Digital Angle Finder is a worthy option, particularly for beginners. This protractor-type angle finder features laser-etched metric and imperial measurements on its ruler edges, plus a highly accurate digital readout. The GemRed comes with a twist dial so you can lock in the exact measurement once you’ve positioned the ruler edges along the angle you’re measuring. Its aluminum edge guard is slightly rounded for safe handling and the angle finder folds to a convenient 7.5 inches long and 2.4 inches wide. It weighs in at just 3.9 ounces, and can easily fit in a shirt pocket or tool belt.
The five-in-one functionality of the Bosch GAM Digital Angle Finder makes it a fine choice for carpenters and other construction professionals. This protractor-type angle finder features durable aluminum housing that can withstand impacts, even from roof height, and it comes with a raft of features. A bubble level is built in, and there are two lighted digital displays—one for the angle finder and the other for an included inclinometer. The Bosch calculates simple miter angles, bevel angles, and compound bevel angles, and the tool’s “memory” feature helps the user compare previously measured angles on a project to ensure accuracy. Weighing in at 2.4 pounds, this angle finder measures 17 inches by 2.4 inches when folded.
To set precise bevel angles on table saw blades and miter saw blades, consider opting for the RISEPRO Inclinometer Digital Angle Finder. This handy digital angle finder features a magnetic base that attaches directly to metal blades to ensure that they’re set at the correct angle before you cut. The Inclinometer features a level and comes with a backlight that makes seeing the numbers easy even in dim lighting situations. Weighing in at just 11.2 ounces and measuring 6.9 inches long and 3.5 inches wide, the Inclinometer can fit nicely on a tool belt, offering instant access any time you need to adjust the angle of a table saw or miter saw blade when making beveled cuts.