Tired of flipping back and forth between your level and your pencil—all while trying to mark your center point and keep your line straight? Probably so.
To help make the job easier, well-known tool manufacturer Skil created all-in-one Accu-Level, which can help you measure for your nails, ensure your line is straight, easily mark your place, an even mark your center point.
So, whether you’re hanging pictures, balancing shelves, making paint lines, and much more, Accu-Level’s easily adjustable slides can help you “get it right every time.” But is it worth the money? Are there better options out there?
We’ll answer your most pressing questions here, starting with Accu-Level’s price.
How Much Does Accu-Level Cost?
Accu-Level is priced at $19.99 plus $6.95 S&H.
Like most ASOTV products, the manufacturer adds on two “free” bonuses that you’re required to purchase, for an additional $6.95 S&H:
- 10 Accu-Hooks
- 40-piece Mini Stubby compact tool set
Accu-Level comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges, which you can request by calling customer support at 866-273-6853.
Pro tip: If you decide to process a return, you’ll immediately lose $13.90 in S&H. Add to this that you’ll also have to pay several dollars (or more, due to Accu-Level’s odd shape) to ship it back to the company, and you might lose half your refund by the time everything’s said and done.
Compared to the competition, is this price a good value? Does Accu-Level even have any competition?
Accu-Level vs. the Competition
When searching online for “marking levels,” the only option we found that was even remotely similar to Accu-Level was the Accu-Mark from Black & Decker (they even have nearly identical names!). While Amazon’s price was a couple dollars higher than Accu-Level’s, when you factor in the ASOTV product’s high S&H charges and the required “free” bonus, it seems like Accu-Mark might provide a greater value—especially if you decide to return it.
What about from a feedback perspective? What are customers saying about Accu-Mark? Overall, it had an average rating of 4.6 stars, based on 184 individual reviews.
Common compliments cited that it worked very well (especially if you’re looking to hang pictures, shelves, or anything else that needs to be level), that it’s “targets” (the part that slides left and right to help you place nails) move easily, and that it’s very easy to use. On the other hand, several customers complained that it wasn’t actually level (and/or that it arrived damaged).
Granted, these marking levels come from completely different manufacturers, so is this what you can expect with Accu-Level? There weren’t any online customer reviews for it at the time of our research, but is there anything we can learn from Skil’s other As Seen on TV products?
Does Skil Have a Reputation For Quality?
Between Amazon and HomeDepot.com, Ratch-N-Lock had an average rating of 3 stars. While some customers claimed to have had positive experiences, most complaints seemed to revolve around failure to work (as advertised, or sometimes at all), as well as poor quality (breaks quickly).
In fact, at least one customer claimed that all of Ratch-N-Lock’s positive reviews were fake.
Pro tip: Admittedly, this is a common complaint for all ASOTV brands. To learn more about this, be sure to read our As Seen on TV Buyer’s Guide.
What about Skil’s Secure Grip? Did it fare any better? Once again turning to Amazon, it had an average rating of 4.1 stars based on 17 individual reviews. Most claimed the set worked great, while just a couple were less than impressed with its performance.
How about Skil as a company? Skil Corporation had an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau with no complaints (as of 12/31/15).
Lastly, let’s get to the most important question: Should you buy Accu-Level?
Does Accu-Level Deserve a Spot On Your Workbench?
We’ve reviewed hundreds of infomercial-based products over the years, and—regardless of the product or the company who makes it—customer feedback almost always references poor quality and disappointing performance. And because of this, by and large, they come with 1.5 to 2-star ratings.
However, it’s refreshing to note that Skil’s TV products seem to buck this trend (some moreso than others). Certainly, there are those who complained about quality and performance, but the company’s overall online reputation seems to match those from other high-quality, mainstream manufacturers.
With this said, we can’t be certain that this will be the case with Accu-Level, since it was such a new product at the time of our research. This, combined with the fact that even if you decided not to return yours, you’ll still pay almost as much in S&H charges as you will for the product itself, means that we’d recommend paying a visit to your local home improvement store before placing your Accu-Level order.
Want to achieve similar results as Accu-Level, without having to spend any additional money at all? Check out Bob Vila’s 5 Favorite Picture Hanging Tricks!