It really depends on what you want to do with it and what 'the bank' looks like. The current trend is at least integrated ballistics to some degree, and better still, connectivity to external devices like phones, Kestrels, even scopes.
What is your budget and what are your needs? Is this for archery only, general hunting, long range shooting?
Agreed, really depends on your budget and expectations (distance, reflective/non-reflective target, integrated ballistics, bino/mono). For $300 I would look at a Sig Kilo 2000/2200 or Leica 1600/2000 At $500, a Leica 2400R. At $1000 the Vortex Fury 5000 or Sig 2400.
I have a couple older bushnell's that are still working for me but have quite a but if field time with the newer Vortex and Sig rangefinders because friends have them. For a $300-400 unit I think Sig takes it right now. Super fast and reliable readings in my experience. Vortex seems okay but not as impressive.
I have been using a Nikon Black Range X 4K since last summer and have been very impressed with it. It replaced a Sig Kilo 1250 that I had a tough time ranging animals with over 450 yards. I liked the sig a lot, and might have kept it had I bought the 2200 originally. But for the money, I am very happy with the Nikon.
I'm in the same boat and shopping for new range finder. Can anyone tell if any of the sig models come with a red reticle/display? The leupold 1200/1600 I've looked thru have the red and that is a game changer for me.
It depends on which Sig RF you are looking at. Some of the lower end one's, like my son's 850, do not. The higher end ones, like the 2400 BDX and the 3kBDX do. Is there are particular one you are interested in?
I’d look at the Leica 2400-r or 1600-r than. That glass is top quality and the ranging power is far more than anything you need for archery. The -R designation provides the horizontal range without the extra cost of ballistics.