The Best Tire Pressure Gauges Right Now

April 20, 2018

Every driver should have a tire gauge and know how to use it. Tires that are low in air pressure can wreak havoc on your gas mileage and even cause car accidents. Over-inflated tires don’t grip the road as well as properly inflated tires, which results in less traction and poor handling.

Keeping your tires filled to the Goldilocks zone of air pressure is crucial to safe driving

This problem will be magnified with wet conditions, so summer storms may compromise your ability to steer and lead to unsafe driving conditions.

>> MORE: Learn how to accurately check your tire pressure.

Keeping your tires filled to the Goldilocks zone of air pressure is crucial to safe driving, but in order to do that, you have to know how much air is in there in the first place! We've compiled a few of the best tire gauges on the market.

JACO Elite Tire Pressure Gauge - This gauge is mechanic recommended and performance tested, certified accurate, & calibrated to ANSI B40.1 International Accuracy Standards (±2-3%). It feels solid in the hand and is built from premium heavy-duty components shielded by a rugged gear-style protective guard; features a thick 2.25" brass stem. The robust design is equipped with a built-in air bleeder valve to reduce pressure in over-inflated tires, and the handy 360-degree swivel chuck allows for easy access to the tire valve from any angle. It also comes with a 100% Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee.

Five-star Amazon customer review: "Bought this to replace a twenty year old one from Brookstone that finally lost its seal around the vent fitting. This one is quite similar and works the same. The head swivels 360 degrees, allowing you to press it onto the tire valve from any angle. The pressure value holds in place until you press the vent valve on the side of the stem. The face is large enough for easy reading even with my old eyes. The range is 0-60 psi; good for checking car tires, sports balls, and some lower pressure bicycle tires."

Milton S-921 Car Tire Gauge - Made in the USA, this passenger car tool is made with machined parts. It includes a white nylon indicator bar, a built-in deflator valve, and a single air chuck. Although this pencil gauge looks simple, it measures PSI (5-50) in 1-lb increments and Kilopascal (40-350) metric pressure conversion in 10-kPa increments. The device works well in cold temperatures, has high-quality accuracy, and, according to its manufacturer, is durable due to its plated brass exterior.

Five-star Amazon customer review: "I worked in the auto parts industry for many years, and we sold this gauge in our stores. Unbeatable in quality, accuracy and value. You won't find a better gauge for the money."

Ionox Digital Tire Pressure Gauge w/ Metal Body - This gauge has to be the Mercedes-Benz of tire tools. It is made with a heavy-duty die-cast metal casing for protection and durability. The shape of the tool is ergonomically designed to fit most individuals' hands. Additionally, this item includes:

  • a lifetime warranty
  • digital display
  • LED lighting in the nozzle for low-light visibility
  • non-slip rubberized grip
  • four high- and low-pressure scales that measure 150 PSI down to 0.5 PSI

Lumiteco 2.5" Digital Tire Pressure Gauge - The Lumiteco gauge boasts backlit displays of PSI, BAR, kg/cm2, and kPa measurements units and is 2.5" in size, not including its flexible, long rubber hose attachment. The accuracy level of this product is +/-1%, and its resolution is 0.1 PSI. The gauge dial unit is encased in wear-resistant rubber and is designed to resist long-term usage, water damage, and oil spillage. Two AAA batteries are included and offer up to 2- to 3-years of use. The Lumiteco Company also extends a lifetime guarantee.

You and your family deserve a tool that can ensure your vehicle's tires are road-ready. Take a look at our recommendations to find the air pressure gauge that best suits your needs.

About the Author

Kimberlea Buczeke is an automotive expert at RepairPal, the leading online source of auto repair resources and estimates. With many ASE Master certified mechanics on staff who have decades of experience, RepairPal knows all the fine points of car repair.

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By , April 21, 2018
Accutire MS-4021B Digital Tire Pressure Gauge is also a good one.