On the plus side, the Blizzak LM-60 offers fantastic snow-and-ice grip. On the minus side, it's kind of soft on bare pavement, like a severe-winter tire. You don't get the high performance of the top-rated Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 (*Est. $185) -- a tire that experts and owners say can actually make your car drive like it's summer again.
Serious winter grip. Expect excellent snow and ice traction with the Blizzak LM-60. It's even tougher on sloppy roads than the very good Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 in one major test.
The trade-off? It's not as athletic on bare pavement. It brakes poorly on dry roads in an expert test, and only fair on wet roads. Handling is just fair when compared to competing tires. Still, people who drive the Blizzak LM-60 usually love it.
"I have tried several different sets of snow tires in [the] last five years. These are the best for actual snow and ice," writes one Wisconsin driver at TireRack.com. Even at 40 degrees below zero in frozen Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, "the traction on ice is excellent," writes another impressed owner.
"During the worst conditions... these tires stick to ice like a gecko to a ceiling," an Ohio driver writes. On bare pavement, "the tires are impressively grippy and precise, especially for something that performs so well in the snow," writes a BMW M3 owner in Washington.
Decently quiet and comfortable. Expect "a slightly firmer ride" than regular snow tires, experts at TireRack.com say -- the trade-off for more responsive handling. Another source rates the Blizzak LM-60's ride comfort about average for a performance winter tire. Owners rate its comfort as excellent overall, but not as high as the Michelin.
Noise isn't a big complaint. One major testing source grades the Blizzak LM-60 just "fair" for quietness, but Canada's Automobile Protection Association praises it as "relatively quiet" for a snow tire. TireRack.com experts are pleasantly surprised to find that, at highway speeds, tread noise "virtually disappeared."
Again, owners rate the Blizzak LM-60 highly for quietness, but it still lags behind the Michelin.
No treadwear warranty, but most owners find it durable. Like most winter tires, the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 carries no treadwear warranty.
Overall, owners rate it highly for treadwear, although not quite as highly as the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3. Sifting through the 140 written reviews, we found a few complaints about fast treadwear, but more satisfied customers.
After 15,000 miles, one Wisconsin driver writes, "I couldn't be happier. These will certainly last me another season." An Ohio driver reports that after 35,000 mostly highway miles, "they are finally down to the wear bars."
Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org ranks the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 alongside 15 other performance winter tires, based on expert tests. Editors rate each tire's snow traction, braking on dry, wet and icy roads, hydroplaning, handling, ride comfort, noise and more.
Review: Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
2. Tire Rack
Review Credibility: Good TireRack.com's expert testers head to the local ice rink to test the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 alongside three severe-winter tires. Not surprisingly, this performance-oriented winter tire doesn't grip as well on ice -- but it steers and handles better on bare roads. This is an older test, but experts here still recommend the Blizzak LM-60 as a top performance winter tire in recent blog posts.
Review: Testing the Newest Crop of Studless Ice and Snow Winter Tires, Editors of TireRack.com, Sept. 30, 2009
3. Tire Rack
Review Credibility: Good About 170 owners have rated the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 here (about 140 with written reviews). It earns outstanding scores for ice and snow traction -- better than any other performance winter tire, and even better than some severe-winter tires. It underperforms on wet and dry roads, dragging down its overall score. Still, most owners say they would buy the tires again.
Review: Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60, As of November 2012
4. Automobile Protection Association
Review Credibility: Good The Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 is a top pick among performance winter tires at this Canadian nonprofit. Experts here say it's expensive, but it's also high-quality, quiet for a snow tire, "a bit softer riding than the Dunlop Winter Sport 3D" and "a superior choice for dry pavement handling."
Review: Winter Tire Info: Performance Tires, Editors of Automobile Protection Association, Not Dated