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Best Tire Gauge

By: Carl Laron on October 10, 2017

Editor's Note:
Checking your tire pressure is an important part of proper car maintenance, and it's easy to do with a good tire gauge. When checking reviews, one model emerged as a clear favorite among experts and everyday drivers, and it's the subject of this Quick Take report.

Best Tire Gauge
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Best tire pressure gauge

A safe tire is a properly inflated tire, so that's why the Accutire MS-4021B should be in every motorist's glove compartment or garage. Experts and users applaud its accuracy. It's not as cheap as a simple stick or pencil gauge, but still very affordable and much, much easier to use.

Buy for $13.00

Quick Take:

Tire pressure gauges run the gamut from hard-to-read stick gauges that cost a few dollars, to elaborate, high-precision, feature-rich models that set racing enthusiasts' hearts aflutter, while also bleeding lots of dollars from their wallets. But for most motorists, the Accutire MS-4021B checks all the boxes. It's inexpensive, highly accurate, and reasonably durable -- though reports of lemons or of units that broke after a fall are not unheard of. It will read tire pressure from 5 to 150 psi, with 1/2 psi precision. It's also incredibly easy-to-use, with a backlit digital readout.

Top 9 Tire Gauge Reviews

  1. ConsumerReports.org - Tire pressure gauges, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, April 2016

    The editors of ConsumerReports.org test 17 tire pressure gauges and likes two of them enough to grant them Recommended status. Accuracy is measured, ease of use is assessed, and durability estimated (via a drop test from a table height of 30 inches).

  2. Car and Driver - Tire Gauge Comparison: Moroso, Longacre, Intercomp Racing, Joes Racing, Accutire, Jon Yanca, December 2010

    Car and Driver tests and evaluates five tire pressure gauges, from models for everyone from "serious" racers to everyday commuters included. Test methodology isn't explained, but test notes make it clear that testing was done.

  3. Amazon.com - Tire Pressure Gauges, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2017

    Amazon.com carries a ton of tire pressure gauges, from simple pencil models to elaborate devices intended for racing and other car enthusiasts. While some only get a handful of reviews, others get dozens, hundreds and even thousands. Some individual reviews are brief, but many are detailed -- sometimes more so than you'd find in expert write ups.

  4. HomeDepot.com - Tire Pressure Gauges, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of October 2017

    HomeDepot.com sells far fewer tire pressure gauges than Amazon.com, and most get far fewer reviews. However, there are several with ample feedback, making it worthwhile site to check.

  5. ThoroughlyReviewed.com - Best Tire Pressure Gauge, Jonathan Maxwell, Not Dated

    ThoroughlyReviewed.com says it spent 28 hours researching and testing 15 different types of tire gauges, but the methodology is not explained, nor are test results provided. Rather, this is a specifications- and features-oriented review. That said, the side-by-side specs comparison, and basic information regarding tire gauges in general as well as some specific models may prove helpful for someone just starting out their hunt for a pressure gauge.

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