NOTE: Under-inflated tires can be a BIG hazard in normal driving by affecting your breaking and steering. On top of that, fuel economy is also affected due to increased drag.
TOP 5 PRESSURE GAUGES PICKS
Tire pressure is one of those things that easily gets overlooked as we live our daily lives. With an average vehicle clocking 12,000 miles per year, wheels and tires are under constant stress from varying road and weather conditions.
In most cases, tire pressure can drop by 5 to even 10 psi without you even knowing about it. This as a result, creates more drag for your car resulting in lost driving efficiency. Believe it or not, low tire pressure can lower your vehicle’s overall fuel economy quite significantly.
An aspect that’s just as important as fuel efficiency if not more, is safety. Vehicle manufacturers instruct a recommended PSI for each wheel of your vehicle based on the weight distribution and how much demand is presented on average.
Under-inflated tires can impact your vehicle’s handling and braking, which in some cases can mean the difference between life and death (literally).
In this guide, we’ve put together 8 of today’s air pressure gauges you should use, and from there narrowed down to 5 best tire pressure gauges.
**The top picks for digital and analog tire pressure gauges are: JACO Elite Gauge, Travelsafer Digital Tire Gauge, TireTek Flexi-Pro Pressure Gauge, Joes Racing 32307 (0-60) Pressure Gauge, & Accutire MS-4021B Digital Tire Pressure Gauge.
MAIN CONSIDERATIONS FOR TIRE AIR PRESSURE GAUGES
The first consideration we’re taking a look at, is durability. Durability as a whole, is what can dictate whether you should or should not buy a particular tire air pressure gauge.
It’s very likely that you’d be dissatisfied with a gauge that breaks internally and or eternally, after only a few uses.
We’ve picked 5 of the best pressure gauges which have exceptionally good durability.
Looking at what you get for the price is our second, most important aspect of selecting a tire pressure gauge. Before you select any given pressure gauge, know what you’re getting for the money you’re spending.
You may want a gauge that has various settings and functions, or you may simply want a barebones, accurate pressure gauge that simply does one thing well.
For each of our top 5 air pressure gauges, we looked into this and listed the important features they came with.
Cost is always, a factor we look at while doing our shopping. To ensure you aren’t spending money on pressure gauges that aren’t worth it, we took into consideration the true value you’d be receiving when making your purchase.
Digital tire air pressure gauges are the most accurate, typically accurate to as little as just .05 psi.
JACO’s Elite is durable to say the least. Made of a mix of steel and brass, the body feels solid in the hand. To protect it from any kind of accidental drops and knocks, the gauge its self is cover in a rugged gear-styled protective case.
Essentially, it’s so durable, that you can practically use it for any application. Especially when it can fit in the palm of a normal persons hand, store it anywhere also.
This is undoubtedly, one of the most durable and flexible tire pressure gauges we’ve come across. Made of partially metal and rugged but flexible rubber, perfect for heavy duty car and motorcycle application.
With the reinforced rubber hose, you can reach into areas where the valve stem is typically hard to get to. For any accidents waiting to happen, the gauge itself is covered in a reinforced, gear styled case.
Joes Racing Pressure Gauge is another heavy duty pressure gauge. With a flexible reinforced rubber hose stretching out 17” inches, brass and stainless steel nozzles and rugged gear styled case over the gauge, it can practically be used in every possible application.
Keep in mind that it’s not as compact as the other mentioned gauges. For ideal use, it would be a good gauge in a pick-up truck.
Analog pressure gauges typically, are more durable and handle more abuse due to the lacking of electronics.
JACO’s Elite Tire gauge is a pretty pair bones product. First and foremost, aside from he durable build, it features a gauge which goes up to 60 PSI, a pressure release button on the side (perfect to quickly read your vehicle’s tire pressure), and a swiveling pressure head.
Like we said, quite bare bones for a pressure gauge.
TravelSafer with their digital pressure gauge bring a bit of value for its cost. Aside from the external metal case, this pressure gauge features a blue digital display(capable of lighting up). On top of that, depending on where you are, you can select which type of reading you’d like to use (PSI, BAR, KPa, Kg/cm).
In case you use this pressure gauge at night, there’s an easy to use, ultra bright blue LED light flashing forward. Use 3 volt lithium ion batteries and the auto-shut-off feature to conserve power.
TireTek Flexi-Pro tire pressure gauge is barebones. Nothing fancy from this analog air gauge, except for the fact that it’s very durable. With the crisp white gauge, you’ll notice the maximum of 60 PSI for pressure reading is available.
With the flexible reinforced hose, you can get to valve stems that are tough to get to. Hide it in your heavy duty truck, motorcycle, or place it in the trunk of your family sedan.
This next one is a really good band for the buck. TravelSafer’s digital tire pressure meter has a few useful features and is durable for everyday use. For the whole thing, you’d be looking at spending around 12-13 dollars.
If you’ve gota heavy-duty vehicle, or a motorcycle, TireTek’s Flexi-Pro is for you. As mentioned above, it’s durable, has an extremely good satisfaction rate from past users, and costs around 24 dollars.
Not really cheap, but not over the top either. You’ll most likely only have to buy it just once.
This one is one of the most purchased pressure gauges on Amazon, a big group of users are racecar drivers. Joes Racing Tire Pressure Gauge is catered towards being used in heavy duty situations (thus why the hose is 17″ inches long). Cost isn’t unreasonable at about 21 to 22 dollars.
This guy is quite cheap, costing about 10 dollars. Really, not the most durable since it’s made entirely of plastic, it still will get the job done.
BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK
There’s not much cost difference between each pressure gauge that’s recommended above. Most are 10-20 dollars (give or take a few dollars) in cost. From our line-up of these gauges, one stands out from them all for true value.
Travelsafer Digital Tire Pressure Gauge is only about 12 dollars, and you get a clean blue LCD display (that lights up), blue LED flashlight facing forward, a metal external body, and good accuracy.
It’s compact, and can be placed anywhere (motorcycle storage bags, in your glovebox, underneath your truck’s seat etc).
The best of the best when it comes to properly working pressure gauges, goes to TireTek’s Flexi-Pro gauge.
We love that it’s designed to be durable (thanks to the rubber protective casing), is accurate, can quickly read tire pressure and hold it there, and overall satisfaction rates are absurdly high (an average of 4.9 of 5.0 from over 300 reviews and ratings).
For all purpose use + quality, TireTek is our pick.
NOTE: In any circumstance that you’re working on a vehicle, wear safety glasses to protect your eyes. This is an important step to keep your most valuable, priceless tools, protected at all times no matter what happens.