Top 10 Best Tyre Pressure Gauges – 2017

NameRange 
Tacklife Digital Tyre Pressure Gauge0-7 Bar / 0-100 PSI Check Price
RaceX RX0014 Pressure Gauge0-4 Bar / 0-60 PSI Check Price
TireTek Premium Tyre Pressure Gauge0-4 Bar / 0-60 PSI Check Price
AA Tyre Pressure Gauge0-6 Bar / 0-100 PSI Check Price
Draper 69924 Tyre Pressure Gauge0-6 Bar / 0-100 PSI Check Price

Keeping your car – or any other vehicle – in top condition is essential, and while many areas of vehicle maintenance require a specialist, there are plenty of jobs you can do yourself to ensure everything is safe and sound. After all, some of us form a special bond with our cars, as they are one of the most expensive items we own – as well as one of the most essential – and we want to keep in safe, working condition for as long as we can. We can take care of simple maintenance, such as keeping the washer bottle full, but much of the modern car is too complex for the layman. However, tyres are not, and they are among the most important parts of the car.

The tyres are the only contact with the ground, and they are required to be kept at specific pressure levels for grip and safety. You can top up your tyre pressure at most service stations – and you can also buy pumps for use at home, which are a sensible purchase – and you should check your pressures on a regular basis. You can do so using any one of the handy portable pressure gauges in this review, but before we go on to tell you about them, let’s have a quick look at what they are all about.

How It Works

Why is tyre pressure so important? Your tyres are manufactured to be used between certain pressure parameters, and you need to keep them within these limits for a number of reasons. Running a car with incorrect tyre pressures may inhibit safety, as you may have less grip, especially in wet or other adverse conditions. You will also induce greater or uneven wear on the tyres, so will not get the best lifespan out of them. Furthermore, you will find that the wrong pressures have an effect on fuel economy, so they will be costing you money.

These tyre pressure gauges are designed for use on all vehicle – cars, trucks, motorbikes and bicycles – and are all portable and inexpensive. As you should check your pressures regularly, they make a sensible purchase as part of your basic tool kit. They are easy to use – you simply attach them briefly to the valve and they give you an accurate reading – and small, so are suitable for storing in your glove compartment. It’s one of the simplest of all car and vehicle maintenance tasks, and also one of the most important, so to help you, here are the top 10 tyre pressure gauges that you can buy today.

Oh, before we go, a quick tip: your recommended tyre pressures are usually on a small plate or sticker inside the driver’s side door frame: open your door, and you should see it there – you heard it here first!

The Top 10

1: Tacklife Digital Tyre Pressure Gauge

This one is included as it sets the style for most of those featured here. It is small, light and cheap, and is perfectly usable for checking the pressure on cars, vans, and all types of bike. It has a clear to read digital screen, on which you get a reading of up to 100PSI, and you it is designed to be comfortable to hold and easy to use. It is also designed for use by only one hand, so is simple to get into place and to read. This one is battery powered – they are included – and comes with a number of basic, but useful, features.

When you switch it on you can select any one of three readings – including PSI and Bar pressure – so you can use the one you understand. You simply attach it to the valve for two seconds, and it measures the pressure accurately. For longer battery life, the device will automatically switch off after 30 seconds of not being used. The nozzle has a handy light, too, so you can see what you are doing in any light. This is a useful and handy device, and you can buy one for around £8.

Pros
  • Neat
  • Useful
  • Cheap
Cons
  • Can’t find any

2: RaceX RX0014 Pressure Gauge

For anyone who likes the retro look, or who prefers an analogue readout to a digital one, this model – from the well-known RaceX brand – is a great choice. To be honest, we simply love the way it looks: it would be perfect for anyone who has a classic car or bike, and with its big, clear red and black on white dial, would also make a perfect gift. It’s practical, too, as it designed to be easy to use, and offers accurate reading, so you are guaranteeing your tyres will be at the right pressure.

The chrome finish is attractive, too, and is works at an angle so you can read it clearly while it remains attached to the valve. It’s simple to connect and feels neat and tidy – as well as sturdy – in the hand, and will be enjoyed by anyone who likes quality tools and devices. However, and this may not be a problem for some, we find the digital versions easier to read and – in many ways – also to use, so choose wisely. If you want a traditional, retro gauge that does the job, this is for you, and it’s less than £10.

Pros
  • Retro
  • Great price
Cons
  • Retro looks might not be for everyone

3: TireTek Premium Tyre Pressure Gauge

This is another analogue model, and we think it’s great! For a start, it has a large, easy to read dial with clear markings in big, bold black numbers, and the dial is surrounded by a rubber casing, making it simple to grip. It is certified to a high level of accuracy, and also has an air release feature, which gives you even greater accuracy than you may have thought possible. It swivels a full 360degrees for ease of use, and if you drop it, the protective rubber surround will be a bonus.

We also like the fact this one, from known brand TireTek, keeps the reading on the dial when you take it off, much like you can stop a stopwatch after timing a lap, and the click it to reset. This is a very handy feature, and one that means you get more use and accuracy from the gauge. It reads up to 60psi, is durable and reliable, and comes with a lifetime guarantee, and we can’t find fault with it. The only possible pitfall, as with the above, is that some people may prefer digital readouts, but if that doesn’t bother you, we can recommend this one at a little more than £10.

Pros
  • Well made
  • Accurate
  • Features
Cons
  • Some may prefer digital

4: AA Tyre Pressure Gauge

The Automobile Association – better known simply as the AA – is the premier motoring organisation in the UK, and has a reputation for encouraging safety and giving roadside helped to broken-down motorists (although you may not know that, in the early days, AA patrolmen actively warned motorists of speed traps, a practice now frowned upon!). The AA also offers a range of useful motoring products, of which this handy and very usable tyre pressure gauge is one.

It is a typical, no-frills digital tyre pressure gauge, which has a clear and easy to read LCD display for ease of use. The gauge is easy to use as it attaches quickly to the valve, and the back-lit readout can be used even in dark conditions. It will shut down after it hasn’t been used for 30 seconds, and you can choose between PSI and BAR readings, whichever you understand. It is designed to be easy and comfortable to hold, and to be simple to attach, and we can’t find fault with it under £10.

Pros
  • Good design
  • Accurate
  • AA
Cons
  • None

5: Draper 69924 Tyre Pressure Gauge

There are few names in the world of precision tools more prevalent than Draper, a brand with a reputation for excellence and accuracy across a wide and varied range. This tyre pressure gauge is a good example, and is an entirely traditional design similar to those you may have seen your Dad using when you were a kid! It’s a simple, large and easy to read dial in the traditional style – analogue rather than digital – with brass fittings and a lengthy, 250mm hose that you connect to the valve itself.

This design offers greater ease of use, although it should be said that to use it accurately and effectively, you also need to use both hands – one to hold the dial, the other to attach the hose. Or, in fact, you can place the dial on the ground, and use it that way. The display offers readings in both PSI and BAR, and is encased in a protective rubber casing for protection. The simple fact is, you can feel the quality when you this one up; it’s sturdy, it offers no clever but needless distractions, and it simply does wat it says with the typical accuracy you expect from a brand such as Draper. We can’t recommend this highly enough if analogue is for you.

Pros
  • Draper
  • Top quality
  • Traditional design
Cons
  • Some may prefer digital

6: Pumpkin Portable Tyre Pressure Gauge

This is another one of the traditional, analogue tyre pressure gauges, and it’s an impressive piece of kit all-round. It features a large – 2.5inch – circular dial, with a white on black face, which is easy to use, and it feels sturdy and well-made in the hand. This one comes with a 360-degree swivel feature so you can read it every time, and it is graduated in both PSI and BAR for added accuracy. It’s a beautifully made model in steel and copper, with a rubber surround for protection from knocks and drops, and attaches to the valve easily.

To be honest, we prefer these analogue circular gauges to the digital versions, as they simply feel good when you use them. They provide clear and simple readings from a tried and tested method, and they also make excellent gifts for motor enthusiasts. Pumpkin may not be a gauge with a reputation like that of Draper, but they have done a great job with this well-designed and hugely practical item, so it’s well worth a look at around a tenner.

Pros
  • Well made
  • Easy to read
Cons
  • Many prefer digital

7: Malloom LCD Tyre Gauge

Here’s a model for anyone on a budget, or as a great gift for a car owner or even a bicyclist. It is a typical digital model, with a clear LCD readout on a big enough screen, and it’s made of a plastic material so is very light. It’s battery powered, with an auto shut-off feature to save the batteries, and it has a backlight for added ease of reading. It’s designed to fit comfortably in the hand, and is portable enough to store in the glove box or in a saddle bag.

The only downside – if digital is for you, that is – is that it feels cheap, with its moulded plastic finish and simple fittings. It does have a light, however, so you can use it in awkward situations or failing light. This one can read up 100psi so is very capable, and the reading stays on the screen until you reset it. Here’s the major plus point – it’s only £3! How do they do it for that price? Not the highest quality, then, but it’s so cheap it must be considered.

Pros
  • Very cheap
Cons
  • Very cheap

8: Goodyear Pocket Pressure Gauge

There are few names in the world of motoring as famous as Goodyear, one of the biggest makers of tyres for all types of vehicle in the world. They are famous for quality products, and this tyre gauge – of a type that has been around for many, many years – is designed to fit into the pocket. It looks like a pen, and is around the same size, and you simply attach the top end to the valve and take your reading on a scale along the side. It’s easy to use, if not as versatile as some of the others, and would make a handy gift for a mechanic or enthusiast.

Perhaps the problem with this neat and small design is that you don’t get the accuracy of those above – there simply isn’t the space for a properly graduated scale – so it’s perhaps best used only for a quick check, before using a bigger, more accurate device for the proper reading. As we said, however, it is handy, and it’s from Goodyear, plus – perhaps the best bit – you can have one for less than a couple of quid! At that price, it’s worth having one handy for those quick precautionary checks.

Pros
  • Small
  • Cheap
Cons
  • Not so accurate

9: TireTek Flexi-pro Gauge

Another from the TireTek brand, we reviewed an excellent model of theirs earlier, this one is another analogue tyre pressure gauge, in the style of a hand-held circular gauge plus a long hose for attaching to the valve. Make no mistake, this is a heavy-duty tyre gauge, with guaranteed accuracy to the required industry standards, and it is beautifully made from quality materials. The graduated levels are in black on a white face, with simple numerals showing both PSI and BAR, and it is protected by a rubber casing.

Made from heavy-duty steel with reinforced rubber hose and brass connectors, this is a device that really is built for a long life, and it is one of those that feels the part when you pick it up. The gauge swivels completely for easier reading, and it also has a bleed valve for super accuracy. It can read up to 60psi, so is perfect for most vehicles. What’s not to like? Well, if you prefer digital it’s not for you, but otherwise it’s a great choice at a little more than £10.

Pros
  • Well made
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Not digital

10: RaceX RX0014 Pressure Gauge

For anyone who likes the retro look, or who prefers an analogue readout to a digital one, this model – from the well-known RaceX brand – is a great choice. To be honest, we simply love the way it looks: it would be perfect for anyone who has a classic car or bike, and with its big, clear red and black on white dial, would also make a perfect gift. It’s practical, too, as it designed to be easy to use, and offers accurate reading, so you are guaranteeing your tyres will be at the right pressure.

The chrome finish is attractive, too, and is works at an angle so you can read it clearly while it remains attached to the valve. It’s simple to connect and feels neat and tidy – as well as sturdy – in the hand, and will be enjoyed by anyone who likes quality tools and devices. However, and this may not be a problem for some, we find the digital versions easier to read and – in many ways – also to use, so choose wisely. If you want a traditional, retro gauge that does the job, this is for you, and it’s less than £10.

Pros
  • Retro looks
  • Great price
Cons
  • Retro looks might not be for everyone

So, there’s 10 choices for you to look at, some better than others as we’re sure you will agree. Before we give you our verdict, let’s recap some of the features you should look out for when choosing a tyre pressure gauge.

Important Features to Look For

When buying a pressure gauge for checking the tyres on any vehicle, there are certain factors you need to consider. After all, this is a device that is largely intended to ensure safety, so you want one that does what it says it does. Here are what we think to be the main features to look out for.

Digital or Analogue – perhaps your first consideration should be whether you want a digital gauge or an analogue one. Many people believe that digital has to be the way forward, but in fact we found the traditional type of analogue models to be superior in many ways. They are easy to use, look great and are built to last, and are hardly more expensive than the digital models. As always, however, the choice is yours!

Accuracy – only a gauge that gives you accurate readings is worth having, as you don’t want to be guessing something as important as tyre pressures. This rules out the tiny Goodyear model, which should only be used for a quick, precautionary check. Both analogue and digital models listed here do the job, so you have plenty of choice.

Quality – you want your tyre pressure gauge to give you a good length of service, so choose one that is well made. Name brands, such as Draper, are always a good sign

We’ll leave it there as, unusually, price is not really an issue, as all of these can be had for £10 or less. So, all we need to do now is wrap it up!

 

Let’s Wrap It Up!

We’ll be honest here: the digital option is not really to our taste. In fact, we thought it would be, but the analogue models, with their chunky, clear dials and solid design, really swayed our opinion. Each of the analogue versions listed here has many fine attributes and, as they all do the same job in the same way, any of them would be a fine choice. Mainly because it is one of the best brands in the world for precision tools, we strongly recommend you consider the Draper tyre pressure gauge, as it really is a very fine choice at the price.

There you go, then, you can buy a pressure gauge and make sure your car is as safe and economical as it can be, so we’ll close by saying we hope this review has helped you, and enjoy your future motoring!