Top 10 Best Multimeters 2018

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Tacklife DM02A Multi Tester
Neoteck Multimeter Digital
Tacklife DM01M Electrical Tester
Ragu 81D Digital Multimeter
AstroAl Digital Clamp Meter
Some items we review have more than one potential use – allows us to introduce the multimeter, which has several! If you are into home DIY you will know about these handy and versatile – indeed essential – devices, and if you use one in your daily job then you will be all too aware of how useful they can be. Indeed, as we shall see, they can be a very useful aid to safety as well as practicality. They are compact, affordable, and cover a wide variety of possibilities, each of which is necessary in certain walks of life.

The age of electricity heralded a host of new problems to deal with. This dangerous yet powerful and enabling new wonder brought to us all manner of new innovations and inventions, and broadened our existing horizons in a fashion we could only previously have dreamed of. But with electricity came a problem that stayed with us today – handled badly, electricity is very dangerous, and needs to be carefully controlled.

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That’s not what a multimeter does – more of that in a moment – but these handy and compact devices go some way towards helping us in the home and workplace when it comes to understanding the potential of the electrical currents around us. Many can also offer detection and recording of other factors, too, and we’ll tell you more on that when we get into the details.

If you’re in the market for a multimeter you have come to the right place, as we have looked at ten of the best available. Before we go on to tell you more about them, let’s talk about what a multimeter does, and why you need one.

Best Multimeters UK

1: Tacklife DM02A Multi Tester


The first on our list, from the Tacklife brand – who have many such items and other products of this ilk in their range – perhaps names it better as a ‘multi-tester’; that sums up pretty much what one of these things is designed to do. This one is compact – it fits nicely in the hand – and has a large display for ease of use, complete with the handy backlight. You select the measurements you want via a rotary dial on the front and a couple of buttons, and it is very simple to use.

This one can be used for voltage, both DC and AC, amps and ohms – so current and resistance – and a number of other factors within the electrical testing scope. What we do like is that in addition to its red and black probes, it also offers audible notification of live wires behind a wall, without the need for contact – a very useful function. It’s battery powered – you get one with the pack – and if you’re looking for a cheap and basic multimeter, this one could be yours with change from a tenner.

Key Features
  • Non-contact detection
  • Large screen
  • Multiple functions

2: Neoteck Multimeter Digital


One of the problems with reviewing items that are designed for a specific purpose – or purposes as in the case of multimeters – is that they are all very similar. That is the case here, as this model – from Neoteck – differs very little from the one above in that it offers the same variety of features and functions, has a large digital display, and is hand-held, battery powered and easy to use. It also comes with the twin probes for sorting out the readings, and has a hold function.

You get the same AC and DC functions, it can be used to measure voltage, amps, ohms and so on, and it also has the very useful audible non-contact detector for finding those wires behind walls – very useful for when you’re about to insert a screw or a nail and don’t want electrocuting. The main difference with this one is that it is finished in an orange case – making it easy to find. You also get a battery, and while it’s a little more expensive than the one above, we can’t see that it does anything extra.

Key Features
  • Non-contact detection
  • Large screen
  • Multiple functions

3: Tacklife DM01M Electrical Tester


This is the second model we have featured from Tacklife, and it is an advanced model that has certain properties not offered by the first one we reviewed. What this means is, in short, that this one is great for DIY use, but will also be effective as a professional-level multimeter, as it measures to a much greater variance. For those in the know, it offers true RMS measurement up to 6000 counts, which should be enough for any pro.

It has the same circular dial with which you select your options – we won’t list them as you’ve seen them all before but suffice to say it does the lot – and has a nice display with backlight. This one also has a temperature mode, and a hold button for when you need to keep the measurement, plus it can detect live wires behind certain types of wall. It’s in a very similar case designed for maximum grip, and comes with batteries and all the usual probes, and is sensibly priced for a professional model.

Key Features
  • digital
  • temperature
  • non-contact voltage detector

4: Ragu 81D Digital Multimeter


This multimeter comes from Ragu, and they are another brand with a range of such products to look at so are worth checking out, and it is similar in style and design to those we have already reviewed. It has an easy to use selection dial – which seems to be the norm for these as it is a simple and practical method of selecting functions – plus it comes with the usual twin cable probes for checking out the voltage and other factors you need to measure.

What else can we tell you about this one? You get to measure voltage, amps, ohms and more – including temperature – and it comes with a large display that is very clear. It can measure up to 4000 counts, and has a hold button for keeping the reading for you. It’s also finished in red, so you can find it quickly among your toolbox, but it does not have non-contact voltage detection, which is a minus. It is less than a tenner, however, so may be a cheap addition to your kit if you wish.

Key Features
  • No NCV detection
  • Large screen
  • Comes with batteries

5: AstroAl Digital Clamp Meter


This model is – at last – something different! Yes, it does all the same things that those above do, but it does so, if you want to, in a slightly different fashion. This is a clamp meter; that means that instead of the twin probes – which you also get in case you should need them – you have a pair of jaws that open and close around the cable or circuit you are testing. The benefit of this is added safety, in that it’s like a full-on non-contact voltage detection system.

This model is very compact and nicely made, and comes with all the wires and instructions you need. It can test voltage, resistance, current and so on, has an auto-off function so you can conserve the batteries, and it’s robustly made so would be equally suitable in the workplace as in the home. We like the red case, it grips nicely and is easy to use, and the display is suitably large and clear. It’s not the cheapest but it’s far from expensive, so certainly one to consider.

Key Features
  • clamp meter
  • all the functions
  • large readout

6: Fluke 101 Basic


If there is a name that resonates quality and reliability in the field of electrical testing, it’s Fluke, and though this multimeter is labelled ‘basic’ it is anything but! This is a top quality, high-performance professional standard meter that covers all the bases, and one that comes highly recommended by a wealth of satisfied users. It’s easy to use, comprehensive and feels like a quality item in the hand, and comes with all the usual features across a wide variety of ranges.

Selection is by the usual dial control, you can measure volts, amps, ohms and more, and it has a nice readout display that you can hold if you wish. It is very light in the hand so suitable for lengthy jobs, is designed to be comfortable and is aimed at the frequent user. It has auto-off to save the batteries, conforms to all the required safety regulations, and is a very nice piece of equipment. Bear in mind it is more expensive than some on here, but you are paying for quality.

Key Features
  • large display
  • professional standard
  • easy to use

7: Janica PM18C Multimeter


This is another model at a sensible price that offers excellent performance across the board. It’s easy to use and has all the features you need. What this means is, in short, that this one is great for DIY use, but will also be effective as a professional-level multimeter, as it measures to a much greater variance. For those in the know, it offers true RMS measurement up to 6000 counts, which should be enough for any pro.

It has the same circular dial with which you select your options – we won’t list them as you’ve seen them all before but suffice to say it does the lot – and has a nice display with backlight. This one also has a temperature mode, and a hold button for when you need to keep the measurement, plus it can detect live wires behind certain types of wall. It’s in a very similar case designed for maximum grip, and comes with batteries and all the usual probes, and is sensibly priced for a professional model.

Key Features
  • temperature gauge
  • non-contact voltage detector

8: Meterk Digital Multimeter 2000


This model is very, very similar to the first one we reviewed on this list, to the point we suspect it may be the same but rebranded. It is, however, worth a second look at the price, which is very good indeed. This one is compact – it fits nicely in the hand – and has a large display for ease of use, complete with the handy backlight. You select the measurements you want via a rotary dial on the front and a couple of buttons, and it is very simple to use.

This one can be used for voltage, both DC and AC, amps and ohms – so current and resistance – and a number of other factors within the electrical testing scope. What we do like is that in addition to its red and black probes, it also offers audible notification of live wires behind a wall, without the need for contact – a very useful function. It’s battery powered – you get one with the pack – and if you’re looking for a cheap and basic multimeter, this one could be yours with change from a tenner.

Key Features
  • Non-contact detection
  • Large screen

9: Morpilot Multimeter 6000 Counts


As we near the end of the list we are finding it more difficult to find things to write about as, quite simply, you know pretty much what this one is going to do. This is another that promises professional standard capability - it offers true RMS measurement up to 6000 counts, which should be enough for any user- and it comes with all the usual functions. It’s also neatly designed and very easy to use, so that’s a bonus.

It has the same circular dial with which you select your options – we won’t list them as you’ve seen them all before but suffice to say it does the lot – and has a nice display with backlight. This one also has a temperature mode, and a hold button for when you need to keep the measurement, plus it can detect live wires behind certain types of wall. It’s in a very similar case designed for maximum grip, and comes with batteries and all the usual probes, and is sensibly priced for a professional model.

Key Features
  • Temperature mode
  • Non-contact voltage detector

10: CLY Digital Multimeter


This multimeter comes from CLY, and they are another brand with a range of such products to look at so are worth checking out, and it is similar in style and design to many of those we have already reviewed. It has an easy to use selection dial – which seems to be the norm for these as it is a simple and practical method of selecting functions – plus it comes with the usual twin cable probes for checking out the voltage and other factors you need to measure.

What else can we tell you about this one? You get to measure voltage, amps, ohms and more – including temperature – and it comes with a large display that is very clear. It can measure up to 4000 counts, and has a hold button for keeping the reading for you. It’s also finished in bright blue, so you can find it quickly among your toolbox, and it has the handy non-contact voltage detection function. This is by far the cheapest of the lot on here, so and will do the job for a DIY user.

Key Features
  • NCV detection
  • large screen

That’s our list of the top 10 best multimeters on the market right now, so which one is for you? Before we go on to give you our verdict, let’s consider the features you need to look out for.

How It Works

A basic multimeter will be able to detect whether electrical circuits are live or otherwise. It will also be able to show you, either with a needle on a scale – the traditional method – or with a digital display, what the level of voltage is in that circuit. Most will also tell you about resistance, and other factors that may be vital in understanding the situation with regard to electrical circuits in the home or elsewhere.

They generally work by way of a pair of probes that you touch to the circuit – some have alternative methods of operation – and are hand-held and easy to use. With most you can hold the readout on the display, which is very useful for when you are operating in a confined space, and you will find they have a backlight for easy viewing. You can select the operation you want, via a variety of different methods according to the model, and they are suitable for multiple measurements – hence the name multimeter!

So, now you know roughly what a multimeter is for, let’s have a thorough look at the top 10 models you can buy right now, and see if we can find the one that suits your requirements and available budget.

Important Features To Look For When Picking The Best Multimeter

Usually we would build a list here featuring all the things that are important to consider when choosing from our list of multimeters. The problem with this is that, bar a couple of differences, each does the same thing. They offer the same functions, in similar packages, apart from the one example that is a clamp meter.

The only differences you may want to look for are if the meter features the non-contact voltage detection function – a few do not, and it’s worth thinking about – and if you need a professional-standard model and are willing to pay the extra money (which really is not that much more when all is said and done). So, rather than add more detail, let’s skip straight to the part where we wrap it all up!

Let’s Wrap It Up!

Ten perfectly usable best multimeters, with about £40 in difference between the cheapest and the most costly, so which is for you?

As we have said, that depends upon what you are looking for. If you want a handy multimeter for use around the house and DIY use, occasional usage in other words, we can’t see why you would buy anything other than no. 10 on the list. It does what most do, has all the necessary functions, and comes at a very, very cheap price.

If you need a professional-level model then you need to go for the Fluke device, no. 6. It’s a top quality, professional standard commercially usable multimeter with all the functions in an excellent package. Or, for less of an outlay, consider the more powerful Tacklife model, at no. 3, which has all the features at half the price of the Fluke, but might not be built so ruggedly.

So, there you have it, 10 best multimeters covering all possible needs, pick the one you want, and be safe when doing those jobs around the home.