Best Tire Gauges

That little orange light is glowing on the dash again? Time to check your tires and use a tire inflator to get the proper amount of air!

Underinflated tires reduce fuel economy. They also reduce your vehicle’s handling capabilities. Driving with partially flat tires can raise the risk of losing control or causing an accident. The NHTSA estimates that nearly 660 deaths are caused by under-inflated tires every year.

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The improper inflation pressure can also shorten the life of your tires. Anyone he was bought new tires recently. Understand how important it is to keep their tires inflated and to get as much life as possible from them.

A TPMS system is an excellent first alert that your tire pressure is getting low. When you are inflating tires, you need a gauge to help you measure your progress and keep from overinflating them. An overinflated tire can explode and can be dangerous. Checking your pressure level as you inflate can help you avoid this.

Additionally, if you have a tire pressure gauge, you can check your tires every month, and help extends their lifespan by running them more closely to recommended guidelines.

Gauges are a “must-have” item and they are so cheap that there is no excuse not to invest in one. Additionally, they make excellent gifts. Make sure each one of your kids has one in their carand that they know how to use it!


Jaco Elite Pro Gauge

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I wanted a digital gauge for our first pick. Let’s say you are buying this tire gauge for a non-mechanically-minded person. You want it to be intuitive to use. The Jaco fits the bill in its easy-to-use format with big, easy-to-read numbers.


The first thing that I love about the Jaco is the tiny head that fits on your tire stem. It is so easy to fit on the tip and even works on stems that are recessed into a rim and challenging to reach. The longer hose is not so long that you have to fight with it, but just long enough to provide easy access to odd spots while still being able to read the screen. The entire hose setup makes this one especially suitable for working on motorcycles.


This digital tire pressure gauge can go all the way up to 200 pounds and has a handy, plus or minus one PSI accuracy to ensure that you can always get a solid read on your tires pressure levels.


I also love how the readings “lock.” This feature ensures that you can keep the readout even when you step away from the tire. If you need to jot the air pressure readings down in a journal or on a sheet of paper for a customer, this feature can be a real lifesaver.


Jaco makes some of the most heavy-duty gauges, and I think this is the best tire gauge with which to start our list. It’s hefty and feels like it belongs in a commercial shop. The little more money than you spend on it will be paid back to you the time savings you enjoy thanks to it’s intuitive, easy-to-read format.
The backlit LCD display turns off in 30 seconds, and the entire device turns off in 120 seconds to ensure that you always have plenty of battery life.


Accutire MS-4021B

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I wanted a digital gauge for our first pick. Let’s say you are buying this tire gauge for a non-mechanically-minded person. You want it to be intuitive to use. The Jaco fits the bill in its easy-to-use format with big, easy-to-read numbers.


The first thing that I love about the Jaco is the tiny head that fits on your tire stem. It is so easy to fit on the tip and even works on stems that are recessed into a rim and challenging to reach. The longer hose is not so long that you have to fight with it, but just long enough to provide easy access to odd spots while still being able to read the screen. The entire hose setup makes this one especially suitable for working on motorcycles.


This digital tire pressure gauge can go all the way up to 200 pounds and has a handy, plus or minus one PSI accuracy to ensure that you can always get a solid read on your tires pressure levels.


I also love how the readings “lock.” This feature ensures that you can keep the readout even when you step away from the tire. If you need to jot the air pressure readings down in a journal or on a sheet of paper for a customer, this feature can be a real lifesaver.


Jaco makes some of the most heavy-duty gauges, and I think this is the best tire gauge with which to start our list. It’s hefty and feels like it belongs in a commercial shop. The little more money you spend on it will be paid back to you the time savings you enjoy thanks to it’s intuitive, easy-to-read format.
The backlit LCD display turns off in 30 seconds, and the entire device turns off in 120 seconds to ensure that you always have plenty of battery life.


Joes Racing 32307

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Here’s a bit of nostalgia for you!

Just like the Jaco listed above, this one uses heavy-duty construction and the ability to record air pressure measurements up to 60 PSI. The green, glow in the dark dial allows you some old-school visibility for when you are airing up tires in the dark.

Now, this gauge is quite large. It isn’t a thin gauge that is going to fit into your glove box. However, what you gain with this larger size is a 17-inch air hose that it is easy to reach the tire valve of a motorcycle or to measure a car’s tire pressure while it is hoisted on a stand.

This is going to be a useful tool for those of you who need highly-accurate measurements of the car’s tire. The ANSI B40.1 rating ensures that the gauge is calibrated correctly. It is also an excellent tool for those who need a tire inflator measurement device that isn’t continually getting lost in the mess of shop tools.

I still prefer the Jaco above, but those of you off-roading in your Jeeps and everyone tired of replacing batteries, this is one of the most rugged analog models that I think I have run across.


TireTek Premium

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A non-digital tire gauge can be a little intimidating. It seems like a digital gauge would give you a faster, more accurate, reading. Granted, there is some ease to how a digital gauge works.


However, these analog dial gauges are extremely reliable. They are not as prone to being affected by the elements such as cold weather. You can also leave them in your glove box and forget about them for years until you need it.


As long as the interior seals don’t shrink, an analog gauge will continue to provide reliable measurements. I have gauges that I have been using for over ten years. With no need to find batteries for it, the gauge is always available at a moment’s notice!


The stainless steel and brass construction of the Tiretek makes it a very reliable and heavy-duty little gauge. The handy 45-degree angle and swivel chuck help provide easy access to any valve stem while still providing an easy readout of the gauge.


One of the neat features of this gauge is the bleeder valve pressure release button. If you have overinflated a tire, you can release the pressure in little spurts until it is back down to the correct reading.


Accutire MS-4350B

This device looks like a thermometer that you would use to check your kid’s temperature. In a way, that is what makes me love this option. It is extremely intuitive to use and very non-threatening. The shape of this air pressure gauge balances nicely in the hand and it is one of those tools that you can hand to a clueless 15-year-old and watch them master it in a minute or two.

This is the best tire pressure gauge for the dad who needs his kids and wife to check the pressure more frequently. The 99 max PSI reading is a little lower than the Jaco above, but since most car and motorcycle tires max out at 30 to 60 PSI, that won’t be an issue. You can’t use it for weird situations such as measuring a road bicycle’s tire pressure.

The batteries that this one uses are the CR2032 batteries that are always easy to find. The trick is that they do not work well in cold weather. If you live up north where you endure months below 30 degrees, a digital tire gauge isn’t going to the best choice for you as the batteries tend not to work and the LCD screens can be hard to read.

The buttons also activate easily. This means that if you keep it in your glove compartment, the buttons can easily be depressed by the stuff it bumps into and it wears your batteries down quickly. So be thinking about a safe place you can store this little pressure gauge.

The seal to the valve stem takes a second to figure out, but then you can run along and measure it quite easily. You can also store the proper tire setting for your vehicle into it so it remembers the settings and instantly tells you if the tires are too low with just a quick glance.



Accutire MS-48B With Thread Checker

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demonstration of checking tire tread depth


This is a unique device. If it were made by a cheap overseas manufacturer, I would probably brush it off. However, it is manufactured by Accutire and is backed by the reputation of one of the best brands.


The more I look at this little tool, the more convinced I get that this one will save lives.
So here is what makes this tire checker so handy.


First of all, you get a large LCD screen. This might be the largest screen of all of these, ensuring that you know at a glance what your tire pressure is. It can read air pressure up to 99 PSI, so right in line with the other consumer models and more than enough to measure a car tire.

Then, it has a little bar on the other end. This bar is a digital tire depth checker. You see, as you wear down the tires, you increase your risk of losing control. This means you lack the tire tread needed to handle water and to grip the road in sub-optimal conditions.


With this tool, you slip the gauge into the tread of your tire and press down until the body of the instrument touches the tire. Then, it will tell you with a little bar whether the tread life is good, about ready to be replaced, or in desperate need of replacement.


It’s this kind of extra knowledge that can make all of the difference in providing at-a-glance information that can help you avoid life and death scenarios.


Tekton 5941 Digital Tire Gauge

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In my opinion, this is a fun reinvention of the Accutire MS-4021B. You’ll notice how the shape makes it easy to hold in your hand as you reach down to press it to the tire valve

. This one brings a unique feature in a lighted nozzle. Even in low-light conditions, you can easily line the pressure gauge up with the tire valve.
The other feature is the backlit digital display that makes it easy to read the tire pressure in any lighting. I feel like the display size is a little smaller, so if you are fighting with poor eye-sight one of the others might be a better option for you.


The CR2032 batteries are easy to access if they ever die, and the automatic shut off activates after 30 seconds which means you get some of the best battery life out of this gauge compared to all of them on this list.


When it comes to ease of use, this little gauge might take the cake. You find yourself running from one tire to the next, getting quick measurements on all of them. The ergonomic design makes it easy to get the proper position every time for the fastest measurements.


Pressure Gauge With Inflator For Compressor

So most of these are stand-alone gauges for the homeowner or mechanic who needs a quick way to check air levels in tires.


You might be looking for an inflation/gauge combination for your air compressor. I wanted to include what I think might be the best tire inflator for you to consider.
The ASTRO offers a digital gauge readout. The 3.5-inch gauge is large enough for easy readability without being so large that it is overwhelming to work with. You can measure in KGF, KPA, BAR and PSI, which means that this is a globally universal tool.


The .1 PSI resolution makes it handy for shops that are working with TPMS systems and that want to deliver the most accurate tire inflation levels.
For longer battery life, this one uses aaa batteries. This little bit larger battery size means that your gauge can have endless battery life, and the replacement batteries are very cheap should you run them down.


The high-quality construction with a rubberized protective guard around the gauge helps protect your investment in the fast-paced shop life. Of course, I’d never recommended that you drop your tools, but in the event that it happens, this one should hold up better than most.


The Astro brings a measuring range of 3 to 175 PSI for ultimate flexibility. The only other thing I would do is add a quick-release chuck so that you can easily connect and disconnect it from your air supply.


Buying Guide

Ease of Use

This is one of those tools that is only handy if you use it. If you have a tire gauge that you hate using, then you might go longer between checks. That is why something like the Tekton 5941 is such a good choice. It feels good in your hand and makes checking your tire levels extremely easy.

You could hand it to your 7-year-old and have them check your tire levels (I’m assuming you only give your child tools they are trained to use safely!). It’s easy and it is fun. That’s what you want to go for.

Connection To Valve Stem

There is nothing more frustrating than to get a gauge that refuses to seal properly to the valve stem. You need one that you can press up against the Schrader valve of a tire for an instant seal every time.

Most of the ones on this list provide exactly that with no finicking. You press, read, and move on. We left the gauges off the list that seemed to have difficulty getting a good seal.

Construction Quality

Build quality matters. Air gauges are one of those devices that are made en masse by overseas factories with little quality control. Most of those cheap gauges end up in gas stations across the country. However, more of them are being sold by Amazon. Hopefully, this list of high-quality gauges will help you avoid the cheap knockoffs that are flooding the market.

Storage Size

Some of these gauges are too large to fit easily in your glove box. We’ve helped point out which gauges are a little larger so you can hopefully find a smaller gauge for your car or a larger gauge for your shop’s workbench.

demonstration of tire tread depth checker