This is our official list of the best digital tire pressure gauges on the market today. Scroll further down for full details on each product and a handy guide to choosing a good pressure gauge for your car.
- 5.0 out of 5.0 stars TEKTON 5941 Digital Tire Gauge
- 4.5 out of 5.0 stars Accutire MS-4021B Digital Tire Pressure Gauge
- 4.5 out of 5.0 stars Tire Pressure Gauge Digital w/ Metal Body by Ionox
- 4.5 out of 5.0 stars Michelin MN-12279 Digital Programmable Tire Gauge with Light
- 4.0 out of 5.0 stars NUWA Digital Tire Pressure Gauge
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5 Highest Reviewed Digital Tire Pressure Gauges
It is important to check tire pressure regularly. An under-inflated tire will get warmer than a properly inflated tire, and this can cause a blowout. It will also wear more quickly and perhaps unevenly. A tire with low pressure uses more fuel and can have a negative effect on handling and braking.
Driving warms tires, and tire pressure should be checked when the tires are cold to get an accurate measurement. Michelin recommends checking air pressure before driving the car, or within 3 miles of low-speed driving. They also say that tire pressure should be checked at least every month and before taking any long trip.
There are three basic types of pressure gauge, but the most accurate type is the digital pressure gauge. The stick or dial styles both share a reputation for inaccuracy.
Because proper tire inflation is so important for fuel economy, tire longevity, and driving safety, we want to get it as right as we are able to. It takes good tools to do this properly and well.
A good digital tire pressure gauge will be easy to use and accurate. Durability and range should be taken into consideration, and the lifespan of the gauge itself.
This pistol-grip gauge has a lit nozzle and lighted LCD display for good visibility, even in poor light. One push button in the trigger position turns it on and lets you select the desired pressure scale, which it remembers. It has an automatic shutdown, which saves the batteries.
Taking a second reading from another tire is easy, it resets automatically. This design works well with spoked wheels, and many people report that it makes a seal with the valve stem unusually easy. Other reports claim that it’s remarkably durable, surviving being dropped several times. This works to 100 PSI. 5.3 x 2.2 x 1.1 inch, 2.4 ounces.
- Ergonomic design.
- Either hand use.
- Seals easily to valve stem.
- Works with tight clearance or on spoked wheels.
- Does not come free in a box of cereal.
This gauge has a red LED display and uses no buttons, turning itself on when used and off again a few seconds after the reading is taken. The display isn’t very large, and can only be read while it’s on the tire or a few seconds after. The grip is rubber-coated for sure handling.
The dogleg shape makes it easy to use on spoked wheels. 6.7 x 2.4 x 0.8 inches, 6 ounces
- Narrow head can be used with cramped clearance.
- Red LED clock-style display is easy to read in bright sunlight.
- Basic, no-frills gauge.
- Display does not last long enough.
This gauge has a die-cast shell with rubber panels for a sure grip, and it’s shaped to fit the hand well. The lighted nozzle angles to the left, so it may be awkward to use for left-handed people. Some people report needing to hold it in place for 2 – 3 seconds to get a reading.
It cycles through 4 pressure scales, and remembers which one you used last when you turn it back on. It measures up to 150 PSI, and comes with a lifetime warranty. 4.5 x 1.8 x 1 inches, 4 ounces.
- Lifetime warranty
- Remembers which pressure scale you use.
- Lighted nozzle helps in the dark.
- Awkward for left-hand use.
This large teardrop-shaped gauge can be programmed with both the front and rear target pressures. The casing is die-cast for durability, and it has a soft rubberized pad around the edges for a good grip. It measures up to 99 PSI.
The shape may make it difficult to use in cramped areas, such as spoked wheels. It features a white LED headlight for use in low-light conditions. It comes with a protective hard case. The on switch is raised, so it can be easily triggered unintentionally.
Several people complain that it turns on and wears out the batteries even when stored in the case. The gauge also has an auto-on feature that may help cause this problem. 11 x 5.8 x 1.9 inches, 11.2 ounces.
- Large size makes it easy to grip.
- It remembers pressure targets for you.
- Headlight is convenient.
- Battery drain may make it unreliable.
This ergonomically shaped gauge displays the pressure reading on a lighted LCD display and has an LED headlight for when you’re working in low-light conditions. It has 4 different modes for displaying pressure: PSI, KPS, Bar,and kgf/cm2.
This can lead to confusion, because it’s easy to switch modes unintentionally with this model. It uses 1 CR2032 3V Lithium Coin Cell and 3 LR44 1.5V Button Cells (included). It works in a range of 2.0-99.5 PSI. The housing is gray plastic with a blue insert. It turns itself off automatically after a minute. 5.7 x 1.2 x 1.2 inches, 2.4 ounces.
- Quick and easy to use
- The headlight can be convenient
- Automatic off saves batteries
- Easy to push a button unintentionally
Digital tire gauges are remarkably popular, but they do have some downsides. If you have one in your glove box, the high summer temperatures that can be reached in closed, parked cars may kill it. In regions with cold winters, temperatures below 20F are the end of the batteries.
We suggest that you store them at home near your car keys, so that they’re handy to use before you leave the house, and only store them in the car when you have a frequent need, keeping a mechanical gauge in the car for emergency use.
When they fail (as all electronics do, eventually), they could give erratic readings rather than die obviously. Many use 2 types of battery, a lithium battery for the circuitry and button batteries for the display and lights. The lithium batteries can’t always be replaced, depending on the design. Whichever one you select, we hope that it works well for you.