We put 10 dig­i­tal tyre pres­sure gauges to the test to as­sess their ac­cu­racy, ease-of-use and cost ef­fec­tive­ness.

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Product Test -

En­sur­ing your tyre pres­sures are cor­rect is not a ma­jor con­cern for most mo­torists, un­til you re­alise the con­se­quences of an over- or un­der-in­flated tyre. Ex­ces­sive wear, in­creased fuel con­sump­tion and poor han­dling are some of the prob­lems that can arise, not to men­tion the safety con­cerns. So, if you’re keen to main­tain your tyre pres­sures, a pres­sure gauge is a worth­while in­vest­ment.

There are hun­dreds of dif­fer­ent types of tyre pres­sure gauge, in­clud­ing units with ana­logue or dig­i­tal read­outs, gauges on foot pumps and com­bined elec­tric in­fla­tors/gauges. We de­cided to nar­row down the choice and test 10 dig­i­tal types. Th­ese prom­ise to be ac­cu­rate and easy to use, while many have use­ful built-in fea­tures such as a back­light to help see the read­out in the dark and a torch to help lo­cate the tyre valve. Some can also mea­sure tread depth and most of them can pro­vide tyre pres­sure mea­sure­ments in Psi (pounds per square inch), Bar, Kg/cm2 and kpa (kilo­pas­cal).

We spent sev­eral months test­ing all of the gauges and dis­cov­ered some in­ter­est­ing dif­fer­ences to help us pin­point the best and worst. The prices we quote are the rec­om­mended re­tail price and you can of­ten find cheaper prices by shop­ping around.

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