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