Tires don’t require much maintenance, which is surprising for something that your car literally runs on. A rotation here and there, a run through the car wash after extra muddy drives, and maybe some polish on your hub caps is all it takes to keep your tires happy. But if your tires require assistance, checking their pressure is so easy and straightforward that even the most car-adverse drivers can handle a gauge.
Finding the correct air pressure for your tires is simple. Each vehicle has the tire pressure weight listed in the car, typically inside the door on the driver’s side. It may also be in your car’s manual. Once you’ve found the correct weight for your tires, it’s advisable to wait at least three hours after the vehicle has been running to measure the tire pressure as tires heat up when driving, which gives a higher and sometimes false reading.
Drivers should check the pressure on all five tires (don’t forget your spare tire!) monthly or before long road trips to ensure that their tires are properly inflated. Underinflated tires cause more of the tire’s surface to touch the road, which causes premature wear and tear on your tire, shortening their lifespan and leading to possible blowouts. Low tire pressure also lowers gas mileage, costing you more money at the pump and at the auto shop when you have to replace your tires early.
Tires are expensive. Tire gauges are not. Check out the reliable and affordable tire gauges on our list and keep your tires in top working condition.
1. AstroAI Digital Tire Inflator
Check your car tires, truck tires, motorcycle tires, and bicycle tires using the AstroAI Digital Tire Inflator. The AstroAI is an advanced and accurate tire gauge that provides measurements within 1 percent of the exact pressure of your tire. The AstroAI can quickly measure pressure between 0 to 250 PSI and displays the reading on a clear LED screen. The AstroAI comes with everything you’ll need to check the pressure on your tires, including an inflation gun, chuck, gauge, hose and bleed valve, with all parts constructed with heavy-duty stainless steel and brass. The gauge has built-in battery saving and safety features, including an auto on and off function that will shut off after 20 seconds of inactivity to save battery, as well as a built-in air bleeder that will release pressure on over-inflated tires.
Pros: The AstroAI comes with an LED-backlit screen that provides readings in PSI, KPA, Bar, and Kg/cm², meaning no more having to convert measurements to confirm your pressure with your car manual.
Cons: The AstroAI is the most expensive gauge-only option on our list.
AstroAI Digital Tire Inflator
2. JACO ElitePro Tire Pressure Gauge
For another option, try the JACO ElitePro Tire Pressure Gauge. The JACO is built to last, with the gauge made from solid brass that is covered in a shock-resistant, rubberized protective guard. The HybridFlex leak-proof air hose is flexible and easy to maneuver, with the 360-degree swivel chuck allowing users to access their tire entry point from any angle. The JACO has a large 2-inch glowing dial that is easy to read even in the dark, with the reading ‘locking’ into place until the pressure reset button is pushed.
Pros: The JACO includes a built-in air bleeder that will efficiently and quickly relieve pressure on over-inflated tires.
Cons: The JACO doesn’t have a clear LED display screen like the AstroAI, but on the plus side, it doesn’t run on batteries and therefore doesn’t put users at risk for having a dead tire gauge.
JACO ElitePro Tire Pressure Gauge
3. Rhino USA Heavy Duty Tire Pressure Gauge
For a tire gauge that is made by a small family-run business, try the Rhino USA Heavy Duty Tire Pressure Gauge. The Rhino is backed by a lifetime warranty and features a glow-in-the-dark 2-inch dial that makes it easy for users to see their readings even in low-light conditions. The Rhino is made with substantial brass parts for added durability and has a 360-degree swivel for ease of insertion regardless of the user’s angle. The Rhino also includes a pressure lock and reset button to make it easy for users to take their reading, remove the gauge and double-check their number.
Pros: The Rhino has a premium braided hose that is flexible and guaranteed against leaks.
Cons: Unlike the AstroAI, the Rhino does not have an LCD screen.
Rhino USA Heavy Duty Tire Pressure Gauge
4. Milton Single Chuck Head Pencil Tire Pressure Gauge
Quickly check the pressure on your tires with the lightweight and accurate Milton Single Chuck Head Pencil Tire Pressure Gauge. The single chuck head of the Milton easily covers the open tire nozzle, with the white nylon indicator stick pushing out of the gauge’s metal body to show the weight of the tire. The Milton is fast and easy to use, and readings can be done even in cold climates. The Milton features a built-in deflator valve and a pocket clip that makes it convenient to attach to clothing or the owner’s manual in your car’s glove box. At 1.6 ounces, the Milton is lightweight and portable.
Pros: The Milton is the most affordable tire pressure gauge on our list.
Cons: The Milton does not have an LCD screen or glow in the dark numbers and can be difficult to read in low lighting. The Milton goes up to a 50 PSI rating, which is lower than the other gauges on our list.
Milton Single Chuck Head Pencil Tire Pressure…
5. AstroAI Digital Tire Pressure Gauge
Quickly and easily form a leak-free seal on Schrader valves using the AstroAI Digital Tire Pressure Gauge. The digital gauge provides fast and accurate readings in 0.5 increments, with the reading clearly displayed on the gauges’ bright LCD screen. Using the On/Unit/Off button, users can choose whether their reading is displayed in 0-150PSI / 0-10Bar / 0-10Kgf/cm² or 0-1000KPA. The AstroAI Digital runs on four lithium metal batteries, which are included with each gauge.
Pros: The AstroAI Digital can be used on cars, trucks, bicycles, motorcycles and more.
Cons: Unlike the first AstrolAI model on our list, the digital version does not include an air-bleeder to relieve overinflated tires.
AstroAI Digital Tire Pressure Gauge
6. Vondior Tire Pressure Gauge
Take fast and accurate readings even in the dark with the Vondior Tire Pressure Gauge. The Vonidor features a 2-inch dial that glows in the dark, providing a clear reading up to 60 PSI. The Vonidor has a rugged casing and is impact-resistant while also being suitable for use in extreme weather conditions. The gauge is highly calibrated to 1% full scale of the 60 PSI.
Pros: The Vonidor has a diameter of 5 inches, making it one of the most compact analog gauges available.
Cons: Unlike the other analog gauges on our list, the Vonidor does not include a hose connecting the gauge to the tire, which can make it more challenging to get a reading depending on the angle of the user and the tire’s air release. It does come with a 360-degree swivel chuck, which helps access the entry point from different angles.
Vondior Tire Pressure Gauge
7. Rhino USA Digital Tire Inflator with Pressure Gauge
If your tires are low, you want to inflate them immediately, which is why we like the Rhino USA Digital Tire Inflator with Pressure Gauge, with not only measures your tire’s weight but can also add air on the spot. The Rhino Inflator has a large LCD backlit screen and two push buttons that allow users to choose whether their readings are displayed in PSI, KPA, Bar, and Kg/cm². The Rhino Inflator comes with interchangeable brass chucks and a thumb trigger that enables users to inflate their tires easily and quickly. The Rhino Inflator also has an air-bleeder valve for overfilled tires and a reset button.
Pros: The Rhino Inflator comes with a bonus thread seal tape roll.
Cons: The Rhino Inflator comes with a higher price tag than the gauge-only options on our list.