How we test tyre pressure gauges

Accuracy and ease of use are key to a good tyre pressure gauge.

How we apply the pressure on tyre pressure gauges

There are some simple ways to look after your car better, and maintaining the correct tyre pressure is one of them. It's often overlooked, but it'll help you get the most out of your tyres, save fuel, and enhance the handling of your car. Finding an accurate tyre pressure gauge is important, and here we'll explain the rigorous testing we put them through.

Our expert testers

We test a wide range of products – from espresso machines, vacuum cleaners and irons to tents, lawn mowers and tyre pressure gauges.

How we choose what we test

Tyre pressure gauges are a comparatively small product category, so, instead of surveying manufacturers, our buyers head straight out to stores, including auto accessory shops and online retailers, and purchase whatever they can find for us to put to the test.

How we test


Our tester checks the accuracy of the gauges at 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50psi against a calibrated high-precision gauge.

Ease of use

For ease of use, we assess:

  • how well the gauge fits into the hand
  • how easy they are to apply to the valve
  • how easy the pressure is to read in daylight
  • the instructions.

Test criteria explained

The overall score is made up of:

  • Performance (70%)
  • Ease of use (30%)

Our test lab

We maintain a lab that is up to date with the latest reference machines and calibrated measurement tools for our testers to bring you the right results.

Ready to buy?

Check out the results to our latest test or for more on what to look for in a tyre pressure gauge, read our buying guide.

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