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 tester Peter Horvath tests a wide range of products – from espresso machines
, vacuum cleaners
, lawn mowers
and tyre pressure gauges. But it's safe to say that his pet projects are heading to the race track to put tyres through their paces, and getting his hands on the latest cars
to take them for a spin.
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.
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, Peter assesses:
- 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.