It's important to keep your car tyres at the correct pressure. It helps them last longer and makes driving safer. Having your own tyre pressure gauge can come in handy - saving you from pulling into a petrol station where the pressure gauge may not necessarily be as accurate as you may think.
We've put dial, digital and pencil type tyre pressure gauges to the test. Our expert testers give every pressure gauge a thorough workout to help find the models that:
List of brands we tested in this review.
This is the price we paid in January 2015.
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CHOICE recommends tyre pressure gauges that achieve an overall score of at least 90%. However, don't disregard the rest – check the table as many others are worth considering.
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Dial gauge: this is the most common type, and models come in a wide range of sizes and prices. Generally, the larger the dial, the easier it is to read – but you also want to consider storing the gauge in your car.
Digital gauges: these are generally the easiest to read, especially if their display is backlit. However, you'll have to replace their battery every now and then, so there'll be a small ongoing cost.
Pencil gauges: we didn't find this type as easy to read as others, but pencil models are generally cheap and very easy to store.
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
We checked the accuracy of the gauges at 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50psi against a calibrated high-precision gauge.
We assess how well the gauges fit into the hand, how easy they are to apply to the valve, how easy the pressure is to read in daylight, as well as the gauges' instructions.