Updated: October 12, 2015

Tire Pressure Gauge Reviews:

Tire pressure is something that has recently come into the spotlight again as gas prices continue to rise and consumers are more aware of ways in which they can stretch their gas mileage on a gallon of gas. Tire pressure ultimately decides things like handling, tire tread wear, and gas mileage for your automobile. The first thing you need to know is what tire pressure your car tires should be at. In surveys, the vast majority of car owners have no idea what their tires pressure should be set to. Many just let the guys at the oil change shop inflate the tires when needed and others never even consider checking. Almost all gas stations have inflators so you can add air and many of these also have a simplistic gauge for tire pressure. Ideally you want to know the exact PSI (pounds per square inch) for each tire so it's a good idea to invest in a decent tire pressure gauge of your own. From reports that we read from reputable sources, keeping your tires properly inflated can improve gas mileage from 3 to 5 %. The longevity of the tire will also be increased by maintaining the tire pressure on your tires.
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To find the rated tire pressure for your car and tires, check on the inside of the driver's side door (along the doorframe). If it's not listed there, check the owners manual and lastly if you still can't locate the information, check with the store or shop where you bought the tires. Experts recommend checking the tire pressure every month to make sure your tires are staying properly inflated. The one # many people say is misleading are the ones you find on the side of the tires. These PSI recommendations from the manufacturer are for the maximum allowable tire pressure, so always go a few pounds underneath that #, especially in the summer when tires heat up and expand. The # you find usually relates to "cold" tire pressure which means check the pressure in the morning before you drive the car. You will get the most accurate reading this way. There are lots of different kinds of tire pressure gauges you can buy. The old fashioned sliding gauge that resembles a pen is still sold, but they are less accurate than other types. The digital tire pressure gauges are the most accurate and the most expensive, but your cost savings on gas will easily make up for the purchase. The dial type pressure gauges are around $15 to $25 and work reasonably easy. The newer digital tire pressure gauges from Accutire are the best on the market and give you exact and accurate readings every time. They cost about $15, are lightweight, and some are even programmable so you can input your tire pressure specifications and not have to remember each time you check your tires. Some newer cars are being built with tire pressure monitor systems which tell the driver when tire pressure has dropped below a certain level. You can buy these systems for around $250 if you want. They cost $20 (for a set of 4) and they attach to your tires where your valve stem caps used to be. They start off green and when the tires have lost 2-3 psi (or more), you will see a red flag pop out. It's a great way to monitor your car tire pressure at a glance. No matter how you decide to check your air pressure in your tires, make sure you do it once a month and keep healthy tires on the road for the safest driving conditions. Beyond getting better gas mileage, your car will handle better and you will have less chance of things like a tire "blowout". Ultimately, your tires will wear more even and last much longer. I used to never check my tire air pressure and it cost me $100's as I had to replace all 4 tires due to uneven tire wear (somewhat related to balanced tires and alignment issues). We tried looking for reviews on tire pressure gauges and found some excellent customer feedback and opinions on Amazon.com and in car forums. You can browse their top selling tire pressure gauges online here.

Best Basic Tire Pressure Gauge:

For a basic tire gauge with the dial readout, consider the Accu-gage Tire Guage for around $15. Reviews on Amazon were favorable in terms of accuracy and preciseness. Not all tire valves are eacy to access, but with the "swiveling, angled chuck", it's no problem. If the tires are slightly over inflated, simply use the push button valve which will slowly let out air to your desired psi. The #'s on the gauge are quite large and easy to read. They sell a slightly different version for bikes and cars (0 to 100 psi) on the same website listed above. The pencil style pressure gauges, like the Draper Tire Pressure Gauge are about $20 as well and sell in most automotive parts stores. Most car owners prefer the dial gauges or the digital ones we have listed below. BEST - The #1 selling Moroso 89560 Tire Pressure Gauge, Dial Type, 0-60 psi - designed for racers but still very accurate for those at home or in the shop. Owners say it is easy to read and very durable.

Digital Tire Pressure Gauge:

With technology has come the new digital tire pressure gauge which reads your tire air pressure accurately and quickly. The Accutire MS-4350B Programmable Digital Tire Gauge ($13) is perhaps the most popular of all. This programmable pressure gauge lets you record the factory recommended tire pressure for both the front and rear tires so you can easily determine if your psi reading is too high or too low. The MS-4350B reads 5-99 PSI in .5 pound units. The backlit LCD screen allows you to see the actual reading in all light conditions. The comments on Amazon are almost all very positive but some owners make note that some valve stems are hard to reach with this product. Some of the basic dial pressure gauges will work on wheels where the stem is harder to access. The Accutire MS-4000 gets reasonable reviews as well as the MS-4652B which is a key chaing digital tire gauge.

Tire Pressure Monitor System:

We had noted up above that some new cars are fitted with tire pressure monitor systems (TPMS) so you can always have a reading on your dashboard of the air pressure in each of your 4 tires. It's definitely a nice feature to have in a car, but there are aftermarket products you can buy that do similar checks on your tire pressure. The TPMS-1000 which sells on Autosportcatalog.com features a base unit that attaches to your windshield (on the inside - much like a GPS unit) and it tracks all 4 tires for air pressure. Each valve stem is replaced with a weatherproof sensor that remotely sends feedback to the unit inside your car. You get real-time readings on your car tires while you are driving. The LCD screen on the TPMS-1000 gives you accurate information and installs quite easily. SUGGESTION - Read reviews online and make an informed buying decision on a TPMS. Browse the top rated tire pressure monitoring systems online here.