10 Best Multimeters – Reviews and Buyers Guide

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If you love functionality and versatility in tools, you must already be familiar with multimeters. Also, if you also take electronics seriously, then you know that this is a must-have tool. This is an electronic measuring tool that combines several measurement functions in one unit.

You can use multimeters to measure voltage, resistance, and current, or use it to test continuity between two points in an electrical circuit. Therefore, instead of buying three different measuring tools, you can get a multimeter, and you will be good to go. 

This tool’s multi functionalities make it an electronic technician’s and engineer’s best friend. It is handheld and comes with a positive and negative needle indicator over a numeric LCD digital display.

Some of the uses include testing batteries, checking the wiring in the house, testing power supplies, and electric motors.

There are three types of multimeters. That is, digital, analog, and fluke. You can choose the one you want depending on what you like, ease of use, and the purpose you need multimeters for.

In this article, we will guide you on all the factors to be on the lookout for before purchasing one. There are so many brands available in the market that you can be lured into picking just any tool on the counter without giving it a second thought. 

However, by doing so, you will be compromising on quality and may end up with a multimeter that is not functional or even harmful.


10 Best Multimeters – Comparison Table:

 

 

Best multimeters reviewed:

 

AstroAI Digital Multimeter AM33D

 

KAIWEETS HT113B Digital Multimeter 

 

FLUKE-106 Palm-Sized Digital Multimeter

 

Crenova MS8233D

 

AstroAI Digital Multimeter DM6000AR (Best Overall)

 

Klein Tools MM400 Multimeter

 

Neoteck Auto-Ranging Digital Multimeter

 

AmazonCommercial 6000 Count Digital Multimeter

 

Fluke 117  (Best Premium)

 

Etekcity Digital Multimeter (Best Value)

 

Multimeters Buyers Guide

 

Factors to consider before buying a multimeter 

As we mentioned before, there are several brands of multimeters available in the market. However, they differ in prices and even in terms of the features that you get. 

To ensure that you get value for your money, below are some of the essential features to look out for when buying a multimeter.

Price

As we stated earlier, the prices tagged on this tool varies depending on the brand. You can get the cheapest multimeter for as low as 2 dollars while the pricey ones may cost you even more than 100 dollars.

One thing to keep in mind is that cheap is always expensive. We are not suggesting that you go for the most expensive brand in the market, however, avoid going for the cheapest options in an attempt to save some money. You may get one for 2 dollars and have to replace it after a few days as it will break down or even stop functioning. 

We recommend that you look at the features that come with the tool that you want, compare the prices, and go for a fairly priced multimeter. If you are a beginner, there is no need to spend so much money on one. You can start with a simple one that will get the job done and upgrade with time.

Voltage measurement

We strongly recommend that you go for a tool that offers you a range of voltages to select from. You should ensure that it can measure at least 50mV. You can also go for one that allows you to measure both AC and DC voltages.

Current measurement

Before settling on what to buy, you should carefully consider the amount of current that you will be using the tool to read. For instance, please do not buy one that reads 120 volts to use it to read 1000 volts of current.

Likewise, do not purchase one that can read a lot of currents if you only intend to use it to read a small amount of current. This will help you to avoid spoiling the multimeter and also help you in getting accurate readings.

Measuring resistance/ohms

Measuring resistance may be excellent to help you check continuity. It is important to note that a multimeter that can test resistance may cost you a lot more compared to one that has a continuity test. 

However, the investment will be worth it as by measuring resistance, you can test network and SCSI terminators.

Temperature probe

This is not a mandatory requirement when you are purchasing multimeters. However, it will come in very handy, especially if you are working with computers (PCs). 

Having a tool with a temperature probe enables you to know how hot your multiprocessor is, thereby saving you a lot of trouble with your computer. It will also allow you to measure the temperature inside the case.

Auto as opposed to the Manual range

In many cases, the auto version is always the go-to device compared to the manual version. The same case applies when it comes to these tools. We recommend that you go for an auto-range product. This is because it is very simple and easy to use. All you will need to do is put it on, and it will give you the measurements you want when you use it.

On the other hand, manual range multimeters will require you to read the values written on it. It can be a bit challenging to get accurate values when using a manual range.

A multimeter that comes with an auto-range may cost you a bit more of your coins, but if you are looking for accuracy, then it will be worth your money. 

Battery life 

If you regularly use multimeters, you need to ensure that the one you settle on has great battery life. This will ensure that it will serve you long enough before you even think of getting another one and that it will not be a waste of your hard-earned money. 

We suggest that you go for a multimeter that has at least 1000 hours of battery life. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, we hope that this review of the best multimeters has been insightful and helpful to you in some way. 

Of the 10 we tested we chose the AstroAI Digital Multimeter DM6000AR as our Best Overall pick.  Best Value had to be the Etekcity Digital Multimeter, and for the top-spec Best Premium award the Fluke 117 was the clear winner.

Getting a good multimeter can go a long way in helping you have an easier time in the lab. Get the wrong one, and everything will just fall apart. We hope that this article helps you settle on the right one that will serve you just right!

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