Top Multimeters – Complete Buyers Guide
If you’re in the market looking for a new multimeter, or if you are just starting out and looking for your first one, then you’re in the right place. Multimeters are often used by electricians, but also by engineers, mechanics and just hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts/tinkerers. These days there are a lot of great choices available, though some are great while others are not so good. We aim to help you become informed regarding what you need to know in order to get the right model for you. The price range varies significantly, from quite cheap, to very expensive (which you would only need if you are a professional electrician). And the cheaper models are generally perfectly adequate for your average user. Multi-meters, as the name suggests measure many different things, depending on your profession some of the features will be more important than the others. We have put together this guide so that you can decide for yourself what you want to buy based on your needs as a consumer.
For a start, here we are only concerned about the “digital multimeters”, the traditional type are not sufficient because the guage is not as accurate or precise. It’s also now very cheap to get a digital one, so even the lower end models are often digital.
Our top picks:
Fluke 87-V Digital Multimeter
For those professionals who require the best product out there, and nothing less this is the obvious choice for you. For starters Fluke make the best multimeters around, and this is their top of the line product that a lot of research and effort went into manufacturing. The second you set your eyes upon the Fluke 87-V you will see that it is high quality in every regard. It has no trouble measuring up to or more than 20 Amps, so as far as digital models go this is top of the line. Another important feature that will please safety conscious tradesman is that it has a high rating for safety, meaning it can withstand surges up to 8k V. It is a good idea to choose a product that comes with a warranty, as even the high quality models could sometimes have issues. Fortunately the Fluke comes with a lifetime warranty – and most likely you’ll never need it with this brand.
Fluke 115 Compact
If the 87-V is too large, or pricey for you then this is probably the next best choice. It doesn’t have the same bulky size as the 87-V which means it’s more portable, and can comfortably fit into your tool box. Although it doesn’t have all of the best features, it can still measure up to 20 Amps, more than enough for any professional. Despite being a smaller model, the digital readout on the screen is still very precise and clear, readable during most light conditions. All in all this is another great option brought to you by Fluke, and of course also comes with a warranty should you need it.
Our third and final choice here is the Mastech MS8229. it’s a great choice for just about any professional, while it also caters for those on a tighter budget. It has perfectly adequate accuracy for jobs that an electrician would find himself encountering on a day to day basis. Not only that but it’s also perfect for those who just want a reliable multi-meter should they ever need to use it for their car, or household electrical appliances. It’s also a 5 in 1 device, allowing more features than the usual multi meter would have.. It can check humidity levels, temperature, sound levels and more (it’s indeed a very versatile piece of equipment). If you want accuracy and precision above all other factors then the Fluke is definitely better, however depending on your trade then that may not be the most important concern.