This article features our floor jack reviews. Ten products in total, each one selected based on its uncompromising quality and user-friendly features.
Good floor jacks empower you to safely maintain your car, while bad floor jacks can quite literally put your life at risk.
We scoured the market for the best options available, testing dozens of products in the process. We ended up with 10 units that are ideal for a wide range of people, so read on!
|Torin Big Red|
|Pittsburgh Automotive||2 Years||4.40/5|
|Liftmaster 3 Ton||3 Years||4.30/5|
The Blackhawk is a moderately quick, very durable, and ultimately easy-to-store lift. It has a 3.5-ton capacity, which allows it to easily work with most sedans and even some larger vehicles.
The jack is constructed of heavy-duty steel that fortifies it against everyday wear and tear. The steel makes the tool rather heavy, weighing in at 85 pounds, but built-in wheels help with transport.
There is only one factor working against this tool: price. If you are on a restrictive budget, you may want to look for something more affordable. Otherwise, this is a great product for personal garages.
The Torin is an affordable pick that can still be used with sedans and SUVs. Its wheels have 360-degree-swivel castors that make navigation relatively easy.
It also has an extended neck specifically for trucks and SUVs. The extension gives you nine inches of clearance for ease of use. Portability is manageable thanks to its relatively light 43-pound weight.
Unfortunately, mobility does come at the price of durability. This jack isn’t quite as sound as our top choice, which may be a problem for high-volume users.
However, if you need a jack for light work, this will be a valuable option to consider.
Meanwhile, dual pistons make the lift factor quick, stable, and safe. The wellbeing of your vehicle is also taken into account. The part of the jack that comes into contact with the car is padded with a tough rubber that prevents scratching.
As one might assume, the deluxe features of this hydraulic lift do not come cheap. You’ll need to set aside extra cash for this one, but it will be money well spent for people who use their floor jacks often.
The Pittsburgh Automotive is a heavy-duty lift made for SUVs and trucks, though it can be used with sedans as well.
The tool is made to be fairly compact, but it does weigh 79 pounds. This makes it difficult to move around.
It’s also worth mentioning that the part of the lift that actually comes into contact with your car is fairly rough. Some users report that the jack causes scratches. This doesn’t necessarily mean that this will be your experience, but the potential for damage does exist.
It has a steel construction for durability, as well as several wheels that make it easier to move around. There are also foam “bumpers” on the section of the lift that makes contact with your car. This scratch-prevention feature will be handy for protection purposes.
This unit is a good product, but we have observed insufficiencies with the hardware. The wheels in particular are on the fragile side, which may prove problematic throughout the course of use.
The racing jack, so named because it is of the style used by professional race teams, is quick, lightweight, and easy to store. Its aluminum build makes it extremely easy to take around.
It also features padded lift points that protect against scratches, as well as the ability to fold so it’s easier to store.
But while these features may be great for the racetrack, they aren’t necessarily ideal for personal use. This unit’s 1.5-ton weight capacity means it is only compatible with very lightweight vehicles. If you own a sedan or a compact car, this jack may be suitable. Otherwise, you’ll probably prefer something with a little more heft behind it.
The Arcan is a heavy-duty tool with compact dimensions, an optimal blend of performance and portability.
Though its two-ton weight capacity is not the most impressive we have seen to this point, it does provide users some flexibility, allowing for work with sedans and more moderately sized vehicles.
To ensure that the jack isn’t overworked, the unit features a “bail out” valve that guarantees you don’t overload the tool. You also benefit from bumper protection components that prevent scratching.
This jack is on the slower side, which can be somewhat inconvenient. The hardware also feels rather cheap. The wheels, in particular, are not very durable and may not hold up well to wear and tear.
The Hein Werner features a remarkably durable cast iron build that is suitable for people looking for something hyper stable. The tool is also swift, and the U-style joint gives you a reliable support system that enhances its performance.
This is one of the most expensive tools on our list, which will probably disqualify the buyer on a budget. It is also fairly difficult to use. The lift requires substantially more effort than most hydraulic tools, which is rather frustrating.
Budget buyers will want to pay attention to the Performance Tool W1640. This unit features a substantial 5,000-pound weight capacity that enables it to work with many trucks and SUVs.
It also benefits from overload protection, which ensures that you don’t push past its limits, and 360-degree casters for enhanced mobility.
However, if you can afford something more sophisticated, it’s probably wise to keep looking. This is a slower jack that may needlessly extend the time you spend on your projects. It’s also not as durable as we’d prefer. The wheels, as well as the body, leave much to be desired.
It’s not a horrible jack, but it doesn’t stack up well to the other products on our list.
We end the list with a final budget pick. Like the previous unit, price is the major selling point of the Pro-Lift, and similarly, this jack has little else going for it.
The limited weight capacity of two tons makes it best for sedans only. It’s also not exceptionally durable. The wheels and the build itself are susceptible to wear and tear and may sharply inhibit the life expectancy of the tool.
The pad that contacts the car isn’t stable either, which may lead to scratches and damage to your vehicle.
Here are buying considerations that will help you make an informed decision.
What are your intentions as a user of a floor jack? Are you doing basic maintenance tasks, such as oil changes or switching out the occasional tire? If so, you may be able to make do with a more basic floor jack.
However, if you are performing larger tasks, such as removing brake pads or other labor-intensive endeavors, it will be to your benefit to select something more heavy-duty.
There are several different types of jacks to select from. Options range from the more basic scissor jack to the industrial hydraulic jack.
The different options are available at a variety of price points. For example, the manually driven scissor jack can be acquired at a modest price if you explore the budget-buy market.
High-volume work, on the other hand, tends to favor hydraulic jacks. This version of the tool is preferred by mechanics and professional shops for its convenience.
If you do most or all of your car’s maintenance, hydraulic jacks may compliment your lifestyle nicely. Otherwise, it may be more financially prudent to consider manual-style jacks.
Floor jacks can be surprisingly challenging to move or store. Depending on how sophisticated the unit is, you might wind up with a rather large tool on your hands.
Storage-friendly features can go a long way toward improving user experience. For example, a few of the options we looked at had wheels or ergonomic grips.
Many units can also fold in upon themselves, making them easier to store. Since most people are limited in their workspace, it is a good idea to favor features that accommodate size restrictions.
The reasons for wanting a stable floor jack are numerous and obvious. What’s not so obvious? Knowing which materials will do the job nicely. Cast iron or steel is about as durable and stable as you can get. However, these materials also tend to weigh a lot, which might not suit the average do-it-yourselfer.
Cast aluminum is a popular alternative, as it is lightweight while also being quite tough.
There is not necessarily an objective standard as to which material is right for the ideal floor jack. You will need to choose based on your anticipated needs.
Many jacks come with a padded section at the lift point. This rubber component is situated where contact with the car is made and will prevent scratches on the vehicle. It is a simple feature but it can make a big impact, so be on the lookout.
Note: we also recently published an article where we go over the 8 best aluminum floor jacks of 2020.
Of course, not all floor jacks are right for every vehicle. The owner of a sedan will have different needs than the owner of an RV or a truck. You can diversify the utility of your jack by acquiring something that is distinguished in the amount of power it provides.
However, powerful jacks also tend to be more expensive. That being the case, compact car owners will be able to save money by investing in tools with only a moderate lift weight.
The curb weight rating of your vehicle will tell you what sort of floor jack you need. This may well be the most important feature of your floor jack because it impacts how safe your tool is to use.
It is unadvisable to use a floor jack with an inadequate weight rating for your car, so be mindful of this.
Floor jacks alone are not sufficient for supporting a car. It is recommended that you never use a floor jack without fortifying the car with stands. These accessories are typically not expensive, but nevertheless, you will need to factor the price of floor jack stands into your overall budget.
It is also important to always use your jack on level ground and take the process slowly. Unsafe usage of a floor jack can result in serious injury or death, so always take necessary precautions.
Purchasing the best version of a tool is not always necessary. For instance, the nicest drill on the market may not treat a user to a better experience than the most affordable drill.
Floor jacks are a slightly different scenario. Your safety, as well as the upkeep of your car, is contingent upon the reliability of this tool.
This being the case, it may be prudent to allocate more money to this purchase than you might otherwise. A good product will ensure your safety, and since floor jacks are often put through the wringer, it may also ensure that your tool lasts longer.
One expensive floor jack is usually more affordable than needing to replace a cheap one several times over, so keep this in mind.
Because floor jacks are put under a good deal of stress, they encounter errors more often than other products. Acquiring a model with a good warranty will protect you in the case of errors that occur through no fault of your own.
A reliable warranty may give you one to two years of protection.
Many of the choices on our list today advertise based on their speed. How important is this feature? It depends on your needs. For most people, a jack’s speed may not be all that important. Even manual scissor-style lifts can be activated and used in a relatively short amount of time.
The speed of a lift most comes into play in a commercial setting. If you have a garage full of cars that need servicing, something swift is beneficial.
However, best practices dictate that a moderate pace is always recommended. Speed is mostly a feature of the type of jack you use. In almost any case, hydraulic lifts are substantially quicker than manual units.
It may be in your interest to consider a product with a U-seal on the ram. This feature secures the interior fluids and mechanics of the tool, giving it a longer life expectancy. The “U”-style seal is prized for its durability and subsequent life expectancy it can provide floor jacks.
Most commercial products feature “O” seals. These are more affordable and still safe, but they don’t tend to last as long. Incidentally, the products on our list today primarily feature the O-style seal. For most buyers, this will be sufficient, but if you are purchasing based on professional needs, an upgrade may be in order.
We hope that you have received enough information to make up your mind about a floor jack purchase. However, if you aren’t sure what model you want to buy, we do have two recommendations that might prove useful.
Those looking for something truly top of the line will favor our top choice, the Blackhawk B6350 Black/Red Fast Lift Service Jack. It’s a quick, durable product with much to offer those seeking the best of the best.
We also have accommodations for more budget-minded shoppers. The affordable Torin Big Red Hydraulic Trolley Floor Jack may be more beneficial.
Of course, our objective is not to tell you what to buy. All the products on our list are good at what they do, so you should have no trouble choosing the right one for your needs.
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