A dedicated professional needs only professional tools, no doubt about it. This being said, people who aren’t exactly professionals deserve quality tools as well. One of the issues with professional tools is that they cost a lot, which is why most people settle for what they can afford.
When dealing with multimeters, however, it doesn’t take a high-end one to get a simple job done, especially if it’s a multimeter with a high sensitivity range. On the other hand, electrical faults are no laughing matter, so going for an insanely cheap one is ill-advised as well. To help you through, we’ve put together a list of the ten best multimeters out there for you to choose from.
Extech EX330 Autoranging Mini Multimeter
Equipped with a large 4,000 count display and a built-in non-contact AC voltage detector, the EX330 is designed to combine auto ranging multimeter capabilities with voltage detecting features. Perfect for any form of electrical troubleshooting, the EX330 features 12 total functions including duty cycle, capacitance, frequency, and temperature. It is also quite small compared to other multimeters, and the fact that it has an impact-resistant rubber holster is a definite plus.
Klein Tools MM200 Auto Ranging Multimeter
The MM200 is designed to measure AC / DC voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, temperature, and frequency, but you can also use it to test diodes and continuity. Interestingly enough, it is one of the few multimeters on the market that features data hold capabilities which allow you to view any test’s results at a later date. It has total measuring capacity of 600 V AC/DC and maximum current capacity of 10 Amp.
Extech MN35 Digital Mini MultiMeter
Small multimeters are always going to come in handy and this is precisely what the MN35 is. Despite its small size, it can measure AC/DC voltage up to 600 volts. For added comfort, it uses a large, easily readable LCD screen and a data hold function that locks the reading on display. You can also use the MN35 for continuity measurements, diode resistance tests, and thermocouple temperature measurements as well.
Tekpower MS8264 30-Range Digital Multimeter
This manually-operated, 30-range fully featured digital multimeter contains all the standard functions of good multimeters, including AC/DC voltage and current, resistance, frequency, and capacitance. Furthermore, it also features a backlight, data hold capabilities, and a resettable fuse that is bound to come in handy. It has a 1999 counts display, automatic functions and symbols indication, and a diode testing capacity.
Fluke 117 Electricians True RMS Multimeter
Packed with true-RMS AC/DC voltage capabilities, this multimeter is a professional tool in every sense of the word. It has a 6,000-count resolution, min/max/average capabilities, frequency and capacitance measuring, and a large display with a white LED backlight for poorly lit environments. Designed as a professional tool, this multimeter is brimming with powerful features like its VoltAlert technology for integrated non-contact voltage selection and a low input impedance aimed at preventing false readings as a result of ghost voltage.
Mastech’s MS8261 is both an auto and manual ranging multimeter with relative measurement capabilities for all ranges except frequency. It features an LED screen with a sound warning alert for when banana jacks are used incorrectly relative to function switch settings. It also features an auto power off feature that can be disabled at will. We should point out that MS8261 has a much greater accuracy than other multimeters as a result of its manual ranging capabilities.
Fluke 115 Compact True-RMS Digital Multimeter
The 115 Compact True-RMS Digital Multimeter from Fluke is the less expensive yet more popular version of the Fluke 117 we talked about. Packed with roughly the same features, this True-RMS multimeter is a bit more affordable. On top of all this, the 115 is also CAT III 600 V safety rated, which is a big plus. It has a large white LED backlight, True-RMS for accurate measurements on non-linear loads, continuity checking capacity, frequency measuring, and of course, capacitance and diode testing like any quality multimeter.
Etekcity Digital Multimeter
What makes Etekcity’s Digital Multimeter stand out is its ability to measure current, voltage, and resistance very accurately at a speed of 2/3 samplings per second. It is designed for both automotive and household use with overload protection on all ranges. For greater maneuverability, it features a data hold capacity, a protective rubber sleeve for drop protection, a black-lit LCD with large digits for good visibility, and a built-in support stand for hands-free use.
INNOVA 3320 Auto-Ranging Digital Multimeter
This UL certified multimeter is designed to troubleshoot pretty much any automotive and household electrical problems most people are faced with these days. It uses auto-ranging scales that eliminate the need to dial the exact range when making electronic measurements and a large digital display with color-coded LED’s for quick battery checks. It also features a single-setting resistance function for AC/DC voltage and a protective rubber corner for drop protection.
Etekcity Digital Multimeter (DMM) Multi Tester
The Digital Multimeter Multi Tester from Etekcity provides great value for its relatively small price. Do not let the price fool you, however, it is just as good of a multimeter as the rest of them. Designed to measure current, voltage, and resistance as accurately as possible, this multimeter will surprise you with how responsive it is. For added safety, it features overload protection on all ranges and a data hold feature for good measure. Last but not least, it can perform diode assembly tests, transistor P-N junction tests, and transistor hFE tests, features you normally wouldn’t expect from a multimeter so inexpensive.