Stay current with your electrical needs with the best multimeters
Whether you are a professional electrician, a homeowner, or a DIY god, you will need to have a multimeter in your toolbox. I use mine in many different ways, from checking my outlets, and light fittings, to my kid using them for his science project on alternative fuels. We have pulled together a list of our favorite multimeters. Each one has some unique selling point that makes it worth your time, so you’ll need to know what the job you want to accomplish is before choosing.
AstroAI TRMS 6000
When you want to walk the narrow path between cost and usability, it can sometimes be hard. The Astro AI 6000 hits that sweet point almost dead on and easily the best choice as a first-time buyer. It has high-end usability options like True RMS readings, but still has the small touches that make it easier to use. Simple things like a magnet on the back to hold the multimeter to surfaces and fuses to keep the machine from breaking if you mess up make this an excellent choice for anyone.
$35 at Amazon
Etekcity Digital Multimeter
This multimeter has a clamp that fits a conductor up to 26mm (1-inch), so you don’t have to cut into a working system to check the voltage. This is extremely helpful in a lot of spaces, especially in a commercial setting where making mistakes costs a company money. Naturally, the Etekcity comes with all the other goodies you expect from a multimeter, with the bonus of a voltage hook.
$29 at Amazon
AstroAI Digital Multimeter
While this is the budget-friendly version of the TRMS 6000, it does sacrifice some functionality to reduce the cost. It still measures AC/DC Voltage, DC Current — though not AC — resistance, continuity, and diodes. Other things like true RMS are not available, however. If you are looking for something small and budget-friendly, then this is the one for you.
$13 at Amazon
For the professional
Fluke 115 Compact True-RMS Digital Multimeter
With a CAT III 600 V safety rating, the Fluke 115 compact is a commercial-grade, true RMS multimeter that is known for its accuracy and reliability.
The Fluke is a little pricier than other options on this list, but it is the most comprehensive on the list too. If you are working with electrics all day, then you need something you know is going to do the job. Sometimes, you get what you pay for.
$170 at Amazon
Klein Tools CL110KIT
If you are looking for an in-home testing kit that will help you with all your troubleshooting needs, the Klein Tools is likely right for you. Not only does it have the voltage hook, but it also comes with attachments that help you figure out common faults on your wiring that are as simple to use as an LED pointing to the fault you have. Perfect for the DIY house fixer.
$65 at Amazon
A bright spark
Multimeters can be used in so many ways that it’s hard to cover everything they can do in such a short post. These multimeters have everything you need to fix almost any problem, however, and whichever one you choose, you’ll be getting an excellent product. We think the AstroAI TRMS 6000 is the best of the bunch right now and worth your money to pick up.
If you need an even more well-rounded package, then the Klein Tool’s multimeter offers a lot of different tests that most of the multimeters on this list don’t, including a nifty CGFI testing unit.