There are literally thousands of types of specialists that require multimeter to go about doing their job. That is not to say that they all require the same type multimeter or even the same functions, however no one from the mechanic repairing your car to the cable guy installing your wireless router, to the guy sitting up your heating system or AC in your home can do their jobs without the multimeter. So the fact that there are different definitions of what the best multimeter might be should come as no surprise to anyone. In our search we focused on finding those multimeters that would best fit different job categories. That is why we came up with the top 10 of your best currents choices and we created a review for each product highlighting what its most significant features are and also what type of specialists it would best fit. So be sure to scroll past the list itself to find and read those reviews. To be clear, we focused only on the best in the sense of having the best features, so you will not find any analog multimeters on our list, although some old-school electricians might wish to see them here.
1. Fluke 87-V Digital Multimeter
Our number 1 choice is what is clearly the best multimeter on the market today, the Fluke 87-V Digital Multimeter. 1st of all it is a Fluke product, and as any electrician will know they are the very best on the manufacturer of multimeters. You can say that they are the Apple of this type of products so, unfortunately, you are paying a premium for what this a premium product. Is it worth the money? Most definitely, but it really depends on what type of job you have and what you need it for. In fact this applies for all the Fluke products we are going to talk about today. So even though we are going features several Fluke products, you should make sure to read the review before deciding to buy. The Fluke 87-V Digital Multimeter is by far the most expensive multimeter you could reasonably pay money for, but there will be definitely some high and specialists who will appreciate and need it very much. It has many features that are common to most Fluke multimeters, so we are not going to get into them since you will read about their in our next reviews, but here are some features that are really worth the money. For one the Fluke 87-V Digital Multimeter has the ability to measure loads of up to 20 A, and it can monitor them for 30 seconds, or it can monitor indefinitely loads of up to 10 A. It is one of the very few multimeters on the market that can create an analog bar graph to allow you to monitor unstable signals. It also has several other interesting features but since they are in common with the other Fluke multimeters we encourage you to read the other reviews we have prepared for you.
2. Fluke 117 Electricians True RMS Multimeter
As the name suggests the Fluke 117 Electricians True RMS Multimeter is the actual multimeter we would recommend to most serious specialists, whether you are an electrician or a automobile specialist. It may not have the ability to create an analog bar graph, but it does have a true-rms that allows it to measure accurately nonlinear loads. It can also handle loads about to 20 A, and can monitor 10 A continuously. It also has both manual and auto ranging and it provides an audible warning if you plug in the jacks in the opposite order. It is also well worth mentioning here that all Fluke multimeters have what we can only call the best LED screen with a white backlight, which allows you to treat them very clearly and easily even in direct sunlight.
3. Fluke 115 Compact True-RMS Digital Multimeter
Although we feel that the Fluke 117 is a very comfortable multimeter, there is an even smaller multimeter with the same basic functions in the form of the Fluke 115 Compact True-RMS Digital Multimeter. It too has a true-RMS function and enjoys the same high quality LED monitor with white backlight. It has the ability to monitor 10A continuously and 20 A for 30 seconds. It has a CAT III safety rating which means it can stand up to 600 V. That is particularly important if you are working in an industrial setting, particularly since it is compact design makes the Fluke 115 Compact True-RMS Digital Multimeter an excellent tool to have with you on the go. It may also be of interest to mention that in the package you get very comfortable and useful holster to carry the multimeter with you wherever you may need it.
4. TekPower TP9605BT Android Cellphone Connection True RMS Multimeter
While we do believe that the Fluke multimeters have been dominating the market for the past decade, we see signs that strong competitors are showing up. The strongest now is the TekPower TP9605BT Android Cellphone Connection True RMS Multimeter. It has true RMS measuring system and both an auto and manual ranging function. So up to this point it matches the last Fluke multimeters point for point. Where it deviates strongly from the standard is in the fact that it can be paired with an Android smartphone and its functions are greatly amplified with the free TekPower app that you can download. It also can be connected to a PC and you can download a data logger software from them for free to. To make the package you want more interesting you also get a K type thermal sensor that will be of great use to car mechanics worldwide.
5. Mastech MS8268S Digital Multimeter with NCV Feature
If you are working on a budget there is only one option that you can take without making any compromises to the quality of your multimeter, and it is by choosing the Mastech MS8268S Digital Multimeter with NCV Feature. It is an older model, hence the relatively low price, but it has all the functions you would hope for, and even some interesting goodies to boot. In terms of what it can do you should know that it can monitor up to 20 A and it has both an auto and a manual range setting. It has a back lit LCD monitor which although not as good as the one on the Fluke, is quite easy to read even in low light settings. It also has an NCV feature that allows it to detect voltages over 110 without having contact with the wires. It may sound like a gimmick but can be of great help when looking for wires hidden in the walls.
6. Sinometer VC97 True RMS Digital Multimeter
As we move into the 2nd part of our lease let us start by saying that we hope you will be able to make your choice from among the top 5 best multimeters we have already talked about. However if you are just now starting to dabble in electronics, you may want to spend as little as possible. The Sinometer VC97 True RMS Digital Multimeter is an excellent choice in that case because it does have a true RMS measuring system and an auto ranging feature. It also has a back to the LCD monitor that can be easily read in most lighting conditions. Finally, the other interesting feature is its thermometer function which can be truly useful in a myriad of situations but particularly for automobile mechanics.
7. Mastech MS8229 5-in-1 Digital Multimeter
If you are not sure about your interest in electronics or you only need multimeter for one-time use, then the Mastech MS8229 5-in-1 Digital Multimeter might be the best choice for you. That is because besides being a relatively accurate multimeter, with an auto range function, it also has 5 more important functions. It is at the same time humidity meter, that can be of great use in wine cellars, it has an LUX function great for photography and filming, a thermometer and a sound level meter. The point here is that even if you do not use it as a multimeter, you are still going to get a lot of use out of it.
8. Amprobe AM-510 Commercial/Residential Multimeter
If you need just the simple functions of a multimeter, but will probably not use it that often, and do not require a top level accuracy, then the Amprobe AM-510 Commercial/Residential Multimeter might be an excellent choice for you. It is incredibly affordable has an auto ranging function and it can measure up to 10 A which is quite impressive considering how affordable this multimeter is. The monitor is back lit and it is quite easily read from any position and in almost any lighting condition.
9. INNOVA 3320 Auto-Ranging Digital Multimeter
You can get a little bit more accuracy out of a multimeter at a very reasonable price, if you are willing to be extremely careful when handling it. The INNOVA 3320 Auto-Ranging Digital Multimeter is a bit more accurate than the Amprobe, but it is shock protection is almost inexistent. That does not mean you will be shocked, but that if you drop it on the ground once you will probably never get to use it again.
10. Extech MN35 Digital Mini MultiMeter
The final multimeter we are going to talk about is one that we can only deem high-school worthy. That is to say this is the kind of multimeter you would give the students who are just now learning about electricity. It is not that accurate but it does have all the functions you would need to learn about such things. It even has 10 A measuring function and a built in thermometer. But the most important thing about it is the fact that it is the most affordable multimeter that still does the job available on the market today.