Finding the best multimeter is not an easy task seeing there are plenty of options on the market and most of them make a good case for themselves. With so many brands and different models, things can get pretty confusing hence why we decided to make this top 10 multimeters list to aid you in your quest to find the best multimeter for you. We took into considerations a lot of factors, but we focused mainly on commercial, hand held models that are easily affordable for an everyday engineer, mechanic or enthusiast. Top bench models, even if they are of the highest quality have been excluded due to their prohibitive cost upwards of $1,000. We reviewed both analog and digital multimeters from all the top brands on the market over a wide range of price, and we are sure you’ll find your best multimeter in our top 10 list below. We have prepared a comparison table to highlight the main differences between the models before diving into more comprehensive reviews.
1. Fluke 117 Electricians True RMS Multimeter
Fluke 117 Electricians True RMS Multimeter takes the award for the best multimeter if you are a professional looking for the highest quality multimeter available. Although one of the more expensive commercial multimeters (although you can purchase it for under $200 if you follow our above discounted link) it is ideally suited for applications in need of demanding settings and boasts true-rms for accurate measurements. With an ergonomic design and an easily readable digital display screen, this multimeter can easily be operated single handed and it’s the highest rated multimeter on Amazon with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5.
2. Fluke 115 Compact True-RMS Digital Multimeter
Coming very close to the first place, and we actually went back and forth a couple of times analysing these top 2 multimeters, comes a similar model from Fluke, the Fluke 115 Compact True-RMS digital multimeter. Able to perform diode testing and check frequency, continuity and capacitance, this true-RMS multimeter is able to measures 20 A and it’s Category III 600 V safety rated. It can be purchased at a slightly lower price (under $150 or so) but it has almost the same accuracy and precision as the first model.
3. Klein Tools MM200 Auto Ranging Multimeter
The Klein MM200 auto ranging multimeter is the first one not manufactured by Fluke in our top 10 multimeters list and an order of magnitude more affordable. While the Fluke multimeters are well over $100, you can purchase this particular Klein multimeter for around $50 so even if you are not a professional engineer and just an enthusiast that likes to use professional tools, you can still afford it. It has auto ranging voltage and can measure 600 V AC/DC voltage and 10 Amps AC/DC Current. Features an easily readable, backlit digital display.
4. Extech EX330 Autoranging Mini Multimeter
The Extech EX330 is a modern looking multimeter, but its cool design is not the reason we included it on our top 10 list. It is the first multimeter that has a built in type K temperature probe and a built in non-contact voltage detector. It has a protective rubber holster and similar to the first mutlimeter we reviewed, has a CAT III UL safety rating.
5. Klein Tools MM1000 Electrician’s Multimeter
This has been touted as an improvement over the Klein MM200 multimeter, but we haven’t seen that many benefits to justify its increase in price. It’s able to measure 1000 Volts AC/DC voltage and 10 Amps current with auto ranging and it’s slightly more expensive than the 200MM model. Comes with a thermocouple, batteries and test leads.
6. Mastech MS8268 Digital AC/DC Auto/Manual Range Multimeter
Mastech came up with a line of high quality multimeters, especially the newest MS8268 digital model which impresses with its ability to compete with the Fluke’s models in terms of quality in some aspects but at just a fraction of the cost. It boasts a couple of nice features such as backlit display panel, automatically powering off and audio and visual warnings for the jacks in case they are incorrectly used, but what really makes it a worthwhile purchase is its price: at just $25 only if you purchase it through our discount link above, this is a must buy for everyone looking to purchase a multimeter on a budget.
7. Klein Tools MM100 Manual Ranging Multimeter
The “little brother” of the two Klein multimeters reviewed above, the Klein MM100 is a manual ranging multimeter able to record 600 Volt voltages and 10 Amps current. In addition to that is able to test diodes, batteries, and continuity and has been a well received multimeter with an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 on Amazon. Compared to the more advanced Klein multimeters ranked above, this model is a little cheaper yet retains most of the qualities that made Klein multimeters so well loved by electricians.
8. INNOVA 3320 Auto-Ranging Digital Multimeter
A highly popular and well rated multimeter comes from INNOVA, a relatively small brand compared to the traditional multimeter brands such as Fluke or Klein, but the INNOVA 3320 auto-ranging digital multimeter is worth the hype. It can troubleshoot a multitude of electrical problems around your home, so even if you are not a professional in this field you just probably have one hanging around just in case. It’s very affordable from a financial point of view and very intuitive and easy to use, with a large display screen, color coded Leds and rubberized corners for extra protection.
9. Extech MN35 Digital Mini MultiMeter
We have reviewed an Extech multimeter before, the EX330 which ranked pretty high on our top 10 multimeters list, but the MN35 model has some specific particularities that made it gain recognition on its own. This is a manual multimeter that is able to perform 8 functions, including the popular temperature measurement in addition to the traditional AC/DC voltage measurement, current measurement, resistance, diode testing, continuity, etc… Its mini size makes it extremely portable and can be easily used single handed.
10. LCD Digital Ohm VOLT Meter AC DC Voltmeter Multimeter
The cheapest multimeter in our top 10 list, yet still a recommended purchase, the LCD Digital multimeter combines efficiency with affordability. For less than $10 (again through our discount link above from Amazon) you can own this amazing multimeter that is able to perform most of the functions you’ll get from top of the line multimeters, although not at the same precision and accuracy. For those just getting started with using a multimeter, this model is a great one to gain some experience and you can upgrade to a better model later down the road.