By Denna Bowman
Michelin tyres have scooped first and second place in a foot pump ‘Best Buys’ survey for a the UK’s biggest selling motoring weekly.
Regular use of an accurate foot pump is the most cost-effective way of keeping tyres correctly inflated, which is vital during winter months when perverse weather can lead to hazardous road conditions.
The Michelin Single Barrel pump was awarded the ‘Best Buy’ 5-star rating for performance and accuracy, while the Michelin Twin Barrel foot pump took the runner-up ‘Recommended’ award and a 4-star rating, in the Auto Express review.
The two foot pumps from the Michelin motoring accessories range were compared with 10 competitors’ products in tests carried out by Auto Express’ technical experts.
The accuracy of the pressure gauges and their pumping power were at the heart of the tests, with points given for stability in use, build quality, hose length and ease of tyre-valve connection.
Auto Express highlighted the superb performance of both Michelin pumps. The Single Barrel foot pump offered great accuracy, a grippy rubber foot pad, a box for storing adaptors and impressive stability; and it was this attention to detail that gave it the 5-star ‘Best Buy’ award.
The Twin Barrel pump’s large, clear gauge, long hose and smooth action were mentioned and the gauge was the most accurate in the test. These qualities plus a decent price clinched the runner-up ‘Recommended’ award and 4-stars.
Auto Express pointed out that regular use of an accurate foot pump is the most cost-effective way of keeping your tyres correctly inflated which in-turn will maximise fuel economy and keep tread wear to a minimum.